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Louis Gray
Louis Gray
Kim Neunert
Why Wolfram Alpha fails - Joel on Software -
“They create an incomplete model of the giant electronic brain in their own, non-giant, non-electronic brains. Of course, since the giant electronic brain is a million lines of code which is constantly changing, this is a painful, inadequate and error-prone task.” ... verwenden die etwa keinen mdsd-ansatz? Wäre gerade für die eigentlich tragisch ... - Kim Neunert
Berci Mesko, MD
Berci Mesko, MD
Am both amused & depressed that so many newspapers online now have comment threads that reveal that reading is no guarantee of intelligence
Capitalism's disappointed father -
In a seemingly perverse way, the current financial climate of the credit crunch and crisis of capitalism, which has led to some revival in Marx, has also drawn attention to Adam Smith's legacy. - Emsquared
Thank you for the link. :) - Roland Hesz
Apple Falls to Third Place in Reliability Report, Loses to Asus and Lenovo/IBM -
Apple Falls to Third Place in Reliability Report, Loses to Asus and Lenovo/IBM
Apple, the previous champ in RESCUECOM's consumer reliability 2008 report, just got demolished by Asus in an almost 3 to 1 score for Q1 2009. It even loses to Lenovo. - Shevonne from Bookmarklet
Yeah, it's too bad that for some of the new products, Apple's quality control seems to have slipped. On the other hand, their return and repair services are great, and they seem to bend over backwards to fix or replace to cover any problems you're having. - Stan Scott
Shots Leak of Lenovo Pocket Yoga Netbook, Looks Like it Actually Fits In a Pocket -
Shots Leak of Lenovo Pocket Yoga Netbook, Looks Like it Actually Fits In a Pocket
Toooooooooooo mutherf*ckin' small! - Russell Wagner
Pretty much yeah. - Shevonne
Erm... so its a Sony ripoff? - Gerard van Schip
or a nokia communicator ripoff. - Carolyn Chan
that's a great one Zehra! - Laura Norvig
or a Jornada 680 ripoff? circa 1998 - April Russo
Ballmer: Microsoft Still Wants Yahoo! - BusinessWeek -
"Microsoft (MSFT) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer says he's still interested in buying Yahoo! (YHOO), or at least part of it." - Shevonne from Bookmarklet
Kol Tregaskes
What are you essential WordPress plugins?
For example, what pluings to do you use for Flickr, caching, SEO/meta tags, Google Analytics/Sitemaps, Twitter and FriendFeed? - Kol Tregaskes
I'm not a big Flickr user, but for some of the others - All In One SEO, Super Cache, Ultimate Google Analytics, Google XML Sitemaps, Akismet for spam of course, WPTouch for iPhone friendly theme, Tweet This, Subscribe Remind (reminder to RSS subscribe for new visitors), Subscribe to Comments - Patrick Jordan
Patrick, I have most of those listed, yes very important. - Kol Tregaskes
Here's what I use: Disqus, All In One SEO, Clicky Web Analytics, FeedBurner FeedSmith, Google Analytics for WordPress, Google XML Sitemaps, MediaRSS, Redirection, WP-Cache, FriendFeed Comments - Michael Hocter
Sean, some new ones there for me, sill check them out. Thanks, Michael. - Kol Tregaskes
Disqus/Intense Debate (different blogs), Zemanta, FriendFeed Comments, FlickrRSS, Feedburner, SEO All-In-One, Most Tweeted Commented, Most Recently Tweeted. Not sure about the names of the Twitter plugins. - Shevonne
Oh yeah Akismet - Shevonne
Sociable, Disqus, MediaRSS (for posting to FF!), the rest are built in now. Akismet (comes with) is necessary. - anna sauce
I'm glad it comes with Akismet now, makes sense. - Kol Tregaskes
Amber, FF comments for me too... once I get it working. ;-) - Kol Tregaskes
Amber, never got it working. I was actually very quite on FF this weekend as I worked on my sites for most of it. Posted a few things here and there not much. Ah well, I'll stick to FF until I can get that working. - Kol Tregaskes
i think BudyPress is one of the most innovative plugins . possibly the future of the 'fluid social web' - Alensa
Akismet. Too much spam otherwise. What else do I use? The Stats plugin is useful. Google sitemaps generator. Reply-to-comments so that emails go out when there are replies to a comment someone subscribed to. I'd like to use the FriendFeed plugin, but my posts don't get discussed on FriendFeed (more on Twitter, which isn't really great for discussion) - Colin Charles from twhirl
I'll try to only include ones I didn't see above...Add to Any, flickrRSS, Ozh' Who Sees Ads, WP Post Ratings, WP-Simple Viewer, pageMash, Social Homes - Justin Korn
Zong is also a great plugin if you are into monetizing premium content - Alensa
