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Don't Forget, You're Here Forever!

For a variety of reasons I am stuck at my job (at least until they kick me out), and it's driving me completely around the bend. Yes, I have a therapist, yes, we're working on it, but in the meantime I'm just really casting about for anything to keep me from gnawing my own face off. Books, tricks, I don't know, for dealing with the feeling of "this should be tolerable but it isn't." [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese to Work & Money at 10:47 AM on Feb 28, 2024 - 27 answers [19 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

Help me not turn into David Brent

I manage a (small) team now, and I feel entirely unequipped for it. I've done lots of training and am up on all the theory, but I need advice on how to be a good, supportive and effective manager. How can I become less conflict-averse and self-doubting? What traits should I be developing and how? What were your best managers like? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser to Work & Money at 3:17 AM on Feb 29, 2024 - 14 answers [9 favorites]

What Are Some Songs About Other Songs?

What are some songs whose lyrics specifically reference other songs as a motif? So, not quoting a lyric from another song, but literally songs about other songs? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 to Media & Arts at 1:45 PM on Feb 28, 2024 - 67 answers [9 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

Books about office politics

I need books that teach me how to gracefully handle stupid workplace politics and people who constantly try to undermine and sabotage you. Something like Succession the show or Art of War, but a book for the modern day aspiring corporate climber. [more inside]
posted by antihistameme to Human Relations at 9:07 PM on Feb 27, 2024 - 12 answers [12 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Nitter substitute?

It seems like the last instance of Nitter (the site that allows you to read Twitter without being logged in) has died, according to this. Has anyone found an instance of Nitter that works? Or a workaround on Twitter's attempt to kill this useful site? Or another service or similar way to access Twitter?
posted by johnasdf to Computers & Internet at 1:22 PM on Feb 27, 2024 - 4 answers [5 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

2FA best practice for shared gmail account

A group I'm in has an infrequently-used shared Gmail account. Currently 2FA is turned on and tied to a single person's phone number, but we need more than 1 person to be able to log in from time to time. What's the best way to handle this? Turn off 2FA and choose a super-long password? Share a TOTP seed so everyone gets the same code? We aren't going to pay for any solutions that cost money.
posted by Tehhund to Technology at 12:45 PM on Feb 28, 2024 - 8 answers [5 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

I’m searching for more information on Medicare Supplemental insurance

I’ve signed up for Medicare, picked out a drug plan and am now working to find a Supplemental Insurance plan (Medigap, NOT Medicare Advantage). I’ve been to the Medicare website to see the plans and prices available in my area. I’m wondering if there is any information that rates the insurance companies or has further information regarding this beyond the info from Medicare. Any insights on this from those Mefites who have Medicare Medigap insurance?
posted by jabo to Health at 3:05 PM on Feb 28, 2024 - 10 answers [3 favorites]

How can I sync a plain text file (todo.txt) between platforms?

I want to just dump random tasks into a todo.txt file and be able to edit that file on my android phone, iPad, and Macbook. I also have a Linux laptop. Ideally this would not require a subscription service. [more inside]
posted by craniac to Computers & Internet at 3:34 PM on Feb 28, 2024 - 14 answers [3 favorites]

Is it difficult to start an ETSY shop?

There's an overwhelming amount of info out there on this topic but because everyone in this community seems more helpful and to the point I thought I'd ask here... I'd like to start an ETSY shop. The shop will sell 90s-themed random stuff (t-shirts, knick-knacks, stickers, etc) that I will have to outsource to get manufactured. Does anyone have any tips on how to get started? All I have are design ideas but no clue how to find manufacturers, and figure out all the startup costs for something like this. Will the cost I'll have to pay to manufacturers make the endeavor not even worth it? Will items have to ship directly from the manufacturer to the purchaser? I know ETSY is already flooded with shops selling these same types of things... I don't have the money to start a brick and mortar business...and thought this may be easier/less expensive. Any guidance/insight here would be really helpful.
posted by matt755811 to Work & Money at 7:12 AM on Feb 29, 2024 - 6 answers [3 favorites]

News For Roku Cable Cutters

My 70ish dad decided to become a cable cutter - he bought a Roku and turned his media bill to internet only. So far he's loving it - except he liked having CNN on, which he can't really replicate. Search for anything with "news" in the search gets news about the thing, not what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown to Media & Arts at 11:56 AM on Feb 29, 2024 - 7 answers [3 favorites]

Tips for Dealing with Other People's Jealousy

Does anyone have advice or resources (such as books, articles or really anything that isn’t a google search) that helps in dealing with people who are jealous or envious of me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:23 PM on Feb 29, 2024 - 6 answers [3 favorites]

I Have No Talent, and I Must Draw

I would love to be able to draw, but I have zero artistic talent. Truly, zero. Is there any hope for me? [more inside]
posted by holborne to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:21 AM on Feb 26, 2024 - 34 answers [48 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Just another day in the salt mines.

