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 anildashat 2:41 PM on April 13, 2011
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 anildashat 10:42 PM on April 7, 2011
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 anildashat 8:04 PM on April 7, 2011
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 anildashat 9:58 PM on April 5, 2011
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 anildashat 1:26 AM on March 23, 2011
If you're about to have a baby, you may not have to worry about the "lovelife" part quite so often and for some time, and will almost certainly prioritize comfort during what little sleeping time you will get. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 11:57 PM on March 22, 2011
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 anildashat 11:36 PM on March 22, 2011
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.... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 2:33 PM on March 21, 2011 marked best answer
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 anildashat 7:49 PM on March 19, 2011
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 anildashat 8:48 PM on March 16, 2011
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 anildashat 10:54 PM on March 14, 2011
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 anildashat 9:43 PM on February 22, 2011
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 anildashat 3:50 PM on January 29, 2011
Are Java and .Net the only choices? Seems oddly limiting if what you're doing is explicitly about the web. Boss-ready examples of defending platforms like Ruby and Python are also very numerous. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 3:08 PM on January 28, 2011
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 anildashat 9:10 PM on January 25, 2011
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 anildashat 3:03 PM on January 25, 2011 marked best answer
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 anildashat 8:12 AM on January 24, 2011
What's going on is exactly what appears to be going on. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 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 anildashat 7:32 AM on January 24, 2011
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 anildashat 7:11 AM on January 23, 2011
Tell her she's 'forcing' you tonparent incorrectly as she does, and that it 'makes you sick to your stomach.' Explain that you prefer to raise your kids in a way that's consistent with the adults that you hope they'll become. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 9:22 PM on January 19, 2011
Find a job where they treat you with respect, then leave. In the meantime, document the hell out of the current abuse. Once you leave, if you've been able to get the boss to yell at you in a public space, put it on YouTube. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 7:22 AM on January 18, 2011
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 anildashat 7:19 AM on January 18, 2011 marked best answer
You can just write something in Google Docs and set the sharing settings on that document to be publicly visible. Then people who have the URL could visit it, but no sequence or stream is implied. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 4:38 PM on January 17, 2011
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 anildashat 7:40 PM on January 15, 2011
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 anildashat 4:54 PM on January 14, 2011
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 anildashat 6:45 AM on January 12, 2011 marked best answer
Agreed: Go with Square. You can revisit other processing options once you're up and running and everything's a booming success, but in the meantime choose the least mentally-complex option since you only have two weeks to get everything else done before launch.
One minor benefit, depending on your clientele, is that Square is still novel enough that some people cone in to buy things just to try it. You can also have multiply devices (several iPads/iPhones) that you or... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 6:22 AM on January 12, 2011
Where are you from? How were you raised, in terms of class & religion? What parts of India do you plan to travel to? Do you have any acquaintances there already? posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 11:00 PM on January 5, 2011
I'd first encountered Bill online years ago when he made a blog posting app, and then re-meeting him at a Princeton event last year, he'd begun by saying, "You probably don't remember..." but we immediately reconnected about the cool project he'd done back then. More amazingly, he was doing super, super brilliant work at Princeton, which I found really inspiring and was so excited to see how far this young guy had come from such promising roots.
I should mention, Bill's colleagues at CITP will likely be arranging a prize or award in his honor, to encourage others to do the sort of meaningful technology work that Bill did. I don't have any details or info yet, but I expect it will show up on that site if and when it's been arranged. posted to MetaTalk by anildashat 9:13 PM on January 5, 2011
There are many great restaurants, and many great views, and almost no places that combine both. I'd heartily suggest doing Top of the Rock separately after having a wonderful meal. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 10:38 AM on December 23, 2010
If you really want to do as you say, you could reply with "Really? What research do you base your assertions on? Because I can't imagine anyone would say such horrible things about their neighbors and fellow Americans unless there were rigorous evidence to back it up." posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 10:34 AM on December 23, 2010
The "developers" of blogdex is actually just Cameron Marlow, who's had two or three jobs since he made Blogdex while still a postgrad. He's keeping quite busy, but I can't imagine anyone has the ability to make a site like that as a personal project anymore. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 12:44 AM on December 19, 2010
I have seen a very conservative dad be a wonderful source of reassurance and unconditional love to his daughter after her abortion; It only happened because she trusted the relationship enough to know she could confide in him about it. If you have that sort of relationship, let him be there for you. posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 9:45 PM on December 11, 2010
I am part of the team that built Gourmet Live, the iPad reincarnation of Gourmet magazine, and my wife is general manager of Serious Eats, and we've both got lots of research and personal testimony that plenty of people use their iPads/iPhones in the kitchen to cook. I do it myself (love Ruhlman's Ratio app in addition to our own projects), and as it turns out, the iPad screen wipes off a lot easier than any printed page.... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildashat 3:10 PM on November 28, 2010 marked best answer