AVH Amazon, cforms II, flickrRSS, Math Comment Spam Protection, Netflix-X2, Picasa Photos, Publish To Facebook, Search Everything, Sticky Menu, TwitterCounter, Twitter for Wordpress, WP-EMail, WP-Print - Patty Bradley
I use All in one SEO pack, Google XML Sitemaps, Sociable, Tweetroll, No Ping Wait, among others included. - Carlos Lorenzo
Akismet, All in One SEO Pack, Google XML Sitemaps, FriendFeed Comments, Dagon Design Sitemap Generator, and a few others - Tamar Weinberg
Add to Any Share/Save/Bookmark Button - Pat
Pat, I saw that while browsing yesterday. I'm currently using ShareThis which I think covers similar services. - Kol Tregaskes
I would have to agree Akismet sits up there pretty high. - Sean
Thomas Hawk
New Law in the UK May Make it Illegal to Photograph the Police After February 16th -
New Law in the UK May Make it Illegal to Photograph the Police After February 16th
There should be an angry emoticon, the smiling face does not express what I feel about this - M F
from Paul's post here: - Thomas Hawk
It's nice to see the UK becoming a police state, too. (not really, just being bitter). - Jason Shultz from twhirl
ridiculous - MikeAmundsen
This makes me so angry! With this and all the other erosion of civil liberties in the UK clearly the Muslim extremists have won the 'war on terror'. - Mel Buckpitt
Well this isn't right. - Michael Forian
I loved London but with all this crap, I wouldn't want to live there. - Juan Pablo González
Considering they randomly stop and searched me under the same act, because I didnt look scared of a man with a semi automatic.. It doesnt suprise me. - Mark
somehow 'liked' is not an accurate way of stating my opinion on this subject...if this happens it will be a sad day for the UK. - Greg Lato
It reminds me of another system where it was forbidden to take photos of the police. The UK labeled it a "communist dictatorship" - I don't see the UK down the road toward communism.... - Roland Hesz
So who's going to be monitoring the police? MI5? - sofarsoShawn
I think this is not as bad as people are making it sound. As I commented on Paul's post (see: Parliament has modified the bill and also seems to have gone the extra mile (err, kilometer) to clarify that the bill cannot punish people who do not have demonstrable terrorist intent. I'll post a quote below. - Anthony Citrano
From the UK Parliament site ( one should read the final bill as "Royally Assented" (the last version.) The language is different. Also, this quote from the House of Lords Committee report on the bill: "For the offence to be committed, [the] information obtained, published or communicated would have to be such as to raise... more... - Anthony Citrano
I think I may want to carry a copy of this around with me. Just in case. Especially sobering is the fact that its an amendment to the Terrorisim Act 2000. - Roberto Bonini
The thing is, all of the anti terrorism laws have been abused for things totally out of the realm of terrorism. This law makes it very easy to shut down anyone trying to get evidence of police abuse of powers or brutality. Our government needs to learn a very important word - transparency! - alphaxion
I do agree with you guys that it's a concern, I was just saying the intent of the Parliament is not what it's made out to be. Having said all that, i don't see why we (US, UK, wherever) need more laws. - Anthony Citrano
How the English could give away their personal freedoms so easily is beyond me-first it's the CCTV capital of the world, then it was Habeus Corpus and now this, all in the name of terrorism! British MP's should be ashamed at being so hoodwinked by this insidious legislation which is just re-enforcing what has become a police state. - Jack Sagel
Horrible, but not at all surprising. Even before the rise of the “war on terror” Britain has been walking down the path toward becoming a tightly controlled police state. This is just another step that the UK government is taking toward its fascist future. - Chris Charabaruk
Marshall Sponder
Ah!!! So Seth puts his finger on a great truth - many businesses can't adapt to social media because they're not structured to. Ha! - Marshall Sponder
T.A. Abinandanan
Seth's advice on how to deal with assholes in the bully avatar. - T.A. Abinandanan
Muthu Ramadoss
Some developers really code the requirements blindly -
Extra Person per night on a Honeymoon?? LOL. - Muthu Ramadoss
Well, you should not rob them of the possibility of a threesome I guess? :) - Roland Hesz from twhirl
Ha! Thoughtful thinking then :) - Muthu Ramadoss
Tyson Key
Hmm, idle thought - both Facebook, Inc and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation share the initials FBI, and both collect and hold information on a vast number of people on a global scale. Coincidence, no?
