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Louis Gray
Five years later, I still point people to the FriendFeed changelog as an example of best practices for transparency.
"Description: too tired to finish this right now" lol - Brent Schaus
^ Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"steampunk tweaks from kevin" - Steve C Team Marina
"Because I have to stop working now, computer is going away :(" - L'Andre
That is strangely fascinating - Laura Norvig from iPhone
That changelog is a beautiful thing. - Sean McBride
So....Friendfeed hasn't changed since 2009? - Shey
@Shey the people have all gotten much better! - Louis Gray
Thanks for sharing Louis; what a blast to the past. Really fun glancing over those logs. - Benjamin Golub
"handle pickle errors" - Laura Norvig
I wonder if I could find the change they had to make to deal with me. - Brian Johns
Ben, I figured it was a real thing and not, you know, somebody dribbling pickle juice on a server. - Laura Norvig
Clothes without pockets is one of those things about being a girl which isn't necessarily oppression, but seriously annoy me. The relative lack of professional gear options for women in manual fields (e.g. chef pants, plumber pants, etc) sucks too. AND THEN I FOUND (see comments) WOOHOO! HOUSTON WE HAVE POCKETS - Lo
My lengthy google hunts for "technical women's cargo pants" turned up these badass-named pants, like Taclite B-class, which I ultimately deduced were for lady cops. This sentence had me laughing for like 20 minutes: "Teflon® coated to repel stains, liquid, and soil, the Women's PDU Class B Taclite Cargo Pant features a professional flat front design with permanent military creases and an internal gripper panel to keep your shirt securely in place, ensuring a professional profile in any setting." - Lo
Teflon coating would actually be great for a kitchen, but it doesn't sound very comfortable, and I'm afraid the "military creases" would be confusing/frightening in the kitchen world. Also, tucking in my shirt? HAHAHAHAHA - Lo
Girls are also born with what is known in Norway as the "plumber's pocket." I suspect health codes would bar you from utilizing that in your field, though. - Eivind from Android
Damn, nice, bentley... I dunno how I missed those. I'm still happier with scrubs, they have petite sizes so I don't have to have them tailored (and more pockets!). - Lo
Morgan, that's... interesting. It's always nice to learn more weird Norway facts! - Lo
I only know about ChefWear because there must be a culinary school near work. I see students wearing ChefWear pants (which very conveniently have the logo in a nicely visible spot). - bentley
I wore hospital-issue scrubs when I temped at the hospital in the early 90's. These you found look much nicer, sturdier, and have loads more pockets. I like. - bentley
If you are interested in 3/4 sleeve length versus the short sleeved scrub tops - I fell in love with this style! - Janet
I have no idea but Duluth trading for women might have something for you - WarLord
Don't dismiss the 511 Taclite pants. I'm a guy, but 511 stuff is really comfortable and extremely durable. - David Lounsbury
Sweet, Janet! This job requires t-shirts instead of chef coats, and I'm looking for 3/4 stuff to wear underneath as it's quite cold in the mornings. - Lo from Android
David, good to know! I love all the awesome tips I get on FF :) - Lo from Android
Second on the 511 stuff. My husband loves that brand. - Yolanda
I do really like the idea of pants with "Taclite" in the name :D - Lo
Petty LaBelle
Dear FriendFeed: Thank you for being you. Thank you for showing the world that even if it's just in our tiny little corner of this social network on the big, bad Internet, there are people who genuinely care and want to help those in need. It's nice to know that I am associated with a group of people who form like Voltron into a gigantic heart. <3
Must be dusty in here, something in my eye *sniff* - Meg VMeg
+1 for Voltron reference. I had one of this toys. We couldn't afford Transformers. :) - Steve C Team Marina
Laura Norvig
RT @jessicalessin: Confirmed Andy Rubin leaving Google, told his team today. More details coming...
oh indeed - RepoRat
John Dupuis
If I may toot my own horn for a moment, I'm a bit over the moon about being invited to speak about the Canadian Government's War on Science at the York U Science & Technology Studies Seminar Series in October.
