I work at a call center, and have very short breaks in between calls, but it's frequent enough to get a little boring. What kind of productive ideas do you all have for something I could do?
posted by macsigler
on Jul 17, 2008 -
I'd like to broaden my horizons by getting a better understanding of life in different cultures and time periods. Please recommend great books or films (fiction or non-fiction) which paint a broad, immersive, reasonably accurate picture of a place and time. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey
on Jul 12, 2008 -
Priority Mail or Express Mail? This Saturday I'll mail a flat envelope from NYC to a P.O. box in Bethesda, MD (20824); I want it to arrive by this Tuesday. Do I need to spring for Express Mail? Anecdotes welcome.
posted by lorimer
on Jun 27, 2008 -
Does anyone have helpful software suggestions to help me track my time and notes during the course of a work day? [more inside]
posted by rev-
on Jun 9, 2008 -
Asking for future-MIL: She works a part-time (25-30hrs/wk) job in Florida, diagnosed with breast cancer, had to undergo surgery and needed time off work, but she was under the impression that she had short term disability, had mastectomy and must be off work for six weeks, tries to file for short term disability and come to find out, no short term disability. What can she do? [more inside]
posted by banannafish
on May 13, 2008 -
How long does it usually take to adjust to a new place? I moved away from my girlfriend and friends by 3 hours. I know few people (those I met at a church and in workplace)...I am having a rough time of it as i am new in town, new and stressed at job, and just new at about everything it seems. The good news is that my girlfriend and I are getting married but it will be 8 months. SO, how long on average does it take a person to adjust to new changes such as job and city? I appreciate your feedback. My anxiety is much higher than it needs to be.
posted by snap_dragon
on Apr 2, 2008 -
Let's say that I'm a college student that would like to expand my general knowledge about what's going on in the world, and let's say that I'd like to start subscribing to a weekly news magazine, and let's say that I generally have no knowledge of the differences between news magazines. Which one should I subscribe to, and why? [more inside]
posted by Quidam
on Mar 31, 2008 -
sleepfilter: How do I 'reset' my body clock? I'm generally a good sleeper, but I find periodically (and lately), I wake up at the exact same (and weird) time every day. [more inside]
posted by 3rdparty
on Mar 26, 2008 -
What Part/Full-Time Jobs Allow Lots of Reading Time? So far I could come up with: lifeguard, parking lot attendant, pet/house sitter, night-time babysitter, and security guard. What are some others? Pay is not important. I will be working another job for the $ and get my study/ready done during this one.
posted by LC
on Mar 15, 2008 -
Neither of my Windows machines have adjusted for daily light savings time. [more inside]
posted by wfrgms
on Mar 13, 2008 -
I'm interested in aspects of benchmarking with the help of UNIX's
, specifically, what
times correspond to, within the functional context of the system and the tested application. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Mar 4, 2008 -
What are some good books on calendars, chronology and the division and measurement of time? I'm interested in the history, physics and especially mathematics of it all. A giant encyclopedic reference tome would be excellent. Thanks!
posted by hoverboards don't work on water
on Mar 2, 2008 -
In the space of a busy life, full-time work, girlfriend, and misc other interests, how does one pave the way for larger projects? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside
on Feb 26, 2008 -
How do you keep track of multiple projects at the same time, and get good work done on all of them? [more inside]
posted by markovich
on Feb 21, 2008 -
How is the meaning
of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience
them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Feb 5, 2008 -
How do I copy a large number of files in Windows XP without changing the date created/modified? [more inside]
posted by muckster
on Feb 2, 2008 -
My wife and I are trying to get back into shape, and maybe loose some weight. I've tried out my google-foo, and can find some places here in RI, but I don't think my wife would feel comfortable walking into Golds gym. Help! [more inside]
posted by edmcbride
on Jan 29, 2008 -
I am interested in the mimetic and narrative capacities of artefacts
, how cultural remnants transmit information through time and how meaning is translated once an artefact is re-appropriated or examined from a new perspective. I have several avenues of study at the moment (a list in extended explanation), but would like some more ideas. Areas of critical theory, linguistics, evolutionary psychology and poetics are all relevant. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Jan 27, 2008 -
Recent college grad now living in the real world: what are your favorite techniques, tricks, or products to get the everyday things done?` [more inside]
posted by btkuhn
on Jan 26, 2008 -
In the movie Paprika
by Satoshi Kon one of the tropes was a website that would show specific content at a specific time. While I'm sure this is possible, is it easily implementable? Better yet, is there an downloadable script or somesuch that I can use on my website? Can a page be time-locked?
posted by lekvar
on Jan 23, 2008 -
I have an abundance of time this holiday week, and I finally got around to watching that Japanese t-shirt folding tutorial video
and learning how to do it. I wonder, what other quick, easy, and cool time-saving tricks can I learn this week?
posted by nitsuj
on Dec 22, 2007 -
If I'm looking at existing statistical data, how do I try to find a correlation between two variables over time? Scatterplots have confused me, because they don't seem to reflect the passage of time, but just where x and y meet. Pearson's r
doesn't seem to do it either w/r/t time. [more inside]
posted by trondant
on Dec 11, 2007 -
I'm in the (UK) market for a MiniDV camcorder. Ideally I want one with an interval rec feature so I can use it for making time lapse films. Does anyone know of a low-ish budget model that has this please?
posted by kenchie
on Dec 6, 2007 -
I'm trying to find an online version of the illustration from the Best Inventions of 2007 issue of Time Magazine. The illustration depicts a man on a bicycle covered overwhelmingly in gadgets next to a young woman holding an iPhone.
posted by billtron
on Nov 29, 2007 -
I'm trying to get a M.S. in Computer Science, I already have a B.S. in Computer Science. Started last year as a full time student, took a semester off, and now trying to take classes while holding a full time job.
My horrible time management skills combined with not knowing how crazy my job gets in August has caused me to do poorly in class. So poorly, that I may be "ineligible to continue graduate study". I'm very de-motivated by the whole situation and wondering what my options are, so I have a couple of questions [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 28, 2007 -
I want to say I played this game around age 12 or 13, so that would be right around 1990 or so.
It was a computer game where you played a character in charge of a group of people who are sent back through time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. [more inside]
posted by meggie78
on Nov 27, 2007 -
How to make a time lapse movie of a 2 year construction project? There is a new building being built in my university campus it should be finished by 2009. I want to capture the whole process of erecting the building by shooting few frames every day and editing them into a time lapse movie that will last 20 minutes. [more inside]
posted by slimeline
on Nov 21, 2007 -
I run a bi weekly group for job hunters and career changers. I will likely be doing the first Thursday of the month at 7pm for the in person meetings then I'll be doing Skypecast meetings as well in between. I want a regular schedule but I want to get a guage on a lot of people's daily grind. I have asked my group but many are bad when it comes to my polls.
Do you have kids? when are you done with their nightly routine? When do you eat dinner? Whatever...
I'm thinking Sunday afternoon/evening or Tuesday evening at 7 for the skypecast (can I start it later because they don't need to leave the house?).
In a nutshell, what would work for you? Or not work..
Sorry if this is really mundane but it helps me a lot. I run a lot of groups.
posted by mrflibble
on Nov 19, 2007 -
I have a set of dates/times in a MS SQL table that lack a timezone offset. I want to convert them to UTC, but I have to be mindful of Daylight Time for each of these dates (they're in the future). How can I convert them to UTC correctly? [more inside]
posted by dw
on Nov 13, 2007 -