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Emily (talking to an imaginary friend): Do you want cake? Do you want cake? DO YOU WANT CAKE??!!!!" #fb
Either her imaginary friend is hard of hearing or ignoring her. - Melly
Hehe, but at least she is sharing. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
The cake was made of wooden blocks ^_^ - Melly
The cake was a lie? - Amit Patel
Her imaginary friend also could have been droning on and on about the merits of pie. - April Russo
IT'S THAT OR DEATH! - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
Gives last name to Starbucks to avoid mispronounced first name; mispronounces last name. #problems
Taking nominations for alias I should provide instead: - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Restrict it to single syllable names maybe? - Stephan Planken
Lieutenant Starbuck of the Colonial Service - Kevin Johnson
MICHAH - Spidra Webster
People mispronounce "Micah?" How does one do that? - Friar Will
My kid just goes by "9" - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
"FRIEND" - Amit Patel
Friar, regarding my name there are more interpretations than a jazz festival at a pentecostal church. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Truck - Ken Morley
I say "Mary". It works pretty well. - Meg VMeg
Pentecostal churches now have jazz festivals? Things have changed since my Church of God days as a child and teen. - Friar Will
I've got to quit mix metaphoring. - Micah
Of course, no one who attends a pentecostal church would ever mispronounce your name. :^) - Friar Will
How about "Meep"? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
I've heard both MEE-cah and MY-CAH for each of the sexes so I'm always confused. :/ - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I'm Ivan on all call-when-food-or-drink-is-ready things. It works pretty well, as I'm usually the only Ivan. They mostly don't even say "Ivan the Terrible? *big grin*" when I give my name. - Eivind
Just tell them your name is Friendfeeder. That way, when they announce it, if any of us are there, we will be alerted of your presence. - April Russo
I usually use Kiki, but even then they'll sometimes ask how to spell it. - Kirsten
Try Uli, that'll throw them every time. :-| - Uli
I always say Sue but I'm hoping to start saying Emma instead. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I generally tell them my name is "Curtiss", and they usually spell it "Kurtis". My favorite, though, was the time they spelled it "Ernis" - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
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The design of a signage typeface | I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY -
The design of a signage typeface | I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY
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"Once I even ended up in a holding cell at the border crossing to Norway, because the customs officers just wouldn’t accept that someone would drive all over Europe simply to take photographs of traffic signs. (See my FLickr sets World of Traffic Signs and Type on Traffic Signs.)" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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Colorful typography on the web: get ready for multicolor fonts – Pixelambacht -
Colorful typography on the web: get ready for multicolor fonts – Pixelambacht
"Seemingly out of nowhere, big guys like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Adobe are proposing multicolor font formats, and rushing to have them implemented in browsers and OSes. This sudden interest is not so much fueled by typographers, designers or web developers, but by an unlikely group: teenagers." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
This still makes me go ugh - Amit Patel
New statewide water waste prohibitions take effect - Water & Drought - The Sacramento Bee -
New statewide water waste prohibitions take effect - Water & Drought - The Sacramento Bee
"It is now illegal for any Californian to hose down a driveway or sidewalk, or allow landscape irrigation to flood off their property. These and other new regulations were approved July 15 by the State Water Resources Control Board in response to the ongoing drought in California. They formally took effect Tuesday after passing a legal review by the state Office of Administrative Law. The new regulations also forbid using a hose to wash a vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shutoff nozzle; and operating a decorative fountain, unless the water recirculates. The regulations apply to both residents and business owners, and will remain in force for 270 days, unless renewed." - Me from Bookmarklet
"In addition, acts of water waste can now be prosecuted as a criminal infraction, subject to fines of $500 per day. And all large local water agencies are now required to activate their water waste contingency plans, if they have one, to limit outdoor landscape watering, which accounts for 50 percent or more of most urban water consumption. If agencies do not have such a plan, they are... more... - Me
People have decorative fountains that don't recirculate?! - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
"We have an incredible future ahead of us, but we won't get there by clinging to obsolete patterns." - Amit Patel
"For me, startups are more than just a clever way to make money. They are machines for harnessing the fire of human self-interest, creating a self-sustaining reaction capable of rapidly transforming the world." - Amit Patel
Andrew C (✔)
For the LUCY sequel – and yes, I saw the movie – I hope she gets her brain up to 200% utilization.
