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Stephen Mack
Quick with the one-liner
"You have the Midas touch. Everything you touch turns into a muffler." -- Henny Youngman - Stephen Mack
"When I turned two I was really anxious, because I'd doubled my age in a year. I thought, if this keeps up, by the time I'm six I'll be ninety." -- Steven Wright - Stephen Mack
"When I die, I would like to go peacefully, in my sleep, like my grandfather did. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car." -- Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey - Stephen Mack
"When I grow up I want to be a futurist because I want to know what happens next." - Kevin Fox
(Is that one by you, Kevin?) - Stephen Mack
It has my name after it. right? ;-) Seriously, I ws going to give myself attribution, but it seemed weird to say "-- Kevin Fox - Kevin Fox" - Kevin Fox
On the other hand, you just said "-- Kevin Fox - Kevin Fox" - Kevin Fox - Stephen Mack
"Me fail English? That's unpossible." -- Ralph Wiggum - Stephen Mack
"If I were manager of a Black Angus restaurant, I'd have one person responsible for going out at dusk to make sure the 'G' lights up." -- Emo Philips - Stephen Mack
"A girl phoned me the other day and said, 'Come on over, there's nobody home.' I went over. Nobody was home." -- Rodney Dangerfield - Stephen Mack
"A girl phoned me the other day and said, 'Come on over, there's nobody home.' I went over. Nobody was home." -- Rodney Dangerfield - Kevin Fox
I'm still waiting for a fireman and stripper to have an affair; I can see the see the headline now, "Stripper Caught on Fireman's Pole" - NOT THE CRICKET
"If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be." -- Yogi Berra - Stephen Mack
"Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life." -- unknown - Dylan Parker
(Dylan, per this site, http://www.lspace.org/ftp..., that great line is by Terry Pratchett from "Jango.") - Stephen Mack
"I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with ‘Guess’ on it. I said, 'Thyroid problem?’" -- Peter Kay - Stephen Mack
I was on the street. This guy waved to me, and he came up to me and said, “I’m sorry, I thought you were someone else.” And I said, “I am.” - Demetri Martin - Aneto
I LOVE Demetri Martin. That is not a one liner. Just sayin'. - Lisa L. Seifert
"The trouble with unemployment is that the minute you wake up in the morning you're on the job." -- Slappy White - Stephen Mack
"Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins." -- Mae West - Stephen Mack
"The world is getting to be such a dangerous place, a man is lucky to get out of it alive." -- W.C. Fields - Stephen Mack
There Stephen, I "liked" your thread, are you happy now?! ;) - Georgia
My happiness is infinite and unbounded. -- Me - Stephen Mack
"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same." -- Oscar Wilde - Stephen Mack
"Don't spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They'll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for seventy-five cents." -- Billiam Coronel - Stephen Mack
"Marge, I'm not going to stand here and lie to you, so I'll be at Moe's" - Homer S. - Mark Layton
"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." -- some guy on Reddit - Stephen Mack
(Seen on a fridge magnet) "It speaks well of the human race that we allow our teenagers to live." - Dylan Bennett
"This is the worst kind of discrimination. The kind against me!" -- Bender, Futurama (yay renewed!) - Stephen Mack
Futurama got renewed?! When where. :) - Dario Gomez
"The wages of sin are death. But by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling." -- Paula Poundstone - Stephen Mack
"How many members of a certain demographic group does it take to perform a specified task?" "A finite number: one to perform the task and an additional number to act in a manner stereotypical of the group in question." - Stephen Mack
"Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing." -- Dave Barry - Stephen Mack
Just because you can, it doesn't mean you should... - Tyson Key
Aperture Science: "We do what we must, because we can" - Kevin Fox
'I sprayed spot remover on my dog and now he's gone.' –– Steven Wright - Akiva
'I came home the other day only to find that everything in my apartment had been stolen and replaced with an exact duplicate.' –– Steven Wright - Akiva
'Do you know why Jewish husbands die before their wives? Because they want to!' –– Henny Youngman - Akiva
Very nice, Akiva, keep 'em coming. - Stephen Mack
[Not necessarily a one-liner but a personal favorite] When interviewing a woman who had six children, Groucho Marx asked her why so many. She replied, 'Because I love my husband!' He said, 'Well, lady, I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth every once in awhile.' - Akiva
'I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.' –– George Carlin - Akiva
[Another personal favorite] 'I'd never join a club that would have someone like me as a member.' –– Groucho Marx - Akiva
Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you! - Morgan
'You know an odd feeling? Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate candy bar.' –– George Carlin - Akiva
'Everything in moderation including moderation.' - Akiva
'This sentence is a lie.' - Akiva
"In the future, everyone will be obscure for fifteen minutes". - me - Michael R. Bernstein
"Very good, then we shall fight them in the shade!" - Chris Charabaruk
"If you ever see me getting beaten by the police, put down the video camera and come help me." -- Bobcat Goldthwait - Stephen Mack
