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Small Business In-Person Credit Card Processing
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 anildash at 6:22 AM on January 12, 2011
What skills can I learn to become a better traveler
RIP Bill Zeller
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.
It's a terribly… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by anildash at 8:34 PM on January 5, 2011
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 anildash at 9:13 PM on January 5, 2011
It's Platonic, really.
NYC highrise restaurants?
I want the real deal not some biased view
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 anildash at 10:34 AM on December 23, 2010
Is there a website that collects blogs for you?
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 anildash at 12:44 AM on December 19, 2010
The good pirate needs a friendly name
How to tell my dad about my abortion?
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 anildash at 9:45 PM on December 11, 2010
How should I respond to a classmate who makes racially and socioeconomically charged comments?
Ones and zeroes in the kitchen?
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.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 3:10 PM on November 28, 2010 marked best answer
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 2:50 PM on November 28, 2010 marked best answer
How do I deal with racially insensitive comments at work?
You and your husband need to repeat to them, often, this mantra: "Attacking our family and marriage is not the loving thing to do, and we will not accept it." Say it out loud whenever necessary, and hold them accountable when they violate it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 11:59 PM on November 24, 2010
Gone so long, I don't know which stereotypes to believe
In my experience (many years going back and forth, but an unabashed NYC partisan), there was much *more* douchery in SF, mostly because the culture of digital agencies there is a lot more homogenous. Work-life balance probably depends more on the particular company than on the region. There are certainly good opportunities in either city for your skill set.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 3:05 PM on November 21, 2010
I need to become more articulate
Start a blog and practice writing out the ideas behind whatever you're presently working on. Even if nobody reads it, it'll give you a regular venue to exercise these communications skills. Practice and experience are the key -- clear communication is a learnable skill.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:39 PM on November 17, 2010
Help me get over financial paralysis.
Think through some things that you're willing to pay for — maybe you'd never imagine painting your house yourself, so you'd hire a house painter. Certainly you've paid a dentist to clean your teeth, or anybody else who provides a service you can't do yourself.
That's what you're doing here. Regardless of what investments you make, you'll be investing some money in order to get to security. Part of that investment is paying a professional to help you do it. (And yep,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 8:27 AM on November 16, 2010
How do I organize a picket line at the airport?
Actually, the TSA has an active, smart and engaged presence in social media, most prominently in the TSA blog. They regularly respond to comments, including on this most recent thread about backscatter scans, and you could lodge a formal complaint by using their comment form or simply talking to them on Twitter. They also have a pretty comprehensive list of other ways to contact them.
Picketing (or whatever else you would do) at the airport would inconvenience the people… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 1:32 PM on November 10, 2010
"OMG, sis, I do not want to hear you talk about safe words over breakfast."
Googling can really mess things up.
How to find cities to move to
Having been in a similar situation long ago, I made the leap to NYC and have never regretted it. Not sure why you wouldn't restrict your search to just one city if you know it's a better fit in every one of the ways you've described. Keep in mind, NYC's a big city — there are many different lifestyles you could choose here.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 8:14 AM on October 21, 2010
Best mouse for graphic designer?
The combination of a Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad from Apple provides a nice balance of control, flexibility of gestures, extreme programmability, and (in my case, since I use them ambidextrously) productivity. If you have someone else paying, or money to waste, you could do far worse.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 9:31 PM on October 20, 2010
Blood alone moves the wheels of history!
To be clear, you are to some degree, trying to become a conference whore, if you want to start making money from public speaking. That's okay, as long as you manage in it in a way where you're educating or enlightening people more than you're just feeding your own ego. As somebody who's spent too much time on the wrong side of that line (as opposed to Jessamyn) I can probably offer a few insights.
First, as Jessamyn pointed out: Specialize. Pick… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:25 AM on October 16, 2010
Sorry, went off topic a bit with the broader stuff there, but to return to the simple focus of "how do I get gigs?", you can start by identifying the events you'd like to speak at, seeing if they have satellite events or other events from the same organizers that you can participate in, and by learning about the general operations of the events industry so that you can see the role speakers play in that industry as compared to the primary customers — sponsors and attendees.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:30 AM on October 16, 2010
Websites for the previously cave-bound?
