My internet (AT&T DSL) got weird a few hours ago this morning, and is still struggling. I went through a long list of stuff with a tech, who is sending out a new modem.
Here's what's happening. Certain sites are loading fine, while others just time out to the "The connection has timed out" message. [more inside]
posted by Slinga
on Jun 30, 2014 -
For you full-time working mothers, was having a second child a career killer like my googling suggests? Are there other potentially negative ramifications of having a second that I'm not considering? Feel free to ignore the special snowflake details inside; I tend to ramble. [more inside]
posted by kei02003
on Jun 25, 2014 -
There is a chance of being offered a very well paid 6 month job 7 hrs away from my newish home The lack of work here makes it hard to dismiss. That said I'm newish to my home and fond of it and my community. I suffer with hideous depressions and want to keep it on/build roots. (More inside). [more inside]
posted by tanktop
on Jun 25, 2014 -
I'm looking for a variation of this quote related to working too hard, or missing family events. I know there's the version that says "No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got good sleep..." but I thought there was one that was like "and remembers the nights they stayed late at the office" or "the times they stayed at work instead of being home in time for dinner." From a movie maybe? [more inside]
posted by jtajta
on Jun 5, 2014 -
I've just bought my first home and moved into my new place (hooray!). I've never had a dishwasher before and as such, I haven't used it once during my first week of living in the new place.
This weekend though, I ran the dishwasher for the first time and urgh, once the cycle was finished, I opened the door and the dishwasher was still full of water :(
What is the likely cause and can I fix it myself?
Also, all appliances in the house were supposed to be in working order.... do I have any leg to stand on in asking the seller about this?
posted by JenThePro
on Apr 7, 2014 -
What are some situations where you can be paid--WELL--to learn a new skill? I'd like information about specific programs, not vague things like "internships" or "apprenticeships." By well-paying, I guess let's go with at least $25K/yearly.
posted by chaiminda
on Mar 7, 2014 -
Aside from the standard stops ( etsy, eBay, etc ) where should I be looking to find a breadbox-sized, working radio from the 1930s-40s? Ideally Bakelite but not a deal breaker. Ideally shipping from the U.S? A period shell over modern electronics/cords is fine.
posted by The Whelk
on Nov 28, 2013 -
I am a Canadian citizen and resident. There is a US company that is interested in working with me. They are okay with me working remotely if necessary. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 24, 2013 -
I recently started a new job that has a very strict attendance policy and I have no vacation or sick time accrued. My doctor has recommended to me that I attend a 2 week inpatient program for the mental issues I've been dealing with. I'm still thinking about it, but if I did decide to do it, who at my company do I need to speak to and what should I say so that I don't end up losing my job for taking that time off. This is my first job so your answers can assume I know absolutely nothing about how these things work.
posted by theshire
on Aug 25, 2013 -
Hi all, my Sony Xperia J isn't reading sim cards. The sim card (3) that came with the phone works on other phones; the Xperia won't read other sim cards. What can I do to get this handset working? This is my work phone and I'm the breadwinner around here, so it's a bit urgent! Thanks. I've got two Win7 PCs to assist in fixing it.
posted by Mistress
on Aug 10, 2013 -
Over the last several months, I've noticed a job hunting pattern. I apply for a job. I get called for an interview. Yay! However, despite going on MANY interviews over the past 8-9 months, I'm not able to actually close the deal. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Sara C.
on Jul 18, 2013 -
Maybe you've had bad experiences before in your industry, but this being unemployed shit is all new to me. It's going on four months now, and I still cannot find work in my industry. I'm tired, scared, and broke as a joke. What would you do in my situation? [more inside]
posted by Snell's Constant
on Jun 12, 2013 -
Tell me about living in Winnipeg, Canada. All the good, the bad and the ugly. Low salary and in scientific research and a foreign worker....what did you like and hate about it?
For someone who loves being out in the sun, walking/hiking outside a couple of times a week, is this going to be hard to navigate, if its an option at all that is? Or am I going to freeze inside with boredom in my apartment for most of the year and get seasonal depression and what not? I have never lived anywhere where it snows but I love winter. However, I am not sure if I am considering the Tundra here... It is especially important for me right now, at the point where I am in life, to be able to go out and about and walk, as silly as that may sound.
Thanks in advance!
posted by xm
on Apr 14, 2013 -
Where in London or surrounding areas can I hole up with my laptop and work, without having to get drunk or wired, or incur the ire of the management? [more inside]
posted by doiheartwentyone
on Mar 11, 2013 -
I interviewed for a remote programming gig recently, and they requested a trial contract before making a final offer. I'd be hired as a long-term remote contractor (year+, 100% telecommuting), not an employee. I have some questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 12, 2013 -
I've just upgraded my rig with a 256gb SSD card for the main C:. This is primary used for the OS, apps and my work files.