The funny thing is that the video may end up helping him a lot more. Getting someone else to even out the fight doesn't work so well when the cops have billy clubs, mace, tazers and guns (not to mention the law). - Kevin Fox
He's a little beyond help now though... - Stephen Mack
'Who are you and how did you get in here?' 'I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith.' - Leslie Nielsen (via Gmail clips box just now) - Paul Buchheit
"I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it." -- Mitch Hedberg (RIP) - Stephen Mack
"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know." -- Groucho Marx (as Capt. Spaulding in "Animal Crackers") - Stephen Mack
"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people." -- Orson Welles (1915 - 1985) - Stephen Mack
Never argue with an idiot. Someone else might not be able to tell the difference. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
"Trust me, that fall won't kill you. But the deceleration poisoning is a bitch..." - Jonathan Disher
"When you're Amish, everyone's relative." - Kevin Fox
"Recently I got caught masturbating -- to National Geographic. Not my finest moment. I don't know who was more embarrassed, me or my dentist." -- Anthony Jeselnik - Stephen Mack
#humdaybumpday (I've been trying to find this post again for more than a year now! I missed it a lot.) - Stephen Mack
"At what age do you tell a highway it was adopted? I think seven, because that's about the time he starts to think, 'I don't look like Kiwanis club.'" -- Zach Galifianakis - Stephen Mack
Paul Buchheit
The powerful and mysterious brain circuitry that makes us love Google, Twitter, and texting. - http://www.slate.com/id...
The powerful and mysterious brain circuitry that makes us love Google, Twitter, and texting.
"But to Washington State University neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp, this supposed pleasure center didn't look very much like it was producing pleasure. Those self-stimulating rats, and later those humans, did not exhibit the euphoric satisfaction of creatures eating Double Stuf Oreos or repeatedly having orgasms. The animals, he writes in Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions, were "excessively excited, even crazed." The rats were in a constant state of sniffing and foraging. Some of the human subjects described feeling sexually aroused but didn't experience climax. Mammals stimulating the lateral hypothalamus seem to be caught in a loop, Panksepp writes, "where each stimulation evoked a reinvigorated search strategy". It is an emotional state Panksepp tried many names for: curiosity, interest, foraging, anticipation, craving, expectancy. He finally settled on seeking. ... In order to have the maximum effect, the cues should be small, discrete,... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Wow. That's really informative. Now I need a support group. - Keith - @tsudo
See? This is why you can't expect us to be rational when it seems like FriendFeed might disappear. - Bruce Lewis
I want MRIs of FriendFeeders. - phil baumann
"It is the liking system that Berridge believes is the brain's reward center." So that's why everyone's adding a "like" feature to their sites these days. - Ben Darnell
Haven't read it yet, but I bet it has something to do with dopamine (heard about it on the Stochasticity episode of Radiolab). +Bruce - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
This. "It is an emotional state Panksepp tried many names for: curiosity, interest, foraging, anticipation, craving, expectancy. He finally settled on seeking. Panksepp has spent decades mapping the emotional systems of the brain he believes are shared by all mammals, and he says, "Seeking is the granddaddy of the systems." It is the mammalian motivational engine that each day gets us... more... - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Crap. This is me. I bet it's a lot of you guys, too. I did hold still long enough to read both pages of this article. But I've neglected to get the cleaning done that I need to do and now it's late. I'm about to finally get up and do it now, but, still... my bigger problem is tearing myself away long enough to do anything important. How is anyone focusing long enough to make any complex artwork anymore? - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
All these friendfeed posts activates our dopamine pumping system but not enough to activate the liking system. No wonder if I work on something interesting time seems to go fast but very slow if i find it boring. Blame the dopamine. - Ashish from iPhone
"Mindless Chasing".. this post just activated my dopamine to seek for the information in the link :) - siva s
FriendFeed as two drugs in one. "wanting and liking" -- yes I want more articles like that and I "liked" this one. - ЕП
the image! :)) bearing like thing could have been more appropriate... - testbeta
This is something casinos have known for a long time - think about slots, etc. All hitting that same 'seeking' button. - Ken Gidley
Kamilah- I make time to focus on great artwork, and most people don't understand what makes artwork great post "The Urinal" anyway. Most people reading this also don't realize the difference of reading this versus posting from Pubmed, and how very little we know about the brain and illness of insantiy and of the brain. Saying it is the opoid system tells me very little, since right now... more... - Shana
A great explanation of why the "dopamine reward system" argument in mass media should always be a red flag: http://www.mindhacks.com/blog... - Jason Wehmhoener
boingboing
How many minutes do people in your city have to work to buy a Big Mac? - http://www.boingboing.net/2009...
