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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! - LB creeps me out. 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: Team Marina 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: Team Marina
Hang in there, Brian! Go! - Anne Bouey
Go Brian!!! - vicster: full-bodied
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: full-bodied 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.
Can't make this stuff up: Utah pageant winner, 3 others charged with throwing homemade bombs from car
related: The homecoming queen's got a gun: - Brian Johns
Utah? I would have guessed Florida or Texas. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The new sport that's taking over the world: Mountain Couching
For all you people who love cats failing:
I'm no expert, but I think you've got a problem when your city sets up a toll-free hotline specifically to report sexual harassment by the current mayor. ‪#‎sandiego‬
Yeah, that's a problem. - Katy S
Sharknado gets midnight theatrical release:
Whyyyyy - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Because drunk college students need something to do on Friday night? - Brian Johns
I think you'd have to be REALLY drunk. - Stephen Mack
It would be better if there was a director's cut or something. - Brian Johns
Sharknado had a director???? - Friar Will
It must have had a director, because how else would the sharks know where to go and what to say? Duh. - Brian Johns
Good one, Brian. - Friar Will
It's hard to argue with that kind of logic, eh? ;-) - Brian Johns
Jumped. The. Shark. - Louis Gray
CBC had a fun interview with the screenwriter. Almost 9 minutes. - bentley
quantify "really drunk?" #askingforafriend - WarLord
So, if you were a journalist that Snowden had turned over all his material to, (much of it still unreleased) I guess that would make you a pretty big target for the NSA.
From a Reuter's article: "The Rio de Janeiro-based columnist for Britain's Guardian newspaper said he has recruited the help of experts to understand some of the 15,000 to 20,000 classified documents from the National Security Agency that Snowden passed him, some of which are "very long and complex and take time to read."" - Brian Johns
Direct quote from my two year old girl: (while sobbing) "I don't want to go to school. I want to go to the mall."
I don't think I'm going to show her that video. - Brian Johns
Aww, why not, it's Robin Sparkles! - Jonathan Disher
OK - I just had to go read up on Robin Sparkles and the Slap Bet episode of How I Met Your Mother. I love the video for all the Canadiana, and because I love the 80's. - Brian Johns
So you'll totally show it to her now, right? :) - Jonathan Disher
Let's have a moment of silence for tonight's workout, BECAUSE I KILLED IT.
LIKE A BOSS! Well done, sir! - Tamara J. B.
Today was the longest, hardest ride I've ever done: 104 miles, about 8,000 feet of climbing. We're down to the last 5 hard weeks of training and we're not wasting our time.
I was thinking about your effort today, Sparky! Not that far away. Good luck sir! - Louis Gray
Great job, Sparky! How do you feel? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Whoa, you earned TWENTY personal records. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hamstrings are a little tight but other than that I feel surprisingly good today. (8 mile run scheduled for today - we'll see about that) My main problem after long bike rides is the energy drain. I'm using WAY more calories than I can replenish during the ride. - Brian Johns
Good luck on your run. And eat some nachos or something. :) Amazing job! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You're awesome. Such an inspiration!! - Tamara J. B.
That's pretty epic, sir. good work! - Jonathan Disher
And then I get home from a 4 mile walk with Kim and Olivia, and read this again, and go :( - Jonathan Disher
Sharknado, tonight on Syfy. (includes trailer video)
Makes me wish I had cable. - Brian Johns
This interview is great: - Brian Johns
Truths about introverts and extroverts:
It must be so sad to be an introvert. I wonder if I've ever met one... - Brian Johns
Looks legit. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"Extroverts can keep talking for as long as two hours after their heads are chopped off." I bet that one is SO TRUE! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
That one especially made me LOL. - Brian Johns
I will be tolerant of Orson Scott Card by not gay-marrying him.
‘Angry Trayvon’ app to shut down, developer says:
"The game app featured a main character who wore a hooded sweatshirt and shared a name with Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., in February 2012. The Trayvon character in the game held a baseball bat and attacked other characters." - Brian Johns
The Mom From ‘The Cat in the Hat’ Finally Speaks:
Happy 2013th birthday America! We really showed those French who's boss, right?
Mais oui! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
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