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At the FriendFeed birthday dinner
Happy birthday FF! What a year! - Mike Doeff
hmmm where's all the all the laptops? - Brandon
I have never eaten fondue, but I dipped a graham cracker in a chocolate fountain once. - Pete D
Happy Birthday FFers (and THANKS) - Charlie Anzman
Cheers! - FFing Enigma
Congratulations on your first year! - Anne Bouey
Yeah, Melting Pot! - Eric - Let Me Know
Congratulations and Happy Birthday, FriendFeed! :) - Mona Nomura
Oh yeah, and Happy Birthday, you're !!!!!!111!!!!!!ONE!!11 - Pete D
Happy Birthday... and Thank You - Johnny
프렌드피드 일주년을 축하드립니다. 더욱 더 발전하시고 더 좋은 서비스를 제공해주시기 바랍니다. 생일 축하드립니다. :D - zizukabi
Thank you for being such a huge part of my life this year! - Robert Scoble
heppy birfdeh young buck, you've had a bangin year. Tequila tonight, tomorrow we ride (as the Hells Angels say) - Marko Bon from fftogo
happy birthday and many more to go! FF ftw! :) - imabonehead
happy birthday guys! congrats on a terrific first year - John Lilly
Happy Birthday and thank you for an excellent service! - Mustafa K. Isik
Happy Birthday! I love FriendFeed! - Igor Poltavskiy
Awesome... I love small startups - Chris Lamprecht
Happy Birthday. Is that Ana busting open a screwcap? - Richard Chen
Happy Birthday FriendFeeders and thanks for great service. - Alexander Arsky
Happy Birthday, FriendFeed! - Vista
Happy Birthday, FriendFeed!!! Love ya'! *mwah* - Lisa L. Seifert
C'mon. It's FriendFeed... They should be having Birthday Pie (Chart). Either blue or orange. Both taste yummy. - Lisa L. Seifert
happy birthday friendfeed, and jeanette.....i miss u guys - goutham
Many happy returns, FriendFeed! - Richard Walker from twhirl
Happy Birthday FriendFeed! It's been amazing, so happy to have been a tiny part of it! - Iain Baker
A belated Happy Birthday, great service! - Bo Stern
Happy birthday! Long may you continue! - Martin Bryant
Congratulations and happy first birthday, guys. FrF is awesome, you're awesome, and your achievements in this year are awe-striking as well! :) - × × ×
Happy birthday and congratulations! - Joe Dawson
FF is the best way of social communication atm - Phil Smirnov
Happy BIrthday Friendfeed crew! - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Once again Ana is the only one doing any work in a FF picture. - Steve C, Team Marina
“~~~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIENDFEED!!! ~~~” Fondue! I love fondue... jealous!! Let's have many more birthdays! Best of Luck, Success FTW!!! - Susan Beebe
congrats - Alex Hammer
I see here how it's okay for you to play on your iPhone during dinner ;) - wiredgnome
Wow! Posted almost 6 years ago and there it is on my TL (after someone I follow either posted a comment or liked it). This is the kind of features only Friendfeed was able to provide. Hope everybody on that picture had the career they were hoping for back then. - Pascal le Rudulier
*.* - LilaLaMarea from Android
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Hello, my name is Selina found you here today and needed to have a conversation with you, and share an information with you, I do not know you very well, but through your profile. Contact me at( so that i can get back to you with more details about me with my photos. Please do not write on the site write me here in my email address ( - Selina Love
WTF BIRTHDAY - yormayinbeni
I wrote a blog entry on the five most important things I learned in 2010
They block Felicia's blog at my work. How dare you!!! - Fleagle
April Buchheit
Thomas School Pictures
The boy! - Paul Buchheit
Wow. He's looking like such a big boy now :) - Jeanette Bosman
Jeanette: I know. It's all happening so fast. It won't be long before Violet's in school. - April Buchheit
Adorable! - Martha
Paul Buchheit
So this guy lives in the woods, and is video blogging building a 12ft spider mech. Seriously. -
So this guy lives in the woods, and is video blogging building a 12ft spider mech. Seriously.
