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Cat Owner Builds Epic Box Tower on MSN Video -
Cat Owner Builds Epic Box Tower on MSN Video
After his cat went through a painful ear infection, this caring cat owner decided to build the little guy an awesome box tower. - Halil from Bookmarklet
It's cool - M F
*bump* plz see - Halil
news link is not available anymore, check this youtube link instead, - Halil
Caring cat owner? Or psychologically dominated cat owner - Mo Kargas
[HELP] Friendfeed doesn't import my Twitter feed since 48 hours...Manual refresh on Twitter doesn't work too...why?
same here :( - Aline Ohannessian
Same here. Is it because of the new Twitter API or something else? - @barisunver
any idea?? still not working... - catepol
Is it because of the new Twitter API? Is there something to modify? - catepol
It's working for me now, except yesterday's twits weren't updated. But I just tweeted something and my FF profile is updated immediately. - @barisunver
@barisunver is your twitter account protected or not? (just to understand) - catepol
It's not. - @barisunver
I've got the same problem, and my Twitter account isn't protected either. It has to be the API thing. - Ciaoenrico
But if this is the problem, how come my Brightkite account doesn't have any problem writing to my Twitter account? - Ciaoenrico
Just because brightkite maybe did the update requested by twitter :) - Napolux
so please FF do this fucking update requested by Twitter's new API!!! - catepol
But if Brightkite did that, wouldn't I have gotten a request for an OAuth from Twitter for it? That's what the e-mail said. I do wish FF would look into it, though - it's annoying. - Ciaoenrico
well, it's even (still) not possible to connect to twitter. It says all the the time, could not find the twitter account :( - plejaden
Unable to add any of my Twitter accounts, either. A buddy says it works fine for him. Nice. - Michael Kaiser
same here... ff doesn't import tweet - Edoardo Odorico
It doesn't import anything of mine: Tumblr, YouTube, blogs etc - M F
Same here I can't even add the twitter account - Bren @ Headlines-Today
Same here, can't even add my twitter account. - Ludvig Lindblom
I am having the same problem as well, cant add my twitter account. - deniztan
Friendfeed doesn't import my Twitter feed :( - сквозь пельменную
Mine too! - @barisunver
Same problem here. - Bruce Wayne
Kwasi Kwarteng: 'We have created a culture in which people can, as a lifestyle, opt not to work' - video | Comment is free | -
Kwasi Kwarteng: 'We have created a culture in which people can, as a lifestyle, opt not to work' - video | Comment is free |
"Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng, the co-author of Britannia Unchained, argues that Britons must work harder if the country is to compete with China and India. He says purpose of the welfare system has been distorted since its incarnation in postwar Britain and that people should no longer shy away from manual labour" - M F from Bookmarklet
This is interesting. When I was young I worked in pubs for very little money, but if you complain on how poor you are when you do manual work in this country, people will tell you to study and improve yourself and get a better job. - M F
Which ok might not work for everyone and someone has to clean the streets. - M F
But then you cannot tell people to go back and clean the streets for little money when you have been telling them for decades that it is their responsibility to improve themselves. Sorry but when you have a family and lose your job you cannot survive on the minimum wage without the help of the welfare state even if you are prepared to do manual work and work at all hours. - M F
I just love it when a former Etonian and Oxbridge grad tells people they need to do (hard) manual labour and not shy away from work! :-/ - Halil
To be honest I think I had more fun working in pubs than in offices, it's the low pay that is the problem. Hard work is fine but not to have money to feed yourself properly when you work full time is not acceptable. - M F
Hard/dirty/grimy work and low pay will always be married partners so long as the people running those enterprises are driven by greed. I refer you to this article posted by Spidra: - Halil
A lot of people would pick low pay for a job they enjoy - as long as they can live on it and save a little. Even hard manual work can be enjoyable - many of these jobs have visible results and a good team spirit - again as long as you can live decently on what you earn, and are correctly provided for (i.e. employer takes duty of care seriously), and can save a little. I want to know... more... - Iphigenie
And what is so wrong to a world where people could, as a lifestyle, decide not to work? There's not enough work for everyone, the kind of growth we'd need to give everyone a job would implie consumption on a scale that is unsustainable, and most people who don't work happen to be carers or do other valuable social roles, or are people who need help and care. Making them "work" wouldnt help anyone. - Iphigenie
I try not to buy anything from places that don't pay their staff a decent wage but it is difficult as I cannot do the research required for every single thing I buy or use, I like the idea of a Fair Trade, or Fair Wage label, that would be cool. - M F
Yeah - it gets to be pretty impossible if you look at how they pay/treat people here, how they pay/treat people abroad, how they treat their suppliers, environmental considerations, whether they have a side business in anti-personal mines, or other unethical behaviours part or present - you can't buy much. Pick your compromise. - Iphigenie
