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I just learned today that Joan Rivers is still alive.
How lucky for you to be oblivious all this time. :) - Tamara J. B.
She's going strong at age 80. Her career actually improved -- high-grossing comedy tours -- after the 2010 documentary about her, "A Piece of Work" and her Celebrity Apprentice win in 2009. - Stephen Mack
I think she might be touring over here soon... - Marina's Godmother :-)
I remember the first time my parents took us camping in Tahoe (along with my mom's brother's family) back in the 1980s. One of the nights, I was watching the younger kids and my cousins while the parents hit the casinos. Joan Rivers was playing at the Caesar's Palace, and my mom wanted to see her, but my dad thought the tickets were too expensive. My mom decided to play the slots, and... more... - Stephen Mack
Great story, Stephen! - Tamara J. B.
Her face will live forever. - Julian
Well, I only learned about her still being alive due to her recent comments about Lena Dunham's weight. I wonder what this will do to her career. - Brian Johns
Cal Poly and Mercer could meet in the Elite 8 round.
So, how about that Mercer Basketball??? Looking good for Cal Poly tonight! :-)
Go California! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Sorry, but Cal didn't make it this year. - Brian Johns
I wonder how many people are rooting for the wrong Cal Poly? :D - Victor Ganata
Sparky: The state in general. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Cal Poly currently leads Texas Southern 32-24 in their first March Madness appearance ever. :-)
"The rationale given for the regulation change that requires auto companies to sell through dealers is that it ensures “consumer protection”. If you believe this, Gov. Christie has a bridge closure he wants to sell you!" -- Elon Musk
Did some phone tech support for the parents about bookmarks getting lost in Firefox and I realized that I haven't used bookmarks in years. RSS killed bookmarks for me and ever since Google Reader went away I've been getting by with the auto-complete on the URL field and just not caring anymore.
Congrats to the Cal Poly Men's Basketball team on making March Madness for the first time ever! I was happy to shoot your game at Stanford earlier this year:
How far can the 12-19 underdog go? - Brian Johns
Dayton -- unless they beat Texas Southern or North Carolina Central. - Julian
That's my assumption too. This isn't something Cal Poly fans have ever had to deal with. - Brian Johns
Hello FFriends - I have been Busy for the last couple months but I think I'm back. What did I miss?
We had punch and pie - Johnny from iPhone
We got attacked by Anonymous which turned out to be a whacko spammer who misunderstood someone removing spam for censorship. - Johnny from iPhone
I missed punch and pie??? - Brian Johns
I'm not going to try to catch up on 2.5 months of missed entries. - Brian Johns
Some great stuff here: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Your car got busted into here at work? Damn! - Brian Johns
Yeah. :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Punch and pie are the not the only entrees you missed. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I'm due in July. :-D - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
I, like, did stuff. - Melly
there was a fight over who likes cilantro/avocados/pie-v-cake and who doesn't. you know, usual stuff. - Marie
Dreamt of electric sheep. Is that normal? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
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. - Technodad
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 #teamFFrank
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
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! - Larua Boats 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
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 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.
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