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spice is the spice of life
I grew up in an Indian household, so haram masala was in all the usual dishes, as mentioned above. But use it to liven up non-Indian dishes like a good tomato soup, on a grilled cheese sandwich, with some salt on popcorn or potato chips, or in desserts as mentioned above.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 11:12 PM on May 7, 2011
I can stop whenever I want.... Too many frappuccinos?
No chance this is about the drinks. This is about how you make decisions, your views on money & spending, and how the two of you communicate and compromise.
There's no right answer about the coffee. But the phrasing of this question seems like you're looking for outside authority/affirmation of your correctness instead of understanding what's motivating your girlfriend's request at a deeper level.
Focus on that instead of being right or defending your habit.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:58 PM on May 7, 2011
Who watched the Search Engine Watchmen?
It's already been mentioned here, but the only way to know Google's views of your site is by using the Webmaster Tools. They will answer your questions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 11:11 PM on May 3, 2011
What's my best bet for a hosted photoblog?
What robust features do you need beyond what TypePad does? From what you're describing, it sounds like you want one of the mid-range options, no?
And you know, you probably haven't looked at it in a while, but good ole' Blogger's got a lot of the capabilities you want, and you've already got one kicking around. :)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 11:05 PM on May 3, 2011
How can my girlfriend and I stay..."pure" until marriage ?
You've already had sex. You just haven't had one particular kind of sex. The good news is you both clearly want and enjoy it, save for concerns that you describe as coming entirely from outside institutions, not from the two of you.
So, if you'd like to continue having sex, adding additional activities to your repertoire, communicate honestly and openly with one another about a way to do that responsibly. Pretending you don't want it and then being unprepared for… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 11:05 PM on April 23, 2011
How should I respond to "how was your trip?"
Software for the Socially Minded?
Ushahidi was the first app that came to mind, but I'm also the director of the organization that leads the development of ThinkUp, and we're very concerned with getting better representation for ordinary citizens in policymaking and lawmaking decisions. We'd love to have you join the community!
(I'm also a judge for the CfA fellowships, and can't say enough good things about both CfA and CivicCommons.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 7:00 AM on April 21, 2011
Oh! And last year we had a blast with Apps 4 Africa; lots of those projects are still going strong.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 7:02 AM on April 21, 2011
Self-Referential Name Check Mixtape
Pop group backup dancers. What's the story there?
Slightly off-topic, but Prince mentioned that one reason he wanted to go in to show business was that he saw James Brown perform when he was a kid, and James had the prettiest girls dancing backup for him. It's clearly a self-perpetuating performance concept, and the ubiquity of group-dance videos on early MTV after Thriller accelerated it into a derigeur part of pop music spectacle by the end of the 80s. By contrast, even the elaborate shows of Kiss and P-Funk in the 70s weren't known for… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 6:22 AM on April 18, 2011
MORE relationship hacks?
What to expect way before you are expecting
I love it when a plan comes together
How do I get over the shame of my bigoted teenage past?
I would love to read a blog of a grownup confronting their teenage ignorance. Log back in to your LJ, and go post-by-post annotating them with updates on your current perspective versus the one you had then. Would be incredibly compelling.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 2:41 PM on April 13, 2011
Help us find an awesome, non-traditional "first dance" song for our wedding reception
Protection would be an excellent choice, as would Everything But The Girl's semi-DnB cover of "Corcovado". While perhaps a bit challenging to dance to, the song is definitely beautiful and would be familiar to older guests, especially if you segued it in to a more traditional version like one by Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis or João Gilberto.
