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Songs about the unbearable process of making music?

I'm looking for songs about the music industry -- preferably negative. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on May 13, 2014 - 112 answers

CS academia vs. industry, with snowflakes

I'm graduating this spring with an undergrad degree in computer science, and I'm lucky enough to have two great postgrad opportunities on the table. But how to choose between a safe and enjoyable industry job vs. attempting the grad school grind to (maybe hopefully) do what I love? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Feb 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Second story rollup doors — why?

Industrial buildings frequently have rollup doors on the second or even third story. The ones in question don’t have a horizontal I-beam or timber to hang a winch or block & tackle from, (like you’d see on a hayloft,) so they’re not for day-to-day loading/unloading. The ones I see in the city are generally facing a sidewalk, not a dedicated open space like a loading bay or parking lot. What are these doors for? The only guess I’ve come up with is occasional installation of equipment that’s too big for a freight elevator. But large-scale machinery usually comes in pieces and is assembled on-site, and the stuff that can’t be (e.g. large pressure vessels, crucibles, this thing) isn’t stuff that’s ever installed upstairs in a general-purpose light industrial building. I’m stumped.
posted by El Mariachi on Jan 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Please don't ask me

How do I kindly decline my struggling-writer friends' numerous requests that I submit their screenplays to my agent, without causing any bad feelings or strife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 - 45 answers

How can I find estimates of various industries' revenue?

I'm looking for the easiest way to find data about "how big" various industries are, by revenue. For instance, when you hear a reporter say, "Video games are a $X billion a year business," where are they getting that information? I've poked around the census bureau's website and found their various reports, but it doesn't seem to be that granular (or easy to read, for that matter). I'm trying to create as diverse a list as possible, of various non-related industries (banking, retail, trade shows, sporting events, hotel, video games, Hollywood, pest control, you name it - virtually any business that is its own discrete thing) and how they stack up relative to one another in terms of the dollar-figure size.
posted by jbickers on Aug 2, 2013 - 9 answers

More than a Far Side Gallery?

I've been wondering this for a long time and internet searching doesn't reveal any reliable answers...on average, how many cows are there in a typical hamburger patty? Bonus, how many pigs in a sausage (would this be any different and why)?
posted by iamkimiam on Jul 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Will Cure Dengue Fever for Food!

So I've spent the past year and a half burning through my severance package as slowly as I could, accomplishing some things, learning some stuff and generally getting my soul back. Now I'm feeling the urge to find a job and do science again, but I'm serious about the do science part. Help me rebuild my resume to get something I can live with. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on May 20, 2013 - 4 answers

If no one tells you that you're fired, are you really fired?

My teenage daughter has her first job, but has apparently been fired yet no one told her or warned her. What can be done? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 on May 13, 2013 - 34 answers

Finished PhD; informally meeting with a prof in a different field?

Just got a PhD, don't have a new position lined up, meeting a prof, no obvious goal for conversation, have questions. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for experiences with EPA Title V permits

We may need to get an EPA Title V operating permit, even though we have no intention of actually emitting any pollutants. Apparently we still need it because of the amount of solvent we use in our processes might exceed 100 tons per year. There is lots of information online about the details - so there's no need to rehash that here. What I'm really looking for is practical experience from folks that have gone through the process or are already operating with the permit. [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go on Jan 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Industry or academia for an aspiring scientist?

Very-early-career scientist at a fork in the road: choice between working in industry and in academia. Hive mind, please help me make an informed decision. [more inside]
posted by escapist53211 on Dec 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me figure out my life post-PhD

Having trouble figuring out what I want and committing to a career path and figuring out how to decide 'what I am', and crippled by perfectionism. About to finish a PhD and could use guidance on now to navigate the next step. [more inside]
posted by anybodys on Dec 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Small hobbies, big ideas

If Steve Jobs never took a calligraphy course in college the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. What other significant innovations started off as unrelated side interests?
posted by laptolain on Dec 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Proprietary R&D makes terrible resume-filler.

How does a scientist doing R&D work in industry maintain a Linked-in profile or have a great resume, when the work in question is company-confidential or proprietary? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Oct 31, 2012 - 8 answers

How to applying for biotech faculty and industry jobs simultaneously?

