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I wanna get good. Where to start?
Seconding the Recurse Center, which I attended as well and blogged about as I attended. It's free to attend. Also, you mentioned you're a woman -- they have grants to support women's living costs for the 6-12 weeks of attendance. If you ask your job whether you can go on a 12-week unpaid sabbatical to become a better programmer they have many incentives to say yes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:57 AM on February 23, 2017

How should I react to my wife's bad moods?
A thing I learned from the film Inside Out (based on Paul Ekman's emotions research) is that anger is, at heart, a response to perceived unfairness. It sounds like your wife is passionate about the way the world ought to be and perceptive about the ways in which it falls short, and sometimes that comes out as altruism and charity work, and sometimes it comes out as criticism and anger. I offer this in case that reframing helps you see what is happening when she's angry.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:11 PM on February 9, 2017 marked best answer

What are reputable international media outlets?
One way I keep up with Indian news is via The Caravan.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:56 PM on February 9, 2017

alternate histories pls
This is an interactive fiction piece, rather than a one-way book, but I hear the game 80 Days is very much like this.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:07 PM on January 26, 2017

Recommended Reading for Kicking Ass at Work?
I hear the Support Driven community, about providing customer support and running support teams, is really helpful -- probably a good idea to join their online community and check out their resources.

On understanding and changing organizational processes: Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Switch has a lot of good ideas and case studies about how to change institutions, companies,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:14 AM on December 16, 2016

is there a job for humanities PhD?
If you're interested in curriculum design and you want to put in some volunteer work so you can get a project on your resume, consider helping with Software Carpentry or Data Carpentry.

If you'd like to volunteer to research/audit the user experience of some open source projects, consider reaching out to Simply Secure.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:01 AM on December 16, 2016

Place in Astoria, Queens for a casual wedding with fewer than 10 people?
Astoria Bier and Cheese - wide beer selection and close to the subway

Queens Kickshaw - fine beer & cider selection and very close to the subway

If it does not need to be a venue with food/drink: Astoria Bookshop - also very close to the subway - or the Museum of the Moving Image - fairly close to the subway

If it's not way too cold: Socrates Sculpture Park or Athens Square Park which are lovely outdoors parks, the latter of which is very close to the subway
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:27 PM on December 12, 2016 marked best answer

Readings and songs for a Trump presidency
"Somebody Will", a short song that is good for resolve and hope.

Vienna Teng's song "Level Up", similarly.

Via Hillary Rodham's Wellesley commencement speech, the poem "The Art of Making Possible", by Nancy Scheibner.

The very end of "A More Perfect Union", starting "There is one story in particular that I'd like to leave you with today".

Allen Ginsberg's poem "America".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:12 AM on November 14, 2016 marked best answer
Another Obama speech I think is appropriate.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 11:56 AM on November 20, 2016
Poem: "Revenge".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:48 AM on November 29, 2016

Knowing the warning signs
This Facebook post is by Timothy Snyder. I believe it's the historian Timothy Snyder who specializes in European history.
Watch out for the paramilitaries. When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-Leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the game is over.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:06 AM on November 19, 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
I talked with my mom recently and she thinks it might have been near Pittsburgh...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:48 AM on October 18, 2016

Let's make moving and packing FUN again
Every day, sometime towards the end of the day, spend at least 60 seconds consciously reflecting on what you got done that day. There'll be an impulse to think "but there's so much left to do!" Yes, but, still, take the 60 solid seconds to reflect on your achievements. That'll help a bit.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 3:34 PM on September 11, 2016

bad movie art movies
The TV show Seventh Heaven is ... Aaron Spelling (Melrose Place, Models, Inc., Beverly Hills 90210) producing a dramedy soap opera about a Christian minister and his family. The explicit religious element combines with the usual Spelling schlock to make something I think you'd like to try.

Books: I haven't read Jonathan Livingston Seagull, any of the works of Chuck… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:14 AM on June 22, 2016
A friend once caused me to watch the musical episode of Lexx and I think that might fit in this set.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:46 AM on June 29, 2016

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

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

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