Cool web tools I can host myself
You should try out the (not so pretty yet, but super useful) ThinkUp, which connects to your Twitter and Facebook accounts, archives all of your conversations there, and gives you neat stats and charts and graphs about what you and your friends do there. If you're in to hosting your own stuff, it gives you those benefits on sites like Twitter and FB that you can never host yourself.
Disclaimer: I work at the non-profit that sponsors it, but the app is free and open… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 4:50 PM on October 6, 2010
Not jumping for the bed?
This sounds like the end of an evening with a woman I had been spending time with about 9 years ago, where I tried to err way on the side of being safe. Fortunately, she did the right thing and clearly communicated with me. Our fifth wedding anniversary is this month.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 12:41 AM on October 5, 2010
Can this guy get any wimpier?
If these are legal decisions where he's exposing your employer to potential liability by having no backbone, just make sure to get super clear explicit documentation of all of those choices he's making so you have a paper trail while you look for a new job.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 7:39 PM on September 24, 2010
Why do I keep getting locked out of hotel rooms?
Next time you're in a hotel, get an extra key. Keep one with you in the normal manner as you have been, and stash the other someplace where it's safe. On checkout day, compare if they both work. Repeat until you have another deactivation, and you'll find if you're affecting the cards.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 8:19 AM on September 23, 2010
Revealing something likely uncomfortable-making to friends
In my own experience, and that of those close to me, the best practice is to talk about it in the same way, and with the same care, that you'd talk about any other significant medical procedure. Not something to mention casually, but certainly nothing to be abashed about — people don't open a conversation mentioning they've had open-heart surgery, but they're not ashamed of it or awkward if it comes up.
Obviously, it's a more complex topic to bring up, but it may… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 9:35 PM on September 16, 2010
Books on Bosses?
If you have the patience for it, Gotham is an absolutely extraordinary history of New York City, which happens to cover in passing a massive amount of information about the rise of bosses in the whole area. One of my favorite evenings in 2004 was spent with Gotham open alongside the (also great) Encyclopedia of New York and "Gangs of New York" on TV. But you can settle for merely reading the book. :)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 9:28 PM on September 16, 2010
What's the opposite of Schadenfreude?
How to make a wedding that's less Vera Wang, more Beacon's Closet
The key to having an affordable NYC wedding is to let go of the stupid arbitrary traditions that get exorbitantly priced. We had our ceremony in Madison Square Park; the license to hold the wedding there was twenty bucks. We had the reception at the top-floor party space that a friend had access to in his building; We gave him an iPod to say thanks. Transport from the wedding to reception was via subway, except I put our parents in taxis.
Our big expense overall was in… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 2:28 PM on September 8, 2010
How do you set up a corporate BarCamp?
Not to be too obvious, but the BarCamp website has lots of info on how to organize an unconference. I'm assuming what you mean is that you'd like to run an internal unconference within your company, not a true "BarCamp", since you don't really want public engagement.
After that wiki page, I'd suggest subscribing to the BarCamp (or other unconference) mailing lists and lurking around a bit to see exactly how these things work. There are also consultants who will… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 8:51 AM on September 6, 2010
Gourmet Quick Kitchen- "Special Editions" of Gourmet Magazine to hit newstands
I dunno, I'm obviously biased (been working extensively with the Gourmet Live team since its inception) and I know MeFi's bias on these things is always towards the cynical end of things. But it's a nice set of beautiful recipes. I was just thumbing through it today and even though I was looking at it as a Producer Of Media, I ended up pausing on the Bahn Mi recipe and thinking "hmm, I could actually do that. And I want to eat it."
It is,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anildash at 4:30 PM on August 30, 2010
Who the fuck is Eminem, anyway?
