Keith Pelczarski › Likes

Stephen Mack
For English to evolve, grammarians must die -
From my post: "Starting today, I resolve to never make another spelling or grammar flame. For informal forums, I may gently encourage others to stop making such corrections as well." - Stephen Mack
Sweet. As I'm a terrible speller. And generally have bad grammer (and yes I'm misspelling that on purpose. grammar just doesn't seem right to me. Let the evolution begin). :) - Dario Gomez
Dario, I don't think I've ever seen you misspell a word prior to that, so you're far from a terrible speller. I agree "grammar" looks weird. There aren't nearly as many words ending in -ar in English as -er. Kelsey Grammer also has a lot to answer for. But I certainly can get behind your proposal that "grammer" should be a valid substitute for "grammar" from now on. For English to evolve we'll also need to get the spell checks on board. - Stephen Mack
I don't think I have the patients for this. - Brian Johns
If by 'evolve' you mean 'dumb down for the un- and miseducated', I'll take an unevolved English any day of the weak. - Akiva
Certainly took me a while to get past that point of view, Akiva. But to take the first example of my post, why do we put up with irregularities? Why make it so hard for new learners and non-native speakers to learn? WHY do you feel the way you feel beyond wanting others to have to go through the hurdles you went through? - Stephen Mack
That's precisely it, though, Stephen. Flattening the learning curve doesn't make it better and it isn't that I want people to have to go through what I went through: this isn't about me; it's about being educated. Taking this to its horrifying conclusion, you might as well champion for the dismissal of complex words. Why use 'extrapolate' instead of 'explain' or 'loathe' instead of... more... - Akiva
If English is so hard to learn, why do I hear many Polish adults speaking better English here in the UK than British children in schools? Simply because the kids aren't being taught well enough and the resources are too few and too late. The problem lies within the education, not the language itself. - Charley M
Akiva, I'm not advocating the removal of words. I'm advocating simpler spelling -- similar to Benjamin Franklin's original proposal, which I'll link in separately. English evolves over time whether you want it to or not ("doughnut" to "donut" in American English, for example). Is someone "less educated" for wanting spelling to be simpler, so that learners can acquire the language faster? I don't want to rob the language of anything except pointless irregularity. - Stephen Mack
I dated a linguistics major once who was pretty adamant about language needing to be allowed to evolve, and was NOT the type to constantly correct others. However, I think that there's a difference between "letting grammarians die" and having them "loosen up" (losen up? lol) a bit. The bigger question, I think, is how organic we let the evolution be. For example, if we let lolcats-speak gain too much inflooense [sic], we've let the reigns go too much. - George S.
Charlotte, English is objectively more irregular than, say, Spanish or Polish, and is therefore harder to learn. Of course non-native speakers learn English successfully all the time. But for those who learned several languages, ask them which was easier to learn. English has notably higher barriers than many languages because of the pervasive irregularities. We could reduce the amount of time by simplifying, that's all I'm saying. - Stephen Mack
Re: "Bad spelling as a signifier for low intelligence is a deeply-ingrained bias in our culture", It's interesting because my dad is an intellectual, but a terrible speller - [anecdotally] it seems has more to do with personality than actual intelligence. He just has other people (i.e. my mom, a grammarian) proof-read anything he sends out there. That said, in this age of... more... - George S.
I have to go with Akiva on this one. English is hard to learn? Practice. When you practice something it gets "easier" not because the nature if the thing changes but that your capacity to do thing has increased. - Josh Haley from iPhone
English seems to have done OK despite the grammarians: It's use continues to embiggen. - Andy Dustman
Personally I like my education/intelligence to shine through. Although, I do type "slang" in conversational posts. - MicahBear78
Let's look at what rational reason there is to NOT reform and and simplify English spelling. If you've spent any time teaching reading to a young child you know how many irregularities there are. It adds complexity and difficulty, so there are costs, but with what benefit? We have: 1. Tradition. "But we've always spelled things this irregularly." Not true, and not rational. Spelling in... more... - Stephen Mack
Perfect case in point: Josh's comment. FF helpfully marks it as coming from the iPhone. His two typos ("if" instead of "of" and the missing "that") are clearly artifacts of that communication device. But did I understand him? Perfectly (even if I disagree). Why get hung up on that? As long as communication was achieved, that's my new standard of acceptance. Josh is correct that practice... more... - Stephen Mack
And Andy, I love love love that comment. - Stephen Mack
Perhaps the reason you understood Josh's comment despite the errors is because of context. If you were reading it centuries later in isolation there would be room for doubt as to what he really meant. - Trish Haley
Trish, true, but let centuries go by and suddenly you're reading Chaucer: "Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote / The droghte of March hath perced to the roote" ( What a perfect illustration of how spelling changes over time. ("When April with its showers sweet / has pierced the drought of March to the root") - Stephen Mack
Now we have to take into account accents and pronunciations to decipher that. - Trish Haley
Chaucer wasn't just about spelling differences. Take it down the absolute basics and you have phonics, blending the sounds to make a full pronunciation of that word. If simplifying words is the way forward, then the phonics are changed and in turn, so is the word. - Charley M
Charlotte, I agree -- and think that's a good thing, with many advantages, and no disadvantages beyond "that's the way we've done it for a while now." - Stephen Mack
