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Stephen Mack
Dropbox is insane. This policy is nuts: "Question: Will joining someone else's shared folder use my quota?" [Dropbox Help] - https://www.dropbox.com/help...
Dropbox is insane. This policy is nuts: "Question: Will joining someone else's shared folder use my quota?" [Dropbox Help]
Answer: "The size of a shared folder will be counted against the quota of every member of that folder, unless everyone is a member of the same Dropbox for Business account. For Business accounts, the size of the shared folder will be counted against the team's shared quota only once. For all other users, your Dropbox storage quota is calculated by adding up the total amount of data in your Dropbox folder, including all shared folders. As a result, the owner of a Dropbox Basic 18 GB (2 GB + bonus storage earned through referrals) account will not be able to collaborate on a shared folder larger than 18 GB. One reason this policy exists is to prevent people from giving themselves unlimited space by stacking Basic accounts with shared folders." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
My camp is trying to share photos from Burning Man. We started out on Flickr, but Flickr requires everyone have a Yahoo e-mail, and some people resisted. So we gave Dropbox a try. Now everyone who joins the shared folder is out of quota. - Stephen Mack
I guess we'll try Google Drive or Shutterfly next. - Stephen Mack
If people don't want full rez, just upload to G+ and you'll get 2k resolution unlimited photos for free. - Steve and 4 other people
the dropbox thing is baffling. what a strange solution to "we don't want people to be cheap". - Jenica
Steve: G+ might work, although if people didn't want to create a Yahoo account, not sure how they'll feel about G+ accounts. - Stephen Mack
Jenica: I know! It seems completely nuts to me. - Stephen Mack
I think G+ has the same problem as Google Drive right? Do you have a non-google e-mail address I can try to share a GDrive folder with? - Steve and 4 other people
Sure, you could use my @tivo.com address - Stephen Mack
Done. Do you want to share a folder? - Steve and 4 other people
Got it! Thanks, Steve. (Curious: Why do those files have such bizarre filenames?) - Stephen Mack
So what I ended up doing since half of us are on Dropbox already is to use "links" instead of "shares" -- I have one shared folder for uploads, which I then move into the "linked" folder. Still pretty lame. - Stephen Mack
Yup, I have this same problem with Dropbox. We have a license to a bunch of tutorial videos for WordPress, and the creator shares the new versions with us through Dropbox. Each time he shares the updated videos, it blows right through my Dropbox quota, and I have to remove everything else in order to accept the sharing invitation. Then, it gets a little dicey, because I'm never sure if... more... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Those filenames are just what Amazon MP3 generated, unfortunately. :( - Steve and 4 other people
@Stephen, if Google Drive doesn't work, rant about why and I'll tell our people what we should do to fix. - Louis Gray
Louis Gray
Our water use is down 40% year over year, due in part to going with Rachio for our smart sprinkler system. We're also down about 60% from two years ago. More to do, but the right direction. http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
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We went 54k gallons over a 60 day period in 2012 to 24k this year. Our kids still take too many baths, and we do too much laundry, but the trajectory is good. - Louis Gray
Louis Gray
New person record achieved: 60k+ on Fitbit, and I've got an hour-plus to add on!
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Side note: One benefit, I believe, was beating Stephen Mack's personal record too. I'm petty like that. - Louis Gray
Grats! 10 hours of steps! Impressive. How do your feet feel? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I was wearing my Teva sandals for the first 43,000, so I have some red/blistering on the arches where the straps come in contact with the skin, but otherwise, no problems. I switched to regular socks/shoes for the last 18,000 when I left the house around 8 and broke through my old record. - Louis Gray
I think 100k is achievable, and this proves it. It just takes 16 hours of solid work, which allows for 8 hours of flex. We should make it a charity thing and get it done. - Louis Gray
Sixteen hours doing two steps per second? That would be most impressive. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce, do you have access to the overall Fitbit data? What's the record for most steps taken in a day? - Stephen Mack
If you do a public event with witnesses who can say you were really taking steps, then that would truly be the record. Getting a maximum from the data would probably turn out to be something like https://twitter.com/marcamo... - Bruce Lewis
Yeah, I guess there's no way to distinguish the real steps versus someone, say, leaving it in front of a fan all day. - Stephen Mack
I once did three flights of stairs by pacing back and forth in the elevator. I didn't try it again, so I don't know if it was a fluke. - Betsy
That wasn't a fluke -- it would happen every time: http://help.fitbit.com/article... - Bruce Lewis
I thought so. For the record, when I go on my stair-climbing binges (it's been a while), I'm not pacing in an elevator. - Betsy
My 60k were real. Do my 6 year olds count as witnesses? - Louis Gray
Louis, only if a FriendFeeder who has met them vouches for their honesty. - Bruce Lewis
His six year olds seem very honest to me! - Stephen Mack
OK, it's official. - Bruce Lewis
Brian Johns
Donuts outside my cube if you're interested.