Freud with us:) - Igor Poltavskiy
Orli Yakuel
Scobleizer, you can learn so much about your followers behavior with:
Cool. Interestingly, according to this service I lost 1 follower when i posted a link of Atari’s 1984 Touch Tablet unboxing. Imagine the hard feelings one can get from this revelation. - Nir Ben Yona
Carlos Granier-Phelps
When will we have Xobni for Gmail? -
When will we have Xobni for Gmail?
When will we have Xobni for Gmail?
A great idea. Probably about the same time it comes out of beta. - Keith - @tsudo
If you add your gmail account to outlook you can use it now - Michael Johnson
that would be ok except non webbased email apps tether me to a single machine - Keith - @tsudo
Karen Swim
7 Limiting Beliefs Fatal to New Business Owners -
Louis Gray
New Blog Post: As I Get Older, Some Online "Friending" Gets Creepier
@Jim, it could be worse. I didn't check to see if "barely legal" was taken. And maybe it's better that I have it than somebody else who would be linking to a darker place. - Louis Gray
I think that the fact, that someone at 31 is having problems with being followed online by a 14 year old geek - who is probably seeking a role-model - or by a 20 year old girl (isn't that what people used to call woman in saner times?), and instantly starts to worry about "people assuming things" is telling. When I was 10-14 I used to hang out with older people, learning from the collegues of my mother - usually mechanical engineers or such - or of my father - working in the computer industry. - Roland Hesz
@Roland... telling? Explain a bit for us. - Louis Gray
I think it is a sad thing that you have to worry about "what people will assume??" If a teenager can't follow adults, how in the heck will they find a normal, everyday role model? How will they learn something useful? Why don't we just wall off people of separate ages? Sorry, but this is just plain crazy. - Roland Hesz
I'm 36. I have friends and colleagues who are 20. Ay 18, one of my best friends - and a great mentor - was nearly 30. Don't worry about it. - Didi Chanoch
@Louis Gray telling that you have to worry about it. That's a problem I think. - Roland Hesz
Part of this is also that the perspective is changing as well. I've been at the same company for about 8 years, starting there when I was 23. I've always been the youngest, or one of the younger, people in a specific category. As I grow older, and the next generation starts to be in the peer group, it takes getting used to. (Not creepy per se, just new) - Louis Gray
@Jim problem is, that if a Hungarian teenager wants to learn about, say rocket science, he will have to look for a US engineer say. Given that it takes about 20 hours to fly to the US, or more, the offline bit is impossible. The online thing will work, and sometimes that's the only way. And a 20 years old is not a youngster. That's an adult :) - Roland Hesz
Louis, that tinyurl link is throwing 500 errors. - Duncan Riley
@Duncan it works perfectly for me. maybe try the full. - Roland Hesz
Roland, ended up going to Louis' site directly, but the tinyurl... here's a pic - Duncan Riley
@Jim I agree. I still think it's not about the age, it's about the 1) reason and context of contact 2) modified by age. What is perfectly normal with someone over 20 or your own age is weird with a teenager, and the other way around. But I would not say that "I won't contact people younger by X years". I will not in any circumstances welcome a kid on Second Life, but I will gladly talk with him or her about software development or music on twitter, msn, plurk, whatever. - Roland Hesz
@Duncan I see, well, I believed you, just tried to help, but then all is good :) - Roland Hesz
Michael Arrington just tweeted that TinyURL appears to be "completely hosed." - Ontario Emperor from fftogo
To find all relevant conversations, search for "creepier" and ignore the older stuff. - Ontario Emperor from fftogo
This is an ancient thread, but I just read the article. My life situation is strange (10-yr-old at college), and I wish that people would just value others based on who they are (not title, class, sex, race, age). I'm 41 and take ballet/jazz/hip-hop classes with people -29 yrs younger, and was at a springboard diving competition with a lady +64 yrs older. One relationship was with a lady +16 yrs older, but always with older women. My Facebook friends are 17-75 (avg 37). - Mitchell Tsai
ancient thread perhaps, but thanks to things like FF, I get to be alerted to it in all my business lately and it was very thought provoking. got my wheels-a-turnin. I might just write something on it soon. This is what I love about technologies like this and other aggregators - posts that normally might have escaped me are brought into the foreground for me to "munch" on and digest and... more... - Melissa Davis from twhirl
Melissa: I saw this article in Louis's monthly recap (July 2008) Have you read that yet? - Mitchell Tsai