I am applying for tenure-track molecular biology faculty positions in the US. My skills are also in high demand in industry. Offers for faculty jobs I apply to now should come anywhere from late Feb to early May with a lot of flexibility on how long I have for acceptance. I suppose that biotech industry positions will have a much shorter timescale from application to their decision and how long I have for mine, but I'm not entirely sure. If I want to maximize my options in the spring, when should I start inquiring about industry jobs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find a specific article/quote about sexism in the movie industry!

I recently read an article that contained a quote from someone in the movie industry about how it isn't currently worthwhile, or a priority, to make movies for a female audience/from a female perspective/ something along those lines. I have tried to find the associated article, but searching "movie industry women sexism" isn't very successful. I think I may have read the article at Jezebel. I may have even found it here. But I totally can't find it now. Help!
posted by windykites on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

what's sets us apart inside and outside of the industry door

job hunting filter: in biotech job market, what exactly an "industry experience" gives you and sets you apart from others who has no such experience [more inside]
posted by akomom on Jun 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Getting hired in the industry without experience

How do I break into the service industry (i.e. host, server, barback) without any (or very little) experience? [more inside]
posted by patientpatient on May 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Major players in US industries

Who are the big players that control the majority of the market in US industries? [more inside]
posted by 7life on May 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Newly Networking

I'm seeing someone who's relatively new to networking in regards to the music industry. What are some red flags he should be watching out for when it comes to meeting people and handling contacts? Most importantly, how do I make sure I don't step out of bounds if I recognize someone has an ulterior motive? Thanks.
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Apr 29, 2012 - 4 answers

We are musicians, and therefore broke - obviously we should sign any deal we get! Right? NO!!!

Recording an album, and trying to strike a deal with the sound engineer / producer so we don't go broke. Are we signing in to a good deal or a bad deal? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Hi Sarah. I'm Hillary. I'll be working for you.

How do I deal with working in an industry/for people whose values don't match mine? [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on Feb 27, 2012 - 36 answers

Cash Flow: Susan G. Komen, financial implications, patent law.

Let's assume Susan G. Komen has found an all-encompassing cure for [breast] cancer. Who owns the rights to the patent? [more inside]
posted by aca.int on Feb 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Who knows where those fake watches come from?

How can I learn more about the fake watch industry? [more inside]
posted by Admira on Nov 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Anyone recorded an album with venture capital? Please tell me all!

I'm in a band, and we're being courted by a fairly senior guy in the music industry. He's suggesting that rather than signing ourselves away to a major, we fund the first 18 months (so album recording, tour, publicity etc) we get funding from venture capitalists. Does anyone have any experience with this, or have any links for further reading on this? The music industry can be an unforgiving environment, and I want to know as much as possible independently to our potential manager...
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2011 - 13 answers

a crash course in natural gas

What are the best resources (books, journals, blogs, etc) for becoming highly knowledgeable about the natural gas industry? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Aug 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Free or cheap market / state of industry overviews for EU / Europe?

Can you help me find some free or modestly-priced online reports on the state of the publishing, recorded music, film + photo agencies / picture archives industries in the EU? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 - 3 answers

A logo for the "other" МИФИ...?

Does anyone have a source for a nice big image of the logo for the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute? There's a vector version floating around, but I'd much prefer a large version of the original.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jul 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Outstanding examples of instrucitonal Flash or YouTube animations?

Looking for outstanding examples of animations and videos that explain a difficult-to-understand concept or topic. Not KhanAcademy-type, but rather interactive Flash works or videos with 3D animation. [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Jul 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Hacking an Industrial Machine for Profit?

Someone has an idea to put to use an existing industrial machine that would expand its capabilities and reach other markets. At the moment there are 3 companies that manufacture this machine that he'd like to approach. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jul 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Laser Industry Info

I'd like to find some reasonably current information on the technical and quality challenges in industrial applications of fibre and OPSL lasers. [more inside]
posted by Jakey on May 4, 2011 - 2 answers

How do I learn about something very quickly?

How can I learn a large amount about a topic in a few days? [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Apr 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Does Hollywood ever let professors intern for them?

One of my college professors from the TV department wants to come out to LA and learn more about the overall entertainment industry to update his knowledge. Are there any fellowships to help him do it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Biotech postdoc simultaneously exploring academic and industry jobs?

