posted 4 days ago on metafilter
More experienced people of Metafilter: how do you switch jobs and do it right? What to do in the place you are leaving, how to adapt fast to the new place? Difficulty level: multinational companies in Central Europe.I've found a previous question with almost the exact same problem, but it was pretty much US specific. So my situation in a bit more detail: First company change (did change positions within the company, but had no other workplace yet) Company to leave: big multinational in consumer packaged goods, held different back-office and enterprisey IT positions, office is in Central Europe Company to arrive: big American software company, will be doing enterprisey software developement, office is in Central Europe On pretty good terms with everyone in the corp I'm leaving Education is totally different from the job. Although I have demonstrated competency in programming and enterprise IT, people may raise eyebrows cause of a liberal arts education in the new place In the past I was the "guy who programs". In the teams I used to work we never had more than me and at most another colleague who programed. How to adapt a bigger dev team? What are the best practices here? Don't know the programmer culture in the new place yet, but I picked fights in the company i'm leaving with brogrammers regarding the usual topics... How to handle situations like this, were they to occur in the new place? Some more questions: How to navigate a new organization? What are the best practices to discover formal and informal networks between people, roles and departments? What's best to keep from the old org? Contact lists, paperwork, good memories? Are there real checklists, books or advice pieces regarding this topic?

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
So, because of the nature of what I do, I sometimes wind up screen-sharing with someone else while I'm coding. I like having all of my code bookmarks on my usual personal Chrome profile, because I really don't want to juggle Chrome windows back and forth all the time. But when I'm screen-sharing, I'd like to be able to switch to a profile that ONLY has my code bookmarks, and not, for example, all my fandom stuff. Is there a way to sync just, say, one folder between the two?A couple folders and a couple select bookmarks from my toolbar would be even better, but if it could just capture a Code folder and nothing else that'd be a good start. Tools that cost money are fine. I'm primarily having this problem when using Chrome on my Mac. Ability to also sync this with other browsers would be nice but not necessary, or other ideas about how to solve this workflow problem that don't involve letting people I'm programming with know all about my personal life. I definitely prefer these to be in my browser bookmarks, though, not something I need to visit another page to use.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
Around the world, people believe that investing in a resource (e.g., pursuing or trapping an animal, planting a field, making a tool or object) means that you own. This is also the logic of Locke's Labor Theory of Property (a person comes to own a resource by investing labor in it). Do people have a sense of why people everywhere share this intuition?

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
My trusty old 27" iMac is on its last legs so I need to buy a new computer. What should I get?I have a budget of around $1000. I already have a MacBook Pro laptop so I'm thinking of getting another desktop. That said, I'd be open to getting a laptop/monitor/keyboard combo. Here's the specs on my current one: 27" 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM 1TB HD. I'd like something equivalent or better. I do graphic and web design so the large screen is most helpful. I do some gaming as well, so it would be nice if it could handle something like Bioshock without any issues. Is refurbished worth looking into?

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
My personal website with it's own domain has been using MoveableType 2.something for years. When my server last upgraded, perl updated along with it to 5.24.1, and now the MT CGIs don't run.The current version of MT costs hundreds of dollars and seems to have no free version. The database is fine. How do I get a CMS up and running to maintain my very intermittent updating schedule? My options seem to be: * Fix MT myself to work with perl: possible, but insanely frustrating, definite no * Downgrade perl: feels very hacky and inviting security problems, definite no * Find a later version of MT that works with perl 5.24: not great, but if anyone knows of a secure, non-malicious download site * Move to another lightweight CMS that offers tags and can convert the existing content of less than 200 entries. I can write HTML & CSS. I have sudo privs, and can install many things, but am not a sysadmin. Anything requiring a hour of mid-level sysadmining will leave me in literal tears. * ???? Help me HiveMind!

