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Amit Patel
Where would you post stats about how most people aren't on Google+? On Ello of course. https://ello.co/dredmor...
An excellent find, Amit. Golden. - Micah from FFHound!
To be fair, posting it on G+ would have significantly skewed the G+ numbers upwards. - Andrew C (✔)
Maybe that's why I'm (mildly) fond of G+ and its OA community: Like Friendfeed, it's small enough to not suffer from the Facebook/Twitter overload problem. As for Ello...what? - Walt Crawford
Where would you post about Ello saying most people aren't on Google+? FriendFeed of course. - Louis Gray
Of course. - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Nictitating Membrane Definition - Birds - http://birding.about.com/od...
Nictitating Membrane Definition - Birds
"The nictitating membrane may be clear or opaque, but always helps protect the eyes." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
One of my photos is on about.com. Whee! - Amit Patel
Also, I hope to go up and see more eagles and hawks this weekend. Weather looks nice up there (Klamath Falls area). It's usually too snowy/icy for me. - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
We Are Living In A Material World And I Am A Material Girl | Trello Blog - http://blog.trello.com/we-are-...
We Are Living In A Material World And I Am A Material Girl | Trello Blog
We Are Living In A Material World And I Am A Material Girl | Trello Blog
"Google’s Material guidelines were created to develop a cohesive experience across devices and platforms. It’s anything but “flat design.” The guidelines are based in reality — using paper, ink, and shadows — without falling into the realm of skeuomorphism. They also emphasize the use of magical, smart, and intuitive interactions and animations. Interacting with an app using Material’s principles is more tangible and innate, yet has a touch of delight and whimsy." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I still don't understand this "Material Design" thing. I can't tell any meaningful difference between the before and after screenshots. "Paper, ink, and shadows"?! - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Real happenings and Facts: THE GREAT GREEN WALL OF AFRICA - http://naturne.blogspot.com/2013...
Real happenings and Facts: THE GREAT GREEN WALL OF AFRICA
Real happenings and Facts: THE GREAT GREEN WALL OF AFRICA
"The Great Green Wall initiative is a pan-African proposal to “green” the continent from west to east in order to battle desertification.  It aims at tackling poverty and the degradation of soils in the Sahel-Saharan region, focusing on a strip of land of 15 km (9 mi) wide and 7,500 km (4,750 mi) long from Dakar to Djibouti." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Progress is apparent especially in the Zinder region of Niger, where tree density has significantly improved since the mid-1980s. GEF CEO Monique Barbut attributes the success to working with farmers to find technical solutions, particularly long-term land and financial solutions, in order to save the trees. This form of natural regeneration benefits local communities and the global... more... - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Went down the coast to see the elephant seal babies. You can get really close down in San Simeon (Piedras Blancas). Here's a video I took. http://moby.to/hgp04t
Went down the coast to see the elephant seal babies. You can get really close down in San Simeon (Piedras Blancas). Here's a video I took. http://moby.to/hgp04t
Did you visit the castle? - Todd Hoff
I didn't visit the castle … just the seals! :) I went to the seals, then spent the day in Morro Bay. - Amit Patel
Andrew C (✔)
RT @kumailn: I bet eagles would be so bummed if they found out the kind of people who use them as their profile pics.
I thought that said beagles and I was very confused. - bentley
Hey, I use one! - Amit Patel
Louis Gray
Stephen Mack DOMINATES my FriendFeed. I should call it Stephen Feed. #fftop20
It's not a bug. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
I'll surpass you yet, Stephen Mack! - Bruce Lewis
Which will happen first, Bruce? Will you surpass me on steps or on Louis's #FFTop20? - Stephen Mack
I'll hang back and relax. - Amit Patel
and sleep - Amit Patel
I squeaked in!! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I wish I knew why Beverly's name doesn't show up. - NOT THE CRICKET
Amit Patel
What is an orange? - Cut squash - http://www.cutsquash.com/2012...
