Activity from brainwane

Showing comments from:
Displaying comments 1 to 50 of 338
Critical Fermi Estimation Knowledge
For Fermi-style questions, I often find myself remembering that there are approximately 8 billion people on Earth and between 300 million and 350 million people in the United States.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 1:57 PM on December 10, 2017

Replacement for Yahoo Groups?
You could ask Dreamhost whether you could get on Mailman 3, rather than Mailman 2 -- Mailman 3 has a UI refresh (example list, example discussion). Mailman 3 basically acts like a mailing list for people who want to use it like that, but is like a group web forum for people who want to use it like that.

Zulip is like a cross between a mailing list and a chatroom and has a free tier for hobby groups, noncommercial groups, etc. -- with unlimited message history.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:27 AM on December 4, 2017

How to convert .mp4 to .gif with optimal speed and size?
For further help with ffmpeg: https://amiaopensource.github.io/ffmprovisr/
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 2:25 PM on September 27, 2017

Searching campaign contributions for local US elections
I would like to check out this person's contributions across all fifty states, the territories, and all 3,000+ counties. It sounds like there's no all-in-one aggregator search engine and I'll have to check at least with each state, possibly with individual counties or municipalities in states that don't follow the pattern that firechicago mentioned.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:27 PM on September 22, 2017

What would you like to know about being a vendor at a Farmers Market?
Tips on preparing for and moderating a panel discussion from my favorite scifi convention, which has a lot of panels.

In the time leading up to the panel, if possible, you should tell the panellists about your proposed lightweight structure and agenda for the panel, giving everyone a chance to suggest additional topics and to prepare their own anecdotes, talking points, references, etc.

Ideally, you and the panel’s members ought to meet 10-15… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:58 AM on September 15, 2017

Self employed people, who do you create waypoints for your business?
I use Beeminder a fair amount to automatically break down "want to have [big number] achieved by [date]" into "ok, that means that today you have to have [much smaller number] done".

I also use in-person and phone meetings with clients as promises/waypoints for "have x achieved by y time/date".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 10:56 AM on September 13, 2017

Will they or won't they?
Web serial comic being posted right now: "Heartstopper".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 10:50 AM on September 13, 2017

Nonfiction describing learning/daily experience in profession/skill/etc?
There's some crossover here with the answers to a previous Ask: "What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?" From that: Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, William Ball's A Sense of Direction, Walter Murch's In The Blink of an Eye, The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch, Notes on… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:24 AM on September 13, 2017

What are some examples of flexibility and lateral thinking?
I can't remember whether it's in Fisher & Ury's Getting to Yes or Cause & Weinberg's Are Your Lights On? (both of which would be good for you to read), but:

Two patrons sharing a study table in a library are arguing over whether to open a window near them. The librarian asks them what they want.

One says: to get fresh air.
The second says: to avoid a cold draft.

She thinks a moment, then opens a window further away, thus fulfilling both their needs.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 11:23 AM on September 7, 2017 marked best answer

What blogs / websites / columns are written from a fictional POV?
The official Star Trek website used to? have columns (I think both were advice columns) "written by" a Ferengi and a Klingon.

RealAvocadoFact (Twitter).

Fictional Twitter feeds of various scifi characters.

The now-defunct British supermarket Somerfield (I think) had a monthly? magazine, each of which included an "interview" between a cat ("Socks" I think?) and some other pet (presumably… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 12:54 PM on September 5, 2017 marked best answer
This "Richard Nixon" Twitter account.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:48 PM on September 5, 2017

How to find friends when one is gifted and lonely?
Practically everyone has something they know a lot about -- often more than one thing, and often more than you know about it. If you can cultivate your curiosity about other people's expertise then you will rarely be bored in social situations. Dale Carnegie's book How to Win Friends and Influence People is helpful on this topic.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:47 PM on September 5, 2017

Collaborative, university-like institutions out in the "real" world?
I participated in the Recurse Center and I would recommend it to you.

I'd also suggest that you consider the religious institutions in your area.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:05 AM on August 15, 2017

London, in Media, for Children
Does he already play the London maps on GeoGuessr? I bet he'd like that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:26 PM on July 16, 2017
In case the documentaries you've found don't include these: London Transport Museum's film collection/British Transport Films, like "The Third Sam" (more info). I like the London On The Move collection.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:34 PM on July 16, 2017

First real job career advice
Consider Dan Luu's take.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 5:23 PM on July 16, 2017

Suggestions for humanist book group?
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, about how activists ended slavery and the slave trade in the UK, by Adam Hochschild.

On how we think about ethical responsibilities: Carol Gilligan's In A Different Voice.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust memoir on finding meaning in one's life.