So awesome. - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
"Don't be afraid to love stuff. It's totally cool!" I agree!! - April Buchheit
How can it be a "spider" if it only has 6 legs? - Gabe
This guy is amusing and inspiring, not to mention more than a bit daft. How long before he has a show on the Discovery Channel? ;-) - Keith Pelczarski
Cool fan-made trailer - Jérôme
Stephen Mack
Please adjust movie titles with the word "Night" in them to be about M. Night Shyamalan.
Long Day's Journey Into M. Night - Stephen Mack
M. Night of the Living Dead - Stephen Mack
Silent M. Night, Deadly M. Night - Stephen Mack
The Dark M. Knight - Mike Nencetti
About Last M Night. - Trish R
In the Heat of the M Night. - Trish R
Date M. Night. WHAT? NO! - AJ Batac
M Night at the Museum. - Trish R
M. Night of the Lepus - Jim #teamFFrank
A Midsummer M. Night's Dream - AJ Batac
Arabian M. Night - AJ Batac
M. Night Watch - AJ Batac
Prom M. Night - AJ Batac
Heh, Date M. Night is the scariest one on here by far (so far)... - Stephen Mack
Saturday M. Night Fever - Mark H
A Midsummer M. Night's Sex Comedy - Stephen Mack
Fright M. Night - Corinne L
Gun Shy-amalan. (I'm cheating now.) - Stephen Mack
30 days of M. Night - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
An M. Night To Remember - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It Happened One M. Night - Jandy
The M. Night Stalker - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
M. Nightfall - Stephen Mack from iPhone
M. Night At the Roxbury - felicious
Heh, that one's visual cracks me up. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Now try the same with Shyamalan. No? why not? - The Fat Oracle
Shya-Mint Milanos. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Good M. Night, and Good Luck - Stephen Mack
The Bridges of M. Night County - Josh Haley
M. Night Nurse - Spidra Webster
The M. Night Named Josh Haley Who Doesn't Follow Rules - Stephen Mack
The Boy Who Went Up A Hill and Came Down M. Night Shayamalan. - Josh Haley
Saturday M. Night Fever - crap already taken - Josh Haley
They mostly come at M. Night. Mostly. - Josh Haley
Stephen, good try :) - The Fat Oracle
What makes this M. Night different from all other M. Nights? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
M. Knight Rider? - Louis Gray
Tonight's gonna' be a good M. night... a good, good M. night. I can't think of any more movies. - Lisa L. Seifert
Heh heh, Lisa. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
*flourish* :-) - Lisa L. Seifert from Android
M. Night at the Opera - Spidra Webster
David Hornik
VCs have been getting beaten up about moving too slowly -- here's my response:
AJ Kohn
Rachel Lea Fox
MakerFaire - CalHaunts - PhoenixFeather Photo Stories - I'm totally late on posting this, but better late than never! Back in May the Haunters group that I'm a part of created a booth for the local Makers Faire! Makers Faire has always been one of my favorite events so It was particularly awesome to be able to participate as an exhibitor rather... -
MakerFaire - CalHaunts - PhoenixFeather Photo Stories - I'm totally late on posting this, but better late than never! Back in May the Haunters group that I'm a part of created a booth for the local Makers Faire! Makers Faire has always been one of my favorite events so It was particularly awesome to be able to participate as an exhibitor rather than just a spectator. Robert of Mantooth Manner and I headed up the group but we had a bunch of great volunteers. All in all the booth was a HUGE success. The kids just LOVED the booth. With the talking skulls the pop-up head and especially the pumpkin zombie that they were able to control with the two switches. We met lots of people and got some great new members and more than anything we had FUN!!!!! Can't wait to do it again next year, but in the meantime we have the upcoming main event - HALLOWEEN!!!!!
