posted about 8 hours ago on metafilter
What are good educational resources for a college undergraduate interested in a career path that involves product management in the technology sector?We have several student employees in my university sub-department, some in technical roles like programming and system operations, and others in marketing roles like copy editor, graphic design and social media management. While chatting at an unconference event, one of the marketing student employees stated that her preferred career path is product management. She is working on a degree in Econ with a C.S. minor, and I think could be a good fit for what I think a product manager does. So yesterday we had a guest visiting, who works as a product manager in industry. Knowing her interest in product management, I asked our guest what a product manager in their company does, and she took the bait quite well, asking follow-up questions, and mentioned that she's applying to several product management internships. So we have a portfolio of open source projects, and ever since our conversation at the unconference I had been thinking it would be good to identify a program in our portfolio that could use the attention of a product manager / product owner, and yesterday's group conversation re-affirmed that as an option. However, the reality is that if I propose this experiment to management, I would likely end up mentoring her. However, my own knowledge in the area is lacking. While I'm one of the few full time staffers who listens to business podcasts, the only book I own that's even tangentially related to product management is The Innovator's Dilemma. It's quite an influential book, to the point where people hate the overuse of the term "disruption," but it's a far cry from the resources I have for student system administrators like The Practice of System and Network Administration or the Linux System Administration Handbook. Can anyone recommend essays, blogs, books, lectures, classes, and software tools for undergraduates interested product management?

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History Respawned is a show where historians consider historical video games - like Papers Please, Diablo III, Assassin's Creed Unity and Wolfenstein: The New Order - with host Bob Whitaker, a history PhD and professor from Dallas, Texas.

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I have a problem with work stress. It causes me to isolate myself and not want to go out and meet people and do fun stuff. I'd like to get some input as to how I can overcome this negative pattern.Work kind of sucks right now. I'm not going to go into too much detail here but the office culture is pathological, we're working too many hours, the overall mood is miserable and we're under a lot of pressure to produce. I'm dealing with it reasonably well, with one exception: after eight to nine hours of this, I find it very hard to go out afterwards and do fun stuff and meet new people. I just want to go home, turn on the internet, order dinner from seamless and go to bed. The weekends are very much the same. So how can I overcome this negative pattern? Is it a matter of maintaining stronger boundaries at work so that I don't absorb the toxins? Is it a matter of toughing it out, faking it until I make it and going out no matter how rotten I might be feeling at that time? Some relevant information: I am taking antidepressants. I'm pretty happy with them. Let's assume for the sake of this question, that "DTMFing Job A" is not an option for now. What do you suggest? Many thanks in advance.

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Urban tagging is urban right? There is a difference between graffiti tagging and street art. Is urban graffiti a force for good or evil? But what happens when it moves to the country? Andre Saraiva aka Mr. Andre seems to have overstepped the mark. Is Mr Andre tagging in Joshua Tree?

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Europe's Solar Power Industry Braces For Solar Eclipse On the morning of March 20, 2015, a solar eclipse will pass over all of Europe, visible from Turkey to Greenland. A decade ago, that probably wouldn't have mattered to anyone except people who love astronomy... But now, 3 percent of Europe's electricity grid comes from solar power... This more in depth article indicates: Hundreds of millions of Europeans will experience a solar eclipse ranging from 40% to 97% obscuration on March 20th. Iceland will have a total blackout.

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I need the best eye doctor in Manhattan/Brooklyn for help with multiple post-LASIK complications.I got LASIK in 1999 and it's probably my biggest regret. I knew within the first few weeks something wasn't right. My eyes were previously already dry and corneas thin and in retrospect, I was never a great candidate, but there wasn't nearly as much vetting back then. In summary, my eyes are glassy, red, narrowed, light-sensitive and often feel very "raw", numb and strange, especially in winter time. I have been told many times I looked tired or stoned. The bags under my eyes have increased and my eyelids and brow sagged within months after the surgery which continues now, worsened with age. When I am speaking to people all I can concentrate on is the foreign sensation of being "aware" of my eyes. It affects my ability to compose my face, smile naturally and so forth, in additional to being anti-social. The only thing that has helped was getting punctual plugs in both eyes in 2004, plus using high-quality eye drops night and day. I generally have to wear sunglasses whenever I'm outside. Obviously, this has taken a toll both mentally, physically, cosmetically. I really need to solve this problem and I cannot seem to find a doctor who is much help with this multi-pronged problem. I also don't know how to Google very well because I'm not sure what sort of eye doctor to see or who would specialize in such a thing. Any suggestions in the Manhattan or Brooklyn area, which I'm new to?