What are your strategies for girding yourself against the chaos or banality of the modern office workplace ? How do you manage to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous requests, insanity-induced decisionmaking, and mass amounts of meaninglessness? For sure, those who are gainfully employed at this moment in history are more fortunate than they might know, but perspective is difficult to achieve, or keep, when the pile of unfinished TPS reports on the desk is about to topple over & shred your soul by a million tiny papercuts. What thoughts do you keep in your head, or spirits do you bring into your heart (or substances into your body?). Quotes, movies, books, blogs, etc.. -- all are welcome. Extra points for recommendations that are particularly geared towards 'life' in a tech / software company.
posted by armoir from antproof case to Work & Money at 3:16 AM on Jul 7, 2010 - 25 answers [30 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Best practices in 2024 for booking a flight?

(Help - I haven't flown in 14 years, and I haven't booked a flight for myself in over 20.) [more inside]
posted by tiny frying pan to Travel & Transportation at 2:40 PM on Feb 25, 2024 - 32 answers [24 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Help me improve my Linux development environment?

I want to boot into my laptop, use various Linux distributions with them already customized to the packages I want and need, things like terminal and stuff configured, etc. Sometimes I want to snapshot it or revert back to base. The key is I want to install something like Plasma 6 or a nice graphical windows manager without all the stuff I don't need, everything GPU and WiFi configured and packages plus applications configured and pretty. I looked at and it seems to do what I want but it is very complex. I basically don't want distros with LibreOffice and stuff and to "just work," play around and then revert. If I need to upgrade a kernel I want I want to do that and boot a new distro rather than upgrading. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by geoff. to Computers & Internet at 4:50 PM on Feb 27, 2024 - 12 answers [4 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

What was the name of this book about time travel?

I'm trying to help a friend find a book about a time traveling woman. Details (and possibly spoilers) inside the fold! [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon to Writing & Language at 7:23 AM on Feb 28, 2024 - 5 answers [4 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Can a deep tissue massage cause flu like symptoms?

I had a very intense deep tissue massage last Thursday, the first massage in 5 years. I was told I would feel achy the next day. I didn't. But starting Monday I started to feel flue-like symptoms, aches, frequent urination, inability to sleep. Could that be related to the massage? I wear a mask everywhere so I'm pretty certain it's not an actual virus. Thanks so much.
posted by captainscared to Health at 3:18 PM on Feb 28, 2024 - 14 answers [2 favorites]

Hiring Someone to Sell My Stuff: Is this a thing?

TL;DR: Can I pay someone sell my stuff so that I don't have to? I'm probably going to be selling a number of household items over the coming months, and would be willing to accept a lower price for not having to do the labor of arranging the sales. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kserra to Work & Money at 5:04 AM on Feb 29, 2024 - 6 answers [2 favorites]

Two Kobos - One Account, with Subscription?

As per my previous question I paid for a koboReads subscription for a month because it actually has a series my son has been begging for. I also put some other books on and will side-load some other books. Ok, but now what about my kobo? Can can we keep different books on each kobo or is it going to fill my kobo with his books and books with mine? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... to Grab Bag at 5:41 AM on Feb 29, 2024 - 3 answers [2 favorites]

Bread storage

How do you store bread on the counter? Plastic or metal bread bin, cloth-covered basket, paper bag, waxed paper bag, etc? What are the features of your preferred storage device that keep your bread from going stale for a couple of days? I rotate all sorts of (non-Chorleywood) bread, from crusty sourdough to brioche - do you store the different types of bread differently? (Not interested in fridge or freezer storage, I have that covered)
posted by tavegyl to Food & Drink at 1:07 AM on Feb 27, 2024 - 13 answers [5 favorites (1 in the past 24 hours)]

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