MakerFaire - CalHaunts - PhoenixFeather Photo Stories - I'm totally late on posting this, but better late than never! Back in May the Haunters group that I'm a part of created a booth for the local Makers Faire! Makers Faire has always been one of my favorite events so It was particularly awesome to be able to participate as an exhibitor rather than just a spectator. Robert of Mantooth Manner and I headed up the group but we had a bunch of great volunteers. All in all the booth was a HUGE success. The kids just LOVED the booth. With the talking skulls the pop-up head and especially the pumpkin zombie that they were able to control with the two switches. We met lots of people and got some great new members and more than anything we had FUN!!!!! Can't wait to do it again next year, but in the meantime we have the upcoming main event - HALLOWEEN!!!!!
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I just love the reactions of the kids to the zombie they could control!! - Rachel Lea Fox
April Buchheit
My boy is so adorable!
Camilla: "He's silly, isn't he? Look at his face!" - April Buchheit
Tracy Sigler
The Internet saved my life. Tonight it's killing me.
Rachel Lea Fox
Happy Birthday my awesome, sweet, wonderful Husband!!!! Who else is having fireworks to celebrate Kevin's Birthday tonight?!!??
Happy birthday, Kevin! Celebrate with a bang! - Stephen Mack
woo hoo! Double holiday! Happy birthday! - Bash
Happy birthday, Kevin! We are going out to brunch to celebrate. (Okay, okay... the brunch is to celebrate my sister's and my cousin's birthday. Work with me here!) - Yolanda
Happy birthday, Mr Fox - Johnny
Our city (Ontario, California) had a parade on Saturday in Kevin's honor. However, just so he wouldn't be embarrassed, we didn't mention his name in the parade and just had a bunch of American flags instead. - John E. Bredehoft
I will light one in honor of 'he with the righteous first name'. - Kevin Johnson
Happy Birthday, Kevin Fox!! - Josh Haley from iPhone
Happy Happy! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Thanks, guys!!! - Kevin Fox from iPhone
Happy birthday, Mr. Fox! - Tudor Bosman
Happy happy, joy joy! - Keith Pelczarski
Happy Birthday Kevin! - Jeanette Bosman
I'm making Kevin's bitrthday Mac-n-Cheese casserole!!! - Rachel Lea Fox from iPhone
Yay! Happy birthday! - Prairie & I Know It
Happy Birthday, Kevin! Even though our official fireworks were last night, I know people around the lake will be setting them off all night tonight. :) - Katy S
Alex Scrivener
All you have to do is take some photos – which you never delete from your camera – so when someone finds your camera at the bottom of the gorilla pit they are able to locate you and return the lost property to its rightful owner.
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I like how everything is clear and readable except the email address. - Alex Scrivener
LOL That's funny, but yeah...what's with the email address being so small? - Anika
At any rate, I had a video I made with all my info on it. I accidentally took it off my chip, but I'm positive I copied it to my camera. Unfortunately, I don't know how to access my camera's memory and the cord has been lost. One of these days, I'll RTFM. =) - Anika
genius. - Morgan
The other pics build empathy, encouraging a border-line thief to return the camera. Otherwise you may as well stick a label on the case and be done with it. - Alex Scrivener
Does anyone else want to make out with this guy for being SO DAMN AWESOME? Srsly, total panty-dropper this one was. - Hookuh Tinypants
@tinypants I totally agree! - Half Pint
God. That really *was* awesome. Anyone hesitating, go on, click the blue arrow so you can read the whole thing XD - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
this is win. - Colette
he's sweet, but it won't work - 大白猫
this would make an amazing ad : ) - liladreams
wow, this is very close to being the most popular thing I have ever posted to Friendfeed. Just goes to show, um, something. Always use pictures? - Alex Scrivener
Yes, Always use pictures! For one thing, I might sketch your stuff one day! Also yes, it helps your posts stand out. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Awesome! - Josh Haley
I'm the opposite. I tend to ignore posts with photos (unless the post itself is just a photo). Why? The image usually detracts from the text and people spend time talking about the picture and making it clear they didn't bother to read the text or link. - Anika
=/ (not about the original post. I already expressed how much I love it) - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Or you could just put an address sticker on the camera... - Alix May
