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Yay! After 12 years with the company (being the first employee after the directors) I'm finally getting a work phone. Mind you, when I say work phone I mean they're getting my personal number ported to their carrier on a cheap BYO plan. So my 2 year old battery fucked iPhone 5 is my new phone...
Everyone else in the company is getting new iPhone 6s... even the part time secretary. The existing non-fucked iPhone 5Ss are going to the director's grandchildren. I'm super grateful for the phone plan because it's $60 a month I don't have to spend but I can't say it doesn't sting just a little bit. - Johnny
Gah. :( Maybe time for a mysterious accident to happen to your phone? - Stephen Mack
The thing is, on a BYO plan, they can't get a new phone for me. The iPhone 5S are already promised to the grand kids... I know cause I was just handed one of them to set up. - Johnny
(Also, I have to pay for my phone to be unlocked from my carrier to accept work's carrier). - Johnny
Someone on FB said "Abetz" sounds Jewish and he shouldn't be trusted. His grandunclue was a Nazi ambassador and tried for war crimes #AusPol
In terms of trying to be anti-semitic, that's a fairly large fail. - Johnny
To be fair, Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows ME, the numbers never really mattered. "Is it a good OS?" is the real question.
I just find it offputting. Why introduce confusion? If they made a clean break (like the one from 95 to XP, where the names are wholly unrelated) it would be easier for me to understand. OK, branding. This smacks of branding (trying to match the other "ones" they've got going on) but without enough of a connection to actually make it work. - Jennifer Dittrich
Don't get me wrong, I'm not up in arms or anything, I just don't get it. - Jennifer Dittrich
I just installed 5 new PCs at work for production. Some were using 7 and some were 8. Only one person knew the difference. I suspect Windows has something planned marketing wise that ties the phone OS etc - Johnny from iPhone
Sarah G.
Selfie avec bridge (and guy taking picture with iPad which is one of @BeauGlassmeyer 's pet peeves)
Selfie avec bridge (and guy taking picture with iPad which is one of @BeauGlassmeyer 's pet peeves)
Law & Order : Photography Squad - Pete : Team Marina
He got the photo. - Johnny from iPhone
So the Australian government's welfare reforms violate our UN Human Rights obligations. Hey, at least they're consistent asshole. #auspol
Don't worry - our govt. also does things that violate UN treaties and obligations all the time. Turns out they don't fine you or anything. Oh yeah - we don't pay our UN bill either. - Brian Johns
The thing is, this government used the UN Human Rights stuff as a massive hammer against the previous government in an effort to win power - Johnny from iPhone
Sarah G.
I disagree with all of you. About everything.
You're great! - Todd Hoff
I agree. - Johnny from iPhone
You're absolutely right. - RepoRat
Nuh, uh. - Joe
Cilantro is the best. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson from Android
I agree with CAJ. - Steven Perez
Sarah G.
Question: why do people dog on legal marketing? Aren't businesses supposed to advertise? And aren't attorneys supposed to be in community?
A good portion of the marketing I hear is either 1) drumming up clients for DUI's or 2) trying to convince people to be part of a class action lawsuit. The first is just advertising. The second one feels a lot sketchier. The 'do it yourself' legal websites do a much better job of advertising everyday law services that your average consumer might be interested in, and that most people could use help with. - Jennifer Dittrich
I guess it sticks in the craw because legal representation and justice is suppose to be a right or a noble profession and the harsh realisation that (for a lot of lawyers) clients are more just customers/business than clients erodes that ideal. - Johnny from iPhone
Yeah, there's definitely some of that. It also feels like it's the sketchier end of things that gets advertised about. (Probably at least in part because of what you mentioned.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Since I have been up late working on my paper, there have been a series of commercials that all start "I know why you are up late" and then it goes to give a cause- one is that you need a lawyer, and gives the number of a firm. Another is that you need a colonoscopy, and then gives a Dr's number, one is some home repair- roof or basement or something. - sglassme
Andrew C (✔)
Tech Start-Up Founder Says Women Are Like Men, Only Cheaper - Businessweek -
Tech Start-Up Founder Says Women Are Like Men, Only Cheaper - Businessweek
"“The Australian labor market and world labor market just consistently and amazingly undervalues women in so many roles, particularly in our industry,” he said. [...] Thornley went on to say that by hiring women, he got better-qualified employees to whom he was able to give more responsibility. “And [they were] still often relatively cheap compared to what we would’ve had to pay someone less good of a different gender,” he concluded. To illustrate his point he showed a slide that said: “Women: Like Men, Only Cheaper.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I love that he's all "and we still didn't pay them!" Best of both worlds! Or something. - Jennifer Dittrich
I really want to take this as "the men I hired are overpaid for what I get" but I can't. - Johnny from iPhone
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Yeah, okay. - joey
Startup CEOs are just like regular CEOs only assholeier. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
So, I'm starting to watch Gotham from last night (I didn't start recording until 20 minutes in). The main character is James Gordon, who, I assume is the man that becomes Commissioner Gordon. His female companion (haven't yet figured out if it's his wife or not) is Barbara. That's supposed to be his daughter's name, isn't it?
