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Stephen Mack
Introducing the RunKeeper + Netflix Marathon Challenge!
Check out the RunKeeper + Netflix Marathon Challenge! Can you track 26.2 hours of TV watching? - Stephen Mack from email
I'm all over this. - Stephen Mack
cool, I'm re-watching GoT before the new season, and I've got just enough left! - Ken Gidley
Rob Michael (Atmos Trio)
Hi! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Is it me you're looking for? - Yolanda from Android
Hi, Rob! - Anne Bouey from iPhone
Yo. - imabonehead from Android
Are you out there? - Technodad
Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home? - Ken Gidley
Victor Ganata
"You can't swipe left to my actual _face_" - The New Yorker
hhahahahaha - Steve C, Team Marina
Is it wrong I can picture t-ra doing this in her local pub :) - Steve C, Team Marina
^ totally - Marie
You can, it's called 'slapping'.... pretty much the same message though (as I understand it) - Ken Gidley
Victor Ganata
In our grim meathook dystopian future after all nation-states have collapsed and multinational corporations rule all, the infrastructure will be maintained entirely by UPS and FedEx (or whichever delivery service wins the Global Delivery Service Nuclear War.)
When the nukes come raining down, the very last vestige of the U.S. federal government will be the USPS. - Victor Ganata
Wasn't Kevin Costner a postman in some post-apocalyptic movie? Maybe WATERWORLD? - Andrew C (✔)
:D Indeed he was. In The Man Who Brings The Mail, or something like that - Pete's Got To Go
… d'oh - Andrew C (✔)
Who knew David Brin had anticipated Amazon Prime in 1985? :D - Victor Ganata
The first thing I thought of was Idiocracy... Dystopian future, corporations rule... - Brian Johns
You mean The Postman, based on David Brin's novel? - walt crawford
"Snow crash", by Neal Stephenson - Mafia owns/runs the pizza delivery industry, executes delivery people if the order isn't delivered in 30 mins or less. :) - Ken Gidley
LOL, I forgot that part. "30 minutes or else!" - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
It's really great how everyone involved in March Madness gets paid. Coaches, trainers, scouts, universities, the league, merchandisers, …
...broadcasters, local businesses, sports media, all those bracket sites, .... - Stephen Mack
Go capitalism! Go remuneration for services provided! - Andrew C (✔)
Damn, that's a disturbing metaphor. Everyone is making money except the people who are doing the actual work and risking their bodies. #CapitalismFTW - Victor Ganata
We wouldn't want to sully the purity of the sport with something so base as money. At least not for the players. Everyone else is so impure we might as well pay them. - Andrew C (✔)
From Louis's Blog, Claudio Cicali has reposted his tool to download your FF stream. -
From Louis's Blog, Claudio Cicali has reposted his tool to download your FF stream.
"Long time ago I wrote a script to download your own Friendfeed stream, complete with all the media files (and even to re-render it in a HTML form so to have a "printed copy" with the same identical UI). Hope you'll use it" - Me from Bookmarklet
Also Andy Bakun has FFArchive.. - Me
Just to add to this... those that get the tools working, Who is willing to help out others backup their streams? - Me
Yeah, I have no idea. :/ - Alix May
I got the FFexp working. I can backup for anyone with a public stream. I'll send you the backup via your preferred method, email/dropbox/ftp/http download/bitsync/etc... - Me
Hopefully I'll have time to work on an HTML renderer for my ffarchive'd exported data. - Andy Bakun
That would be awesome Andy. - Me
My stream is private (why does that sound so dirty?) but I could use help with this. Happy to "go public" closer to the end date if that makes a download easier. - Corinne L
Corinne, you can do this still with private feed, just requires the remote key. - Me
Andy if you want to put together the code, I can host a website that allows other to go to, and run the export for their streams. - Me
I've been drinking gin, CW, so I'll revisit this when sober. :D - Corinne L
FriendFeed Backup Creator - - Koleksiyoner Ali
I have both the ffarchive and ffexp running on my account. FFexp has been running for about an hour so far and is on page 513. FFarchive doesn't show a status, but I can see tons of files in the cache folder. - Me
Claudio's scripts worked fine for me. 1700+ posts saved, maybe 100 worth reading again. :) - Ken Gidley
FFArchive Script finished over night. FFexp script is still running for my account. Currently on page 6298. - Me
@Koleksiyoner & @Doorbin thanks for sharing your tools. Can you provide more info about them if people have questions? - Me
All y'all with ffexp running past about 333 pages, check that it's not just endlessly looping the final 100 entries. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh fun! I left it on at home. By the time I get back to turn it off, I'm sure it will be past 10k. :) - Me
I don't even know how to start with these things. I literally forgot how to run a script since I haven't done it in so long. - Anika
me too, some help for the inexperienced, please? - Franc, a rememberer
Andrew, how do I check that? I'm on page 372 right now and it keeps saying "image xxx already here. Skipping" - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
What Anika and Franc said. - bentley
Zu: I opened the temp JSON file in a text editor, went to line 10001 or so, and started doing searches on phrases in those lines. I saw line 10002 was repeated at 10102, 10202, 10302, etc. - Andrew C (✔)
bentley, Anika, Franc: here's my advice for the script: - Andrew C (✔)
Claudio's scripts worked for me as well (ran on Windows using XAMPP) - Adam B aka Daddy Mohican
Thanks, Andrew. - bentley
it is odd, but... Russian segment working on "escape island" (based on external to Russia servers) - anyone interested? - A. T.