No, the pictures try to build an emotional connection with the finder. It helps convince a not-so-honest person to return the camera rather than just keep it. It won't stop a real thief, but it could tip the odds in his favor. A sticker can't do that. - Alex Scrivener
There should be a place in your camera for email address, like cell phones have "Home" so when you lose it, someone can call you. Hmmmm. - anna sauce
I wouldn't ever think to go through pics, but if I found a lost cam (or phone or whatever) with an address clearly visible on it, I'd pop it in the mail, or call/email someone, no problem. Same holds true for some lost and found places. They might call you if there's easy contact info, but I don't see them taking the time to flip through photos to figure out how. Maybe do both? - Alix May
Creative! - 5ttttt
So good! - Micah
That's a great idea ! i'm just sad you didn't show it before i left my camera somewhere ... T_T - Duff
that's genius. now all I need is the camera - JSLeFanu
Very Good! - John D Reasor
I was putting a README.txt file on my USB sticks with contact info if it got lost. This is way better! Now take this board with your contact info.... smile, no! put a sad face.... and you're done! - Nenad Nikolic
This is now far and away the most popular thing I have ever posted. Even got a FFundercats Best of the Week! - Alex Scrivener
:D - Josh Haley
Güzel, son derece yaratıcı bir fikirmis :) - Monad Teodise
Bump - Alex Scrivener from iPhone
I love this guy! And thank you for posting it! You deserve the FFundercats Best of…. ;-) - Absentee
Fantastic! Love it. So very clever - Have you been offered a top advertising job yet? ;) - Rebecca Habel
lovely but it won't work - 大白猫
Yup. This still makes me smile. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
Jonathan Coulton
I am making a new record with new songs and a band, trying some new stuff out at 2 shows in July.
April Buchheit
"My sweet Dusty (white) and Pistol Pete (black). We call them "brousins" because they are half brother, half cousins! They are turning 4 years old this month! " - April Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Their tails almost make a heart! - Kelly W.
Perfect photo to champion racial unity. - Dawn
nice! - .LAG liked that
First time I have ever "liked" a picture of cats. The heart-shaped tails really clinch it. They're like the feline McCartney & Wonder. - Keith Pelczarski
When I just glance at this, I think it's a cupcake. - Dawn
Ying and Yang :-) great! - Solveigh Calderin
Rachel Lea Fox
Helm, set a course to Mars! Let's meet the little green men! - yjl
Paul Buchheit
The driver was attempting to throw the logging cable over the logs to secure them and as you can see, hooked the 7.2 kilovolt primary instead! -
The driver was attempting to throw the logging cable over the logs to secure them and as you can see, hooked the 7.2 kilovolt primary instead!
The driver was attempting to throw the logging cable over the logs to secure them and as you can see, hooked the 7.2 kilovolt primary instead!
"He said the tires began to fry within seconds." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Whoa. - Micah
(withdrawing butter knife from AC outlet...) - Aron Michalski
that'll buff out. - Big Joe Silence
Helpful article on starting a barbecue - mandarine
IT admins know that when the smoke erupts, it's too late to check out the logs... - Jemm
Jemms comment wins the day! - Will Higgins™
Funny how the logs look largely unburnt! - Gabe
Assuming, since he made a statement, that the driver is unharmed? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
gabe, if you look in the later pictures they are still burning - bob
WHOA! - David Cook
Rachel Lea Fox
For busting ghosts is for steam punkers too!
April Buchheit
Camilla loves Big Bird very much. [Big hug!]
Where are you? - Georgia
This was at Camilla's birthday party last month. I hired a couple of characters through Birthday Party Characters ( and Camilla was absolutely enchanted with Big Bird. - April Buchheit
Kevin Fox
A Farewell to FriendFeed and Facebook -
Best of luck to you in whatever new role you find, Kevin! - Stephen Mack
Best of luck to you, Kevin, in your next venture. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
cool! good luck. - .LAG liked that
Good luck in your next adventure! Stay in touch! - Anne Bouey
Good luck! - Tudor Bosman
Good luck, Kevin! - Kol Tregaskes
And have a wonderful vacation in the meantime! - Anne Bouey
Can't *wait* to see what's next -- like, after this summer :) enjoy! - Christopher Galtenberg
Make sure you steal a ton of office supplies before you leave. - Brian Johns
Congratulations and best wishes, Kevin! - Ruchira S. Datta
Best of luck and hope you enjoy your vacation! - Arlan K.