boingboing
Contrafactual history of Jimmy Carter's green space-race - http://www.boingboing.net/2009...
Harvard Business
Kol Tregaskes
Lifestreaming 101: How to Put All Your Content in One Place with Google Reader - http://www.labnol.org/interne...
Lifestreaming 101: How to Put All Your Content in One Place with Google Reader
Lifestreaming 101: How to Put All Your Content in One Place with Google Reader
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"Learn how Google Reader can help create a lifestream feed by merging multiple feeds into one. It’s easier than combining feeds in Yahoo Pipes." - Kol Tregaskes from Bookmarklet
This sounds very interesting. - Kol Tregaskes
I'll set this up later today. - Kol Tregaskes
I don't know if my thinking on this is right. I wanted to post my FF items to a Blogger blog in order to save them in case they "go away." I thought there was some way I could do this automatically, but I can't figure out how. Second, I set up a posterous and put that in the reader. That works fine and I put my new, so far empty blog in the reader. I guess I just need to know how to get stuff onto my blog from FriendFeed. Any ideas? - Kimber Scott
Shame I cannot use my user-friendly URL, e.g.: http://www.google.com/reader... instead it's http://www.google.com/reader... - Kol Tregaskes
One thing you cannot add to this is your GReader Shared Items. :-( - Kol Tregaskes
BTW, here's a long list of GReader users, why not add yourself here: http://ff.im/6mh5s - Kol Tregaskes
And then read these tips from Svartling here: http://ff.im/6mh5s (the main one being to add everyone to a group so they can see your shared items and are allowed to comment on them). - Kol Tregaskes
Done mine, see entry here: http://ff.im/6Ci0P - Kol Tregaskes
I've just added GReader Shared Items via a FF search. I couldn't think of a better way to do it. - Kol Tregaskes
Too bad this doesn't work with Google Reader for Mobiles : ( - Andrew Currie
I've created a lifestream bundle here: http://www.google.com/reader... - Kol Tregaskes
sounds like an easy way to create a "clipping" service for an intranet minus all the hassles and money - Glenn Batuyong
careful with that functionality: if you publish the link to such a tag/folder, and people go to that link's share page (the typical google reader share page) and choose "subscribe", they won't get 1 feed, they will get a new folder with all these feeds automatically subscribed. Not what I would have expected! - Iphigenie
Yep, you can see the feeds by clicking on the + button at the top. - Kol Tregaskes
Thanks, Chris. - Kol Tregaskes
Kol Tregaskes
The bike, the scheme and the future of London’s cycle transport - http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/news...
The bike, the scheme and the future of London’s cycle transport
"After sliding my credit card into a payment machine and parting with £3 of my hard earned cash the above bike is mine for 24 hours. This may soon be the reality for Londoners and visitors to London alike who wish to explore the city by bike or simply get to work. This is all based on the way the cycle hire scheme, run by Bixi, works in Montreal which is what yesterdays news suggests will be the basis for the London Velib." - Kol Tregaskes from Bookmarklet
oddly enough - velib in other places means bike-for-free (for an hour)... in london it will mean bike-for-cheap (mostly i think it is the security so people dont nick them - if your bike disappears, they have your credit card details) - Iphigenie
Aren't they supposed to have it in the Velib system as well? Like...you need to sign up with a credit card, which gets charged if you keep the bike over the free time period, but otherwise you don't get charged? - Chester
perhaps yes, but there is no charge for a short trip - which must increase take up a lot as well as increase the fluidity (you release the bike back in circulation instead of hogging it for the full time you paid for) - Iphigenie
boingboing
Bob Dylan mistaken for hobo, 40 years after Woodstock - http://www.boingboing.net/2009...
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I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist campaign for photographers' rights - http://www.boingboing.net/2009...