Euphemism? - Johnny from iPhone
Be right there! - Louis Gray
There are 4.75 donuts left. These things aren't going to eat themselves! (except for that .75 of a chocolate ring, might might actually be in the process of eating itself.) - Brian Johns
i put that chocolate one out of its misery. oh, thanks! - Ken Gidley
Will these also be available tomorrow morning? - Stephen Mack
They have disappeared. - Brian Johns
So you're saying the 4.75 donuts will NOT be available tomorrow morning? - Stephen Mack
I don't know anything about any "donuts" you might be talking about. Nobody can prove anything. Nobody saw me. - Brian Johns
vicster: full-bodied
Kind of frustrated that Fitbit is not properly logging sleep. It's recording the time from when I switch on the sleep clock to when I switch it off in the morning and saying I slept the whole time, even though it shows constant restlessness throughout the night. I hope they get that sorted soon.
Fitbit is still a relatively small company, so there aren't a lot of layers between customer service and engineering. Try opening a case at https://help.fitbit.com/ and they can probably get your feedback to the right people. - Bruce Lewis
it's happening to me too - starting the last week or so - ~Courtney F
I just sent them an email. - vicster: full-bodied
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Mr. Gray. - vicster: full-bodied
Hi. - Louis Gray
What did they say? - Bruce Lewis
I haven't heard anything yet, Bruce. - vicster: full-bodied
And now I think the stair climbing counter has gone haywire. It says I climbed 31 floors today but I don't remember taking a lot of stairs or climbing the higher hills near my office. - vicster: full-bodied
Sometimes the stairs are confused for me when the barometric pressure goes crazy. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
I found a FAQ page: http://help.fitbit.com/article... Restlessness isn't counted as awake time. If you probably were awake there are instructions on that page for changing the sensitivity setting. - Bruce Lewis
The issue is that the more sensitive setting is no longer registering properly on the Dashboard. You have to turn it off and back on for each day for it to reflect the time actually asleep. - ~Courtney F
Vicster, can you DM me the case number for your email? I know people in Customer Service and can get it escalated. - Bruce Lewis
Thanks, Bruce. It seems to be working again. I did get an email over the weekend from them saying that they have fixed the issue. I just got distracted every time I started to come back to this thread to update. :-) - vicster: full-bodied
Cristo
How would FriendFeed be different if it was designed and built today?
For one, it wouldn't support iGoogle. - Cristo
Flatter design? - Jennifer Dittrich
It would probably be run over SSL. - Cristo
Jennifer, FriendFeed is already pretty flat, isn't it? - Cristo
Interesting question. From my perspective, it is still more advanced than Twitter, Facebook and Google+ regarding user interface and features. - Sean McBride
It is, but you do see a lot of rounded corners, etc., and some shading. I'm guessing you'd see something a bit more boxy. - Jennifer Dittrich
Maybe, but it's still possible the designer would have taste. ;) - Cristo
Very true. I'd expect it to be less vertical - or at the least, use width a bit more broadly. - Jennifer Dittrich
Every third post in your feed would be an advertisement. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
It would be possible to like individual comments. - Joe
There would be ads on the side advertising whatever stuff was mentioned by people on that page. Apple Watch, coors, food, etc. - Joe
Joe, it would be challenging to allow liking of comments and have it not be busy looking. I do wish they would add the advertising feature though. I feel disconnected from Madison Avenue when I'm on FriendFeed. - Cristo
It'll have a screensaver :P - imabonehead from Android
It would be mobile first. - Louis Gray
I question the mobile first mantra. Mobile is usually a much more constrained experience. Without a website it's hard to know what your mobile app should focus on. - Cristo
Photos would be much larger. - Louis Gray
Meh. I don't have an issue with photo size. - Cristo
I actually know the answers. I'm just not telling. ;) - Cristo
In other words, it would be more like Facebook? - Joe
Why would it be like Facebook? Would you design a new web app that behaved like Facebook? - Cristo
Heck, no. - Jennifer Dittrich
Maybe you would be forced to read comments. :) - Cristo
Maybe you would be forced to delete comments. :) - Louis Gray
It would only have you, instead of Scoble, Arrington, and MG Siegler. - Cristo
Would be nice. But then, that wouldn't be too different than now. - Louis Gray
True. ;) - Cristo
It would support clustering by topic, would make it much easier to engage non-FriendFeed users in FF content, Q&A like Quora and group conversation and task management like Asana. - Kevin Fox from iPhone
Cristo
Don't gloat over the Giants losing. The Athletics aren't looking that good either.