Kevin. WOW. Excited for you. I look forward to keeping up with what you dive into next. Congratulations. :) - Micah
Good luck - Rodfather
Good luck, Kevin! - Mark Trapp
Where's the vacation to? /curiousnotstalkery - Spidra Webster
I wish you the best! Keep us posted! - SAM
Good luck Kevin! Enjoy your vacation, and I look forward to seeing what your next project is! - Louis Simoneau
Big fist bump to you, Kevin. - Derrick
Good luck! - Jennifer Dittrich
Have a great vacation, and best of luck in your future endeavors! - Aaron Draczynski
Thank you everyone! Fist-bump back and I'll still be around on Friendfeed. After all, some day I may need beta testers!!! - Kevin Fox
Best to you Kevin. - Jim #teamFFrank
Kevin rules. Welcome to free agency. - Louis Gray
All the best and have a great summer break. Don't be a stranger. - AJ Kohn
I could say good luck, but.......Live long and prosper, Mr Fox - Mo Kargas
Much luck to you Kevin and have a ton of fun! :) - April Buchheit
Congratulations, and best wishes! - John Craft
You'll still be ON Friendfeed, right? - April Buchheit
April: He said above, "I'll still be around on Friendfeed." He'd better be! - Stephen Mack
Looking forward to seeing what you do next - Adewale Oshineye
Good luck - Andrew David
Happy Holidays ! - stanjourdan
Ya scared me for a second. Glad you're not leaving FF. Congrats :) - Molly Song ;)
Dream big dreams during your summer holiday.. Good luck! - Vic Ted
Good luck Kevin - good things are coming your way!!! - Martha
Have a great summer vacation. - Joe
Best of luck Kevin, I'm sure we'll see you around - Shey
Hope you have some meaningful downtime. We'll look for you in the next endeavor. - Eric - Let Me Know
Kevin, you are such a badass. You will absolutely kill it with anything you put your genius mind to. Give me a heads up when you launch so I can start the first podcast about your new product! ;) Have a great vacation! - Josh Haley
I don't know you anymore. Kevin, you're breaking my heart. I'll never stop loving you, but you are going down a path I can't follow... Because of what you've done . . . what you plan to do. Stop, stop now. Come back! I love you! *waits for Kevin to Force choke him* - Johnny
Wish you the best! - K.D.
Good stuff Kevin - can't wait to see what's next for you. - Hutch Carpenter
Challenges enrich life. I wish you well. - Jack&Cleo
Now you can't threaten that you'll deactivate my account when I steal Stephen's FF identity. Can't wait to see what you do next... - Georgia
He can ask me to deactivate your account when you steal Stephen's identity :) - Tudor Bosman
Tudor's got our back! Love it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Ah, I knew something was brewing when you posted the "So long, and thanks for the fish" fishbowl message...Well, Good Luck Mr. Fox. You don't know me but, I love your work. Thank you very much. - Space Cowboy
Have a great vacation and don't be a stranger! Best of luck and you know where we are if you need to crowd source for LOLcats :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Have a great vacation! Post lots of pics from whatever exciting destination you choose. - Eivind
All good to your travels, where ever you do go in life. :) - Daniel Schildt
Wow, Kevin. Just wow. - DGentry
Best of luck to you Kevin. And congratulations! - AJ Batac
Congrats, Kevin. Have a great vacation and keep us informed! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next, and I hope you have a great summer vacation! - Lani
The Triumph of the Stupidly Optimistic - Paul Kedrosky -
The Triumph of the Stupidly Optimistic - Paul Kedrosky
Analysts forecasts vs reality. - Simon from Bookmarklet
It's also called "failing upwards" haha - LANjackal
Paul Buchheit
I agree, the world needs a sense of humor -
I agree, the world needs a sense of humor
"Words are powerful. They are mightier than the sword and all of that, but if you let them have too much power, you can create what I feel is evil. You create a society of people who are so concerned about what they say and what is PC and you destroy creative expression." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Wait... what? Sarah Silverman said something somebody found offensive/shocking? How could the TED folks possibly have anticipated that? - Ken Sheppardson
great point... there's been a couple discussions lately that i've seen where people let words have this magical power over them. it doesn't seem like a good thing. what matters to me is the intention/meaning and the feelings behind the words.... not everyone got an 800 on the english half of the SATs - Chris Heath
750 :) - LANjackal
see? - Chris Heath
Down with slavery! - Gabe
I'm with Gabe! - Chris Heath
So here's something really shocking. I hope I get invited back to FF after saying this, but Sarah Silverman is, like, the most unfunny person on the planet. I get what she was trying to do; she gets props, but she still sucks. There, I said it. Let the blocks begin! - Jim #teamFFrank
@Jim: You're not the only person who doesn't get her humor. I don't either. - LANjackal
Oliver Thylmann
A 21-hours-workweek? yes, pleeeease - (via @zeigor) #uk #study /via @jkleske with good local community this makes sense
Jonathan Coulton
If anyone is at the olympic opening ceremony right now GET ME THAT GIANT LIGHT BEAR I WILL PAY YOU BACK.
