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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 english.stackexchange.com?
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").... [more]
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
oDesk?
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"... [more]
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?

Yes.

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

What smartphone gives me root, has an OS that'll be around in 2 years, & won't crash too much?
I greatly appreciate all your answers.

The more I thought about buying a smartphone the more my sentimental side rose up in protest against buying an Android device, and I used to have a Nokia N900 so I'm somewhat familiar with that ecology and (as I realized) sentimentally attached to the Maemo legacy. So I got a Nokia N9. Maybe I'll regret it and get a WebOS or Android device if it doesn't work out for me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:02 AM on May 17, 2012


Please rec some good learning materials
By any chance, are you doing Hacker School?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 1:23 PM on May 14, 2012

Writer seeks readers: possible LTR
Alexandra Erin is doing online fiction - writes a lot of ongoing serial fiction, and gets enough donors and merch-buyers to make a living.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 10:35 PM on May 13, 2012 marked best answer

Morally-significant IT work?
I'm at the Wikimedia Foundation (hiring), and I came into it from a few years working and volunteering in open source software. I'm the community manager on the engineering side. I help volunteers learn and grow, I contribute to freely-licensed software that anyone can reuse and contribute to, I help nurture the development community that makes the software platform for Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, and thus I'm helping empower people all over the world with information.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 10:20 PM on May 13, 2012
I meant to move Eyebeam into the not-hiring-right-now list, whoops.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 10:32 PM on May 13, 2012

Acquiring new skills - how can I add more value?
Have you ever managed other people? You can get experience in management in volunteer projects and those skills do transfer (not 100%, but substantially) to the workplace.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:12 AM on February 2, 2012 marked best answer


I need to make some money. Fast.
Check out oDesk and similar sites to get small international gigs.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 11:55 AM on October 5, 2011

US journeys west to east
"And Then We Shot The Ox"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:31 AM on September 27, 2011


Tired of the anti-hero. I need a hero.
The protagonists of Pat Barker's Regeneration, Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small quartet, Cat Rambo's "Magnificent Pigs", Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed, and Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 4:22 PM on September 22, 2011

What to do about symptoms of a pending heart attack?
For future reference: your insurance card may have on it a phone number for a 24-hour advice nurse. If so, keep that in mind for the next time you're dithering on whether to go to the emergency room, or otherwise trying to figure out how urgent your medical need is. The advice nurse is trained in helping stressed-out people make that very decision.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 12:39 PM on September 18, 2011

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