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I have time to read blogs again so the loss of Google Reader is just now hitting me. What RSS or blog reader do y'all recommend?
i've really enjoyed feedly. the interface design is nice and clean, easy on my eyes. - Marie
I've been using The Old Reader but I'm also pondering Digg. - Amit Patel
Feedly. - Louis Gray
Newsblur. - Akiva
I tried Old Reader, but settled onto Digg. Good app experience, and decent web. Plus I get some infrequent but high-priority feeds on push notification via Blogtrottr. - Tinfoil 2.0
Feedly with Mr Reader for a mobile client. - David Lounsbury
Thanks everyone. I'll poke around some of these this weekend. - Brian Johns
The only problem I have with feedly is that it makes it too easy to skip over less interesting posts. That's also the biggest advantage of feedly. - Walt Crawford
look up 'old reader' it's just like google reader - tom digenti
I went to a football game last night and took some pictures:
AJ Batac keeps my Flickr feed lookin' good.
:) - AJ Batac
Wow - cruising AJ's blog is a mix: A funny holiday video (which I reshared) followed by a video of an execution. (no, I'm not stalking you!) - Brian Johns
This is my favorite photography video today:
I met an introvert today. He didn't want to talk though, which depressed me, so I had to listen to Call Me Maybe a few times to cheer myself up.
All extroverts need to read this and live it. - Jim: meatvalve.
I think MoTO and I would get along in real life.
For my fitness-oriented FFriends: Fitness slogans over pictures of drinking:
Hilarious! - Tamara J. B.
High school runner chooses DNS over running with number 666:
Stephen Mack: Have you seen this? Celebrities Die 2.7182 at a time.
The math used is above my pay grade but it appears to not define celebrities, and the "clustering" definition isn't intuitive. I prefer my analysis! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I know some of my FFriends like knitting and some FFriends like running. So we have this: Kintting while running a marathon:
I love this man already. I must recruit him to my team. (that was one of my lines all weekend. "You're awesome! Which team are you on? Would you be interested in relocating to Team Solano?" :D) - Hookuh Tinypants
What?! That's crazy! Haha! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Who here has used 23andme for genetic testing? What are the ramifications (if any) of using completely fake information to register?
There's a whole 23andme group here on FF. I used my real name so it's hard for me to anticipate what would have happened had I not. As far as the 23andme site, you can use a username so that people at large don't see your real name unless you choose to reveal it to them. - Spidra Webster
I'm happy that they allow you to control what shows up on the website but I'm also interested in remaining completely anonymous to them behind the scenes. - Brian Johns
And thanks for the pointer to the group! - Brian Johns
Huh. Turns out I was already subscribed to the group. :-) - Brian Johns
Yeah, I really can't predict what would happen if you did that. I suppose there's the chance they'd be able to figure it out anyway if you didn't also get your parents, siblings, cousins to submit to 23andme anonymously as well. - Spidra Webster
I was telling my parents about the general concept this weekend and my dad thought "Why would anyone ever consent to that sort of potential privacy breach or personal intrusion?" So I think he would be a hard sell, which is too bad because as an older person with an established medical history he's probably got less "privacy" to lose than any of the rest of the family. - Brian Johns
For me, I think I trusted a bit. I felt what I got in benefit outweighed the risk. There might be more labs offering services now than then so maybe there's a place that offers what people feel are better privacy protections. But I felt that both the medical information and genealogical information would be worth it for me. (BTW, Family Tree DNA offers both med and genealogical results so if you like their approach any better...) - Spidra Webster
I've used 23andme but I haven't gotten my results back yet. I'll admit that the privacy thing scared me a little but not enough to deter me. I can't see the harm in providing false identity information as you'll still get the results of your DNA if you used a different name and address. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Hey Internet: I heard you live videos of cats and dogs doing cute things:
I only got 10/20 right. (or wrong) - Brian Johns
IKEA or death? I choose... IKEA. But I had to think about it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
14! - Melly Claus
15/20 and I don't know death metal at all. I do love IKEA stuff though. - Andrew C (✔)
Both mr 13 and I got 12 right. - Joe
Remember Jon Udell's Heavy Metal Umlaut screencast? (Good grief. 2005? It's that old? I feel a little ancient now.) - bentley
You scored 14 out of 20! Congrats you are... Kvlt. You know that Furkantig means “square” in Swedish to describe the candles that you have on your altar. And above it? The raddest picture of Euronymous ever. Seriously, you scare children and their parents alike, all while wowing them with your design sense. - Just another Bubba
I thought it said "Ike or Death" and thought "Better choose Ike." I'd rather have Ike right now, he wouldn't put up with this shit. - NOT THE CRICKET
17/20 though I can't say I know anything, I was just clicking randomly - NOT THE CRICKET
I liked this article about what the Tea Party wants from the shutdown:
I have to admit, I'm transfixed by this whole thing. I find it fascinating. - Brian Johns
It enrages me. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Today I found a pristine copy of Fahrenheit 451 from the take-a-book-leave-a-book pile at the library. Realized I had never read it, so I took it.