Also, I've only caught his partner's first name, so far (Harvey). I assume that's Harvey Dent? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
No, Harvey Bullock. Still pretty iconic, just a different Harvey. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ah, okay. I was wondering; didn't think Harvey Dent was supposed to be older than Gordon. Do we think Ivy (the little girl) is the one that turns out to be Poison Ivy? I'll be honest, I don't know much about the Batman franchise outside of the various movies & cartoons. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Bullock shows up in the cartoons, but is a lot more buffoonish? I think Barbara is his fiancee, so they're not married yet. I think she mentions that later in the episode. - Jennifer Dittrich
Not a big fan of Alfred's accent, but I am excited to see Sean Pertwee there (the Third Doctor's son). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I like the actor enough that it didn't really bother me, though I could see why some didn't like it. I figure that, like other interpretations, this will have some big and little differences with the source material. They seemed to pack in a lot of characters, but that might just be what you see for the pilot episode. - Jennifer Dittrich
Without getting too far into the whole Pre and Post Crisis business, "Barbra" has been the name of Gordon's 1st wife, his daughter and his niece. I'm assuming in this case it will follow the Miller Year One arc of Barbara Kean the wife. - Johnny
It was poison ivy, the Joker was also introduced as well as cat woman. I loved this premiere episode! - Janet from FFHound!
Don't forget Penguin, Janet. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Interesting. Thanks, Johnny. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
The Penguin was my favorite! - Janet from FFHound!
Andrew C (✔)
RT @abid_ism: when your parents are trying too hard to fit in
RT @abid_ism: when your parents are trying too hard to fit in
What in the everloving - Eric - It's My Thing
(not her account) - Johnny
Melly - #TeamMarina
21 years since my Daddy died. This is one wound time doesn't heal. #fb
**hugs** - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm sorry, Melly. These kind of anniversaries are so very tough. Hugs to you and a hat tip to your dad, who played a big role in making you the Melly we know and love. - Corinne L
*hugs* - Johnny from iPhone
*hugs* - Heather
*hugs* - Big Joe Silence
*hugs* - Katy S
Sorry, Melly... - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
*hugs* - Jenny H. from Android
(I know, same here) *hugs* - Xabaras (G.O.)
Melly - #TeamMarina
What's another term for "bokeh", or the name of a similar technique?
Depth of field - Johnny from iPhone
Single word. It's for a friends puzzle game, haha. - Melly - #TeamMarina
blur - Glen Campbell
Melly - #TeamMarina
Back to work for Josh today. Melly has a sad :o( #fb
I have a day off - Johnny from iPhone
Wanna come over and help me do the dishes? - Melly - #TeamMarina
I'll come over! you have a transporter right? - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm doing my own dishes! - Johnny from iPhone
I'm doing the groceries first. - Melly - #TeamMarina
*snuggles* - Heather
*snuggles in on the opposite side from Heather to make a Melly sandwich* - Big Joe Silence
Eric - It's My Thing
I'm the illest, I die harder than Bruce Willis
I'm a premature ejaculator, Fast and Furious like Vin Diesel. - Steve C Team Marina
While this is all nice, y'all can't touch Vanilla Ice - Johnny from iPhone
—Det. Fin Tutuola, NYPD - Victor Ganata
Steve and 4 other people
RT @JamesFallows: Scottish turnout super high in part because *every vote counts equally*. Reason #625 to dump Electoral College in US.