What is an orange? - Cut squash
What is an orange? - Cut squash
"I had long wondered what the difference is between a mandarin, clementine, satsuma and tangerine. It turns out that the answer is: ‘bad question’; clementines, satsumas and tangerines are all varieties of mandarin." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Thank you! - bentley
Amit Patel
The Dapper Toad: Octavian the Octopuss - http://www.dappertoad.com/2011...
The Dapper Toad: Octavian the Octopuss
"Egads! What's that? Meet Octavian. He's part cat, part octopus, he's an octopuss! Octavian wonders why he's been given so many legs as he doesn't plan on actually using them to go anywhere. He prefers to just sleep in sunny spots." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
RT @buzzfeed: This Is What Happens When Women Actually Accept A Compliment From A Man Online http://www.buzzfeed.com/rossaly...
RT @buzzfeed: This Is What Happens When Women Actually Accept A Compliment From A Man Online http://www.buzzfeed.com/rossalynwarren/this-is-what-happens-when-women-actually-accept-a-compliment?bftw&utm_term=4ldqpfp#4ldqpfp
Damned. If you do, if you don't, if you tell people, if you show people. Literally no way to win. People suck. - Heather
I just avoid talking to people. - Amit Patel
Wow, Amit! Get over yourself! #saidnooneever :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
People have said that to me :) - Amit Patel
Joe
Joe
I want you all to know that I am committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.
Been listening to NPR, huh? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
Joseph R., John T., and Catherine D. - Marie
I was thinking that I have not heard anyone use the word verdant in a sentence in like forever. Then, reading a book this morning, the author uses verdant. Maybe I should read more. - Joe
On a whim, I just tried to visit their website at "macfound.org". Sadly, it doesn't work, unless you put the "www." in front of it. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
that is a big pet peeve of mine (the www thing) and, sadly, typical of foundations and smaller nonprofits. - Laura Norvig
The last time I looked (maybe 15 years ago) there were annoying technical reasons (dns and cookies) to favor putting the website at www.herp.derp instead of at herp.derp :-( - Amit Patel
I worked for a restaurant, for a spell, that served a burger called "The Verdant Angel". The owner/manager wore a cocktail dress during lunch hour. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
but Amit, isn't it relatively easy to have some kind of mirror or redirect so that both URLs work? - Laura Norvig
Sure, web servers redirect both address forms to the same backend code. At one time the www was needed so it wouldn't conflict with other services like smtp.herp.derp on the same box, but that's long past. - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
Your Next Car May Not Have a Spare Tire - Consumer Reports News - http://www.consumerreports.org/cro...
Your Next Car May Not Have a Spare Tire - Consumer Reports News
"Most car buyers aren’t in the habit of checking for a spare while they’re kicking tires. But if you’re in the market for a new car, it might be worth a peek in the trunk." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I noticed this when I went to the auto show recently and was very surprised by the lack of spare tires. - Amit Patel
messed up. - Big Joe Silence
The RAV4 doesn't have one. The erasing I've heard is with the just it time repair services and puncture safe tires there's no reason to have the overhead. - Todd Hoff
Unless you are (on your way to Las Vegas) In a small town in Colorado that doesn't have a tire in stock and it takes 3 days from Denver to get your replacement tire.... #actualstory - WarLord
Yeah, we went in to get tires Friday... have to go back Monday... - Alix May
I often drive out in the wilderness and not just on major highways so this is something I need to look at when buying a car. - Amit Patel
That's why it wouldn't work for us either. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, this is topic sparks spirited office debate from time to time. But with most of our buyers generally coming from urban markets, the availability of roadside assistance, and the fact that most people *don't know how to even change a tire*, I think the spare tire will fade from existence. Though I have no clue of the glide path. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Yeah, I think spare tires probably are unnecessary for most people. Run-flats might be ideal once they can achieve comfort and efficiency. - Amit Patel
It won't matter soon because we'll have hovercars in Oct 2015. I saw it on the documentary "Back to the Future". Where we're going we don't need tires. - Amit Patel
Powered by clean fusion! - Big Joe Silence from iPod
The Volt I leased in June doesn't have a spare. It has a complicated 'tire inflation device' that includes 'green slime' puncture filler, and if that doesn't work it has OnStar 24/7. All that is fine for urban life, but I was a tad bit nervous this summer driving thru Nevada to get to Zion... Even the OnStar signal coverage was hard to come by out there. - Ken Gidley
Amit Patel
Went for a walk at the Sunnyvale wastewater treatment plant. So many ducks! And black-crowned night herons.
