Can you think of a good metaphor or analogy that puts a positive spin on a person who has a lot of skills and experience in a technical career field and is very good at what they do, but who's education or degree is not as advanced as others who have high degrees in the same field? [more inside]
I'm curious about the pricing of Chinese restaurant food in various countries. Can you give me a price range for your country or area, for either delivered or in-restaurant dining, either in your country's currency or US dollars? [more inside]
What are some good analogies to inspire someone who's stuck in their comfort zone or are resistant to change to embrace an open mindset towards the idea of positive change/transformation? [more inside]
I have a job. It's pretty good - for a graduate at least. However, it's not everything they promised and I've been looking for alternatives at the same time as trying to improve things in my current place. Now everything's happening at once and I don't know what the best way to proceed is. Snowflakes inside as always. [more inside]
Hi - I'm hoping for a bit of help comparing two similar 7 inch tablets that are on sale this Black Friday. [more inside]
I'm working on making a few changes to the way I cook to emphasize vegetables and grains, and minimize the animal products which I totally love but need to cut back on. However, non-dairy substitutes are not always automatically healthier than the dairy option. I need your help playing a fabulous game: whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiich ingredient is healthier? [more inside]
Is it worth it to buy a MBP without a super drive? [more inside]
Is carsort.com dead? And assuming it is, is there a not-dead alternative for finding cars by features? [more inside]
I'm in my second semester of a professional master's program at a top-10 program. I can keep up with the classwork, but I get really caught up in comparing myself to other people. It not only makes me feel horrible, it significantly takes away from me doing my work. I'm prone to depression and lots of social anxiety anyway (I do have a therapist, we haven't talked about the self-comparison as much), but am well-liked in my program. I'd say I'm about on par with other folks in my program in terms of accomplishments (some have much more, some do less), so my intense feelings of inadequacy are mostly unwarranted. However, when I hear people talking about doing things I'm not (eg working with professors more than me, getting fellowships), I feel absolutely terrible. What should I be doing or trying to do to knock it off? Mental hacks, philosophical approaches, practical tips all welcome, though I should say I understand intellectually that there will always be someone doing more than me and that's life.
After spending about two weeks using a relative's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 as a video playing device to distract our young son, my wife and I are interested in getting a mid-sized tablet of our own, to double as a video player and portable computer. The Nook HD+ is comparable, and right now, much cheaper. Is there something I'm missing about the Kindle Fire, or are most mid-sized tablets fairly similar? [more inside]
I have a list of paired numbers that span multiple orders of magnitude, and I need to find a method to a) compare within each pair in a way that does not disproportionately bias the comparison at the high or low end of the list, and b) define which pairs are dissimilar enough to be excluded from further analysis. The dataset itself follows a rough sigmoid curve, with a few pairs in the 1000s, more in the 100s, a lot in the upper 10's, some in the low 10's, and a few in the single digits. I have tried a few different comparison methods so far, including percent difference and relative percent difference of both the raw and log-transformed data. [more inside]
I sometimes have trouble understanding the visual differences in height of two different objects. [more inside]
Choosing between Ipads, how? [more inside]
Which piano should I keep? [more inside]
How to stop being distracted with what other people are doing [more inside]
Are there any Windows programs that can compare two image files and tell me if they're duplicates or not, ignoring different metadata and file formats? [more inside]
Are grammatical errors more frequent in English than in other languages? What about spelling? Do foreign language have as many substitution errors as English? Do ewe speak a pear of foreign languages or more and what are you're experiences of these kinds of errors? Watt do there grammar Nazis do? [more inside]
Bike Comparison: Need help choosing between two bikes in the $550-$600 range. And how do you learn what components are better than others? [more inside]
Redlining microsoft word documents? [more inside]
Is there common text between the various bills that outlaw collective bargaining in some contexts, or limit the domains on which it applies? Do you know of a good way to find this automatically? [more inside]
What makes lemon bars tart? [more inside]
How can I find common words in two (or more) lists? [more inside]
How can I compare the text in two excel cells for common terms? [more inside]
Comparison of carbon reduction/energy efficiency/ cost-benefit of rain water tanks V solar heating V waste water reclamation? [more inside]
Two Kindle Questions: Should I get the Kindle with or without 3G? Have people had problems uploading pdfs onto the new Kindles? [more inside]
I'm going to travel a bit and might try to combine that with shopping. (a very novel notion, I know) Price-comparisons wanted. [more inside]
If one were to collect scenes from Shakespeare films to compare how different productions approached them differently, what scenes should be selected? [more inside]
Website that will compare the size of two cities by show the map side by side. [more inside]
iPad + wireless keyboard as a semi-serious writing tool? [more inside]
My house siding was damaged in a recent hail storm. Currently I have aluminum siding, but I understand to replace aluminum siding cost more money than vinyl siding. Would anyone know approximately how much more a sheet of aluminum siding would cost verses a sheet of vinyl siding? Thanks in advance!
