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storey (UK): A floor or level of a building or ship. (Example: "For superstitious reasons, many buildings number their 13th storey as 14, bypassing 13 entirely.") - [Wiktionary] -
Alternative forms: "story" (US) - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
There are some things that I never can get straight. Thirty-five years after leaving England, I've got the colour/color thing sorted, and no longer misspell defence/defense nearly as often. But I just got freaked out that we don't say "storey" in America when referring to floors of a building, we say "story." Why? The extra e is useful to distinguish the two words, right? - Stephen Mack
What's the plural of 'storey'? - Neal Krummell
Storeys! - Heleninstitches
It gets worse. In most of the U.S., the first story of a building is the ground floor. I don't believe that's true in a lot of other places, where it's the first story *above* the ground floor. - Walt Crawford
Why on earth would you confuddle yourselves like that? - Heleninstitches
We are a confusing people, we English-speaking USicans. - Stephen Mack
Walt, that seems weird to me. First story is ground floor, second story is first floor. Maybe it's my arch background, but story for me is used for a physical count of floors, while a floor is figure for what level you're on, starting zero-indexed with the ground floor or lobby. - NOT THE CRICKET
I'm surprised there isn't any mention about pants and trousers. >_> - Arlan K.
and purses! ;-) - Heleninstitches
He pants when he misses the lift and runs up the escalator because pantalones are on the third storey. Unfortunately, he rips his trousers. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I have to say that, while I increasingly suspect The Economist has its own Ministry of Silly Wordings, it keeps reminding me that it isn't just the American version of English that's peculiar. - Walt Crawford
Most streets here don't have a number 13. Is that the same in the US? - Heleninstitches
Tyre. TYRE. WHY THE Y - Mark Trapp
Because it makes "pyres of tyres" look better. - NOT THE CRICKET
because you tire of your tyres going flat! - Heleninstitches
Helen: though I can't for the life of me think of building with the number 13, I've never heard of that being a thing here in the US. Omitting the 13th story in a building sure, but not the 13th lot on a street. - Mark Trapp
I haven't either (that is, avoiding 13 as the seventh odd-numbered lot on a street)--and I have to say that a fair number of hotels and office buildings ***do*** have a 13th floor, marked as 13 on the elevator. It's not a majority, but it's not unheard of. - Walt Crawford
For many modern U.S. cities, the street numbers are 3-digit (or 4-digit for major thoroughfares) that start at 100, so skipping 13 is a non-issue. - Stephen Mack
But do they skip 213, 2013, etc? I honestly don't know; I'll have to start paying attention. (I still see the occasional two-digit-numbers first-block street, but you're right, it's fairly rare.) - Walt Crawford
I used to live on a 13th street. That might explain some things about me. - Joe
I was about to ask if it wasn't confusing, spelling it "story", but then I remembered what language it is we all speak :-) - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Google maps confirms many 1313 Mockingbird Lanes. This makes me happy. Now I need to look at all the houses in Street View. :) - Ken Morley
There are so many problems with Hobbit 2 that I don't know where to begin. Too exhausting to think about.
