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Stephen Mack
Suicide By Soda: Lame study of the year. But it worked. [American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)] - http://acsh.org/2014...
Suicide By Soda: Lame study of the year. But it worked. [American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)]
From the blog post: "What is really going on here is a classic case of mixing up cause and effect. No, diet soda doesn't give you heart disease. You already have more heart disease and drink diet soda to try to cut calorie consumption. Playing basketball does not make you tall. Opening an umbrella does not make it rain. Going to sleep does not make the sun go down. Geese flying south do not cause winter." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Hey Louis Gray: Good debunking of some recent anti-Diet Coke and aspartame articles. - Stephen Mack
Professor no fun - Eric
I personally don't consume much aspartame currently, but I do think it's probably generally safe for people -- in that I haven't seen any credible studies showing it to cause harm. But I agree with you, anytime I'm tempted to drink something other than coffee, it's probably better for me to just drink water instead. - Stephen Mack
Professor, I'm not sure if a study involving 18 albino rats is really applicable to humans or not. - Stephen Mack
Science, you say? I think I've heard of it. - Stephen Mack
I think the relevant comparison would be to fructose and sucrose, though. #paracelsus - Victor Ganata
To reach 40 mg/kg/d of aspartame, you'd have to drink 15 cans of diet soda a day. (Assuming you only weighed 150 lbs.) So, yeah, maybe you'd have a lot of problems if you drank that much soda in a day. - Victor Ganata
I had no concerns. I wanted to tell my good friend Kevin Fox he was spreading nonsense, but I'm terrified of him. He's so intimidating. - Louis Gray
As for "going to sleep does not make the sun go down", I can assure you, for you lazies out there, the sun goes down all by itself. - Louis Gray
And I don't drink 15 cans of Diet Coke a day. I drink one at a time. - Louis Gray
جون من واقعا تو پروفسوری؟ ایول بابا، داداش یه امضا پروفسوری هم به ما بده :دی - ووووزلا
Google translate says "I showed you a professor? Evil dad, brother professor to give us a sign: D" - Stephen Mack
I'm going to increase my aspartame consumption. - Amit Patel
Amit, to how much? - Stephen Mack
Louis Gray
I had lunch with Steve Lacy today. AMA.
I forgot to have lunch. I was having too much fun with the pop riveter. - Slippanoia
How was lunch? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
How many steps in total was the circuit? - Steve and 4 other people
BTW lunch was fine the chicken was a bit tough. :) - Steve and 4 other people
Lunch was good. Pizza, chicken, vegetables. Even dessert! - Louis Gray
According to Moves, our route was 4,231 steps in total. - Louis Gray
Johnny
Friend on Facebook has had enough of me debunking all the crazy fake shit they share. They fake to real ratio is about 5 - 2. With a track record like that, you'd think they would stop before sharing... but, no... all my fault.
PROVE IT - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You're making that up, Johnny. - Louis Gray
Kevin Fox
I want a Google Now card suggesting a song I'll really like but haven't heard before, but I don't want Google knowing what I've heard.
Question: Why don't you want Google to know what you've heard? - Louis Gray
They know what I listen to since I use Google Play about 90% of the time. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I just use iTunes for that. I have so much music I have a playlist just for music in my library I've never heard, which stays around 25-30%. - NOT THE CRICKET
Kevin Fox
RT @BuildWithGoogle: Announcing #GoogleBuild, funding entrepreneurs while building amazing products.
Not only does it 404, but the only person they follow is Ev Williams? And they have lists of tech news reporters (me included) across a wide spectrum? I call shenanigans. - Louis Gray
And who lists themselves as "An official project"? That's a joke. - Louis Gray
Matt Cutts
:-/ - Louis Gray
Micah
I propose that CSS Color Module Level 3 declare that color: louisgray = rgb(90,90,90). Because http://www.wolframalpha.com/input... is unproductive and a waste of time.
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i enetered mr gray's name and it gave me this #019fde http://www.colorcodehex.com/019fde... - chaz2b
Louis Gray gray is my spirit shade. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I approve. - Louis Gray
Matt Cutts
My 30 day challenge this month is going to bed earlier. Last night I failed terribly. Got up early this AM though, which may help tonight.
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Kevin Fox
In the last week I've seen two people with Apple badges off-campus wearing 80s-style wrist sweatbands. Coincidence, or camouflage?