But don't you seperate who you add on twitter for example compared to maybe Facebook. I hardly check who adds me on twitter, compared to Facebook which I only add people I've met in real life, and non of 'virtual friends' Mind you, so far I know... I don't have any kids following me or adding me 2 FF, FB or Twitter... To a great extent, its just how much of your life willing to put online for whole world to see. - Sebastiaan van den Akker
I think it is refreshing that someone actually thinks of this. So many just want the followers. Age wasn't really the focus to me, but it seems that was the stopping point for many. It was more about that weird feeling of when you know you've stepped into a maturity level that is not your own. And frankly, at some of the levels things can get dicey. And generally, that has some relationship to age (but not always). It is creepy. - Boo
Apologies for coming late to this discussion, but don't see a point having been made here tht I think needs to be made: wrt twitter, ffeed and (at least), following/subscribing is very much NOT the same as "friending" on other, more deliberately "social" social media e.g. facebook. I've never used the latter, so actually have trouble groking this issue. For me, subscribing/following says nothing about any desire for reciprocity; I'm just using a tool to make it easier to read your stuff. - Tegan Dowling
Oh, crud, sorry -- I see my point/issue *is* well-addressed over on the other thread, at Come on, Ffeed, get that de-duping stuff done! - Tegan Dowling
I'm 47 and my feelings on this issue are complicated. I do feel creepy when I find myself occasionally in situations surrounded by people 22-25 years my junior (in other words, 22-25-year-olds). Or more -- I felt totally gross when I innocently friended my 17-year-old niece on Facebook, only to find that I was apparently more than twice the age of her next-oldest friend. Eww! (con't on next rock) - Mitch Wagner
OTOH, it's wrong to judge people based on their age. And, as we get older, we have to work to keep our brains from becoming calcified, and one way to do that is to associate with people of *all* ages. I surround myself with people whom I consider peers, aged from early 20s to nearly 70, and I think that's good. When I find myself in a gathering that's much younger than me, I try to behave in a manner appropriate to my age -- which, I think, involves being a bit aloof and avuncular. (con't on next rock) - Mitch Wagner
That said: I like to go to clubs in Second Life, and when SL introduced voice, I was pleased to see a lot of people were using voice in one of my favorite clubs. I switched on voice myself -- only to discover that most of the people on voice appeared to be teen-agers. Ewwwww! I had no idea that they were teens -- I guess when we're clubbing in SL, we all behave a bit in an adolescent fashion. I never went back to that club again. - Mitch Wagner
Leopard savaging a crocodile caught on camera - Telegraph -
Leopard savaging a crocodile caught on camera - Telegraph
"A series of incredible pictures taken at a South African game reserve document the first known time that a leopard has taken on and defeated one of the fearsome reptiles." - edythe from Bookmarklet
WOW! that's amazing...I've never heard of a big cat taking on a croc! - Susan Beebe
Whoa...kinda like the question we had as kids, "who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman?" Leopard got this one. - Hutch Carpenter
Quote from the article: "It just doesn't make sense. The meat you get out of a crocodile is just not worth the risk it takes a predator to acquire." LOL Ok, *you* tell that to the leopard. Clearly, this leopard has not been on the interwebs and keeping up-to-date on prey meat quality risk-to-reward ratios. I'll be rolling up the windows on the Range Rover. :-D - Karim
Two of my favorite animals. - James
poor hunting, Croc does not make a nice meal - Duncan Riley
Reminds me of a great quote from the early days of the Web, when the heat was between an upstart Netscape and a (then) predatory, monopolist Microsoft. The press quote, attributed to Marc Andreessen (but clearly originating from Jim Barksdale) was: "In a battle between the bear and the crocodile, victory is determined by on whose turf the fight is waged" or something like that. - John McCrea
Maybe it was not a hunt for the meal, but a precautionary kill. Leopard's morning strolls are 1 croc safer now. - Roland Hesz
This looks like a revenge killing. Just as odd, if not more so, I know. Yet, that's what I see. Maybe it was a territorial thing. I would also expect, once you find yourself a leopard in a fight with a croc, you better go to the death because he will. - Michael W. May
Video or it didn't happen - Shey
Yeah MWM I agree. This is one of those things that if you (the leopard) start, you'd better finish, and fast. - Anthony Citrano
