I’ve just signed up to run a marathon with 5,000ft of ascent in February. I’m excited! If you’re an experienced hill runner, what tips and tricks can you short-cut me to, to help make this step-up to happy hill marathoner go smoothly? [more inside]
I'd like to get into a more regular schedule with weightlifting workouts—but I'm imminently moving from Copenhagen to split my time between New York and Boston. How do I do this? Looking for trainer/gym recommendations, especially: [more inside]
We are three humanities grad students who have been given a budget of $2500 to learn some "technical skills" that will benefit our digital humanities project (in Drupal). What should we spend our dollars on? Details inside. [more inside]
What intense, immersive training programs are out there that are similar to Hack Reactor or App Academy, but for back-end programming? [more inside]
We came back from vacation (had a housesitter) and our cats are peeing on everything. We tried Feliway in the past but it didn't work and is expensive. Is there a DIY solution such as a makeable spray that actually deters cats and does not smell awful? [more inside]
I've always been told I'm skinny by my peers. I'm a female, 5'8", and currently 129 pounds. But I feel that my fat percentage overall is definitely rising, although look-wise I might look relatively the same. Ever since I stopped playing sports I've been getting a little flabbier. My friends say don't worry you're still so skinny, but I want to be toned and lean, instead of "skinny-fat". Whats the best way? [more inside]
Please help me reduce the stress/separation anxiety and improve the behavior of my 3 year old dog. More inside. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any online courses or training resources that I can organise for my staff to help improve their business communication skills? (Written and/or verbal, or both) [more inside]
My parents' dog is not allowed inside the house. I let her inside for two nights because it was very hot -- 105F -- outside. But now any time I go inside and leave her alone, she's frantic and begs to be let in. She already has separation anxiety. [more inside]
How often does your dog need to go outside (pee or poop) and how do you know when it's time? [more inside]
I'm bringing a kitten home next week. I was told he should be separated and placed in a quiet area away from my dog, then slowly introduced. My apartment is VERY SMALL. My bedroom is carpeted and I don't want him peeing there, or on my bed while he's in there with a litter box. He may learn that's where the box will ALWAYS be and it's ok to go there. If I lock him in the bathroom, it has no window and he'll be in tight quarters for AT LEAST a week to acclimate to smells/sounds. However, THAT IS the location I prefer one of his litter boxes to be. Also, how could I teach him he'll have his own bed to sleep on at bedtime and it WON'T be mine.
[Posted on a friend's behalf] I am researching schools for a 2 year degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Though there are limitless wormholes about "top schools" I haven't been able to deduce which ones possess both quality programs and a balance of cost-effective places to live while obtaining this degree. I have a background in the visual arts and am now in my mid-40s, so this is an epic step forward in viewing the Big Picture. [more inside]
When I got Excel 2010, I got a workbook that came with a disk of practice worksheets. It was dummy data, as it were. Now that I have updated to Excel 2016 I can't find anything similar. Every search brings me back to some kind of online video training. All of that is good as far as it goes but I won't retain much unless I can actually implement the lesson, not just watch it. Where can I find either a disk or downloadable dummy worksheets with which to practice? Thanks.
I need to learn how to create a training video. It needs to be able to capture what I am doing on my computer screen, while recording my accompanying dialog. I see these all the time on youtube, but I am unsure how to get started. Where can I find some free training, and/or what kind of software/equipment do I need? Thanks!
