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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 -- http://nikonrumors.com/2012...
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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
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
Nikon D800 tested at DxOMark, gets the #1 spot - http://nikonrumors.com/2012...
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"After the Nikon D4 got the second best DxOMark overal score on Tuesday, today there is a new king - the Nikon D800 is the new #1 - it even got a higher score than the Phase One IQ180 digital back." - Ken Sheppardson
They're going to have to rescale things soon ;) - Amit Patel
Just migrated http://kshepphoto.com from SmugMug over to Zenfolio. Not that there was anything really wrong with SmugMug--I've been a relatively happy user for years now--but Zenfolio just feels much cleaner to me.
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Oh, wow... that loads much, much faster than SmugMug ever has for me. And I like the simple, clean look and feel as well. - Michael W. May
Yeah, I think it's addressed pretty much every little thing I wanted to tweak in SmugMug. Also, much nicer on the admin side. - Ken Sheppardson
No FriendFeed...
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Well then, I'll just go *BUMP* FF so it appears on top again. - Micah
Try that with with of those OTHER services. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
FF: Here's me and my FFriends at a FFeedup eating donuts. - Laura Norvig from iPod
Because FF is not listed in "Social Media Explained," it is invalid! - imabonehead
The list only includes social media that you can explain; FriendFeed is naturally excluded. - Bruce Lewis
FF: Here is a picture of me eating the best donut EVAR. Everyone post pictures of themselves eating their favorite donuts with me! - Alix May
"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know." - D Rumsfeld
I think I've finally reached a sort of Twitter equilibrium: the constant stream of people unfollowing me as they realize I no longer have the job I had that caused them to follow me is now just about exactly offset by those following me because they actually care what I'm saying.
Congratulations to all the former FriendFeed staff on the Facebook IPO! I'd sure like to know what the effective valuation of FriendFeed turns out to be post IPO. That is, the collective value of all the Facebook stock held by former FriendFeed employees. - http://blog.friendfeed.com/2009...
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Oh yeah. Holy shit, where's the party? http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Eric
It'd also be interesting to do the math and figure out how many FriendFeeders are still at Facebook... - Ken Sheppardson
I did a caculation a last year at about $422.5 million at that point.[1] Basedon the S-1, 10 FF employees, and the most recent sale of 11,052,955[2] * $50[3] = $552.6Million [1]http://ff.im/Anvuu [2]http://ff.im/QobEt [3] A number saw this morning about a post S-1 sale of Class B stock. - NOT THE CRICKET
So I wouldn't be surprised if it was around 20-25x post-IPO. Of the 10 Friendfeeders, I assume are Bret, Paul, Sanjeev, Jim, Ana, Kevin, Tudor, and Casey were in that group. There are a few more people, Gary, Ben Golub, Dan, and Ben Darnell(hired just prior to the acquisition so I'm unsure if he would have been included) that I also know worked at FF. Bret and Ben Golub I know are at FB. Paul, Kevin, and Gary I know are not. - NOT THE CRICKET
I forgot Ross. Hmm. - NOT THE CRICKET
Nice. Thanks for the links. There's an interesting list of other acquisitions here - http://www.insidefacebook.com/2012... - Ken Sheppardson
This started on Facebook, but I just thought I'd carry it over here: What was the #1 song the week you were born? The Troggs - Wild Thing http://www.youtube.com/watch...
This started on Facebook, but I just thought I'd carry it over here: What was the #1 song the week you were born? The Troggs - Wild Thing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icAOfeNsatc
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Because of You - Tony Bennett that would be 1951 and #yesiamveryold - WarLord
"I am inventing electricity, and you look like an....." http://www.youtube.com/watch...
