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Current issues in archival reference

I'm interviewing tomorrow for a reader services position in an archives and need some help thinking about what current topics the committee might want to talk about. [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise on Aug 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for video sources/movie references for natural phenomena

I'm searching for visual reference material, in the area of kinetic natural phenomena - think falling rocks, volcanic eruptions, flowing magma, good tornado sequences, anything menacing, optimally POV. Photorealistic preferable, CG perfectly suitable, any duration, web or DVD sourced, docs or movies. Thanks!
posted by dbiedny on Jul 28, 2014 - 5 answers

What counts as "unlawful conduct"?

I'm a reference for a friend who is applying for a license to practice law. The reference form asks me whether my friend has ever "been arrested, or engaged in unlawful conduct". My friend has not, to my knowledge, ever been arrested (or had any other trouble with the law), but like most people consumed alcohol before the age of 21, jaywalks, downloaded music as a teen, etc. Nothing serious at all. What should I say? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Jun 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Efficient Strategy for Problem Management

When I encounter a problem that I want to improve my management of, what is a better strategy than, "find book on Amazon/ order book/ never read book or only read 1st chapter? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Mar 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Essential Medical Books

I've been tasked with putting together a medical library for my small disability law firm. Doctors, what are five essential medical books that we should look at obtaining regarding general medical practice? [more inside]
posted by Dignan on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

What's the best viewer reference for the 2014 Winter Olympics?

Last Olympics there was an FPP linking to a thorough Olympics prospectus. Among other things, it has a condensed three-event-a-day set of viewing recommendations, a per-sport set of athletes and countries to keep an eye on, and bunches of athlete and sport context sprinkled throughout for flavor. I loved being able to tune in to a random event, pull up the prospectus, and quickly find a few sentences/a paragraph that gave me the gist of the narrative/context for that event. Is there an equivalent this year? Failing that, what are other good resources for Olympics viewers this year?
posted by jdherg on Feb 5, 2014 - 1 answer

Book / textbook recs for learning basic (art) painting techniques?

Decided to take a break from photography. Would like to learn how to draw / paint. Can anyone recommend a good book / textbook for reference purposes?
posted by NYC-BB on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 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

Would it be ok to ask this person for a reference letter?

I haven't known him for that long. And am in a position of privilege [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Nov 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Writing a letter of recommendation via email: in body or as attachment?

A question about writing letters of recommendation. Specifically, when the letters are not hand-written and snail mailed, but are emailed instead. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Nov 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Macroeconomics textbook for reference purposes

I'm looking for a Macroeconomics textbook to use for future reference. [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist on Nov 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Good "owners manuals" for new dog owners?

What are good "owners manuals" for new dog owners? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Glamorous Cairo of the 1920s. Visual references, please?

Help! I need to know what high society Cairo looks like in the 1920s - the sophisticated, opulent, and fashionable - people and settings. More parties and interiors than architecture. It's really important that the references be of Egyptian people, not travelers visiting from abroad bringing their own style with them. But, if it was fashionable for the well-heeled to import furniture and clothing styles from Europe, that's important too. What does a party look like, and how would it differ from a party set in Paris or London? The things that are different are the things that are important. My best resource so far is the Egyptian Royalty pool on Flickr. That and Indiana Jones is all I've got. It's for a painting. Thanks!
posted by Lou Stuells on Oct 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Use headhunter as well as the boss-approved method to get an interview?

I was contacted about a job with a company by a HR recruiter (not from that company) on LinkedIn. I was aware of this job from the company’s website and also I have a friend who is working at that company in a peer position. That friend said he spoke to his boss, and his boss said I should apply for the job via the company's website, so I did. Would there be any benefit following up with the HR recruiter from LinkedIn anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2013 - 7 answers

How to deal with false allegations in employment background check?

Just got extended a dream job offer, but I'm afraid a background check will turn up a skeleton in my closet (that I didn't put there) that I don't know how to deal with. How do I prepare to refute it clearly, professionally, and without weaving an unnecessarily epic tale of drama? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Suggestions for a poetry collection book

Looking for recommendations for a book of poetry collections for someone new to poetry. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 26, 2013 - 17 answers

ISO: Confit Reference

I have an immersion circulator. Confit is delicious. What's the best reference for making lots of interesting confits? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Jun 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Movie reference for Sacred Hoops

What movie had a reference to Sacred Hoops? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Apr 28, 2013 - 3 answers

What does a 9-year-old boy need to know?

I will be giving a newly minted 9-year-old gentleman of my acquaintance a wallet for his birthday. I was thinking of printing and laminating a card full of important reference information for a young man of his age. Sort of an ultra condensed Schott's Original Miscellany. What should I put on it?
posted by Capn on Apr 18, 2013 - 27 answers

What are your most badass web-based reference resources?

What are the best obsessively cataloged reference websites from your field? I mean the kinds of places you can go to when things are being reported on in a confusing way, or just seems off and worth checking, where you can cut through the bullshit and easily find either original source material or otherwise solid answers to technical questions. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Mar 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Who to use as a reference for a temp job?

Do I have to use my direct supervisor as a reference? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Linux CLI Filter: Complete Linux Command Line Book?

Is there a book (or a way to have one made) that would list all available Linux commands with options and what they mean for any shell I'm interested in learning? (Currently bash) [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Mar 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Saying "That won't be possible" isn't really possible

The question: Should I provide a lukewarm reference for my recently fired ex-manager to avoid awkwardness? Or should I tell him no, and if so, what is the code language to use? I can't say "Sorry, that won't be possible" for reasons outlined herein. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2013 - 40 answers

What resources are there for people with Olfactory Reference Syndrome?