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posted about 11 hours ago on metafilter
It's been 20 years since PJ Harvey emerged from a time of isolation and song writing that produced the album To Bring You My Love.

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A Detailed Explanation of The Varieties of Chinese Dumplings plus a recipe for Vegan Steamed Or Pan-Fried Chinese Dumplings.

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I am taking a class in ASP.NET web forms to make web sites after learning how to make web sites using front end tools with MVC for server stuff. Everything I'm doing seems at odds with what I've learned in the past. I'd like to know how web forms are used by professionals doing actual work.Last semester I took a class that I would describe as a front-end web development survey class. I learned a lot of concepts around JavaScript. JQuery, AJAX, JSON and how they work with HTML documents. My instructor was the lead front-end developer for Progressive Insurance and he had us do a lot of work in Visual Studio, using ASP.NET MVC code for which he wrote the server side code. So, in the course of the class I learned a bit about MVC and really understood the benefits of how it works. The instructor did a very good job explaining how developing in this environment works in a professional setting and I really understood how the work I did fit into that setting. Cut to this semester and I am in an Active Server Pages class. We are doing all of our work using Web Forms to make web sites. My problem is I don't completely understand the value of it or why work would be done in this way. When I'm working, I am making functional products, but it feels as though the back end and the front end are a jumbled mess that can't be extricated from each other. Writing asp server controls in web forms seems so backwards compared to creating HTML pages that use front-end scripts to call back to the server. To make things worse, these are online classes and, whereas my front-end instructor was very available and great at giving feedback, this instructor basically tells us to read the book and do an exercise. My last instructor would put together helpful extended lectures on the topics to watch, whereas this instructor does very little of that. I feel like if I understood how developers use web forms professionally, I would better understand the why of what I'm doing which would help me feel motivated to better understand the how. So my question is, how does the ASP.NET web forms work flow function professionally? Also, are there any good resources I can look at to see how dev teams use ASP.NET in the field?

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Beyond Josh Lyman Politics: How The West Wing Miseducated My Political Generation

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posted about 13 hours ago on metafilter
I'm contemplating ditching my current high-volume, low-cost approach to undergarment-buying (e.g., these Hanes cheapies, which stretch out after 6 months) for a low-volume, high-quality strategy. Are there durable stretch cotton boyshorts out there that wear like iron and are worth splurging on?Cotton-blend is fine, but no 100% nylon or microfiber or whatever nonbreathing plasticky fabrics they're making panties out of these days. Color's open, but sleek, minimalist styling somewhat preferred. No special size needed, but slightly more coverage/higher rise is better. What should I be looking at, Metafilter?

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The most optimistic people often struggle the hardest. They can't quite square what's going on in the world with their beliefs, and the disparity is alarming. [slnyt]

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Lorn has never been one to shy away from the darkness in his music. However, where as his previous release, Ask the Dust (Grooveshark) was bleak and mechanical in it's struggle with its demons, The Maze to Nowhere (Bandcamp) is melodic, fuzzy and at times even warm. If you've listened to Lorn's previous releases, 'warm' is generally not a word associated with his tunes. Whereas his previous effort worked with the bleakness of empty space, we find him filling in those cracks on this album with static, fuzz and ambient effects. The resulting product is a much more organic sounding beast, and man, does it sound great. From the Sputnik Music review of Lorn's first of ? parts in The Maze to Nowhere series of pay-what-you-want EPs on Bandcamp, which now includes Part 2 and Part 3, still with no end in sight. If you want some visuals with your music, here are the official videos for Ghosst(s) [previously*], Weight Me Down, Diamond, and a short clip for Tomorrow, from the earlier EP/album, Nothing Else (Grooveshark), which was released by Brainfeeder. More on Lorn: Discogs, and Ask the Dust page on Ninja Tune. He's also on Soundcloud, where he posted Certain Limbs, a compilation of songs to celebrate 1 million plays on Soundcloud. If you'd like to know more of of Lorn, here's some of Marcos Ortega in his own words, in a video interview he did in 2012, talking about his origins and work with the Brainfeeder crew, and an interview with Vice, also on his early days and the people who supported him. Bleep asked him about how his influences and style, and The Quietus digs deeper, to his earliest thoughts on music.

