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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 - 20 answers

Looking for cultures out of place in America

So I'm trying to find examples of cultures/peoples/ethnicities/religions that are significantly dissimilar to the main city/culture/groups that surround them. Like finding a group of Amish people in Detroit. Or the one someone gave me of the significant Hasidic population in the scantily clad nightlife world of South Beach. What other current examples are there in the USA and Canada of unexpected groups in unexpected places?
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 25, 2014 - 45 answers

Black people killed by black cops?

Where can I find statistics of black officers who have used lethal force against black people.
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Quit being so sensitive

I need some tips on living with a sensitive temperament. More inside. [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Aug 17, 2014 - 30 answers

Optimizing group outings to baseball games

Let's say I would like to organize 6 friends to go see a baseball game. There's one problem: ticket purchases have to be done at the same time to ensure that people sit together. How is this circle squared? [more inside]
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Jul 31, 2014 - 13 answers

Nice but not crazy-pricey NYC restaurants for 12 - 15 people?

I'm helping my friend's Maid of Honor plan the bachelorette party. Due to a miscommunication, I thought we would be a party of 6 for dinner. Nope. It's between 12 - 15 people. I need to rethink. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Jul 3, 2014 - 8 answers

He's driving me nuts! Co-parent edition

The person in question is my significant other’s ex, I’ll call Steve. We share custody of the kids (3 under 12 years). Their separation agreement calls for the responsibility/decision making for the kids to be shared 50/50. The kids go back and forth between houses. In reality, we do much more than our share. A recent conflict has left me searching for a new outlook on Steve. I’m tired of being frustrated and angry with his behavior and attitude. I need to find some peace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2014 - 22 answers

heart surgery for 77 years old-mitral valve stenosis and repair for it

I have a feeling that hospitals push surgery all the time. my grandma was diagnosed with a heart defect that she was born with and they recommended surgery for 40 years.she has mitral stenosis and she was fine and on meds and no major issue except once when she was in the hospital. however now that we revisited the subject, I asked her if she should get the surgery. she is 77. she is saying God forbid that old people have trouble recoviering from it and that she can die from a surgery when she can just live as long as she can naturally and the pills help her. we know that the pills only treat the symptoms not the underlymg cause. so from your experience and with your old beloved, how do they handle heart surgery after 75? did you have good or bad experience with such surgery? of course I will just respect her wish but I wonder what experience did you have with your beloved ones undergoing mitral stenosis surgery
posted by barexamfreak on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

I Guess You'd Call 'Em "Shadow Dichotomies"?...

I'd like examples of traits/personality types/habits/behaviors wherein most people fall into two or three "camps", none of whom are generally aware of the existence of the other(s). "Ask Vs. Guess Culture" and "Sit Vs. Stand to Wipe?" are two examples (a LOT of people are absolutely gobsmacked when they learn that Asking and/or Standing is not only an option, but a POPULAR option). I'm NOT interested in predefined typologies (e.g. the MBTI or Buzzfeedy "What Garden Implement Are You?" kinda stuff)... just ones that, 1. Arise kinda organically, 2. Involve Group A and Group B people frequently being unaware of one another's existence.
posted by julthumbscrew on May 12, 2014 - 61 answers

online dating, texting, and rejection etiquette

I'm an early 30s lesbian who spent most of her 20s in committed relationships. My latest and most significant ended about a year ago and I've started dipping my toe in the scary online dating waters. I'm not ready to get serious yet but since I've been in these long relationships, I've never really 'dated around' per se, except maybe in my very early 20s- although at the time I was pretty closeted and neurotic, so I hardly even count that. Anyway, I registered on OkCupid and messaged back and forth with a few people. Somewhat naively, I gave two of them my phone number to text. BAD IDEA. More inside.. [more inside]
posted by anad487 on Apr 16, 2014 - 16 answers

How to deal with difficult co-workers?

In December I started working for a mill that manufactures flour, and although most employees there are excellent and fun to work with, I am discovering that many of my immediate co-workers appear to sabotage others for their own benefit. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Mar 1, 2014 - 9 answers

What is a good way to signal the end of a large gathering?

I regularly find myself needing to conclude a fairly sizable gathering of people. Too often I find myself at the end of our proceedings, saying something like "Have a great week," expecting people to get up and leave. But they don't. After an awkward moment, I find myself resorting to "We're done." Everyone laughs and finally leaves. How can I better signal a conclusion?
posted by toots on Dec 20, 2013 - 48 answers

Fairy Godmothers!