April Buchheit
Note to self: Don't 'friend' your boss on FB and then bitch about your job.
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El. Oh. El. You gotta be some sort of stupid to friend your boss before your probation period is up. Fired in front of friends and family? PRICELESS. - Anika
She's a f*ing idiot. A similar thing happened to a friend of mine at an ad agency, who accidentally texted "my boss is a fucking cunt" ... to her boss. She didn't get fired or reprimanded, but she freaked out about it. - LANjackal
It floors me how much people openly vent about their jobs on public feeds like FriendFeed. Even if your boss isn't a direct contact, how are people so sure that a boss or co-worker won't stumble across it? - Mike Doeff from iPhone
If I have complaints about work, I try to mask them as much as possible or make them more about me personally than the job itself. At the same time, I really try to stay mum about any job I have.. - Jonathan Hardesty
Mike and how are you so sure that other people don't know who you are talking about? There's a person here on FriendFeed who complains about their coworker. Even though I live in a different city, I know that coworker. - Anika
+1 Anika. I generally refrain from talking bad about my employer/coworkers ANYWHERE online. Even on anonymous accounts. You just never know who might freak out and file an unmasking court order. It's happened before. - LANjackal from IM
Maybe the more general rule that comes into play here is to never say anything about someone you wouldn't tell them to their face. - Ken Sheppardson
Well said Ken. - Benjamin Taylor
What an idiot... When people claim we don't need guidelines for employees using social media, I just have to point out cases of extreme stupidity like this... - Badger Gravling
this is huge! - Loic Le Meur
OH those lessons learned the hard way. - anna sauce
This is great! Don't bite the hand that feeds especially if you're friends on FB. - Gabe Diaz from iPhone
Why friend your boss in the first place, especially if all you do is complain about the job? - Adrian McMillan
Ouch… :P - Daniel Schildt
Well someone has to make room for other people! From the sounds of it, she was probably already canned anyway. - Robert Fisher
Well that was a bit dumb. The thing about social media is it's just so much a part of our lives. We are encouraged to pour our views and feelings into it but we have to remember who is going to be reading it. In the end we have to censor ourselves so as a result our lifestream is a watered down stream. There are no directors cuts. - Parvez Halim
Absolutely priceless! - Robert Couture
Oh and I forgot the LOL. - Parvez Halim
this is something that may occur very often. More than we think! - Rui
@Rui I remember a colleague of mine did a similar thing. Luckily they got away with a written warning and no pay rise for that year. - Parvez Halim
HUGE! - Nathan Guetta
Interestingly, every time I consider complaining about my job via any social media platform, I stop and think "how can I make my job better? how can I improve myself?" and then end up writing about that instead. It has made me a much happier person. Really. - mike fabio
OMG ! this is awesome - Franck Nouyrigat
OUCH! - Retno Nindya
.. and that's why I'm private. I'm pretty good about not talking about work, but never know when I may say something completely stupid - Rodfather
I think there is a serious point here: Your on-line social network pals will be supportive of you regardless of whether you are right or wrong. That's what friends are for, kind of. All the boss does is let in a bit of reality. - sjjh
Maybe she wanted to be fired by her boss? Just questioning... - Torsten Eckert
Splendid. Too bad the story isn't real. OR IS IT...? - Francesco Balducci
haha! - orionstarr
Where did you get this? I'm trying to verify that it is actually a real event. Looks too 'perfect' and to generate this much hype I believe it is just two friends that wanted to laugh about how stupid the world is... - Brian J. Reeves
I wondered the same myself. The language suggests it's from the UK - LANjackal from IM
... or somewhere else where the British style of speech dominates - LANjackal from IM
April - you can't imagine how many people e-mailed me screenshots of this :) - Charlie Anzman
I wish I was here in order to press the "Like" button. - Clément Cailly
social media and your boss don't mix well :) - Dave Q
Zing! - Nick Mutton
Tim O'Reilly
Health Care in Exactly 25 Words, via @Frauenfelder: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog... Simple, clear, and mostly right, IMO.