No, they are not. - Louis Gray
Cristo
SF Giants. 9-0 against the Dodgers.
Let's go Giants! - Louis Gray
I was listening to the game on KGO. One game behind now. Oops I meant knbr. - Rodfather from Android
Cristo
Hey Stephen, any word on whether that new $5000 TiVo will have a long/adjustable pause buffer (for multiple channels) or a screensaver?
I know it doesn't have a screensaver (but I continue to fight that battle for you). That's a good question about the buffer. I don't think it's longer or adjustable, but I'll check. - Stephen Mack
Why would you introduce a machine that can record several entire channels and not have a longer buffer? Are the people running your company insane? :) - Cristo
Also, have they done any usability testing or surveys on whether people are annoyed by TiVo suddenly turning on when paused or in the menu system? - Cristo
I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that if users can't figure out how to dismiss a screensaver by pressing any TiVo button on the remote control, then they probably can't figure out the rest of the interface either. - Cristo
One of my favorite Cristo lines: "Are the people running your company insane?" - Louis Gray
I'm convinced they are. :) - Cristo
That phrase is best said with an evil Mad Scientist voice. - Louis Gray
I don't think 'insane' is the proper 'i' word; you'd have to be an idiot to offer 24TB and stick with a 60 minute buffer. - NOT THE CRICKET
60 minutes? I don't think it's that long on my box. - Cristo
I don't know what Tivo's time actually is, that just seems industry standard. I mean fucking Microsoft gets that right, but I think they may have variable buffers. It's been a long time since I used my tuner. - NOT THE CRICKET
It seems like about 15 minutes. Stephen can verify. - Cristo
Googling, says 30. Which was fucking stupid even in 2007. - NOT THE CRICKET
I confuse it with the transition to Live TV from being on the Menu. It seems like about 5 minutes. - Cristo
Stephen actually said that people push the Menu button before they turn on the TV to avoid spoilers for sports. HELLO, how about just not playing the content until the user asks for it? It's like you open the refrigerator and it starts fire hosing beer into your face. Is this the Singularity? - Cristo
I would love to disrupt TiVo, but I have better things to do. No offense. I do love you though Stephen. Send me your heartbeat. - Cristo
You know a really good way to disrupt TiVo... Hit the menu button. - NOT THE CRICKET
Or disconnect Comcast. I'll just listen to the games on the radio or watch them in person. - Cristo
Cristo
One of the worst job ads targeted at me that I've seen. I assume you know my opinion of the term 'Dogfooding'.
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They should have at least made you VP of Dogfooding. - Stephen Mack
Timely too. I just posted an internal Slack message about why this term sucks. I might turn it into a blog post when we complete our next milestone. - Cristo
It's telling that they equate 'Internal User Testing' with dogfooding, which I think misses the point of what I call bootstrapping. - Cristo
Hello Moto. - Louis Gray
Moto is not available to talk right now. He's busy being sold to some Chinese conglomerate. - Cristo
Johnny
Is it still "I've been hacked" if your friend grabs your unlocked phone and posts a stupid status update on Facebook? It's not RIGHT but by using the word "Hacked", does that downplay the seriousness of recent privacy violations (which are really cracks)? Sounds closer to pranked. I don't know.
We need a better ontology of online dickery - Pete : Team Marina from FFHound(roid)!
