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What climate-specific learned behaviors does no one think to explain?

Can you give me examples of behaviors "everybody knows" who has grown up in a specific climate, but is never talked about so no one ever thinks to explain this to people new to this climate? I'm especially interested in examples of where this lack of forewarning has caused problems. My example below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Aug 18, 2016 - 93 answers

OPAC issues

What is the cause of errors in a small library OPAC? Technical services librarians and database experts, your wisdom is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Mar 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Can my employer make me pay for the cost of my travel booking mistake?

This past week I was preparing for an international business trip when I realized that I had made a mistake on my visa application. I was able to re-apply and rush things through and get on the plane. If I hadn't, it would have cost $1,000-$3,000 in change and cancellation fees for flights. My boss said that, 'most places would make the employee pay that.' Is that true? [more inside]
posted by oryelle on Dec 5, 2015 - 28 answers

Tips for my first real relationship

I am entering what I think could pan out to be my first real, actual relationship. It is so exciting and wonderful and also so scary. Please help me not fuck it up. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Nov 29, 2015 - 19 answers

Letting Go & Getting Over It

Has anyone ever made a mistake that they just can't stop replaying over and over in their head? I think that I accept the mistakes that I made and the decisions that led up to it, but I keep thinking why in the world did I have to do what I did. Every day I get up and I am thinking about the past. I made a mistake that was so big that it has permanently jeopardized my future. It's been almost two years since this problem first appeared. Some things have improved since that time but other things have gotten much worse. On a scale of 1 - 10 as far as big fuck ups go, this one would be about an 11. How do you process something like this and live with it so that you're not constantly thinking about it?
posted by nidora on May 26, 2015 - 15 answers

The best, the most beautiful, and the most metaphorical lemonade

It is said that "There are no mistakes, only opportunities". My mind is blown by kintsugi, the art of repairing ceramics using precious metals so that the repaired piece is arguably more beautiful than the original. Are there more things like this? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Dec 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Mention Bad credit on rental application?

Due to reasons that don't matter, I did not pay my college tuition from my first college at the time. In October I paid off the entire $9000 balance at once. I am filling out rental applications (going to grad school). Do I mention in the additional information why I likely have a sucky credit score (I do not know my score, I know it's on my report though)? Or do I not draw anymore attention to it and just hope beyond hope?
posted by Aranquis on Jun 16, 2014 - 11 answers

What have you been wrong about, realized it, and it changed your life?

What have you been wrong about, realized it, and it changed your life? I remember reading Albert Ellis' wonderful self-help book A Guide to Rational Living where he gives a great list of irrational and self-defeating beliefs that people have. Among these beliefs was the importance people placed on other's opinion of them as well the emphasis people placed on being perfectionistic in their own lives. Much of this underlies Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but the effect is even more prevalent than that. We all have had beliefs that have held us back, and I'm curious as to what things you once believed that were holding you back in your personal or professional life. Anything will do. It can be anything from knowing the importance of making good first impressions to the need for keeping oneself physically fit even when one doesn't want to. I'm looking to see whether I share of any of these traits or not. So what are the beliefs that have held you back or others that you know?
posted by RapcityinBlue on Nov 19, 2013 - 60 answers

Canonical mistakes for people whose first relationship is in their 20s?

I strongly believe that every human endeavor has a few canonical newbie mistakes. In machine shops it's ignoring the kerf. In many dances it's excessive flourishing. When you first started dating in your twenties, what mistakes did you make? Now that you have had some experience with (preferably stable, happy) relationships, what advice would you like to go back and give yourself? I would much rather learn from your mistakes than make them all myself. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Sep 26, 2013 - 59 answers

Help me figure out the next steps please

How do I recover from my mistakes and rough start in work life? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Aug 21, 2013 - 9 answers

How many mistakes do most people make in a day or week?

I worry that I make an abnormally large amount of mistakes at work. How often is "normal" to make mistakes? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Jul 16, 2013 - 15 answers

I make mistakes. Does that mean I’m not cut out to be a proofreader?

