Yes. - Johnny from iPhone
No, they shut it down 6 months ago.... - Joe
we are ghosts. - Big Joe Silenced
These are not the droids you're looking for. - Spidra Webster
It's a shadow of its former self. - Akiva
As is everything. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Tis true. - Akiva
*waves and whistles innocently* - Laura Norvig
It's working fine in this universe. - Technodad
The universe that is 3.78 billionths of a meter to the left of you? Not that one. - Joe
*thinks of a vacuum cleaner and telekinetically resets server again* - Big Joe Silenced
hey guys, who's that? - Meg VMeg
First time here in months...years? And I see Ken's post on Best of Day. Which was pretty much my thought as well. <waves to everyone> - Hutch Carpenter
Hi, Hutch! :) - Anne Bouey
Joe: No, the other one. The one where he stepped on that butterfly back in '11. - Technodad
Meg, Ken is a bona fide technorati in my book. He even worked at TWiT for awhile. - Laura Norvig
What's FriendFeed? - Steven Perez
:))) - afraal
Shoot. I jinxed it. Sorry :-( - Ken Sheppardson
I've got 6 days to get this made:
Obama's Secret Weapon In The South - NPR -
Obama's Secret Weapon In The South - NPR
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"Look at this map, and notice that deep, deep in the Republican South, there's a thin blue band stretching from the Carolinas through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. These are the counties that went for Obama in the last election. A blue crescent in a sea of red. These same counties went mostly blue in 2004 and 2000. Why? Well, the best answer, says marine biologist Craig McClain, may be an old one, going back before the Civil War, before 1776, before Columbus, back more than 100 million years to the days when the Deep South was under water. Those counties, as he writes here, went for Obama because trillions and trillions and trillions of teeny sun-loving creatures died there. He's talking about plankton. That's why the Republicans can't carry those counties. Blame plankton." - Ken Sheppardson from Bookmarklet
Very interesting. - rønin
"The real winner tonight appears to be Hillary Clinton, who Nate Silver is now projecting at 68% chance of victory over Jebb Bush" -- Daily Show
Fox News has a pretty amazing map showing the whole country with the red/blue overlay at the county level. Even within blue states, you can see the majority of the counties seem to be red. I don't think it's quite the point they're trying to make, but it's interesting to see the extent to which this is/was urban vs. rural.
Maybe next time around we can save everybody a whole lot of work and just outsource the election to Nate Silver.
I keep looking at the red, blue and yellow map they're using on CNN thinking this looks awfully familiar... Then it occurred to me... -
I keep looking at the red, blue and yellow map they're using on CNN thinking this looks awfully familiar... Then it occurred to me...
Hawks vs. scolds: How ‘reverse tribalism’ affects climate communication | Grist -
"When the public asks, “Did climate change cause this?” they are asking a confused question. It’s like asking, “Did steroids cause the home run Barry Bonds hit on May 12, 2006?” There’s no way to know whether Bonds would have hit the home run without steroids. But who cares? Steroids mean more home runs. That’s what matters. By answering “yes” to a confused question, climate hawks cement that confusion and get themselves involved in an endless squabble that has the surface appearance of a scientific dispute, but is almost entirely a semantic dispute over the meaning of “cause.”" - Ken Sheppardson from Bookmarklet
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Use: ‘Friday Night Lights’ Director Disses Romney - ABC News -
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Use: ‘Friday Night Lights’ Director Disses Romney - ABC News
"At campaign stops across Iowa and Ohio this month Mitt Romney has been riling up crowds with his take on the pre-game chant from the fiction Texas football show “Friday Night Lights.” “Clear eyes, full hearts and America can’t lose,” the GOP candidate has said on the stump. But for “Friday Night Lights” writer and director Peter Berg, Romney’s adaptation of his rally cry isn’t inspiring. He is calling it plagiarism." - Ken Sheppardson from Bookmarklet
Nice summary of Game 1
Nice summary of Game 1
"The fat guy is swinging...." - Ken Sheppardson
Things the Giants needed to do tonight:
Wear down Verlander and knock him out of the game --> CHECK - Ken Sheppardson
Get a good start from Zito --> CHECK - Ken Sheppardson
Have Sandoval and Posey get their bats going --> CHECK CHECK CHECK CHECK - Ken Sheppardson
Keep up the quality defense --> CHECK - Ken Sheppardson
Demoralize Valverde --> CHECK - Ken Sheppardson
Keep Lincecum fresh and ready if they need him --> CHECK - Ken Sheppardson
Keep Pagan and Scutaro cranking with the extra base/clutch hits --> CHECK CHECK - Ken Sheppardson
Get two wins at home while saving Cain for the road (and Game 7, if necessary) --> So far so good... - Ken Sheppardson
Woohoo!! "You will have an opportunity to purchase 2012 Giants Postseason tickets online only." If only there were actually, like... y'know... seats available.
