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the short way is the long way

What are real-life examples of experiences that are 'shortcuts' to accomplishing something, even though they might be very difficult because of the required intensity? For example, military training supposedly develops a kind of physical and mental discipline that would take a civilian longer to acquire. Rapid learning techniques that allow someone to learn several languages faster than most people learn one is another example. What are others?
posted by michaelh on Apr 10, 2014 - 16 answers

How do I get to know my parents as people?

After seeing and reading about the death of parents, one of the biggest regrets seems to be not knowing them better. I have a cordial but distance relationship from my parents and while I don't ever see us being BFFs, I would like to know them better as people and their life. How do I do this, considering I live 6 states away? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Mar 26, 2014 - 21 answers

Sound design of common objects

What are good resources to learn more about sound design of real (as opposed to digital) objects e.g. the sound of your keyboard when you type. Surely someone purposefully makes and designs those sounds, using a gang of engineers, psychologists, and who knows what else. I'd really like to learn more about this process. Any pointers?
posted by mateuslee on Feb 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Black and White and Protected By Multilateral Treaty All Over

The #1 item on my eight year-old son's Christmas list is "AN ACTUAL PENGUIN". Please help me creatively accommodate his request without violating the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Was I slandered, or am I just paranoid?

I recently got the opportunity to apply for a cherry job that would have solved a lot of my current problems, but I seem to have blown it. I'm wondering if a bad employer reference might have done me in? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 6, 2013 - 26 answers

Help me be a good therapist!

Therapist in training. Finally got my first clients. This is my calling and I want to be damn good at it. Naturally, I turn to AskMe. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Nov 21, 2013 - 13 answers

From Experience... in Latin.

If I want to say "From experience" in Latin, what's the best way to say it? Right now I'm thinking "Ab expertus." [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Nov 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me apply for this news reporter job

I plan to apply for a job that I'm overqualified for but need desperately...and I've been out of the journalism field for several years because of the economy and some personal issues. I need help to not look like a desperate failure when I apply. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2013 - 6 answers

What was it like to be in college on 9/11/2001?

What was it like to live on campus at a residential U.S. college on Sept. 11, 2001? How and when did news spread about the attacks? How did students around you respond? Did people flood outside, gather in small groups indoors, congregate at television sets? Did professors cancel class, or set rigid attendance requirements? I'm interested in generalities as well specifics. What was the mood like on that day and immediately afterward? How did the pulse and the life of the campus alter that day? Especially interested in colleges and universities NOT in communities that were directly attacked.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 26, 2013 - 103 answers

Advice on really appreciating/taking advantage of living abroad?

How I can make the most out of a few months living in a foreign country? If you've spent time living abroad, what kinds of things were you most glad you did (and/or most regret not doing)?  What helped you feel like you were really experiencing/appreciating a different culture?  (Definitely interested in general advice, but FYI I'm in Buenos Aires if you have specific thoughts.) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Sep 19, 2013 - 10 answers

How to transition into software without a CS degree

Career advice filter: I'm currently an experienced research assistant at a major research university (three years out of undergrad) who developed serious programming skills working on NLP projects doing parsing and information retrieval. My undergraduate degree is in Linguistics. I'm attempting a career transition into a more purely technical, software-oriented, possibly NLP-flavored position. Do you have any practical advice for ways that I can showcase my programming abilities and/or convince prospective employers that I am solid candidate (despite the lack of CS degree)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me re-do my to-do list

I once had a to-do list, things I wanted to achieve/experience by the time i turned 30: Establish a rewarding career / Travel / Find some degree of success with my music / Learn to swim / Get into a sport, get fit / Have a few close friends... So, I've just turned 40 & I still have not managed to do any of these things. And now I feel I am running out of time... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Jul 7, 2013 - 33 answers

In general, what does it feel like to be loved?

In general, what does it feel like to be loved? [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash on Jun 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Apply first and then approach, or approach and then apply?

Help me time and properly approach a senior member of our staff to become their full time assistant. [more inside]
posted by Atticus Swanson on May 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Fab 40th?