I am very dissatisfied with my career trajectory (it may be laughable to even call it that) and I’m wondering if it is because I am doing something that I really have no aptitude for. Is there really such a thing as an "error-free" proofreader? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2013 - 24 answers


How frequently do you screw up at work? I'm wondering if it's "normal" to screw up at work with the frequency that I am, and I should cut myself some slack. Alternately, I'm considering the possibility that it's a big problem. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Mar 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Starting over

Anybody have any experience with needing to come to a fresh start? [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jan 10, 2013 - 19 answers

How do you deal with knowing that the person's friends hate you for how you've hurt them?

Relationship fall-out: How do you deal with knowing that the person's friends hate you for how you've hurt them? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Dec 19, 2012 - 56 answers

If support hit me in the face I wouldn't know what I was look at

How do normal, happy couples support each other in a non-dysfunctional, healthy relationship? Not surprisingly, longish snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 - 36 answers

Think I can solve this privacy issue of mine?

Think I can solve this privacy issue of mine? If not, what to do if I'm "discovered"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Reducing my margin of error

How can I reduce my margin of error on the job? [more inside]
posted by never nice on Oct 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Does history repeat itself if the players change?

Moving in with my SO - but worried that I'll end up in the unhappy situation my parents were in. What do you do when you didn't grow up with a positive example of marriage/co-habitation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me to stop making simple errors

I am making stupid mistakes at work and I need a strategy to help myself overcome them. Sorry for the length. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there a way to safely separate two sheets of paper glued together?

A printout was inadvertently glued to a copy of a historical photo. How do I get it off? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jul 23, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I not suck at life?

You procrastinate. You're disorganized. You make multiple careless mistakes weekly. How did you go from being a Bad Employee to a good one who actually contributes positively to your organization? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 - 34 answers

Sloppy MicroChips: Can a fair comparison be made between biological and silicon entropy?

Was reading about microchips that are designed to allow a few mistakes (known as 'Sloppy Chips'), and pondering equivalent kinds of 'coding' errors and entropy in biological systems. Can a fair comparison be made between the two? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Moving forward after making a mistake?

It would seem that I've f'd up, big time. Now what? How do you move forward when you're fairly sure you've made a bad decision and can't turn back. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by farce majeure on May 7, 2012 - 31 answers

Why would a convenience store always ring up the wrong price?

Workers at this one convenience store always charge slightly more than the stated price. What is the scam here? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on May 2, 2012 - 24 answers

More money than you know what to do with

We had a recent thread on things really poor people do when they come into some money, and now I'm curious whether there are analogous mistakes at every level of society. What sort of mistakes would be made by, say, a poor college student taking his first office job, by a middle-class man marrying into old money, by shoestring startup folk after a successful IPO/buyout? I'm interested in particular in sharp transitions, rather than, say, slowly climbing from the mail room to the board room over the course of a lifetime.
posted by d. z. wang on Mar 29, 2012 - 17 answers

How to accept or help a SO with adult ADD?

The guy I am dating has unusual tendencies, is this a part of his ADD? Or his quirkiness? How should I approach the subject? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 on Feb 13, 2012 - 75 answers

How do I get out of this hole? I dug it myself.

I've screwed things up and it is finally catching up with me. My job situation is not good and my future is looking bleak. I know that it's my own fault. I need to fix it but I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Knowing Your Limits/Accepting or Mitigating Intellectual Failure

I have a serious problem with being seen to be intellectually 'wrong'. I need ways to get over it [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 - 26 answers

Breaking a run of small screwups

If I have made a mistake at work (or in general), I am much, much more likely to make another mistake soon afterwards. How can I get focused and correct a problem without making yet more mistakes? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Jun 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Small mistake or burnt bridge - where is the dividing line?