Jay Rosen
(After reading coverage of the Friend Feed deal...) If value is being captured upstream from where you are, just buy the dam and dynamite it.
nice turn of phrase - Bora Zivkovic
That's what going down, is it not? - Jay Rosen
Looks like it, absolutely. I was just admiring your use of language. - Bora Zivkovic
This calls for an open-source, federated, run-on-any-server alternative to FriendFeed that, like the Internets, cannot be owned (and disowned) by any single corporation. - Gary Burge
Agreed. I'm pretty pissed about this deal, actually. And I don't trust anything the participants say about it. Why do I--a proud citizen of the open web--care if a walled garden gets better at search? - Jay Rosen
Wave, rssCloud, Pubsubhubbub... this is the stuff to turn to eh? - Dave Gilbert
+1 PubSubHubbub (but I'm biased) http://pubsubhubbub.googlecode.com - Brett Slatkin
I learned as much about the deal from this photograph as I did from the news coverage http://friendfeed.com/paul... Maybe I should Tweet that. - Jay Rosen
Yes you should - I also thought that picture (both of them together, really) was the most informative piece all day - Bora Zivkovic
Did you see the photos on Mashable of the empty FriendFeed offices this afternoon? http://mashable.com/2009... - Josette from fftogo
Scoble, Alex Scoble
These people who think that Twitter, blogging, friendfeed, etc. are hard should stay away from blank pieces of paper. Talk about bad UI!
Now going to bed...that's hard...seriously. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Blank pieces of paper aren't intuitive enough. :-| - Matthew Horton
Ansel Adams turned a blank piece of paper into a masterpiece. I find that what he does is hard. So shoot me. - Robert Scoble
Cristo: yes. And he printed that photography on paper, that until it got into his hands, was blank. - Robert Scoble
When you are in Yosemite with a blank piece of paper and a camera that weighs almost as much as you do, there really aren't sufficient affordances for what to do next. - Jason Wehmhoener
They have improved the situation somewhat since Ansel's time with lots of brown signs, roads and parking lots, but it's still a problem. - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: you are absolutely 100% wrong and that's not me talking. It's Ansel Adams' son. He claims most of the art is in the darkroom and he showed me contact prints to prove it. - Robert Scoble
Cristo: watch my interviews with Ansel Adams' son. - Robert Scoble
Cristo: I'm sure there's something. ;-) Here's me sitting in Ansel's sink in his darkroom: http://www.flickr.com/photos... - Robert Scoble
Matthew: do you have a URL to back that up? I've never heard that story about Ansel and I have a few of his best pictures at home to look at (reproductions, I can't afford the real prints he made). - Robert Scoble
Here's Ansel's son showing how he worked his enlarger: http://www.flickr.com/photos... - Robert Scoble
Blank paper can not adequately illustrate bewbs. - Mike Nayyar
Cristo: I won't get in the sink if you don't let me. His son let me in there after removing some wine, if I remember right. His darkroom has been left the way it was back when Ansel used it (Ansel's dodging/burning tool was still there -- that should be in the Smithsonian). - Robert Scoble
Matthew: it sounds like the kind of story that was made up. - Robert Scoble
Mike, you clearly never went to art school. - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: here's Michael's son showing us around some of Ansel's work in his house: http://www.flickr.com/photos... - Robert Scoble
Here's Adams' son showing us around Yosemite. One of the highlights of my life. http://scobleizer.com/2008... And no trees were cut down there. :-) - Robert Scoble
More of a visit to Ansel Adams' home/darkroom: http://frederickvan.com/blog... - Robert Scoble
Glacier Point is an incredibly photogenic spot http://www.flickr.com/photos... http://www.flickr.com/photos... - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: wrong. Wrong. Wrong. I can tell you've never worked in a darkroom. There are infinite techniques and outcomes. You can even use different chemicals to turn the same photo brown, for instance. Or flash it with light which creates a wild effect. Or dodge and burn. Or use multiple exposures to add things to the photo that weren't there in the single negative. - Robert Scoble
In Adams case (and I am still looking for the video) he took things out of the photo by burning or added them back in or made them more contrasty or toned down highlights or brought up shadow detail. Adams' son showed me the original of Moon Rise over Hernandez. The final print looked NOTHING like the contact print. - Robert Scoble
Is it a social media person thing, or really just a Scoble thing? This need to be right all the time and prove everyone else wrong? - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: heheh. Here's Marc Silber's report from Ansel's house: http://www.silberstudios.tv/previou... - Robert Scoble
I try to laugh it off. Usually I succeed, but it does get irritating because folks follow the example that is set. - Jason Wehmhoener
