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I'm just a caveman. Your modern guitar tech frightens and confuses me.

The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Neighbor is mentally ill and getting worse

I have a neighbor who is mentally ill and his condition is not improving. He leaves trash on our street and parks his car in front of my house with his trash inside. His house is unfit to live in and I don't know what we can do to help. I'm afraid to approach him 'cause it's progressed to him barking and talking to himself. We live in suburbia and I need resources that can help him.
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Aug 29, 2014 - 19 answers

Looking For A Study on Abusers and When They Show Their True Colors

I read a study online somewhere that physically abusive men on average wait three years before escalating to physical violence. Does anyone know the study, and can you give me a link? [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Jul 6, 2014 - 1 answer

I have an encyclopedia, not a story: what to do?

Authors Of AskMe, has this happened to you? During my self-imposed creative hiatus over the last year or so I conducted a lot of research into what would be my dream project. A project I could be passionate about, the kind of book I'd really want to exist. So I made a list of every thing, character, concept, idea, sudden kind of twist I'd like. I have three notebooks of this stuff. I cross-indexed it and included all my references. I have an astounding about of detail on what I want to put in and touch on but no actual story. I keep staring at it, like it's a list of SCP entries, and I can't think of a damn thing for anyone to do with these collected items, places, motifs, themes, and people. It's frustrating cause I can come up with quick pulp narratives on the fly for stuff I'm not working as hard on but every attempt to break and outline a rising action for these people results in rapid breathing and complete brain fume-lock. I keep asking "What does the main character want?" and coming up with nothing. Is this common? Is there a resource for this? Can I pay someone to go through these ideas and find something that other people might want to read? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 23, 2014 - 39 answers

Resources for ADHD in children

So... I am 99% positive that my three-and-a-half year old daughter has an ADHD diagnoses in her future. She is the poster child for literally every symptom on the "10 early signs" list, and family members/care providers/random aquaintences have all asked "do you think...?" So while of course I will eventually do the appropriate screenings etc - what I'm looking for here are anecdotes, experiences, research and strategies for a parent of a child with ADHD (or, you know, who exhibits all the behaviors and issues of one who does). [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Apr 9, 2014 - 29 answers

How to feign interest in Formula 1 racing

I will be going to an upcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix but am not very interested in auto racing. Help me hide that fact from the people I'm going with. [more inside]
posted by Metro Gnome on Mar 5, 2014 - 27 answers

The Pen is Mightier than the...Rage-Quit?

For a number of reasons, my work environment has become particularly stressful, to the point where it has visibly impacted my well-being. Do I quit, or stay and defend myself? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Feb 24, 2014 - 24 answers

Newbie Needs Resources on Pregnancy, Childbirth, Parenting, etc.

I am a pregnant for the first time, and looking for resources (primarily web, but not limited to it) on pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. This shouldn't be so hard, right? But I really want blogs, Tumblrs, Twitters, websites, etc. that are funny or snarky or absurd, as well as smart, feminist/liberal, crunchy, scientific, and welcoming of a variety of backgrounds/lifestyles. (Maybe not all at once, but I'll take what I can get.) I'm coming up short. Help? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jan 13, 2014 - 34 answers

Sexism for neckbeards

Please share with me your absolute beginner level resources to foist upon an unexamined sexist. Snowflake level: special needs. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Dec 26, 2013 - 22 answers

Resources for deciding to be a mother?

I'm looking for resources (books, websites, etc.) to help me gain a balanced perspective on whether or not motherhood is right for me, given my anxieties and health issues. [more inside]
posted by Maya Cecile on Nov 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Books on stopping domestic violence....for abusers or potential abusers?

I know there are a lot of great books out there for survivors of domestic violence. Are there any good books out there for survivors who end up abusive themselves, but would not like to be? In particular, I'm thinking adult children of domestic violence, who because they witnessed awful stuff growing up, think that anything not-that-awful is okay. [more inside]
posted by corb on Oct 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Seeking Russian learning resources

I'd like more and better (preferably Internet-based) resources for learning Russian. Cyrillic alphabet instruction not needed. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Sep 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Friend kicked out of home in Florida - what resources can I recommend?

An friend just got booted out of her home in Florida with an hour's notice by her boyfriend. She has no money, important possessions from small to large in the house, and pets. I advised her to call the police but beyond that I had no idea. Later I found the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and sent her the hotline number. But there must exist checklists or articles for this sort of situation, seeing as it happens so often in abusive relationships! [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit on Aug 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Getting to know shrews...