@Iphigenie your statement is so depressingly true - Halil
If you can afford the time to find them, find small companies, small retailers etc. It's no guarantee but in general they just treat their people better, because individuals are more visible in a company of 500 than of 50000. Problem is we dont have the time to find research for every product. And when even the coop can start squeezing farmers to oblivion, you have to keep researching... more... - Iphigenie
to go back to what these guys are saying - it's interesting how these things are always framed as some kind of choice. Women chose to work part time or stop work to care for children (not mentioning that they might chose differently if other choices were possible). People chose not to work (again, if other choices were possible, if more support and choices had been available, most of these people would have chosen paths that don't lead to them not finding decent, humane, work). - Iphigenie
I agree and all these people are privileged they have always had choices they cannot imagine what it like when you do not have them or you only have a few and all very unsatisfactory. - M F
Choice is an illusion, at least for many. When you have no money, no prospects, no old school boy contacts to help you along, choice is not an option. It's better to be rich and dumb, than poor and dumb, since the latter will always get stick. And on that point, how many rich dumb kids are running the country/companies/banks etc because of money/family name/social status etc? Whilst... more... - Halil
The other lie they tell you is that if you work hard you will succeed. The world is full of people who have worked hard and stayed poor. Many of them are not stupid but they lack opportunities, it is difficult to think of opportunities when you are struggling to make ends meet. Try and ask someone working 60/70 hours a week if they have ever thought of going to uni to improve themselves. - M F
Yes, the "work hard" of very successful people has nothing in common with the work hard of people one supports via Kiva. I remember one lady listed on there, she was nearling 70 and doing 3 different jobs to keep things afloat. Crazy to imagine, and not all that awesome, but I certainly admire her! Never give up... but not everyone can not give up when life beats you over and over - Iphigenie
TGIFriday's waitress last night asked if I was offended if a Taiwanese person spoke English to me. She said some foreigner told her foreigners are offended if you speak English with them. WTF? Most foreigners I've met in Taiwan do not speak Chinese and are overjoyed when people speak English to them.
I can only assume the guy she talked to was an exchange student who wanted to practice his Chinese. Which...if you want to do that, dude, fine, but you should probably not be going to TGIFriday's. - Jessie
Or maybe they were French, at least I knew a French guy who thought it was rude when travelling and people addressed him in English, without asking him if he was ok with that. - M F
That's possible. I knew some Europeans in Beijing who would get annoyed if Chinese people assumed they were native English speakers. Mostly it was with random people on the subway, not necessarily waitstaff or other people in the service industry. I think even if he was a non-native speaker of English, though, at TGIFriday's the odds of the staff speaking French are pretty slim. - Jessie
Mark H
"Roared on by a capacity 80,000-strong crowd, Farah hit the front with 700m remaining and was never headed, covering the last lap in under 53 seconds to hold off Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel to win in 13 minutes and 41.66 seconds. Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya claimed bronze." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
That was a stupidly exciting race. - Mark H
I think I stopped breathing during the last lap. - M F
Mark H
After the Paralympics coverage over here we've got a show on every night hosted by the physically-disabled comedian Adam Hill. He happened to mention that there was a knitted doll of him on eBay available for £15 (all proceeds to charity) at the start of the programme. An hour later (at time of posting) and that little bit of advertising on TV has pushed that knitted doll to over £30,000. - Mark H
£34,200 now - M F
Mark H
BBC News - In pictures: Paralympics closing ceremony -
BBC News - In pictures: Paralympics closing ceremony
BBC News - In pictures: Paralympics closing ceremony
BBC News - In pictures: Paralympics closing ceremony
Currently in progress, the closing ceremony of the Paralympics and I have to say that the past week and a bit of games have been fantastic and far more enjoyable and memorable than the Olympics before them. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
It's over. Even the shitfest of shit that makes up Coldplay, Rihanna, and Jay Z performing didn't detract too much from a stunning closing ceremony. - Mark H
I had to stop watching it, I am allergic to Coldplay. - M F
RSA Animate: The Truth About Dishonesty - YouTube -
RSA Animate: The Truth About Dishonesty - YouTube
"Are you more honest than a banker? Under what circumstances would you lie, or cheat, and what effect does your deception have on society at large? Dan Ariely, one of the world's leading voices on human motivation and behaviour is the latest big thinker to get the RSA Animate treatment." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
I love these :D - M F
Me too. It's a great way to present the material. - Eivind
Very enlightening- I love it! - Jenny H.