Mebbe, but I doubt if our turnout would go up appreciably if we dumped the Electoral College for most elections. Apathy is apathy. If we had a vote in California about seceding from the U.S., I bet California's turnout would be record-breaking too. - Stephen Mack
Of course, some of that apathy is deliberately encouraged. It's not like we deliberately set aside time as a society to do this, or expect that work or commerce should briefly halt to see it accomplished. Polling places are often extraordinarily inconvenient for large parts of the population, portions of which are at massive disadvantage when attempting to even register to vote. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer, it's a good point. I'd love to see us implement a national voting day holiday (which other countries have had for years). - Stephen Mack
Certain segments of the political spectrum encourage apathy with such statements as "they're all the same" etc and by making voting a more arduous task then it needs to be.... Make Sunday polling day and tell them that football doesn't start tell the votes are tally'ed.... - WarLord
I'd love to see a voting holiday (a real holiday, as in only emergency personnel have to work, and people get paid leave) as well as a lot more polling places (with special emphasis on currently underserved areas, like reservations and very poor neighborhoods.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I support Stephens call for a national drinking^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H voting holiday! (which is apparently how some folks in countries with such holidays respond... :/ ) - Ken Gidley
A holiday is interpreted as a "travel and get away" day. So that would conflict with voting. - Louis Gray
We vote on a Saturday. Works for us. - Johnny from iPhone
You vote on a Saturday? How do you get people to show up? They can't put a TV show on Saturdays. - Eric - It's My Thing from iPhone
Also, voting is done at almost every public school (close, easily accessible by public transport), there is pre-polling options like electoral officers taking voting stations to nursing homes and hospitals. - Johnny from iPhone
Eric. We have compulsory voting (which I wholeheartedly support) but they also have a sausage sizzle and jam stores so you do it on the way out or back from your weekend stuff and grab a snack. - Johnny from iPhone
And with this single tweet, the last dangling thread of interest I had in Gotham has snapped.
And with this single tweet, the last dangling thread of interest I had in Gotham has snapped.
I'm more than happy to actually watch a couple of episodes before I give up hope that it might end up fun. Flip side, I couldn't care less what they're doing with their films right now. Just not interested. - Jennifer Dittrich
I had high hopes... then they made a big deal about Bruce Wayne being in it. Commissioner Gordon and the world of Gotham has such potential that it only needs the coming shadow of the Batman in the lightest of touches. - Johnny
I'm wondering how much of that is just marketing buzz though, to get people to tune in and then get addicted to Gordon's storyline as the main thread. I'm still hopeful enough to let it spin a little. Also, there aren't that many shows I'm even slightly interested in, so even a little is enough to get me to see a few episodes. - Jennifer Dittrich
According to IMDb, he's in every episode to date. I'd like it to be only a fleeting meeting like just after his parent's were shot (and he made a vow to find the killers). Any more than that and you run into the Lois Lane problem. You can't have a good detective like Gordon having a strong connection to someone, have that someone disappear then reappear just as a vigilant with expensive toys appears and him not put it together. - Johnny
Oh, yeah - that seriously gave me trouble with Smallville. - Jennifer Dittrich
Also, "RT if..." campaigns? Seriously? - Johnny
Oh, I just ignore that sort of thing at this point. It's the darling of studio marketing teams, and usually not related to what the show runners want at all. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
The (early) Beatles were a pop band that had their own branded talc powder and were dismissed as long haired pretty boys with rubbish music. Today's music may actually be rubbish but I always have in the back of my mind that when my dad was young, my grandmother said the same thing then with the same confidence as I do now.