Gray wolves mate for life, honeybees know the world is round and ducks have corkscrew penises. Tell me more! I'm looking for thoughtful and fascinating introductions to the features, behaviors and "character" of particular species of animal. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Aug 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Corporate information database

My friend is looking for a resource that will identify by states buyer contact information for large retail companies. She is a "key account representative" for a national company with a presence in half of the states in the US, and wants to find information regarding buyers for large national retailers. Years ago there was publication called "Contact Influential" that supplied this sort of info. I'm marginally familiar with Hoover's, and believe it is along these lines. Does the hive have any other suggestions?
posted by ecollie on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

How much does HR know about an employee's medical treatments?

In a few months I'm going to be having an elective surgery to fix an ongoing medical issue that I'm a bit sensitive about. The HR person at my ~100 person sized company is pleasant but she seems to be careless when discussing private info on the phone. What does she know about any medical treatment I get? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Jun 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Post grad student resources - what do y'all need?

Provided those needs are cheap, and can be provided on a website run by your Faculty. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Education while working full time

I'm a part time college student who studies Computer Science and works full time as a junior mobile developer in New York City for an air travel company. I am currently half way through my undergraduate degree due to family issues and simply because I work the whole week. Even so, courses at Brooklyn College where I go to have the worst schedules for some of the major classes. It seems as if college is for the person with a family backbone and I'm struggling a bit as I do not have such support. Are there any resources available for me so that way I won't delay with college so much while being able to work full time?
posted by antgly on Jun 2, 2013 - 12 answers

Recommended professional counsellors/therapists around Vancouver, BC?

I'm asking for a friend. Any recommendations or resources available? Located in Vancouver area and working on a sliding scale (or relatively affordable) would be much appreciated.
posted by Hawk V on May 30, 2013 - 4 answers

How to make my own clothes: Advanced Beginner Edition?

Spurred by the events in Bangladesh, a growing dissatisfaction with clothing quality, as well as an oddly shaped body that doesn't conform well to rack sizing, I've decided to commit to making more of my own clothing. I know how to operate my sewing machine. I know how to read a pattern. I frankenstein and repurpose clothes on the regular. I need some advanced basics to take it to the next level. [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on May 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Can't get ATI/AMD 7970 to work with a 2nd video card in the computer.

I am trying to upgrade my computer (Intel DP55WG motherboard, Windows 7 64 bit) from two ATI/AMD Radeon HD 6950 video cards to two Radeon HD 7970 cards. When I install either of the 7970 cards along with any other card (the other 7970 or either of my 6950s), only one card is able to start in Windows. The other card does not provide video output, and it has an exclamation icon in the device manager with the text "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system. (Code 12)" Do you have any idea why this is happening or how I might be able to fix it? More details and a list of things I have already tried inside. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Apr 22, 2013 - 9 answers

World War II in 2 pages- GO!

I have to write a 2 page paper on the subject after the fold. Can you please reccommend me books/journals/articles that cover the topic? The shorter, the better. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Apr 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Gamemaker Resources

I'm working with a group of kids to help them learn the very basics of GameMaker. I'm looking for libraries of sprites, backgrounds, and sounds to help them in the creation process. Are there ready-made libraries for educators out there. If I have to cobble it together on my own, what are good places to get the basics for making simple 2-dimensional games? Also: are there any good premade game templates (shooter, platformer, puzzle games) that we can use to get their ideas down? We're more interested in the story-telling process of game creation, and not so much the learning to program part. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 25, 2013 - 3 answers

Acquaintance is a child sex offender. What now?

I recently learned that an acquaintance is a convicted child sex offender. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2013 - 22 answers

Gender, sexuality, and mental health.

Gender, sexuality, and mental health. Help me design a workshop? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Feb 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Resources for dealing with your widowed parents starting to date?

My recently-widowed father seems to have started dating. What are some resources to deal with the emotions I'm going through and the ones that will no doubt come up later? [more inside]
posted by nursegracer on Jan 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Want Quality, Not Buzzwords.

Teacher/Educator Filter: Professional Development Resources? ...Social Workers, HR & Management, NPO people, Local Govt. Workers, Community Organizers, Policy Advocates-- I'm open to your PD stuff too! [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy on Dec 19, 2012 - 2 answers

I want to decorate with my boyfriend but he'll kind of be ... away

How do I deal with preparing for a life with my boyfriend when I know he’s going to have to spend some time in jail for a DUI? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 - 16 answers

story-oriented video editing resources

I'm looking for some really good how-to guides on making videos, especially on documentary style and story-oriented pieces. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Oct 22, 2012 - 2 answers

You are not a bad person for wanting to break up, and neither is he.