Food for thought, for sure :) - Eivind
Fuckers. I hope you'll get to see it soon. It's really good. - Eivind
Bee study lifts lid on hive habits | Environment | -
Bee study lifts lid on hive habits | Environment |
"Experiments on the division of labour in honeybee hives have revealed why some bees do the waggle dance while others nurse their queens. The roles require drastically different behaviours, with nurses feeding the larvae and performing royal grooming duties, and foragers navigating great distances and performing complex dance routines to point others in the direction of rich sources of nectar." - M F from Bookmarklet
Beginning to wonder if this government is really educated enough to govern, as it seems they are having difficulties understanding the difference between pheasants and peasants. The 1st you shoot, kill and eat, the latter you...
Since they have been in power I often ask myself if they know what they are doing and are deliberately ruining the country or if, blinded by an ideology that has already been proved does not work, are taking the worst possible decision, every single time. - M F
Well, either is too horrible to contemplate, the first being pure evil, while the latter being gross incompetence! - Halil
I suspect they believe that in the long term, after the pain (borne by others), things get better. Their policies clean the country and everyone is hard working and happy... The pain is linked to the current/past treatments that one has to "exorcise" before one can be a clean and healthy and prosperous country. It does show a disconnect but I dont think they are purposefully doing evil... it's just the "let them eat cake" situation - Iphigenie
I try to give them the benefit of the doubt and abide by Hanlon's Razor: never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I do agree that they are fairly incompetent but when you have IDS who in several occasions claimed that fraud for benefits for sick and disabled people is 70% when in reality is around 0.5% I have to believe that it is a deliberate attempt to mislead public opinion against sick and disabled people. And hate crime against the "lazy disabled" is rising and that awful welfare reform bill has become law without much honest public discussion. - M F
They have to blame someone for the lack of funds, why blame the rich and powerful evading, albeit legally, taxes, when you can stigmatise a whole community of people who are essentially defenseless. There is a rising tide of abuse, both verbal as well as physical against both mentally and physically disabled people. After all, we're in this together. - Halil
spent today looking at the ceramics at the V&A - they have a great paddling pool too by the cafe (and a mini grand piano). It's free to get into too. It's one of the thousand reasons we love living in London :-) - Winckel from Bookmarklet
I've been to the V&A many times but I have never managed to see everything, it's an amazing place. - M F
Love that place - Iphigenie
£500m in three years: what you paid to send diplomats' children to school - UK Politics - UK - The Independent -
£500m in three years: what you paid to send diplomats' children to school - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
"The Government has spent more than half a billion pounds sending the children of diplomats and military personnel to Britain's most prestigious private schools over the last three years, new figures have revealed. Ministers last year backed down on plans to scrap the allowance, which costs the taxpayer more than £21,000 per child, as part of public sector spending cuts. Instead they promised to cut the bill through "efficiencies". But research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed that the cost of the perk has increased by nearly ten per cent since 2009 and last year stood at £203m across three departments." - M F from Bookmarklet
Where's the Taxpayers Alliance... - Pete
Yes, exactly where are they when you need them? - M F
Talking shite somewhere else - Pete
AAhhhhh, now I see why tuition fees were TREBLED from £3K to £9K for the average mug, I mean they need to get the money from somewhere, so why not exsanguinate the common peasants. - Halil
I am sure that they get paid enough to send their children to private school if they wish, for us common mortals the mantra is your children are your responsibility and if you cannot afford them, don't have them. - M F
Was surprised at the amount when I read it. Feels like the silent benefit of a privileged elite. - Winckel
I'm not sure all diplomatic and military personnel really earn enough to pay for board and tuition either in local private English schools, or back in the UK. This is a common demand for people in the private sector too, when relocated for a few years, that their children get access to schooling that will be valid when they go back to the UK. and the price seems high but I suspect that is what these schools cost. - Iphigenie
90/144 pts a few silly quick clicks and few I wasn't sure of, but still a lousy score, but I've only had 1 coffee this morning :-/ - Halil
123, with help from Uli - Kirsten
It was the east European countries that killed my score, gets tricky unless you are really familiar with the new countries *starts cramming for next test* - Halil
Perfect score :) - Eivind