Camo, almost certainly. - Steve and 4 other people
iWatch - Julian
iSweatband - Stephen Mack
iRetrowrist - Janet from FFHound!
Android Wear. - Louis Gray
I have the Gear Live and kind of like it. :) - Steve and 4 other people
Amit Patel
Google just auto-installed "Google+ Auto Backup" onto my computer. Didn't ask.
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From Chrome or another browser or what? - Spidra Webster
Picasa apparently. - Amit Patel
Looking at forums, it looks like they started doing it last year, and in January said it was unintentional and they'd fix it. But here it is July and it just installed it on my system. - Amit Patel
Ouch! Install some random tool to automatically copy the entire contents of your hard drive without your knowledge? Who could possibly object to that? - Brian Johns
Now you have no excuse for not backing up your files. They're doing you a favor you see. - rönin
#whitehat As Picasa and G+ Photos are integrated, they turned on the auto backup feature to back up photos in high quality to the web. That said, no users should be surprised by anything, especially sharp folks like Amit. Looking into it. - Louis Gray
Update: Picasa does not auto-install G+ AutoBackup, but it will place the setup installer for AutoBackup in the Picasa folder and then proceed, at first launch, to promote it and give you the option to install/run it. The very first release of AutoBackup bundled with Picasa was different and Picasa *did* auto-install. - Louis Gray
So it's possible, per above, that this dialog window came up from Picasa yesterday and wasn't dismissed, or Picasa was open today in addition to Steam, etc. Hope that helps, Amit. - Louis Gray
It's quite possible that when I ran Picasa, it was the version from last year, but I don't remember seeing any promotion to install Google+ Auto Backup, nor do I see any Google+ mentioned in the Picasa Options dialog in the program. Weird. - Amit Patel
I just changed the Picasa setting from "Update automatically" to "Ask before downloading updates" - Amit Patel
Windows is telling me I have Google+ Auto Backup from "Google" 6/29/2014 1.0.21.81 and also Google+ Auto Backup from "Google, Inc." 7/1/2014 1.0.25.133. I'm uninstalling both. - Amit Patel
Guessing from the Picasa Release Notes, the version it installed on 6/29 is the one from last year, and that was apparently the one that auto-installed. - Amit Patel
Puzzling. Thanks for following up, Amit. - Louis Gray
Thanks Louis for looking into it. I guess it was bad timing, with me not having used Picasa for a while. - Amit Patel
It's nice to have a responsive Google representative on Friendfeed. - Sean McBride
@Sean, here to help. As I see it, things are never as bad as they seem or as amazing as people would like you to believe. Things are usually somewhere in the middle. - Louis Gray
Louis -- you cleaned up this issue quickly and efficiently. If one could only receive tech support at this level for all products and services. :) - Sean McBride
+1 to that! - Louis Gray
Kevin Fox
.@Netflix needs a 'start random episode' feature. I would vastly prefer that when watching Star Trek or The West Wing.
Shuffle. - Louis Gray
Brian Johns
OK people - time to boil some water and get some clean towels. You guys are good at this by now.
What!!! - Anne Bouey
Here we go. - Micah
Woo! Congrats in advance, Sparky! - Louis Gray
Go Sparky go! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
(Well, really Erin.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Still pacing? :) - Anne Bouey
Oh snap! Go Erin go! Good luck Sparky! - Jonathan Disher
Update: you guys did a great job! Mom and baby girl are happy and healthy and tired. The pacing is over. If you've got cigars, bust 'em out! - Brian Johns from iPhone
Congrats! - Ken Gidley
Congrats, Brian! - Mary Carmen
Congratulations! All the babbies!!! - Melly - #TeamMarina
HOORAY! Congrats Sparky and Erin and Baby! - Jonathan Disher
Congrats Sparky!!! - Stephen Mack
CONGRATS DOOOOOOD! And why am I always the last to hear. - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Congratulations! - Betsy
Congratulations! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Congrats! - John (bird whisperer)
Congrats, Brian! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Congratulations! - Jenny H. from Android
Welcome to new baby Johns! And congrats to the parents and sister! This has been quite the baby season. :) - Anne Bouey
Awesome! Congratulations! :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Congratulations! - Jennifer Dittrich
Yay! Congrats, Brian! Another June FF baby! Cheers! - Tamara J. B.
Congratulations! - Jessie
Wondrous news ~ congrats!! - Web Marketing Store
Kevin Fox
A man with one watch knows what time it is. A man with two is never sure.
