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Java needs to make me go OO

After getting laid off due to restructuring (boo!), a contact helped me get a phone interview for a really cool position (yay!). However, it's a Java web developer role, whereas my experience is PHP/perl; I'd have to reach back 15+ years to school for the last time I did object-oriented coding myself, although I've done a lot of C# code reviewing recently. There's going to be coding/design questions, so I'm studying like crazy. Most of the Java stuff I'm finding is either targeted towards experienced C++/C# programmers, OR total beginners ("this is an IDE, drp"). Pointers on best resources for someone who's got a coding background that's just not OO?
posted by laeren on Oct 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Language for the purpose of study, travel and maybe work in Europe.

What European language should I learn for the purpose of higher studies, work, and extensive travelling in Europe? I am a bibliophile, cinephile, and love songs with good and meaningful lyrics. Till now I've been enjoying all these, I mean the ones from Europe, in the form of translations and with the help of subtitles. (I write too; not to publish but it's very important to me). [more inside]
posted by amar on Sep 27, 2014 - 21 answers

Learning to throw pots in the digital age

I lucked into a professional level potter's wheel for a great price this past weekend. While pottery is something I've been interested doing in my whole life, I've never actually used a wheel before. There are plenty of beginner classes and workshops around... but there are also a lot of videos on YouTube. Any reason I shouldn't have a go at it myself and put money towards tools/supplies/a kiln instead of spending it on a class? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 26, 2014 - 16 answers

What can we learn/do on multiple long plane rides?

We're about to take a trip with five, 5+ hour plane journeys, none of which will have decent in flight entertainment, and are looking for inspiration of things we might do/learn in that time for entertainment? We're looking for ideas beyond general reading/podcasts/movies/sleeping, particularly since we love learning new things. [more inside]
posted by latentflip on Jun 29, 2014 - 12 answers

The possibilities of 52 weeks

What kind of projects have you followed where the author's goal is to teach someone something every week for 52 weeks? I'm particularly looking for the once a week format for a fixed amount of time. [more inside]
posted by jermspeaks on May 1, 2014 - 5 answers

I have no IDeaL what I'm doing (IDL programming for absolute dum-dums)

So, I recently got selected to do undergraduate physics research this summer. Great! Awesome! Yay me! However, my research advisor has asked me to use something called IDL to analyze tomographic images of compounds and turn them into 3D images. This is good news, because IDL is used a lot by astronomers to analyze astronomical data, and I want to continue my education in astronomy. But, I've never used IDL ever before. I'm not even sure exactly what it is (a programming language?). My question is this: how do I get up to speed so that I can hit the ground running with my research? Difficulty: Research begins in two weeks. Details: [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Apr 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Studies concerning faculty perception of students.

I'm looking for a study which investigated college faculty's perception of an average student in science classrooms. [more inside]
posted by Evernix on Apr 2, 2014 - 2 answers

I didn't mean to be a condescending bitch. Yikes....

After my grandma lost her shit with me last night, she's calmed down enough to admit to my father today that she feels like I can be really condescending sometimes. Eek. This is a piece that I want to work on improving, while I'm also learning to be much more on guard whenever I'm around my grandma. Can you help me be less of an annoyingly (unintentionally) condescending/smug person? Ugh. The worst. [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow on Feb 24, 2014 - 52 answers

[academic/reading-geek filter] how to take notes on books within books?

My apologies for this very convoluted question...tl;dr: I guess I'm asking how people deal with taking notes from books, not just on the book's content and structure etc, but mapping bodies of literatures mentioned in those books. I would love to hear if you have a system that works for you. More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

A keyboard that will teach me to play songs I actually want to play?

I'm looking for a keyboard that a) lets me play along to lit-up keys and b) allows me to either add my own music for it to decipher or tell it which keys I want to light up when I play a song. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jan 12, 2014 - 3 answers

One week (or so) retreat in the US to learn or do something. Ideas?

Tell me about awesome 1 week (or so) classes, courses, workshops, retreats, festivals, tours, activities, etc. I'm looking for a solo vacation in the continental US for 2014 (active but not super fit 40s single female here) where I can learn something or do something. Like I went to surf camp once, went to a dude ranch, rafted the grand canyon, took canyoneering classes, took photoghraphy workshops, etc. Mefi collective brainstorming session? All ideas welcome! [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 on Oct 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Learning composition by transcribing music?