print screen for evidence please ;-) - Halil
137 but I have a serious problem with part of the Balkans and the Baltic States. - M F
141. Kosovo tripped me up. - Pete
Hillsborough: They walked alone - The long fight for justice - Home News - UK - The Independent -
Hillsborough: They walked alone - The long fight for justice - Home News - UK - The Independent
"Professor John Ashton, a doctor of public health who was in the upper stand of the Leppings Lane end with his sons and nephew, treated the survivors and issued six or seven of the dead with "death certificates", noting the time of death in an exercise book with his signature. When he tried to criticise the emergency operation during evidence to the initial Taylor inquiry, he found his professional integrity under attack. Professor Ashton said yesterday that the panel report has exposed a "corruption of public life". He added: "The Thatcher government hated Liverpool. Her ministers talked about 'managed decline'. South Yorkshire Police were her favourite police force – they had fought the miners five years earlier. All these factors exacerbated the tragedy. The corruption set in."" - M F from Bookmarklet
gosh - Aldo Oldo
I'm a Royal, keep me in here! All smiles in jungle jaunt but William vows to put people responsible for topless photos behind bars -
I'm a Royal, keep me in here! All smiles in jungle jaunt but William vows to put people responsible for topless photos behind bars
I'm a Royal, keep me in here! All smiles in jungle jaunt but William vows to put people responsible for topless photos behind bars
"A furious Prince William wants those responsible for printing the topless pictures of his wife jailed, it has emerged. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked happy as they ventured into the Borneo jungle yesterday - just 24 hours after the controversial pictures of Kate were published in a French magazine. But despite their relaxed appearance, it has emerged the angry Prince is keen to pursue a criminal prosecution against those who snooped on his wife." - Winckel from Bookmarklet
These people jaunt around like celebrities (funded by UK taxpayers and often by freebies offered them by friends who enjoy their celebrity life), enjoy pride of place like celebrities at major events, employ large terms of personal staff, administrators and lawyers like celebrities and yet, notwithstanding this, when they are treated as such by paparazzi, they climb their selfrighteous horse and proclaim themselves furious and saddened? I couldn't have more distain for this pair of privileged kids. - Winckel
Had missed the topless picture event. So irrelevant. I'd like to see how they can achieve that considering these "people" are in another country. Probably he doesn't mean it. Probably it's all to feed the celebrity machine - all a nice deal they have with the publication in question. After all, topless is rather normal on beaches. - Iphigenie
Photos? Honestly I could not care less I am a lot more concerned about the Hillsborough cover up as it affects us all as we don't know how many times we are not told the truth. I don't think it is an isolated case. - M F
Hillsborough: Police cover-up 'known for years' -
Hillsborough: Police cover-up 'known for years'
Files detailing police cover ups over the Hillsborough disaster were given to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) 14 years ago, it has been claimed. Alun Jones QC led a private prosecution for manslaughter against senior police officers who were in charge when 96 Liverpool fans died in April 1989. Mr Jones said the CPS needed to explain why it did "absolutely nothing". A report published on Wednesday laid bare a police cover-up which attempted to shift the blame on to the victims. Writing in the Independent newspaper, Mr Jones said the Hillsborough Family Support Group launched the private prosecution of Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield and his deputy Bernard Murray because of the Director of Public Prosecutions's (DPP) failure to act. Mr Jones wrote in the newspaper: "We furnished the DPP, and Attorney General, with an analysis demonstrating the gravity of the conspiracy, but also proving that critical evidence of non-police witnesses had been withheld from the DPP and coroner... more... - Winckel from Bookmarklet
If you're not familiar with this case, about 100 people died at a football and the police and others blamed the supporters and some of the victims; it looks very likely indeed that the police committed fraud and perjury in order to escape blame and I leave it to readers to ask themselves how this reflects on the police in general and specifically on the police forces involved. - Winckel
And it might be just the tip of a much bigger iceberg. - M F
The previous failure of the authorities to uncover the extent of the police cover-up conspiracy makes one wonder just how hard they tried at the time... - Son of Groucho
Let me guess, not very hard? - M F
Victor Ganata
This reason why I have no patience with arguments from Republicans/conservatives/libertarians/right-wingers/whatever you want to call yourself is that I hear them over and over again. If it were up to my mom, Fox News would always be on at my parents' house. It's always on at my uncle and aunt's house when I go visit….