I think the root of the problems stems from less than 30 minutes of the 2 hour 47 minute runtime actually occurred in the book. - Mark Trapp from iPhone
I'm a big Tolkien fan, and I really like the LotR movies, but I have found it impossible to bring myself to care about The Hobbit movies at all. I haven't seen any of it and I'm coo' wit' dat. - Akiva
Mark, it's assailable even without considering how it fails as an adaptation—the wheels come off as a narrative film, period. From the two steps forward, one step back pacing to flat out amateur moments of editing—EYELINE, LEGOLAS, EYELINE! The barrel escape was like a video game sequence, rocketing full throttle into parody of the genre. I need to stop now. - Micah
Oh. One point of redemption: Count the dramatic-stare-into-the-middle-distance-Thorin with locks of hair flowing in the wind like Fabio on a Harlequin book cover—that's the making of a rock solid drinking game. - Micah
Oh I agree (both about Thorin and the wheels falling off), Cinema Sins had a nice rundown of mostly everything wrong there: I guess what I was pointing to was that while Jackson can do a serviceable-to-great job when he's sticking to Tolkien's source material, he is pretty awful when it comes to anything else. To me, the weakest parts of LotR and the Hobbit 1 were when he was straying from the path and trying to leave his creative writing mark. - Mark Trapp
Yep, good point. I understand the temptation for Jackson, it's human. Too bad it's so often a losing proposition. - Micah
I don't understand why it needs to be three (2.5 hour+ long) movies. - Derrick
Don't worry. The next movie is only a couple of chapters long: 15 minutes tops. - lris
Derrick: Because that's the kind of movie Jackson makes, and he's getting away with it. I imagine the Superduper Blu-ray Extended Versions will be >3 hours each. (As for a couple of chapters: "Meanwhile, in Slightly Upper Middle Earth...") - Walt Crawford
D, because 3 billion dollar movies is better than 1 or 2. - NOT THE CRICKET
Not if you don't go see them. - Derrick
Sad Keanu + Fabio = Thorin in Hobbit II.
I was getting more of a more angsty version of John Travolta from Battlefield Earth vibe. - Mark Trapp
holly #ravingfangirl
if you have to drop so many letters from the words in your tweet that it's like doing a puzzle to decipher it, YOUR MESSAGE IS TOO LONG FOR A TWEET.
Crz tk. - Zamms
I just slide all those vowel-absent words into each other until they add up to 2048. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I agree (cont. 1/49) - Mark Trapp
Hll lvs btch. - Kristin from iPhone
Mark Trapp
The option for a single vodcast in iTunes is "Mark as Watched", but the option for a whole vodcast channel is "Mark All as Played." *twitch*
It's represented as a playlist, and iTunes doesn't do a content check on all items. There's a lot of horrible normalization on lists. There could be an audio file in the playlist, so it would be incorrect to mark all as watched. I guess they could go with the informal played for all individual content files. - NOT THE CRICKET
Yes, Played for both. There should be consistency. <insert appeal to Steve Jobs's ghost here> - Mark Trapp
Players only love you when they're playin'. --fleetwood.mac - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
You watch a vodcast but if you're through with an entire channel, it's "played out". ;-) - Spidra Webster
"A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking off by refusing to fasten their seat belts."
Bedlam! - Mark Trapp
"May the Source be with you." --Master Stallman
"If you can find a parrot to go with the Source, I will be very glad. DON'T buy a parrot figuring that it will be a fun surprise for me. If you buy a captured wild parrot, you will promote a cruel and devastating practice, and the parrot will be emotionally scarred before you get it. Meeting that sad animal is not an agreeable surprise." - Mark Trapp
Do you know where your boss lives?
I have no boss. Mwahahahaaaa! - Jenny H. from Android
Yes. When we started the company, I worked out of their home office for 18 months. - Johnny
I do. Mwahahahaaaa! - Angelo
Level 10. - Mark Trapp
Yes ... He's my dad. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Yes, yes, yes, and yes. I have 4 bosses/jobs. - NOT THE CRICKET
Yes (boss), yes (dean), yes (pres). - Julie Kane from iPhone
yep - Steve C
Yes - Janet
Pretty close? I know the neighborhood, not the actual house. - Jennifer Dittrich
I only know he lives two provinces over. All I need to know. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I know the bar he lives near. - Eric - For You Wack MCs! from iPhone
One in St. Louis, and the others in Australia. That's as close as I know. And one of the ones in Australia is originally from Chicago. - April Russo
Yup. - Jed from iPhone
Of course I do. She lives with me, after all. - Uli
Yes, and that's mainly because he lives a few doors down from another coworker whose house I've been to. I also knew where my bosses from Iowa (first one), FT Illinois library job, first grad school assistantship, and second State Farm posting lived as I was invited to their houses at some point. I knew where my high school boss lived because it was my dad :) - Katie
Yes, although it's been about a year since I was there so I doubt I could find the place. I know which street (it's like 3 blocks from my street). - Marianne
Yes. He's sleeping next to me. - Anika
in a vague "he lives in that area" kind of way, but other than that, no. - ellbeecee
I know what stop she lives off of, and I know things about her building, but not the actual address. - Meg VMeg
Yes. I've slept at her house and pooped in her toilet and worn her clothes. - Melly
Yep. - Steven Perez
Yep. I am him. - SAM
x__x melly - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Yup. I take her with me everywhere. She even sleeps with my husband. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
It was either wear her clothes or sit in her paddling pool with her husband and kids in just my underwear! - Melly
Yes. - Anne Bouey
No but it's very easy for me to find out. I just don't care to know. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Not anymore. He's moved since the last time I've been to his house. - rönin
Mark Trapp
Oh man, after a slow start, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has officially gone full Whedon. Took them long enough.