On the other hand, I do enjoy listening to Robert talk endlessly about Ansel Adams. - Jason Wehmhoener
Jason: I care about the truth. I don't have to be right all the time and admit easily when I'm wrong. In this case Cristo is overstating the truth. I've made prints in the dark room that look NOTHING like the original photo I shot. In fact, in photo class we've used photographic paper to make images WITHOUT EVEN HAVING A PHOTO. I guess you've never heard of pinhole photography? - Robert Scoble
Not so much on video though. I rarely watch the videos. - Jason Wehmhoener
It's true that the darkroom is a place of art. - Jason Wehmhoener
It's that hyperbolic discourse that I take issue with as well. We're all just talking here. Nobody "wins". - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: your statement was 100% wrong and provably so. And I will point it out when it is. Jason: you should watch the videos with Ansel's son. They were awesome. I won't have many moments in my life like that. If you can't stand me, watch the one Marc Silber made. - Robert Scoble
It's not you Robert, I'm just not a big fan of interview video. - Jason Wehmhoener
Thread is degrading. It was pretty silly to begin with. - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: you said the art occurred when it was captured on film. That is wrong. 100% wrong. The art occurred when Ansel Adams printed it. How do I know that? Because one of his prints costs $20,000 or more. One of my reproductions (which is almost exact, by the way) costs a couple of hundred bucks, most of which is for the frame and reproduction costs. So, every museum in the world would... more... - Robert Scoble
I'm going with Robert on this one. I can capture moments all day long, but I'm not nearly talented enough to turn it into real art. - Matthew Horton
By the way, Cristo, if you were right, his negatives are open source. You can use them to print your own photos (they are in a school down in New Mexico, if I remember right). Go ahead, try to recreate his "art." His art is the COMBINATION of camera work and darkroom work. It is an all-or-nothing thing. - Robert Scoble
Matthew: many many people stood right next to Ansel while he made photos. They didn't even come close. I've stood next to Thomas Hawk while he made some great photos. Mine didn't even come close. Why? Technique, with Ansel, both in camera AND in darkroom. With Thomas? Technique, both in camera AND in Photoshop. I can't match the skill of either. No matter how good the equipment. - Robert Scoble
I had no idea a person could access Ansel's negatives. That's fascinating. OK, I was wrong about the thread. - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: more than one famous photographer has done EXACTLY that. Have someone else shoot the picture and they print it and put their name on it and collect the cash. - Robert Scoble
And now I very much would like to try making some prints from those negatives. - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: great art is always rare and there's lots of photographers that, even today, make images worth millions. See Annie Leibowitz. - Robert Scoble
I've looked at a lot of Yosemite photography. Very little of it is as interesting as Adams' photography. - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: money is how we judge art. Name one piece of great original art that you can buy. Go ahead, I'll wait. :-) - Robert Scoble
It's an incredibly forgiving place to make photos though. Even if you don't come close to Adams, you're pretty likely to make some nice images there. - Jason Wehmhoener
Great art is rare, hangs in museums, has people awe and ooh over it, and costs lots of money. It's not the money that decides great art, it's an artifact. - Robert Scoble
Anyway, this has sidetracked me enough. For everyone else, beyond the pointless arguing there's some great Ansel Adams stuff stuck in this thread somewhere. :-) - Robert Scoble
Robert: I disagree that money equates to quality in art. Damien Hirst is a genius with manipulating that fallacy. - Jason Wehmhoener
Hell, I was enjoying this in it's own tab. Now to do a /bunch/ of googling. :-) - Matthew Horton
Jason: that might be true, but I can't think of a recognized great piece of art that I can afford to hang in my house. I have a few reproductions, though, of Adams' stuff that are damn nice in my eyes and that's all that matters. Here's an additional video on how they are digitizing his work so you can afford an almost exact copy: http://scobleizer.blip.tv/file... - Robert Scoble
Having spent a great deal of time in the darkroom, I can say that easily 75-80% of the "art" of a photo is made in the darkroom. Composition and shooting under optimal conditions (which, actually, is part of the composition) is important, but the darkroom is where the real action is. To get the right print, you make several sample prints, making detailed notes of exposure time, contrast... more... - vicster: full-bodied
