This Week's Most Popular Posts: September 12th to 19th

How Can I Get My Boss to Listen to My Ideas?

Dear Lifehacker,
I feel like I'm not being heard at work. There are a lot of things our team could be doing better, but every time I make suggestions, I'm either shot down or I feel like it just isn't taken seriously. How can I get my boss to listen to my ideas? » 9/19/14 8:00am Friday 8:00am

One thing I'd add here—this is a good trick to know, but the quality probably isn't going to be stellar. If you have another way to get the song, you're probably better off doing it that way—but if the song only exists on SoundCloud (which does happen), this is a good "last resort" for me. » 9/17/14 6:52pm Wednesday 6:52pm

Let's Talk About Gender on Lifehacker

Once upon a time, we tried to avoid featuring tricks that were specific to one gender. I thought that was silly, so awhile back I opened the doors to sharing more gender-specific hacks—like how a man's suit should fit. However, that introduced a new problem: we now have too much male-centric stuff on Lifehacker. » 9/17/14 2:00pm Wednesday 2:00pm

Yeah, this graphic does seem to be a bit on the conservative side. I was in Croatia and Hungary for two weeks, drank tons of tap water, and it was fine. It's definitely a "blue = great, brown = do more research first" situation, rather than "brown = unsafe". Still, a good compilation of CDC data. » 9/16/14 12:07pm 9/16/14 12:07pm

Slightly unrelated, but I never know how to correct people when they mispronounce a word. Chances are they won't catch it themselves, and I don't want them to embarrass themselves later on in front of someone else more important...but correcting them always comes off like being a grammar nazi jerk. » 9/16/14 10:51am 9/16/14 10:51am

Roleplaying the Renegade: Lessons from My 2nd Mass Effect Playthrough

Well, I did it. I played Mass Effect again. And if there's one thing I took away, it's that it's awfully hard to have fun replaying things differently the second time around. » 9/16/14 12:00pm 9/16/14 12:00pm