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Published: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 07:19:34 -0800

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Should I ask my employer to sponsor my attendance at a professional conference?

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 07:19:34 -0800

As a junior programmer at a tech startup, how do I tactfully approach my employer about sponsoring my attendance at a professional conference? Is that a common request to make? The conference is PyCon and we're a Python shop, so the skills I'd acquire if I were to go would be useful for my work. I'm prepared to pay to attend out of my own pocket, but if it's standard practice to have these sorts of things paid for, than yeah, it'd be nice to save a few hundred dollars. But it's important for me to avoid appearing greedy.

How to re-attach a table leg?

Sun, 03 Jul 2011 10:52:47 -0800

How can a carpentry klutz like me re-attach a table leg? The table had a "skirt" with a missing drawer, so I removed it. Turns out of the legs depended on the skirt for its attachment to the table.

Long story short: I now have a free-standing table leg and an otherwise gorgeous three-legged table. What's the easiest way to attach it?

The table is solid wood and the bottom is flat. I don't have fancy tools but could conceivably borrow some.

How to negotiate better rent in NYC?

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:29:50 -0800

We're looking to sign a lease on the apartment we currently sublet, with the support of the current tenant. The management company has indicated they will increase the rent. We want to minimize (or eliminate) the increase. How to negotiate this tactfully & effectively? Going against is the fact that this is a desirable, rent-controlled apartment. Even if the rent was increased by the maximum permissible amount (~17%), it would be a fair deal.

On the other hand, the management company has voluntarily reduced the rent for the previous tenant after his first year, and they generally seem to be moved by inertia. The fact that we've already settled in, get along with the neighbors, have taken good care of the apartment, and have the recommendation of the current legal tenant.

Our credit is good, but our income levels are borderline. I don't want to sound too desperate, since that may trigger alarm. A 17% increase really would be very onerous on us, though.

Python Programming: How to go from Amateur to Pro?

Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:19:41 -0800

I love programming in Python. I'm smart and savvy, and I pick things up very quickly. I live in New York. I want a job, but I have no work experience as a programmer. How do I transition from grad school in the humanities to an awesome tech job? How should I market myself? How do I get past the hurdle of having a typical humanities PhD student resume? I've written a couple of useful and neat things in Python recently which I can assemble into something resembling a portfolio. I also have worked for years doing techy things around campus to support myself during my course of studies. But I've never been employed as a programmer. It seems like there are quite a bit of Python jobs in the city, but all require experience. How do I get my foot in the door?

How to distinguish between ADHD and anxiety disorder?

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 09:58:15 -0800

How to distinguish between ADHD and anxiety disorder, given that they (a) are frequently co-morbid and (b) have overlapping symptoms? I've been reading quite a bit of the professional literature on ADHD, and the consensus seems to be that to qualify for a diagnosis, a person must not only exhibit relevant symptoms, but other diagnoses ought to be ruled out, too. It is apparently especially important to rule out anxiety disorder, since it manifests many of the same symptoms as ADHD. However, a high percentage of people who suffer from ADHD have a co-morbid anxiety disorder!

How, then, to distinguish between someone with an anxiety disorder, and someone who is ADHD-Inattentive type and has an anxiety disorder?

Interesting, lively IRC channels?

Sat, 06 Feb 2010 00:39:30 -0800

What are some intelligent, vibrant, quirky, funny, or otherwise interesting IRC channels? I've been suffering from insomnia lately, so I would especially like to find out about channels that aren't totally dead in the early morning hours of eastern standard. Yes, I know about #mefi, and I've seen this question, but it's from 2005. Thanks in advance!

Young-adult novel about gangs who fight over rubber caulking?

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:00:47 -0800

Trying to identify a children's book I read in Hebrew, but which was translated from a European language, about gangs of boys who hoard rubber caulking and battle it out with other gangs. One of the boys dies by the end.

Is extreme but consensual sadism immoral?

Sat, 02 Jan 2010 15:44:48 -0800

What is a good argument for the immorality of terribly sadistic but ultimately consensual sex, from a secular perspective? In another online community I participate in, it is common for people with unusual and interesting life experience to post about it and invite questions from other users. Recently, someone into BDSM posted.

He confessed that he liked "to see women crying, bleeding and worse". When pressed to elaborate, he added that he has been "involved with things such as cutting, branding, piercing, bone-breaking, head-shaving, and more". All, of course, completely consensual.

Now, I consider myself pretty open-minded when it comes to sexual kinks, including BDSM, but I have a very strong moral intuition that what he does crosses a line and is terribly, terribly wrong.

I can't, however, justify it very well. I tried, and the best I could do was a very convoluted argument. I conjectured that many of his partners were victimized at one point, and that this somehow makes their consent non-relevant, since they are motivated by trauma rather than authentic, autonomous desire.

It's not a very strong argument, and I'd like to be able to do better. But if you think I'm being prude and moralistic, I'd like to hear your reasoning, too.

Personal injury lawyer in NYC?

Fri, 04 Dec 2009 08:28:35 -0800

Can you recommend a personal injury lawyer in New York City? My girlfriend and I (pedestrians) were hit by a reckless taxi driver in November and we intend to sue. We can't afford to pay out-of-pocket, so it'd have to be a lawyer that makes a cut of the winning. (Not sure what the technical term for that is.)

Best video codec for embedding into PowerPoint?

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 17:51:55 -0800

I'd like to embed video clips in a PowerPoint presentation. It would need to play correctly on both Windows and OS X. What codec is ideal? My first attempt won't play on Macs.