vicster: Some of the exercises in my photo classes were based on that, doing the best in the darkroom with meh negatives. - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo, the point was sort of cogent the first couple dozen times you made it. I know we're dealing with some thick skulls here, but seriously. - Jason Wehmhoener
Oh, that's what you meant by the Paris Hilton remark. I totally didn't get that. Hmm, yah. Paris from Robert would definitely be a feat of darkroom magic. And Yosemite is awfully darn photogenic. - Jason Wehmhoener
this thread is making me really miss being in a darkroom! I should look into setting up a dry one in my garage/studio. - vicster: full-bodied
vicster: totally. something that has nothing to do with Ansel: I always wanted to try color in the darkroom. Everyone said "ew! too toxic!" and I never tried it, but I still have that curiousity. - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: every image I made started with a blank piece of paper. By the way, some of which were made in pinhole cameras. In that case 100% of the image was made on the paper. Jason: color photography in darkroom is fun, but you have to be exacting and have a very good thermometer. I sill remember my $100 Kodak thermometer with great fondness. All the kids wanted to borrow it (I was one of the only ones who tried color in high school). Takes me back. Love that Cibachrome look off of Kodachrome. Awesome! - Robert Scoble
Tanath just posted this and I'm nodding in agreement: http://friendfeed.com/funny-p... - Jason Wehmhoener
Color in high school, nice. Ahead of your time there. - Jason Wehmhoener
Cristo: I made images in the darkroom that did NOT start in a camera. But to get back to the point of this, I can draw a picture but I can't do what http://www.gapingvoid.com does. So, if you asked me to recreate what he did it would be HARD. So would recreating an Ansel Adams print, even if you DID give me his negatives (which he did, because he put them into a public trust). - Robert Scoble
Robert, where can I find out more about that public trust? - Jason Wehmhoener
Also, I believe the point of the thread was that paper lacks affordances, but I suppose I digress. ;-) - Jason Wehmhoener
I think we need more charts and tables if we're going to be talking percentages here. - Jason Wehmhoener
Also, I really dug this one from Johnny Worthington: http://friendfeed.com/jworthi... - Jason Wehmhoener
Jason: his negatives and prints are here: http://www.creativephotography.org/ I think his son said that some are also stored at other schools, but I can't find out where using some simple Google searches. I'll ask his grandson and see what comes up. I'm sure it's hard to get access to them. Sort of like there's six million photos stored at the Library of Congress but most normal people... more... - Robert Scoble
Ah, nice. Another reason to visit family in Arizona. Thanks Robert! - Jason Wehmhoener
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Christopher Sacca
Really impressed by @johnlegend's discussion of the health care debate: http://www.johnlegend.com/us...
Bartek Ciszkowski
On this day, 65 years ago, the forces of the Polish Home Army began their uprising against the German forces in Warsaw. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
boingboing
Canadians vow mass-mooning of US spy-blimp - http://www.boingboing.net/2009...
Wildcat
“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” — Charles Bukowski
Hanna Wiszniewska
Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig [Feedbooks.com] - http://www.feedbooks.com/book...
Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig [Feedbooks.com]
"Lawrence Lessig, “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era” (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exert such control over what we can and can’t do with the culture around us. Our society defends free markets and free speech; why then does it permit such top-down control? To lose our long tradition of free culture, Lawrence Lessig shows us, is to lose our freedom to create, our freedom to build, and, ultimately, our freedom to imagine." - Hanna Wiszniewska from Bookmarklet
Werner Vogels
Times: 10 best photo sites. congrats @DonMacAskill "smugmug is the place where pros go when they have outgrown flickr" http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol...
Smugmug ticks me off, though--cause not *all* things should be pro. Take pics at the kids' ballgame? Just send those suckers around. Now, folks put the pix up for sale. Sheesh. - Kathy Fitch
Just sayin. - Kathy Fitch
Jim Norris
The Gettysburg Address, by Sarah Palin - Coyote Crossing - http://www.faultline.org/index...
"Again, my understanding is we are engaged in a great civil war, proving to the world and all the foreign countries. I want all Americans to grasp what is in store for this country of America. I am all about America enduring, enduring into the future and beyond. And unfortunately, that is the road that America is finding itself on in this field, a battlefield, on the land border of the boundary we share with our great neighbor to the South." - Jim Norris from Bookmarklet
Hanna Wiszniewska
My Veggie Kitchen: Ginger Tofu Stir Fry - http://myveggiekitchen.blogspot.com/2009...