Ben artık şuradayım: Beklerim... - Koleksiyoner Ali
Iain Baker
We're playing Brisbane tonight. I'd forgotten how much I loved this place.
on the peninsula of the SF Bay Area? :) - Ken Gidley
Heh, that'd be awesome. - Stephen Mack
Ken Gidley
Ridley Scott to Bring Andy Weir's 'The Martian' to Life in 2015 -
Ridley Scott to Bring Andy Weir's 'The Martian' to Life in 2015
Very cool! Congrats to Andy! - Ken Gidley from Bookmarklet
Andy is a friend of a friend, published this book (his first!) last year, and quit his day job to pursue writing full time. - Ken Gidley
Book has gotten rave reviews, and NYT bestseller status when it debuted (#12). - Ken Gidley
Finally got around to reading this - once I started, it read very quickly, hard to put down. 5 stars. :) - Ken Gidley
I need to read this. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Stephen, I'll see if I can do a Kindle 'loan' for you. - Ken Gidley
Bah, not enabled for lending - but it's only $5.99 for Kindle version right now. - Ken Gidley
Great book. - Amit Patel
Red Planet seems to be similar - Todd Hoff
I enjoyed it and would definitely watch a screen adaptation. - Jenny H. from Android
Anne Bouey
Fwd: Dear FriendFeed community, We're following up to remind you that FriendFeed will be shutting down soon. We've been maintaining the service since we joined Facebook five years ago, but the number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining and the community is now just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we've decided that...
"start winding things down. Beginning today, we will no longer accept new signups. You will be able to view your posts, messages, and photos until April 9th. On April 9th, we'll be shutting down FriendFeed and it will no longer be available. We want to thank you all for being such a terrific and enthusiastic community. We're proud of what we built so many years ago, and we recognize that it would have never been possible without your support." - The FriendFeed team - Benjamin Golub - Anne Bouey
This is horrible :( - Soup in a TARDIS
horrible is not enough :( - Pea Bukowski
Boo! - Ken Gidley
I don't feel very well - WizMorgan ciao, coddi? from Flucso
I think it's a fair and reasonable decision. It was a good run. I have a lot of happy memories from this place. - Brent Schaus
oh it's surprised us all it went on this long. - Pete's Got To Go
Oh, I may think it's fair and reasonable, Brent. That doesn't mean I have to like it. ;) - ellbeecee
I don't argue with you, Brent...but it's still sad. - walt crawford
I am so sad. I feel like a grandchild is dying. In a way, it is. - Anne Bouey
give us a backup tool at least - Sig. N from Flucso
Winter is coming! - effemmeffe from Flucso
Zuckerberg sucks! - GePs from Flucso
oh, please give us a WORKING backup tool... - Sig. N from Flucso
Ken Gidley
Any Bay Area folks interested in a pair of tickets for Sharks vs Kings outdoor game at Levi's Stadium tomorrow (Sat)? Got an extra pair of tickets I'm looking to sell. Let me know asap.
Game is officially sold out - I've still got a pair if you need them! - Ken Gidley
holly #ravingfangirl
seen on FB: "Just got officially excepted into my MBA program!" ahem.
quite an exception - ellbeecee
American exceptionalism. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"wait, now they suddenly dejected me! no idea why!" - Ken Gidley
Last night on twitter, the author Malinda Lo was amused at an article talking about "death throws" of something (rather than "death throes"), and she and her followers then tried to find a death throw. - DJF
Better than being expectorated into one - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Steve C, Team Marina
Newborn baby girl found abandoned near Lakewood Center mall - LA Times -
Newborn baby girl found abandoned near Lakewood Center mall - LA Times
"The baby appeared to be only a few hours old when the passerby found the infant about 6 a.m. The infant was making noises after being tucked behind a wall near Hardwick Street and Lakewood Boulevard, authorities said." - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
This is a block from our house the sad part is there is a fire station around one corner and a police station across the mall from this. Could have left it at either. - Steve C, Team Marina
That is heartbreaking. - Corinne L
Interesting FFact: My family found an abandoned infant like this once. (before the infant drop-off law) Long story short, the adoptive family got in touch with us later using info from the newspaper articles, and we exchange Christmas cards each year. - Brian Johns
:( - Jenny H. from Android
I think many people, especially those who have had run-ins with law enforcement or are in an environment where they are discouraged against trusting anyone in "the establishment", don't believe there are no repercussions for using a safe haven drop off site. - Corinne L
That is my old 'hood too, strange. (20+ years ago, but still my old hood). - Ken Gidley
RT @andrewcareaga: Oops. RT @Monster: Congratulations Seattle from! #biggame
RT @andrewcareaga: Oops. RT @Monster: Congratulations Seattle from! #biggame
Haha - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Dewey beats Truman, too! - Ken Gidley
Stephen Mack
When our family moved to California from England in 1979 (when I was age 12), my brother Phil and I wanted to visit Santa's Village (in Scott's Valley, off Highway 17 on the way to Santa Cruz) more than any other place in the world. -
When our family moved to California from England in 1979 (when I was age 12), my brother Phil and I wanted to visit Santa's Village (in Scott's Valley, off Highway 17 on the way to Santa Cruz) more than any other place in the world.