Isn't that basically "Her"? Except she gets up to like 10000% utilization :D - Victor Ganata
Haven't seen HER yet. - Andrew C (✔)
It's a much better movie, although no random violence or pointless car chases. - Victor Ganata
How can it be better without random violence and pointless car chases? - Amit Patel
Apple hasn't exhausted its supply of Yosemite betas - Computerworld -
Apple hasn't exhausted its supply of Yosemite betas - Computerworld
"Apple still has redemption codes available for its public beta of OS X Yosemite, signaling that it hasn't reached the 1 million mark it said earlier would be the cap on participants. Computerworld today confirmed that Apple was still handing out Yosemite betas by requesting download codes from several Apple ID accounts. Apple served up the codes." - Me from Bookmarklet
Updated my MacAir to Yosemite. So far not much difference other then some changes on the OS. Thinking of updating my main mac. - Me
I'm waiting until the first or second patch after release. - Amit Patel
Good idea. I tried to shutdown the macair today and it didn't do crap. It responded for other commands but shutdown.. nada. :\ - Me
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Thanks to @dendroica I learned this is a Red-legged Honeycreeper and he's a beauty!
Thanks to @dendroica I learned this is a Red-legged Honeycreeper and he's a beauty!
That's one pretty bird. - SAM
I caught another photo with the female too but it wasn't as clear as this one. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Meh, the female was probably super drab by comparison right? - SAM
She was green and about the same size. Not drab at all! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Actually I think this is the female: - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
^But only John can confirm this. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Yeah, that looks like the female. - John (bird whisperer)
She's pretty neat looking too. That's a fun feeder as well. Still gotta give dude a +1 for the radiant blue, that's flash. - SAM
Plumage like that and they name it for the *legs*? - Deborah Fitchett
^ I chortled. :) - Ken Morley
The legs are the feature that most distinguishes it from other honeycreepers whose males are some combination of black and brilliant blue (like the Blue Dacnis). - John (bird whisperer)
I googled and the Green Honeycreeper is the most beautiful teal green I've ever seen. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Wow! - Amit Patel
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FNET Frequency Map Gradient Display -
FNET Frequency Map Gradient Display
Real time map showing how out of phase(??) the U.S. power grid is? - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
ohawkguy: the notebook problem: you see a notebook. you want to buy the notebook. but you know you have like TEN OTHER NOTEBOOKS. most which are STILL EMPTY. you don’t need to notebook. you’re probably not gonna use the notebook anyway. what’s the point? DONT BUY THE NOTEBOOK. you buy the notebook. -
I just gave away half my "collection" of notebooks, but some I could not part with. - Betsy
Wait, only 10 other notebooks? >.> - Heather
Yep :( - Amit Patel
I have less than 10 at the moment Heather, but only due to lack of space!!!! - Melly
But what else will Jesse write our love story in? - Heleninstitches
Who what? - Melly
Darn it, why did I think Jesse? It's Noah! - Heleninstitches
Oh, yes!!!! - Melly
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Grade inflation: all maple syrups get graded "A" now - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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About "dog people" and "cat people", and some generalizations of dog and cat behavior: - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Dogs populate our understanding of social dynamics: conflict, competition, dominance, slavery, mastery, belonging and otherness" - Amit Patel
"Cat references speak to individualism, play, opportunism, risk, comfort, mystery, luck and curiosity" - Amit Patel
"The successful (mostly by accident) cats spawn dog societies. That’s why, at the very top of the identity pyramids constructed by dog-beliefs, even above the prototypical Barbie/Ken abstractions, you will find cats. Cats who didn’t climb the mountain, but under whom the mountain grew. Those unsociable messed-up-perspective neurotics who are as puzzled by their position as the dogs who actually want it." - Amit Patel
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Saints and Traders: The John Henry Fable Reconsidered -
Saints and Traders: The John Henry Fable Reconsidered
Saints and Traders: The John Henry Fable Reconsidered
Different value systems, which he calls "saints" and "traders". Makes me think of Star Trek vs Star Wars. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Dave Winer
The pen is one old-times thing I actually do miss. I used to love to write with ink. Quaint. Like a monk.