A friend's life is being ruled by something resembling ORS, a psychological condition in which you believe you smell like a trash can, move to another city and hide from society. She insists that it's an odor issue, and when everyone tells her she's OK, she writes it off as white lies to make her feel better. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Mar 4, 2013 - 6 answers

What are the rules for drawing from a reference photo that is not yours?

Lets say I found an amazing macro photograph of a flower or of an old building and I wanted to do a very detailed graphite drawing of the photo. Am I able to claim this drawing as 'my' artwork? Can I use it in a painting to sell? Does the photographer need to be credited? Do I need permission in the first place to use the photo as reference or should I just avoid all the potential hassle and take my own darned photographs for reference from which to draw?
posted by tenaciousmoon on Feb 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Diodes, transistors, resistors, oh my!

What are the best resources and references for a novice interested in modern electrical engineering? [more inside]
posted by clearly on Jan 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Is it acceptable to seek out a reference from someone in the past?

I am applying for an internship and I want to ask someone to give me a reference. However, I haven't been in contact with them for two years. We parted on good terms. Is it acceptable for me to ask them for a reference still? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Jan 10, 2013 - 14 answers

Modern jazz recordings reference?

Which book should I buy to replace the (non-existent) 10th edition of "The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings"? [more inside]
posted by avysk on Dec 26, 2012 - 1 answer

Bladdered bat book...?

What's this novel? I just got a reference request to identify the book/series that has vampires and "bats with big bladders under their bellies". Vampire books are not my forte. Complete question inside. Help? [more inside]
posted by gillyflower on Dec 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me find out more about photographic route atlases

I'd like to know more about a type of photographic route guide used in the early 20th century, definitely in the US if not elsewhere. They're a series of photographs of junctions with an arrow drawn over them. Librarians, map lovers, can you help me? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Oct 30, 2012 - 2 answers

What's the best sewing reference book?

I would like to buy a good book on how to sew. I don't mean a beginner's instructional book, since I can already sew quite well, but a comprehensive reference book that covers everything from the basics to advanced tailoring and couture techniques. I want a sewing book that is the equivalent of Vogue Knitting, which is revered among knitters as the knitter's Bible. I've come across Vogue Sewing, and Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina. Would you recommend either one of these as the best choice, or do you know of another book you think is better?
posted by orange swan on Sep 21, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I explain why my advisor isn't a reference?

My supervisor/thesis advisor has dropped off the face of the earth as I'm applying for jobs, so I can't count on him as a reference. How bad does this look, should I explain it in writing somewhere, and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me write a character reference for my friend awaiting sentencing in a US prison.

Help me write a character reference for my friend awaiting sentencing in a US prison. [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Issue with supervisor thwarting job search process!

I need to provide supervisor references for a job opportunity, but I do not have many people I can ask. Need help figuring out my options. Details inside: [more inside]
posted by mdn31 on Jul 30, 2012 - 11 answers

What is this Chief of Staff?

Joni Mitchell's Harry's House/Centerpiece. A lyrics question. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on May 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Best practices for approaching busy ex-employers for reference? And how to explain longer stay at university?

I'm a new grad entering the workforce. What's the best way for me to approach busy busy BUSY ex-bosses (so busy they have phone gatekeepers, cuz they're always on the phone with Very Important People) to use them as a reference? I left them on good terms, but it's been at least two years and no contact in between. Several related questions ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Memorize ALL THE THINGS

I'm memorizing all of the world capitals. What other flash-cardable things would be useful/impressive to memorize? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Apr 16, 2012 - 32 answers

I don't know if she's a good secretary, but she wrote a great paper on Nietzsche...

Quick reference etiquette question: Is it weird to use a professor as a reference for a job unrelated to academic studies? What is the best way to ask them? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Apr 3, 2012 - 9 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for the name of most languages in every language

ShotInTheDarkfilter: I need the names of the top 60 or so most common languages in each of those languages. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Feb 16, 2012 - 7 answers

"Is it Sybil?" I dunno, is it?

"Is it Sybil?" Help me understand this dated reference in a Rita Rudner joke from the early 90's. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Jan 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Between a rock and a hard place?

New Job Filter: My references provided negative feedback, OR I'm possibly being nit-picked by new job's HR? WTF. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 - 15 answers

The 5,000 Foot Bookshelf - Curated lists and collections of important texts

When I finally take the plunge on an eBook reader I want an epic collection of public domain classic and/or important and/or utilitarian books to live on it. I'm looking for a particular sort of resource for this quest. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Order my zombie.

I have three folders on my Kindle.. Fiction, Non-fiction and Reference. Where do I place 'The Zombie Survival Guide'?
posted by Frasermoo on Dec 29, 2011 - 25 answers

Household learning!

My cups of tea teach me things. Can the carpets, or the plates, or the cushions? [more inside]
posted by Fen on Dec 21, 2011 - 20 answers

Reference management for web-based collaboration

What reference management options exist for Google Docs? Failing that, what other web-based collaboration tools offer reference management, either built-in or by extension via plug-in?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 22, 2011 - 7 answers

To be (a reference) or not to be (a reference)

Should I ask more questions before saying I'll be a reference for someone who was recently "let go"? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Nov 17, 2011 - 12 answers

At the risk of finding out I can't shop at the supermarket I can walk to...

Is there a quick way to gauge how ethical the practices of a corporation are? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Nov 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Phùng Thị Chính?

Librarians / reference experts: I'm seeking any information in English about Phùng Thị Chính (other than the stub on Wikipedia).
posted by kalapierson on Oct 15, 2011 - 2 answers

How to reference online material

How do you properly reference an online forum post in a masters thesis using APA 6? [more inside]
posted by meech on Oct 11, 2011 - 1 answer

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