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
"This story starts with my dog taking a shit on the bathroom floor, and ends with me cleaning out a meth house. [TWITTER] Hold up, I need a beer." Along the way: a footprint in that poop, the car mysteriously parked outside, and a box of ashes. [ThreadReader (all in one) link here] From the same person, Someone just stole our fridge and Someone brought back our fridge, with interest.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
I bought Yancey's Fancy Maple Bacon Cheddar thinking it was just bacon cheddar. I put it on a cheese plate and everyone was pretty sad about it. What can I do with it?Waste of a question? Or excellent use of a question? It doesn't taste *bad*, just weird. Like a McDonalds breakfast sandwich on those maple infused pancakes. It's sweet and gives off a strong maple smell. I don't want to put it on or in or near eggs. That feels bad and wrong to me. What else can I do with it? If it helps, I am the sort of person who dips their breakfast meat into syrup, so I sorta get it, just don't know what to do once cheese is involved.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
Suspicious water that's been through a filtering system.Last week, the water in my office's two kitchenettes and women's washroom ran brown for a few hours, no foul smell. The main kitchenette has a sink, dishwasher, and countertop water dispenser that's connected to the water line. People continued to drink water from the dispenser throughout the day, so presumably pulling the brown water through it. Water coming out of the dispenser ran clear. Dispenser filter has not been cleaned since. How should I feel about drinking this water now that it's running clear again?

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
I realize minivans aren't super sexy but they are what I need; something that can transport cargo but also more than one or two passengers. I've been reading for days and I can't come away with any decent ideas of what to look for or what to keep in mind.I'm also not a car person so I'm not familiar with the reputation of various car companies or how difficult a particular model would be to keep running. I'd like to keep it more mechanically simple; no built-in DVD players or automatic electronic doors. This will be mainly for hauling, not road trips. I'd prefer something used to avoid running the budget up. I have about $5,000 to work with but I can be somewhat flexible. Any suggestions of what to look for or what to keep in mind would be appreciated.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
So I am a very, very amateur guitarist with tiny hands and in the market for the smallest guitar possible. Details within!I will not be performing for anyone anytime soon and just want to get the easiest guitar to play and learn on. For me, that would be a really small one with nylon strings that are easy to press. Is the half-size guitar the smallest one I can get that still has the "normal" guitar sound? Through my research, I've even come across something called a guitarlele. How does that compare to a half size guitar? I also would like to get a ukulele at some point because I love the tone of it for certain songs. Are there different sizes for those as well?

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
I'm not sure about the long term prospects of my current job and I wanted to know what others options I might have. What kinds of jobs can a PM skillset get you?I currently work as a project analyst at a big financial services company in a program management office (PMO). For #reasons I don't think continuing my employment in this company will lead to any career growth or upward mobility. Let's just say they've outright lied to other colleagues about promotions and have been playing favorites. This won't change. I have stayed for a long time (~5 years) because I'm the loyal comfortable type who does their work on time and otherwise stays quiet. I have learned how an IT organization essentially runs their business so that's been a positive. I'm planning on getting my pmp hopefully by the end of the year. At this point I consider myself to be a experienced/mid-level. So I need some advice/suggestions. I'm pretty sure I'm no longer interested in being a technology project manager of any sort anymore. Even though I wasn't an execution PM for a significant amount of time (I've only ever been assigned to 2 release due to staff shortage on the execution team and that lasted about 6 months) I still don't think even being a PMO PM is something I want to keep doing. It seems that if you're a PM (of value) then it's only as a construction or IT/software delivery PM. So if I need to get another job exactly like the one I have now or similar to it, I know how to. So what can I do with a PM skillset that isn't in technology or construction? How else can I pivot with my PM skillset? You may say that all industries need PMs but right now it seems like all industries are only looking for technology PMs. So, any ideas of what to look for/research? Ideally it pays a decent amount of money. I currently make around 68k (in the DMV area which doesn't go far if you're also trying to save money and need to live alone due to mental health concerns). My undergrad degree was in Management so no specialized knowledge of anything other than businesses. Are there any industries I may be overlooking? This won't get solved overnight and I'm only just starting so any relevant ideas/suggestions/advice would be welcome!