…Every July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas family party, someone will mention how Obama is a Kenyan Muslim Communist, or how, even now, Bill Clinton is the devil incarnate. Or how everyone on welfare or Medi-Cal is a cheater, or how public transit is a total waste of resources, or how unions are the cause of all our problems, or how solar/wind/hydro is all crap and we should just drill, baby, drill. Or how certain ethnicities are essentially lazy and are parasitic (present company always excepted, if they happen to be at the party.) There is nothing new under the sun. I don't think I need to immerse myself in this toxicity more than I already am. - Victor Ganata
Fortunately only my 87-year-old grandmother has fallen for that stuff. However, that probably deserves a rant of its own, on how Fox News and the GOP exploit old people made extra gullible by dementia... - Dennis Jernberg
Throw in the GBTv and combined all those relatives into one person and you've got a situation I now face. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Funny how I am not even in the US and I can relate to some of this. We call them scroungers and not cheaters but it is the same thing, the welfare state and employment rights are the cause of all evils, strange how countries with a strong welfare state and employment rights are more stable economically than we are, but you know who cares about details like that. - M F
A famous feline travels far north…. « British Museum blog -
A famous feline travels far north…. « British Museum blog
A famous feline travels far north…. « British Museum blog
Not the most exciting news ever but I think the seated cat is brilliant. - M F from Bookmarklet
Shakespeare's Restless World by Neil MacGregor | Books | The Guardian -
Shakespeare's Restless World by Neil MacGregor | Books | The Guardian
"Currently on display at the British Museum is a round silver case, less than 5cm in diameter, with an eye-shaped glass aperture allowing the viewer to see an object inside it. The museum's director, Neil MacGregor, describes the case as similar to a "small circular box of mints" and the object as a "brownish lump, a bit like a shrivelled prune". In fact, the prune is the right eye – the "oculus dexter" as the Latin inscription on the back of the reliquary explains – of the Catholic martyr Edward Oldcorne, who was publicly hanged, drawn and quartered in Worcester in 1606." - M F from Bookmarklet
Stephen Mack
In case FF goes away again but never comes back, where do we go?
Facebook: -- Pros: FF has many of the same features as FF. Many of us are there already. Cons: Real ID only. Pokes. Privacy issues. App requests. Other stuff people don't like. - Stephen Mack
Twitter: I don't know of any good central list of all of us, but there are some lists posted (, and for example). I suggest we all subscribe to to start with. Pros: Brevity. Allows anonymity. Cons: Not feature rich, hard to converse. - Stephen Mack
Google Plus: [central location forthcoming] Pros: Many of the same features as FF. Hangouts. Cons: Real ID only. Not lifestreaming or aggregation. - Stephen Mack
Reddit: See Pros: I don't know much about Reddit. Cons: I don't know much about Reddit. - Stephen Mack / Disclosure: I am a developer. - NOT THE CRICKET
Wait, what's wrong with Pokes? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
They're well, uh, Pokes. - Dennis Jernberg
So, beyond FB, Twitter, G+, Reddit, or Geochat -- Any other nominations? Will we all scatter to the winds, or could we possibly agree on a new place? - Stephen Mack
I'm active on Twitter, G+, and Tumblr, so I'll continue interacting with people who are there. If I see that FFers are hanging out at some other place I might become active there as well. - John (bird whisperer)
(I doubt we'll all agree...) - Stephen Mack
John, is there any kind of central "FriendFeed Tumblr" to use as a meeting point? - Stephen Mack
I guess we could all individually post our other social media profiles to allow people to subscribe. - Stephen Mack
*pokes Dennis* - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
No, there's nothing like that on Tumblr that I know of. I just follow individuals that I know are there (some of them former FFers). - John (bird whisperer)
Stephen, I don't believe Tumblr is built that way. I do understand some users have a sense of community but there isn't a place where all users can converge and have conversations in one location. They have DMs but that's it. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
POKES - AJ Batac
Ow! *pokes back* - Dennis Jernberg
*pokes Dennis back* - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Here's a dumb question. Can I search for groups using the iOS Facebook app? - Stephan from iPhone
Jimminy, I tried to register at Geochat and got a 500 error upon creating an account. - Stephen Mack
Twitter, Tumblr,, Flickr= zoblue G+= Or just go here: - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Stephen, I'll have to poke Jorge. We're currently in the process of moving the service to, but he hasn't set up the server there. And I'm decoupling the backend. I'll see if we can fix it. On the plus side, your account was registered, just not redirected properly, and you can log in. - NOT THE CRICKET
I'm not old enough for facebook or twitter so i hope it doesn't come to that - Steve C, Team Marina
diaspora is kinda like ff. - Summer
What's the story with diaspora? I thought it was finished? - Stephen Mack
Yeah. I haven't heard anything about diaspora in months. - Dennis Jernberg