If a large… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:41 AM on July 7, 2017

Pop-up science fiction - short films, podcasts, documentaries etc wanted
Seconding Splendor & Misery (there are music videos you could include) and Metropolis (the bits I've heard & seen are great).

Every year, the feminist scifi convention WisCon holds a vid party, showing fanvids (2-5 minutes each) that often rework speculative fiction film and TV, often from a feminist lens. Here is their set of playlists from this year and here are playlists from past years. Many of those playlists would… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 2:01 PM on July 3, 2017


Looking for a gardening diary
Consider using Growstuff as a garden journal: "an open source platform to help you learn about growing food, track what you plant and harvest, and swap seeds and produce with other gardeners near you."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:46 AM on May 17, 2017

I rocked the boat and now I'm scared. How do I process this emotion.
I agree with several of the commenters above and in particular with une_heure_pleine.

To further potrzebie's question: before this initiative, did you have the kind of relationship with your supervisor and mentors that would let you ask them what they thought of your strategy & tactics for your work? If so, then it's okay to ask them for feedback on how you went about this initiative. At this point they may have positive or negative or neutral feedback for you but… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 10:17 AM on April 25, 2017

From the beginning
Daniel Davies for making finance and economics more approachable.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:17 AM on April 23, 2017

Yr favorite niche podcast
You might like this earlier Ask of mine about "how I made/fixed this software" podcasts by women.

The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast: Ashok and Hari Kondabolu and their occasional guests have genuinely funny and insightful conversations about growing up nonwhite in the US, culture, family, comedy, complicity, fame, and whatnot. I deeply recommend this especially to any other members of the South Asian diaspora who grew up in the US. Irregularly released.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:56 AM on April 23, 2017 marked best answer

Getting up to speed on Blockchain (beyond bitcoin and currencies)
PokitDok's doing DokChain which is for medical records.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 2:27 PM on April 17, 2017

Don't know what to do in moving situation, think I hurt my best friend
Imagine the next time you try to organize buying milk and then you thought that she thought and she looked at you a certain way and you kind of tried to sort of suggest, and she assumed you’re getting it, but you don’t know her preference, and … three pages later there's hard feelings 'cause you’re out of toilet paper or something.

Quoted for truth.

People who are going to live together need to be able to discuss their own preferences and plans,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:29 AM on April 3, 2017

why are bureaucracies bloated?
I think Catseye has said many true and useful things above!

Any organization that wants to do things fairly and systematically despite turnover in staff has to set up rules and processes that will likely tend, in the long run, towards excess, and thus needs counterbalancing. There need to be forces that have the power to resist additional layers of process, or the power to say "let's simplify this" and then actually get consensus for that change (or to impose… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:13 AM on April 3, 2017

Protesting Paul Ryan in style
#BetterWay ? No way!

Your cowardice will come right back AHCA

And consider using the falsum symbol.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 7:43 PM on March 23, 2017

Creative/fun way to celebrate first home purchase?
What are your religious beliefs? You may already have a ritual in your tradition that would be appropriate -- maybe ask your elders? For instance, maybe you could walk around the exterior and the interior of the house, reflecting with gratitude and well-wishes on the lives of the people who have lived there before and who will live there after you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 12:20 PM on March 12, 2017

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your fan fiction!
Terrible: I am not going to look this up right now but I have been reduced to giggles by a piece of Star Trek fanfic called "The Next Penetration of Deanna Troi".

Wacky: "The Morning After" by ambyr, on Pinboard and Delicious.

Awesome: "Fifty Years in the Virtuous City" by Leo Mandel (on Sultana's Dream by Roquia Sakhawat Hussain), "Sisters of Bilhah" by… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 6:18 PM on March 9, 2017

Examples of happy negotiations with unexpected outcomes
You may already know this, but Getting to Yes has several such anecdotes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 3:12 PM on March 9, 2017

Single traveler in search of trip ideas. Got any good ones?
I did the Coast to Coast walk across England twice and had a fantastic time -- both times I went as part of a very small group (a pair or trio), but I saw other people walking alone and they often had ad hoc company with the rest of the accidental cohort that formed among people walking at about the same speed as them and who'd started off on the same day.

I haven't done REI Adventures before but I see they have a best-of version of the walk as a group trip.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 9:27 AM on February 28, 2017

Any advice on how to help a struggling child?
If for whatever reason you decide you want an independent screening/evaluation other than the one your local public school district provides, that is a service Minds In Focus provides.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 8:10 AM on February 28, 2017

How to volunteer writing and editing services?
Please check your MeMail for something I would love help with, in tutoring volunteer coders in the open source community whose poor written English gets in their way when they're applying for internships.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brainwane at 3:25 PM on February 27, 2017


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 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

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7