Don't give it away! (the plot - I see the irony because the library just gave it away, but that's different) - Brian Johns
Darn you Mack! #shakesfist - Louis Gray
Remember the sequester? That ended yesterday.
Silver linings. - Stephen Mack
Returning to FF after a week long vacation from most of the Internets, and most other things too.
Got back to work today and jumped right back in. - Brian Johns
Well, here we are. - Micah
Congrats on the Ironman, Sparky! - Louis Gray
You're still making the same face. I'm worried. - Akiva
How do you feel, Sparky? Still sore? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I feel pretty good. I was was pretty tired until Thursday, taking a nap each day and eating a lot. Now I feel better. Had a nice quiet weekend of working around the house and then back to work yesterday. - Brian Johns
Full race report (sort of long) is here: - Brian Johns
You crack me up: "...and it became clear that I wasn’t in good shape." That realization doesn't occur after a couple mile swim and a hundred plus mile bike ride... folks that are legitimately not in good shape laugh at these things like this as they read your incredible exploits. In fact I laughed so hard, I talked myself into a second breakfast. WAY TO GO! - SAM
I aim to entertain... - Brian Johns
Today is my big day. Today I will swim 2.4 miles in Lake Tahoe, ride my bike 112 miles through some ski resorts, and then run a marathon. I have trained for this and I am ready. Today is a beautiful day and the hills are tipped with snow. You can track me at
Wish me luck! - Brian Johns
Good luck, Sparky! Rooting for you. You can do it! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Good luck. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Best of luck! - The First NoeLB from Android
Good luck! - bentley
Good luck, Brian! Go go go! - Louis Gray
01:24:56 for the 2.4 mile swim. - Louis Gray
Bike pace is about 17 mph - Louis Gray
Awesome! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Good luck! - Jonathan Disher
Wow! Good luck! - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
6:33:41 into it and he still has 40 miles to ride and 26.2 miles to run. Brutal and awesome at the same time. - Eric Logan
go Brian gooooooooooooooo - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
GO Sparky!! - Ken Gidley from iPhone
Bike done in 8:03, 13.9 mph average over 112 miles - impressive! And that course has hills! - Ken Gidley from iPhone
Go Brian go!!! - Tamara J. B.
11:15:09 total elapsed time. avg 11:33/ miles at the last split of his run. About 20 miles to go. - Eric Logan
GO YOU BRIAN! GO! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Hang in there, Brian! Go! - Anne Bouey
Go Brian!!! - vicster: hon. canadian
He's halfway through the marathon. 13.1 more miles to go. Go Brian go! - Tamara J. B.