awesome, John!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
The page for the series is here: It's pretty serious stuff. - John Dupuis
woot and congrats!!! - Sir Shuping is just sir
that is pretty cool - Steve C Team Marina
Thanks! Of course, the easy part of agreeing to do the talk. The hard part comes in October when I'm all, "Yikes, now I actually have to do the damn thing!" - John Dupuis
dude. you GOT this. - RepoRat
It's today! Wish me luck! - John Dupuis
Good luck!! - Hedgehog from Android
Good luck! - bentley
Great news John! - Elizabeth Brown
Rock it, John. - Joe
I repeat myself: dude. you GOT this. - RepoRat
Thanks everyone! It went pretty well, if I do say so myself. Slides here: - John Dupuis
Apparently I am both hilarious and sobering. Not a bad combination, really. - John Dupuis
"LOL! Whoa!" --> audience member, direct quote. - bentley
Todd Hoff
Change your walking style, change your mood -- ScienceDaily -
Change your walking style, change your mood -- ScienceDaily
"Our mood can affect how we walk -- slump-shouldered if we're sad, bouncing along if we're happy. Now researchers have shown it works the other way too -- making people imitate a happy or sad way of walking actually affects their mood." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Melly - #TeamMarina
RT @penguinbooksaus: Literary Costumes for Halloween: via @BuzzFeed
RT @penguinbooksaus: Literary Costumes for Halloween: via @BuzzFeed
two little girls, in two straight lines ... - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
the youngest one was Madeline - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
this is one of the cutest things you'll ever see! :)
this is one of the cutest things you'll ever see! :)
very cute! - Posmo
:) - ma∟ıĸ
so smart and cute! - GΞШ@LL
beautiful dogs! - saeedvasi
<3 - wicky
reaching goals through coordination and teamwork! I really like it! - ►JontyPi◄
I've watched this 50 times at it's still awesome. - Todd Hoff
<3 - imPerFect
"Many W3C specifications are so cryptic that they require the sacrifice of your sanity and a secret W3C decoder ring to read. I never understood why these documents were so difficult to read, and after years of study on the matter, I think I found the answer. It turns out that most specification editors are just crap at writing."
"Bad feature ideas can be argued for months and rationalized because smart people, lacking any sort of compelling real world data, are great at debating and rationalizing bad decisions." - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Paul Buchheit
Last friday I taped an iPhone to my head and ran around Paris capturing the most famous sights in a single (somewhat shaky) shot. Here's the video:
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*spot reserved for a later comment* - Micah from iPhone
Now we know what that 94 minute video was. :) - NOT THE CRICKET
that explain other FF posts, looking for tapes and where can one upload large video files ;-). - Tzury Bar Yochay
Yeah, I never did get the duct tape though, so I had to use clear packaging tape instead (with a sock stuffed between the iPhone and my hat to get the correctish angle). - Paul Buchheit
Patent it NOW - Josh Haley
Well, this is just genius! - Eric - Regulate
When you said you ran you weren't speaking metaphorically. - Eric - Regulate
Very Cool Paul! - Jeff P. Henderson
great and inspiring - Nenko Ivanov
this was perfect, I opened up my Paris map and followed you :) - İpek Aral
I'm surprised you were able to follow. I didn't have a map (my iPhone was taped to my head!) so I made a number of wrong turns, though the high-level route was pretty basic. - Paul Buchheit
Saw the vimeo on your stream and watched a little of it. Great stuff! Cool to see new iphone vid quality. (er 3gs? quality, hmm) Oh yeah, and enjoy Paris! - Jay
It's actually a 3GS, not an iphone 4. - Paul Buchheit
I think I might tape a photo of Paul with an iPhone taped to his head to my head because I want to get arrested for being a menace. - Akiva
You can fit an iPad on my forehead. - Josh Haley
Ahhh this explains the "ducktape in Paris" stuff LOL :D (that picture is full of geeky win!) - Susan Beebe
@Paul just curious how much battery did you have left after you were done recording? - BRҰANSAҰS
Something like 22%, as I recall. I had put the phone in airplane mode to reduce wireless consumption and also because I'm concerned that an incoming call would stop the video or something. - Paul Buchheit
Not bad. I guess you could get at least 2 hours of recording on one charge. - BRҰANSAҰS from BuddyFeed
Nice idea, OP - LANjackal
this is definitely on the list of 'quirkiest things ever done with an iPhone'. :-) - Olivia Lovag
this is so romantic - τorƍue
