No, I'm the White Swan! (a good natured reference to Penguina Ballerina:) - sofarsoShawn
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I could watch that all day and not get tired of it. - Jandy
LOL. I'M THE SWAN QUEEN, BITCH!! <3 - Lola Bean (Penguin)
I'm with Jandy. - Julian
LOL. - Eivind
Piaw Na
Gregory Lent
self-interest is a great thing when the self is seen as infinite and connected to all.
Alex Scrivener
A hanging staircase for your home -
A hanging staircase for your home
Huh. Interesting. - Jenny from Android
This looks like an accident waiting to happen. - Josh Aaron Willis
Disclaimer: Not meant for Americans. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I think you people underestimate the state of structural engineering. - Alex Scrivener
Alex, unless there is some steel brackets that are somehow internalized, I give those steps about 300-400lb of static load. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
If it was built by anyone competent, there is threaded rod running through the hangers and bolted through the steps. - Alex Scrivener
Yeah, But still.... - Roberto Bonini
Alex, then what you're worried about is the weight at which the steps actually buckle, I give that 500-700lbs. Either way, I was just making a joke. :P - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Nice but I'd feel quite uneasy. - grizabella
THAT would be awesome. - Alex Scrivener
that would rock! thinking of the integrity. - AJ Batac
ahaha h1n1 bu feed sinirlari dahilinde esas biz turist oluyoruz kibin kötü bi his icindeyim valla :) - grizabella
(ay sus, rezil olduk elin ecnebisine ayol! şşşş parmak ucunda geri geri uzaklasalim caktirmadan) - grizabella
really iki l ile bi kere cicim :P ilkine ses etmedim ama bak iki oldu. - grizabella
actirma bayramlik agzimi hanimevladi sörfır bozuntusu! - grizabella
hakkaten, ne pis milletmis, illallah demistir garipler. n'apalim ama, firenfik boyle sekerim. demirden korkan trene binmesin! hıh! - grizabella
vatandaş türkçe konuş! :P - grizabella
Are people making Turkish jokes in Turkish on my thread? I feel oddly left out. - Alex Scrivener
sincere apologies alex! it is all h1n1 ben's fault. i'm on the way to get a restraining order for him from this feed. - grizabella
appalled is also with double l, honey. what is wrong with you guys and the poor letter L today?? - grizabella
Louis Gray
Mozilla Publishes List of the 50 Slowest Firefox Add-Ons -
Brian Johnson
Btwn stimulus & response there is a space In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth &freedom-Frankl
The History of Science Fiction -
The History of Science Fiction
Fantastic infographic illustrating the rise and thrall of sci fi - Maitani
You let the e-mail format of "The best of your FriendFeed for Monday, March 21" explode with this drawing! ;-) - Wulffy
içinde hayri pıtır olan fikşına kafam girsin. - kunthar
Awesome! - mina_sydney
Machine learning :: Extracting article text from HTML documents -
Machine learning :: Extracting article text from HTML documents
Review of some article text extraction methods that leverage on machine learning, statistics and a wide rage of heuristics: Boilerpipe, Maximum Subsequence Segmentation, Text-to-Tag Ratio, and VIPS: a Vision based Page Segmentation Algorithm. #scrape - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Mark H
Photos by Michael Galinksy, No... make that *awesome* photos by Michael Galinsky. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
*whoooosh* Time displacement. - Adrian
I see a man in a cropped shirt! *stabs out eyes* - Anika
Tape World, eh? - Jenthemum
Oh, I miss the old Hickory Farms stores and smoking in the mall. - Anika
I'm saving goatee pictures for the 2020 edition. - Ken Morley
Louis Gray
New Blog Post: Your App Is Not Complete Until You Can Tweet from It
Or at least your bowels aren't relaxed - Christopher Galtenberg
This used to read, pre twitter, "Your App is not Complete till you can email from it" ;) - Roberto Bonini from iPhone
Yo dawg, but did you know you can app from your tweet - so you can tweet while you app. - Christopher Galtenberg
Tweet tweet tweet. - Louis Gray from Android
Roberto, I mentioned that. :) - Louis Gray from Android
(your app is not complete until it spams yourself too) - chaz2b
Stalking is key to the "you complete me" notion, too, no? - Liza + = ?
