How Is Plato’s Republic Relevant Today?
Answer by Cecili Chadwick:
Written in ancient Greece at a time of major political decay, Plato’s Republic is becoming increasingly relevant for anyone who cares about justice or has an interest in restoring the political health of our communities. In fact, I can’t think of anything more relevant. What we learn in the Republic is that the nature of justice depends on the nature of the city and that there are strong parallels between the city and the soul.
What Are the Advantages of Collaborative Writing?
Answer by Larry Dixon, scif-fi and fantasy writer, artist, designer, editor, and falconer:
There are many advantages!
As my co-writer Mercedes R. Lackey and I say, when you’re co-writing, you each get to do the best parts. When you have a good connection with a co-writer, you can build storylines around your strengths.
What Are the Tactical Advantages of a Trebuchet Over a Catapult?
Answer by Eric Lowe, classics major and historical European martial arts instructor:
A trebuchet is a device for attacking fortifications. Roughly speaking, a trebuchet has a few advantages over a catapult. First, it can handle heavier projectiles. A catapult’s maximum weight tops out at about 180 pounds; trebuchets top out at about 350. Second, compared with a torsion engine, it’s a fairly robust machine. Lastly, for a given weight of stone, the trebuchet has a longer range. The big ones there, of course, are the maximum projectile weight and range. When your objective is to smash stone fortifications, being able to throw bigger stones from farther away is certainly a desirable trait.
How Do You Appear Sophisticated When Ordering Wine at a Restaurant?
Answer by Jonathan Brodsky, senior vice president at Chicken Soup for the Soul:
I believe that the easiest way to look sophisticated when ordering wine is to look like you know your wine so that you don’t need help from a sommelier or a waiter. I also think that this is silly—a sommelier likely knows more about wine than you do—but if the point is to impress, then here’s my algorithm:
How Should You Answer an Interviewer’s Question About Adding Value to a Potential Employer?
This is the most important question you will be asked in any interview.
Have an answer. If only for yourself. Even if you don't directly get asked this question, the interviewer is interviewing you to find out what value you can add to the company. Be prepared to answer.
What’s the Best Way to Move Out of Customer Service Jobs?
Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, IT support manager:
I’ve helped a lot of agents over the years find the career footing to exit entry-level customer service roles, and there are a few words of advice that I’d give anyone looking to make that transition.
How Do You Break Into Voice Acting?
Answer by William Salyers, stage, camera, and voice actor living and working in Los Angeles:
My career was the result of preparation meeting a whole lot of luck. I had been an actor for decades, with occasional successes on the stage and on camera. Out of the blue, a friend asked me to come in and read for a cartoon he had pitched to Adult Swim. That was Moral Orel, and I wouldn't have even been in the running for that job without his personal invitation. Voice-over is notoriously difficult to break into, moreso even than on-camera work. Animation is, within the world of VO, an even tougher nut to crack. I knew there was no way I was going to get cast as a series regular on an animated series, so I wasn't remotely nervous, which is probably why I booked it. We went on to do three seasons with me in the role of Reverend Putty.
What Do the Wealthiest People Know That Others Don’t?
Answer by Ron Rule, CEO of As Seen on TV:
That big money is served in small increments. Whether that's return on investments, profits, margins on products you're selling, whatever. People who don’t understand this are always trying to double or quintuple their money in as few transactions as possible, while the largest and most successful companies and people in the world win by making “small money” over and over again.
How Do You Run a Productive Meeting?
Answer by Court Showerman, controller at Quora:
The first thing I always do before a meeting is calculate the total cost of the meeting. If the meeting is an hour, add up the per-hour salary of everybody in attendance. Take the attendees’ annual salaries and divide by 2,080 to get to per-hour cost. So now let’s assume the total cost of the meeting is $500. It is my job as the meeting presenter to get $500 worth of value from that meeting.
How Does Working on Wall Street Compare With Working in Silicon Valley?
Answer by Mira Zaslove, Fortune 500 manager:
I began my career on Wall Street and subsequently have worked for more than a decade in Silicon Valley startups.
There are three main similarities: You work with smart and engaged people, there are large potential payoffs, and the work is interesting and “sexy.”