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November 13

Studying creative writing in a non English-speaking country

It sounds stupid and counter-intuitive but I'm wondering—for a friend—whether there might just be high-quality courses in writing (in English!) in non-English speaking countries in South America or Europe (France or Spain for example).
posted by miaow at 9:38 PM - 3 answers

Help me disarm through humor

Have a work situation where the customer is ANGRY; what is your best humorous and or kind ways to de-escalate? Working with a tough crowd here: community college freshman [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 2:42 PM - 24 answers

November 11

Not that kind of experimenting.

Are there any other "experimental colleges" similar to UC Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies, where undergrads pursue a self-directed, accelerated course of study, work closely with faculty, and do original research? Alternatively, are there any post-bacc or master's programs that would be similar in culture?
posted by octopodiatrist at 3:47 PM - 18 answers

raising children to speak the minority language of only one parent?

I'm in NYC. I would like my children to learn Mandarin, but my wife does not speak it at all and I speak it only poorly. We don't regularly socialize with people who speak Mandarin except my family. What are the minimal lifestyle changes we need to make in order to give our kids a good shot at learning Mandarin? Complications inside. [more inside]
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 8:39 AM - 17 answers

November 10

Interesting space to day-host 100-150 preteen astronauts in Atlanta?

Location to stage an Space STEAM Day event for middle-grade students in Atlanta in March? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 7:28 AM - 3 answers

November 8

Environmental justice quote?

I'm trying to find a particular quote about environmental justice (or even better, the original video), only I can't remember who said it and what the precise quote was. [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear at 2:44 PM - 0 answers

November 7

Waiting until 33 to start a PhD: anecdotes, tips, advice, perspective

What was starting a PhD in your 30s like for you? Were there things you considered in preparation that proved to be especially useful for getting through it, especially in the time leading up to starting? [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 at 7:22 AM - 22 answers

November 6

Programming for Business/MIS: Java or C++?

As part of finishing my degree (business with a concentration in management information systems), I'll be taking a programming class. My options are Java or C++ - what's the better way to go? [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive at 2:45 PM - 19 answers

Vacillation on Vocation Education

A friend of mine is looking into a mid-life career change and is interested in attending a trade school and learning a skilled trade. What's the best value for money in trade programs? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 8:28 AM - 8 answers

Masters degree worth it for career switch?

What is the feasibility of switching into a new (tech/engineering) career by getting a masters degree in it? How much does quality of school matter? Or is it kind of a waste of time? [more inside]
posted by miltthetank at 7:21 AM - 7 answers

November 5

Resources for designing information-dense yet attractive presentations

I'm spending an increasing amount of time authoring presentations on information-dense presentations. Most of the templates that accommodate a lot of text have the aesthetic appeal of Khrushchyovka-style Soviet apartment buildings and the templates that have visual appeal are designed for the Steve Jobs style presentations where little of the message was on the screen in text format. Any suggestions on books/web sites/other resources that provide guidance on how to create modern but effective presentations when you need page after page of text? [more inside]
posted by Candleman at 9:11 PM - 5 answers

What was this asynchronous world conquest game I played in grade school?

In grade school (mid-90s) I distinctly remember playing an asynchronous turn-based strategy game that pitted ancient civilizations against one another for control of the world map. Did it actually exist outside of my class, and if so, what was it called? [more inside]
posted by denriguez at 12:20 PM - 2 answers

Is there some place I can access PhD dissertation abstracts?

My fictional character is a sociologist or anthropologist (or possibly historian). I am none of those things. In order to home in on her specialty, I'd like to peruse dissertation titles and abstracts. Is there some way for me, a non-academic, to do that?
posted by swheatie at 6:54 AM - 11 answers

November 2

Risk management Christmas

My brother has asked for "Any book on decision making in high risk, complex environments (economics, military, emergency room...)" for Christmas. He works in the outdoor/wilderness rescue/medicine/firstresponder field, so stuff geared to that would be cool. He's looking for non-fiction, non-narrative sciencey sorts of books. Assume I'm looking for like a 400-level book, not a 101 sort of book. Any suggestions? I want to get him THE BEST.
posted by Grandysaur at 12:02 PM - 28 answers

November 1

Teaching Certification in WA after lapse in MD

Years ago, in 1990, I was certified to teach grades 5-12 Social Studies in Maryland. Moving, different jobs in different states I let my certification lapse. I would like to substitute teach, potentially next year, and it looks like they want certified teachers. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by 101cats at 11:10 AM - 2 answers

October 30

How to help non-English speaking family with a possibly dyslexic child?

I have been tutoring an 8- year old boy from France for the past year. He is showing all the classic signs of being dyslexic, which explains his poor performance in school. His family speaks hardly any English. They have asked that I communicate with the school on their behalf, yet repeated requests for meetings with his teacher and principal have been ignored. What can we do from here? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine at 9:39 AM - 14 answers

October 29

The case of the disappearing academic

I'm on the academic job market this year, and one of my recommenders has vanished mid-semester, having uploaded a current letter to Chronicle Vitae but not Interfolio despite multiple reminders from me. Help?! [more inside]
posted by knucklebones at 1:51 PM - 7 answers

October 28

I need the Young Lady's Illustrated Primer of Calculus

For a number of reasons, I'm struggling with Calculus. Khan Academy has helped a great deal, but the problems are too simple and aren't quite getting me where I need to be to do the problems in the textbook. Problem is, I seem to learn best with online videos (must have captions!) and practice problems with instant feedback in just that manner. Is there anything available that will take me all the way from the basics up to the really hairy equations??
posted by Soliloquy at 9:13 PM - 7 answers

Help me make academic writing not so damn hard.

I've been trying to finish a dissertation (proposal...haven't even done the actual research yet) for WAY too long. My advisor says I need to have at least 60 pages written by end of December (ish) for the proposal to be viable. I think 60 pages is doing nothing but forcing me to read irrelevant articles and i repeating things that are obvious (that may very well be because I'm not finding anything interesting anymore). This has become a writers block for me. Help me rethink this so I can move forward! [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted at 2:25 PM - 27 answers

October 27

Advice for a queer officer?

Imagining I was a queer officer at a university, undergraduate, a Student Representative Council related role, what would be some good advice for me? Across the year 2019, but some elements will kick off earlier than that. Good things I should be doing, potential pitfalls I may have missed, anything that people with more experience in life may know to consider that I don't. [more inside]
posted by AnhydrousLove at 1:37 AM - 3 answers

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