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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
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
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
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
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 "anónimamente"?
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
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
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
I need a project. Or a job. Or a hobby. Or SOMETHING ... at home
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
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:37 AM on August 15, 2014
Candid conversations about black-white relations in the US
Check out "The Logic of Stupid Poor People" by Tressie McMillan Cottom, the personal narrative part of "Black Like Them" by Malcolm Gladwell, and Kronda Adair's blog.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:18 AM on June 17, 2014
Children or no children
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?
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?
Talk to me programmers!
Carry-on baggage, worth the hassle?
Getting over my dread of calling the doctor
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
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 english.stackexchange.com?
Family vs. Career
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