Go, Brian!!! You got this! - Jennifer Dittrich
He's halfway done! Just 13.1 miles to go! - Hookuh Tinypants
Passed the 16.7 mile marker 30 minutes ago. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
Amanda, I wish we were there to cheer him on and yell GO TEAM a few times for him. What a rockstar he is! - Tamara J. B.
Right? I'd be double-fisting the cowbells as loud as I could! - Hookuh Tinypants
Started the last 3.6 about 25 minutes ago ... should be crossing shortly. :) - Kristin
Go! - Johnny from iPhone
Should be crossing any minute: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
That was the best crossing I've ever seen. :D Gratz on the awesome finish, sir. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
BTW...Brian...YOU. ARE. AN IRONMAAAAAAAAN! :D - Hookuh Tinypants
He did it! Erin just posted he crossed! Live feed is a bit behind, I haven't seen him cross yet - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Woohoo! Fantastic job, Brian!!! - Tamara J. B.
Stephen - the live feed hiccupped several times in the last few hours. Had to refresh to get it back to "live" each time. He crosses at about 16:30 (I didn't glance at the clock for precise time). - Hookuh Tinypants
Doh, it skipped it and I can't rewind -- it jumped from :32 to :38 - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yeah, Livestream kind of sucks like that. - Hookuh Tinypants
Well, I see the pics on FB. Grats Sparky!!!! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
16 hours? *falls over dead* - Johnny from iPhone
I feel we should bow at his feet and worship him as a god or something. - Johnny from iPhone
Agreed. Not only is he a badass, but such an inspiration! - Tamara J. B.
Yay screen shot! FYI - That arch clock is apparently wrong compared to what they're reporting as official time. I swear it reset by about 5 minutes at around the 16hr mark but thought I was wrong. That's why I said he crossed at 16:30 and his official time shows as 16:35. Glad the screen shot shows I wasn't on crack. Tsk Ironman IT staff. :P - Hookuh Tinypants
WHOA! Nice job, Sparky! - Louis Gray
Congrats, Brian! - Anne Bouey
Excellent job Sparky! You crushed it! - Jonathan Disher
Great job. Congratulations. - Eric Logan
Congrats, Bruan! - vicster: hon. canadian from FFHound!
Congratulations, sir. Amazing. - Friar Will
Yay Brian!!!! - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
Thank you everyone for the encouragement! Yesterday was a long day, to say the least and I'm just now getting back onto the Internets and seeing all these wonderful comments from everyone. I pretty much speed-walked the marathon but that's allowed! I've never done anything of this magnitude before and I'm thrilled to have finished such a tough course. Thanks to everyone who supported me over the last year. - Brian Johns
You looked so relaxed and natural crossing that finish line. Like you'd just come in from a nice stroll. If you were feeling beat at all, it never showed. You da man. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
I walked a marathon once according to my Fitbit, it took me 8 hours, but I stopped twice for lunch. Someday I hope to do my version of the Ironman where I swim two laps around the community swimming pool ,walk back to my house and bike to the grocery store. I don't think I would survive what Sparky did here. - Eric Logan
My Team In Training team (about 40 people from the South Bay) has raised $278,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this year. This makes me happy. 10 more days 'til Go Time!
Today we have rain on the course, to wash away the stench of Summer Tourist: - Brian Johns
Well, rain at the top of the mountain, at least. - Brian Johns
Amazing job! Are you getting nervous, or do you feel ready? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
A little of both? After a year of occasional nervousness I'm ready to be done being nervous and get on with it. I think I'm ready but nothing's a sure thing, so there's still some nervousness. If this weren't such a once-in-a-lifetime thing I would be less nervous but the reality is that if something goes wrong for me and I don't finish, it'll be a long time before I get to try again. - Brian Johns
I have faith in you! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You are all both angels and rock stars. :D <3 <3 <3 And you'll do this. Knowing how awesome TNT's coaches and training programs are, I know you've been completely prepared for this, and you yourself have put in a lot of hard work and taken care of yourself well. You are going to cross that finish line an Ironman. Guaranteed. :) GO TEAM!!!! - Hookuh Tinypants
This weekend! Whee! You're going to kick ass. You've trained for nearly a year. Time to go into beast mode and rock it. We're all cheering for you and know you'll cross that finish line. Go Team!! - Tamara J. B.