It sounds like they're trying to say hijacked and not quite getting it right. - Katy S
Pranced sounds right to me. In WoW I've seen some people have that kind of thing happen when they afk and a sibling starts posting. - Heather
We call it "cheesing" as in "I just cheesed Johnny". - Louis Gray
Who moved my cheese? - Yvonne Renee
When people do that on Twitter (usually kids posting for their parents or siblings pranking siblings), I call it "tweetnapped". - Spidra Webster
Louis Gray
One the one hand, I'm amused that Sarah's goal for the year is to eat lunch (because she's hungry). On the other hand, I think the obsession with food is showing up in her self-portrait for her "Super Firstie Selfie". First grade, oh how you've changed.
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She drew herself as a chicken? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
She looks more like a nugget than a chicken outright. - Louis Gray
Do first graders at their school have smart phones? - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
They do not. Thank goodness. But their teacher does have access to online kits. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product... - Louis Gray
Cristo
I have a confession to make. I've been keeping Louis Gray hours lately, e.g. I was at work until 1am this morning.
I can feel my brain shrinking. - Cristo
I'm sure the water was just cold. - Spidra Webster
^ winner. - Bren
I am proud of you, Cristo. - Louis Gray
as long as you're not keeping my hours. I've been at work until 4-5am a few times in the past couple months.... - Jonathan Disher
I work till 4-5 am at least once per week. - April Russo
I worked ALL WEEKEND LONG! (In Costa Rica, with beers. But there was lots of work too!) - SAM
Well, not that we're competing, but in the past there have been a few times I've coded 72 hours without sleeping and 12 days in a row without going home. One year, I didn't have any vacation except Christmas and only took two days a month off. :) - Cristo
Look forward to seeing the results of your latest work. - Louis Gray from Android
Wow! As a non-technical person, I am amazed. Focusing that long without straying off course. I have to admit, I have to stretch, go for a walk or run, do a few situps, pull some weeds, clean the pool, dead head....do something to clear the brain to allow it to get back to work. You all are truly amazing! - Bob Jones
Bob, thanks. I'm not going to pretend I didn't stretch, walk, or get something to eat though. :) - Cristo
Stephen Mack
The craziest thing I did at Burning Man this year? Fell 10 feet off this dome. #saturdayff
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It was the Sunday of temple burn, and I was helping break down our camp. Our ladder was not quiiiiite tall enough. - Stephen Mack
So, I clambered on up the dome itself. We loosened the top central bolt successfully. And then I was working on one of the next five hubs. I was anchored and prepared for it to shift when the bolt came off. - Stephen Mack
But I wasn't prepared for the entire area I was perched on to shift as well. I kind of rolled off and there was nothing to grab onto. So I fell. - Stephen Mack
Fortunately, some old Hapkido training kicked in: I landed on my side, with a pretty good arm slap to break my fall. Everyone in camp was freaked out, but I just stood up and said I was fine. - Stephen Mack
After that, we got the tallest guy in camp to do the bolts, and our neighbors across the street (AEZ, one of the cooler camps around) loaned us a taller ladder. Both of which were things we should have done from the beginning. - Stephen Mack
The bad part is that we were TRYING to be careful, since we'd also had an accident setting up the dome: The tall guy had accidentally dropped one of the bars while stretching up to secure one of the top hubs, and it struck our camp leader on the chest, leaving a nasty gouge. It could have been REALLY bad if it had hit her elsewhere. - Stephen Mack
One of the frequent Burning Man refrains is "safety third" but we internalized that a bit too much this year, I think. - Stephen Mack
We set up a white board with a "0 DAYS SINCE LAST ACCIDENT" and later had to switch DAYS to HOURS because of our many frequent (but fortunately minor) mishaps this year. - Stephen Mack
Note to self: Bring a taller ladder next year. - Stephen Mack
My neck was a bit sore on Wednesday, but otherwise no ill effects. - Stephen Mack
All in all, a great year. Fabulous art, thunder and lightning, great crew, amazing burns, new experiences (including working a greeter shift and running a 5k). I have zero complaints and miss the playa deeply. - Stephen Mack
--fin-- - Stephen Mack
Screw a taller ladder, bring a giant. - Steve C Team Marina
All I saw was: Screw a giant. - Kristin
I'm glad you're okay! - Spidra Webster
Again: GoPro that stuff, Stephen. - Louis Gray
One of the guys in camp set up his GoPro of the dome assembly. Haven't seen the footage yet. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
imma tall, you could just bring me, ;) - chaz2b
Done deal, Chaz! - Stephen Mack
Cristo
If you never argue with anyone, you’ll never lose an argument.