I write notes in my ecosystem notebook more now because I found a pen I absolutely love. Hi-Tec-C 0.3mm... #officesupplylove #weirdthatway - Me
I'm on the (mundane but decent) Pilot G-2 and am looking at Pilot Juice next. Hi-Tec-C is highly rated but I wanted a clicky pen because I often write notes while out hiking, and don't want to deal with the cap. Plus, look at all the colors! :) - Amit Patel
I use Uniball Signo 207's in assorted colors. I like the Pilot G-2's, but I've had issues with them occasionally bleeding during use. - NOT THE CRICKET
I stockpile Pentel Hybrid Technica pens. - joey
Amit, there is a Hi-Tec-C clicky pen. and in colors.. just a bit pricey. - Me
Oh cool, I hadn't seen the Hi-Tec C clicky! - Amit Patel
Have I mentioned before how much I like wearing skirts with pockets? Yes? Oh, excessively? Sorry. P.S. I love skirts with pockets.
Oh me too! I just (thanks to Stephanie) ordered three dresses from and they *all* have pockets. I love them so much. As a kid (and adult) I didn't wear dresses and skirts that often due to lack of pockets but my world has just changed. - Galadriel C.
*goes to check out eshakti* - Marie
Hot Pockets jingle - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
Hot pockets! - Amit Patel
Marie, if you find something that you like at eshakti, let me know and I can send you a referral good for $35 off you're first order and one free customization. - Galadriel C.
Seriously. Why wouldn't women want pockets on their clothes? All pants, skirts, and dresses should have pockets. - maʀtha
I have to order from eshakti my own self. (I did but there was a problem with mai order). POCKETS always!! (I'm waiting for long-sleeved season there, because … shouldn't dresses have LONG SLEEVES?!) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
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Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 - NASA Science -
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 - NASA Science
"If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn't mention it. The "impactor" was an extreme solar storm, the most powerful in as much as 150+ years." - Amit Patel
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19 TAC Chapter 126, Subchapter C -
Starting in 2012, Texas public school students have to "demonstrate the ability to insert applets into web pages" ?? Am I reading this right? - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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How much are you worth in quarters? -
How much are you worth in quarters?
"Imagine you are on a game show, and you’ve just won the grand prize. The prize is your own weight in coins! The host gives you ten seconds to select what kind of coin you want your prize to be measured in." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Obviously quarters are more valuable than dimes, but does their extra weight work against you since you since you’ll get less of them?" - Amit Patel
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Woot, I was published in Hacker Monthly
Nice! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The comment from gggg was—interesting. - Professor A.I.
Also you've got one of the most popular posts of the past week still sitting on the front page, for you're updated interactive page. - NOT THE CRICKET
Comment from gggg? I missed that. NOT THE CRICKET: yep, fun!! :) Also on reddit/r/gamedev and reddit/r/programming - Amit Patel
congrats! - imabonehead
Amit, the comment from gggg - - NOT THE CRICKET
I thought Amit handled gggg in a very gentlemanly manner, and the red starfish-like avatar reminded me of the FriendFeed of old. - Professor A.I.
Ah, that gggg! Those kinds of comments are rare but they do happen. I try to be polite to everyone. - Amit Patel
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I decided to plot the Basal Metabolic Rates from wikipedia (
Basal metabolic rate.png
I drew the Harris-Benedict, Revised Harris-Benedict, and Miffler St Jeor formulas, male and female variants. - Amit Patel
Observation 1: the two Harris-Benedict formulas (thin lines) are *quite* different for men and women. The Miffler St Jeor formula has a different constant but the slope is the same. - Amit Patel
Observation 2: the old and new Harris-Benedict formulas are quite similar; they almost overlap. - Amit Patel
Observation 3: for the getting the same number of calories (eating minus exercise), women will weigh a *lot* more than men. 40 lb if you believe Miffler St Jeor and up to 70 lb if you believe Harris-Benedict. - Amit Patel
This screenshot doesn't take into account the effects of age or height; I might build an interactive version that lets me put those in. - Amit Patel
Ok, I implemented the diagrams and they were far less interesting than I hoped, and probably a waste of time. But I got some answers to my questions. If using the Miffler St Jeor formulas: (1) each +5 cal eaten daily translates to +1 lb (!unbelievable!); (2) each year you get +1 lb heavier, if calories stay fixed; (3) each year if you want your weight to stay steady you need to adjust diet/exercise -5 cal/day. - Amit Patel
I'm mostly staring at this in disbelief. Did I do the calculations wrong? Or is all you have to do to lose 1lb to eat FIVE CALORIES less (every day)? - Amit Patel
I think that might be right, it's 1-3 days fasting. And I know, from second hand experience, that sustained fasting can cut about 30lbs in 2-3 weeks, (~1.5lb/day, in the first week it's possible to see closer to ~2lb/day). On a yearly basis though, that 1lb will most likely be obscured by water variance. - NOT THE CRICKET
It's interesting that Mifflin is pretty much just a simplified combined average of male and female Harris-Benedict, but has a significant bias on height. - NOT THE CRICKET
Stephen Mack
I'll take Things You Don't Want To Find In Your Tire for $100, Alex.