I previously had 2 HDD's one for OS and the other for backups. [more inside]
posted by spinko
on Nov 17, 2012 -
What did you first notice about your supervisor, coworkers, subordinates, or office environment when you were about to take a job that turned out to be a negative experience? [more inside]
posted by ziggly
on Oct 25, 2012 -
Did Benjamin Franklin have a weekend schedule? Looking at his daily schedule
makes me curious as to whether he adhered to it seven days a week or if he did something different on Saturday and Sunday. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Oct 15, 2012 -
What are some good podcasts I can half pay attention to while working? While I love This American Life, The Moth, Story Collider and Radiolab, if I listen to them (or anything else with a storyline) while working, I lose the thread and can't concentrate on either the work or the podcast. A few that do work well for me: Savage Love, Jordan Jesse Go, WTF (to a lesser extent). Any suggestions?
posted by The Dutchman
on Sep 11, 2012 -
Are there any other people here who work from home? Care to share some anecdotes or tell us about any rituals you use to keep you motivated? [more inside]
posted by rougy
on Sep 7, 2012 -
I am about to graduate college ten years after I started and would love some suggestions on how to approach this topic in a job interview? [more inside]
posted by sely
on Jul 4, 2012 -
Happy May 1, everyone! Movie questions - I'm putting together a film series showing radical comedy about being working class/pink collar/lower-middle-class, mostly drawn from the sixties, seventies and early eighties. Or at least I hope I am - this was inspired by realizing how great 9 to 5
is and a vague memory of seeing reruns of other movies with a similar sensibility on the late show in the late eighties and early nineties. [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on May 1, 2012 -
I'm 22, 6'3" and about 270 lbs. I have been steadily gaining weight over college (which I'm starting my senior year next semester) and really haven't had much time to devote to fitness and weight loss. I know diet & exercise are key. I want to drop down to at most 250 in weight. I've started to have lots of back pain, mostly I think due to being overweight. [more inside]
posted by snow_mac
on Apr 7, 2012 -
May be about to be offered a temp-to-perm job, but also may need to start 6 to 8 week voluntary medical process that will preclude working. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by primate moon
on Feb 16, 2012 -
Need a Job Filter: Need help with recommendations for some jobs I can look into soon, with the degree(s) I have, and the work experience I have. Some fun and snowflakey details await you! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat
on Jan 29, 2012 -
More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff
); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better
); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed
); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren
). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari
on Sep 23, 2011 -
I’m British, my wife’s American. We’re planning on moving to the States next year.
Aside from the bureaucracy and deciding exactly where we’re going I’ve been thinking about my employability and wondering if there’s anything I could or should be doing over the next twelve months to make myself more attractive to American employers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 2, 2011 -
What was that political video / TV ad that showed a montage of small children working a series of adult jobs (in a factory, for example)? [more inside]
posted by ac
on Jul 26, 2011 -
Workout Question - A few years ago I went away from my cardio-only gym routine and added in weight lifting. I did chest press, lat pull downs, shoulder press, etc. I'm a girl, btw. I lost a little weight but now my arms are bulky, not super muscly but just bulkier and sometimes they don't fit in my shirts. I enjoy lifting weights but I feel conflicted about it if my arms are going to continue to get bigger and bigger. My question is - how do I continue to lift weights without my arms getting bulkier and bulkier? I would like to also make my arms less bulky if possible.. Are push-ups a good option?
posted by AngryLlama
on Apr 28, 2011 -
My brother will soon graduate from a US Maritime Academy with a 3rd Mates Unlimited, and a couple years later, have a 2nd Mates Unlimited License (to steer ships). How hard would it be to transfer/use this license in Europe? Specifically, he is interested in working in the North Sea for Norwegian companies because of the better pay, working conditions, time off
posted by pynchonesque
on Apr 24, 2011 -
How to deal with toxic friends/ex-classmates when they work in the same tight-knit industry as you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 1, 2011 -
Those high-rises in center city, Philadelphia: Are there coffeeshops in any of them? I want to spend less than $5 on a drink and then do some programming for a couple hours with an incredible view. In lieu of that, other ideas?
posted by zeek321
on Feb 22, 2011 -
What do you do with your stuff when you're working in a coffee shop all day and you have to pee? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity
on Jan 7, 2011 -
I'm looking for casual working/meeting venues in central London. Ideally near Oxford Circus but other Zone 1 suggestions welcome. Wifi essential and areas for up to 6 people in places like cafes, bars etc.
posted by i_cola
on Nov 10, 2010 -
I'm looking for good books (or movies, poems, plays, songs, etc.) that have to do with work - any and all kinds of workplaces and kinds of labour. Work doesn't have to be the exclusive concern, but it should be an important part. [more inside]
posted by Bergamot
on Sep 15, 2010 -
Can you recommend well-written blogs/sites of parents who run their own businesses?
There are a TON of results on Google and I just can't sift through them all, so I thought I'd ask here. Blogs by parents who have very young children are great and ones that have very young children AND a full-time day job while trying to start their own business up would be excellent. [more inside]
posted by stefnet
on Jul 19, 2010 -