I disagree. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I disagree with your disagreement. - imabonehead
I never argue, I argument. - NOT THE CRICKET
"Arguing is a waste of time and unproductive like sleep" - Louis Gray - Eric Logan from FFHound!
I would debate this point, but I'd just end up being contradictory :-) - Slippy
All human progress is propelled forward by argument -- by dialectical processes in all domains -- arts, business, law, medicine, politics, religion, scholarship, science, technology, etc. - Sean McBride
[IBM's Watson Can Now Debate Its Opponents http://io9.com/ibms-wa...] - Sean McBride
Losing is underrated. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Paging Alex Scoble. - Louis Gray from Android
^ Surprised it took this long for that name to come up. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Cristo
Poor Quality Sleep May Be Linked to Shrinking Brain - Health News and Views - Health.com - http://news.health.com/2014...
Poor Quality Sleep May Be Linked to Shrinking Brain - Health News and Views - Health.com
"In those with poor sleep quality, the researchers saw shrinkage in one part of their frontal cortex and some atrophy, or deterioration, throughout three other parts of the brain, including parts involved with reasoning, planning, memory and problem-solving." - Cristo from Bookmarklet
Please assist Louis in understanding this. :) - Cristo
Louis could plausibly say the causation runs the other way: People with shrinking brains sleep poorly, and his brain isn't shrinking. - Walt Crawford
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
The headline actually explains it all. "Poor quality sleep" is linked to a shrinking brain. Therefore, don't have the poor quality sleep. Duh. - Louis Gray
^ You might want to add an "I" to that last statement. I know you're tired, but the meaning is changed without it. ;) - Cristo
Louis's logic is convincing. - Amit Patel
Only to the sleep-deprived ;-) - Slippy
@Amit, would you like to sign up to my newsletter? - Louis Gray
Poor quality sleep is also linked to drinking my ass kicking iced tea right before bed. - April Russo
Stephen Mack
POLL: Do you have paper maps in your car?
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(Image credit: Vintage 1968 Texaco Paper Road Map of Oregon, on sale for $3 on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing...) - Stephen Mack
My answer: Nope. Not for at least five years now. - Stephen Mack
Yes - one of WA, one of the US and Canada. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Yes, many from all over the place. - Todd Hoff
I still use paper maps. - John (bird whisperer)
yes. I keep one of Michigan roads just in case. I haven't needed it often. But the few times I have, it's been invaluable. - MoTO: Team Marina
Of course. I didn't get a smart phone till a year ago and I much prefer a paper map. - Betsy
Nope - Glen Campbell
Nope. They're under my bed. - Anika
yes. - Lnorigb
Nope. - Louis Gray
Yes. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
For the record my car also has a tape deck. - Steve C Team Marina
probably ones I printed out from Google and neglected to throw away. - Steele Lawman
yes, I keep an atlas of the US in there - ellbeecee
Yes, several. - Anne Bouey from iPhone
Not anymore. I do have an atlas at home for getting a general sense of places I might want to visit. - Amit Patel
I should add, part of the reason I have a couple of paper maps are the couple of times I've been stuck somewhere needing directions when either my phone has died, or there's no service. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yes, mostly for CA, but I have east coast ones at home in the file cabinet. I think there are a few AAA guidebooks in the car, too, come to think of it. - Corinne L
Yes, absolutely, city maps where we drive frequently. CSAA even mails maps (since the nearby office closed). - Walt Crawford
I still have some Hagstrom county books from the 90's, but no car. :P - April Russo
I don't think so. It's entirely possible there are still one or two atlases in the ex-wife's car, though (which used to be mine). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I didn't realize it but yes, we do. Joy actually pulled one out of the glove box the other day and began using it! - Jim: with more caffeine!
I have a small Yellow Pages which has a local street directory, and I think we have a Gold Coast map in there somewhere. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Yes. - joey
Yes I do. - Stefano.
Nope. Last time was in 2010. - Kevin Johnson from Android
yes - Tamara J. B.