A friend with a linguistics background who uses it practically in his day-to-day life explained the ebb and flow of language (which is mostly an unplanned phenomenon) like this: Language trends toward simplicity if sufficient comprehension is conserved. It moves toward more complexity when ambiguity interferes too greatly. So my theory is there will always be grammarians and anti-grammarians, it's just that their number and degree of influence will also ebb and flow. - Micah
Sorry but if I have to trust a Ste[ph|v]en on this, I'm going to trust Pinker over Mack. - Akiva
Also, well put, Micah. - Akiva
English is still evolving and the UKians will continue blaming the Yanks for ruining the language even tho they themselves were mutilating it long before we existed. :) - Big Joe Silenced
Sounds like you're asking for intelligent design here. You can't get rid of grammarians if you want evolution to work. They're the only natural predators irregularities have. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Wow, Bruce. That's just... wow. You're comparing people who care about the English language with people who don't believe in evolution because of a belief in a creator deity? That's such a wild comparison that my monitors just degaussed themselves. And they're LCD monitors. Are you going to lump mathematicians in here as well? They're bigger sticklers than grammarians are. - Akiva
Spellings I'm not too bothered about, but grammar is an essential part of the written form. Without it the entire meaning of prose gets screwed up. Still, regardless of this and irrespective of how many rules you put into place, a language will change and evolve along with the people that speak it. Imagine how things will change once we take to the stars. - alphaxion
Akiva, Pinker is a nativist -- very very far from a prescriptivist. He describes the evolutionary models of language in great detail. I cannot recall him writing about spelling reform one way or the other. How is he relevant to this discussion? - Stephen Mack
Wait, I'm proposing unnatural predation on irregularities! Brain hurts, must consider. - Stephen Mack
I don't see spelling as independent of syntax. - Akiva
Fine, Akiva, so let's take a few spelling examples. Suppose I'm elected supreme dictator of the universe, and I issue a decree that says from now on, all the "-ight" words in English that rhyme with "night" (might, right, sight, etc.) are to be spelled "-ite" instead. ADVANTAGES: Consistency, ease of learning, fewer letters to type. DISADVANTAGES: Spell checkers, dictionaries,... more... - Stephen Mack
Akiva, no. I'm being a stickler about English usage myself. The word "evolve" is being misused here. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Bruce, ah, sorry. Totally went right over my head. - Akiva
Bruce, I disagree. The "doughnut" to "donut" change is a perfect example of evolution in action. Look at that Chaucer excerpt earlier. All of the changes follow an evolutionary model -- things get simpler over time, due to survival of the fittest. Even Pinker, evoked earlier, describes the evolutionary model of language change similar to what we're discussing here. - Stephen Mack
Matthew, I read your post but I'm too dense to see the point you're making, sorry. - Stephen Mack
I find it ironic that Akiva misused weak when he meant week. :) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Stephen, sorry, but this discussion is slowly edging its way off the rails. The hypothetical you invoke is just way too unlikely to even be worth addressing, if you ask me. I might as well say, 'what if as the supreme dictator of the universe, I made red into blue'? - Akiva
@Bruce the collectivised mutations of something (language in this case) that eventually give rise to the formation of a distinct and new entity. The changes to our languages are organic in nature and certainly paralelle that of species in the natural world via many different evolutionary pressures (technology, interbreeding, random mutations as a result of generational change....) - alphaxion
There's no advantage to turning red into blue. There are numerous advantages to simplifying and regularizing spelling. My main point is to get you to consider WHY you want spelling to stay the same illogical way it is now, when it has no advantages beyond preserving (a fairly recent, in the scale of things) tradition. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, evolution creates as many irregularities as it eliminates. Why are there two correct spellings of harassment, for example. English will only get simpler by deliberate planning. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
I do think the prescriptivists are fighting a futile war. But spelling reform is just another form of prescriptivism. I say, tolerate diversity and let natural selection hone orthography. If more people favor nite over night or the single word loose instead of the two words loose/lose, then that's the way the language will go. Nothing you or I can do is going to stop it. - Victor Ganata
Stephen, the point is, you can't regulate either spelling nor grammar. They can and will change over time. - alphaxion
(Gah, three excellent comments within seconds of each other, and I want to respond to all three. Want threaded comments.) - Stephen Mack
Matthew, I'm missing the "too much pretty" reference. - Stephen Mack
(Pounces, claws extended, on the either/nor pairing in alphaxion's comment.). :-) - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Let me be clear: The dictator example is a hypothetical, and I'm not actually advocating we force wholesale spelling reform down anyone's throat. Instead, I'm asking people to examine their biases and beliefs. Previously I was a spelling snob. I made spelling flames. Despite believing in the abstract that I was a descriptionist, I was actually behaving as a prescriptivist. However, in... more... - Stephen Mack
For English spelling reform, we may have to look to other languages to lead the way. Filipino, the official language of the Philippines (which is really just a standardized dialect of Tagalog) basically incorporates tons of English words, but has changed the orthography to match the conventions of written Filipino, which is close to being completely phonetic. I understand Japanese kind... more... - Victor Ganata