:( That happened to me once and it SUCKS. - Spidra Webster
Nailed it, Spidra. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-( No Bueno. - vicster: full-bodied
Small enough that it can be fixed with a plug? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I am a magnet for road metal too. - Janet
Stephan, unfortunately not. It was close to the wheel well and angled in a way that caused an irreparable buckle. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-( - Amit Patel
I should put a magnet in front of my tires to avoid this. Bummer dude! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Sorry, Stephen, that's very unfortunate. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
That's the worst. Just happened to me recently on a month-old tire. (Guess who didn't get road hazard insurance? Yup.) - CAJ hates pants
They have road hazard ins? Damn - Janet from FFHound!
I've had a slow leak in my tire for a while. Finally got it fixed today and while I expected them to find a hole, I didn't expect them to find a nail! - Spidra Webster
Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbers | Ars Technica -
Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbers | Ars Technica
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yow - Amit Patel
I don't understand why he's obsessed with the credit card number thing. Of all the travel-related info to be worried about the government having (considering that banks are required by law to "know their customers" and report their identities anyway) the credit card number seems like the least interesting. - Brian Johns
BTW, Hasbrook (who he mentions) has an interesting blog here: And his book about how to travel around the work was interesting. - Brian Johns
Sucker DJ LB
Which brand / style did you get? I'm er um asking for a friend. - Amit Patel
Are they Sakura Gelly Rolls? - Laura
They're a no-name kind from Big Lots. See - Sucker DJ LB from Android
I got Sakura Gelly Rolls for a friend (birthday present). I was looking at the Pilot Juice for me, mostly because it has lots of non-glitter colors too, and I want all my pens to be consistent. - Amit Patel
Andrew C (✔)
The "10% of the brain" nonsense annoyed me so much I only just noticed that LUCY is a "film by Luc Besson". Luc. Lucy. Smeesh.
I will forgive Besson almost any sin but I keep wishing he'd do something that grabs me the same way that La Femme Nikita or The Fifth Element did. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
But yeah, the nonsense idea that we only use 10% of our brain really annoys me too. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Every single time I see the commercial for that, I mentally cringe during that line - Katy S from iPhone
Ok, you're all zooming past my actual joke (which admittedly wasn't that good.) Lesson learned, I'll skip controversies in the setups. - Andrew C (✔)
But as for the 10% brain thing, it seems to be the core premise of the movie and the commercial even counts up to 100 so you can't just mentally edit out that one line. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh, that was amusing. - Katy S from iPhone
Yeah :-( - Amit Patel
I've assumed the name was a bit of a play on the "Lucy" (Australopithecus afarensis skeleton.) Did not even think to connect Luc/Lucy - Jennifer Dittrich
Amit Patel
I love this song and want to buy it on iTunes or Amazon … but nope. Not available. That'll teach me to buy music! - Amit Patel
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The Last Line Effect -
The Last Line Effect
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"I have studied numbers of errors caused by using the Copy-Paste method and can assure you that programmers most often tend to make mistakes in the last fragment of a homogeneous code block. I have never seen this phenomenon described in books on programming, so I decided to write about it myself. I called it the "last line effect"." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
I always wanted to see the night sky away from the city. I did a few weeks ago, and it was great, and then I got bored after ten minutes.
Ha! - Amit Patel
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CAJ hates pants
Ever have something you want to tell someone but you know that there's no value gained from doing it? And it wouldn't change anything and was something in the past that only you knew about? The more I think about it, the revelation would be self-serving more than anything else since it revolves around me and not so much other person(s).
Not quite a Confession but certainly vague. :) - CAJ hates pants
I have a few of those things floating about. - Janet
Yes. :( - Amit Patel
Apparently, this is becoming a monthly thing because now I have a new thing to keep to myself. Yay? - CAJ hates pants
Write it out and burn it! - Janet from FFHound!
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