How does a biotech postdoc simultaneously explore academic and industry job opportunities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I chill out about the high amount of BPA in receipts?

Phthalates, VOCs, BPA in plastic and cans, the list goes on. I changed my habits in an attempt to avoid all those things. Now it's high amounts of BPA that rub off of sales receipts. Any advice that could help me chill out? I'm exhausted. [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Jan 1, 2011 - 17 answers

What to expect from a corporate recruiting interview in the sciences?

Please help a new Ph.D. know what to expect from a corporate recruiting interview in the sciences. [more inside]
posted by amelioration on Sep 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Is there an economic measure relating production or GDP to firm size?

Is there an economic measure that describes what proportion of GDP is produced by firms of different sizes? [more inside]
posted by nowoutside on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Reference Vocals: Is It Worth it?

I'm doing reference vocals for a couple of team songwriters who have recently been signed under a music DJ who works for a major record label. The tracks are good, these guys know their pop music, however they have no money to offer me at the moment. The only things they can offer me is free studio time, access to their songwriters, some music tracks and connections in getting my music to the right people. When I get paid depends if their boss likes the vocals or if an artist picks up the song. Is this a common tactic among new songwriters when they cannot pay their vocalists? How can I make sure I'm getting the best end of this deal or should I walk away?
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jul 7, 2010 - 2 answers

How to find out transaction counts for credit cards used in restaurants

Been trying my best google-fu to no avail... so perhaps someone here might know where to point me.I am trying to determine the number of credit card transaction count and dollars annually that are used in the food industry, optimally broken out by fast food, restaurant and if possible restaurant bar by credit card type by year. Knowing this info for other countries would be helpful too. thanks so much for any help you can provide. smiles to all.
posted by wildpetals on May 27, 2010 - 2 answers

What do you say we put on a record?

Looking for articles and essays concerning the early days of the phonograph and radio--especially the cultural impact. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Feb 21, 2010 - 5 answers

How much money does the gossip magazine / gossip blog / tabloid industry make?

So, celebrity gossip is everywhere and lots of $$$ is forked out for images of famous babies, etcetera... BUT how much money does the gossip industry MAKE? [more inside]
posted by Elle Vator on Dec 11, 2009 - 5 answers

How do academia and industry collaborate?

I'm looking for non-traditional collaboration models between academia and industry (any field) or between companies/consortiums. Any pointers? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Nov 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Re-enter PhD program after many years -- recommendations?

Applying to enter a math PhD program after working in industry. Question about recommendations. [more inside]
posted by lakshmi_mefi on Nov 23, 2009 - 9 answers

Seeking clicking mechanism or design...

What kind of small toys or devices click when you rotate them forwards and backwards? Seeking mechanism or design... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Nov 21, 2009 - 13 answers

Some say I have a way with words.

You are a paid writer/screenwriter/columnist/blogger. What can you tell me about how to best break into this profession? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Oct 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Are meat and leather production correlated?

What proportion of leather comes from animals whose other parts are ultimately consumed by humans for food? What proportion of leather-bearing food animals' skins are ultimately made into leather? How would i find out? [more inside]
posted by dkg on Oct 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Where do the insiders hang out?

Do you know of any industry specific public online forums where insiders discuss common problems or share helpful tips? [more inside]
posted by Diddly on Sep 9, 2009 - 12 answers

I know they're probably too busy for side projects anyway, but...

Do video game industry non-compete agreements typically prevent their employees from working on and releasing small games in their own time? I'm thinking of all employees, including developers, testers, designers, managers, and artists.
posted by ignignokt on Jul 9, 2009 - 9 answers

there are no real jobs on craigslist!

I'm a full-time film editor and occasional composer in Vancouver, about to move to Toronto. My main work has been TV movies and short films. Because I don't have a job lined up there, I'll need to network. I also enjoy collaborating, and would love to make some new acquaintances -- I don't know many people in TO. Can anyone think of resources, groups, or organizations in Toronto that might help me achieve these goals? [more inside]
posted by gonna get a dog on Jun 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Do I need the PhD to work in industry?

I want a PhD in Mathematics, but I do not want to stay in academia. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Jun 14, 2009 - 11 answers

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