I wondered whatever happened to (which I didn't use) and just saw that the guy had closed it in favor of (still in private beta). - Ruchira S. Datta
I like groups/rooms, but I really don't want to have to resort to FB as a FF replacement. G+ is more palatable in that regard, but I find it really annoying most of the time. Gah! I am so lost w/o FF! - Jenny H. from Android
Ruchira, just never took off. is supposed to be a content aggregator/distributor, allowing you to interact with groups like G+, but also send stuff to FB and Twitter. It was actually supposed to go into Semi-Public Beta yesterday evening, but some bugs cropped up. - NOT THE CRICKET
Got enough tech experts here.. why not just create a FF Clone? - Me
It was attempted at least once, It failed because of PHP, and lack of clear goals. The most interesting thing to come from that was from Directuer, who create soc-nodes. - NOT THE CRICKET
I've worked on parts of the system over the past few years, but often have gotten distracted by database stuff which kills my motivation. - NOT THE CRICKET
For those that are curious, I just shared my G+ "FFers" circle. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Thanks for the G+ share. I hadn't been on G+ for so long I had to reset password. Now I have FB and G+ to never have to go through withdrawal again. - Janet
The abyss. - sofarsoShawn from iPhone
^^^ I thought that's where FF's going away to eventually... - Dennis Jernberg
Only if it stares long enough in it - sofarsoShawn from iPhone
Is Diaspora still there? I think I logged in once. - M F
The FriendFeeders FB group seemed to get quite a bit of traffic, but I'm open to the idea of trying out Reddit. G+ would be a good nomination too. In the meantime, please keep on posting your #SocialMediaBackup usernames/contact info. I signed up for (thanks to Zulema) -- - Stephen Mack
Here's a direct link to the subreddit: - Steve and 4 other people
Thanks, Steve! I signed up... but I can't be "zeigen" there, so I already hates it to pieces. - Stephen Mack
I signed up as well. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
I wonder of Paul or someone has a copy of the FF source code and we could just run our own copy? - Steve and 4 other people
FF refuge established at QUORA: - Adriano
The bar. - Derrick
^ What Derrick said. - CarlC friendfeed clone - selimx
Selimx, from what I can see, although the UI is very similar, Quup is not really a clone...yet? No importing of feeds. Also a bit of a problem if you don't understand Turkish. Even when set to English, still much of the site isn't in English. But it's nice to see the Turkish members of Friendfeed have some alternative place to go. I understand it's new and still beta, so I will check... more... - April Russo
i haven't read all the comments, saw this too late, but surely all you geeks can create a new social network? :-) - Halil
Pheed just recently opened up... - Adriano
Julie Anderson
"Please correct this error so I will be happy and there will be less arguing. Thanks in advance." Proactive or passive aggressive?
Hello Nice meeting you here, how are you today i will want us to be friends contact me here with my e-mail address ( because i have a special reason why have contacted you so that i can send you my photos and also tell you more about myself here is my e-mail address( ) you can also drop me your email mail address i am waiting to get a reply... more... - ililian
Good to know that co-lour does not matter. - Rochelle
Understand does though. - M F
A Tudor historian's view of the Richard III excavations | BBC History Magazine -
A Tudor historian's view of the Richard III excavations | BBC History Magazine
"It is not surprising that for centuries Richard III has been synonymous with evil tyranny and physical deformity. To argue otherwise has been to take on three of history’s greats – Sir Thomas More, William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill, all of whom argued that Richard had been a man with a crooked back and a crooked life." - M F from Bookmarklet
Seagull Steals Camera, Films Itself Flying Off Into the Sunset -
Seagull Steals Camera, Films Itself Flying Off Into the Sunset
"French tourist Nathalie Rollandin came across a camera-happy seagull recently. She was visiting the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, when she set her GoPro camera down while its was recording. Before she knew it, the camera was being carried away in the mouth of an artsy gull. Once the bird was a safe distance away, it set the camera down and recorded some beautiful footage of itself flying away into the sunset." - M F from Bookmarklet
There is a good chance that the video is a hoax: - John (bird whisperer)
I chose not to think how the seagull took the camera, flew with it and then gently dropped it on the ground, as unlikely as it might be. With all the bad news I read please don't spoil my anthropomorphic seagull with camera, I have to believe in something :D - M F
Sarah G.
FriendFeed Subreddit: You can post links, do "self" posts, have threaded conversations. Signing up with Reddit doesn't require real name or even an email address. Pretty stable service unless the President is doing an AMA.
Also, in my haste to create a throwaway account to make this instead of my usual anonymous Reddit account, I'm apparently sglassmeeyr there instead of my usual sglassmeyer . Awesome. - Sarah G.
I'm subscribed. - John (bird whisperer)
dammit. Sarah got me to join reddit. :P - ellbeecee
They're all about the ಠ_ಠ there - Sarah G.
