How can I practice my ad lib skills?

I am a new DM. Is there something I can do, or practice, that would enhance my ability to make up reactions to requests or actions from the players?

For example I was reading through the most recent hardcover for D&D (Waterdeep, Dragon Heist) and I was trying to imagine several different ways that I as a character would want to take the adventure off the rails and then I’d try to think of ways that as a DM I would facilitate their excursion for a little while but then bring them back on track organically.

The only problem I have with this is I was still the only one coming up with the ideas as to what the player would to “pull things off the rails”. Do you know any way that I could generate random situations that could arise in play that would allow me to think of how I would respond to players? Are there any random situation generators as an online DM tool that would let me randomly test my ad lib skills?

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How can I gauge market demand for my skills before going freelance? [on hold]

I am a Mechanical Engineer, currently employed full-time for a large multinational. I am considering the option of leaving my full-time job to do similar work freelance, for a number of reasons that I won’t go into here in detail.

So, I am wondering how I can gauge how much demand there will be for my skills in the market, before I take the plunge and quit my current job. I have a family to support and mortgage to pay, so I need to have a good level of confidence that I can earn at least as much as I am now, before I could make the jump.

Is it realistic to expect that I could earn more working freelance than I am currently full-time?

I have some academic background in fluid dynamics and what I really want to do is develop into being a specialist in fluid dynamics/CFD.

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New DM – How Can I Practice my ad lib skills?

Is there something I can do, or practice, that would enhance my ability to make up reactions to requests or actions from the players. For example I was reading through the most recent hardcover for D&D (Waterdeep, Dragon Heist) and I was trying to imagine several different ways that I as a character would want to take the adventure off the rails and then I’d try to think of ways that as a DM I would felicitate their excursion for a little while but then bring them back on track organically. The only problem I have with this is I was still the only one coming up with the ideas as to what the player would to “pull things off the rails”. Do you know any way that i could generate random situations that could arise in play that would allow me to think of how I would respond to players? Are there any random situation generators as an online DM tool that would let me randomly test my ad lib skills?

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Is logic a useful and foundation skills set in both a general and academic sense? [on hold]

Context: I am looking into studying and learning logic on my own time and I was wondering about the usefulness and far transfers of logic.

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Is logic a useful and foundation skills set in both a general and academic sense?

Context: I am looking into studying and learning logic on my own time and I was wondering about the usefulness and far transfers of logic.

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How can I gauge market demand for my skills before going freelance?

I am a Mechanical Engineer, currently employed full-time for a large multinational. I am considering the option of leaving my full-time job to do similar work freelance, for a number of reasons that I won’t go into here in detail.

So, I am wondering how I can gauge how much demand there will be for my skills in the market, before I take the plunge and quit my current job. I have a family to support and mortgage to pay, so I need to have a good level of confidence that I can earn at least as much as I am now, before I could make the jump.

Is it realistic to expect that I could earn more working freelance than I am currently full-time?

I have some academic background in fluid dynamics and what I really want to do is develop into being a specialist in fluid dynamics/CFD.

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Database Reporting Software – no SQL skills

I am looking to find the a tool that lets end users with no database knowledge and SQL experience the capability to create reports that provide both raw data and aggregate information.

Requirements are:
Oracle database – this is graph like with events(unique table structures), people and locations linked via a single central table. Each event can have multiple child tables.

We need to be able to create a range of logic models on top of this covering specific events and roles that people play, as well as models running between different events.

We need to fully support out joins in the logic models – we have a lot of gaps in child objects and a lot of occasions when we need to see these gaps alongside the data that is present.

Query parameters need to support and/or at multiple levels via an easy to use interface.

~80% of reports will need to contain record level data as this is the most common use of a reporting tool for the organization. Further work is carried out in Excel most of the time, however this is slowly changing but culture is like on oil tanker on this.

This should really be fully web based – both for the creation of the models and running of reports. The database and application are hosted off site and we have a large number of report creators who would need to access via browsers.

It should also support SQL for a small number of power users.

We do already have MS SSRS running against an MI warehouse and OLAP cubes (via SSAS), however these are very poorly designed (I suspect by someone who had never delivered OLAP before) and do not allow the record level reporting. I am inclined towards the SQL Server Report Models but as they are de-supported I am not totally convinced on sticking down this path.

As ever an open source/low cost solution would be a good consideration….

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Translating “21st Century Skills”

The term “21st Century Skills” is used to denote skills like critical thinking, creativity, leadership, media literacy, etc.
How could this term be translated into Korean?

The word skill can be translated “기술”, but 21세기 기술 sounds more like 21st Century Technology, which is quite different, so I’m not sure how to express the idea well in Korean.

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Skills based recommendation system

Assuming that I have a list of Users with a list of skills: (each value is a different skill)

And a list of Tasks with a list of demanded skills:

Based on a manual classification that returned: (History list)

  1. Task1 –> Recommended: User3
  2. Task2 –> Reccomended: User5
  3. Task3 –> Recommended: User6
  4. Task4 –> Recommended: User9
  5. Task5 –> Recommended: User8

Given a new Task(6) with skills (A,B,C…):

  • What would be the best way or approach to build a recommendation system that learns with past data (history list) and returns a list of the “best ranked” users to perform this Task?

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How can I deal with an interview if I lack basic skills for the position?

I applied for a position and was invited to an interview.

The position does appeal to me. However, after reading the ad again and in detail I see they expect the person to have a different profile than mine.

I didn’t lie in my CV and I included very detailed information on my hitherto positions but also projects in it. I assume they did read my CV, so it’s not clear to me why they invited me. (It’s a very competitive field and many candidates fulfil the conditions).

There are 3 main areas of responsibility the person will be working on. I know 2 of them, but nothing about the 3. one.

I tried to acquire the missing skills quickly but that’s not really possible and I wouldn’t like to waste a week or more preparing just for this one interview given that the probability they will want a person without this experience is low anyway.

How should I approach that during the interview? Should I be assertive about not having experience in one of the fields they expect experience in and stress expertise in other fields, not mentioned in the add? What are other options? I want the job, but don’t fulfil the conditions.

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