I did when I had a car. I never used them, but I liked them being there. Before GPS went crazy, I used maps religiously. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Nope. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Yes (only for Rome. but wasn't opened in ages) - Xabaras (G.O.)
At home. GPS in car. - Janet from FFHound!
I've never owned a car. - Eivind
Yes paper maps still rock but then so does Onstar - WarLord
Anne Bouey
Thought I'd give Holly's posted recipe a try! Peanut Butter Cup S'Mores Dip
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how was it?!?! :D - holly #ravingfangirl
Very, very rich! - Anne Bouey
it looks delicious! - holly #ravingfangirl
But incredibly easy to make...a real treat! - Anne Bouey
OMG i'll pay for gas if you drive it down - Steve C Team Marina
Yum! - Louis Gray
*faints* - MoTO: Team Marina
Are you kidding.....looks fabulous! But oh so sweet! - Bob Jones
that looks nice - sandra hall
Ken Gidley
Testing - my feed is strangely quiet (like no updates for 19+ hours) - is there anybody OUT THERE?
Nice shirt. - Meg VMeg
So strange, usually have dozens of updates every day, but today - silence. - Ken Gidley
Still nothing on my feed but my own post. Not paused by mistake. Logged out and back in. Same on Safari on Mac and on iPhone. - Ken Gidley from iPhone
Everyone's at Burning Man. - Louis Gray
In the rain.... - Bob Jones
I see a few updates today, but most are marked as having occurred 18+ hours ago. I seem to have slipped into some sort of 'update once a day' timeslip. :) - Ken Gidley
Maybe something related to javascript or auto-reloading? - Brian Johns
Cristo
SF Giants 11-2 against Brewers in the 7th. They are unstoppable!
7th over now. 14-2. - Cristo
Let's Go Giants! - Louis Gray
Holly's favorite Anna
Stephen! Holy shitsnacks! Are you okay?
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He must have just gotten back from Burning Man! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
That's awesome. <3 - Louis Gray
Message to me: Zeigen passed you by 108,756 steps. - Louis Gray
Get on that Louis! Lol! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Joe
Joe
I'm tired. Maybe I should go to sleep?
that is a generally accepted practice when one is tired. - holly #ravingfangirl
unless you are Louis Gray. - holly #ravingfangirl
I just tried that. Doesn't help. - Uli
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Johnny
I just had cause to google Penny from Inspector Gadget. I have Safesearch disabled. Sometimes I fucking hate you, Internet.
Did you Bing it? - Louis Gray
Cristo
Controlling all the lights and fans in the house from mobile devices is pretty cool.
I look forward to your blog post on how you did it. - Me
I would like to do a post or series of posts about our home automation work. It's amazing that most of it was done in 2009 and it still feels futuristic compared to my friends/family systems. - Cristo
got your garage door controlled from your phone yet? it.is.the.best. plus I get an alert when someone else opens and closes it. - Lnorigb
I don't have a garage door. - Cristo
*garage door not included. - Betsy
I got a NinjaBlocks set so that I could do various things, include get pinged when the garage door opens or closes, but NinjaBlocks has been a little bit unreliable so far. - Amit Patel
I was excited about the Ninja Sphere, but its current offerings don't really help me. Other than the Sonos, I don't have any of their supported devices, and I'm not sure what having Sonos integration would do for me, since they have controllers for both my computers and mobile devices already. - Cristo
Our new lighting/fan system is Lutron RadioRA2. I'm trying to figure out if I can hack our Somfy shades to work with it. I'm also waiting for (and excited about) my first 'event' to occur—I programmed to turn on our entry light at sunset every day. :) - Cristo
I keep thinking, 'There was light...and it was good.' :) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
It worked! :D - Cristo
And is it good? - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Follow up: Would it have worked if your phone was not at home? - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I assume so. The phone is just a controller. It works with an iPad or from the wall switches as well. - Cristo
Cristo, I'd read all those, Interested to see what buys have held up, and what needs replacing. - Louis Gray
I added two new events: 1) Good Morning! – turns on the stairway, kitchen, and downstair bathroom lights, all at appropriate dim levels, of course. 2) Daytime – turns off those same lights after the time I usually head to work. - Cristo
Louis Gray
Hmm. How high should I get this tonight? 30k? 35k? 40k?