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Not sure what kind of duck is in the photo but most of them were northern shovelers, I think. - Amit Patel
The duck in the third photo is a Northern Pintail. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks John! - Amit Patel
Ugh, sorry, I guess I had already posted this. :-/ - Amit Patel
Meg VMeg
I can no longer remember which symbol to use for links and which for attachments when I'm writing an email in Gmail.
I agree. For me, it's made worse by the fact that they have an option in settings to use text instead of icons for button labels that doesn't apply there (or in a lot of other places). - Mark Trapp
I have this problem every time. It's as bad as plugging in usb upside down. - Amit Patel
I thought I was the only one that time after time confuses these. Nice things not having this is why! - Micah from FFHound!
Fist bumps all around. - Corinne L
Made that exact mistake yesterday when typing an email in the native gmail interface. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Wooooooooooooooooo, I'm right! - Meg VMeg
Though I don't have this problem in WordPress, I wonder why. Because it's not competing with a dollar sign or a paper clip? - Meg VMeg
Johnny
Beard Safety is everyone's responsibility. #HirsuteHirsafe http://instagram.com/p...
Beard Safety is everyone's responsibility. #HirsuteHirsafe http://instagram.com/p/xu_cH6DZ4V/
Be careful while operating power tools. - Ken Morley
I was expecting a beard net. :-\ - C to the A to the J..Hey! from Android
The beard net might be hidden in there somewhere. - Amit Patel
COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
This is perfect. I know, whenever I eat children, I prefer to do so on-the-go. @ Starbucks http://instagram.com/p...
This is perfect. I know, whenever I eat children, I prefer to do so on-the-go. @ Starbucks http://instagram.com/p/xxTgGSQOUC/
Haha - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
I only today discovered/realized (thanks to Stephan Planken) that a lot of the people here on FF are also on Twitter. I am on Twitter but I treat it completely separately from my FF posts. Most things I post on FF and not on Twitter. Those Twitter people are missing out ;)
Most of my posts are in parallel between Twitter and FF but the 140 sped limit means FF gets my longer posts #maybenotbetterjustlonger - WarLord
I'm on Twitter, except not really. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I usually cross-post automatically to Twitter, FriendFeed, and Facebook because I have no idea what will wind up being interesting to each group, and I want to talk to everyone regardless of their choice of social network. Sometimes things in different directions on different networks off of the same post. If it's something specific to someone who only resides on a specific network, I'll post it only there, though. - Mark Trapp
Brian Johns
A kid not sleeping led to me watching Sharknado 2 (The second one) this morning. Not quite as strong as the first, but the high points were higher and the cameos were great.
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Sleep > Sharks - Amit Patel
Sharknado 3 (Oh hell no) has Vanilla Ice - Amit Patel
shark jump baby - Big Joe Silence
Michael W. May
Amit Patel
#FFHandwritingMeme? Mine has been described "incredibly neat handwriting" in a news article and "impeccable handwriting" in a book.
The question is, what mental illnesses does this indicate? :-/ - Amit Patel
Don't be put off by ppl telling you your writing is too neat. It's just jealousy. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Perhaps it's a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder? :-) - Todd Hoff
OCD-ish but in a good way. - Janet
Your handwriting is great. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Stephan
Best part of crutches is not having to do anything. Worst part of crutches is not being able to do anything.
:-( - Amit Patel
:( - Anne Bouey
Sorry :-( - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I have no one to blame but myself. - Stephan from iPhone
I always blame the cats. - Amit Patel
You know, it could have been worse. A former colleague's dad also fell from four steps. Six days later he passed away. - Stephan from iPhone
Three years after suffering complications following surgery after a car accident, my husband is still on crutches. :( - Anne Bouey
It's only been 4 weeks. I can see how this is having a significant impact on your life. Sorry to hear that, Anne. - Stephan from iPhone
rönin
And the men’s urinals here have a silhouette of a fly in them. What’s that all about? Are they targets?