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
I'm putting together an order for some new glasses at Zenni. I have my prescription, and I've filled in all the relevant boxes on the form at Zenni. So far so good. But I'm completely stumped by the final 3 lines of my prescription. Please halp!The final 3 lines are the V 1.0 (is this just single vision?) and the add 2.00 E.P part. What on earth do I do with these two items? There doesn't seem to be any place for these items on the form, but I'm a bit worried about not using them. If it helps, I got the prescription with a new pair of glasses from a big chain store here in Japan.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
by Yuge Zhou (Video, not autoplay) 2017; Original video resolution: 5280 × 5280 pixels; 3 minutes (infinite loop); Sound design by Stephen Farrell "Underground Circuit is a collage of hundreds of video clips shot in the subway stations in New York. Station to station, the movement of the commuters in the outer rings suggests the repetitive cycle of life and urban theatricality and texture. The inner-most ring includes people sitting on benches waiting; the central drummers act as the controller of the movement, inspired by the concept of the Four-faced Buddha in Chinese folk religion, the god who can fulfill and grant all wishes of its devotees. For the installation, the video is projected onto the gallery floor and mapped onto a cube with relief in the middle of the projection area. The installation invites audiences to sit on the central cube as Voyeur-gods, to observe the anonymous characters in the projected urban labyrinth." "Yuge Zhou is a Chinese born, Chicago-based artist whose video and installation works explore urban environments as they are inhabited and experienced and the collective rhythms of human activities in these spaces." * Then, enjoy the other pieces in the series The Humors and more. Then, keep digging in the installation pages for even more. * Text interview with the artist.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
"If all young girls and women committed such treason, patriarchy would collapse." Reema Zaman on the truth behind the perfect photos taken when she was a model and actress and her life since. CW: abuse, rape.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
It's a strange way to shop for cars but my kids like to see outside.I recently drove a friends Land Rover and it was amazing with I felt like I was outside in the car and that was really great. My Jeep Cherokee's windows are tiny. I want my next car to have huge windows. Is there a good way to look this up across car makes? What large SUVs have giant windows?

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
Insect farms gear up to feed soaring global protein demand - "Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10-high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini." insect protein powder/paste in bags... or tubes: Enterra Feed, one of an emerging crop of insect growers, will process the bugs into protein-rich food for fish, poultry - even pets. After being fattened up, the fly larvae will be roasted, dried and bagged or pressed to extract oils, then milled into a brown powder that smells like roasted peanuts... Fast food giant McDonald's is studying using insects for chicken feed to reduce reliance on soy protein... Insect farmers grow black soldier fly larvae and mealworms because they are docile, easy to grow and high in protein and digestible fat. Mealworms can be grown with little water and studies have shown they can "rescue" nutrients by consuming grains not fit for livestock production without passing on harmful toxins. Black soldier fly larvae also contain high levels of calcium and iron and can feed on a broad array of food waste. charts: -Bug farms feed soaring protein demand -Fish farming expansion drives demand for feed bonus 'future of food' stuff: Is This Tomato Engineered? Inside the Coming Battle Over Gene-Edited Food - "The agriculture industry, which hopes Crispr technology will transform the business, faces opponents who call it 'GMO 2.0.' " Scientists Want to Replace Pesticides With Bacteria - "Indigo's microbes could change Big Agriculture forever." Scientists discover hybrid swarm in global mega-pest - "CSIRO scientists have confirmed the hybridisation of two of the world's major pest species, into a new and improved mega-pest." Engineering a plastic-eating enzyme - "The researchers made the breakthrough when they were examining the structure of a natural enzyme which is thought to have evolved in a waste recycling centre in Japan, allowing a bacterium to degrade plastic as a food source."