Which people, figures, deities, beings, etc personify the concept of the fairy godmother - a caring compassionate motherly figure who grants wishes? There's the fairytale stock character, but there's also Oprah (and to some extent Ellen). [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 27, 2013 - 18 answers

What hobbies/occupations can you tell just by looking at someone?

Guitarists get callouses on the tops of their fingers, former ballet dancers stand and walk with a specific alignment, active violinists have a callous under the chin. What are other examples of telltale physical cues and behaviors that can identify what a person does for work, sport, or hobby?
posted by mochapickle on Sep 19, 2013 - 65 answers

Facebook and its discontents

You used to use Facebook regularly, and then you quit. Or tried to quit. Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Aug 7, 2013 - 32 answers

Who are some notable people with the initials B.A.M.?

Who are some notable people with the initials B.A.M.? Living or dead, fictional or otherwise. Americans are preferred, but foreigners are OK too. Prefer people notable enough to have their own Wikipedia pages.
posted by Dec One on Jul 31, 2013 - 10 answers

How to extricate myself from an online correspondence...

Sorry this is so long. Last time, I came to y'all with a problem with online strangers wanting to barge into my life and take up all my time. You gave me some WONDERFUL advice on how to handle this, including giving me your express permission to resort to a completely made-up personal assistant. So I acquired Serge and am much happier. But... [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

How to locate a lost relative.

I recently found out my deceased Father had a daughter from a previous relationship. I know her maiden name, but not much else. Should I hire a private investigator or will an online "people finder" suffice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Is it okay to be this impressionable?

It's recently occurred to me that I am very, very impressionable and mold myself around to wherever/whomever I happen to be with at the moment and it's giving me some concern (Oh god I don't have an actual personality! I am such an easy mark! I will totally get swept up in group hysteria!). Should I be worried about this or should I just learn how to deal better with being a ball of wax? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2013 - 25 answers

What's the best way to figure out someone's mailing address?

I'm writing a book, and I just got the following task from my editor: get a sizable (50+) list of high profile people who have written blurbs or reviews for similar books, and get their mailing addresses. Here's the kicker: I'm not supposed to contact them directly, unless I already know them personally. So! What's the best way to do this? I hear there are search engines that charge a monthly fee for this kind of information, but I'm having a hard time finding out which ones are good and which are scams. What do lawyers use when they need to track people down to serve them? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jun 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Help Me Find Some Strangers

Hivemind! I need your help locating a trio of college kids that I recently spent the afternoon with on an excursion in Cancun. My family and I joined these guys (we were randomly selected as excursion-mates) on a tour through the 'jungle'... zip lining and cave snorkeling. I have something they want. [more inside]
posted by shew on Jun 14, 2013 - 16 answers

How does one acquire a pair of rose-tinted glasses?

How to see the best in other people? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 28, 2013 - 33 answers

Pursuing a Platonic Friendship

So I am in an extended academic program meaning almost all of my friends have graduated and moved on and I know only a handful of people in my current city. I have always been very shy and since the departure of my friends I have been making every effort to be a more social, friendly, and outgoing person. I have been doing an OK job but sometimes stumble as I feel very awkward initiating friendships of either sex and I really need help with this one. [more inside]
posted by Valkyrie21 on Mar 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Wait, you're not a student. Are you trying to crash here?

I now live in an area populated by college students. Everything in this neighborhood revolves around the major university in question. Problem is, as much as I look like one, I'm not a college student. And when asked, I feel awkward saying no I don't go to school here. What should my appropriate response be? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Mar 30, 2013 - 26 answers

That's Not Actually What You Were Thinking

So I now need to work with a subtle know-it-all. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2013 - 25 answers

Why are there so many homeless people in the USA?

Please help my son (17 years) with a presentation about the homeless people in the US. We are from Scandinavia, and due to our welfare system, we don't have the same situation as in the US. We have explored several issues, and the more we search, the more questions we have. [more inside]
posted by dreamsandhope on Mar 3, 2013 - 47 answers

Looking for different media sources

After reading this article, I'm interested in varying the way I get my media more. Aside from places mentioned in the article, Ebony, Latino, PODER, Essence magazines, what should I be reading that will give me more perspective from people of color? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Is it possible to develop conversational skills later in life?