(Image from a blog post by a woman named Wendy Lawton with her own recollections of visiting Santa's Village.) - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
My father had become tired of living in England, feeling that the tax rate had grown too high and the standard of living had grown too low. There was labor unrest (I recall nurses, taxicab drivers, and garbage collectors all being on strike at the same time) and my father wanted to move us to Silicon Valley. But the house he'd bought wasn't ready yet, so when we moved in the Summer of 1979, we rented an apartment in south San Jose, near Cottle Road. - Stephen Mack
At the time, there was a theme park not too far called Frontier Village.( There wasn't much to do for us in Summer -- my dad was working, we didn't know anyone, so my mother would take me and my brothers Phil and Rob and sister Jo to Frontier Village quite a bit, until we got sick of it. But we saw signs advertising Santa's Village. - Stephen Mack
The ads made the place look magical: Igloos and cabins and sleigh rides and reindeer and elves and mushroom houses and treehouses and snow. - Stephen Mack
We'd pester my mother endlessly to visit. But it was a long and hot summer, and my mother had zero interest in driving over the Santa Cruz mountains on highway 17 to visit the place. (She was always a bit of a nervous driver, and highway 17 had a deservedly awful reputation as a dangerous highway -- before it was upgraded, it was poorly graded, prone to closure due to rockslides, had [and still has] very windy turns, and was frequently shut down due to accidents.) - Stephen Mack
Occasionally we'd go to the beach in Santa Cruz when my mother was feeling brave enough, so we'd drive by the Village in Scotts Valley, catching brief glimpses of it from out the window. And it seemed like it was shut down -- we thought just for the Summer. - Stephen Mack
It got to the point where we'd built it up in our minds as being greater than Disney World, Sea World, Six Flags and Marine World all rolled into one. - Stephen Mack
Eventually our mother promised us a visit when it got closer to Christmas. - Stephen Mack
It became her go-to stick and carrot. "If you don't clean up your room right now, you can forget about Santa's Village." "Good job on that test. When we visit Santa's Village, you can have an extra reindeer ride." - Stephen Mack
And so then the fateful day in October was settled, and we all bundled up in our VW camper van (my mom always liked VW vans) for our visit. - Stephen Mack
We were all so excited it was indescribable. My youngest brother, Rob, was nearly carsick from the windy road. But we finally took the exit for Santa's Village (called, to this day, "SANTAS VILLAGE ROAD" on the exit sign) and drove into the parking lot. - Stephen Mack
The lot was deserted, but we attributed that to us being early (the flyer we had said it was open at 11, but we got there before 10:30). - Stephen Mack
The gates were padlocked. A sign, with the ink from the letters smeared and leaving trails of ink, said: SANTAS VILLAGE CLOSED FOR REMODEL REOPENING CHRISTMAS 1980 - Stephen Mack
We were heartbroken. - Stephen Mack
We hadn't thought to call ahead. - Stephen Mack
The world wide web was not even in an embryonic stage. So there was no web site to consult. - Stephen Mack
Dejectedly, we got back in the car and eventually settled on the steam train rides at Roaring Canyon in nearby Felton. - Stephen Mack
I don't think it's inaccurate to say I was in tears. - Stephen Mack
I never forgot that sign. Starting in November of 1980, a year later, at age 13, I began calling the phone number of the place to find out when it would re-open. - Stephen Mack
The recording on the phone number had few details ("Ho Ho Ho! You've reached Santa's Village. We are currently closed. Please leave your message for our elves after the beep.") And then one day, the number was disconnected. - Stephen Mack
We would hear rumors of remodels and transactions to re-open the place. - Stephen Mack
Every time we'd drive by, the igloos and mushroom buildings and cabins looked a bit more worn down. - Stephen Mack
By about 1985, when I graduated from high school, there was no longer much sign that there had been a theme park there. And honestly I don't think I really gave up on wanting to visit the place until about then. - Stephen Mack
It lives in my mind and heart today as a metaphor -- for longing, for a promise of enchantment, a broken promise. - Stephen Mack
But someday, I will take my children to Santa's Village. We will ride the sleigh ride. We will visit Santa. We will see elves making toys. We will climb the tree house to survey the snow-lined cabins. Christmas is eternal. Somewhere. Someday. Somehow. - Stephen Mack
-- fin -- - Stephen Mack