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
Help me think aloud around a bathroom sign my boss just installed. She asked what I thought so I told her; I'm not crazy about it, here's why, but that's just me. It's one of these "mermaid/cenetaur/whatever, just wash your hands" signs.It's being placed with the best of intentions, but it feels so much like "things that cishet people like" to me that I need some input. For me, that signage (also ones with unicorns, dinosaurs, aliens etc) are way too close to saying "we don't care what sort of made up thing you think you are, go you", as opposed to "this bathroom is not reserved for any specific gender". Similar to people who say "I don't care if he's black, white, green, purple, whatever". But our visitors feelings come first, maybe young trans people would love it? The group who visit us are young adults, not specifically queer, I might like this better in a queer environment. Am I a terrible old curmudgeon? Input from trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks especially welcome.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
"Pick Up" (Official Music Video) by DJ Koze, with animation by Terlina Lie.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
"But it [machine learning algorithms] doesn't always work well. Sometimes the programmer will think the algorithm is doing really well, only to look closer and discover it's solved an entirely different problem from the one the programmer intended. For example, I looked earlier at an image recognition algorithm that was supposed to recognize sheep but learned to recognize grass instead, and kept labeling empty green fields as containing sheep." - Janelle Shane The Surprising Creativity Of Digital Evolution

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
Long Story I got fired from 2 temp Jobs in IT for the same reasons " Performance Issues" . The jobs I was hired for was IT desktop support jobs . I need something more Slower Pace or figuring out if it's me or the company?So lately I been having some problems with keeping a job. I recently got fired from 2 IT jobs from companies that moves very fast and has high turnover. Both of them say the same thing. " Performance issue" while your quality of work is good you don't move fast enough and can't do the same quality work. First to start all I have nothing against help desk or customer support work I enjoying working with the end users. The real problem starts with expectations from Management. I am expected to juggle several things at once - taking care of the ticket queue and having to keep the ticket queue below 10. - meeting deadlines for projects like Deployments, office moves, new user setup, conference room support, sometimes without any help. - if a conference room is in process, i have to drop everything because they are urgent as well. Pretty much everything is almost an emergency and i got burned out and overwhelmed fast. The way I organize myself I try to priortize users who are down first, then conference rooms, then users with network issues, and then projects. Then comes issues i need to resolve and while some issues i can resolve on the spot some take time and i either have to google it, look at the KB, attempt to look at the physical layers first then last ask for help. The managers i had dont seem to like it when i ask for help while im still learning in the environment like if I don't the answer and tried to google it, what am i suppose to do? Pretty much these last 2 jobs have stressed me out and overall i failed to catch up with the workload. So now I am asking if overall i am the problem? And also if IT jobs that are more slow paced or more at a reasonable pace exist? If i take another fast pace IT job in 3 months i can bet ill be fired yet again I try to work as fast as i can but apparently my bosses dont like me