I have read that John Zorn and Unsuk Chin, among others, learned music composition by transcribing music. Am I correct in thinking that this means copying an existing score? Is this a good way to learn music composition (and are there any others)? Does one copy the piece verbatim, or is there a strategy for targeting significant parts?
posted by myitkyina on Aug 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Looking for a 10+ year old book about a stuffed bear in a classroom cave

Years ago I picked up a book at random that I thought had "Creative Education" or "Classroom" in the title, but every search I've done comes up empty. It's written by a teacher that used a stuffed bear that lived in a cave in the corner of an elementary classroom. I also recall a chapter on a 'Mr. Pen'. I'd like to find it again. [more inside]
posted by lysdexic on Aug 22, 2013 - 2 answers

Where to find free non-literary book summaries?

This summer I have a lot of reading to do: some books about physics and math applied to sports, others about evidence-based sport conditioning, objectivism, ... stuff that built up because I didn't had to read it. When I read books I like to have a top down view of the subject but most books' introduction fail to do so, either because it is too short and not enough to give a good overview of each chapter or because they not even try to summarise the contents of the books and on how to use the book. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Aug 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Learning disabled artist blogs?

Who represents learning disabled artists? Or how can I find blogs or catalogs that feature learning disabled or developmentally disabled artists working in any media? Europe and South America especially but welcoming feedback about the rest of the world. Thanks!
posted by parmanparman on Jul 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Not-too-easy/Not-too-hard German books

Question for German speakers: I would like some reading material to improve my German. I've studied it for a while and have passively absorbed many words, but usually in the context of vocabulary lists and such. I don't want anything really easy however. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jul 17, 2013 - 21 answers

I was banned from collegeconfidential just for asking for some help?

Summer vacations are coming up and I am going to use some of my free time to learn physics and math, subjects that I love. In order to do that i asked collegeconfidential.com if anyone had "exclusive study materials" from their university which they could share. I mentioned that I would like to have acess to tests and exams from other universities and I could give some good materials collected by my colleagues of the physics and math course in exchange. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Jul 12, 2013 - 27 answers

How can I learn to grocery shop and cook on a college budget?

I'm going into my senior year college and have relied on a fraternity meal plan and eating out often. What should I be buying at the grocery store regularly, and what are some quick and healthy meals to make regularly? [more inside]
posted by seandq on Jun 17, 2013 - 29 answers

What's the point of getting fit if I can't go out and injure myself?

I've recently finally gotten really fit and in shape, after spending most of my 27 years...not doing that. I've been looking for something local and athletic to do, both for fun and for fitness, but since I haven't played sports since I was 12 or so, my skills are lacking. However, all the local instruction is oriented towards youth, so I turn to you folk for aid. How can an sports newb adult learn how to play? [more inside]
posted by Punkey on Mar 20, 2013 - 25 answers

There's learning additional skillsets. And then there's my ethics.

Want to up my game as a vegan baker, but feel weird about going to a pastry school that doesn't use ingredients common to my chosen field. A few snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Feb 13, 2013 - 14 answers

30th Adventure

I'll be turning 30 in April, and I'm planning a trip in celebration. There are a lot of places in the world I'd love to go just to hang out and look around, but I decidedly do NOT want to do that for this trip. I want to travel somewhere and do something active. To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, my front runner so far is a one week stay in Jamaica learning how to make wood fired pottery. What similar "enriching" type experiences are out there? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for book recommendations, etc.

How do you help children develop impulse control? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Like something from Yoda, but not...

Quote suggestions from science fiction/fantasy books or stories related to teaching? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Oct 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Ja sam student... Ja sam glup...

How can I learn to hand write in Serbian Cyrillic? [more inside]
posted by jph on Sep 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me listen to miserable music in Spanish.

I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Sep 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Basic steps to put some zoom in my Zumba?

I'm a dude, pushing 40, relatively uncoordinated with very little rhythm, and taking a Zumba class. Can you assign me some homework? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Sep 19, 2012 - 16 answers

IF: 'Are you sure you want to quit? Y/N?'

