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#599: It's awkward when I run into my former students. How can I get better at these interactions?

Dear Captain Awkward,

This question is not so much about a single major situation or a crisis as it is about a recurring, if minor, situation that I encounter again and again. 3,429 more words

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#597: How do I learn to take criticism better?

Dear Captain,

I have always been way too sensitive to criticism. In high school we had an assignment where we had to ask our loved ones what they thought our best and worst personality traits were, and EVERYONE told me that I take things too personally. 2,427 more words

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Infringement Cinema - A defense of the pirate's worldview against its critics

In my never-ending quest to publicly disagree with every opinion I dislike, I today turn my attention to the wonderful website that is Overthinking It… 2,530 more words

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Guest Post: Breaking The Low Mood Cycle

Hello friends! It’s Elodie Under Glass here with a guest post on Low Moods.

I particularly want to thank Quisty, Kellis Amberlee and TheOtherAlice   3,677 more words

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#593: "You're not invited", a "use your words" classic.


I have a question about dealing with a Geek Social Fallacy #5 carrier, with a work-related twist.

I have a live-in position and a good working relationship with the other live-in staff members. 1,056 more words

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#592: Am I sabotaging my academic career by dating a guy with no degree; or, how is Academia like Reality TV?

Hi Captain (& friends),

I have been dating an awesome guy for a little over a year now. It’s not really my style to gush over a romantic partner, but this is possibly the happiest and most comfortable I’ve ever been with someone. 3,304 more words

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Overthinking It: Opposing Bad Business Practices

Well, YouTube’s done goofed again. This time, the King of Video Hosts has decided to screw over independent artists who don’t pony up a subscription to them. 337 more words

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