=O - Mona Nomura from fftogo
I think the croc is attacking the leopard with his back. - Barak B
You plan your day around, and mentally prepare for hippo activities AND THEN THIS HAPPENS! Sheesh. - Micah from twhirl
Barak: you reminded me of the Woody Allen line from Play It Again, Sam: "I snapped my chin onto a guy's fist, and then hit another guy in the knee with my nose." - Anthony Citrano
@Barak..LMFAO!!! That comment gave this pic a whole new meaning for me - Rahsheen
great photos! that leopard must've been hungry - Cee Bee
Big cats are territorial by nature- the croc might have invaded its space. - Peter Dawson
alex de carvalho
The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy -
The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy
Just read an article that used "likelier" - sounds weird to me - is it "likelier" "more likely" or either?
haha i think it's more likely - Hao Chen
Definitely more likely - Sergio Cruz
Her Most Highest Majesty declared it to be more likelier. - Roland Hesz
It's actually both. - Colin Walker
likelier just sounds so weird - Marco(aureliusmaximus)
this editor says, "more likely" - Linda Mills
More likely is properer English but I think likelier is at the point where it's commonly accepted (unlike properer.) ;) - Anthony Citrano
I'm voting for "more likely". Two syllables generally calls for "more" instead of "-er". - xero
BTW I agree with Linda: likelier feels ok to me verbally but I'd never write it. - Anthony Citrano
@Ole, nice. - xero
Karen Swim
JibberJobber Blog » Blog Archive » LinkedIn Maintenance: Do This Right Now (or else?) -
Great reminder from Jason Alba on why we can't trust everything to work perfectly. Take 2 minutes to read his post and another 2 to take his advice. - Karen Swim from Bookmarklet
I am glad I did this before - not because of fearing to lose my data, simply I keep an offline copy of everything. It is an annoying thing, and actually I am astonished that they have no backup in place. If they can not restore an account, doest that mean that in case of some big trouble (DB server dying), LinkedIn will be wiped out? No daily backups or archives of the DB? - Roland Hesz
Steve Isaacs
E3 2008: More Creatures in Spore Than in Real Life -
E3 2008: More Creatures in Spore Than in Real Life
Louis Gray
Some might say social media is a myth - do you? -
I do think that the "Social Media" label sounds a bit up it's own arse, but what else would you call it? I don't believe that it is a myth though; just look at the interactions that take place here on FF (as one example) - relationships develop as people share and comment; no one can deny that it's not social! - Andrew Terry
Thomas Frütel
V12 Designs’ Dual-Touchscreen Notebook Coming within Two Years -
V12 Designs’ Dual-Touchscreen Notebook Coming within Two Years
Now this looks interesting. Curious. - Roland Hesz
My Rant on Loren Feldman -
Shey I was nodding my head the entire time I was reading this post. I completely agree! - Corvida from twhirl
Racism just like blacks shouldn't exist! (I swear it's a famous joke by a so generous french humorist) :) - directeur from NoiseRiver
@directeur Well race -- it's just a social construct. At the end of the day, we're all human, flesh and blood. Race is just a factor of the power imbalance in the world -- created along ethnic lines. - Shey
@Shey: I'm white but look at my avatar :) I have so much respect for every nice man/woman in this earth. The race things is because we "generally" have eyes. How do blind people "see" the race thing? See what I mean? :) - directeur from NoiseRiver
@directeur yeah, exactly - Shey
Blind people see the race thing just like everyone else really does, as a cultural values thing. Even blind people know glorifying living in the ghetto and pimpin' hos is probably not a good idea from a social context. - Alexander Williams from NoiseRiver
Awesome post, Shey. I'm glad people actually posted about this. - Rahsheen
Thanks Rahsheen, glad you liked it - Shey
I had never seen the video at the end... doesn't surprise me though - Bwana ☠
I have to ask though; isn't this a year old why all the heat now? I had no idea who this guy was until Corvida and You posted about it. Maybe as a black bloggger it would only seem right if i expressed my 2 cents on it too - Gordon Swaby
Alexander's comment is exactly the problem racism yields. There is no "Black Culture" that glorifies "pimping hoes" or living in the ghetto. What you see on TV, and what is reality are not the same. The idea that Blacks have "lower cultural values" is at the core of racist ideology. - Jasmin Smith
Gordon, I never saw it recently either, literally a couple weeks ago. Blog away if you like :) - Shey
Key race is the human race! The rest is just details. - Mark Forman