Help me decide what to do for my 40th birthday! I am turning 40 in mid-August and would like (love!) to do something a bit special and experiential rather than receive something material. I’m also in a massive rut and would love to do something new and different that I haven’t thought of. I crave new experiences and ideas and these have been in short supply due to various personal and medical pressures over the last 12 months. I’ve had a few thoughts, but none of them have really made me think YES that’s EXACTLY what I want to do. AskMe, can you offer some inspiration, either around my existing ideas, or something completely fresh I haven’t considered? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on May 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Oh, Benjamin.

"And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson..."Can you help me become a more effective sexual mentor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Birthday ideas, part one billion.

I never thought I'd be someone asking for birthday ideas on MetaFilter, but here I am, asking for birthday ideas on MetaFilter. Please hit me with your best gift and/or Denver-specific experience/venue ideas. Subject is a photographer/techie/welding/motorcycle-riding/music-making/whiskey-drinking manly creative type turning 32. In a week! [more inside]
posted by sockpuppet yo on Mar 9, 2013 - 1 answer

How do I get a job in San Francisco with a paper-thin resume?

I'll try to make this brief. I recently turned 23, and due to a combination of drugs and depression since getting out of high school I have essentially no work experience. This makes responding to job postings very frustrating and humiliating as my resume feels like a complete joke. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Resume Advice - My 3rd most recent job was for a notorious criminal

I'm updating my resume and having a bit of a tough time deciding what to do about a questionable business/boss who was one of my most recent jobs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2013 - 20 answers

More Like This Please

Last week I finally saw Sleep No More and cannot stop thinking about it. I want more immersive theatre and exploration. What other experiences are like it? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Dec 31, 2012 - 15 answers

Got a job cleaning hotel rooms. Said I had references and experience. I don't. Help.

Got a job cleaning hotel rooms. Said I had references and experience. I have neither. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Work experience now or later?

Future healthcare-administration graduate: Should I try to get administrative experience while I'm in school or stick with patient-care jobs for now? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Oct 19, 2012 - 6 answers

OMG how come you don't complete tasks in exactly the same manner I would?

I am an inexperienced manager with one experienced employee and one inexperienced employee working under me. We are in a technical field; I do some of the technical work, but it is very time-consuming, so they are meant to be extra 'hands' and free me to do planning and analysis of the team's work. What are reasonable expectations to have of them and how can I ensure they meet these reasonable expectations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Reapplying to a job you're still underqualified for?

I applied for a job requiring 18 months' experience and was rejected (at that point, I had 9 months' experience). I fitted all other criteria. The same job has popped up again, and I now have 15 months' experience. I still fit all other criteria (the requirements for both positions are exactly the same) Should I reapply?
posted by glache on Sep 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Research experience for grad school

As an undergrad looking to apply to grad school, I have been looking into getting some research experience in my field (Psychology) for all the obvious reasons. I possibly have a lead and now a question. [more inside]
posted by Rocket Surgeon on Aug 29, 2012 - 3 answers

What is your experience of escorting, first or second-hand?

A close friend thinks she might try working as an escort, and I'm worried that my reaction to this is based on limited and biased information. Do you have first or second-hand experience of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm job hunting again and it isn't going well.

What can a high school graduate with no college experience do to pad her resume? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Can I spend £1k doing something useful in exotic supply chains?

Volunteering abroad; three week Supply-Chain-project filter [more inside]
posted by citands on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

A Rose by Any Other etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...

In your subjective experience, would you say that you have been treated differently after going by a different name? How so? Tell me [more inside]
posted by vivid postcard on Jul 12, 2012 - 41 answers

Help me prepare for a job hunt with little work experience.

Lots of life experience/education, not so much work experience. Help me get ready to get a job. [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Unemployed, looking for an adventure

I'm 26 year old guy recently returned from teaching in Japan, out of a job, and looking for a new adventure. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on May 18, 2012 - 10 answers

From grad student to ... marketing-type-guy?

