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Best of IKEA
A person I know who makes some of her family's clothes mentioned that the linen fabric IKEA sells is an amazingly good bargain.

My relatives who live in India reallllly like the IKEA tealight candles and will request that family members making trips to the US bring back 100-packs of them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 3:57 PM on March 6, 2016

Hindu temple in the Poconos with painted steps
I called my mom and she said the temple used to be known as the Raja Rajeshwari temple and then became the Sharada Peetham temple under the aegis of Sringeri Sadhana. I'll have to investigate further because I still can't find any photos online depicting the stairway I remember.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:39 AM on February 5, 2016

Nonfiction podcasts that are nothing like NPR or This American Life?
Children of Tendu has super shop-talk style discussions on the TV screenwriting business. Very conversation-y and pleasingly unpolished.

Wolf 359 is a scifi drama podcast that grew on me -- the use of music is especially neat. If you enjoyed the harrowing bits of Battlestar Galactica then season two might especially delight you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:55 PM on January 8, 2016

Catalog and organize all the things!
Tell the denizens of the Wikipedia Teahouse about your favorite topics and they'll help you find articles and media to categorize and sort.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 3:54 AM on November 2, 2015

Why use a sentence instead of "anĂ³nimamente"?
I am grateful for all of the wisdom here. Thanks! I understand a little better now.

If anyone could point to an explanation by the public servants who decided on the current phrasing, I'd love that. Otherwise I am reasonably satisfied!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 1:48 PM on September 17, 2015

Where can I rent a Dahon folding bike in New York City?
stachemaster, I called BFold yesterday and they said they don't do rentals. I do intend on visiting them during my buying process, though!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:16 AM on August 15, 2015
I ended up following zjacreman's advice and buying from the nice people at Spin City, who let me test ride their Dahons around the block, and who had a Mariner for cheaper than BFold did. Thanks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:51 AM on September 10, 2015

how to find or create women-only gatherings, groups, clubs, and meetups?
You could run a one-off get-together for sure!

Consider mindfulness meditation, hiking, and reading romance novels. The romance novel reading & writing community skews very heavily female.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 2:12 PM on August 13, 2015

Help me think of sets of 6
Bike, bus, train, airplane, limo, boat

If you don't have to say them aloud too often, punctuation marks: % @ , ; - &
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 2:03 PM on August 13, 2015

How do I start working as an on-line coding instructor/mentor?
Consider joining a firm that runs paid trainings, or looking for adjunct opportunities in online extensions of accredited colleges.

Take the Software Carpentry instructor training, which covers "the basics of educational psychology, instructional design, and how to apply both to teaching programming to adults." Once you've done that, you can tell the rest of the SC community that you're happy to do online/remote training and tutoring.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 1:36 PM on August 10, 2015

Tailor a swift infosec reading list
Try giving these readings a skim. The author is a cybersecurity researcher who cares about protecting people's security and privacy, and understands that this always also means caring about the usability of our approaches. He reads recent papers from other security researchers and summarizes them, connecting them to the larger context of trends, weaknesses, important ongoing efforts, and so on.

If you will have to consider the security of web applications, also check out… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 1:29 PM on August 10, 2015

San Francisco for a Saturday
Not too far from Union Square is the Triton, a hotel that the firm I used to work for used all the time to host out-of-towners. High recommendations for customer service and walkability.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 1:24 PM on August 10, 2015

I need a project. Or a job. Or a hobby. Or SOMETHING ... at home
I cannot wait to see what you do next.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 11:17 PM on July 15, 2015

What song lyrics have inspired you?
The entirety of Vienna Teng's "Level Up". Also I have a "Perseverance!" playlist:

"Tubthumping" (They Might Be Giants version)
"Give Paris One More Chance" by Jonathan Richman
"Be Born" by Tally Hall
"The Sadder but Wiser Girl" from The Music Man soundtrack
"This Too Shall Pass" by OK Go
"Smells… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:37 AM on August 15, 2014

Children or no children
He needs to be willing to introspect and talk about what he wants. You're not being unreasonable.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:31 AM on May 20, 2014

Fanfiction book club
Colbert & Stewart RPF (sort of): "The Thing With Feathers" and "Silent"

Indian women's utopia: "Fifty Years in the Virtuous City"

Accessible either to West Wing fans or Dar Williams fans: "A Great and Gruesome Height"

Star Trek reboot: "Lunch and Other Obscenities"

Jurassic Park: "A Year of Women"

Dykes to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:39 AM on May 7, 2014

Where can I find "real" work-from-home jobs?
Several of these telecommuting internships involve writing, editing, or graphic design.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:18 AM on April 30, 2014

Help me find fiction books that make me feel happy and alive!
Seconding The Pushcart War & The Phantom Tollbooth. In other children's/YA, try Gordon Korman's The Twinkie Squad.