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First day of school meant I could walk the kids there (and return home). Then I walked to the Google shuttle, walked a bit to lunch (and back), and then, on a lark, I decided to time walking the Steven's Creek Trail home from Google. It took one hour and forty minutes to do a bit over 7 miles. - Louis Gray
So if I want to get home at 5, I just have to leave work at 3:20. :) - Louis Gray
Not too worried, Anna. - Louis Gray
33,358. - Louis Gray
Wow. How are your feet today? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
All is well. I've broken 50k twice, so 33k is fine. Over my 12k goal today too. - Louis Gray
Cristo
People, Places and Things - http://cristoblanco.com/2014...
I'm enjoying your stories. - Anne Bouey
Thank you. I'm glad somebody is. :) - Cristo
I liked this one, Cristo! - Louis Gray
Thanks Louis. I appreciate it. - Cristo
So I was very curious about the details of the end -- why the project didn't meet your aspirations, and why you left. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It was complicated, and probably not explainable within a 500 word post. Also, I've made a rule that the blog will generally focus on the positive—unless it's about me personally. :) - Cristo
Gotcha - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Fitbit Fans
People who track their sleep with Fitbit see improvement in just a few weeks. https://www.fitbit.com/flex https://twitter.com/fitbit...
Says the company who sells the product. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Unless of course, the tracker leads to greater sleep disruption... in which case they stop using it. - Hedgehog
Stephen Mack
The zip line whisperer (a Burning Man #saturdayff story)
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So it was Sunday, September 1, 2013, the last full day of the art festival in the Black Rock Desert called Burning Man (http://www.burningman.com/), and I was walking somewhere along C street near 6:30 street, and I had passed by this zip line at a theme camp every day for a week. - Stephen Mack
And I had kept telling myself, "Oh, yeah, have to ride that zip line." But I realized on that Sunday that I'd best give it a try now or there wouldn't be another chance. - Stephen Mack
So I climbed on up the first platform. - Stephen Mack
And then I clambered up the ladder for the second platform. - Stephen Mack
Still more ladders? Okay. Up I go. - Stephen Mack
And then there's a bit of a queue. A few people in front of me. Great view. 40 feet up, maybe? - Stephen Mack
(The photo I chose here is not the actual zip line in question, which I didn't actually get a photo of. Instead it was lifted from http://davepics.com/Album... .) - Stephen Mack
Then I see the last little climb up to the top of the works, a complicated bit of steps and ladders and a seated arrangement, where you grab the line and slip forward and hurtle down to the mattress-padded landing area below -- and I can hear the man with the zip line camp giving the instructions. Tall guy, long beard, shades, calm, good sense of humor. I don't know his name, but let's call him Fred. - Stephen Mack
No GoPro video or Google Glass? - Louis Gray
A woman goes down, not quite following instructions but flipping all over the place and yipping her excitement. - Stephen Mack
I look down. Now, I'm not afraid of heights, but it occurs to me I'm pretty high off the ground. - Stephen Mack
A guy goes down, he's Swiss I think, and he's cheering. - Stephen Mack
And then the guy in front of me, it's his turn. He's breathing pretty hard. "I'm afraid of heights," he says. - Stephen Mack
And Fred nods. "That's no problem," Fred says. "You can do this." - Stephen Mack
And the guy starts to panic. "I want to go down," he says quickly. "I can't do this." - Stephen Mack
And Fred nods. "Sure," says Fred. "You can go down. I'll help you climb back down. But are you sure that's what you want?" - Stephen Mack
And the guy swallows and says, "No, I want to ride the zip line. But I can't." - Stephen Mack
And Fred begins whispering to him. Fred has his hand on this guy's knee. And the guy is nodding. And Fred is speaking calmly, slowly, never letting go of the guy's knee. And before too long the guy takes one last nod, and one last look at Fred, and then he's off, a slide forward from the chair into thin air, only his hands on the line, and he's zipping down 40 feet to the playa below. - Stephen Mack
Then Fred winks at me. "You heard all that?" - Stephen Mack
I nod, and am ready to go. - Stephen Mack
"That guy had a hard time," I say lamely. Fred nods. And he winks at me again. - Stephen Mack
"That guy did fucking awesome," says Fred. - Stephen Mack
... - Stephen Mack
Fred is the zip line whisperer. He's fucking awesome. That zip line camp is fucking awesome. Burning Man is fucking awesome. Being afraid of heights is not so awesome. But being afraid of heights, and riding a 40 foot zip line in 100 degree heat in the desert? That's fucking awesome. - Stephen Mack
--fin-- - Stephen Mack