Quiet nights of quiet stars,
Quiet chords from my… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:42 PM on April 7, 2011
The Edge is not on the White Page
Prince, particularly on rhythm guitar. Though he had the obvious Santana/Hendrix style theatrics, his early 80s work was definitive in modernizing the James Brown (well, Jimmy Nolen, Catfish Collins, et. al) rhythm guitar chickenscratch sound not only formed the backdrop to the monumental Minneapolis funk scene, straight though Janet Jackson's career in the early 90s. It also influenced the atmospheric and rhythmic choices that Timbaland, the Neptunes and pop acts from Britney to Justin to Gaga… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 8:04 PM on April 7, 2011
I think I used to have a porpoise
A nicely-stitched "You're Going To Get What You Deserve" almost reads like a traditional cross-stitch homily, but would be very evocative to a NIN fan.
Bonus points: make an angel with a halo and underneath in tiny letters caption it "Halo 3".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 6:06 AM on April 6, 2011 marked best answer
I promised something I couldn't deliver on. If I break my promise, I could lose all my other work. Please advise on how to approach this..
You can't make promises based on a system you don't control. Educate your client about the fact that your promise was based on a search environment that Google has now radically changed. If they're logical and you're a good communicator, they'll understand why those results are no longer possible.
Then, stop making promises that Google has to keep, and starting helping people promote their web presence based on good content, not fragile tricks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 9:58 PM on April 5, 2011
I ain't gonna take it no more
This is almost the Rope-a-Dope. Not sure it emphasizes the part you focus on, though.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 11:26 AM on March 26, 2011
writing software which plays back all the changes a text go through
Were you thinking along the lines of IBM's History Flow?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 6:33 AM on March 25, 2011
What should I name my mural business?
Leaving a good salary for an MBA
Having an MBA won't make you a good product manager, making good products & good mistakes will. You'd be wiser (and more likely to get hired in 2013 as a Product Manager) if you quit you job and spent the next two years & $80,000 doing a startup with a good product than being yet another Silicon Valley MBA. All the MBAs are looking for the vaunted "technical cofounder" for their startups anyway.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 1:26 AM on March 23, 2011
Good Sex Requires a Proper Amount of Adjustment (Bed)?
Need help coping with multiple miscarriage
Fertility is so fraught and complicated, it's not surprising at all that some understandable irrationality may be part of the grieving process for pregnancies that don't come to term. Have the logical part of your brain tell the "I'm cursed" part of your brain "That's a reasonable way to deal with this pain."
Good luck to you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 11:36 PM on March 22, 2011
Good WIKI software for govt agency?
One other option you have, if you have any flexibility on the sign-in requirement, there are some good options at Apps.gov which would eliminate having to go through the procurement process at USDA.
The great thing here is that you can have a GSA-approved (actually, GSA-provided!) deployment of MediaWiki without having to do any setup or purchasing. They also offer Twiki, another good and popular wiki platform, and you could easily evaluate both options.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 2:33 PM on March 21, 2011 marked best answer
Good help forum for Office 2010?
You should be able to get excellent answers from SuperUser (take a look at the Microsoft Word tag, for example), which is about many power-user questions, but regularly features answers about Office apps.
Disclaimer: I'm on the board of Stack Exchange, which owns the site, but it's where I go to look up my Office questions myself, which is why I recommend it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 7:49 PM on March 19, 2011
Not Ready For Facebook Fetus
Mom, if you're reading this? Please go away!
You and she have different social norms about appropriate use of social media, likely due to your differing familiarity and comfort with it. You can't bridge cultural or social gaps through avoidance, only through communication.
If you're struggling to start the conversation with her, tweet this:
"Hi, mom. I don't mind if you read this, but I know you don't want to make me self-conscious talking to my friends, right? Call me!… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 8:48 PM on March 16, 2011
Is Harper's worth subscribing to, again?
I can't speak to the content, but as neroli noted, from an organizational standpoint the place is a shitshow. Tons and tons of good people are leaving, and even if they've brought in great talents and manage to keep them, I have to imagine the office chaos and company drama is going to affect the published product sometime, if it hasn't already.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:54 PM on March 14, 2011
How to indulge my inner snoop?