"A flute with no holes is not a flute. A donut with no hole is a Danish." - Bren from iPhone
"Two wrongs don't make a right. But three lefts do." - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
A man with two smartwatches syncs time via the network so they match. - Louis Gray
A man with three watches displays them from a trench coat. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Did you hear about the man with five watches? They fit him like a glove. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I love you gentlemen. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Matt Haughey
It's surprisingly hard to find the Google I/O livestream https://t.co/fFOYKHraWB is a blank gray page, Youtube search doesn't show it either
It's a blank Louis Gray page. - Stephen Mack
I tweeted it from @googledevelopers and @androiddevelopers a few times. Sorry you had trouble, Matt. - Louis Gray
Kevin Fox
Current smart watches do many, many things shallowly. I'm looking for one that does a handful of things deeply. (cc @hblodget)
Why not a wristful? - Louis Gray
Kevin Fox
I wish journalists would stop saying 'open source' if they don't know what means. Exposing an API != 'open source'. http://www.fool.com/investi...
"journalists" - Louis Gray
Stephen Mack
The idea that yellow and blue make green still seems like crazy unexplainable magic to me.
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I very much remember learning about the color wheel and how colors blend as such when I was in kindergarten. Seeing watercolors do precisely that was mind-blowing for a five-year-old. - Akiva
Meanwhile, the fact presented by COSMOS that leaves are green simply because of what color they DON'T absorb? Get out, science. GET OUT. - Akiva
The part that really breaks my mind is how we see yellow because of our red and green photoreceptors. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Subtractive vs additive color physics is what blows the cork right off my brain. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Blue and red making purple? Oh sure, makes sense. Red and yellow produce orange? Fine fine. But green is crazy to me. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Looking at the rainbow, green and orange made sense to me but purple did not. - Amit Patel
It's like a shady yellow. - Meg VMeg
CMYK vs RGB still confuses me. Like, you mix all the colors you get black vs you mix all the colors you get white. My mind confuses the two... - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Was about to post what Zulema just said. That's the one that's *really* crazy. - Spidra Webster
Was about to post what... wait, I already did. - Micah
Out of curiosity, what about the combination of blue and yellow creating green seems like magic? Zulema: what's even crazier, to me at least, is that 0% C 0% M 0% Y 100% K isn't the blackest CMYK gets. There's a blacker black, a rich black, that's 75% C 68% M 67% Y and 90% K. - Mark Trapp
You know what's really crazy? There are yellow stars, there are blue stars, there are red and white and orange stars, but there aren't any green stars. WTF?!?! - Victor Ganata
Hey, that makes sense to me. All those colors appear in flame according to heat. Green doesn't appear unless you toss in an element with the right emission spectrum. - Spidra Webster
BLELLOW! - Eivind
Mixing paints is technically CMYK but it "feels" like RGB. Computer screens and the world we see is RGB (light) but mixing paints and printing stuff is CMYK but it has to emulate RGB. I think I got that right... :-& - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
CMYK is subtractive (adding pigments changes which wavelengths get absorbed or reflected) while RGB is additive (you're directly changing which wavelengths get transmitted). But, yeah, ultimately, we have RGB receptors in our retinae. - Victor Ganata
Mark T.: It seems like magic to me because it seems unpredictable and illogical and emergent, much like mixing bleach and ammonia produces a deadly gas. Yeah, this is all a bit "f'in' magnets, how do they work?" - Stephen Mack
Ahhh, I see. To me, it seems logical that green is created from yellow and blue: green, to me, just looks like a yellowish blue or a bluish yellow. But maybe that's a construct of education, forced upon me by the man, man. My head hurts now. - Mark Trapp
I'm even more confused now because I know you have to convert images to CMYK when you print them. I completely forgot to ask my photography teacher about that when we printing our "RGB" photos in class from Lightroom. The last job I had there it was always a big deal when printing designs from the printer to the ink used to the paper you were printing on and which colors will print more accurately. Like JEEZ, it's just a print of a design but OH NO, dumb girl, it's kind of a big deal. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
And that, not only can you use the colours to find what elements teh stars are made of, but you can use the colours to determine how fast they are moving away from you via red shifting! #mindblown - Ken Morley
Fun fact: you can get the colors in CMY from RGB and you can get the colors in RGB from CMY... http://stefanabrams.com/StefanA... - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Louis Gray
Matthew and Sarah turn six today! Happy birthday twinners!
