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Turn left here, kids

What are some books -- fiction or nonfiction -- that will help very privileged kiddos develop a sense of empathy for and obligation to other people? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles to Media & Arts at 12:33 PM on Dec 11, 2017 - 35 answers [29 favorites (18 in the past 24 hours)]

Negotiations with bullies and other unreasonable people

Are there any effective negotiation tactics when dealing with people who refuse to compromise or explain unreasonable demands, bully and threaten, deny facts, and other similar methods? If I can avoid those kinds of people I do, but it's not always possible (professional contexts, not personal relationships).
posted by sepviva to Human Relations at 1:59 PM on Dec 11, 2017 - 10 answers [19 favorites (13 in the past 24 hours)]

Great over-achievers who weren't monsters

Are there any examples of famous artists, scientists, leaders in history who weren't also dicks?
posted by storybored to Society & Culture at 10:11 PM on Dec 10, 2017 - 39 answers [28 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Coping like a pro.

Apologies for the weedy, stream of consciousness question but it's been a hard day. I used to think my coping skills are quite good, but clearly not. All details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Nieshka to Human Relations at 11:06 AM on Dec 11, 2017 - 6 answers [12 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Best websites for R Studio / statistics help?

I am brute-forcing my way through learning R for a big project I am working on. I am looking for your recommendations for the best "R" advice websites I can troll (and possibly post in) for help. I'm familiar with Stack Overflow, but it seems intimidating for a n00bie like me. In your experience, what are good places to ask statistics (particularly around general linear modeling, nested effects, and regression) and R questions?
posted by absquatulate to Computers & Internet at 2:07 PM on Dec 12, 2017 - 3 answers [8 favorites]

Bookfilter: Your favorite short(ish) reads

What are some of your favorite books that are less than 300 pages? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter to Media & Arts at 8:55 PM on Dec 10, 2017 - 27 answers [22 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

What does "overcoming" Childhood Emotional Neglect look like?

Through therapy and all that, I've come to the realization that a multitude of the feelings I've always had stem from childhood emotional neglect. All my material needs were taken care of, but my parents were otherwise pretty shitty. I've always had a hard time making friends and maintaining connections with people. I'm ready to start doing the work and attempt to make positive changes, but.. what does overcoming emotional neglect look like? Is it really not too late for me to make meaningful connections with people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 11:41 PM on Dec 10, 2017 - 9 answers [43 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

It's a slow place in Chrome for the holidays

I typically work with 5-10 tabs open in Chrome. (Yes, I really do need them all.) Over the past couple weeks, new pages in tabs have become ridiculously slow to load. Often, pages won't load at all unless I'm on that tab, staring at the blank screen. The background color from the previous tab I looked at carries over to the new tab until the new page loads. Because of the nature of my work, I'm losing money from this. Help? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess to Computers & Internet at 2:24 PM on Dec 11, 2017 - 19 answers [7 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Healing from financial betrayal

So I'm not sure what to call it exactly. Maybe financial betrayal is the wrong term. My spouse spent a long time unemployed, not actively looking, despite being treated for depression, and it's made money a bigger deal than I would like. I want to be supportive but find myself resentful. Help me find my balance here. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato to Human Relations at 11:45 PM on Dec 11, 2017 - 38 answers [6 favorites]

Help me get to work!

I am experiencing severe anxiety lately that's making it difficult for me to go to work. My mind mostly feels fine, but my body is rebelling and I'm getting migraines, shaking hands, and especially nausea and vomiting. I need little strategies to get myself to work. Once I'm there and settle down I'm OK. [more inside]
posted by Stonkle to Health at 6:53 AM on Dec 12, 2017 - 14 answers [6 favorites]

Favorite Informational YouTube Channels?