Also, fun fact. My dad is probably one of the only people who has seen both The Beatles and The Wiggles play in the same venue :) - Johnny
Some will... and for some it will be transformative and nudge them towards other creative pursuits. There is enough bullshit in this world so I'm trying hard to not personally crap on any art or creative pursuit that is designed to make people happy. Also, even blatant dumb commercial pop music when done extremely well has some good qualities. - Johnny from iPhone
They didn't have AutoTune then. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
True, but the Beatles were pioneers of experimental effects on the music. John Lennon often used double tracking and echo effects because he disliked the sound of his voice. - Johnny
Also, given their love of using the studio to the full limits (See: Revolver, Rubber Soul and Magical Mystery Tour) the assumption that the Beatles wouldn't have utilised at least some part of the technology if it was available is weak. - Johnny
The issue is not that the Beatles would have used AutoTune if it existed then, but that if AutoTune existed then the Beatles would have been "just another band." Effects are one thing and can be creative, but the cumulative impact of AutoTune is that within their respective genres (but especially pop) everybody sounds the same. Equally awful. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
That assumes that the Beatles early skyrocketing success was due purely to their musical talents and not their marketability as 4 good/reasonably looking young boys with rebellious haircuts that pissed off your parents. There were plenty of better talented artists around at the time that never broke it because they wouldn't have worked on a can of Talc. - Johnny
Case In Point:The Beatles at Shea Stadium. They could have unplugged their instruments because the noise from the screaming fans drowned out the actual music. Most of the audio on the film recording is either redubbed or taken from other concerts. - Johnny
"Soft rock" - Kevin Fox from iPhone
I am so sick and tired of this particular argument against increasing minimum wage:
"If one person works hard in school and studies hard, they should be getting an A. However, if another student does not and skips the final exam, they deserve an F. Continuing that analogy is that in the "everyone deserves a living wage" world both individuals would get a C, because that is fair. What sense does that make." - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
This is such a fallacy. The people that are making less than a livable wage are the ones working their butts off, while the ones raking in billions of dollars are rarely doing more than sitting around, playing golf, hanging out on their yachts, and glad-handing. If we were really to "continue the analogy", the assembly-line workers would be the ones getting the "A" in salary, while the executives would be getting C's or D's, at least. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I'm not necessarily saying that there aren't valid arguments (and completely ridiculous arguments) on both sides of this issue; I'm just really tired of hearing that particular one. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
The problem with the C conclusion is it misunderstands what the minimum wage is. It has nothing to do with the grades you get, it's about making sure that every student at the very least has access to a pencil and a desk so they don't have to resort to writing words on a wall behind the toilets with a stick dipped in blood. - Johnny
Man I wish I could "like" Johnny's comment. - Heather
The one I am tired of hearing is "The minimum wage was never intended to be a living wage. Those jobs are intended for young people still living at home. You shouldn't still be working a minimum wage job by the time you are grown. If you are, then it's because you are too lazy/too stupid/not ambitious enough/[insert other dumb reason] and you deserve the low wages that you get." And the... more... - April Russo
Dunno if I feel like chasing my history for the link, and it might not be true anyway - but somewhere in Washington - the state - the minimum wage was raised to $15. I really think the results of that as described are TOO good to be true - but they describe a restaurant owner predicting layoffs and depression. Instead, the story said he had to hire twice as many people and open several... more... - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Andrew C (✔)
RT @ndsinnott: The U2 debacle boils down to two things: 1) the idea that we are not in control, and 2) that a giant corporation with my dad's taste is
U2 debacle? *lives in a cave* - Big Joe Silence
Apple gave everyone with iTunes the latest U2 album, whether they wanted it or not. (As in, it downloaded and you didn't have a choice. There's now a support article for how to remove it.) - Jennifer Dittrich
i'm trying to wrap my mind around this but it keeps tearing in the middle. - Big Joe Silence
I got it but it didn't download because I don't have auto-download enabled on my devices. I also don't play music that pulls the tracks from my purchased list on iCloud. - Johnny from iPhone
Yes, it sucks. Apple handled this badly... but rather than just assuming I'm in control, I took the 30 seconds it takes to check if I am. Every app, song and video that is on my phone I put there by going to General > iTunes > Auto Download (and) Show All. Anyone who shares an iTunes account with other people or young teenagers already knows the "Where the hell did that come from" experience. - Johnny
Yeah, I didn't word that well - it didn't necessarily download, but did for a lot of people, and it is part of your albums list available for download unless you remove it. - Jennifer Dittrich
Melly - #TeamMarina
Bit excited that Em's daycare are now using a program that allows me to log in to see photos and read about what they've been doing. I can read a daily report when I pick her up but this is so much better.
They've even got a section with suggestions for how to engage her in certain ways at home to help her development. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Ooooh, I'm even in there! Because I read to the kids on Book Lovers Day. - Melly - #TeamMarina
" Emily’s mummy brought in Emily’s favourite book from home, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”" - so famous. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Emily has good taste - Johnny
They're learning to read it in Japanese! So freaking awesome. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Brian Johns
Donuts outside my cube if you're interested.
Euphemism? - Johnny from iPhone
Be right there! - Louis Gray
There are 4.75 donuts left. These things aren't going to eat themselves! (except for that .75 of a chocolate ring, might might actually be in the process of eating itself.) - Brian Johns
i put that chocolate one out of its misery. oh, thanks! - Ken Gidley
Will these also be available tomorrow morning? - Stephen Mack
They have disappeared. - Brian Johns
So you're saying the 4.75 donuts will NOT be available tomorrow morning? - Stephen Mack
I don't know anything about any "donuts" you might be talking about. Nobody can prove anything. Nobody saw me. - Brian Johns
The only thing better than sharing a Snopes link on a friend's Facebook meme, debunking it completely, is posting a link to the exact same meme they posted 2 years ago where I also posted that Snopes link.
re-Snope'd! - Jennifer Dittrich
In-Snope-cition :) - Johnny
Honest Question: Is Google Glass still a thing? Is it on a slow boil or has that flame kinda dwindled.