Maureen McHugh's China Mountain Zhang's ending made me super happy and alive.

The first book in Pat Barker's "Regeneration" trilogy (Regeneration) had a similar effect on me (the trilogy on the whole can be a downer, though).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 11:17 AM on April 22, 2014

Ultra-friendly free forum software?
Have you considered Discourse?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 2:46 PM on March 3, 2014

I want to follow more women on Twitter
Seconding @seriouspony and @biellacoleman .

Politics, pop culture, and organizing: @cbracy

Writing and feminism: @andrhia

Intersectional feminism with some pop culture as well: @omgjulia and @kavbojka and @nkjemisin

Finance: check out @jamiemzimmerman, @chrissiy, and @KMcGowan .
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:41 AM on February 13, 2014

Non-euro fantasy stories?
Nearly everything by Zen Cho and a lot by Ken Liu, and the fanfic "Fifty Years in the Virtuous City". I didn't much care for Ashok Banker's work but you could try it. Also check out the Carl Brandon award-winners.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:19 PM on September 25, 2013

movies where everyone behaves themselves?
I haven't seen them in years, but I have fond memories of The Big Kahuna and Secrets and Lies and Desk Set and Norman McLaren's Synchromy and Oskar Fischinger's Composition in Blue.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 10:48 PM on August 14, 2013

Talk to me programmers!
pwnguin, thanks for that link. I have thought about Mills's post-bac in the past, and am curious about other similar programs.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:04 AM on April 14, 2013

Carry-on baggage, worth the hassle?
If I were you, I would use a softsided duffel bag (easier to squeeze into overhead bins) and carry it on.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 4:15 PM on March 18, 2013

Getting over my dread of calling the doctor
Seconding ZocDoc.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:51 PM on March 9, 2013

Compassionate but not boring fiction?
Pat Barker's Regeneration (it's a trilogy; the first book has this quality most strongly, I think). Historical fiction about a doctor and his patients.

"Lunch and Other Obscenities", a really wonderful Star Trek fanfic by Rheanna, about people coming to understand each other despite their differences.

Nearly everything by speculative fiction and historical fiction author Zen Cho, such as her… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 11:02 AM on February 15, 2013

Help me make better day-to-day impression with the small things
Punctuality is huge, and is a subset of reliability. People who keep their word, without anyone needing to remind them, seem far more mature than those who don't.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:59 PM on February 3, 2013

Non-fiction recs SVP
You mention that you find nonfiction books dull; how have you been learning your science, including recent science history? Documentaries, courses, word-of-mouth, blogs, or some other method? It could be that what you dislike is the book medium and you'd do better with, for example, the History of Rome podcast, the Crooked Timber blog, documentaries like Helvetica, clicking around Wikipedia, and lectures at your local college or at spaces like The… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:28 AM on December 19, 2012

Alternatives to
If you're looking for help with your more informal, off-the-cuff speaking and writing, chat channels might be better.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:50 AM on December 19, 2012

Family vs. Career
More and more jobs are completely fine with telecommuting. If you're in the same country as your employer, in some fields, you're unusual. Can you try remote work?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:49 AM on December 19, 2012

Examples of co-creating websites?
Check out Dreamwidth which actively encourages community feedback on site structure, features, etc. I'm linking to the dw-news community which has the site staff posting DW news and asking for comments.

Also check out how Wikimedia made its five-year strategic plan as a collaborative community effort (the process "lasted a full year and resulted in 1,470 content pages on the wiki").
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 3:37 PM on October 13, 2012

What comes after Plan B?
If you want more experience working with big data, you can get it without having to do it for a job -- OpenStreetMap, Open Knowledge Foundation, Wikimedia, and other open data sources are available, and Hadoop and other bigdata tools are open source.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 3:25 PM on October 8, 2012

On the road to nowhere.
How can I productively network with alumni contacts (at alumni functions, etc.) as my career trajectory starts to depart from theirs.