**claps** finally!! :) - Ken Gidley
I had the great pleasure of visiting Santa's Village several times as a child - but it was in the San Bernadino Mts in So. Cal., near Big Bear Lake. It shut down in 1998, but rumors of a resurrection exist: - Ken Gidley
I can understand how disappointing it must have been for you, Stephen. But can you imagine the disappointment in your parents seeing that sign and realizing the stick and carrot was gone? :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Ken, wow, fascinating link, thanks -- maybe there is a chance I will one day take my kids to a Santa's Village. - Stephen Mack
Stephan, I'm sure you're right, but it's also balanced against the fact they never had to hear us beg for a visit anymore... :) - Stephen Mack
I'm in a Santa's Village Facebook group (also one for Frontier Village) and it's really cool to see members' old pictures of their visits. Someone even converted old home movies & posted them. I completely understand the longing you describe - it held a very similar thrall over me too, even when I was a teen living in Ben Lomond seeing the abandoned park every day, it felt like something on my childhood to-do list that I'd never gotten to check off. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
This was the completely opposite of our childhood. When we moved to CA, seeing the ads for Santa's Village freaked us out so much, it became a threat with my mother. "If you don't clean your room/eat your veggies/pass that test, I'm going to take you to Santa's Village!" - Anika
Anika: That's awesome. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Ken Morley
This is not my beautiful house.
This is not my beautiful wife. - Ken Morley
:DDD - Jenny H.
My God, what have I done?!? - Ken Gidley
Amit Patel
Your Next Car May Not Have a Spare Tire - Consumer Reports News -
Your Next Car May Not Have a Spare Tire - Consumer Reports News
"Most car buyers aren’t in the habit of checking for a spare while they’re kicking tires. But if you’re in the market for a new car, it might be worth a peek in the trunk." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I noticed this when I went to the auto show recently and was very surprised by the lack of spare tires. - Amit Patel
messed up. - Big Joe Silenced
The RAV4 doesn't have one. The erasing I've heard is with the just it time repair services and puncture safe tires there's no reason to have the overhead. - Todd Hoff
Unless you are (on your way to Las Vegas) In a small town in Colorado that doesn't have a tire in stock and it takes 3 days from Denver to get your replacement tire.... #actualstory - WarLord
Yeah, we went in to get tires Friday... have to go back Monday... - Alix May
I often drive out in the wilderness and not just on major highways so this is something I need to look at when buying a car. - Amit Patel
That's why it wouldn't work for us either. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, this is topic sparks spirited office debate from time to time. But with most of our buyers generally coming from urban markets, the availability of roadside assistance, and the fact that most people *don't know how to even change a tire*, I think the spare tire will fade from existence. Though I have no clue of the glide path. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Yeah, I think spare tires probably are unnecessary for most people. Run-flats might be ideal once they can achieve comfort and efficiency. - Amit Patel
It won't matter soon because we'll have hovercars in Oct 2015. I saw it on the documentary "Back to the Future". Where we're going we don't need tires. - Amit Patel
Powered by clean fusion! - Big Joe Silenced from iPod
The Volt I leased in June doesn't have a spare. It has a complicated 'tire inflation device' that includes 'green slime' puncture filler, and if that doesn't work it has OnStar 24/7. All that is fine for urban life, but I was a tad bit nervous this summer driving thru Nevada to get to Zion... Even the OnStar signal coverage was hard to come by out there. - Ken Gidley
RT @sathnam: Love how Zuckerberg talks about books as if they are funky new app he has discovered. From @thetimes
RT @sathnam: Love how Zuckerberg talks about books as if they are funky new app he has discovered. From @thetimes
Everything old is new again? - Mo Kargas
media diet *dead* - Kevin Johnson
Rumor is they have great battery life. - Stephan Planken
What Kevin said. I wonder how many calories his current media diet contains? - Jenny H. from Android
media diet explains media diarrhea... - Ken Gidley
Painfully unself aware children are painful It's far worse if they live in Silicon Valley and are rich.... - WarLord
Bruce Lewis
I'm not a trained Customer Service agent, but I'm going to try this anyway: Louis and Stephen, what trackers were you wearing? What firmware version are they at? Dominant or non-dominant hand (if it's a wrist tracker)?