Your war is not complete until you can re-tweet from it. - Joel Kotarski from Android
If an app tweets in the forest and no-one follows it, does the app exist? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Steve C, Team Marina
Lost city of Atlantis believed found off Spain - Technology & science - Science - -
Lost city of Atlantis believed found off Spain - Technology & science - Science -
Lost city of Atlantis believed found off Spain - Technology & science - Science -
"A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago, in mud flats in southern Spain. "This is the power of tsunamis," head researcher Richard Freund told Reuters. "It is just so hard to understand that it can wipe out 60 miles inland, and that's pretty much what we're talking about," said Freund, a professor at the University of Hartford who led an international team searching for the true site of Atlantis" - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
I guess it's settled, then :D - Eivind
I don't think it would be settled even if there was a giant blinking "Welcome to Atlantis" sign still standing at the location. - Steve C, Team Marina
I, for one, would be suspicious about the blinking :-P - Eivind
...This would be the same Atlantis that Plato specifically said was a conceptual utopia? Well, I imagine he is as surprised by this as I. - Soup in a TARDIS
++Eivind! *Snorts coffee out my nose* - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Andrew C (✔)
Search For Self Called Off After 38 Years | The Onion - America's Finest News Source -
Search For Self Called Off After 38 Years | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"The search initially showed great promise, with Speth's early discovery of his uncle's old Doors records and a copy of The Catcher In The Rye. Over the next two decades, however, the "leads just petered out." Although Speth searched in a wide variety of places--including the I Ching, a tantric-sex manual, and a course in chakrology--he uncovered nothing" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Adam Gopnik on The Information and How the Internet gets inside us | The New Yorker -
Adam Gopnik on The Information and How the Internet gets inside us | The New Yorker
Adam Gopnik on The Information and How the Internet gets inside us | The New Yorker
"Cognition is not a little processing program that takes place inside your head, Robby the Robot style. It is a constant flow of information, memory, plans, and physical movements, in which as much thinking goes on out there as in here. If television produced the global village, the Internet produces the global psyche: everyone keyed in like a neuron, so that to the eyes of a watching Martian we are really part of a single planetary brain. Contraptions don’t change consciousness; contraptions are part of consciousness. We may not act better than we used to, but we sure think differently than we did. (…) the Internet is just a loud and unlimited library in which we now live (...) Yet surely having something wrapped right around your mind is different from having your mind wrapped tightly around something. What we live in is not the age of the extended mind but the age of the inverted self. The things that have usually lived in the darker recesses or mad corners of our mind—sexual... more... - Amira from Bookmarklet
"Perhaps the instrument of the new connected age was already in place in fantasy. For the Internet screen has always been like the palantír in Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”—the “seeing stone” that lets the wizards see the entire world. Its gift is great; the wizard can see it all. Its risk is real: evil things will register more vividly than the great mass of dull good. The peril isn’t... more... - Amira
Todd Hoff
Reality is Broken. Jane McGonigal. 4/5. Very well written, researched and organized book, with a lot of great examples. She'll generally use 3 examples of games she has either worked or other games, very helpful. Core idea: reality sucks compared to games because games provide clear descriptions of achievable goals and definite rewards.