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Awww! Happy birthdays! - Stephen Mack
Happy birthday! - Anne Bouey
Happy birthday to the twins! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Wait...what?! Weren't they just born not that long ago? - April Russo
Yay! Congrats. - Daniel W. Crompton
@April, they were born just yesteryear... - Daniel W. Crompton
Six years and one day ago. - Louis Gray
How time flies! Happy belateds :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Belated happy birthday! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
A belated Happy Birthday to Sarah and Matthew! - vicster: full-bodied
Glen Campbell
I didn't break it
I fixed it. - Louis Gray
I slept on it. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
It was like that when I woke up. - Eivind
Brian Johns
Is it just me or has FF been grinding a bit in the last couple days? Somebody go check the oil in this thing!
Not just you! Yeah, definitely some issues. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Sorry. I was standing on the cord. - Louis Gray
Kevin Fox
In case Twitter's World Cup integration is insufficient, the Google logo (in the USA) uses eggs to show the live score.
Oh cute. - Betsy
The eggs have hatched. - Betsy
Eggscellent. - Louis Gray
Kevin Fox
RT @voxdotcom: 6 charts that show how starved for sleep Americans really are: http://www.vox.com/2014... https://twitter.com/voxdotc...
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Louis Gray is starving Americans. - Spidra Webster
Louis Gray eats babies. - Steve C Team Marina
Mmmm... babies - Louis Gray
Veal. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Veally good babies. - John (bird whisperer)
Yvonne Renee
Trapped in 4th!
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I saw Yvonne stepping out this morning! - Louis Gray
Stephen Mack
Finished my first PT session. It's tendinitis of the posterior tibialis. 2 stretches to do each day plus 2 strength builders. Ice for 10 mins a day. No running for 8 weeks (until no tenderness when I touch the affected area). Need to have muscle inflammation go down while building strength. PT for those 8 weeks -- twice a week for first 4 weeks,...
...then once a week after. No extra walks either. Bummed at no running, but I'm confident this will help me recover. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yup. Better to take care of yourself. You can always get back into running shape later. I'm glad they put a name to it. - Spidra Webster
Oof. Best wishes. - Marie
Ouch, glad there is a diagnosis and plan in place. - Janet from FFHound!
glad you found out your problem and are getting therapy mr mack. plenty of time to be back in tip-top shape for september, ;) - chaz2b
Ooof, not fun, but I'm glad you've got a diagnosis and plan of treatment. - Jennifer Dittrich
Sad trombone - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I'm sorry you won't be able to run for awhile, Stephen. I hope you'll have a full recovery and come back even stronger. You got this. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Hope you get well soon and you'll be able to get back to your normal routine, be patient and follow the practitioners advice, don't get too ahead of yourself and think your ok. - Halil
I know it's no fun, but I'm glad you have a diagnosis and a great recovery plan you're confident will help you. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Thanks, all! And my Fitbit friends can watch my steps plummet. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, how about I walk to your place and borrow your fitbit, so I could count on your behalf? Would that not be the mark of a true friend? - Louis Gray
Only a true friend would exercise for you. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Louis Gray is the opposite of sleep. - Akiva
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray from Android
Stephan #TeamMarina
"The lies, myths and half-truths ruining your career" http://www.bbc.com/capital...
"The lies, myths and half-truths ruining your career" http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140605-myths-that-could-ruin-your-career
The truth, he wrote, "Sleep is for high performers.” - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Paging Louis Gray, Louis Gray to the Planken phone. - Betsy
*pops popcorn* - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
It's an interesting article but the way it's written makes it hard to read. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Nice reminder to take sleep seriously. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Sleep is productive, a good use of time and essential for continued existence. - Slippanoia
Louis Gray
Double Daddy Donut Day and Braden Photobombs! (/cc Stephen who just did this)
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nice tie! - Marie
Sarah made me that tie! - Louis Gray
Awww is so cute <3 - Johan Andres Diaz Mora
Awesome! - Stephen Mack
Stephen Mack
Dads and Donuts Day at Blossom Hill Elementary with Sophie
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Double D Day :) - Eivind from Android
So cute! <3 - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
You two are pretty adorable. - Marie
Que cute!! - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
Thanks, all! I should have posted pics of the book she made, the drawings are adorable. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Woch out! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I am woching! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Note how she draws no hair on the top of my head... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Oof. I just ate double donuts. - Louis Gray
Louis Gray
Confession: I still visit FriendFeed about 5x more than Facebook. Maybe 10x.