I'm looking for your favorite YouTube channels to follow that are informational, educational, or historical in nature. I'm not interested in channels that are primarily comedic, but it's fine if they're humorous while being informative. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg to Media & Arts at 6:58 AM on Dec 9, 2017 - 23 answers [44 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

All things cast iron

Buying my partner his first cast iron pan for Christmas. What are the best accessories, recipes, and tips to go with? [more inside]
posted by orange and yellow to Food & Drink at 8:57 PM on Dec 10, 2017 - 19 answers [10 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

is there a student loan consultant who is not a scammer?

Due to the president’s lovely tax bill, I’m now worried sick about my student loan repayment strategy. I discussed things in detail with a fee only financial planner a few years ago, but he wasn’t very familiar with the ins and outs of huge student loans. I now feel like I need the advice of a real expert, and I’m willing to pay $$$ but I don’t want to get ripped off and/or be told things that I already know because I read the fedloan website
posted by genmonster to Work & Money at 7:42 PM on Dec 11, 2017 - 9 answers [4 favorites]

Winter Fun in Florida

My parents moved to Florida a few months ago and I'm going to visit them for a week at the end of the month. What are your favorite things to do/see/eat in the Sarasota area? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco to Travel & Transportation at 6:37 AM on Dec 12, 2017 - 12 answers [4 favorites]

What media/pop culture "easter eggs" are format-specific?

Tom Petty dropped a message to CD listeners in the middle of his Full Moon Fever record, which was not on his cassette or LP. An early-in-the-HDTV-days episode of My Name is Earl had a sign that was visible to people watching in 16:9 HD but not in 4:3 SD. Do you know other pop culture easter eggs that are format-dependent? (Note: I am not looking for "this deleted scene is only available on the special-edition DVD;" instead I am curious about little additions that exploit the format itself.)
posted by AgentRocket to Media & Arts at 6:45 AM on Dec 12, 2017 - 31 answers [4 favorites]

What are some tips on how to approach potential clients as a freelancer?

If you’re in a position to hire freelancers, what does and doesn’t work in an initial contact? [more inside]
posted by gigondas to Work & Money at 11:53 AM on Dec 12, 2017 - 4 answers [4 favorites]

How can I get over the fear of asking a girl out?

There's a girl I like, everything points to her being interested in me. The last message she sent basically said that we should see each other again. I've known her for a while now, and she always seemed to want to talk. Here's the thing though, I'm worrying a lot about what she will say when I ask her out. My fear is trying to make me look for reasons to not ask her out, I won't allow that but I want my fear gone, I don't want to feel like this, I hate it. Literally everyone who knows me is pushing me to ask her out. [more inside]
posted by Braxis to Human Relations at 10:59 PM on Dec 10, 2017 - 20 answers [4 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Simple walking game apps for Android?

I walk a lot, including to and from work, and I want to gamify it. I'm looking for something pretty basic that will track how far I go, and allow me to unlock achievements or goals as I reach certain milestones. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible to Health at 4:59 PM on Dec 11, 2017 - 4 answers [3 favorites]

Why do corporate apartment complexes change their prices so often?

I’m curious about how dynamic pricing in large, corporate-owned apartment complexes works, particularly in hot rental markets. Why do the prices change so quickly and so frequently? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink to Work & Money at 1:15 AM on Dec 12, 2017 - 4 answers [3 favorites]

How to deal with a friend that I feel is being passive-aggressive?

My friend is ignoring me, for what seems like no real good reason, after some weirdness with my ex boyfriend. She's ignored me before, over a situation where she felt like I wasn't communicating enough with her- when my dad was literally dying, and I had actually made efforts to reach out. We're supposed to be going away together - just the two of us - for new year and I'm considering telling her this can't happen. However, I always second guess myself and my feelings, and know I can be sensitive. Perhaps I care too much about this, and should keep her as a superficial friend if not a close one? I just feel personally (especially lately) like life is perhaps a little too short for this sort of stuff, which is causing me a lot of worry on top of an already mammoth amount of processing of difficult stuff from the last three years. [more inside]
posted by starstarstar to Human Relations at 5:03 AM on Dec 12, 2017 - 25 answers [3 favorites]

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