I grew up as a painfully shy, socially anxious extrovert. No friends that weren't online, could not talk to anyone. This was not a fun combination, so after Highschool I worked on fixing it and I've gotten better. I can make small talk, break the ice, carry on a general conversation. But this is not what I want. [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Feb 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Don't go, but don't stay.

I'm obsessed with my friend? (snowflake details inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2012 - 13 answers

how to clean glass and powder from the carpet in my apartment?

Fluorescent bulbs explosion -- how to clean glass and powder from the carpet? Broken glass is everywhere. And carpets are everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Oli D. on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Feeling ambivalent about everything

I feel very ambivalent, like I lack perspective (but hope is abundant!), but I am not sure; this state of not knowing and being unsure of myself and what I do is tough [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 15, 2012 - 4 answers

meeting people is easy

Please help me improve my informal networking skills [more inside]
posted by seesom on Nov 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Musical Spoon River or Tilbury Town

Help me make a mix CD that populates a fictitious town. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Nov 7, 2012 - 34 answers

So, where are you from?

Is picking people up at the gym a thing? How about at hotels? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Oct 11, 2012 - 28 answers

Not trying to be in control for the actions of others is frequent and good advice. How do you put that into practice? Where do you draw the line?

Not trying to be in control for the actions of others is frequent and good advice. How do you put that into practice? Where do you draw the line? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Oct 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Recommendations on books for starting in management?

I've been taking on some more responsibility at work with a slight shift towards management, but I feel like I'm in over my head. Can anyone recommend any good books or anything to help me get more up to speed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Nice hat, random lady! ...I mean...mom.

I have a very difficult time recognizing people when they're wearing, say, sunglasses. Or a hat. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Does anyone know where this .gif is from?

Does anyone know which movie / show / video this .gif is from? [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee on Aug 31, 2012 - 8 answers

lovestory

(re)met the daughter of a family friend last weekend at a wedding. We hadn't seen each other since we were 6 or 7 and she is two years younger than I am. The challenge--spent three hours together, live 600 miles apart, and I can't stop thinking about her. A few more details, but the question is "How can I see if this has potential to go somewhere?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 13 answers

How to find people on the internet?

Best online services for finding lost friends? [more inside]
posted by caveatz on Aug 16, 2012 - 9 answers

intimate human connections

Where are my people? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jul 14, 2012 - 11 answers

High-Level Tech Blogs

What are some good tech blogs for non-nerds? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Jul 6, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I move on from an ex boyfriend and meet new people?

How do I move on from an ex boyfriend and meet new people? [more inside]
posted by enantio on Jun 12, 2012 - 13 answers

In Responding to Someone Being Difficult, Where is Line Between "Assertive" and "Jerk"

In Responding to Someone Being Difficult, Where is Line Between "Assertive" and "Jerk"? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on May 23, 2012 - 24 answers

Do you know her?

I am trying to identify a woman from a cookbook. "The only thing I know about her is two pictures from a cookbook printed by the Maryland Seafood Marketing Authority (Department of Economic and Community Management) in the mid-1970s." [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on May 7, 2012 - 9 answers

How to make friends if you're not genuinely interested in them? :(

How to make friends if you're not genuinely interested in them? :( [more inside]
posted by soul24rage on Apr 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Ice Box Man

I was recently watching the 1985 Tom Hanks movie The Man With One Red Shoe. In it, a dead CIA agent is briefly hidden in Tom Hanks' refrigerator. Can you think of other movies with people in refrigerators? [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch on Apr 6, 2012 - 33 answers

Wanderlust

My Italian nephew is the proud owner of a Greyhound bus pass. His pass is valid for two months, he speaks decent English, loves nature, and he is not afraid to sleep on the bus. He just arrived from New York City to Oklahoma City, where he will be based for a while. What loops around the US should he travel?
posted by francesca too on Mar 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Linkedin Email Scraping

Linkedin seems to be somehow scraping my email contacts from an account that was never connected to Linkedin. Two questions: How does that work; and is there anyway to stop it other than closing my account? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Mar 15, 2012 - 20 answers

How to break off a friendship?

How to get some people to stop contacting me? Long explanation inside. Any help much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 - 28 answers

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