Reality bites because it can't promise any of these things. Reality rarely gives quests that are small, clearly spelled out and doable. Success is anything but guaranteed. And even if it did there's close to zero chance you'll get any positive feedback or reward. Just as easily you could get screwed. Reality is rarely satisfying in the breezy way games can be. Reality can be lonely and seldom do we legitimately get to find meaning by attaching ourselves to a larger purpose. Often the world is not epic, it's not full of wonder, or awe, it doesn't engineer a feeling of curiosity. The solution: games. Escape the soul-deadening world by playing a game. Reality can be fixed by making reality more like games, framing everything in game terms. There are many great examples. But I find this immensely troubling. It's like taking blue pill in the Matrix. Not that world shouldn't be improved, but I can't see how this is different than becoming a brain in a vat, continuously feeding the correct... more... - Todd Hoff
While I find the previous part scary, there are sparks of real genius. My favorite part of the book is where she describes how she created a game called SuperBetter to help herself recover from postconcussion syndrome. You get better by not reading, writing, working, running, or doing anything that made your head hurt. No video games. You can imagine how brutally difficult this would be... more... - Todd Hoff
SuperBetter is amazing. We have so few models for how people can actually get better. It's so passive usually. See a doctor. Take a pill. Wait. This approach gets the patient and everyone around them actively working together for a purpose. Brilliant. - Todd Hoff
The quickest way to make someone happy is to give them a goal, something to do, something to look forward to. This gives us an energizing push, a purpose. In WoW receiving more quests every time a quest is completed is more of a reward than experience points and gold. Each quest is another clear goal with actionable steps. The real payoff for work is WoW is more work. The design of the... more... - Todd Hoff
Games give us an opportunity to do something that feels concrete because it produces measurable results, and the power to act directly on the virtual world. Until real work improves games like WoW will fulfill the fundamental human need to feel productive. To satisfy us work must continuously present us with clear, immediately actionable goals as well as direct vivid feedback. WoW does... more... - Todd Hoff
Teachable agents replacing quizzes at Quest to Learn. The goal is to teach someone else, or a virtual agent a skill. The virtual agents are designed to know less than the student and it's the job of the student to teach the software virtual agent by demonstrating solutions and working patiently with the agent until it gets it. Teachable agents reduce the anxiety around quizzes and they... more... - Todd Hoff
Virtual-creature happiness is a form feedback that isn't as obvious as points, levels, and achievements. Game virtual creatures dependent on us for their well-being provoke a hardwired human desire to nurture and care for them. Exploiting these tendencies is considered a potential field of innovation. - Todd Hoff
Really cool game called Bounce. Inspired by the idea of creating a game to get young people to call their grandparents more often, Bounce has the goal of creating more cross-generational social interaction. Bounce takes 10 minutes to play. When you call the game, you're connected live on the phone with a senior experience agent, someone at least 20 years older than yourself. You follow... more... - Todd Hoff
Nice article covering a lot of the topics in the book: Quest to Learn, Evoke, - Todd Hoff
Replacing intrinsic motivation with extrinsic motivation seems like a bad idea to me in general. Or is this really just an amplifier for intrinsic motivation and a teaspoon of sugar for the things we would otherwise hate to do? - Todd Hoff
"The quickest way to make someone happy is to give them a goal." - is this a quote from the book or is this original from you? I really like it as a kind of maxim, or however you should call such a thing. Even if it's not (exactly) true, it's an exciting hypothesis to test. One thought that springs to mind is that when someone loads up a game, he implicitly is asking to be given a goal. This (temporary?) "receptivity" is probably part of the equation. - Meryn Stol
Yeah, I think whatever a person needs to motivate them for change and to rewire their brain is a good thing. However, problems can arise when situations in life are such that they cannot be turned in to a game and so that type of motivation becomes unavailable. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
It's from the book Meryn. I know it's hard to tell, but I'm kind of taking notes and paraphrasing and making observations all at the same time. - Todd Hoff
Allright, cool. Keep it coming. :) Haven't read the book, but read a bit about her and watched her TED video. I like her work. - Meryn Stol
A good thing can't be divorced from means and ends IMHO Alex. Rewiring for the sake of rewiring is like being on a morphine drip through your entire life. - Todd Hoff
The book is better than the TED video. The video left me thinking the ideas were a little hollow, but from the book I see what she is saying more. - Todd Hoff
Ian Bogost Review: : "Where she values happiness and epic wins, I value wonder and sublimity. The awesome hugeness of the world and its problems, as well as their solutions, always partial, always tentative, like a giant mountain peering through the fog, impossible. Reality is Broken helps me see that we need both kinds of people in the world. " - Todd Hoff
Gregory Lent
"The goal of Vipassana is to change one's relationship to thoughts instead of changing the content of the thoughts"
Mark H
All 44 Superbowl Rings To Date And Some Fun Facts About Them. -
All 44 Superbowl Rings To Date And Some Fun Facts About Them.