Rachel Lea Fox
It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure -
It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure
Brian Johns
xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe -
xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe
Almost makes me cry... - Brian Johns from Bookmarklet
I'm with you. Poor Spirit!!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Kevin Fox
It's scary that my iPad prediction from 9 YEARS AGO was more accurate than most of the pundits predictions yesterday. -
I can't wait to see the backpedaling. Already seeing it with the $999 price (that it was planted). I love the "two dock connectors!" and "facial recognition for families" features. - Mark Trapp
I'm seriously disappointed by the lack of a front-facing camera. Not so much because I'd use it all the time, but because it means I'll have to buy another iPad when they rev it in a year or two. - Kevin Fox
I'm really surprised it wasn't added in. They added it into the iPod Nano of all things: presumably there's room for a basic camera for things like iChat. - Mark Trapp
Nicely done. But I can't check for the latest news and updates! - Tony Ruscoe
Note that this was 5 months before Apple introduced the original iPod. - Kevin Fox
What Tony said :) - Stephen Mack
So Kevin, what're we getting from  9 years from now? :) - Dan Hsiao
That's an excellent question. I'll work on that one. - Kevin Fox
Well, I'd say by being 9 years off your prediction was maybe not so good. Otoh, if they'd come out with this 9 years ago, it would have whelmed. - j1m
Stephen Mack
I wrote a blog post: / Twas the night before iSlate / Please check this post out! #imadethis
Crafty, you are. - Brian Johns
Paul Buchheit
Loved this: "When considering revolutionary new products, we can not simply compare them with existing products, but must instead compare them with the products that don't yet exist, but should" - Susan Beebe
Paul, I totally agree with you, and I hope they're building what you described too. One would think that all of these so called experts, who have been and continue to dismiss the usefulness of such a device, are seriously lacking vision. It doesn't take much either. Happy New Year to you and your family! - Michael Fidler
Paul Buchheit
The Master, The Expert, The Programmer -
"What I notice is that my peers are progressing to more and more complicated and convoluted designs. They are impressed with the flashiest APIs, the biggest buzzwords, and the most intricate of useless features. They are more than happy to write endless unit tests to test their endless refactoring all the while claiming that they follow XP’s “the simplest thing that works” mantra. I’ve actually seen a guy take a single class that did nothing more than encapsulate the addition of two strings, and somehow “refactor” it to be four classes and two interfaces. How is this improving things? How can more somehow equal simpler? This should never be the case. These are the actions of an expert. These experts are very smart, capable, and skilled, but they are too busy impressing everyone to realize that their actions are only making things worse for themselves. In the end all of their impressive designs are doing nothing but making more work for themselves and everyone around them. It’s as if... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
This applies to experts in any field. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It takes smart people to make complicated things simple. - imabonehead
Is it possible he's talking about Java programmers? - Gabe
i really liked this post (it resonated with me) until the end, at which point i felt alienated. - Neha Narula
What alienated you, Neha? To me, it seemed valid enough but a bit overwrought and trite. I know plenty of experienced, skilled working programmers who value just-get-it-done simplicity -- the "professional master" doesn't seem that elusive. - ⓞnor from Android
I'm a big fan of keeping it simple, but some problems do require a thorough approach. - Andrew C (✔)
"In contrast there are masters in the martial arts who learned their art as a means of survival and became masters in a realistic and hostile environment. We don't have anyone like this in the programming profession, " ... what about Carmack and Abrash & co? - Andrew C (✔)