Yes, actually. It's been determined that men are not as messy when they have a target. http://www.npr.org/templat... ""Apparently," Berenbaum says, in males, "there is a deep-seated instinct to aim at targets," and having a fly to aim at reduces what she politely calls "human spillage." When flies were introduced at Schiphol Airport, spillage rates dropped 80 percent," - bentley
Interesting... First time I've seen them. - rönin from FFHound!
Same theory applied to male potty-training. :) - Anne Bouey
First time I heard about this was when I was in Portland at a conference in October. It was mentioned during a presentation on UX and UI design, and then, shortly after the presentation, I found that the bathrooms in the conference center had them. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
:-) - Amit Patel
The Other Yvonne
Logan doesn't play Minecraft yet, but watches YouTube videos about Minecraft whenever he gets the chance. It's all he talks about. I'm so sick of it already. If Minecraft was a person I'd punch it in the face.
*fistbump* - Marina's Godmother :-)
It's actually easier when they do play it, because then at least they're more likely to be doing it instead of talking about it! - Marina's Godmother :-)
*fistbump* back! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
My son sits here and watches people play it on YouTube. I don't get it. - Eric - ill subliminal
I'm afraid he'd then want to PLAY it all the time. That would drive me over the edge. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I play it and watch people play it. Then again people play football in the park then watch other people play it on TV so I'm cool with it. - Johnny
I used to stand and watch people play Pac-Man so I get the appeal, but I guess today it's just so much more content. It's such a big industry. - Eric - ill subliminal
His personality (he's 6) seems to be the more he watches the meaner and more disobedient he becomes. He's like an angry drunk. It creates more conflict in our home life. He needs more activity than he realizes. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
The live streams on twitch.tv are popular too. It's interesting watching different designs. - Rodfather
Yvonne, yes! Minecraft can't be at the expense of physical activity. OTOH ... - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Resistance is futile. Honestly, if you learn about it enough to set it up so he's just building stuff instead of playing as a game, it's pretty creative. But yeah, Wade talks about it a lot. I pretend to listen for awhile and then perfect the art of tuning it out or just break it to him that I don't want to hear about it. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Both my kids play and while my son typically isn't a very talkative person, he once jabbered to me about Minecraft for 2 hours straight while I was driving somewhere. No breaks. I am not exaggerating. He also watches one particular series of Minecraft Youtube vids and it's gotten to the point where I can't tell if the stories he tells me of what he's done in Minecraft is stuff he's actually done or he's just projecting himself onto these vids that he's watched. - rönin
Crazy how it's taken hold of so many! I'm sure we'll give in at some point, but not yet. =) - The Other Yvonne
Hahahaha, Stampy friggin' Longnose and iBallistic fecking Squid. Josiah knows if his behaviour falls below acceptable levels then his iPad is the first thing to go. There will be days when it seems everything he does is Minecraft related, but he might mix the actual activities up even though they all revolve around the same thing - so watching the videos, playing the game, reading the... more... - Melly
And awesome kids book about computer games is "But It's Just A Game", helps teach kids about balance: http://www.amazon.com/But-Its... - Melly
Thanks for the recommendation, Melly! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
OMG, Melly - Stampy! His voice drives me INSANE. Before him it was these two guys who were much more mellow and easy to take. I miss those days. - Laura Norvig
Jayden talks at me about Pokemon, the Marvel Universe, Yu Gi Oh, Sonic and friends, all his obsessions...constantly. Every day. Ad nauseum. I care about none of it. He knows, and doesn't shut up. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm okay with discussing it occasionally. But they seem to get stuck on it. don't they? I try to steer the conversation elsewhere but it doesn't always work... - Melly
I've told Logan he can only watch Minecraft videos once a day during the school week. Hopefully then we'll make it to the end of the week unharmed. =) - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I played Skylanders with Josiah today. Together, one mission takes about half an hour. That I can handle. I've tried Minecraft and just can't get into it! - Melly
I think Minecraft is great. It's digital legos. Except you can't walk around inside lego buildings. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce, you can if you have enough legos. - Amit Patel
Today Josiah keeps talking about the Pokemon texture (?) pack in Minecraft. His interests are melding, help! - Melly
Melly, there's a mod called Pixelmon that Wade plays - sounds like he and Josiah have a lot in common. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Funny you should mention that - Josh is getting it for Josiah this weekend as a good behaviour/helper reward ;o) - Melly
Amit Patel
Our previous cat wandered all over the yard and made sure other cats stayed out. Our current cats aren't so territorial, and these two visiting cats have learned that they can hang out in our yard every once in a while without our cats discovering them.