"I am inventing electricity, and you look like an....." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gOR91oentQ
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New Year's blog redesign complete. Dumped WordPress for Jekyll in the process. Now if only I'd actually start writing... http://www.kensheppardson.com/
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I'm in the process of doing the same thing with Jekyll/Octopress. I have all the pieces in place; I've just been too lazy to do the CSS, etc. - Akiva
The weird thing is I had a WordPress theme I'd hacked together over the past few years with a blue bar across the top that had become a little too close to Facebook's look. So over the last few weeks I've been working on this, then swapped it out earlier today. A few hours later I get a flood in GReader of posts from Bret Taylor...the sort of thing that happens when you change blogging platforms. I don't think I've visited his site in over a year, but I go there today and see this -- http://backchannel.org - Ken Sheppardson
That looks interestingly familiar. - Akiva
The existence of Disqus got me thinking I can use something like Jekyll for my blog. I'm already building the rest of my site with templates. - Amit Patel
Yeah, Disqus is slick. I'd waffled back and forth between WordPress native comments and Disqus, so moving everything over to Jekyll was trivial. Now the question is really whether to bother with comments at all. Disqus is enabled now, but it just looks kinda janky, I'm not sure I want to spend a bunch of time cleaning up the CSS, and there's something appealing about the commentless Daring Fireball approach... - Ken Sheppardson
When I visit a blog that doesn't want comments, it feels like the author doesn't want me there... - Amit Patel
Well, that's almost the case for me, but not in a negative way... I'd sorta rather have any follow-up conversations on FriendFeed, Google+, or even Twitter than squirreled away under the blog post. I'd certainly like people to see what I wrote, but after that I've got no particular interest in trying to drive page views or anything. - Ken Sheppardson
Amit, interesting; I've never thought if it like that before. When I relaunch The Misanthropic Geek, I'll definitely allow comments but I don't and will never allow comments on my other one. - Akiva
I think both styles of discussion work. Using Twitter/Google+/FriendFeed feels like people at other people's houses talking about something you made. Separate smaller, more intimate conversations. Using comments on the blog feels like inviting all those people to my house to talk to each other. A big conversation among strangers. - Amit Patel
I recently built a site for publishing some panos using Hyde. It is jekyll written in python. I used bootstrap and less along with it. Check it out: http://www.bedafamily.com. No rss or comments yet. - Joe Beda from iPhone
Every few years I change what I use. This conversation is making me want to change again :-) . The last major change was to XSLT (!): http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~amitp... + http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~amitp... = http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~amitp... I'm pretty happy with it but I need to hook it up to emacs so that as soon as I save the input, it regenerates the output. For my blog I'd need to add categories and RSS… - Amit Patel
Emacs? GTFO. - Akiva
I once did C++ code gen with XSLT. I regretted it. True story. - Joe Beda
Just saw this today: "Just over a month ago, I switched comments off for this blog. I wanted to post a very brief follow-up on that decision. In a nutshell, it was definitely the right move. For the first few days I did miss the validation of getting a flurry of comments on each new article, but I quickly realised that I was enjoying the peace and quiet. The other benefits are manifest: ..." - http://mattgemmell.com/2011... - Ken Sheppardson
I have been pretty much anti-comments since the beginning myself. I don't write to start a dialogue. I write because I want to write. When I have had comments on a site of mine, it's been pretty much like Matt described. The better conversations I had here on FriendFeed or through some private channel. I'm now re-evaluating my previous statement about allowing comments if I ever relaunch my geek site. - Akiva
Looks very nice, well done. I agree, I don't necessarily want discussion on my posts. Most of the time, it's just getting my thoughts out there, not really looking for input. - Nathan Snyder
Thanks, Nathan. The anti-comment faction's pretty vocal, by the way, and can be persuasive... "Let’s be totally honest here: anyone worthwhile leaving a comment should do so on their own blog. Very few read blog comments anyway. I’m sorry, but it’s true. Commenting is a facade. It makes you think you have a voice. You don’t. Get your own blog and write how you really feel on your own site." -- http://parislemon.com/post... - Ken Sheppardson
Finally updated http://www.kshepphoto.com to reflect the fact that the only real reason for anybody to visit the site is to get pictures of their kids playing some sport. I'm no J Worthington, after all.
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"We are very sad to announce that LEGO Universe will be closing on Janurary 31, 2012. This was a very difficult decision to make, but unfortunately LEGO Universe has not been able to attract the number of members needed to keep the game open. " -- http://universe.lego.com/en-us...