Stephen was wearing a Force, non-dominant hand. Louis (and I) wore the One in a pocket. My One version is version 60. - Ken Gidley from iPhone
Fitbit One. Right pocket. - Louis Gray
If Stephen wore a force, why did he post a photo of a One? - Bruce Lewis
Because that's my Fitbit One and his Force was falling further behind the further we walked. By the end of the walk, he was around 90,000. - Louis Gray
OK. Bad news for Stephen. The new firmware v80 that improved Charge step counts will not be available on the recalled Force. Since I don't officially speak for Fitbit and this is related to a recalled product that's all I should say. - Bruce Lewis
I KNEW my Force step counts were low! Just hadn't gotten around to doing the trade-in. - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Bruce, sorry I missed this originally but thanks for looking into it. My firmware version on the Force is/was version 74. I'm glad we decided to go with Louis's One's step count and not my Force! In related news, I'm ordering a Surge to replace my Force and I'm taking advantage of the Force recall to send it in. - Stephen Mack
Mary Carmen
Today I'm learning that some people don't do a lot of thinking.
Who'd of thunk. - Scott. Cat Herder.
"Some"? ;) - Ken Gidley from iPhone
[few years from now] "Gahh! The knife won't pair with the cutting board AGAIN. Dammit, bluetooth!"
So it won't pare. - Jim #teamFFrank
"It wont' pare?" "No dice." - Jennifer Dittrich
You won't be a'peeling today. - Jim #teamFFrank
Ooh, Jennifer and Jim are sharp today. - bentley
I've been steeling myself for this moment. - Jim #teamFFrank
You guys are such cut ups. - Marie from iPhone
Sorry Janet. It's just that I need to keep honing my skills. - Jim #teamFFrank
Y'all get the point. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Cut it out, guys. - Brent Schaus
guess dinner is forked tonight (am I doing this right?) - Ken Gidley
Slice of life comedy, here on Friendfeed. - Andrew C (✔)
Cutting edge technology: over-promise, under-deliver. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I saw what y'all did there. - LB needs a hero! from Android
I am debating whether or not I should take a stab at this. - April Russo (FForever!)
When you're board, there's nothing like a pun run. - Andrew C (✔)
April, go for it. I'm sure you'd be a cut above these jokers. - Marie
Marie, you really think I have the chops for it? - April Russo (FForever!)
Y'all scored with the above comments. - Jim #teamFFrank
You all are just butchering these puns. - Joe
Cleave these jokes alone. - Joe
What a hatchet job. - Joe
This thread is why I adore y'all. A. Dore. - t-ra needs this place from Android
Our reputation for comedy is stainless. - Pete's Got To Go
Well blade, Friendfeeders, well blade. - Bruce Lewis
This thread has a certain tang. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Louis Gray
Let the annual airing of grievances begin for Festivus 2014!
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Short order cooks who are tall. - Spidra Webster
Sand worms and bolted-on love stories In Hobbit films - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Mac laptops with stupid fake logos or covers on the apple in TV shows. - Louis Gray
PCs with the Windows logo on the monitors in TV shows. TV shows using Windows Phones as the only phone. - Eric - Final Countdown
SUVs that claim to be hybrids. - Louis Gray
Cities that claim to want to solve traffic and housing woes, but refuse to build new residential property. - Louis Gray
Selfies. - Louis Gray
People who say sorry, I'm not sorry. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
traffic - Laura Norvig
Those people - you know who you are. - Steve C, Team Marina
Isn't this joke getting old? I mean, how many years have we been doing this now? - Bruce Lewis
Double standards - t-ra needs this place from Android
People who click "Like" on this post. They're grievances; how can you like them? - Bruce Lewis
Ordering an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich and they don't bother to toast the bread. - vicster.
Fitbit trackers that under report steps. ;) - Ken Gidley from iPhone
California state workers who act like they own the sidewalk around Capitol Park at lunchtime. - Corinne L
People who say traditions are getting old. - Louis Gray
Gasoline leaf blowers. - Louis Gray
Using mayonnaise instead of miracle whip on my sandwich by accident! - Joe
Tiny dogs with big barks. - Louis Gray from Android
Meta-meta-meta grievances. - Bruce Lewis
People saying it's cold when it's 60 degrees outside. - Eric - Final Countdown
shopping - Bruce Lewis
Being sore and blistered - Stephen Mack
Rain. Drought. - Bruce Lewis
miracle whip - Laura Norvig
whip miracles - Big Joe Silenced
Strip malls without strippers. - Louis Gray from Android
first-world problems - Kevin Johnson
An entire healthcare system in which access relies on a single website functioning properly, and no recourse when it doesn't. - April Russo (FForever!)
Clients that charge their clients $80 to $140 per hour for your web development work, but cry that they can't afford to pay you any more than $10.80/hr, and think it's fair for you to expect to "make it up in bulk". - April Russo (FForever!)