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
My boyfriend of seven months is lovely -- except when his (clinical) anxiety flares up. Which is pretty much all the time lately. He is receiving no treatment and seems to have lost perspective on how disturbing his current behavior and state of mind actually is. How do I have a productive discussion with him about getting help? Because, frankly, either the anxiety goes or I do.Current situation: I love this man, but his anxiety is tearing our relationship apart. We went on a short vacation recently, and although we did a lot of cool stuff, his anxiety frankly made the trip as a whole very difficult. For example, on the drive back, we went to order coffee at a drive-thru and he got panicked to the point of frantic near-shouting and wild hand gestures as I was ordering (because I ordered one coffee and then the other, instead of ordering two together. But he also froze up and didn't say what he wanted to order when I asked ahead of time, which is why I just ordered mine first and gave him some extra time to think. So I dunno). Or, as another example, on the drive to the vacation spot, he was writhing in the passenger seat because he was plagued by thoughts of his leg bone and believed he could feel the bone (mentally). Those are just two small examples that he would probably not even remember but that I found very disturbing -- and disturbingly typical. There were many more similar examples throughout the trip. Also, when he is in that panicked, anxious state he tends to be pedantic, impatient and rude. His social skills disappear. He's usually a very kind, thoughtful person -- which is one of the things I love about him. But the more anxious he is, the less kind and thoughtful he becomes. Soon, he's either giving constant nervous laughter but is otherwise silent or he's doing stuff like sighing, mumbling complaints/told-you-so's, and rolling his eyes. And he gets into that anxious/unsociable state in many, many social situations, which has not endeared him to my family and friends. Even at rest, he wears a pained expression constantly nowadays. He can't watch a movie or TV show without doing extensive research beforehand or even during it, because he feels too much tension to watch unless he already knows how it ends. He is often extremely inhibited and passive even alone with me, let alone in public, which is frustrating -- it feels like I can never cut loose, either, because he's always silently freaking out at best. And it makes me feel lonely and unloved to try and interact with someone who's in that frantic, upset, solipsistic state of mind -- because, frankly, he IS likely to reject my attempt to kiss or hold hands when he's feeling like that (and he doesn't initiate, either). That's not to mention all the small adjustments he makes to his life that I believe are because of the anxiety and that even he sometimes has the perspective to say are irrational (i.e., completely unplugging all lights/etc when leaving the apartment, out of fear that the landlord will come in and see the lights/etc plugged in and decide to evict him based on the supposed fire hazard). In other words, even though his anxiety was an even bigger problem on this recent trip than it is in daily life, it is still a major problem in our daily life together. He is brilliant, interesting, insightful, whimsical, and can be a lot of fun. I don't want to lose him -- for the most part, I treasure my time with him -- but I also can't live in the way that his anxiety is making him live. I feel like things are coming to a head. I feel like maybe it's time they should come to a head. Background: His mother and brother both have anxiety but I don't believe (though am not sure) that either are getting formal help. He has actually been rushed to the ER in an ambulance for a panic attack he suffered at work (approx. 1.5 years ago), but that resulted in no further formal treatment, either. He refused to take any of the medication prescribed at that time for the usual imo anxiety-created reasons (i.e., he didn't want to take the medication soon before traveling, etc). He walks a lot and is naturally ascetic, so honestly, he already exercises and eats healthier than I do (and probably better than the average person), although I guess he could theoretically exercise more and eat healthier. I have had my own mental health struggles, but dealt with depression rather than anxiety. That was an extremely rough period in my life (which both resulted in the depression and was aggravated by it), but I sought help, took medication, and have since changed my life considerably. The nadir of my depression was 2013-2015 -- I have been doing better and better since then and have even been off of medication for over a year. I also have a lot of familial experience with mental illness. So this current situation is probably both more familiar and more frightening for me than it might be for someone else. Also, we are in our early thirties, and I feel ready to settle down and like I don't have a ton of time to waste. Question: In order to stay in this relationship, I need him to get a handle on his anxiety. That means that he needs to get professional help. Even if results are slow, I need to know that he is making a real, concerted effort to solve this and isn't just adjusting to it (and expecting me to adjust, too). And if results are extremely slow or don't come at all, I may have to go anyway. Like I said, I love this man and I don't want to lose him. But I also know that I can't have the life I want with him, given the current state he's in. How do I say this in a respectful, supportive way? I don't want to make an ultimatum, because I think that they poison relationships, but the truth is that this IS a deal-breaker for me. What kinds of expectations is it appropriate for me to have? Basically, how should I have this question, and what can I/we hope to get out of it?