Sometimes I'm afraid that my subtle Internet humor and mockery/imitation of the media is _too_ subtle and people might think I'm the kind of idiot that I mean to mock. I guess I'll just leave it as an exercise to the reader.
Maybe. It's hard to tell. - Brian Johns
If I were stranded on a desert island and could only have access to two websites, they would be The Onion and Wikipedia. I think that says a lot about me. - Brian Johns
A friend of mine on a different brand of FriendFeed said they would choose gmail so they could email their spouse and get rescued. Well played, Joe. - Brian Johns
Cristo is going to be up a creek in a few months. Wasted picks. - NOT THE CRICKET
Old dilapidated ones, but you'll have to source the materials and do all the work to make your own meal. - NOT THE CRICKET
For people with a crush on Sara Bareilles:
This is my favorite SF Giants thing right now:
Because really, what else is there left? - Brian Johns
Nice! - Brian Johns
20 mile run at Pacific Grove, last big workout before Ironman Tahoe 3 weeks from today. It was very nice out there today!
Well done, Brian! - Tamara J. B.
Thanks! I've never run farther than 14 miles before so this was a big step up. I feel pretty good. - Brian Johns
Oh wow! That is a big milestone. Congrats! Now you taper? - Tamara J. B.
Yep - 3 weeks of shorter, but still intense workouts. The last week will be mostly resting and stretching and keeping loose. - Brian Johns
Tonight: Chinese foot massage! - Brian Johns
Sweet! Well deserved. I'm rooting for you. :) - Tamara J. B.
Awesome job, Sparky! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Bib numbers for Ironman Lake Tahoe have been posted - I'm 124. Shit's getting real here, people.
So stoked for you. I know you're going to rock it. Go Brian go! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Experts Point To Long, Glorious History Of Successful U.S. Bombing Campaigns:
All experts on the subject then agreed unanimously that, if you want to create positive and lasting change in a troubled region, change that you will one day look back on with a deep sense of confidence, pride, and assurance that you did the right thing, then bombing campaigns are almost always the way to go. - Brian Johns
From the previous post: “The president has conferred with his top advisors and is currently considering everything from authorizing missile strikes against Syrian regime targets, to taking out Syrian regime targets with missile strikes—nothing is off the table at this point.” - John (bird whisperer)
What some of us TiVo-peeps have been working on recently:
Grats to us! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Looks really cool. Depending on cable options in Palmdale, that might be a good solution. We'll need something, since we're leaving the existing TiVos here for Jojo and our friend Eddie, who's going to move in with him as a sort of RA/minimal adult supervision kinda person. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
But does it have a screensaver? - Me
Ha! That's funny. - Brian Johns
I will be getting the lowest-end model, because that's the one that supports ATSC. (Free HDTV over the air, from my roof-mounted antenna) - Brian Johns
Roamio, Roamio.... wherefore art thou, Roamio? - Louis Gray
Ironman Tahoe update: Today is the one year anniversary of the passing of my friend Greg, and I find it fitting that today I have passed my fundraising minimum for the Ironman I'm doing in his memory. Thank you everyone for your generous donations! Our dollars are going to a good cause, so hopefully nobody else will have to lose their Greg.
Over 50 of you came together and donated from $20 on up, and with 6 weeks left to go this thing is feeling very real. I'm ready to go. - Brian Johns
Looking forward to you nailing this, Sparky! In awe of the execution. I don't think I could complete any of the legs. - Louis Gray
Congratulations on the fundraising goal, Sparky! - Stephen Mack
Congrats and what an awesome things you're doing to honor Greg and help cancer patients everywhere. You're going to rock that Ironman. - Tamara J. B.
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