Whining whiners who whine. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
Canada. - Josh Haley
Facebook - MoTO Boychick Devil
Know-it-alls - Meg VMeg
Companies who buy up really fantastic social media sites just for their dev team & then learn little from the superior social media site design they now own the IP for. - Spidra Webster
People who can't stay in their own gotdamned lane. - Hookuh Tinypants
Norwegian Christmas food. - Jenny H. from Android
Louis Gray
Taking the 100k Steps Fitbit Challenge and Raising Money for Charity -
Taking the 100k Steps Fitbit Challenge and Raising Money for Charity
On Monday, Stephen and I have a crazy plan to set a new personal record for Fitbit steps. The goal? 100,000 steps in a single day, blowing away my previous personal best by more than 50 percent, and coming close to fifty miles walked - while also helping raise money for Camp Taylor, a free summer camp for children with heart disease, in memory of Riley Norton, the son of my friend and colleague Ken Norton. - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Who's this Stepeh guy? :) - Stephen Mack
No idea STEPHEN. NO IDEA. - Louis Gray
You go guys!! Maybe I'll try to join you for a lap - my next badge is at a measly 25K steps... - Ken Gidley
We'd love to have you for some or all, Ken! That's for everyone else here, too. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hey Bruce, I think @Fitbit should be promoting this on their channels. :) - Louis Gray
What about … sleep?! - Amit Patel
Sleep is a waste of time and unproductive Amit. - Louis Gray
What could be a bigger waste of time than walking? - Todd Hoff
Not walking? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Walking or running for charity is never a waste of time. As a fellow charity racer and Fitbit fanatic, I'm proud of Louis and Stephen for being so awesome! I did 65K during my marathon day (29 miles total including walking to/from the race), so I know y'all can rock this so easy! Kick butt, gentlemen! <3 - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
Thanks Amanda! - Louis Gray
Thanks also from me. - Stephen Mack
@Fitbit did retweet. I hope you hit your fundraising goal! - Bruce Lewis
Bruce, this afternoon we're now $4,405 out of $4,500! - Stephen Mack
Woot, goal made! - Stephen Mack
Yay! - vicster.
When I see the post for the picture, all I can think of is the Matterhorn Game from the Price is Right: - Jason Huebel
And I yodel my little heart out. - Jason Huebel
Stephen Mack
Live FF post for today's #fitbit100k challenge!
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Gah sideways - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Maybe not a great sign that you're already horizontal, but best of luck to you guys! - Eivind
5k done, 95k to go! Louis is a fast walker. Why are we so crazy? My right foot is a little sore. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Good luck, guys! - Jenny H. from Android
Good luck! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Thank you! Dodging bicycles on the Steven's Creek Trail. 8k steps down in 75 mins. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
11k done. Louis is on his second Diet Coke. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
wait, how come he can drink a soda but you can't drink your coffee? nonsense! - t-ra needs this place
He's more talented at drinking on the move than I am :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
18k steps! Starting to feel it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
20k steps before 9am! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Ken is with us now, yay! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You need a straw - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I do. 25k done! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Louis. Have a little mercy. Stephen, he is not the boss of you ... srsly, be careful guys. Have fun. - Laura Norvig
Thanks, Laura! 30k achieved. Louis is nearly 2k ahead of me because he doesn't stop moving when I tie my shoe or stop to pee. He. Is. A. Robot. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
He'll take you round the universe and all the other places too, Stephen! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I think you're right, Hig. He's taking me 36k so far -- we're past the one third milestone. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Are you popping ibuprofen to prevent foot swelling/pain? - Meg VMeg
Meg, about to start. I have some blister goo on now thanks to Slacy. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Please consider a donation! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
45k now! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
52.5k now. Louis is 56k. Stride difference or device difference? Also he keeps walking when I stop to pee. Grr! The difference is a problem. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Ken G. did 30k or more with us. Great job and thank you, Ken! Edit: 35k - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Don't take any ibuprofen! Rule of thumb when you're doing an endurance event (even walking or hiking). You don't take painkillers of any kind because they can cause kidney and/or liver damage (it screws with your hydration and sodium levels). You have to wait until you've had your first good pee after you've completed your endurance event before you should take a painkiller of any kind. - Hookuh Tinypants
Oops. Good advice. Too late. :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
26.9 miles walked, 58.4k steps. A marathon walked in 10 hours. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
63k but Louis is somehow at 69,800. I can understand him being 2k or 3k ahead but he picked up 1,000 steps on me in the last 20 min while walking the same trail. Something ain't right. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hmm. We did a test. He's currently getting 100 steps while I got 75 -- but we were walking side by side and matching strides. So I'm going to use his count. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We're therefore nearing 75k. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-) - bentley
GO! GO! GOOOOOOOO!!! *shakes pom-poms* - vicster.