But Google+ is where your heart is, yes? - Mark H
Google- - Maurizio
Me too! - Farzad
*sleeps on LG's shoulder* - LB: #TeamYou from Android
I am fair to all networks. I use Twitter and Google+ the most. Much of my Google+ activity is in communities. - Louis Gray
FF is a site i see in e-mails, facebook is the network of people I know. Google plus is the reason I use Android now and twitter is thrown to the history books. The community has left twitter. I'm on app.net instead. - Richard A.
I much prefer the Friendfeed interface and feature set for information sharing and discussion over Facebook, Google+, Twitter and all blog platforms. Imagine where FF would be now if it had remained in intensive forward development and tweaking for the past few years. - Sean McBride
Why the preference? -- highest signal to noise in terms of the overall user experience. Look at how clean this page is. Look at how much information is on it. Look at how easy it is to follow conversations and add comments. I could go on and on.... - Sean McBride
But is the clean look/user experience a function of the fact that FF has been basically left alone? I enjoy the way it works, too. And I often wonder why more socnets don't adopt it's interface and feature set. And then it occurs to me that twitter and Facebook were a lot cleaner before the developers started fiddling with them. Also: it is undeniable that FF is great but it's no Google Wave ... *runs* - MoTO: Team Marina
@Sean, I think my allegiance to FriendFeed for 6-7 years is well documented. You also know I wish they'd had a chance to grow without being acquired. - Louis Gray
Louis -- you have always had impeccable taste in picking superior technologies. It's unfortunate that sometimes the best technologies don't prevail in the marketplace. It's enough to make a grown man weep. - Sean McBride
@Sean, please post a video of you crying to YouTube, and share it. - Louis Gray
Please -- I must maintain my dignity. :) - Sean McBride
I keep wondering if there are any far-seeing parties out there who could revive FF, bring it back from its state of suspended animation. Such a dreamer. - Sean McBride
I still have the app running telling me about new posts. - Daniel W. Crompton
Louis it's still a source of complete bewilderment to me that your friends at Google didn't buy it. Has to be one of the worst "passes" in tech history. - JSLeFanu
Only the people there know the whole story, JS. - Louis Gray from Android
Amit Patel
I'm trying to blog more this year. Posts per year to my personal blog: 33, 65, 38, 26, 32, 5, 8, 2, 6, 3, 2. And I have 9 so far this year. I'm not going to try to reach my peak blogging year (2004) but I think 10-20 would be a good amount.
Two things I'm using to help me with this: - Amit Patel
(1) I've gotten organized and now have a place to put half-baked blog ideas. I review them periodically and can turn them into full blog posts. - Amit Patel
(2) I'm writing blog posts in plain text instead of html. This is just much easier. Markdown, restructured text, org mode, and lots of other systems exist for this. I don't yet have an easier interface to Blogger though, so I write the post, convert to html, and then copy and paste. - Amit Patel
My numbers are way down too! I blame FriendFeed. - Louis Gray
Mine too. - Stephen Mack
Hm, FriendFeed … yes … that's the reason! - Amit Patel
Friendfeed killed it eventually, and then I just slowly ran out of things I felt like writing about. It went from 2-3 times a week, to 2 times a month, and then I just stopped posting. - NOT THE CRICKET
Kevin Fox
"Who is your all-time Favorite movie character?" Why the heck would I choose that as a security question? I have no freaking idea.
Henchman #4 - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
torgo - Mike Nencetti
Hodor - Stephen Mack from iPhone
'You know what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like this?' 'Who?' 'Jack Burton. ME.' - Akiva
2nd Tall Man - Kevin Fox
The Thing. - Louis Gray
I am with you on the efficacy of this query. I have no clue either. - Janet
Stuntman. - Joe
Foley Artist. We always applaud them at the credits. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Wilhelm, for his scream. - Amit Patel
Assyrian Ambassador. That guy was one hell of an actor. - Steven Perez
Stephen, Hodor isn't a MOVIE character. :P - Ken Gidley from iPhone
Screaming lady - Heather
Random Subway Rat. - April Russo
Z wins, but does it count if she's dead? - NOT THE CRICKET
Jar Jar Binks; who the hell is going to think he is anyone's favorite character? - NOT THE CRICKET
WalterWhite JessePinkman - imabonehead
The Dude. - Jenny H. from Android
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