Unbelievable more people haven't mentioned Lauryn Hill's work, particularly on Miseducation but even with the Fugees. If she'd have passed on in 2000, people would recognize her as one of the all-time greats today. I personally would put her ahead of Pac.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 12:02 AM on August 25, 2010
"Do you have any questions for us?"
Nothing wrong with saying " I'll definitely have questions later, would it be alright to follow up with some in email after I've had time to think some mire? I'm excited and want to make sure I cover everything."
Gets you off the hook on immediate pressure to ask, plus gives a perfect way to follow up without being a nag.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:07 PM on August 17, 2010
Help taking screenshots on Android Droid X
Does CrashPlan take system resources throughout the day?
When can a third party make a case for copyright infringement?
Martin should disclose it pre-emptively. "We at DDD are disappointed to tell you that Neil had been publishing items on our site that were in violation of copyright. We take this matter seriously, and in addition to Neil no longer being on our staff, all of the offending content has been removed. We apologize to the donut community and especially to the original writers of this content, but are proud and happy that our site's community is strong enough to weather even this unfortunate… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 3:19 PM on August 10, 2010
Oh, and don't send the letter to Neil. Email him a link to the disclosure when it goes live, and let him read the discovery on the site, same as anybody else. Carefully log and record all of his responses to the post in case you need them in the future.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 3:22 PM on August 10, 2010
I am a man who drives the local bus
What in blue hell am I supposed to say?
Throw a surprise party for her birthday or other event. Call the dude at home to invite him. If he doesn't show, make a nice speech at the event about how everyone who loves and cares for her is there. If he does show, then you did a nice thing for your friend.
If his shocked wife blows up and he gets pissed then he was lying to your friend and hopefully she'll see you helped her find that out. If she gets mad at you for making the truth obvious, then you're free of a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 8:33 PM on August 9, 2010
Baptism gift for a nine year old boy (from an atheist)?
A chemistry set, a Lego mindstorms robotics kit, a nice set of really powerful magnets, a model rocketry kit or anything else that might inspire a life-long interest in science would all be perfectly awesome for any kid that age, plus unassailably grounded in logic, science and reason.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:43 PM on July 29, 2010
Seriously Hot Dog.
I blew $20,000 by dropping out of college mid-semester. Where do I go from here?
He's doing you a favor by cutting you off. You're smart, introspective, and entrepreneurial and don't need somebody emotionally manipulating you with their money. (That's what your late 20s are for!)
Look, maybe you fucked up; I dunno. But even if so, being 20 years old is about making mistakes. If your heart is set on going back to school, go. There must be a way you can declare that you're financially independent and won't be getting supported by your family. Just be… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 9:15 AM on June 11, 2010
What is the best way to break bad news at work?
I know this sounds like the most ridiculous, counterintuitive advice, but I'd actually take a look at the venerable, maligned "Delivering Bad News" PowerPoint template. Though the visuals are truly horrendous and the title to each slide is laughably bad, the actual bullet points themselves as an outline of topics to cover are not bad at all.
I am not saying you should use this template. I am certainly not advocating for the use of a bad set… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 12:15 AM on May 26, 2010
The blogosphere thinks I'm ugly...
I'm not famous, but the number of people who know me online is larger than the number of people who I know, and that asymmetry means that I've been called ugly, stupid, evil, and a whole assortment of other things online over the years. (Including right here on MeFi!)
The key thing to understand is that they're not reacting to you. They are reacting to an idea that happens to share the same name as you. They don't see you as a real person, most… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 4:07 PM on May 20, 2010
Do I actually like the things I say I like?
I go the other way, and default to not evaluating anything based on "I like this" or "I didn't like this". Instead, to me it's much more interesting to think about the context in which it was created, what social goals it was trying to achieve, what context the work was created in, and how it earned a place in our culture.
I guess some of that stuff is boring or meta to others, but as a result, I almost never see a movie or read a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by anildash at 10:55 PM on May 4, 2010