awesome, you just needed a gun and it would make a cool REAL-time FPS :) - Emil Kirichev
oh thanks you soo much!!! I love it! - Bojan Babic
surprisingly un-shaky - Sally Relton Shakespeare
Avg. speed: 9.48 km/h (9.23 mi in 94 min, see red track - Jérôme
Paul had the initial idea for Google Glass exactly two years before Google launched Glass. :) - Space Cowboy
Now, if only he had thought of Gmail. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I hope this isn't the start of a "people walk around cities w/smartphones taped to their hats" trend. - rönin
I hope it is - Mo Kargas
If so, it'll just be transitional until smartphones are replaced by glasses-phones. Or smart glasses. Do we have an official name for those yet? - Andrew C (✔)
Iphone taped to the forehead, what a nice way to show #IamAmerican abroad :) - непростые коротышки
first laugh of the day, ty a.t. - chaz2b
LOL, Google Glass back in the days. Monsieur: Martini? Great stuff as I was doing myself a lot of these then too... 9) - Zu from AOD
up di apprezzamento dall'Italia - naltro
Not quite last Friday. - Joe
TÉMOIGNAGE: Si vous voulez faire un prêt entre particulier merci prendre contacte ( ) avec cette MME D'HAVE qui m'a rendu le sourire aux lèvres. J'ai plusieurs collègues qui ont aussi reçus des prêts à son niveau sans problèmes au lieu de vous faire avoir par des individus mal intentionnés qui prennent pour travail à escroquer les innocents. Je publie ce... more... - josiane
Barking up the wrong trees, Laina. - Joe
These masks are kinda frightening. - rönin from Bookmarklet
who needs scary clowns when these exist? - Big Joe Silence
Next we'll have the scary clowns wearing these. - rönin
they'll have a stand off clowns vs emoji - Halil
One less burden
Right on :) - Brent Schaus
Congrats! - Stephen Mack
W00t! - Spidra Webster
Now we actually own one of our vehicles. :) - Stephan from iPhone
Andy Bakun
RT @heavenrants: I honestly think about this tumblr post at least once a day
RT @heavenrants: I honestly think about this tumblr post at least once a day
Now please understand that I don't want to go spreading a rumor, but I have heard from a reliable source that a certain ff'er has developed a flying car.
He'll be offering the first sales to fellow ff'ers since it will be a limited release. Stay tuned for more rumors as they develop. - Marie
Scobleizer! Probably not. - Joe
More news: the car is a hybrid. - Marie
Multiple sources are reporting this! - John (bird whisperer)
Yeah, and it says so on Wikipedia too! - RepoRat
It's on the Internet? Then it's fact. #fact - Uli
Solar-powered with back up hybrid right? - Galadriel C.
Todd Hoff
Stanford creates tiny, high speed, ultrasound powered brain implants | ExtremeTech -
Stanford creates tiny, high speed, ultrasound powered brain implants | ExtremeTech
Show all
"Using 65nm GP CMOS technology, the Stanford researchers managed to compress all the necessary hardware into a footprint just a couple of millimeters in dimension, with the antenna being the largest component. Using the chicken breast brain proxy, their implant was able to support a DC load of 100 µW. They were also able uplink back out using good old RF at megabits-per-second speeds, which at higher frequencies (here 4GHz) compared to ultrasound has some advantages for data transmission. Not to confuse, but we should mention that their implant could also receive RF data. This is important because the data available from the ultrasound power downlink was only in the kilobits-per-second range. In a real-world scenario, the downlink is likely to be lower bandwidth control signals while the uplink would have more intensive cell activity or image data." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
These self-cooling walls could replace air conditioning -
These self-cooling walls could replace air conditioning
"To break this depressing cycle, architects from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona are developing walls that cool themselves without the need for electricity. The technology uses a substance called "hydrogel", which absorbs water and can swell to up to 400 times its original size. When the air around the hydrogel heats up, the water evaporates, which cools the air around the gel by around 5° Celcius. The mechanism’s not dissimilar to the way our body cools itself down by evaporating water from the skin’s surface in the form of sweat.   To create a self-cooling wall, bubbles of the gel are inserted between two ceramic layers." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Last week I saw a Facebook post from about an upcoming spay/neuter event, and even tho I have chihuahuas not pit bulls, I texted them to ask if they had spots open for us. They texted back that pitties come first, but depending on turnout they might be able to help.