My Veggie Kitchen: Ginger Tofu Stir Fry
"Ginger Tofu Stir Fry 2 tbs vegetable oil 1 tsp sesame oil 1 lb tofu, drained and sliced 1 onion, sliced 1 lb bok choy, leaves & stalk separated 2 carrots, sliced on the bias 1 lb broccoli florets 1 lb asparagus spears Sauce: 2 tbs cornstarch 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup sherry 1 tbs sugar 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbs ginger, grated" - ok, now I'm really hungry... ;) - Hanna Wiszniewska from Bookmarklet
Tim O'Reilly
Particularly cool: bacteria are stratified in ocean by wavelength of light they specialize for. #edge
Jay Rosen
The correction box is an astounding text, showing why people have always doubted Alessandra Stanley's pieces http://www.nytimes.com/2009... via @scottros
ROFL! Was any sentence in the original correct? How could they manage to massage back into shape to reflect corrections!? Magic! - Bora Zivkovic
@craigsilverman should give the Correction of the Year 2009 award to this article. No contest. - Josette from fftogo
There is something hilarious and relentless about it. - Jay Rosen
This actually represents the failure of the New York Times, not Alessandra Stanley alone (and how old is she, anyway, since she apparently didn't recognize late-70s/ mid-80s symbols referred to in the text?) All newspapers maintain, or are supposed to maintain, future-obit files on newsmakers of all shapes (and long-retired Walter Cronkite certainly must have rated inclusion in it).... more... - ianf ⌘
boingboing
PowerPoint considered militarily harmful - http://www.boingboing.net/2009...
Ted Leung
Why Moore's law does not apply to photography http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays... - Computerheads need to read this.
Scott Beale
Micah
United Breaks Guitars - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
United Breaks Guitars
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"Here, without rhythm, harmony or rhyme, is Dave Carroll’s problem: Last year, while he was flying from Nova Scotia to Nebraska on United Airlines, somebody broke his $3,500 guitar ... But Carroll and his band, Sons of Maxwell, have told their tale with rhythm, harmony, rhyme, not to mention some wicked humor, and their four-minute, 37-second complaint, “United Breaks Guitars,” above, is racking up views on YouTube." - Micah
Louis Gray
Let's all take a deep breath and get some perspective - http://fakesteve.blogspot.com/2009...
FSJ at his best - hilarious - especially love Point 5 on how to deal with engineers :) - Patrick Jordan
"You also may not have noticed, but nobody uses Chrome. I mean think about it. Do you know anyone who uses Chrome? Really? And you know why nobody uses Chrome? Because Chrome is shit. Just utter, utter shit. I mean they've got all these big brains at Google and you'd think they could make a decent fucking browser. Jesus, the freetards at Mozilla can do it. But not Google." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I used to love reading Fake Steve, but as soon as the real author was outed, he should have just closed up shop. Once you know who it is, it's just not funny anymore. - Joey Gibson
Funny as hell. :) - Roberto Bonini
Joey: Its still funny. even if Daniel Lyons is writing it. - Roberto Bonini
Hehe. Missed that ;) - Roberto Bonini
@Jorge, Daniel Lyons didn't do anything wrong. I thought his writing as FSJ was indeed brilliant, but once Gawker (or whoever it was) outed him, I couldn't unsee the man behind the curtain. I don't know if that makes sense, but before he was outed, there was always that tiny, tiny, tiny though that it might really be the Real Steve. - Joey Gibson
Some beautiful stuff in that read, thank you very much - Martha
April Buchheit
5 Years After: Portugal's Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results: Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article...
5 Years After: Portugal's Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results: Scientific American
"In the face of a growing number of deaths and cases of HIV linked to drug abuse, the Portuguese government in 2001 tried a new tack to get a handle on the problem—it decriminalized the use and possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD and other illicit street drugs. The theory: focusing on treatment and prevention instead of jailing users would decrease the number of deaths and infections. Five years later, the number of deaths from street drug overdoses dropped from around 400 to 290 annually, and the number of new HIV cases caused by using dirty needles to inject heroin, cocaine and other illegal substances plummeted from nearly 1,400 in 2000 to about 400 in 2006, according to a report released recently by the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C, libertarian think tank." - April Buchheit from Bookmarklet
" "Now instead of being put into prison, addicts are going to treatment centers and they're learning how to control their drug usage or getting off drugs entirely," report author Glenn Greenwald, a former New York State constitutional litigator, said during a press briefing at Cato last week. Under the Portuguese plan, penalties for people caught dealing and trafficking drugs are... more... - April Buchheit
I think this is a step in the right direction, but keeping it illegal to sell drugs means that the black market is still there, and all the dangers of it (violence mostly). Plus, if it were legal, the government could get taxes from it, which could pay for the treatment programs. Gee that sounds familiar (tobacco perhaps?) - Robert Felty
YES! This is an awesome case study. Let's legalize pot in CA - they need the tax revenue and I want my tax dollars going toward something better than jailing ppl who smoke weed. - Felicia Yue
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