Louis: Nah. Neither of those items would go over well, and the Google Glass in particular I don't think would last long in that environment. The dust would destroy it. - Stephen Mack
I had my own zipline whisperer once. I was taking a "challenge ropes course" my second year in college, trying to cope with my fear of heights. Even though it was terrifying for me, I completed every 'high element' of the course, including the "Pamper Pole" (you can imagine). The instructor and my fellow students were awesome! They never stopped being supportive and encouraging, no matter how much I panicked. My hat's off to Fred. He sounds like good people. :) - Jenny H. from Android
(Oh, and Tamara and Adam once talked me through the zipline above the Fremont Street Experience. They're also very good people!) - Jenny H. from Android
I rode the zipline they put over Robson Square in downtown Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. Free ride, but long lines... I went late at night for a shorter line. I figured I could always ride another zipline later, but how many chances would I get to ride one in a city? - Andrew C (✔)
Stephen, someone put a GoPro on a hula hoop in 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch... - NOT THE CRICKET
Also, that guy's awesome. - NOT THE CRICKET
Jimminy, interesting video (although they seemed to be going for a particular body type, geez) -- I like how the different frame of reference (that is, from the hula hoop's point of view) alters everything. But I think there's a difference between using a GoPro as part of an art exhibit versus just wearing one and going around filming people. Not to say that people don't do it, but it's not something I'd do on the playa. - Stephen Mack
Stepheb, yeah I noticed the body type thing, I actually thought there were some guys from memory, but I guess not. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Louis Gray
When Priced for Perfection, Startups Not Given Room for Error - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
When Priced for Perfection, Startups Not Given Room for Error
"When a private company sees incredible media visibility, and scores a fast-ramping, highly active customer base, it's usually assumed similarly climbing revenue isn't far behind. For game changers like Facebook and Twitter, who commanded sky high valuations privately before earning them publicly, this made sense. But for companies who are seen to have missed expectations, the descent in public perception and media love can be fast and steep - forcing pivots and other odd behavior that can be somewhat puzzling to the outside world." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
something about the layout screams "Best of Craigslist" to me. - Big Joe Silence
Brian Johns
I was going to give Stephen Mack a pass on the whole "celebrity deaths come in threes" because I figured Robin Williams was big enough to count for three. But now with Lauren Bacall, I'm not so sure.
Don't mess with me, Johns. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Start a 48 hour clock and we'll see. - Brian Johns
Mack speaks the truth. Always in threes. - Mary Carmen
Does the nascar driver killed over the weekend count as #1? I don't want to hear of another celeb death... - Lola Bean (Penguin)
Ooh - good idea. If we don't have anything better to go with by Thursday night we'll go with him and call it a triad. - Brian Johns
I stand by my previous posts debunking the "celebrity deaths come in threes" superstition. http://www.zeigen.com/blog... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Does Philip Seymour Hoffman not count? - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
oh my god. - Laura Norvig
The fact you can't name the NASCAR killer means he doesn't count. GL to all celebs. - Louis Gray
According to my mom, Ed Nelson from Peyton Place & The Twilight Zone is #3. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
If Thursday night (an arbitrary deadline) comes and goes and nobody else (arbitrarily) famous enough dies then I will consider that scientific proof that the "celebrities die in threes" thing is a myth. I may be willing to join the “Celebrity deaths come in 1.7s” camp based on this very scientific data. - Brian Johns
Followup and Conclusion: After an extensive period of data collection and analysis over the last 4 days, I have changed my mind and joined Stephen's 1.7 bandwagon. Basically, I picked Robin Williams as a test and I haven't seen two other similarly noteworthy celebrities die so I'm going to generalize that experience over the entire realm of possibility and call it a scientific fact. If... more... - Brian Johns
Good analysis, Sparky! - Stephen Mack
This is how science is done, except I should have gotten a grant. - Brian Johns
Jay Adams has passed away. They do come in threes. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Who? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
One of the Z-Boys/ Lords of Dogtown. One of the guys who was involved in evolving skateboarding to it's modern style. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
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