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"There is no guarantee of ticket availability" - Ken Sheppardson
By the time I got this, first game was sold out. For the second game, their site said there were no two tickets available together. Third game at AT&T (i.e. 6th game of the series), Standing Room Only. Meanwhile, seats for all the games are on Stubhub. Hmm. - Ken Sheppardson
...shenanigans... and ticket-price inflation for sure! - .LAG liked that
"[Y]ou may have heard the whispers about the new breed of monitors being sold in Korea under various brand names for astonishingly low prices. They sound almost too good to be true: expansive 27" displays at the formidable resolution of 2560x1440 selling for peanuts, between $300 and $400" --...
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Got mine yesterday. After a bit of futzing with the mini Display Port to Dual Link adapter from Apple ($99) necessary to get the $317 (shipped) First FSM-270YG talking to my 27" iMac, I'm all set. Pretty much indistinguishable from the iMac screen. - Ken Sheppardson
Crazy. How's the color fidelity? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I took a pretty quick pass through the (advanced) calibration process yesterday, and right now it's just slightly warmer than the iMac screen... but I dont' think I'd ever be able to distinguish between the two in a "blind" test (you know what I mean....) - Ken Sheppardson
Available in the US? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
They're shipping direct from Korea from a number of eBay sellers. I had absolutely no problem with mine. Clicked Buy it Now on 9/8, was setting it up on 9/12. Oddly, it was just the retail box covered in bubble wrap with a FRAGILE sticker, but it made it just fine. - Ken Sheppardson
It wouldn't recognize it was plugged in initially on the iMac, but I've been having some Thunderbolt issues with the machine. It came on instantly when I plugged it into a MacBook Air, and after that worked fine on the iMac. - Ken Sheppardson
I'll probably throw a Spyder on it and go through a full calibration over the next few days... Stay tuned if you're interested. - Ken Sheppardson
After a full calibration pass with a Spyder3Pro, I can't tell the difference between the two. - Ken Sheppardson
Is there any warranty? - rønin
The auction listing just says "Most products we sell have one year warrenty for FREE. If it has some faulty in manufacturing process, we will exchange it or fix it for FREE. and if customers make a mistake on the product and it has some faulties, we will try to fix it at the Lowest price." - Ken Sheppardson
Beyond that, I have no idea. The manual is in Korean... I think. :-) - Ken Sheppardson
It does sounds too good to be true. I wonder how the color gamut compares to a cinema display. - Rodfather
My impression/understanding is it's just the same basic panel they use in the cinemas in a cheaper package, limited inputs, limited to no controls, labels in Korean, shipped direct, no customer service (probably)... basically as close as you can get to buying the panel wholesale... - Ken Sheppardson
Here's some info for Alex, If someone would kindly repost that for him, since he's blocked me and won't see this comment. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Wait.. I had a link in the post originally... odd : - Ken Sheppardson
Dell has apparently released their own line of affordable IPS's, though the resolution is maxed at 1920x1080. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
That Dell looks pretty nifty. HDMI input and a domestic warranty/service option might be worth the compromise in resolution and price. - Ken Sheppardson
Great writeup, Ken. And which Dell? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I've gotten totally spoiled by having 2560x1600 at work and now I really, really want it at home. Just waiting for this Korean Co., to get UL listed and properly imported at a reasonable price... - Steve and 4 other people
I can't hear/see "Gangnam Style" without picturing the old dancing Six Flags guy. Now neither can you. Sorry.
For company that prides themselves so much on user experience, Apple's SMB support systems are a disaster.
Small/Medium Business, I mean. "Bring your laptop to the Genius Bar" doesn't scale too well. - Ken Sheppardson
Excellent. Now I'm me at Google.
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Requested? How? :) - Claudio Cicali
I got an email back on Aug 24 telling me I could either take +KenSheppardson or request an alternative. I asked for kshep (Twitter handle, FF username,, etc) and check the checkbox indicating it's my "widely known online identity" or some such. Today the told me it was approved. - Ken Sheppardson
Dear Sales Guy whose job it is to talk on the phone all day: My job does not involve talking on the phone all day. The fact that your response to my question sent via email yesterday is to send me an email today asking to schedule a call tomorrow rather than simply answering my question. It's just mildly infuriating. No sale. Sorry.