I see some being worn in these parts. But I think they're still cooking up what they want it to be. - Stephen Mack
They just started selling them to the general public last week. - Kevin Fox
Physical thing doesn't mean it's a thing. There's been plenty of tech that's gone for public sale that's missed it's time or failed to engage. - Johnny
I was thinking about it before. While I'm not in the market for either device, Google Glass verse a smartwatch, I'd go smartwatch all the time. I get the concept of Glass but I am still in the camp of passive tech. I don't mind looking at my wrist rather than having it always in my peripheral (and intrusive to those I interact with). - Johnny
Until I see someone sporting Glass in the wild here in flyover land I'm going to say NO not a thing. Given that Google choose not to counter program against the big watch announcement I'm going to say on the verge of being "waved" - WarLord
Dear Aus Government, RE: Joining The New Iraq War. The perception of even the slightest of arm twisting would have been nice. #AusPol
Chick on the ABC news this morning kinda pwned Tony. Along the lines of "Syrians have been suffering for ages, why is the Government only helping out now?" - Melly - #TeamMarina
Listening to AM on ABC this morning and they had an interview with Tony Abbott. He said something that irked me. When asked about terrorist chatter in Indonesia because of the new operation in Iraq and westerner's safety, he said "Remember, Bali occurred before Australia ever went to Iraq:" Yes, 100%. Problem is the 2002 Bali bombings were carried out by Jemaah Islamiyah in response to... more... - Johnny
Abbott knows his stuff. NOT. - Melly - #TeamMarina
TIL: Bob Ross did The Joy Of Painting for free, using it as promo for his supplies, merch and tours. So today's business model back in 1983
Indie as fuck. - Johnny
So, he did it for........ the joy of painting. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
... that and the $15 million dollar Bob Ross Inc :) - Johnny
Also, because he painted so fast and his wet-on-wet method was so simple, he could knock out an entire 13 episode season in 2 days. - Johnny
Imagine him raising broadcast funds Kickstarter style..... Commenter: "WHERE. ARE. MY. HAPPY LITTLE TREES, YOU SOB!!#!" - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I just had a thought. He was a paint blogger (vlogger) before blogs existed. Seriously. A simple setup (black wall, canvas) with almost no production values. - Johnny
nobody remembers William Alexander? he pre-dated Bob Ross. - Big Joe Silence
No. His Fro Fu was shit ;) - Johnny
Bob was Bill's STUDENT. - Big Joe Silence
Know William Alexander well but still prefer Bob Ross. It's the personality. And the hair. - Hookuh Tinypants
perhaps it's the Kraut in me. - Big Joe Silence
Ah. Bill Alexander. That's why all the stuff about Bob Ross as the painting guy on TV always felt wrong, the memory was wrong. I've been remembering Bill Alexander, and Bob Ross didn't fit the memory I had of it. - Betsy
I vaguely remember Bill Alexander...but yeah what Hookuh said. Bob is just...f'ing awesome. - Sir Shuping is just sir
^5 Betsy! - Big Joe Silence from Android
Define operate. Define heavy equipment. Define don't.
*Unzips pants* - Johnny from iPhone
Which reminds me to ask: Zippers zip the other way down under, right? Because hemisphere. LOL Right!! - Micah
*spans trousers* - Big Joe Silence
monorail.... - Heather
Monorail! - John (bird whisperer)
What's it called?! - Jennifer Dittrich
.... MONO!!!........ D'oh - Johnny
Is it true the tracks will bend? - Jed
I'm going to at least give my friend points for unique ad copy.
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Points also for trying to sell a $2,000 blender via pyramid selling. - Johnny
Melly - #TeamMarina
A doctor removed my appendix the other day. Apparently I shouldn't have been reading in his office.
............ *sigh* - Johnny from iPhone
Victor Ganata
The thing that I find hilarious in a really dark, macabre way is that we are now more officially allied with Bashar al-Assad.
The enemy of my enemy... - Bren from iPhone
... is still my enemy. Defuse the bomb that will go off first. - Johnny from iPhone
Allied with Bashar Assad and with Iran as well!!!! - Sepi ⌘ سپی
We're team Shia now. #goAli - Eivind
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