I admit that's one part of their strategy that is working - the show got good, right as the film is coming out. I didn't really care if I saw Thor prior to the next episode (I ended up going, but it wasn't related) and it felt like people didn't really need to. This? I'm waiting on watching the next ep. until I can catch the movie this week/weekend. - Jennifer Dittrich
I went into it blind, not realizing this was the Winter Soldier crossover episode. Kinda kicking myself now, but man it was still really good. I hope they were just treading water so as to not spoil Winter Soldier and now it's going to be full-on crazy from here on out, but I fear it's going to be "awesome episodes when a movie comes out, dull procedural the rest of the time." - Mark Trapp
I think they still managed to up their game in Sif's wake, so have hopes they'll do the same here. It feels like they know they need to do a bit more to keep more than the die hard fans watching. - Jennifer Dittrich
CBC newsreader referred to Heartbleed as a huge internet virus. VIRAL MARKETING.
Made news because CRA website has suspended accepting tax return filing. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
What? Noooo! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Wow, this is serious stuff. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
You know it's something when the recommendation is "Change your passwords. All of them." - Mark Trapp
well its also about fear mongering. - Peter Dawson
Meg VMeg
I was scared to check until now. - Meg VMeg
Our long, national nightmare is over. - Mark Trapp
Stephen Mack
Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks, Study Reports [] -
Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks, Study Reports []
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From the article: "A review of studies has found that the health benefits of infant male circumcision vastly outweigh the risks involved in the procedure. But the study, published online in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, also found that while rates of circumcision among American men ages 14 to 59 increased to 81 percent from 79 percent over the past decade, the rate of newborn circumcision has declined by 6 percentage points, to 77 percent, since the 1960s." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
More: "One cost-benefit analysis that considered infant urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases found that if circumcision rates were decreased to the 10 percent typical in European countries, the additional direct medical costs over 10 years of births would be more than $4.4 billion." - Stephen Mack
Last paragraph: "'Male circumcision is in principle equivalent to childhood vaccination,' said the lead author, Brian J. Morris, emeritus professor of medical sciences at the University of Sydney. 'Just as there are opponents of vaccination, there are opponents of circumcision. But their arguments are emotional and unscientific, and should be disregarded.'" - Stephen Mack
The full text is not long. The stat that was most surprising to me: "These data show that the risk to an uncircumcised male of developing a condition requiring medical attention during their lifetime is approximately 1 in 2. " - Stephen Mack
^ I have a hard time believing that. - Stephen Mack
Yeah that doesn't seem right to me either, and I'm not anti-snip. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
"Male circumcision is in principle equivalent to childhood vaccination"...oof, there are certain circles of the internet (coughredditcough) where that'd be some dangerous heresy. Hm, and actually, I just checked and every posting of the study was downvoted to oblivion there: - Mark Trapp
I'm generally anti-circumcision but only because I generally believed it to be unnecessary. But I certainly don't feel anti-circ is equivalent to anti-vax. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Wife ultimatum: "Have your top 5 netflix picks ready by the time I get home."
THE PRESSURE, IT BURNS. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Is it to decide what to watch? If so, sounds like a perfect chance to execute an inverse duck strategy. List 4 movies that are so terrible they would be guaranteed vetoes, then list one movie you want to watch but would normally get pooh-poohed. It can't fail, for some definitions of can't! - Mark Trapp
And ALL definitions of Kant's. - Micah
I convinced her we should watch Scott Pilgrim. It was a win all around. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Excellent! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
When Roxy appeared I'm like, "Her?" - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Hearing a radio interview today reminded me that the guard-god merger is a thing.
