Sure, there are lots, especially it we consider what the CEOs of giant tech companies consider "success", like MySpace actually yielding a net positive in NewsCorp's stock price & revenues for enough years before it was sold that it constitutes a success.
But if you just consider this from the human/consumer standpoint, there are still lots of wins:
* Yahoo bought Rocketmail & Oddpost, both of which have informed Yahoo Mail,... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 1:41 PM on April 11, 2012 marked best answer
I have this overwhelming feeling that I am going to be stricken with debt for years to come, and question how much of a boost this program is giving me in terms of being an attractive candidate for employment. Ideally I am aiming for a tech start-up here in NYC.
I say this with nothing but helpful intentions, but this isn't special snowflakeness in any way, shape or form. This is insanely common.
You got turned down by, what,... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 2:51 PM on April 9, 2012
There's no such thing as a rebound. Every relationship is influenced by the earlier ones you've had, as well as the stage of life you're at. Don't label it, just do your best with whomever you connect with. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 7:56 AM on April 5, 2012
"Mom, I don't think you raised me to politicize what a mother goes through when her son is dead. I hope you're thinking of Mrs. Martin with the same kindness you'd want from her if I were killed and no one were arrested for it. Someday I'll have kids, and I hope when they see this permanent record of your thoughts that they see your character as you'd want them to learn from you, just as you've taught me to behave in public." posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 9:48 PM on March 26, 2012
Any of the NYC greenmarkets would be a good starting point; become a regular and you can actually get to know the people who raise the animals you eat. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 6:32 AM on March 26, 2012
If you want to do something non-threatening with your hands that's not creepy, simply take her corresponding hand (that is, the one you wouldn't shake) while you tell her goodnight. Upgrade to taking both hands, a hug, a cheek kiss, a real kiss, or dry humping, as appropriate. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 11:58 PM on March 21, 2012
"Ok" is a great answer, combined with waiting it out. Stop the meeting after he makes a big distinction between "metrics" and "measurement". Say, flatly and without sarcasm, "Frank wants this meeting to address the semantic differences between metrics and measurement." And then just sit and wait.
"Frank wants to focus on the relative number of customers we're losing rather than the absolute number." "Frank wants to... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 11:51 PM on March 21, 2012
I was born in Harrisburg, and lived in the area for decades (though it has admittedly been some time since I lived there). By contrast, for the last 15 years I haven't owned a car, living mostly in NYC but also for a while in San Francisco.
Harrisburg, even at its best downtown, is nowhere near walkable enough to compete with dense cities where a car is truly optional. It may be theoretically possible, especially if there's the option of something... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 5:10 PM on March 19, 2012
1. Get over any squeamishness about any bodily fluids.
2. Be forced to stop being modest around one another and start communicating.
3. Have somebody to relay these awkward messages.
4. Care less about whether things are filthy & disgusting or not.
5. Only have to wait a few years until there's someone new to assign the chore to. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 5:07 PM on March 19, 2012
For twenty years I've been saying "oh, I did some college, but since I started my first company right after high school, it didn't stick." Modify to suit your circumstance ("Been too busy building this company to get to college yet!") and you'll be fine. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 8:18 PM on March 14, 2012
Just as a contrary data point, in the many hundreds of resumes I've read when hiring, creativity in job titles has never gotten my attention, and indeed the most jargony ones ("change agent") just induce eye rolls.
Channel your creativity into describing what you do uniquely well, and in describing your past accomplishments in terms of meaningful, measurable results.
Someone who says "Division Lead" followed by "700%... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 9:59 AM on March 12, 2012
George Clooney's work in "Up In The Air" perfectly captured the airport-lounges-and-hotel-conference-room drabness of being any kind of Road warrior, whether it's sales, public speaking, consulting or whatever. Uncanny how well that film conveys the mood of those transitory places and the people who populate them. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 7:45 AM on March 1, 2012
(Disclosure: I'm an advisor to Readability and acquaintances with Instapaper's creator.)
Right now, Readability doesn't import Instapaper history or queues, and it probably won't have that feature built in soon, mostly out of respect for Marco's work since the two teams used to collaborate loosely.
That being said, Readability's API makes this quite possible and I've already seen several mentions of the idea by developers just in the few hours... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 10:26 PM on February 29, 2012 marked best answer
Until reading this thread, I sincerely did not know that there were people who felt that people should never give aspirational advice. I certainly can take issue with some of the privileged assumptions in Jesse's piece, but given its target audience, those assumptions of privilege were probably fair. (And since we're all people with leisure time, high levels of literacy and personal access to a computer, our privilege is nigh indistinguishable from Jesse's.)
I couldn't include all the efforts to get help, would have been far too long. Studies sho that we get sick when we suffer injustice. Things must be squared or we are out of balance. Justice is part of my recovery. Do others want more details of my efforts to be seen?
These are really, really unusual phrasings to use for these thoughts. Part of why people might have felt threatened or put off is because almost nobody would articulate these ideas in... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 6:36 AM on February 28, 2012
Code for America is a wonderful suggestion, and of you'll pardon the gauche self-link, many in the ThinkUp community have told me they like working on the app not just because it's useful, but because it aspires to enable significant work. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 8:15 PM on February 25, 2012
You should come to the New York Tech Meetup and related events. That's where you'll meet the people who will connect you to a job at the kind of company you're describing. Even though these are bigger, more established companies than the true tiny startups, you can still get a great job with almost any of them. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 11:43 PM on February 21, 2012
This guy's had nothing but massively dysfunctional relationships, and now he's offering you the option of having one with him. Don't take it. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 10:35 PM on February 19, 2012
You haven't said a single thing about them being incompatible with each other or that they're ever even unkind or anything less than good to each other. You have said a great deal about your feelings about your perception of the relative ease of her life.