You could start a volunteer project and ask your fellow alumni to help out. I find that making/doing stuff with other people makes more useful ties and can turn into new opportunities. What are your favorite open datasets? (Plug.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 2:02 PM on October 1, 2012

What should I ask my CVP?
Other people's advice sounds good!

If there is any company gossip you have ever been curious about (especially regarding harassment, and people whose personal problems get in the way of their work and yours), and you are good at subtlety, see if you can get the conversation in that neighborhood. Or wait to have that conversation until she's no longer at the company.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 1:45 PM on October 1, 2012

What is this crazy little thing called Twitter?
Michele, how many people have you followed? Also, have you tried saying anything ("tweeting")?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 11:48 AM on September 21, 2012

Beauty Privilege?
One wonderful thing about hanging out in female-friendly online spaces is that we barely ever know what our friends look like. Dreamwidth is great for this, and most people who hang out there are feminists. Maybe you should blog, read blogs, and feel more supported that way.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:56 AM on August 29, 2012

Help me find this management company for Independent Contractors
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 11:42 AM on August 27, 2012

How do I change careers into the UX field without further education?
Speaking of open source projects: OpenHatch can help you look for design-related problems to work on, to build your portfolio and get critique from others in the community. Example.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:32 AM on August 27, 2012 marked best answer

Open source biology software projects
Raidallinen, here's a short guide to quickly skimming the publicly available information about an open source project to see how active it is and whether it's amenable to new volunteers.

I work on bringing new volunteers into Wikimedia technical projects, and you might be interested in helping bring the new Wikidata project to fruition (background on Wikidata). This is only indirectly related to the underlying science, but given how many scientists end up referring to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:30 PM on August 20, 2012 marked best answer

Wanted: well written fan fiction
"The Thing With Feathers" (Colbert Report).

"Theories About Nuclear Winter" (Calvin & Hobbes) - click through to Part II at the end.

"Amends, or, Truth and Reconciliation" (Harry Potter).

My recs on Archive Of Our Own. Especially "Lunch and Other Obscenities" as recommended above, and "Sisters of Bilhah" (Handmaid's Tale).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:58 PM on July 9, 2012

I want ebooks direct from the source
Alexandra Erin - self-publishing fantasy author.

Candlemark & Gleam - small press that focuses on e-publishing.

"Charitable Getting" and other e-published books by Sam Starbuck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:17 PM on July 3, 2012

Finding Famous Franceses
Francie Larrieu Smith.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 1:34 PM on June 16, 2012

Work This Workshop! Work It!
I run a fair number of workshops and events. Hope this isn't condescending.

Define your goals really clearly and specifically, and then do as much preparation and structure as necessary to achieve those goals. The trick here is to just skip things that you might assume are necessary. You might not need any presentations at all, or discussions, or trainings, depending on your goals.

Example -- lessons learned by OpenHatch, which puts on lots of… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 11:21 PM on June 15, 2012

Common Sense is Not So Common?
Thank you for posting this question, and thanks to everyone for the answers. I was constantly told, over and over, by my family, that I had "no common sense," and remembering that angers me to this day. I now believe there is no such thing as "common sense" and that anyone saying "oh that's just common sense" or "you/s/he has no common sense" is a thoughtless jerk. It takes active learning and training to get any skill other than sucking at a nipple.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:38 AM on June 8, 2012 marked best answer
I sit reminded and corrected!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 4:50 AM on June 10, 2012

I want to listen to songs that make me cry.
The hymn Finlandia, also known as "This Is My Song".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:38 PM on May 24, 2012

I want this to be the best.
Tips for you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:35 PM on May 24, 2012

Changed my major and now I'm struggling, can I do this?
can I do this?


taking 6 years to finish a BS degree that I don't even know if I can complete just feels embarrassing

I know that, from your perspective right now, it feels embarrassing. But think about it this way: when future employers look at your resume, you can just put the end date on there -- "graduated 201x" -- and they won't know or care about how long you took to get there.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:32 PM on May 24, 2012

How can I avoid self-sabotage and turn this internship into a career?
Do you have a mentor, or someone else you trust to check in with you for 15 minutes a week? That kind of regular one-on-one appointment helps you set your goals for what's really important (not just urgent, but important) for you to focus on and get done.

Have a private accountability blog that you only share with that mentor or a few trusted friends, and every day, take 10 minutes to post:

* what you did the previous day
* what you… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:34 AM on May 17, 2012

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