All 44 Superbowl Rings To Date And Some Fun Facts About Them.
All 44 Superbowl Rings To Date And Some Fun Facts About Them.
"The rings almost always include the team's name, logo, and Super Bowl number (usually in Roman numerals). Most of the rings also have larger diamonds or diamonds made into the shape of the trophy, that represent the number of Super Bowls that franchise has won." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Alexander Kruel
The Goal of Philosophy Should Be to Kill Itself
Atul Arora
RT @ifindkarma: Conversations are interactions that lead to actions and transactions.
Louis Gray
No left turn: 'Superstreet' traffic design improves travel time & safety
Alexander Kruel
Interstellar Travel Not Possible Before 2200AD, Suggests Study
Joel Kotarski
Paradox of value - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Paradox of value - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The paradox of value (also known as the diamond-water paradox) is the apparent contradiction that, although water is on the whole more useful, in terms of survival, than diamonds, diamonds command a higher price in the market. The philosopher Adam Smith is often considered to be the classic presenter of this paradox. Nicolaus Copernicus[1], John Locke, John Law[2] and others had previously tried to explain the disparity. - Joel Kotarski
In a passage of Adam Smith's An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, he discusses the concepts of value in use and value in exchange, and notices how they tend to differ: What are the rules which men naturally observe in exchanging them [goods] for money or for one another, I shall now proceed to examine. These rules determine what may be called the relative or... more... - Joel Kotarski
Furthermore, he explained the value in exchange as being determined by labor: The real price of every thing, what every thing really costs to the man who wants to acquire it, is the toil and trouble of acquiring it.[4] Hence, Smith denied a necessary relationship between price and utility. Price on this view was related to a factor of production (namely, labor) and not to the point of... more... - Joel Kotarski
Bret Taylor
The 100 Best Signs At The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear -
The 100 Best Signs At The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear
The 100 Best Signs At The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear
The 10 insights of the decade, 10 breakthroughs of 2010 -
From quantum mechanics, unveiling and sequencing the Neandertal genome, to Exoplanets and metamaterials, what more could we ask for? Amplify’d from “This year’s Breakthrough of the Year represents the first time that scientists have demonstrated quantum effects in the motion of a human-made object,” said Adrian Cho, a news writer for Science. “On a [...] - Jamreilly
Joel Kotarski
Andrew C (✔)
Glenn Beck - The Lone Voice Of Reason In An Age Of Hysteria | The Onion - America's Finest News Source -
Glenn Beck - The Lone Voice Of Reason In An Age Of Hysteria | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Andrew C (✔)
The moral standards of WikiLeaks critics - Glenn Greenwald - -
"It is a "scandal" when the Government conceals things it is doing without any legitimate basis for that secrecy. Each and every document that is revealed by WikiLeaks which has been improperly classified -- whether because it's innocuous or because it is designed to hide wrongdoing -- is itself an improper act, a serious abuse of government secrecy powers. Because we're supposed to have an open government -- a democracy -- everything the Government does is presumptively public, and can be legitimately concealed only with compelling justifications." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"But we have completely abandoned that principle; we've reversed it. Now, everything the Government does is presumptively secret; only the most ceremonial and empty gestures are made public. That abuse of secrecy powers is vast, deliberate, pervasive, dangerous and destructive. That's the abuse that WikiLeaks is devoted to destroying, and which its harshest critics -- whether intended or not -- are helping to preserve." - Andrew C (✔)
++++. If governments weren't committing so many illegal acts, WikiLeaks would never have even been a thought. - rowlikeagirl
If even a small percentage of the outrage being directed at WikiLeaks was directed instead at government, the military and diplomats the world would almost instantly be a better place if only because some common sense and humanity would have been displayed. - Brian Sullivan
Peter Fenton
We've officially entered the age of the designer. 10 board meetings this month, every single company desperately looking for designers
Our stylish socks and questionable hairstyles aren't so funny now, eh? - Kevin Fox
Only the chosen few can pull off the ponytail, Kevin. Be thankful you are one of the lucky ones. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Funny in all the right ways! - Peter Fenton from email
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