I like the idea of playing interactive fiction, but my (limited) experience so far has almost convinced me I'm too obtuse for it! How do I learn to play well, or are some minds just not IF-inclined? [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Aug 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Piano substitute for a traveller?

What portable, acoustic instrument is easiest for a keyboard player to pick up? [more inside]
posted by doiheartwentyone on Aug 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Understanding current gene therapy research

How can I learn enough about biology and genetics to understand current research into cystic fibrosis? [more inside]
posted by Stark on Aug 2, 2012 - 14 answers

How best to learn spanish for an Argentine vacation?

How best to learn Spanish for a three week vacation in Argentina? [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jul 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Cardiology for Dummies

Asking for a friend: I'm a student nurse, what resources are available to help me gain a better understanding of cardiology? [more inside]
posted by rubyrudy on Jul 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Language confidence

I was taught French through to Grade 10; however, have been far removed from it since then. I am too shy to try to converse in French with others; but would like to build the confidence to be able to. What are some good strategies for relearning a language and becoming more confident conversing in it at the same time?
posted by jamincan on Jun 18, 2012 - 5 answers

We know how the pieces move. What's next?

We know how the pieces move. What's the next step for a dad and six-year old learning chess together? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 29, 2012 - 14 answers

My work's training is a bad joke and I'm frustrated. My bad?

New job isn't training me in a way I seem to learn in, and it's frustrating me to no end. Is it all my fault? [more inside]
posted by area.man on May 28, 2012 - 18 answers

Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?

I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Pass go and collect kelly forceps!

How should I plan and make a surgical instruments board game? [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty on Apr 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Successful Project-Based Learning You've Seen?

Project based learning and interdisciplinary teaching! I'm a high school science teacher working with an enthusiastic English teacher and we're trying to find the best project ideas to use in summer school (and beyond if successful). [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Mar 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me help my son learn about planes. And about learning.

My 11-year-old son wants to learn about jet planes. Help me help him learn. [more inside]
posted by eleyna on Mar 14, 2012 - 15 answers

hɛlp!

Is it possible to learn college-level phonetics and phonology on one's own? Bonus: online? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Mar 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Ik spreek geen Nederlands

Best/smoothest way of learning Dutch (hopefully online)? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Jan 26, 2012 - 22 answers

Study skills books based on science?

Please recommend books about study skills that are based on scientific research. Like how NurtureShock approaches parenting. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 12, 2012 - 15 answers

If you could study anything, what would it be?

If you could study anything, what would it be? I have some free time and a desire to get my neurons firing. [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Dec 14, 2011 - 21 answers

French language songs in Spotify

Calling all francophile music lovers: recommendations for modern french language songs. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Dec 11, 2011 - 53 answers

Acoustic guitar for absolute beginner

Recommendations for an acoustic guitar (Yamaha, < $200) on which to learn to play? [more inside]
posted by methroach on Dec 7, 2011 - 16 answers

O hai. I'm ur noobtank. I'm here to wipe your group.

I just started playing World of Warcraft again after two years. In short: I'm a total noob again and I'm starting to tank heroic dungeons and it is... messy. Noxxic seems pretty good for basic gear/stat information, and the in-game Dungeon Guides are nice, but they're really terrible for reading on the fly and don't actually include popular strategies. Is there a good place where I can learn how to tank Cataclysm Heroics or am I fated to drag poor strangers along on my very painful learning curve? I don't love sifting through dozens of YouTube videos, but videos would be helpful.
posted by jph on Nov 16, 2011 - 10 answers

help this non clinical administrator get a clinical education!

I am currently an Administrative Fellow in a 3 hospital system (graduated with my Masters in Healthcare Administration in May.) What is the best way for me, being non-clinical, to learn clinical "lingo"/get a clinical "education"? [more inside]
posted by knockoutking on Oct 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Show Me Don't Tell Me

Please recommend educational video podcasts that really make good use of the video component, with demonstrations, artwork, or animations. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Oct 6, 2011 - 5 answers

friendly bistro in Paris

Help me and my group find a friendly diner in Paris? [more inside]
posted by welovelife on Sep 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Yo quiero entender mas.

Where and how to learn Spanish in Atlanta at a relatively low cost? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Aug 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Becoming an amateur architect?

How do I take my interest in architecture to the next level without going to architecture school or going pro? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 21, 2011 - 17 answers

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