We're in the market for a spin bike for our home for high-intensity interval training. I've started doing research and have come across various reviews and buying guides—brands, flywheel weight, resistance type, belt or chain, etc. I'm looking for help on a few items. [more inside]
One of the primary roles in my last job was training. At some point I started having panic attacks when I began my training sessions, which was a cause of real distress in the moment, but also longer term as I was now worried about my ability to do my job. Now that my company has closed down, I'm looking for a new job, and I've become aware that I'm subtly discounting opportunities which involve training out of fears related to panic attacks. I really don't think I can afford to overlook these positions in the current job market, but my brain keeps imagining turning up at a new job and having a panic attack in front of a whole new group of people, and naturally things grind to a halt from there. Any thoughts, advice or previous experience would be most welcome; comprehensive history inside. [more inside]
I have a 1999-era Bianchi Volpe (a touring bike) moldering in my garage, despite having it recently tuned. I'd like to get a training stand to get some low-impact cardio in and also harden myself to actual rides again. Which stand should I get? [more inside]
My employer is serious about not using copyrighted materials unless you have the copyright holder's permission. But in a classroom situation, might there be "one weird trick" to get around it? [more inside]
I'm looking for great train-the-trainer, up-your-facilitation game workshops for professional development. What does the hive mind suggest? [more inside]
You managed to stop overestimating the difficulty of the tasks in your life, both large and small. How did you do that? [more inside]
Helpful folk of Metafilter: I (mid 30s, F, doughy) would like to make use of my gym time to get stronger. The amount of information on the internet is overwhelming. Please help me find an app or a routine or something so that once my frontal cortex gets me TO the gym it can zone out while I get muscles. [more inside]
I am looking for short (<5 min) video's / clips I can use in training and coaching. The video's will be combined with more 'boring' theoretical slides about topics like: change management, leadership, strategy deployment, process improvement, customer excellence, hospitality. My youtube collection is in desperate need of an update. Explanation and examples of what I am looking for are in the 'more inside' part of this question. [more inside]
What class(es) do you recommended for learning how to upgrade ASA 5510 from 8.x to 9.x?
Because of other commitments that are unalterable in the next 6-12 months, I can only do weight training on weekends. [more inside]
We've had our timid rescue dog since September. Since we got her, she's become very fearful of the leash and we're unable to get her on it and out the door without a lot of struggle. How do we help her get more comfortable with this? [more inside]
I need to brush up on my professional meeting hosting skills and trying to find a way to do this in the context of a professional networking and skills development Meetup I run in the UK with about 200 members. Is there a Toastmasters for event planners?
I manage various affinity groups at a large law firm so I am constantly trying to find ideas and research about programming and how to facilitate change. Can anyone point me in the direction of people (authors, speakers, researchers) who are coming up with "crazy", innovative, and/or shocking ways to address bias at work/in society? [more inside]
I have been trying very hard at a new job in a new industry, and have been reprimanded twice (both in front of other people and alone) by my boss during my second week in training. I am made to feel incompetent when I know I am very capable person who is simply learning the landscape. Please help me navigate this situation. [more inside]
I have a small training business and I'm looking for ideas on how best to market it. We put together custom courses based on our clients' technology stacks, and offer one-to-one remote coaching to their employees (new hires, cross training, advancement). We are based in Europe and want to market to companies in large western European cities. [more inside]
I am a second-generation cyclist. My father, long ago, rode the San Diego Century in 4'52", back when he was a talented amateur road racer in rural SoCal with very little to do besides ride his bike. I am in my thirties and have a nine-to-five in NYC. Can I break the 5-hour mark? [more inside]
I have recently gotten back into cardio and have signed up for a Spartan a Race in April...yeah me! Now the problem...I think I have extensor tendinitis in my left foot. About a mile into a run/walk, the top of my foot up into my ankle starts to burn. It doesn't stop me, but damn it hurts. I have tried loosening my laces, ice, pain killers...no help. Is there anything other than stopping the cardio? Thanks hive!