Somebody apparently dug it up. Probably when they found out about the Verizon deal. I read somewhere that he had pissed of some other people before this, so they could possibly have had something to do with it. - Rahsheen
One of the things I like about FriendFeed is that it proves Loren's video assertion (comical or otherwise) is untrue. That there are black nerds and bloggers and are adding to the conversation. It is very refreshing to me to hear from black people and women on the internet. I like to get a better sampling of "people" not middle-aged white men. All I need for that one is the mirror or listening to my own thoughts. - Mark Forman
Funny you should say that, Jasmin, because that's the culture black cultural entrepreneurs are selling. Look at urban culture in general and look to who produces it. Largely middle-class blacks from urban homes. If we can't expect they know what best sells to their home communities, who can we? - Alexander Williams from NoiseRiver
The comment I made on the Mashable post was that in competitive improv, we were taught never to go for the "easy" humor because it's not respectable and its not sustainable. All Loren Feldman has going for him is an easy laugh obtained from a sea of classless appreciators. He deserved to get this ripped away from him. - Jennifer Leggio
OK Alexander. Let's look at the So-Called Black Music Industry (Specifically hip hop/R&B. Who creates and markets it... white men... who buys it.. white kids... - Jasmin Smith
Well said Mark. I need to ask how long ago did he get the "verizion deal"? Because i was watching one of his videos where he was commenting on it and he lauded himself for getting the deal; seemed a tad bit excited, must have been a shame to lose it. - Gordon Swaby
@Shey, sadly racism is alive and well in America. Your post was spot-on. Bravos! - Dave Martin
I defy someone to find me another place - online or in the real world - that facilitates conversations like this about topics as sensitive as this. You find me a place where people regularly express the thoughts and ideas that have been expressed above about a topic like this and I will frequent it every bit as often as I do Friend Feed (ok maybe not EVERY bit - there are only so many hours in a day...) - Marco(aureliusmaximus)
Marco, absolutely - this is why I can`t stop blogging about FriendFeed :) - Shey
It would be good if my question was answered, please and thank you. - Gordon Swaby
Thanks Dave, unfortunately there are many who turn a blind eye or will even deny it. - Shey
@Gordon Apparently it only lasted a week: - Shey
@Dave Martin Racism is alive and well here in Canada too. Don't even get me started.. especially when it comes to how Canada has treated and continues to treat our Aboriginal people. Sadly, unless you've experienced the negative effects of racism directly, it's difficult to understand the lived experiences of people who are discriminated against SOLELY because of the colour of their skin... not their "lack of moral character" as our friend Alexander has mistakenly suggested. - Jasmin Smith
Jasmin, you must be living in an interesting parallel world. I think I can say with some comfortable surety at least in the context of Atlanta's hip hop media and entertainment industry that it's very, very predominantly a black enterprise. White kids may be buying it up in bulk, but that's because there are a lot of white kids and somewhat fewer black kids. Thus the term "minority." - Alexander Williams from NoiseRiver
Thanks for the link @ shey - Gordon Swaby from Alert Thingy
Wow.. I saw this friend feed post and it sent me on a wild tangent through the web to Corvida's site and to the TechCrunch article that I somehow missed. Glad to see things come back around regardless of who the target was. - Adam Helweh
Unfortunately I think Feldman and his "shock jock" nature will try to capitalize on this negative publicity somehow. :-/ - Jennifer Leggio
Alex, I live in Canada, thanks.... but in your country, (America I presume) the Hip Hop industry is overwhelming supported by young white kids, and financially backed by their older white "parents and grandparents." While Black men and women stand as the figureheads in the industry, with the exception of a few big names, the money goes into the hands of the top execs.. who are predominately White. - Jasmin Smith
@Jennifer I wouldn`t be surprised - Shey
@Alexander, I am an artist in Atlanta. I know many other artists in Atlanta. The problem is that these artists talk about what they live. The big record companies help to market and glorify these things. White kids support this industry. The record companies put the black artists in positions where it looks like they run the show, but they are just managers/supervisors...not CEO's. - Rahsheen