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posted about 14 hours ago on metafilter
La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons (The Old Woman and the Pigeons) by Sylvain Chomet (SLYT)

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posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
No, nothing to do with taxes. I am a night auditor now, and the job is seriously activating my analytical streak. I'm pretty good at figuring out how things interact in our system and why they do what they do, but there is a vale I cannot penetrate, though there be wonders beyond it: what the $#&*# is a System Suspense Account?It's like magic, you see. It balances the General Ledger when something is wrong. It lurks inexplicably at the bottom of the hotel's G/L report, almost always the same seemingly random dollar amount in both columns. Occasionally it is not even there. And I do not want it to be magic, I want it to be a thing that I understand. And, maddeningly, the internet refuses to help me in my quest. Where does it come from? What determines how much money is in it on any given day? Is it even money? How does it fix the balance if it's off? Why is it occasionally not on the G/L report? Is it a thing in accounting in general, or just in some specific instances? Is there another name for it which might result in a few more explanatory and less abstruse google hits? Is there a Secret Accounting Cabal which guards this information against outsiders who do not bear the Sacred Mark? The System Suspense Account is like my little friend, faithfully guarding me against unbalanced audits. I like to know something about my friends. I am not sure why I have fixated so on this, but I have, and it's driving me bats. Does anyone, anyone know anything about this sort of thing? Pretty sure this is the silliest question I have ever asked.

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"As deep as my words moved people, if I'd not had him onstage with me I can't promise you that I would have been strong enough to make it through in the way I did. I wouldn't have been strong enough to resist the urge to compel people to do something bad, or approve of something violent. But that night, on that stage, a white man, the more privileged in American society, stood in solidarity, silently, stoically, quietly, staunchly, with his friend, as his friend neared physical breakdown because of the pain, and let him know: 'I'm there.' That's a shining example of what I as a man should do for a woman, what I as a straight man should do for gay people, it's what the tough kid should do to the kid who's getting bullied around by the fuckass tough kid, you know what I mean?" In The Guardian, Alexis Petridis interviews Killer Mike and El-P talking about Run the Jewels, their friendship and especially the show they did in Ferguson the night the grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown.

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I have the equivalent of 18 months' salary in hand and am planning to live on it as long as I can whilst pursuing my writing plans. How can I best manage my spending?A couple of events recently have meant I have in hand the equivalent of about 18 months' salary. I had some credit card debt, which I have paid off, and now don't have any debts except for my mortgage. My current full-time job ends next week. I have always done bits and pieces of writing and think this is my opportunity not to go back to full-time work but to try to write a book - and I don't underestimate the effort that goes into that. I am also hoping to do occasional part-time consultant work which will hopefully mean I can go on longer without looking for full-time work. I do realise that even if I succeed with writing I will probably need a proper job again eventually, but would like to put that off as long as possible. I am bad at managing money. I have put a lot of effort in the past into keeping records of what I spend, but I have never done anything with these accounts. I spend too much, eg on food and on books, especially when I feel low. I'm not good at self-control re money. I now really want to spend less in order to have more time not working. How can I work out what I "should" be spending? I don't want to be too thrifty as it's important to me to, for instance, spend money on family, visit museums and libraries in other towns and so on but I do want to spend less than I was spending as someone with a secure job and a decent income. I'm not looking for tips on saving money so much as more over-arching stuff on how I can draw the line between thrifty and extravagant. How do I set a budget for myself and is there a way of monitoring what I spend without tracking each purchase? Any tips on the practicalities of managing outgoings when living off capital would be helpful too. Most of my money is currently in a savings account so am I best to move a set amount of money from that to my current account each month, or to keep a specific balance in my current account and top it up from my savings account periodically? Friends and family have told me I should invest the money in order to get some interest, but I'm not sure whether this is worth it given I would need to access the money over time to live on. I'd also appreciate any advice on managing the effect of depression and anxiety on spending and money management. I'm in the UK, if that makes a difference to answers. Thanks for your help.

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posted about 20 hours ago on metafilter
In Code of the Woosters (PG Wodehouse), reference is made to a "tooth bottle," apparently containing liquor. Anyone have any idea what a "tooth bottle" might be?