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They've been coming for months but this time I had my camera handy :) - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Bingham Canyon Mine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Bingham Canyon Mine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bingham Canyon Mine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest man-made excavation in the world, and is visible with the naked eye from space." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The EPA has estimated a 72 mile plume of contaminated groundwater has been created over the course of the mine due to multiple spills and runoff. Long term effects of the underground water supply contamination may include an increased demand for surface water solutions as the population of the Salt Lake valley grows since the county will not be able to tap into the groundwater supply." - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
California gull - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
California gull - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The state bird of Delaware is the Delaware Blue Hen. The state bird of Hawaii is the Hawaiian goose. The state bird of Rhode Island is the Rhode Island red chicken. The state bird of South Carolina is the Carolina wren. The state bird of Utah is the California gull. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
One of these things doesn't match the others. Utah, get your own bird! - Amit Patel
Here's why Utah's state bird is the California Gull. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... (It also explains the name of Mormon crickets) - Louis Gray
We gave them the bird? - Brian Johns
Louis: interesting! Brian: haha! - Amit Patel
Looks like every seagull I've ever seen from Maine to Florida. - Anita Chamberlain
Maitani
What the World Will Speak in 2115 - WSJ - by John H. MCWhorter - http://www.wsj.com/article...
What the World Will Speak in 2115 - WSJ - by John H. MCWhorter
"In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use. He mixed words from French, German and English and gave his creation the name Volapük, which didn’t do it any favors. Worse, Volapük was hard to use, sprinkled with odd sounds and case endings like Latin." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"It made a splash for a few years but was soon pushed aside by another invented language, Esperanto, which had a lyrical name and was much easier to master. A game learner could pick up its rules of usage in an afternoon." - Maitani
"But it didn’t matter. By the time Esperanto got out of the gate, another language was already emerging as an international medium: English. Two thousand years ago, English was the unwritten tongue of Iron Age tribes in Denmark. A thousand years after that, it was living in the shadow of French-speaking overlords on a dampish little island. No one then living could have dreamed that... more... - Maitani
We'll communicate solely with emoji. The return of the pictograms. Full circle :) - Eivind
If the masses use emoji I will switch to kamoji - Amit Patel
laura x
Please stop talking to me.
but...but I like talking to you! - Sir Shuping is just sir
I want to say this out loud so often. - Eric - ill subliminal
I usually think STFU in my head. - Janet from FFHound!
Just to be clear, I am okay with you all talking to me. I just don't want the people in meatspace talking to me. They seem to expect me to respond. - laura x
*whew*... I was really scared there for a minute. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
^^ (me too, despite my joking) - Steele Lawman
(me too) - lris
Aw. Sorry. It was just one of those "I am typing this in a box because I can't say it out loud" moments. - laura x
I have this t-shirt for days like this: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product... - Amit Patel
No worries :) - lris
Amit Patel
Ugh, I have forgotten how to post a flickr photo to get the thumbnail - Amit Patel
This is a diagram showing how features of emacs org-mode are related - Amit Patel
Todd Hoff
2014 Was Officially the Hottest Year on Record | TIME2014 was officially the hottest year on record. All 10 of the hottest years have come after 1998. - http://time.com/3656646...
2014 Was Officially the Hottest Year on Record | TIME2014 was officially the hottest year on record.  
All 10 of the hottest years have come after 1998.
:( - Amit Patel
It was certainly much warmer in Norway than I anticipated. Folks here say there is definitely a warming trend. - Jenny H.
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