and while we're on the issue of "minorities" -- it has nothing to do with numbers and EVERYTHING to do with which groups hold the POWER in society. Racism is then perpetuated through the maintenance of these power structures along "racial lines" -- promoting stereotypes to denigrate racial minorities, all the while elevate whiteness to "the norm" (intentionally and unintentionally) which further stratifies society... - Jasmin Smith
Jennifer-who's to say he isn't the one to instigate the Verizon protest issue. It's possible that Verizon deal not so great and he hoped to generate even more publicity through this brouhaha. Hard to say when you're dealing with performance artist that is comfortable using "shock." Anything is possible. Loren might be many things but certainly dumb isn't one of them. - Mark Forman
@Mark It's quite possible. But hopefully since his notoriety is in limited circles a respectable mainstream business would realize there is more detriment than value to dealing with him. Again, the operative word being "hope." - Jennifer Leggio
So, if the "black culture" Loren parodies (well or poorly) in his video is created by, marketed by, consumed by, and enjoyed by whites, is it racist then to mock? Because, Hell, it ain't black at all by that measure and any REAL black person'd know he couldn't POSSIBLY be talking about them, right? Or are we assuming that since blacks aren't competent, driven, or cunning enough to... more... - Alexander Williams from NoiseRiver
With the video at the end. Spot on. Sometimes you get off the hook, sometimes there are consequences. Now he met some. - Roland Hesz
Alex, your opinion truly illuminates what is wrong with race relations in (the) America(s). Because you, and people like you have ignorantly bought into the stereotypes about Blacks (and no doubt other minorities) you fail to understand the social significance that your type of ignorance causes. It's too much to get into here. I'll sum it up in a blog post later. - Jasmin Smith
Thanks Tsega -- I don`t get it either - Shey
It's really mind-boggling how impossible it is to actually explain race issues to people who have not lived them - Rahsheen
@Jennifer, We can only hope that Feldman does call further attention to this situation, that he does attempt to rally and in that process out those like thinkers who support his plainly racist notions of humor and entertainment. We can not let this stand. We have the collective power to turn his cavalier dismissal into an indictment. We have the responsibility to call to account any advertiser that supports what is now a history of racist stereotyping for profit. If not us, who? If not now, when? - Dave Martin
OMG the irony of the video! LOL, yah he's a total loser. - Trula
@Dave I not once implied that we shouldn't continue to raise the issue. Nor do I have any doubt that Feldman will continue to fan the flames himself. My comment was merely about how I hope he does not profit from the increased notoriety this situation has caused. Not sure where you got the other part. - Jennifer Leggio
@Alexander No matter how they originate, the stereotypes end up hurting racially. When someone who's just met me jokes about not bringing a crack pipe, or when an Ivy League school president is followed around a store to make sure she won't steal anything, if you can visualize someone being negatively impacted, do you visualize a white person? How about anyone of the same "race" as the one working off the stereotype? - MiniMage
@Jennifer, by his own hand let him come to be known for what he defends and let his supporters and fellow travelers be named. I learned as a child it was a good thing the KKK sported the cover of sheets, it told us who they were. - Dave Martin
@Dave OK, I am not nor never disagreed with you. Just think you missed my point. Regardless, we're on the same side, so we can stop wasting Shey's quality convo space. :) - Jennifer Leggio
Closed circuit to Feldman: A quote by the great philosopher king Mike Tyson seems apropos here, think about it..."Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth." - Dave Martin
Alexander: "Black culture" isn't monolithic; what you're describing is a substrate of hip-hop culture. Is that substrate unusually visible? Well, yeah... white kids in search of rebellion-by-proxy lap it up, making the artists in question enormously successful, which in turn attracts those in the black community who are starved for signs of economic and societal success. It's a big, complicated puzzle... not a simple matter of glorification. - Roger Benningfield
Roger, if only I could "Like" a comment :) - Rahsheen
@Shey Great post. Thanks for sharing your feelings on this issue. Unfortunately, these discussions just show how far we have left to go and how much we white people have to learn. - swhitley
Amazed by all the people still saying that it's not racist. As you know it's easy to say when you're not the target of the ridicule.It really doesn't matter because corporate America doesn't like controversy. It's as simple as that. - Kenya