BTW, I dunno if this is what put Neha off, but it almost sounds like Shaw wants to deny the reality of a nice O(n log n) solution beating out an O(n^2) solution (assuming small k, whatever) on a problem of decent size. - Andrew C (✔)
I mean, the stories of the martial arts masters may involve simple-looking moves, but they are also (in the stories) _perfectly_ executed, the product of careful observation of one's opponent and expert timing and precise angles. You might be able to pare down a simple linked list to the bare essentials, but I don't think it's quite analogous to not using a more complex structure _where appropriate_. - Andrew C (✔)
Nice... "The main thing I noticed about the experts I’ve encountered is they are into impressing you with their abilities. They are usually incredibly good, but their need for recognition gets in the way of mastery. Everything they do is an attempt to prove themselves and in order to do this they must perform like an actor on stage. There’s nothing wrong with this, and I don’t think the... more... - Ken Sheppardson
Andrew: Maybe the point was that an Expert would say "Aha! You need to keep these items in order, so a self-balancing tree is the perfect solution.", while a Master would say "Ah, but you never have more than 5 items, so a linked-list will always be faster!" - Gabe
this part, so much guy/son stuff! i dislike superfluous interfaces as much as anybody else: “There was this guy I worked with who once optimized a complicated red- black tree getting 300% performance boost. I was baffled and ask, 'How’d you do that? That’s impossible.’ To which he responded…” “'That’s my linked list my son.’” - Neha Narula
This is the kind of crap that gives java such a bad image. It used to be that people used it for what it was -- a simple OO language with garbage collection and a fast VM. Now you have architecture astronauts going off the deep end and making everyone assume the language has to be that way. I believe this disease stems from people who focus more on the process than on the product of their work. That's a recipe for disaster in my book. - Joel Webber from BuddyFeed
Neha: So lt's the fact that the language is male? - ⓞnor from Android
The impulse is good, but people have such different senses of what is simple, what has quality, what flows with the Tao. It's like beauty that way. What the story doesn't say is the 300% performance boost was on a limited test data set, in the real world it performed 3x worse and all the complexity had a reason that made sense once you "know." :-) - Todd Hoff
Complexity that's "there for a reason" is the worst kind. But who even talks about red-black trees vs linked lists? TreeMap vs LinkedList isn't the issue, interface swaddling and hyperfine dependency injection is the issue. Thing is, fights are decisively won, but code maintainability is much harder to measure, and even the importance of performance can be disputed. - ⓞnor from Android
I find it funny how the article, while praising simple approach, suffers from superfluity of language. - andrei_c
egnor: unnecessarily so. - Neha Narula
Neha, I thought the final "That's my linked list my son" was to make clear the parallel with the earlier quote "That was my foot my son" from Mestre Bimba. - Ruchira S. Datta
Todd: Imagine the situation where you are storing data for the US Census, and need to keep track of the people in a household by age. Since it's sorted and unbounded (there's no maximum number of children a family can have), you can easily think that a nice O(n lg n) algorithm that keeps a balanced binary tree is the right way to go. However, if you bother to look at the data, you'd see... more... - Gabe
I wish I could "Like" this article again :) - scott willeke
might have created a "MEGA-liked" button:) - alex melnikov
It's a great analogy, but in reality, the martial arts stuff is mythology. Wing Chun proponents often talk about simplicity of the art, but they'd get their butts kicked in a sloppy street fight because invariably, most real world fights are messy, quickly go to the ground, and result in grappling and choking and eye gouging. Bullshido has lots of examples of this. The 80 year old guy... more... - Ray Cromwell
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