Any resources for healing after a breakup when you're the one that initiated it? And that doesn't demonise either party? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Why is paid time off so hard to negotiate?

What is the purpose of rigid paid-time off policies? [more inside]
posted by fries on Sep 28, 2012 - 38 answers

I can has blog?

A few weeks ago, I asked for ideas for hobbies to keep me occupied while living on a small island in Alaska. A number of people suggested keeping a blog, and that appealed. So now I'm asking for help and resources to do it right! [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Aug 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Friend is nearly blind, jobless, losing home. Resources?

My friend, near Atlanta, GA, is nearly blind with cataracts in both eyes. She is jobless. Her house is in foreclosure, and I have just discovered that it will go up for sale on the 4th. She's completely isolated, and has no transportation. Family is not a viable resource. [more inside]
posted by moira on Aug 6, 2012 - 11 answers

How to support the abused

I've started to date again after the end of an eight year relationship. The good news is I've met an amazing woman and we're starting to develop a more serious relationship. The part I (male) need help with is that it turns out she was physically, sexually, mentally, and emotionally abused in several previous relationships over the course of about 15 years. How do I support her as a new relationship partner? Can you recommend any good resources for me to read? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Resources about eating disorders?

Seeking recommendations on books/websites about all aspects of eating disorders. [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Jul 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Foreclosed family in crisis.

Resources for foreclosed family to find new place to live in Minneapolis? (Also questions on how to deal with a family crisis in general.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for post-divorce Pro Se resources.

Looking for post-divorce Pro Se resources. [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 3, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I explain this in simple terms?

Please help me either articulate why a certain position is unethical - or help me understand how I am wrong. Is it right to charge someone more for a service based on their success in monetizing that service? [more inside]
posted by Tennyson D'San on Jun 22, 2012 - 37 answers

What resources can I use to find a great roommate for my apartment in Oakland, CA?

What resources can I use to find a great roommate for my apartment in Oakland, CA? [more inside]
posted by fireflies on Jun 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Links, links everywhere

I love the One Thing Well blog and the newish The Toolbox. Are there any other good link blogs similar in purpose (links to resources and webapps instead of news/articles)?
posted by Memo on May 19, 2012 - 7 answers

What are the best reputable sources to learn more about internet marketing?

Though I've been working with web development since the 90's, I have a hands-on knowledge gap when it comes to internet marketing techniques like SEO, Adwords, analytics and the like. What are the best sources, free or paid, to learn more? I've been looking around for good resources, but it looks like this field is dominated by crooks. Any recommendations of books and sites written by reputable professionals is appreciated. I'm also a big fan of video lectures, if you know of any.
posted by falameufilho on May 18, 2012 - 4 answers

What profession would suit me best?

Should I go into nursing or human resources? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on May 3, 2012 - 16 answers

High-quality mockup renders

Please reveal your best-guarded design resource secrets and point me towards some low-cost (yet high-quality!) mock-up photos of hands and tablets [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Apr 3, 2012 - 2 answers

I've built it. They're coming. What next?

I've started a subject-specific blog and it's going well. What should I be doing to continue building an audience? What timeline is normal for a blog? What should I reading about strategy or expectations? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Mar 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Anyone know some resources for learning ServiceDesk?

Does anyone know of any self-guided training (books, online, whatever) for ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus? I'd like to learn a bit more about some of the things it's capable of, but the company's own website isn't very helpful and I haven't been able to turn up much via The Google, either.
posted by briank on Mar 23, 2012 - 1 answer

I suck at being gay

I suck at being gay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Helping a struggling parent.

My poor, overworked, lonely, non-English-speaking immigrant mother is approaching 50. Her daily existence is a living hell. Short of winning the lottery, what can I do to improve her quality of life? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Feb 29, 2012 - 23 answers

Being pressured by my company to sign legal documents

Being pressured by my company to sign legal documents. This seems very not okay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 16 answers

where do you go when all the other resources aren't available?

I need to talk to someone right now, and the hotlines I've called have not been helpful, and my friends/family are all indisposed. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Feb 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Books, forums, ??, for adult children of abusive parents who have (undiagnosed) cognitive and emotional issues?

What are some informative self-help books and other resources (preferably online or UK-based) for adults dealing with abusive parents who have undiagnosed cognitive deficits and are emotionally stunted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 2 answers

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