I have not used Reddit for years but I still remember the password, cool. - M F
It is making me wait 10 minutes to comment on my post which is actually second instead of first? Can I edit my post? Not sure that I can. - Joe
There's a sidebar on the right hand side. On the lower end of it it says "submit a link" . After clicking on that you can change it to a text based post. - Sarah G.
"you are doing that too much. try again in 8 minutes." - John (bird whisperer)
As far as I can tell, the moderation is wide open so people can add what they want. Not sure why the delay in allowing posting. - Sarah G.
Maybe because we're n00bs? - John (bird whisperer)
Yeah, it is making me wait to post a second text post, since I am a noobie. - Joe
bah. I can't remember my reddit userid...the down side of autologin. - Ruth Kneale
NTS: Block Lawson of FF before the next outage. ;) - Sarah G.
Hrrmm, signed up. Posted a comment. Let's see how it goes. Could be a decent lifeboat without the limitations/restrictions of FB/G+. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I thought about buying a new iPhone 5 today but instead I bought a plane ticket to Italy. So, yeah. Rome and Venice > Gadget
As they say in Italy, "Damn right." - Zamms
That's a very good choice, travelling is always better than buying things in my opinion. I still remember many details of the holidays I had in Italy 11 years ago. I don't remember which phone I had though. - M F
buy an iphone from the Italian flea market ;-) - Halil
I can't believe this is really happening. - Derrick
As my little sister likes to remind me, experiences >> stuff :) - Victor Ganata
Did you remember to add a stop in the UK? ;-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
BBC News - Tory MP Rob Wilson says reshuffle shows coalition 'winding down' -
BBC News - Tory MP Rob Wilson says reshuffle shows coalition 'winding down'
"Rob Wilson, the Conservative MP for Reading East, says the reshuffle is "part of the process of the divorce with the Liberal Democrats"." - M F from Bookmarklet
"He told BBC Radio Berkshire the coalition was now "winding down" and that David Cameron would not care if Lib Dems were unhappy with the changes." - M F
Fair enough but the reason why they exist is thanks not just to the coalition with the Lib Dems but to people who voted Lib Dem who have been generally disregarded. Selling the NHS, people needing food banks and increasing inequality is not what I wanted when I voted. - M F
True. I voted Lib Dem. Now, even if I vote Labour, it would not change the balance any- pretty Labour area where I live and where I'm going to move. - Pete
I voted Lib Dem too but I had little choice as I lived in Kingston upon Thames at the time and it was Ed Davey versus some Tory person, voting a Lib Dem with a good chance to win seemed the right thing to do. But I would rather vote for Garfield the cat than a Tory. - M F
It'd be nice to have the Lib Dems be Lib Dems again - they often made sense on many topics where the other two are too entrenched in party lines to actually think about reality, and that reality check has been missing in UK politics for a couple years now - Iphigenie
I was told something disturbing the other day, "if you think things are bad now, you've seen nothing yet, things are going to get worse" not word for word, but you get the meaning, from a reliable source! :'( - Halil
Meaning that the government is getting nastier? - M F
and the cut backs are going to get deeper - Halil
I think so too but I really do not know what they are trying to achieve besides selling everything we own and making a large number of people destitute. - M F
It's hard to see how the Liberals sleep at night, I'm quite sure they aren't and realise what a mess they've been responsible for in creating this coalition, and will likely bear the full brunt of it in the coming GE. Tories will get punished, but the Lib Dems will get destroyed. In all honesty, this will be more devastating for our democracy as we'll end up with a 2 party government... more... - Halil
I dunno, sounds like they knew they were getting in bed with the devil and did it anyways, so fuck 'em. - Andrew C (✔)
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attacks UK government's 'snooper's charter' -
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attacks UK government's 'snooper's charter'
"Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has sharply criticised the government's "snooper's charter", designed to track internet, text and email use of all British citizens, as "technologically incompetent". He said Wikipedia would move to encrypt all its connections with Britain if UK internet companies, such as Vodafone and Virgin Media, were mandated by the government to keep track of every single page accessed by UK citizens. The entrepreneur said he was confident there would be a general move to encryption across the internet if British-based communication service providers were required to collect and store data for 12 months from overseas companies, such as Google and Facebook, for possible access by the police and security services. He said the British government would have to resort to the "black arts" of hacking to break encryptions: "It is not the sort of thing I'd expect from a western democracy. It is the kind of thing I would expect from the Iranians or the Chinese and it... more... - Winckel from Bookmarklet
And this charter was brought by the UK on pressure by the US after 9/11, so they cant blame the EU for it like they like to do... - Iphigenie
And this crazy project is not cheap, remember that we are the country with no money (when it suits them) - M F
Spidra Webster
Charities fear end of 'squatters' rights' could lead to big rise in homelessness | Society | The Guardian -
Charities fear end of 'squatters' rights' could lead to big rise in homelessness | Society | The Guardian