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
My wife and I will be taking a little road trip in late April/early May from Detroit to the Finger Lakes area of NY with a two day/one night stop in Buffalo. Neither of us has visited before. Looking for recommendations on food/activities in these areas. We are interested in nature, delicious foods, hidden gems.Things already on the list include: Eternal Flames Falls in Orchard Park, Watkins Glen state Park, the ornithology lab tour at Cornell, the Corning Museum, and the Taughannock rim trail hike (which is better, north or south?) We're sort of bummed about this eternal winter as we'd hoped to do some kayaking during this trip but it may be too chilly to do so.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
Hivemind, I come to you begging for your kind help now that Google's failed me. Circa 1940-60s, obscure, black and white, low budget film about a *female* psychopath/serial killer with a knife and hypersexual personality, almost NO dialogue! Not being able to remember the name of this movie is driving me bonkers. Help!What I can remember: - Black and white, and definitely a b-movie- everything about it screams "low budget" - Made sometime between 1940s-1960s - Almost NO dialogue (but not a silent film)- this detail is important - Opening scene is of a woman who lives alone in an efficiency apartment - It's heavily, heavily implied early on that she is a psychopath/serial killer with no interests other than going out at night to kill - She carries a knife, is presented as hypersexual and perhaps manic - A lot of dark city streets, feels a tad noirish - Begins having sex with a man on the street and then kills him with knife - She expresses no remorse when she kills, only pleasure - Doesn't talk much but loves to cackle wildly - She may or may not have a boyfriend that she teams up with to seduce and kill men; I feel less confident about this detail - The characters are very "flat", and film has an exploitative quality about it I saw it a couple years ago. I thought it was one of the movies in a horror/drive-in movie box set I have, but I checked and it's not listed among them. So now I'm thinking I watched it home on Comet, but couldn't drum up any info from their website or past film screenings. I know my boyfriend was watching it with me but it was late and he fell asleep halfway through it. I asked him if he remembered watching the beginning and he said definitely yes, and verified the details I recalled. He wasn't able to remember much more about it, but was the one who suggested we probably watched it on Comet. Anyway, his independent verification was enough to convince me that I probably didn't just invent this memory or embellish some weird dream I had. Thank you in advance!

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
I recently moved down to San Diego, and found what I thought was a nice apartment, but upon moving in discovered that I can hear literally everything going on in the unit above me - footsteps, TV, sex, you name it. Does this give me grounds to back out of my lease, and what would be the best way to handle this situation?As I mentioned in the question, I just moved into a new place. I signed the lease this past Saturday, and have been here Sunday and Monday night (it's Tuesday night right now). At first it seemed like a nice place, and the two times I saw it before I signed the lease there were no apparent issues. However, I'm on a first floor unit and after moving in, I realized that you can hear literally everything going on in the apartment upstairs, clearly. I was woken up the first night by the couple upstairs having sex - it wasn't the sex itself that woke me up, but the sound of the bed moving, which sounded like it was in my room. Same thing for when they walk around, you can clearly hear every footstep - and not like muffled footsteps, it's LOUD. When they watch anything on TV, I can clearly hear what they are watching, etc. I have lived in a bunch of apartments before, including ones with neighbors on the floor above and I have never experienced anything even remotely close to this amount of noise before. And it's not the fault of the people upstairs, I don't think they are exceptionally noisy people, I think the apartment just has exceedingly thin floors or something. Does this give me grounds to back out of the lease and get my deposit back? I never would have moved into this place if I knew how much noise I would be getting from the apartment upstairs. What would be my best way to try to get out of this apartment and get my deposit back? I've never even considered doing something like this before but the noise is really amazingly bad.

Read More...
posted 4 days ago on metafilter
I have a half-remembered anecdote that I read somewhere that goes something like this: At a congressional hearing on nuclear deterrence, someone says this to a prominent nuclear weapons scientist: "We all see the value of nuclear weapons for protecting our country. But why should we be supporting the arts?" The scientist responds: "They make our country worth protecting." The details are probably all wrong, but I'm fairly certain that it involved Americans in some kind of government hearing. Can anyone help me find a source for this half-memory?

Read More...