User Interface Design 101
Jesse James Garrett's "Elements of User Experience"
Stewart Brand's "How Buildings Learn"
Scott McCloud's "Understanding Conics"
Edward Tufte's "Envisioning Information"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 9:43 PM on February 22, 2011
Oh, and Boxes & Arrows, of course.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 9:44 PM on February 22, 2011
How to port Excel applications to the Web?
Depending on what you're doing, the Excel Web App is for exactly this. You could take your existing Excel worksheets and make them available to the people you wanted to use them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 3:50 PM on January 29, 2011
Java or .Net for a new dev team?
Name my blog babby
I'm moving. How much of my stuff should move too?
On our such last move (SF back to NYC, actually) we not only sold everything, we took our sweet time buying back anything new. Only getting things we actually wanted to keep, and questioning whether they were there out of necessity or habit, resulted in having a household full of just the stuff we want, and none of the junk.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 9:10 PM on January 25, 2011
Is 'she' intentionally disrespectful?
I know enough Hindi that I think I'd have been familiar with this if it were either a linguistic foible or a deliberate slight. It is, in fact, some sort of reaction to the tension between these women.
You're the boss, right? Pull her aside, and communicate with her directly:
* You are doing a fine job, but the number and frequency of your questions about your work can be frustrating for people who are used to being more self-directed. If you… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 3:03 PM on January 25, 2011 marked best answer
Word cloud analysis software for desktop?
IBM's Word Cloud is the most common option here, though it can be a pain to set up since it requires Java. There are also ways for Microsoft Excel to do this, as outlined in this tutorial and others.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 8:12 AM on January 24, 2011
What's going on is exactly what appears to be going on.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 7:26 AM on January 24, 2011
I understand that prostitution is not legal, but I used to travel that highway a lot, and stopped at the truck stops near there pretty regularly. I've never frequented any of those places, but the truck drivers who did never seemed unclear about exactly what was going on there.
The people who buy those billboards are presumably relying on the thin veneer of legality that papers over a business that does involve some significant degree of illegal sex work. Just like… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 7:32 AM on January 24, 2011
Chemical Dependency Evaluation Strategy
traveling and maintaining weight
Another option is to just accept that you might gain a little bit if weight while traveling. Seeing the world is more than enough reward to offset being a little behind whatever workout goals you have. It's about being healthy, not a certain weight, and this trip sounds like it'll be great for your health by making you happy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 7:11 AM on January 23, 2011
Mefi friends, help me to decide whether to quit my job.
Focus your serious, analytical energies on empathizing with where others are coming from. You can channel this intensity into understanding their perspectives, and in doing so you might naturally tone down your own negativity or gloominess just because you'll be more aware of the effect it has on others.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 7:19 AM on January 18, 2011 marked best answer
What is a site where users can post individual articles without having a blog?
Hate Sports, Want to Talk about Them
One good way to address this can be to find new perspectives on sports themselves; Half my social circle found football in all it's forms far more compelling after seeing the stories of Friday Night Lights. If you find a lens like that through which you can observe, it'll be far easier than forcing yourself to care about esoterica, which you'll never be able to sustain.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 7:40 PM on January 15, 2011
Good resources for learning about new and upcoming non-fiction about the internet?
Probably the easiest thing to do would be to list yourself as the "tech book reviewer" for MetaFilter itself, on a database like Cision, which PR companies use to find bloggers to pitch. Given MeFi's stature, reach, prominence and longevity, they'd probably all fall all over themselves to send you every book they publish.
The downside would be a little bit of management of noise in your inbox, but if you listed a particular email address just for that purpose,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 4:54 PM on January 14, 2011
Philly for the holiday weekend
Adding contacts to LinkedIn and changing jobs
Actually, LinkedIn shares a lot of data and has a whole team of scientists that regularly publish findings. You could conceivably contact them to ask this question, or if you know a developer, they might be able to use the developer tools to research this.
I asked LinkedIn on Twitter a few months ago if they would do an "amnesty day" of sorts, where people could change/update their profiles without signaling that they were changing jobs, and their official… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 6:45 AM on January 12, 2011 marked best answer