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Resources for the Pseudo-Woke

What are your favorite resources to talk about race/inequalities/power dynamics/inclusiveness? Preferably easier and shorter reads. [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 to Human Relations at 7:06 AM on May 25, 2018 - 11 answers [29 favorites]

How do I get better at reaching out to people?

I’m terrible at reaching out to people generally or when they’re in need. I want to be better. Help! [more inside]
posted by good day merlock to Human Relations at 9:11 PM on May 24, 2018 - 4 answers [17 favorites (16 in the past 24 hours)]

I’m gonna eat ice cream outside a used bookstore,

Looking for inspirational songs, quotes, bumper stickers or short stories about ‘dating myself.’ That is— being outside a committed relationship, and committing to yourself. [more inside]
posted by Doc_Sock to Media & Arts at 8:12 AM on May 25, 2018 - 13 answers [12 favorites]

Giving the gift of bourbon

My beloved has a big birthday coming up this summer, and she's a huge bourbon fan, so I'd like to get her a special bottle. Some of her favorites include Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Blade & Bow, and Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey (a blend). I'd like to spend around $100-$150 and would love something that's presented in a special way, perhaps in a box. Thanks for your ideas!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Food & Drink at 9:06 AM on May 25, 2018 - 17 answers [9 favorites]

How Do I Professor?

I've been asked to teach a course I have experience in the field of study but no experience teaching. What resources are available for those who know the content but are clueless about teaching it? [more inside]
posted by jmsta to Education at 6:00 AM on May 25, 2018 - 11 answers [5 favorites]

Where should I go for my next solo vacation?

I'm having a ridiculously hard time figuring out where to go on my next trip, and could use some recommendations. My usual travel M.O. involves a schedule packed with visits to sites of historical or cultural value (e.g. UNESCO World Hertiage sites). I dislike the ideas of tours so I generally do all my own planning. [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 to Travel & Transportation at 10:02 AM on May 25, 2018 - 12 answers [5 favorites]

Interviewing the Interviewer

You're in a job interview. What are some tactics you use to determine whether the interviewer/manager is someone you like and want to work for? I'm looking for anything... subtle cues to look out for, questions to ask, etc.
posted by onecircleaday to Human Relations at 1:25 PM on May 22, 2018 - 27 answers [46 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Ensuring my FERPA rights

A couple of years ago, my mother was able to gain a copy of my college schedule from a professor she was friends with (not a professor of mine, but apparently all professors at the university have this sort of access). She proceeded to email all of my professors, informing them about extremely private issues. She also made an attempt to have me withdrawn from my classes. [more inside]
posted by Sotha Sil to Education at 11:43 PM on May 24, 2018 - 23 answers [4 favorites]

Is it Worth Going to Shanghai for a Week?

I have a free place to stay in Shanghai and am on a tight budget and wondered if it'd be worth flying from the States (frequent flyer miles) to go visit for a week. I generally am culturally curious and would like something like visiting the "Water Towns", but I'm wondering if there's much else to see and do to fill a week?
posted by Jon44 to Travel & Transportation at 9:17 AM on May 25, 2018 - 10 answers [4 favorites]

Non-condescending dermatologist or aesthetician

I can't stand dermatologists or medical aestheticians that give you really simplistic explanations for things ("It removes impurities") or treat you like you're five ("How are you doing, honey?") Can you recommend a derm that doesn't do this, anywhere in the US? [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Health at 4:04 PM on May 24, 2018 - 10 answers [5 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]


I have about 12-18 HUGE spot prawns that were given to me fresh, then frozen, that I want to do justice to when I have my parents over for dinner tomorrow night. I can find about 10000 different ways to cook them on the internet, but I need to determine which is the BEST way. [more inside]
posted by wats to Food & Drink at 9:05 PM on May 24, 2018 - 10 answers [5 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Why is the PATH station at World Trade Center so hard to leave?

I was housesitting recently for someone in New Jersey and took PATH to work at the World Trade Center, and walking through the station to reach the exit seemed to take longer than the train ride. (The exit I wanted, on Greenwich, seemed especially hard to reach; I had to double back across the length of the building.) Does anyone know why it's designed this way? Is it just trying to trap people in the mall? Isn't it unsafe in an emergency to have the exits so far from the trains?
posted by pinochiette to Travel & Transportation at 6:54 AM on May 25, 2018 - 6 answers [3 favorites]

Help me remember a really groovy disco (maybe) song.

I am looking for a song that (maybe) had Donna Summer on vocals. It had a really twitchy guitar intro and solo and was more on the psycadelic side of Disco. Sparse detail below the fold. [more inside]
posted by cirgue to Media & Arts at 12:49 PM on May 25, 2018 - 5 answers [3 favorites]

Most effective skin treatments?

What have you had done for overall anti-aging and skin texture improvement, whether at a medical spa or with serious treatments at home? Do you do peels? Microneedling? Have you had Fraxel or Thermage? [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:51 PM on Mar 4, 2018 - 11 answers [41 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Help me get caught up on web front end dev trends and best practices

I'm a software developer with 15+ years of experience, but I've been working exclusively on the middle tier and back end for the last 7 years. I'd like to get a kickstart of knowledge on best practices for front end/UI development so I can enhance my full-stack skills. [more inside]
posted by matildaben to Computers & Internet at 8:42 AM on May 23, 2018 - 5 answers [30 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

My sight singing is my weakness

I want to improve my sight singing. My voice teacher says I need something like Rosetta Stone for sight singing. Please help! [more inside]
posted by whitelily to Education at 4:23 PM on May 21, 2018 - 23 answers [18 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Accessing a generous/kind/gracious minset

I'd like to get better (more frequently, longer duration) at being in the state of mind where kindness/graciousness are joyful for me. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by Cozybee to Human Relations at 6:51 AM on May 21, 2018 - 12 answers [17 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

How Old is Too Old for ADHD Diagnosis & Medication

So, as more information gets mainstreamed about how ADHD manifests in adolescent girls and young women (as opposed to boys), I see more and more of myself in the descriptors. BUT I'm 49 years old, secure in my white collar job, reasonably successful in it. I'm pretty well adapted to the stress, anxiety, disorganization and forgetfulness. Do they even assess women my age for ADHD? Treat it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 1:46 AM on May 22, 2018 - 23 answers [14 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Signed up for Match -- what do I need to know?

After being on OKC for a really long time, and looking for greener pastures (following this question) I signed up for Match. I used to be on Match years and years ago, and it's obviously changed a fair bit. Also, all my recent online dating experience has been solely on OKC. My question: is there anything particular to the Match experience/character/interface that I should be aware of? How does Match differ from other sites? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault to Human Relations at 9:05 AM on May 23, 2018 - 7 answers [6 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

ISO easily digested resources for calling out an online misogynist?

Do you know of a nice simple primer that I can send to a garden-variety unthinking online misogynist? Just enough to get the wheels turning in his head - maybe with links onward to more? [more inside]
posted by rd45 to Society & Culture at 12:38 AM on May 22, 2018 - 8 answers [5 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

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