After growing up in a VERY authoritarian family environment, I lack a sense of proportion when it comes to when I've really screwed up bad. I'm in therapy but would like some further advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Language mistakes compared

Are grammatical errors more frequent in English than in other languages? What about spelling? Do foreign language have as many substitution errors as English? Do ewe speak a pear of foreign languages or more and what are you're experiences of these kinds of errors? Watt do there grammar Nazis do? [more inside]
posted by sien on Mar 28, 2011 - 24 answers

Let's touch base again offline about that next deliverable...

I'm a computer science and biochem major about to start a software development internship at a high-frequency trading firm. What are the classic mistakes you see inexperienced geeks make in a professional environment, especially a financial-sector/"business" place, and how can I avoid them? What can I do this summer to impress my supervisors and maybe get my foot in the door for a full-time job after graduation? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Feb 28, 2011 - 20 answers

I think too fast, therefore what am I?

What is it called when you make a mistake because you are thinking faster than you can speak/type/etc.? [more inside]
posted by caminovereda on Sep 30, 2010 - 10 answers

How do you deal with making mistakes?

When you make a real mistake, how do you deal with it? How do you deal with yourself and keep from feeling super guilty? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Aug 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Surprise! I has a dog.

Yesterday, my girlfriend of two years bought a puppy that, due to circumstances, she really shouldn't have. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 - 52 answers

How bad is shipping a book with errors?

A book I edited shipped with significant errors because of my negligence. How bad is it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Predicting Catastrophes

When is an individual most likely to make a serious mistake (say, on the job or at some task involving risk)? I recall research that suggesting a "seven year rule" that after seven years of doing something, one has acquired enough mastery over the job or task or skill that complacence begins to creep in -- and with it, vigilance drops and disaster ensues. Any leads much appreciated.
posted by adamrobinson on Sep 16, 2009 - 13 answers

I'm sorry, you are denied!

Will my credit ever recover? I was trying to do better.. got a job, paid on time.. But I got rejected for a credit line increase today. Mind you, my current limit is already only $300! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Never fight a land war in Asia

What are some good examples of failing to learn from history? [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm on Jul 1, 2009 - 36 answers

Making HUGE MISTAKES, and being okay

What are stories like this about making huge mistakes, and then recovering from it? [more inside]
posted by ADoubtfulTrout on Jun 24, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I find what I am not looking for?

How do you increase serendipity? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Apr 9, 2009 - 22 answers

Why am substituting one bird for another when I type?

I'm making a certain type of typo more and more frequently. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 22, 2008 - 36 answers

Helping a kid deal with losing...

What to do (if anything) about a kid (Kindergarten) who cannot deal with failure/losing? [more inside]
posted by unixrat on May 23, 2008 - 28 answers

Fox News Mistakes

A few months ago I saw an article that listed 900+ mistakes that Fox News had made over the previous year. I thought I saw it on Mefi but I have looked everywhere and can not find it. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by Mr_Zero on May 12, 2008 - 2 answers

Wrong State on W-2

My W-2 says I paid taxes to both Indiana and California. However, I did not live or work in Indiana at any time during the year 2007. How do I go about getting this fixed? [more inside]
posted by mto on Feb 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Words that native English speakers mispronounce

I'm a native speaker of English but I pronounce some words incorrectly. What other words am I pronouncing wrong? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Dec 30, 2007 - 147 answers

Blogger: Isn't there some quote about liberty vs. security?

I don't use blogger, but I post comments on a blog that does. I happen to run my own blog (impressed?), which I used to link through Blogger's "URL" field. Apparently Google has removed that field from the commenting form. Instead it goes to my "Blogger Profile" which of course is empty, and even if were full, it still couldn't link to my self-hosted blog. What is Google thinking? Anyhow, is OpenID my friend?
posted by apetpsychic on Dec 13, 2007 - 9 answers

How can I come to terms with making mistakes?

How can I cope when I make mistakes? I'm starting to feel I'm failing in my career, and am very isolated. Warning - long. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2007 - 23 answers


I did something effed up and now I'm paying for it. [more inside]
posted by reallygoodgirl on Aug 12, 2007 - 33 answers

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