Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been having a back and forth with a prospective employer about moving over for a new role. Two interviews later and things have stalled at the reference checking stage because they want a reference from my direct manager at my current role. This is before they have told me in concrete details about the salary/package. I can provide many reporting managers from previous jobs and colleagues from my current one. But I really don’t feel comfortable giving the details of my current manager before knowing the exact offer. Are they allowed to demand I give a reference from my current manager? Will it hurt me if I say no to that request?
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Google's free fonts are a great way to spice up any presentation or design you're doing, but since you have over 500 to choose from, it's a bit overwhelming. To make the task of selecting a font less daunting, tech blog Digital Inspiration has put together a series of reference posters for easy printing.
Website YouSwear teaches you to swear in over 200 languages, from Afrikaans to Zambia to Firefly.
Almost like a less offensive Urban Dictionary, IdiomDictionary is for those phrases that everyone seems to understand except you — instead of getting them to explain it, you can look it up in their giant database of over 5000 idioms.
Don't know your Minion from your Lucida? Can't decide which Sans-serif, Humanist font works best? Take your seats, class, and let's review the Periodic Table of Typefaces. Design firm Squidspot put together the 3150x2100, 1.6MB JPEG linked to below, and more power to them for doing so. For those without a clue about fonts, or the typeface geeks needing an at-a-glance reference, this chart provides letter samples, family and class distinctions, and the designer and year of creation. Some of that data might seem a little extraneous, but in some cases, it's reassuring to know that people like Claude Garamond have made a lasting impact on the world, and on your Word documents. For more interactive font-choosing help, check out the previously mentioned, cross-platform Font Picker. Feel like there's a spot waiting for your unique imprint? Try the web-based Fontstruct, or our prior post on making your own fonts from handwriting.
Web site SoundUnwound is Amazon's new music web site designed to provide comprehensive articles and information on bands, musicians, and their discographies and lineups. Mimicing Wikipedia's user-edited model, anyone can edit a SoundUnwound article; the main difference is that all changes are approved by SoundUnwound staff before it's included on the site. Beyond that, the layout of the site is interesting and will potentially provide lots of great information, allowing you to drill down into everything you'd want to know about the artist. Right now, however, the site feels a bit low in info, and considering the existing strength of Wikipedia as a go-to source for this sort of info, SoundUnwound's got its work cut out for it. If you give it a try, let's hear how you like it in the comments. SoundUnwound