This will not stand, ya know? - Ken Sheppardson
Alas... it was always destined to be a tough sell... to much WoW and not enough Minecraft - Johnny
Yeah, it's a shame to see the premise go to waste. I wish they could've done something more Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Batman like and less ... well... smashing stuff for hours on end. - Ken Sheppardson
I have a theory that it's physiologically impossible to remain perfectly still and play "Stayin' Alive" all the way through.
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HP has added "Starting at $99" and a "Notify me when product available again" link to the http://hp.com/touchpad page. The form doesn't actually work, but hey, they added a link, right?
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... it comes back with "Server is too busy" in black text on a black background. - Ken Sheppardson
I'm sure the server is getting hammered. I mean, this thread has over 4million view in 24 hours. http://slickdeals.net/forums... - Rodfather
I think some people are camping out at Best Buy - Rodfather
Yep. I've tried 4 times in the last 30 minutes. Server is too busy. :-( - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Still too busy, three hours later. I wonder if its working for anyone. - Ken Sheppardson
Out of curiosity I added an HP TouchPad to my cart from the HP Small & Medium Business site. Clicked on checkout, and BAM. Makes sense for them to get out of this low-end consumer device/PC business and concentrate on the enterprise. Obviously there are enterprises out there that could use considerable help on the ecommerce front. Oh... wait...
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Once a year or so I'm ready to switch from DirecTV to Comcast... until I try to order. Then I remember why I'm on DirecTV in the first place
I can't believe I fell for it again. Just spent 10-15 minutes trying to get past all the Triple Play special offers and put together what I actually want, then the Comcast site wouldn't take my SSN, then it wouldn't verify that my phone # could be transfered (it could 10 minutes ago), and now I'm dumped into some Live Chat queue as a requirement for signing up. I'm number 20 in the queue. Five minutes ago I was number 22. Fail. - Ken Sheppardson
I just wonder what might have been if Google rather than Facebook had bought FF. Maybe we'll read about how it went down someday in Paul or Bret's book.
My use of FriendFeed started declining shortly after the acquisition by Facebook. At the time I quit importing all my feeds except Twitter. I don't really remember what my reasoning was for leaving Twitter on...
Since then, a few of the same folks will Like a tweet from time to time, or something will get one or two comments, or when I just want to vent for more than 140 characters I'll pop over here. But I think I'll pull the plug on Twitter now, and see about shifting over to Google+ for the venting/convos for a while. We'll see what happens. - Ken Sheppardson
Well, I know that some folks (including myself) are more likely to interact on FF with people who are posting and commenting natively as well as importing their feeds here. So if it has seemed like a ghost town on FF for you since you left, that's likely the reason. - Spidra Webster
I'm not "quiting FriendFeed" (I still drop in and comment/Like from time to time), and this isn't some sort of slam on the service and I'm not asking everybody to look at me. It's just a note for anybody wondering why the feed stopped. I'm over on Google+ at http://google.com/profile.... - Ken Sheppardson
Yeah, it's not that it seemed like a ghost town, Spidra. I never really got a ton of activity on my feed anyway. Some, but not alot. And that same core group of people are really still here. It's just that I got distracted by other stuff... and now maybe I think I'll get distracted by Google+ for a while :-) - Ken Sheppardson
Enjoy. I think a lot of us here are distracted by Google+ as well. Having at least two tabs up at a time... - Spidra Webster
RT @timoreilly: RT @HackforChange: Hacking for Change: 17 Apps That Could Make a Difference http://mashable.com/2011... #hackforchange
Taking pictures for the paper #meta @change @ Change.org http://instagr.am/p/Ghaga/
Pre-game @ Tahoe Keys Resort South Lake Tahoe http://instagr.am/p/GXCzW/
What do Giants pitchers do on off days? http://instagr.am/p/GPuik/
I honestly can't remember how we used to keep websites running without @newrelic.
I just ousted @monideck as the mayor of Change.org on @foursquare! https://foursquare.com/venue...
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