New Englander? - Mark Trapp
Yup. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Funny how one person's 'bloodthirsty mob' is another's 'wisdom of the crowds'.
It's the tyranny of the majority! Oh, they agree with me? Democracy in action! - Mark Trapp
I am the very model of a modern Major- Tyranny! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Kevin Fox
Hello Kevin! - Georgia
Hello, World? - Tinfoil 2.0
welcome back - Claudio Cicali
HI - Me
nǐ hǎo. chīfàn le ma? - Mark Trapp
Is it me you're looking for? - Neal Krummell
Hello. - Louis Gray
Acknowledge. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Hello! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hey. - Joe
is this a test of the emergency broadcast system? - Laura Norvig
\o, - Zu from AOD
Hey! - Anne Bouey
Hello. - Betsy
Kevin Fox is a troll. - Akiva
I thought he was a Fox. - Joe
hello world! - imabonehead
Red 4 standing by. - David Lounsbury
Mark Trapp
Reminder, when you call women "females", you sound like this guy:
Reminder, when you call women "females", you sound like this guy:
I prefer "females" to "ladies", that's for sure. - Spidra Webster
Oof, ladies is pretty bad too. I can't help but think of that Tim Meadows sketch. - Mark Trapp
A lot of women I know use it and actually feel completely fine with it. However, it makes my skin crawl. - Spidra Webster
Mark Trapp
Itafroma Enterprises is a dummy company and I’m its only employee, but this email I just got seems totally legit:
Itafroma Enterprises is a dummy company and I’m its only employee, but this email I just got seems totally legit:
So you like yourself? - NOT THE CRICKET
Sure, but not *like* like. - Mark Trapp
Mark Trapp
No FMV ending for Reaper of Souls, just the interlude-style motion graphics. Hmm.
NO! I'm saddened, but please shut up, I'm not going to have time to finish A5 until Sunday. - NOT THE CRICKET
:( But I gotta talk about ███████! And how ██████████████. (But seriously the lack of FMV is all I'm intending to spoil in mixed company.) - Mark Trapp
I see why they did the interlude-style thing now, the ending is gender/class specific, and that's how they've handled that type of content all along. Still would have been nice to see a FMV for it. - NOT THE CRICKET
Yeah, IIRC the end of Act IV was an FMV followed by the gender/class specific interlude. - Mark Trapp
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Damn, this is reminding me of that Frienfeed chore game but I can't remember the name of the site... - Spidra Webster
Chore game? - Mark Trapp
Had to look it up. Friendfeed has a party on Chore Wars. - Spidra Webster
Wait, they've got one for Dataminer, I wonder if their is a possibility of Kill Jay Wilson, then. - NOT THE CRICKET
It seems likely that any unique monster can be the target of a bounty. Kill Bashiok! - Mark Trapp
But Bashiok's cool. Jay Wilson, fuck that loser. Also think of all the karma, if you got that screenshot.. - NOT THE CRICKET
Mark Trapp
Mis-clicked a single checkbox, 3 years of Facebook posts and comments irreversibly gone. Nice.
I tend to clean up my Facebook timeline periodically by deleting dead posts that didn't get any activity. When you delete a post that was imported via Twitter, there's a confirmation dialog and a checkbox that, if checked, deletes everything ever imported via Twitter: If you click anywhere outside of the "Cancel" or "Delete" buttons, the checkbox gets checked. I quickly misclicked then clicked Delete, and thus the vast majority of stuff posted to Facebook is now gone. :( - Mark Trapp
Bummer (and bad design). - Spidra Webster
:( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Oh wow, sorry. - Marie
Mark Trapp
Years down the drain: Facebook’s broken UI -
Facebook’s workflow for deleting posts makes it easy to delete far more than you’d ever want. - Mark Trapp
Meg VMeg
Irrationally biased against resumes involving color.