"Alan, an art teacher in his late 40s, began squatting a few months ago when his marriage broke down. He enquired about social housing, but was told none was available. "I was born in London and have lived here all my life but it seems I'm expected to go somewhere else where I know nobody," he says. "Is that what the big society is all about?" His timing could not have been worse. From Saturday Alan and up to 20,000 other squatters in England and Wales face eviction as police prepare to enforce a radical change to the law which criminalises those occupying residential buildings. Ministers are calling it the "end of squatters' rights" and the first guaranteed protection for home owners. Squatters' rights organisations say the change in the law is unnecessary when legal remedies already exist for property owners, insisting that most squats are in previously unoccupied premises, while housing charities say that it could trigger a sharp increase in homelessness. The new offence,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I remember being very shocked when I first learned how easy it was to squat in the UK and what a hard time some homeowners had in getting rid of squatters. Yet I feel that having rental properties sitting empty for years while people are homeless is pretty obscene. I feel torn about it all. I know that there are lots of honest squatters who are just keeping a roof over their heads the... more... - Spidra Webster
Katie, a supply teacher, lives in a nearby squat. She said: "I have been squatting for a year. I was in an abusive relationship. I didn't have enough money to rent. All the advice agencies said I was not eligible for help because I'm a single person. For me squatting has been a lifeline to escape domestic violence." <---That's true in the US as well. If you are a single person, you are lower down on the list than someone who has reproduced. - Spidra Webster
True it was easy to squat an empty property but unlike what some papers reported (the Daily Hate above all) it is not true that if someone went out shopping or on holidays and came back to find someone in their house they could not throw them out. That was trespassing private property and not squatting and therefore they could be thrown out by the police immediately without having to... more... - M F
The incentives are all wrong for landlords - many decide the profit on renting is too small for many of the buidings they own (it perhaps is, once you factor commissions, repairs, paperwork, taxes) and it is much easier to leave it empty - it gains value, you dont pay taxes or rates, and can write off the costs from other taxes. Some want to demolish the building and are just letting it... more... - Iphigenie
I did notice that a lot - if you don't have kids, or if your kids have grown up and left, you're suddenly well off the radar - Iphigenie
The problem is the culture that a home is an investment and not a basic need. I've met decent and law abiding landlords but are always those that more or less accidentally happened to have an extra property but are keeping their day jobs. All the professional landlords (by professional I mean those that have several properties and live and buy more properties with the rent they get) I've met so far have been greedy, dodgy and unpleasant. - M F
I would understand that - having done the maths, the profit on any one rental is actually quite low, for normal kinds of places. To make a living you'd need to treat it like a mass product, scale up, squeeze costs, put many people in a flat (students!!!), or kick people out and turn the place into something upmarket. All of which require unpleasantness, really. You don't go in that business unless you are ok with being ruthless :( - Iphigenie
Tony Blair and George Bush should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu -
Tony Blair and George Bush should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war. Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the anti-apartheid movement, accuses the former British and US leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction and says the invasion left the world more destabilised and divided "than any other conflict in history". Writing in the Observer, Tutu also suggests the controversial US and UK-led action to oust Saddam Hussein in 2003 created the backdrop for the civil war in Syria and a possible wider Middle East conflict involving Iran. "The then leaders of the United States and Great Britain," Tutu argues, "fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand – with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us." But it is... more... - Winckel from Bookmarklet
Of course they should. Their actions directly led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and those same actions were deemed illegal by the UN. The crimes of African dictators pale by comparison. - Winckel
Desmond Tutu is a wise man - M F
Grant Shapps founded company selling software that breaches Google code -
Grant Shapps founded company selling software that breaches Google code
"Grant Shapps, the Conservative housing minister tipped for promotion to the cabinet this week, founded a family business selling software that increases a website's advertising revenue by breaching Google's code of practice. The $497 (£313) software package, TrafficPaymaster, creates web pages by "spinning and scraping" content from other sites to attract advertising from Google. Millions of people who have blogs or websites are paid for hosting ads on Google's behalf using the AdSense service, which scans a web page and posts adverts related to the content. TrafficPaymaster creates an instant cashflow by appearing to plagiarise information." - M F from Bookmarklet
Ah one of those SEO gurus that I dislike so much - M F
And he followed me on Twitter some months ago, obviously all part of his strategy. - M F
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