First, you don't know how much she's suffered in her life; none of us ever really ever knows another's troubles. Second, she's family: If her life has been charmed and happy and... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 7:25 PM on February 18, 2012 marked best answer
Have a hook! Do a something that's easy to repeat, like a Stat Of The Week ("there are 750 million people on Facebook!") or one heartwarming tech story every week (most big tech company's blogs live to share these things). Just doing tech tips is great, but it's hard to know how broadly applicable those will be, as compared to more instantly accessible nuggets of factual info.
You could almost do "what tech company got in trouble this week" with a... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 8:38 PM on February 17, 2012 marked best answer
He should drop the verse. If he balks, invite local church groups that are predominantly African American, and make sure to proudly point out that he insisted on the selection. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 8:30 PM on February 17, 2012
Considering you have no documentation of having Celiac's, communicate in extremely vague ways about your illness, mention triggers of illness that are exceedingly rare, are prone to irritability when discussing your needs, and aren't familiar with how the ADA can help you, it's not surprising that you're not getting desired results at work.
You may want to try approaching this issue in a way that assumes people want to help you, and then give them enough info and context... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 6:18 PM on February 15, 2012
Our tech community in NYC is in a truly phenomenal place. It's a world class city for the arts, culture and dating. We have more people passing through two train stations every day than SF has residents total -- you're going to find what you're looking for here. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 6:36 PM on February 8, 2012
James Brown has songs called Grits, Mashed Potatoes, Pass the Peas, and five different charting hits about Popcorn. You could have the entire day soundtracked from his catalog. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 8:35 PM on February 5, 2012
As the father of a boy about to turn a year old: There's the consensus of the complete research of the entire medical community. And there are people exploiting the (all-too-familiar) SIDS fears of new parents in order to help a former Playmate profit now that the autism lies about vaccines have been thoroughly debunked.
Choose one. The fact that you want evidence at all is enough; only one of these communities relies on documented, falsifiable evidence. Hint: It's not... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 8:59 PM on February 4, 2012
I can't tell you how many times I've seen a job that says "must have 4 years basket weaving experience" and all the male candidates come in saying, "I've only done basket weaving for 2 years, but I have some other related experience" and the female candidates say "I have 7 years of basket weaving, but it doesn't count because of [arbitrary reasons here]".
It's okay for that situation to be reversed for once. Go get the job, don't say no before they do. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 9:24 PM on February 3, 2012
Easy one for me, since this comes up with my son: "I'm glad he's one of the skin colors you like!"
I say it happily; they can choose to see it as a joke, or a criticism, or an embarrassing outing of their intent, or just a non sequitur. It suits my purposes in any of those interpretations. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 8:49 PM on February 2, 2012 marked best answer
Tactically, you should conduct as much of your conversations and discussions as possible in the open. In meetings, invite both of these assholes. On email, CC them both. Keep reframing the questions and discussions they have with you in terms of the goal: "How does this help our customers/community/shareholders?" (Or whatever other constituencies they want to serve.
Also, start looking for another job, either by transferring to a less... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 9:15 AM on January 30, 2012
To be clear, there's no reasons you've mentioned that he would benefit from doing this, though there are obvious benefits for you. The direct answer to your question is that Ansari is represented by United Talent Agency, and it's his agent's job to help sift through offers.
You are not going to tweet at a star who has a featured role in a major, well-regarded primetime sitcom and get him to reply that, yes, he'll do a part in an unknown stranger's pilot. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 8:09 AM on January 28, 2012
Yee basically gradually revealing a long, long list of reasons to dump this guy. Sounds like he's been undermining you for years, largely with your complicity. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 11:58 PM on January 27, 2012
You could also look for a cofounder who is passionate about a business idea but lacks your business & negotiation acument; this is not uncommon amongst technical founders, for example. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 5:32 AM on January 27, 2012 marked best answer
Almost every big company has an "innovation" or "skunk works" group that explores these new technologies while still offering decent benefits, at the expense of dealing with more big company stupidity than you'd face at a startup. Sounds like that might be the right opportunity for you -- it's probably worth getting out to industry events to network around these things, as many times these positions are hired more socially instead of being regular "send us your... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 8:47 AM on January 23, 2012
Your friend simply does not understand the role of the President in our government. Even if he found a candidate who was perfectly politically-aligned with his preferences, and that candidate were viable to be elected, and that candidate won the election, he would still not see all of the policies he prefers get enacted.
And that is by design. You vote for a president whom you think will influence the process positively in the decision making a... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 11:22 PM on January 19, 2012
Do it your way and send the notices if you want to. Then call her and tell her you did it this way specifically so she wouldn't feel put out, though of course you know she's so reasonable that wasn't really a worry anyway. Follow up with an email CCing both your mothers saying how lucky you both are to have found The One and reiterating that you especially wanted to accommodate her.
Dare her to fuss. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 10:34 PM on January 16, 2012
A wired earpiece. Can probably find one at Radio Shack or a bigger phone accessories store. Doesn't even have to be plugged into anything. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 4:08 PM on January 14, 2012
"Why do we need to limit free speech and put a job-killing burden on technology startups in order to prop up millionaire Hollywood liberals?" posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 9:06 PM on January 12, 2012