So I got a text at noon saying Bring em down & me, Jayden, Daisy & Violet were there in 15 minutes! And not only are Violet & Daisy getting free spays, but full vaxx & microchips!!! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
And a few leads on dog friendly housing and rehoming Daisy & Violet <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
That's wonderful news! - Anne Bouey
I was crying like a sap because I was so overwhelmed by the generosity - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Oh, that's awesome. - Anika
They were some of the last dogs operated on so when we went to pick them up, the tents & tables & stuff was getting packed up, and one of the ladies brought me a tub of gumbo & a tub of collards, leftover from their lunch from a local soul food joint. Bonus score! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Oh, that's great! - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
I hope your housing will work out! - Stephan from iPhone
<3 - Janet from FFHound!
It’s a great day in Oakland! (at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park) -
It’s a great day in Oakland! (at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park)
Nice place! I went a few weeks ago hoping to see pelicans but there were only seagulls :) - Amit Patel
We've seen gulls, a couple birds I think might be plovers? and a coot :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
When we're on the other side of the water, where we walk our dogs, we see a larger variety of birds. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Yeah, I'm going to be that kind of cat person.
<3 - Alix May
Todd Hoff
Who needs Vermont? We have your fall colors right here...
Netizens vote Moon Bridge the world’s most ‘mystical’ - Taipei Times -
Netizens vote Moon Bridge the world’s most ‘mystical’ - Taipei Times
"The Moon Bridge in Greater Taipei’s Dahu Park is currently No. 1 in an ongoing online poll conducted by, which asks voters’ opinions on the world’s most “mystical” old bridges. The poll, titled “20+ Mystical Bridges That Will Take You To Another World,” asked people to vote for the most otherworldly bridge based on pictures of ancient, old-fashioned or primitive bridges submitted from around the world. The count as of press time yesterday showed that Taiwan’s Moon Bridge was the most “mystical” bridge in the world, collecting 646 votes and leading second-placed Rakotz Brucke in Germany by more than 200 votes." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Ha! My new phone will automatically set itself to vibrate-only while I'm in meetings. It's like magic.
Is that an Android feature or an app? That sounds amazing. - Jen
There was an app called "Assist" pre-loaded on my phone. I set it to silence during the night and vibrate during meetings. - lris from Android
... how does it know you're in a meeting? - Catherine Pellegrino
It looks at your calendar. I use an app called llama that does things bad on time or location. So my phone is always on vibrate when I'm at work or late at night (but only when I'm at home). - DJF from Android
my calendar has a check box for "do not disturb" mode that will do the same thing (android) i also use the Sound Manager app to make my phone quieter during work hours and overnight - ~Courtney F
do anybody no if this can be done on the other kind of phone? the one that starts with an i? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
SilentAlarm and AutoSilent for IOS - but neither is a free app. - Jen
My friendfeed just got a whole lot cooler:
MoTO: #TeamMarina
All of you criminals have inspired me at one time or another. But Mandy gets the gold star in that territory. She keeps it moving, she keeps trying. I admire the hell out of her for it. Hoping and Praying this next turn around the sun gets you more of what you need and some of what you want, sugar.
Also, she probably knows more about Parliament Funkadelic than I do. What is not to love there? - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Mandy's strength is such an inspiration. <3 - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Sugar is the perfect endearment for her. She's a sweet lady even when times are tough. Big smooches to you today, Mandy. - Corinne L
The P-funk is strong with that one. Much respect. - SAM
Leave it to my big brother to hit me right in the feels. I cries, guys <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I luh you, girl. Hang in there. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Can I use CSS to say if an <a> is around an <img> don't put the background image on that <a>?
I believe there's no pure CSS solution at present. This post reiterates your wish and explores the topic: - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Remy understands my feels. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
:-( - Amit Patel
In any case I ended up using a class. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Yvonne Renee
#ThrowOutThursday is here! I spent some time last night cleaning up the top of my dresser and recycled some old, outdated papers. It's not much, but it was something!