What should I be buying on craigslist? [more inside]
I can't help but feel that everyone I know has been doing better than me since high school. Are these feelings grounded in reality, or is it simply insecurity? [more inside]
How much memorization does art dance performance require? [more inside]
Help me get my focus back on my own life and happiness and stop comparing/competing with my ex in my own mind... and stop having how I compare with others as a condition to my happiness/self esteem in general... [more inside]
If given the choice to fly coach from Boston to Tokyo (Narita), which of the following airlines would you choose and why: Continental, Delta, American, JAL or ANA. FYI, i'm 300 pounds and 6'1. Legroom is a primary concern, but any tips appreciated. [more inside]
I am trying to compare the Toshiba 40RV525U and the 42RV535U. I don't see much difference except for two inches and almost $150. How much of Toshiba's spec sheet is marketing mumbo-jumbo and how much of it is real? (alternatively, recommend me a different HDTV in the $750-900 price range) [more inside]
Is there a good website for generic computer hardware information and comparisons? By that I mean a website that compares, for example, different RAM technologies and their pros and cons -- as opposed to comparing brands. It needs to be updated frequently. [more inside]
Trying to pick an online photobook publisher to make family Christmas gifts, and am overwhelmed. Who has had recent experience with blurb, lulu, iPhoto, MyPublisher, Picaboo, Smile Books, etc.? [more inside]
I need a good and fast tool to compare two folders side by side, with the ability of exclude .SVN and other useless files. I've found some ones like Compare Folders and DeltaWalker but I haven't tried these yet. Do you recommend them?
What factors do you look at when considering multiple, simultaneous job offers? [more inside]
Website that compares McCain and Obama's policies in a non-biased way with references/sources?
Lazyweb, I need help choosing an automotive GPS navigation unit for a directionally-challenged relative. It must receive traffic updates, have an ability to remember programmed routes, and be reasonably easy to install and use. [more inside]
Are there any magazines or websites which provide comparisons/recommendations for girly grooming products? [more inside]
I saw a website last year that allowed me to type in my annual income. The result was that it showed my modest income to be in the 97-percentile of the average income across the globe. It was helpful to put things in perspective. Now I want to share that webtool with a friend, but can't find it. Anybody know the site?
Where can I find comparisons of the time it takes for an application to become relatively mature (in feature set, and bugs) in comparison to its status as open or closed source?
Anyone know of a website that provides comprehensive food price data throughout the U.S.? For instance, lists the current price of top round beef, a gallon of milk, etc. I want to compare prices per region/city.
What internet service to use in Cambridge, Massachusetts? [more inside]
This may be an easy one (at least I hope so - and no, it hasn't been easy for me). Is there a site, or more than one site, that is somewhat devoted to compatibilities in hardware? I'm looking at notebook cdrw/dvd-rom (slim) drives and it would be nice to know which models will - ostensibly, anyway - work with which laptops. Help if you can. Thanks.
Given two unsorted lists, size N and M (N < M), how long [ O (???) ] and how much storage [ O (???) ] would be required to find elements in common between N and M (the number of common elements could range from 0 to N)? How would you go about doing this? [more inside]
I've started cobbling a blogging site out in WordpressMu. Today, i ran across Joomla. I think I want to switch - any ideas? [more inside]
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