Thanks, Vicster! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
4 hours to go. Dark again. Why did we do this on the second shortest day of the year. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We just saw a fox. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I have a sneaking suspicion even Louis will sleep well when you're finished. - Eric Logan from iPhone
Stephen, what did the fox say? - bentley
Way to go, Stephen! I walked 200 steps today on one leg, exhausted. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
80k! Just told a dirty joke. Louis didn't laugh. #robot - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You two are awesome! - team everyone
Thanks, Joey! (You're awesome too.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
17k to go. Ankle really hurts on left. Roger is here! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I totally forgot to mention here that my sister walked four hours with us. She rocks. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
85k per Louis's tracker. We're literally on the home stretch. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You are a mach daddy machine! - t-ra needs this place from Android
This is so cool guys. WAY. TO. GO. - SAM
Keep it up, guys! Awesome work! :)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
90k steps achieved! Also extreme soreness! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
90K! Woooo! - bentley
92k now. Going slowwwww. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Go go go! Slow and steady wins the race my friend. - t-ra needs this place from Android
Thanks, Tamara, Scott, Mary and Betsy! Taking a bench break. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
*sends massaging calf muscle vibes* - t-ra needs this place from Android
You guys are in the home stretch! - Brian Johns
Too long a streeeeetch, Sparky. We're limping along now. Roger is holding both our backpacks. 93,857 steps. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Almost there! You've got this! - Jennifer Dittrich
Thanks, Jennifer. Nearly 97k. Last wind - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yay! You got this! - team everyone
Feels close! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
98,500 - Stephen Mack from iPhone
So! Close! - t-ra needs this place from Android
Last 1k is dog-walking. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yay! I'm so impressed! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Done before 10pm! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Good job! - Ken Gidley from iPhone
100,000 achieved! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Many thanks to Ken, Jo, and Roger for walking with us! And to everyone here for your support! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Congratulations! - team everyone
And to everyone who donated: THANK YOU SO MUCH - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Congratulations!!! You two are ROCK STARS! - vicster.
Woohoo! Great job, Stephen and Louis! - Jenny H. from Android
!!! - Marie
congrats! - imabonehead
Yay!!!! Well done! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Congratulations, Stephen! - Stephan Planken
Well done, guys! I hope you both are resting comfortably. - Corinne L
Thanks all! In the tub. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks for being my amazing partner and for this thread, Stephen! - Louis Gray
This thread is epic! 1) Yes, I am a robot. 2) Yes, I bossed Stephen. 3) Yes, I laughed at his joke. 4) Yes, there was a Fitbit count issue, but I made 100k! 5) I am way sore and not sleeping... BECAUSE you know why. - Louis Gray
Woo-hoo!!!! Congratulations! - bentley
Let us know how your feet feel when you wake up. ;) - April Russo (FForever!)
Stiff, sore, slow. I am old. - Louis Gray
April: I slept in to 11. I think the technical term for how they feel is "not good." - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's too late to advise you guys to ice your legs, but I recommend a hot bath with Epsom salts. Soak for at least 15 minutes. Make sure you get up and move frequently throughout the day. Doesn't need to be fast or long, just enough to keep your muscles from tightening back up. Do some stretches, both static and dynamic. And hydrate like your life depends on it. Also, pull up your Fitbit dashboard or app periodically and stare at your numbers for yesterday. Revel in that. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Excellent advice, Hookuh! I did ice a bit before bath last night, and am doing some more ice today. Epsom salt bath soon. Good idea on the stretches. - Stephen Mack
I've found some short walks to be helpful for me today, along with the stretching. Not so sore that I need ice or espom salt baths today. Definitely had reached my limit yesterday and happy to have stopped then. Don't envy Louis & you today. - Ken Gidley
If by "short walks" I can qualify with "hobbling to and from the kitchen" then I can say I took several short walks today. Fitbit tells me I've taken 270 steps so far today. That's a litttttle bit different from yesterday. (BTW, when I got home last night and realized I needed to take the trash bins down, I was so mad.) - Stephen Mack
That's how I would have felt after about 7K, and it would take me days to recover. I try to stay between 3K and 5K on most days. - April Russo (FForever!)
Just remember - it's not the day after that kills you. It gets worse on the second day after. *runs away* - Hookuh Tinypants
Tinypants!!! (Shakes fist) - Louis Gray
I did more than 9,000 steps today, because I had to do Christmas shopping still, and take kids places. But I've not been dramatically exerting. Over time, the stiffness will subside. - Louis Gray
Just consider it a reminder of your awesomeness. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
bump - bentley
Steve C, Team Marina
An end to the battle for the armrest? - -
An end to the battle for the armrest? -
"Could this device finally bring a peaceful end to the great arms race in the sky? That's what the makers of Soarigami, a plastic divider that allows air passengers to comfortably share an armrest, are claiming. The device, to go on sale for about $30 in early 2015, balances atop the existing armrest to create an extended leaning platform that prevents the horrors of actual physical contact." - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
But why does it look like an airmail envelope? - Soup in a TARDIS
Completely useless when the person sitting in the next seat has their entire body/torso overhanging the armrest. :/ - Ken Gidley
Kevin Fox
The downside of normalizing DST on sunset would be a sunrise that varies from 4:47am in June to 8:26am in early Jan (in San Francisco).
can we normalize it so sunset is always at 8:00pm? - Ken Gidley
Ken Gidley
"All About that Base, No Rebels" - Star Wars parody/cover of All About that Base.