I tossed foods in the snack drawer that were opened and no one could rmbr when they opened. then cleaned the drawer. Also I may have ate the last bag of micro popcorn while I was at it. - Lnorigb
Yay! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I went through Marina's clothes and sorted out another batch for donations. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Andy Bakun
nobert: LMAO if you believe that the alternative to the thing you're complaining about won't have its own set of problems you'll complain about..* -
I didn't like the woman who does my physical therapy - nothing major, just rubbed me the wrong way. I hesitantly mentioned racism (talking about husband's job) and she went on this unexpected rant about the racist school system here. What a delightful surprise!
She said "my children are biracial, and..." From that point on we saw each other in a new light. At the end she doubled my PT sessions to help me be able to work soon enough to accept this new job. I believe this is the first time hating racism got me ahead in a social situation with a stranger. :D - Lo from Android
Mary B: #TeamMonique
RT @chrisbulow: Pleased that WIRED have published the piece by Kathy Sierra on her treatment by weev the racist troll.
RT @chrisbulow: Pleased that WIRED have published the piece by Kathy Sierra on her treatment by weev the racist troll.
Stephen Mack
FriendFeed Bookmarklet Hosting: Micah W.'s ffbookmarklet v1.03 "Woot Tube" Release -- draggable version -
FriendFeed Bookmarklet Hosting: Micah W.'s ffbookmarklet v1.03 "Woot Tube" Release --  draggable version
Having trouble with the FF Bookmarklet in Chrome or other browsers? This is an updated version thanks to Micah and sizofroid. To make it easier to install, I'm now hosting it at my site, so you don't have to jump through hoops, you can just drag the updated version to your bookmark bar. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Yay! [update: uh, I don't see the actual bookmarklet on that page] - lris
Hmm, what browser are you using, Iris? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Chrome, Mac. Here's what I see - lris
Well that's weird. Chrome on Windows is working for me. When you go to the FF tools page, is the button there visible for you? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yes it is - lris
Iris, have you disabled JavaScript by chance? I had a coworker test with Chrome on his Mac and it was working for him. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
No. And I did have adblocker running but I disabled it for that site. - lris
I love you. - Melly - #TeamMarina
I love you too, Melly! - Stephen Mack
Iris, hold on, gonna try something to fix it. - Stephen Mack
I'm running Chrome on Windows if that helps, FYI. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Iris, I changed how the image for the button was hosted. Did that fix it for you? - Stephen Mack
Yay! I see it! - lris
Yay! Hmm, you must have some pretty high levels of security set. All I changed was copying the image for the button from FF's server to mine. - Stephen Mack
I am not aware of extra high levels of security. Maybe I'm accidentally extremely careful. :) - lris
I'm sure it's no accident. :) - Stephen Mack
Hopefully no one else is having any trouble? - Stephen Mack
I added the older versions at the bottom, just in case there are any compatibility issues. - Stephen Mack
When I saw "draggable" I first thought it meant the popup can be dragged around within the page, to make it easier to select images that it would ordinarily be covering this old one: I am still using that one, but installed as a dedicated CustomButton. If you have the Firefox add-on installed, it's easy to install the button from here: What I would like to have is a combo of all the goodies into one awesome button. - April Russo
April, that's a cool idea. I couldn't get the one you linked to work for me, though. I wonder if we can beg Micah to add that functionality into his version. - Stephen Mack
I just did. ;) - April Russo
Ah! I don't know about CustomButton, though. What is taht? - Stephen Mack
Which one could you not get to work? The 1st or 2nd link? The 1st is instructions for modifying the official bookmarklet to use the drag & drop popup. The 2nd link requires the CustomButtons add-on installed in Firefox. You'd just click the link on my page to install the button, then right click a Firefox toolbar, go to... more... - April Russo
2nd link. But I see what you mean, it requires the add-on. Does it work on Chrome or IE, or just Firefox? - Stephen Mack
Compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 1.5+ SeaMonkey 2.0+ Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0+ Mozilla Sunbird 0.8-0.9 / Calendar 1.0pre KompoZer 0.8b1-0.8b3 Flock 0.7-1.5+ and Pale Moon (which is what I am using) - April Russo
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