It seems to me that this is a classic proof that yes, words really do have consequences. Feldman likes to swagger, talk tough, and put on this macho act about how he's the only guy with big enough balls to say things other folks would rather not hear. But now that he's pissed people off enough that there are actual consequences, he says it was "satire" and complains that people are too easily offended. Well, wasn't it part of his goal to offend people? If you're going to play bad boy, play it all the way. - Nathan Rein
I have only recently come to learn of Loren Feldman - and now I wish I hadn't. I know he works to rub everyone up the wrong way, but his lack of understanding on matters is vapid to non-existent. I hadn't heard of his potentially racist path, but somehow it doesn't surprise me. - CannonGod
nathan-bingo-like the wise man said,"You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?" - Mark Forman
I'm continuously amused by the number of people who decry Loren's comments as racist and essentially call for his lynching. If we add up the number of people suggesting that black people need protection from such hurtful words with the people suggesting such things should never be said and never be allowed to be said, it becomes rapidly clear that racism may be the issue on the table... more... - Alexander Williams from NoiseRiver
@Alexander: Feldman has freedom of speech. So do the posters here. What's your point? He has the freedom to be an asshole, these guys have the freedom to call him an asshole... - Barry de la Rosa
@Alexander Lynching? First off, you'd think another word would have been appropriate. Second, no one is trying to kill him or jail him or hurt him. I don't think any of this is at the level of what he's done to others. - Shey
Alexander: I know it's possible you're discussing this in several venues and thus addressing the aggregate feedback you're getting, but no one here is calling for Feldman's lynching, essentially or otherwise. I'm not even willing to call his performance "racist", since I prefer not to attribute something to malice when stupidity will suffice. - Roger Benningfield
@Alexander So the white people who support Shey's post secretly think Loren's video was okay and are just trying to look good? The logic in that escapes me. - swhitley
Alexander: I'll let you in on a little secret... if Feldman were some factory worker getting fired because a special interest group protested his off-hours activity, I'd be defending him. Not his actual speech, but his right to express himself without being deprived of his unrelated job. I don't support firing a nurse because she's a cam-girl on her own time, a teacher because he supports gay causes, or anything of the sort. The problem is that Feldman's speech and his job are one and the same. - Roger Benningfield
Roger, at the point at which 1938 Media goes in as a pre-roll, that's not on his own time. That's business. The same business Verizon signed up. - Cyndy
Cyndy: Yup. - Roger Benningfield
Dare Obasanjo
The "Popularity" of FriendFeed is a Bug in the Social Software Ecosystem -
To be honest, as I avoid Facebook like fire, FriendFeed is a way better solution than a Facebook app :) If you consider people like me - ie. not on Facebook - then you can see that FriendFeed is not exactly a bug. - Roland Hesz
Totally different vibe on FriendFeed and Facebook. I'm not having to ignore Zombies and Pirates and Poker Games (etc.) on FriendFeed. FriendFeed is open, Facebook isn't at all. - Jon Galloway
I still don't have a Facebook account. I don't feel like I'm missing anything I can't get elsewhere, at a finer granularity level, and without having to deal with an irritating walled garden mentality. - Dave Walker
The only reason why I have accounts on MySpace and Facebook is to reconnect with people who I have lost touch with - and to communicate with people who SOLELY use them. Other than that, I largely ignore them. - brian cors
Ontario Emperor
Has anyone written the book How to Lose Friends and Disinfluence People yet?
Have not seen it yet, but I would love to read it. - Roland Hesz
They have but they made a really bad impression with the publishers they met with so no one would agree to print the book, they were going to print it themselves but they pissed off the distributors and buyers for major book stores so no one would carry it, they were going to just throw it online as an e-book but every time they had the slightest glitch with their isp or blog host they were so offensive to the customer service reps that their access was shut off. - Marco(aureliusmaximus)
Yes, there are several versions, but the earliest seems to be - Rob Diana
More information on the Irving Dart Tressler 1937 parody referenced by Rob Diana: - Ontario Emperor
This thread, among other items, inspired a blog post on Irving Dart Tressler: - Ontario Emperor
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