"I'm bringing balance back, yeah" - Ken Gidley
I only *JUST* got the chorus out of my head. Now it's back. - Neal Krummell
Ken Gidley
Amazon Unveils Echo, a Speaker With a Siri-Like Voice Assistant - Mac Rumors -
Interesting. No need for FBI/NSA/CIA to bug your house anymore, Amazon will always be listening... - Ken Gidley from Bookmarklet
Stephen Mack
80's Ads: Great Shape Barbie from Mattel -
80's Ads: Great Shape Barbie from Mattel
Sophie's on Stephen's YouTube account again... :) - Ken Gidley
Gahhh - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I love this little view into her favorite videos! - Laura Norvig
I remember this ad! - Melly
What the ad doesn't show: how difficult it is to change Barbie out of her spandex leotard into other clothes. You want to teach a little girl how to curse? Have her put tights or jeans on a Barbie doll by herself. Do not ask me how I know this. - Corinne L
The Other Yvonne
This is more like a 'Whinefest' than a bitchfest, but the fact that it's supposed to rain tomorrow on Halloween, along with us only having 1 car, totally bites. I don't have a car to take the kids to school if it's raining. I don't have a car to drive them home if it's raining. I'm picturing a whole lot of wet and some sad kids for tomorrow. =(
Whingefest: for when you don't think it warrants a Bitchfest post, but you still need to let it out: - Big Joe Silenced
Uber it? - Ken Gidley
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I fully admit the headline grabbed me so I clicked & now I can't stop staring at Renee Zellwegger's new face. Send help.
I know. I can't put my finger on what exactly changed, but something did. The eyes? - Eric - Final Countdown
Yeah, the eyes are SO WEIRD. She's not doing the squinty thing anymore... I can't quite put my finger on it either. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
The article I read quoted some doctor as saying that her eyes used to be almond shaped and now they're rounder. Also said that the lower half of the face hadn't changed much. I did not look that carefully. - bentley
Something with her nose too. It's narrower. - Tamara J. B.
Good Lord. She doesn't look like the same woman! - LB needs a hero!
I don't know what makes me sadder, that she felt the need to change her appearance or that everyone feels the need to comment on it like it's anyone's business but her own how she looks. I really hate pop culture media. - Hookuh Tinypants
The fucked up thing is she did it probably for Hollywood and not herself. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
She's had a *lot* of plastic surgery over the years (look at Jerry Maguire, then Bridget Jones, then post-Jones....). I wonder if you have to do maintenance over time, when you start tucking and shaping and yanking and pulling your face around starting at age 21? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
oh, I just saw a picture-- she is unrecognizable! Going that drastic will make everyone comment.... DO you all remember that horrible sitcom with Jennifer Grey, post-nose job? Where she was also completely unrecognizable as the same person?? Facial features really define us... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Yeah. It's shocking actually. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I don't know that Bridget Jones is an apt comparison to show she's had a history of plastic surgery, since she notoriously gained 40+ pounds to play that role in both films. In general I've always found her to look quite lovely and I think she still looks quite lovely and I'm annoyed by both the industry that puts pressure on both men and women to try and stay young-looking and the general public who sit around and gawk and gab and criticize. - Hookuh Tinypants
Her unusual facial features were what I found most attractive about her. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
agree w/ starmama. She lost the squinty eyes and the giant lips. Looks very non distinct now - Laura Norvig
I miss her old eyes. They were so unique! I think she now seems to be a cross with Robin Wright. Regardless, when will she act again? - The Other Yvonne
Uh, she has a movie coming out in 2015. Even if you don't follow film/entertainment news, all these judgy OMG HER FACE articles have been mentioning this fact. Which is sad because it shows that everyone is so busy focusing on her appearance and what they have to say about it, they're missing the more relevant details. - Hookuh Tinypants
Here is a side by side picture comparison: Honestly, she doesn't look that different to me. Maybe a bit thinner and a bit older, but I don't see anything that looks like surgery to me. - Ken Gidley
Yeah, I looked and looked, and it seemed like she'd gotten a little thinner. But it was mostly aged skin. Also her eye's seem to be because she doesn't have the strong lines of mascara to shape the eye, and her brows aren't shaped to accentuate the brow line. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Someone thought the same thing as me and just added the make-up, (especially around her eye's and eyebrows). Here's what she would have looked like with mascara, a lifted brow, and a deeper lipstick. (There's a second image that also adds foundation and rouge, to get rid of the oily skin.) - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
oh. That actually looks like Renee Zellwegger! (why would she show up at a fashion magazine red carpet without makeup??/) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
She probably has makeup on. A good makeup job means you don't look like you're wearing any at all. Good for her to feel comfortable not showing up all tarted-out like people expect her to be. - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
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