A couple nights ago, we brought home a spunky nine-week-old Pointer/Lab mix from The North Shore Animal League. We did this after the sudden passing of our beloved Westie, who died at 13 from rapidly progressing cancer. I don't know. Maybe we did this too quickly. Maybe we weren't ready for the CONSTANT chewing, peeing, biting and jumping. But the fact is he's here. The animal lover in me is telling me that his behavior isn't his fault, and bringing him back to the shelter is an absolute LAST resort, bordering on impossible, for my family and I. But we don't know how much more we can take. Help? WOT inside, sorry. [more inside]
Pretty simple question: how do you keep your cat(s) from darting out the front door when you leave/come home? [more inside]
We have a one year old shih-tzu dog that we got as a 2 month old puppy. She is extremely sweet and calm and not territorial about food, toys, etc. However, if she has something small in her mouth that I need to get out, she growls as a warning and if I try to open her mouth, she bites. [more inside]
We are probably going to be getting a dog in the next short while. I have seen this question. In terms of an update, or the most current thinking on how to keep a dog happy, manage behaviours brought on / out by being stressed in a shelter, and tips and tricks on bonding, where should we be looking / what should we be reading? [more inside]
I'm a competitive athlete, in my mid-60s. I'm getting discouraged because I need cross-training that will keep me mobile and strong. I need recommendations for low-impact aerobic, core, and weight work that will keep me moving, keep me competitive, and reduce injuries. [more inside]
I'm a somewhat new massage therapist, but I'm a bit of a slow learner. I wanted to practice by following along with some Youtube or Vimeo videos, but I cannot seem to find much that run 50 minutes (standard length for the industry). Anyone have advice on where I might find something? I'm stumped that my searches aren't picking up much.
For my new job, I collect attendees at the hotel and bring them to the office, then bring them back at the end of the day. I do this every month for a week - in total, 4-5 hours on the road. So far I've been playing Andy Fink's Corporate Report cd, but I would like some more variety. Please recommend equally particular albums that would go in the background of a jovial van ride. Maybe some instrumental 70s rock, or a really solid dub album?
Physical or occupational therapists, speech pathologists, rehabilitation people etc., would you please step inside? I would like to collect some of the physical methods and exercises used to train and develop your clients. I am thinking there are probably things like blowing into straws or passing objects from one hand to another and would love to hear more and what it is they develop.
My company is looking to create an online training resource for customers and sales reps. It would need to host videos, WebEx-like training sessions, and have a searchable document database. I know there are a number of services that provide each of these individually, but I'm having trouble finding an all-in-one solution. [more inside]
We're trying to present ourselves as a super cutting edge team. Traditional fidget/thinking toys like Rubik's Cube, pipe cleaners, wooden blocks elasticated together, wooden puzzles, brain teasers, etc, are ALL OUT. They are sooo retro which is NOT what we're going for. I'm looking for CUTTING EDGE toys - gadgets and gizmos that team members can fiddle around with during a meeting or class, and make us look new and fresh.
Whenever I run more than half a mile, the bottom of my arches feel like hot needles are getting poked in them. What is wrong with my feet? How can I fix this? [more inside]
For general life preparedness and education, I'd like to take a course for First Aid, First Responder (FR), or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), but I'm finding it hard to decide. I'm leaning towards FR or EMR because I think this field is interesting and want to learn more, and because I have time to invest in it. However, FR and EMR have additional requirements which sound potentially onerous for someone who doesn't actively practice in the field. I'm in Vancouver, BC. [more inside]
Has anyone taken actual instructor-led training in git, and did it help? (flurries inside) [more inside]
I don't mean how did you build the core business acumen that informs your coaching. How did you specifically get good at the coaching part? [more inside]
I need/want to learn to use Photoshop for various things. I do not learn well from videos and I can't find any courses within 400km of me. I'm good at teaching myself things given the best media fit. [more inside]
I want to learn copyediting basics. I have writing skills and great attention to detail, but no formal copyediting training. What resources are out there? I'm looking for short-term things like courses, manuals, and workbooks, not full degree or certificate programs. [more inside]
I had a ton of questions about our feral rescue when he first came to live with us last spring. And now I have a new one. He has become super unruly lately and I'm not sure what to do. In particular, he has been getting really weird with people who cut through the off leash area. He'll run over and start barking at them. He runs in circles around them and barks loudly. When he's this keyed up, he won't listen to me at all. I can usually eventually get a stick in his line of vision and convince him that the stick is way more interesting than this poor person, but I don't like it. I'd love some advice about what we should be doing about this! [more inside]
What is the best way to to keep a cat from scratching at the bedroom door at night? [more inside]