[Asking for a colleague filter] Marketing people, how do I jump from academia into your world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Help getting wee bit of CALM, VERNON experience.

For a job application- How can I get a little bit of hands on experience of using an archives management system like CALM or VERNON? I live in Bristol, England. [more inside]
posted by aesop on May 9, 2012 - 1 answer

Do not go gentle into that good night

What do I need to experience before I die? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2012 - 68 answers

How to properly organize work history?

Need assistance with resume chronological order of work history. [more inside]
posted by delasoull on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Once, twice, three times, maybe

I have been married, my marriage didn't work out. Please share the unique and unexpected concerns you encountered in your second or subsequent marriage(s). [more inside]
posted by Passillododorconquail Buttonquivorybidododorbacon on Apr 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Just beginning my journey into the wonderful world of accountancy, and I'm lost already.

Hello everyone! Once again I am turning to AskMeFi for advice. The gist of it is: I'm a recent UK-based graduate in a non-finance discipline, and decided to make the move into finance and accounting. So far I have completed the three foundation modules of ACCA International, and am about to start studying for the upcoming F4 exam... and I've started to look for relevant jobs. Of course, the problem is experience (lack of). I've never had a direct finance job, and most positions (including entry-level ones [don't get me wrong; I know it's a long road and I'm barely at the start!]) seem to demand at least 2 years' experience. So, what to do? [more inside]
posted by jhighmore on Apr 11, 2012 - 5 answers

I am the most interesting man in the world. Or at least I want to be...

You know that extremely interesting person you've met? Or perhaps that guy from the Dos Equis commericals? What do I need to do to become that guy? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft on Apr 8, 2012 - 57 answers

Bad Laboratory Experiences

How do I bow gracefully out of this volunteer project with a professor that just isn't working out? And should I even? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Apr 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Kick ass at user experience

Please help me build a solid foundation in understanding User Experience. I am in technology and this skill will super help me. [more inside]
posted by gadget_gal on Mar 15, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I get people to really EXPERIENCE DnD?

How do I get people to really EXPERIENCE DnD? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Mar 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Salary Vs experience analysis

Need to do a simple analysis around pay and experience fairness. Example: Two project managers managing exactly same kind of projects and have similar performance levels: PM 1 -> Pay $130,000 ; Experience 15 years; PM2-> Pay $80,000 ; Experience 3 years; I want a mathematical way of analyzing if the person getting paid $80,000 is being under payed. Now I know there are industry standards and charts available. I want to do something that may not be perfect but gives a sense. How much weight should be given to experience and can this be factored in mathematically? Please dont get hung up on accuracy. I want a logical analysis method that does not need to be entirely accurate. Also, where can I find industry charts comparing pay and experience
posted by r2d2 on Mar 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me help them understand.

I'm looking for an experience to help a small group of college students understand what it's like to have an eating disorder. [more inside]
posted by thejanna on Mar 1, 2012 - 25 answers

Give me your wisdom, let me see through time!

Calling all 40 year olds... what do you wish you had done when you were 30? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Feb 15, 2012 - 70 answers

Enrich my life!

what "life adventures" are easier to achieve than people would think? What are the practical steps one must follow to experience "awesome stuff"? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Jan 19, 2012 - 32 answers

We want to leave NYC and do just one Really Cool Thing (TM)... but what?

We want to leave NYC and do just one Really Cool Experential Thing (TM)... but what? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Jan 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Late Entry Into the Workforce?

How can someone enter the workforce later in life - with absolutely no experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 - 18 answers

something rockin' in the state of Denmark?

Is Denmark (specifically Copenhagen) a terrible or awesome place to live as an expat? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 3, 2012 - 12 answers

I want a summer internship where I can code.

Can you give me advice on finding summer internships for a sophomore CS major? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jan 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Interested in everything, experienced in nothing. What to choose?

Interested in many things, experienced in none. I want to change my career, but how do I figure out which way to go? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 30, 2011 - 10 answers

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