I see nothing irrational in this. - ellbeecee
What ellbee sez. - Walt Crawford
what type of colors are we talking about? the favorite one I saw used a yellow font on white paper. with some pink thrown in for good measure - Sir Shuping is just sir
Any color whatsoever (though I'm fine if email addresses and URLs are incidentally blue). Like, even if the effect is aesthetically pleasing and the information is well laid out, I just hate it on some kind of principle. - Meg VMeg
I prefer resumes with some design sense. *shrug* Possibly an allergic reaction to CVs, which ugh, so ugly and hard to scan. - RepoRat
I am irrational biased against resumes involving the movie Colors. I can check IMDB to check if you're in it. - Zamms
I like small color accents, but I hate when they use text boxes in Word, and then don't convert to PDF, so you see boxes of dashed lines all over the whole thing when looking at it electronically. - LibrarianOnTheLoose
What about, say, a résumé that appears on a website that already has a theme involving color? Should it appear on an unthemed page? - Mark Trapp
I'm okay with tasteful use of color in HTML/web-based resumes. It's only the PDFs and Word docs where it bothers me. Clearly I am insane. - Meg VMeg
Mark, that I'd expect it to be themed as the site, but give me a link to a pdf too because I still need to be able to print it off and mark it up (well, if you're an actual applicant. And in that case I'd have expected you to attach your resume/cv to an email and make my life easier) - ellbeecee
ellbeecee: oh sure, definitely on the PDF alternative. Meg: nah, I totally agree, though maybe for different reasons. My feeling is that Word docs and PDFs have an implied "this may be printed" contract associated with them that web/HTML does not, and I don't want to go all wasting my precious color ink on some superfluous coloring. I guess I could always just check "B&W" when printing, but that's an extra step that's not needed! I dunno, maybe we're both insane. - Mark Trapp
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Questioning whether any piece of unexpected news heard is an early April Fools’ joke seems like a really big thing this year. Also: ugh.
Amazon plans to lower S3 & EC2 prices on April 1st. FAKE - NOT THE CRICKET
Both Chevelle and Lacuna Coil are releasing albums on April 1st. FAKE - NOT THE CRICKET
April 1st is gonna be the best day ever. TRUE - NOT THE CRICKET
It's overcast today in Portland. Let me check my calendar to make sure it's not April 1st! - Mark Trapp
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Guys, seriously, we’re totally not in a tech bubble:
Better hope this isn't like Uber and the kitten party. - Meg VMeg
I had to look that one up: If GetBreadBox follows in Uber's footsteps and donates their proceeds to the local bread shelter, I'll have to rethink a lot of things. - Mark Trapp
My bone to pick is that, as far as I can tell, only offices of internet media outlets successfully achieved kittens: - Meg VMeg
Aw. Disappointing, though not surprising. - Mark Trapp
I only use Instagram for Ralphies.
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^ *stamp* Approved! - Micah
Jennifer beat me to my first thought, so therefore I submit the Karate Kid: - Mark Trapp
"Please be real. Please be real. Please be real."
And a thousand people learned the correct etymology of trolling this day. - Mark Trapp
holly #ravingfangirl
DAMMIT. now i want pizza.The 38 Essential Pizzerias Across America, March 2014 via @Eater
DAMMIT. now i want pizza.The 38 Essential Pizzerias Across America, March 2014 via @Eater
i really should know better. - holly #ravingfangirl
Still need to try Apizza Scholls. Their hours and limited supplies are for the birds. - Mark Trapp
same here. - holly #ravingfangirl
A moment of back and forth on HN. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
10 virtual bucks the parent comment referred to "females". - Mark Trapp
You just made cash money. But this line from parent was tops: "I seriously doubt whether anyone at GitHub does the kind of training necessary to build strong legs and glutes, so I doubt it." - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Mark Trapp
How to handle an HR crisis:
I am sorry she gave her story to TechCrunch, given their record. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Yeah, it's a bit odd, but she trusted Alex Wilhelm and/or Alexia Tsotsis to do right by it: - Mark Trapp
Thanks for that link, Mark. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
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