I'm working on a book about the public radio pledge drive. I'm looking at how and why they work as they do and what might be done to make them work better. I'll be referring to specific examples of what I think are weaknesses in how stations conduct them and how those practices, in turn, annoy listeners and hurt drive effectiveness. Does that mean I have to identify the stations? [more inside]
What are best practices for editing a dissertation? Dissertation writers and editors, lend me your ears. [more inside]
I have a statistics and/or probability question and the last time I took a statistics class Vanilla Ice and Andrew "Dice Clay" were multi-millionaires. I am not looking for a problem to be solved, I am asking what statistical technique should I use to determine if a time series of data is due to randomness or not. [more inside]
I have now heard several managers utter the buzzword "Best Practices" when describing why they do the things they do. What is the source of this new buzzword, and why is it so prevalent?
What is the significance of a funeral with no calling hours? [more inside]
I have a question regarding unethical hiring practices. This question has a few permutations to it. The main one is it looks like a woman will be interviewing for a position, and one person on the three-person interview panel is a man with whom she is having an affair. The other folks who will be interviewed for the job are aware of this. What is their recourse? What is the smartest course of action? [more inside]
While recognizing that I'd like your advice on the principles and best practices of a shared child custody agreement. I currently share both joint and physical custody with my daughter's mother, and things are going just fine, but wondering if you know of any resources (online, written, or your own experiences) to help me consider what is best for my daughter now and in the future, and maybe it can serve as a general resource for other parents' looking to establish positive custody agreements. [more inside]
You are a young professional in your late twenties, and have just realized you are not invincible after all. What healthy practices do you start to ensure the best quality of life moving forward? [more inside]
Shoulder surgery rehab tips, hints and recommendations [more inside]
I am running a Wordpress installation on my own domain. It was hacked. For an admin fee, my web host is restoring prior to the hack. What are my best practices going forward to prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
Need advice about best method of circulating a petition for a ballot initiative in California. There is a ballot initiative in California to replace the death penalty with life in prison. I'm going with a friend to a shopping mall this Sunday to try and get signatures (they still need about 100,000). I've never done anything like this before. I need advice about the best way to go about it. [more inside]
I improved a website for a business. The client was satisfied throughout the project and at launch 1 yr ago. But he fell out with his partners and they're threatening to sue me. I billed about $5k for the site. The site now does everything he wanted - consistent navigation, improved graphics, data driven pages (it had been over 100 html pages with little consistency among them). Can I be sued for violating some best practices like not saving Includes in their own directory, having some HTML tags inside a SQL database, leaving test code and unused files on the production site and not optimizing queries, commenting-out unused code instead of removing it? Can I be sued for leaving the site vulnerable to SQL Injection attacks even if there were no actual damages? [more inside]
Please explain these old newspaper customs regarding days and dates. [more inside]
I've begun an alternative certification program to become an elementary teacher. Looking for good books about teaching. [more inside]
What's the story behind those ubiquitous cloth grocery bags? [more inside]
Enough people suggested it that I have started to do strategic management consulting on my weekends. My clients now are pro-bono until I see a horizon for costs. What are some resources on fees and what should I have them sign so that I can better manage the consultancy?
I love taking risk-taking. I am bold, tenacious, speak my mind and if you've met me you would know that I get a certain thrill out of it. Increasingly, I am finding myself wanting for ways to channel my love of risk into the energy I need to get things done. Please help me do this. [more inside]
I've been coerced by a client/employer to start using HTML email messages for communications with our customers. Please help me do this in the most net-responsible way possible (or tell me to burn in the special hell reserved for people who put markup on the SMTP wire) [more inside]
What is the best way to represent spaces in file names? [more inside]
How do you distinguish yourself from the pack? [more inside]
Swedish Business-Filter: Where can I find the actual text of the Swedish Financial Accounting Standards Council’s recommendations RR 30 – RR 32? Preferably translated into English? [more inside]
Is there anything one can do to fight a medical bill that appears to be incorrect? I visited the emergency room last fall. I paid a $100 copay at the time of service that appears to have never been applied to my bill. Despite several calls to the ostensible hospital billing office (really a cube-farm in Texas) pointing out some discrepancies, they've left the clock ticking, sent threatening notices, and are apparently determined to slash my credit rating if I don't pay *now*. What can I do? [more inside]
When Muslims pray, why do they hold their hands out before their faces like a book?