I get this constantly, or variations on it: I ask a question via email, I get VM back from a sales person. Instead of just answering my question, they ask me to call them back. If/when I do call, the don't tell me anything they couldn't have typed in an email in 10 seconds.... but then they wouldn't have had the opportunity to try to Close me. Sales today is just broken. - Ken Sheppardson
Twitter - world's largest frog boiling experiment (
[2010] A year later, and they just turned up the temperature another notch on third party developers. -- - Ken Sheppardson
hah! I love that these comments are all the same. 2 Years ago it was the same as well. - Jesse Stay
[2011] "Another sign that Twitter may be scaring developers away" -- - Ken Sheppardson
kshep, you so need to keep this going annually (until the Twitter implosion). - Micah
[2012] "Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the Twitter API" -- - Ken Sheppardson
I love it when a plan comes together. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"Facebook’s high-profile CTO Bret Taylor is leaving the Silicon Valley social networking giant later this summer, with future plans to work on an undetermined start-up." --
"Taylor, who had previously worked at Google, has a strong start-up background. He left the search giant to found FriendFeed, a once-popular social aggregator. FriendFeed was acquired by Facebook in 2009." - Ken Sheppardson
"I wanted to let you all know that I'll be leaving Facebook later this summer. I'm sad to be leaving, but I'm excited to be starting a company with my friend Kevin Gibbs." -- BT - Ken Sheppardson
He should 'put the FriendFeed band back together' - Johnny from iPhone
Maybe he and Paul could apply to Y Combinitor or something. - Ken Sheppardson
Ken, now we're talkin'. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Can we have a petition to bret to ensure this site will be up & running? - kartik vaithyanathan
@veeks you mean can we petition Bret to take FrF with him? :) - Starepolsky smok
I sort of forgot this was happening. I hope the remaining FF team at FB remembers to keep the lights on here. - Laura Norvig
Just a little PSA: Don't ever use a work email address for any online service that's not work related or your use of which you expect to last longer than your employment. You'd be amazed at the things you see show up at a Google Apps domain catch-all address after an account has been deleted.
Not just email addresses, but I recommend keeping work & home separate for everything. It's a little less convenient but it pays off if you ever want to change jobs. - Amit Patel
And don't use your ISP's email address for anything permanent, either. Makes it v hard to change providers. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Nice to get a sanity check every once in a while that some things require a bit more effort than a few guys eating raman noodles and typing in a loft somewhere for a few months...
"In early June 2007, the Mars Science Laboratory project completed its project-wide Critical Design Review (CDR), which marks the completion of the project's design phase and transition into the build up of flight hardware" -- - Ken Sheppardson
So much for arguments about 1 vs 2 week iterations and whether or not to have daily standups - Ken Sheppardson
I doubt anybody at JPL ever used the phrase "Minimum Viable Product" - Ken Sheppardson
"Standing by for bat shield separation"
NASA TV totally needs to have Bob Costas pop on for a minute then cut to commercial.
"We'll be back for the conclusion of the flight after these messages from our sponsors." - Ken Sheppardson
Just killing time until the Curiosity landing watching jokes about the 14min signal delay from Mars -vs- NBC tape delay from London scroll by on twitter.
Everybody acts like they're surprised NBC has mucked up the Olympics. US television coverage is ALWAYS awful. I remember as a kid in Michigan in the 80s I was so thankful we could get the CBC coverage of the Winter games. They covered it as a sporting event, not a two week long human interest story.
The prime time coverage would be unbearable if we watched it live. - Heather
Some new Nikon D600 specs... 39 AF points, 5 fps, 2 SD card slots, GPS, HD video... The sensor inside the D600 will probably be 24MP, entry level full frame camera. Auto DX crop mode. The price of the D600 is rumored to be very low - maybe as low as $1500 --
Feels a bit like the D7000 replacement and good backup option for D800 owners. Might be time to sell off some gear and get ready to pre-order... - Ken Sheppardson
Another full frame option. I've been telling myself I will stay in the DX sensor camp, but they are making that a harder decision. - Eric - Final Countdown
Yeah, it's not getting any easier. Since everybody with a phone basically has a camera now, their entire business sorta has to shift to getting people to upgrade. It's no longer "how do we get you to buy a camera', it's "how do we get you to buy a newer, BETTER camera". Phone owners to Powershots, Powershots to 1, 1 to DX, DX to FX. - Ken Sheppardson
May be the camera I ditch my D90 for... - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
I'm wondering about my D700. Will it keep it's resale value? It certainly was more expensive than $1500 but if these rumors are true the D600 will basically be everything my D700 is except for the lack of a motor (which doesn't bother me in the slightest). - Benjamin Golub
You can already grab a D700 for under $2K on eBay. It's not hard to imagine that a $1500 D600 would drop that down to $1200-1300...which is a pretty crazy price for a full frame camera. I'll bet there are a few D3 owners who want to stick with CF who'd grab a(nother) D700... and a D700 + 50mm f/1.8D kit for under $1500 seems like a pretty slick art/photography student/purist option. - Ken Sheppardson
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