Matthew, the Chaucer excerpt refutes the backwards-compatibility notion. I find Esperanto ridiculous, because it was mandated, not evolved. Almost no one wants to learn a whole new language just because they find English too complex or irregular. I agree with the rest of your comment. You illustrate the point I'm making perfectly. Before, I was acting as an agent resisting language... more... - Stephen Mack
My point, though, is that there have never been any brakes, and anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves. - Victor Ganata
It shows that language changes and doesn't have to be backwards-compatible. - Stephen Mack
Matthew, true. I just think it'll be more dramatic when we start borrowing back from languages that are completely outside the Indo-European family of languages. - Victor Ganata
Victor: English borrowing words from other languages is a fait accompli. - Andy Dustman
Victor: Suppose someone says to you, "Good nite!" and you say back to them, "You miseducated nincompoop, don't say 'nite,' it's spelled 'night.'" You are acting as a "brake" as you say. Right? - Stephen Mack
Matthew, yes, that's what I mean -- apologies for use of metonymy as a grammatical shortcut. (And thank you for the literalist Panda joke.) - Stephen Mack
Matthew, that's one usage crusade you'll have to give up on. Information wants to be anthropomorphized. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Well played, Bruce. - Stephen Mack
On a more serious note, I think Stephen is making a good move by loosening up on spelling as his son starts to read and write. That fits the methodology I've seen work really well in Montessori schools. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Twitter's ability to influence language is probably substantial. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, yeah, I see your point. On the other hand, such a response might actually act as a accelerator, if the person I said it to thought I was someone not worth listening to. - Victor Ganata
Andy, true. I was specifically thinking of English borrowing words back from languages that had originally borrowed from English, which, yeah, we've already been doing. - Victor Ganata
Kids are good at unlearning. Empower them first. Tighten up spelling later. - Bruce Lewis
If I started 'loosening up on spelling', I'd never get a job because I'm a writer and am expected to produce literate and correct copy. - Charley M
Bruce L., you're exactly right, and it's very interesting to me that proper spelling is now hardly emphasized at all in the early grades. - Stephen Mack
Charlotte, I'm not suggesting all literate and correct copy be discarded wholesale. As I mention in the blog post, business communications are one venue where we place a huge emphasis on proper spelling and grammar, and that's not going to change for generations if at all. Really I'm trying to explain why for informal discussions (such as the ones here on FF) I'm interested in personally being less of a stickler. - Stephen Mack
Clearly spelling bees are corruptors of teh youth. Won't someone please think of the children? - Andy Dustman
Andy, did you see Spellbound? Freaky how much work is involved, for obscure words that most people have never heard of. I am all for intellectual competition, but the value of the top level of competition like that really escapes me. It seems to turn the kids into stress cases. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, I have not, but spelling bees are the intellectual equivalent of beauty contests. Memorization != rational thinking - Andy Dustman
Ah, good, then your previous comment was sarcastic. (I approve.) - Stephen Mack
Enjoy your weekend, Matthew! Don't worry, the zombie of this premise will dig its way out of the coffin over time. - Stephen Mack
Yes, there's a greasy red spot where the dead horse used to be. - Andy Dustman
Is there? I missed it. Better keep on kicking to be sure. - Stephen Mack
:) I certainly don't want anyone to accuse me of wanting English to evolve solely because I don't know how to speak it. And FFers are an unusually literate bunch. - Stephen Mack
A few years ago there was a news story that tracked the rate of decrease for irregular verbs. They predicted that in another 100 years only the most important irregular verbs will be around. That is kind of strange to predict where the language will go. - Rich Thomas
Slippy, I just dislike the people who hold on to the set or rules they learned like it is set in stone. - Rich Thomas
I tried to resist, but here's an example of current day comment prose to dissect: <----- endless linguistics theories will swirl around the reason for the strategic placement of the single comma, the only punctuation whatsoever therein (if you don't count ALL CAPS as punctuation). - Micah
Six-year bump. One of my favorite conversations on FF (a little off now with some of the deleted accounts, such as Matthew DeVries and Slippy), even though I didn't get much agreement for my point of view here. - Stephen Mack
Bret Taylor
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 - Final Countdown
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
lan... - akaşa
anca ye iç olm bi el at şuraya - yormayinbeni
only eat drink throw a hand here sldkfjsldkfjslkdfjsdlkfjsdklf not throw ahHAHAHAHDKNsfsf - yormayinbeni
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
blogunuza yazamadık biz de buraya yazarız. bok yiyin. - sizlerin galad
bump - Laura Norvig
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
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!!!!!
Show all
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! - LB needs a break.
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.
Message (1).jpg
Message (2).jpg
Show all
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! - vicster.
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 Silenced
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
You'll still be ON Friendfeed, right? - April Buchheit
Congratulations, and best wishes! - John Craft
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 - Final Countdown
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
Other ways to read this feed:Feed readerFacebook