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
Bookfilter: I'm trying to locate a book I read as a child in the late 70's/early 80's. It was a (or in the style of) a Victorian melodrama, but written in a dry, humorous style. There were a few Tenniel-like illustrations here and there but it was mostly text. The little I remember is below the fold...The story begins with a young princess (of a Royal Family newly come to the throne due to either revolution or usurpation) discovering a little girl her own age whilst out on a walk. The little beggar girl is an orphan and the princess adopts her like a pet as they are similar in age. Beggar girl may have been called Cecilia. Of course, the beggar child is the last surviving member of the proper Royal Family, and this is apparent as she grows up as she is SO much more talented, pretty, intelligent etc etc than the current Princess. One of the illustrations (they are all line drawings in the style of John Tenniel) shows the Princess's attempt at a portrait (terrible), and then show's the "after" when Cecilia has completed the picture (awesomely). Of the rest of the plot, I don't remember much except for a scene where Cecilia is to be thrown to the lions. The lions possibly refuse to eat her due to her being amazingly royal or some such thing. Does this ring any bells?

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posted about 24 hours ago on metafilter
You might be a terrorist if... 1. you talk about individual liberties, or 32. you're frustrated with mainstream ideologies, or 59. you're a returning veteran, or 61. you believe in the right to bear arms -- according to the US Government.

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What are some cities / metro areas in the U.S. with a fair amount of software and tech companies besides the Bay Area, Seattle, and NYC? I'm looking more for lesser known hubs or places where there is a growing presence, cities that I may have not considered. Where are the jobs in 2015 and where will they be in ten years?I'm daydreaming of some options for relocating and I'm interested in some off the beaten path locations.

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Looking for parental controls for to set daily timers for specific websites.Trying to remove the temptation to linger at websites that suck up too much of my kids' time. Their schedules vary day to day, so an allotment timer is needed. Blocking social sites during specific hours of the day changes on the fly and is therefore too burdensome. Is it possible to have the following example in a Windows PC /wireless router environment? Computer A: Parent. Controls to timers and sites from here. Prefer to use web program, but download is fine. Computer B: Access to all content except 15 minutes of Facebook and 30 minutes of Google Plus during 7a.m. to 6p.m. I'm willing to make it 30 minutes of Facebook and 60 minutes of Google Plus a day, with no hours specified. Computer C: Access to all content. No internet access 5 days: 10p.m. to 6a.m. and 2 days: 1a.m. to 7a.m. Computers D-F: Unaffected What I've tried: Actiontec Router Parent Control, Microsoft Family Safety, Net Nanny, OpenDNS. Actiontec has some options, but they don't work. Blocks www.bing.com but not others like www.facebook.com nor URL keyword facebook. Windows Family Safety has no internet controls. OpenDNS affects all household devices. I don't see a way to limit access to certain computers. Net Nanny comes close, but I don't see a way to limit Kid B Computer to just 15 minutes of facebook a day during the hours of 7a.m. and 6p.m. While we appreciate anything can be circumvented, assume good faith and communication for all of us. I'm not looking for behavior modification advice. We're just trying to move the Doritos off the table and back into the cupboard. I'm willing to pay and have access to install on all devices. I have medium level ability and can get into the router, but don't have/want to create a server or some such.

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The story of The Anarchist Cookbook and William Powell, regretful author.

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Iconic Photographers Pose With Their Most Famous Photographs. The "Girl in Afghanistan", Sharbat Gula, was found and interviewed as an adult. "Tank Man", who faced down tanks in Tienanmen Square, has never been identified.

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I'm looking for someone -- or some service -- to help me prepare my application to be admitted to the New York State Bar. (I've already passed the bar exam itself.) I don't have blemishes, so-to-speak, that need to be explained, but my pre-law work history is complicated, and I lived in a million different places before law school but during the applicable period -- and I'm very busy right now -- so I'd like someone to help me carefully and precisely put the application together. I'd also like to check to be sure that there are no outstanding debts in my name that I'm unaware of and no unpaid parking tickets, etc., that I don't know about before the application goes in. I'm aware that there are attorneys who specialize in helping people with character and fitness issues to prepare for the interview -- but I'm looking for something different: help putting together the application itself. Does anyone have experience with someone that does this sort of thing? Throwaway email address: nybarquestion@yahoo.com

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