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Louis Gray
For those who are curious... today is going to be the day. The "Schwag Magnet" twins are coming. Don't expect minute by minute...
Congrats Louis! - Ross Miller
I love the Schwaggin Waggon - Eric Schlissel from twhirl
Awesome! Can't wait to meet your two new kids and hope everything goes as well as possible. - Robert Scoble
When Maryam had Milan we were actually able to use our iPhones in between contractions. (Milan was born at Stanford, just like Louis' kids are -- great wifi there). Maryam didn't want any video, so we did photos and audio. Just be prepared to put down the iPhone IMMEDIATELY when your wife needs you. Otherwise the consequences are harsh. :-) - Robert Scoble
Mazel Tov and may all go as seamlessly as possible. - Mathew A. Koeneker
Wi-Fi at Lucille Packard is great, BTW. :-) - Louis Gray
Congrats! Don't worry about us and take some time offline! - Xavier Bartholome
Louis: I told you it rocks. So, is your wife admitted already? Or did they tell her to take a walk and come back in three hours like they told Maryam? (We went to Jack in the Box, and later, even back home cause, while Maryam was having contractions, she wasn't dialated enough to give birth for nearly 12 hours after we first went to Lucille Packard (Stanford's hospital for children). - Robert Scoble
Oh, and if you know Thomas Hawk, do anything you can to get him to come by and make photos. He took the most spectacular photos of Milan (and my family) that I really treasure to this day. - Robert Scoble
Matthew- Seamless birth , hmm. Kind of counter-intuitive. Louis-all the best to you,wife and twins. - Mark Forman
Congrats! - Yuvi
Good Luck Louis! Stay positive. - Jon-Paul Bussoli
I'm going to sleep hoping we hear great news when I wake up. Just remember, photos, we want photos!!! - Robert Scoble
We are admitted. Contractions are 4-5 minutes apart. We'll be here for a while. - Louis Gray
Cool. Any bets on the time? I'll bet that they are here by noon. Ahh, long night for Louis ahead! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! :-) - Robert Scoble
I don't dare bet on a time. That's bad luck. But I'm not going anywhere, and she's not either. Duncan Scoble Gray and Cyndy Corvida Gray might debut in the morning. - Louis Gray
now you are ego pandering! Well I am off to bed. Our house is childproofed now and is awaiting the arrival. Milan is looking forward to having a couple of new friends to share toys with. Thinking good thoughts for you both. - Robert Scoble
Be interesting to see how many posts a week you're going to be able to manage now... :-) - Andy Davies
And no, those won't be their real names. :-) - Louis Gray
Congrats man! Get ready for the wild ride. - Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins
Best of luck throughout the night Louis. Hopefully when I wake up the two new Grays will be ready to blog. - MG Siegler
In case you guys wanted to know where you rate, we haven't told any family on either side that we're here. Didn't want to wake anybody up. Once we get close to 7 a.m. PDT, depending where we are then, maybe we'll let them know. Thanks for the notes. (Is this the first FriendFeed "live" birth?) - Louis Gray
Wooo, awesome! Congrats in advance. :) - Don MacAskill
Congrats and good luck! And they'll share a birthday with @crazybob's #2! - Cyndy
Contractions are 2-3 minutes apart now. Both of them hanging out, and both of us, hanging in... - Louis Gray
I do like the names you've chosen, though. Although you haven't managed to tack FriendFeed or Disqus in there. Maybe two middle names would work. I did that with #4 so she could be named after three family members. - Cyndy
Best wishes! - Mark Dykeman
Congrats!! :) - Paula Hawk
My daughter was born in a different age (1991). I couldn't provide updates to the world on an iPhone. Heck, all I could have done (I didn't) would have been to drive home, fire up the Mac Plus and my 2400bps modem, and posted text updates to the Deep Thoughts and Grotto BBSes. - Ontario Emperor from fftogo
@Ontario My last was born in 2005, and I couldn't even update THEN... they ban all cell usage and WiFi is still a pipe dream. They are still going with the "cell phones mess with equipment" airline story. - Cyndy
And regarding names...you could work "Obama" and "McCain" in there somehow...Duncan Scoble FriendFeed Obama Gray? :) - Ontario Emperor from fftogo
first photos better be with the cn stickers :) - Allen Stern
Congrats Louis! am excited for you. - Nick Halstead
Good luck to all four of you! - Chris Nixon
Congratulations Louis! Life as you know it has now changed. Good luck to all of you. - Rob Diana
Allen: CN stickers are in my hand _right now_. Kid you not. You might get lucky. - Louis Gray
Very exciting. Good luck! - Dave Stanley
Omg! How exciting! Congratulations!!!! - Sarah Perez
Congratulations and enjoy every minute! - RyanEs
WOOT!! Good luck to you and your wife at the hospital today Daddy Grey. - Mike Fruchter
You'er not streaming the whole event? ;-) No I agree some things are sacred. Unless you're scoble. I bet mrs scoble is happy that qik wasn't released when she gave birth... - Gez
Congratulations LG. God Bless - Keith - @tsudo from twhirl
I'll add my congratulations! I'll enjoy taking a rest from your articles :P - Tim Hoeck
Good luck. - James Rishabh Mishra
Congrats Louis! I know what raising twins is like, so I'll wish you good luck as well :) - Shey
Gez: there were certainly video options when Milan was born. She made it very clear that video wasn't to be used. - Robert Scoble
This will be up there as one of if not your BEST day - Christian Anderson
Agree wholeheartedly with Christian.... - Chris Reed
CONGRATULATIONS DADDY!!!!!!!!! - Susan Beebe
Congrats! - Dave Peck
I too will add congratulations! - Andy Tinkham from twhirl
Congratulations Louis! I can only imagine how excited you must be right now. - Caleb Elston
Waiting..waiting...waiting.... ;-) - Hutch Carpenter
Only 8 hours gone by. Our first was 37 hours. The second was like 2 - Capn' One Eye - adrift
Back at Hutch: Waiting...waiting...waiting... - Louis Gray
Congratulations! - Steve Lynch
Ten hours now. Cigars at the ready. - Russellreno
Wishing the best for all four (!) members of the family!!! - Dustin Harris
CONGRATS LOUIS! Glad I get to be in the names :D Can't wait for pictures though. I need to get "shegeeks" and "hegeeks" schwag over there asap! - Corvida
I hope you got plenty of Coffee and brought your laptop battery plug. It's going to be a loooooooong day/night. Hey at least you got FF to kill the time :-) - Mike Fruchter
Update: Things are obviously not the fastest I've ever seen, but progress is progress. We're at six cm. I didn't want to do a cm by cm update, but here we are! Nurses seem excited, so I'll pretend I am. - Louis Gray
This is one occasion when comments really need timestamps... - Andy Davies
This just in..... LG still waiting as of 5 minutes ago. Now in hour 13. http://friendfeed.com/e... - Russellreno
I am jealous. The arrival of one was a joy. Two would have blown my mind! - Capn' One Eye - adrift
Turning to superstition a bit, I got out of my A's shirt, which I've been wearing since we got here. Let's see if wearing the DISQUS shirt I got from Daniel Ha does the trick. :-) - Louis Gray
All in good time. Heck, I would be excited as hell. :) - Mathew A. Koeneker
For those watching this thread, obviously things have taken longer than we expected. Dilation has been slow, and the doctors are talking C-Section. We're trying to avoid. Babies are doing great. - Louis Gray
C-Section imminent, as labor stalled (you might have noticed). Hopefully, back with good news soon. - Louis Gray
Well, this is the sixth thread goin' on the twins, so (1) Louis we're hangin' with ya buddy and (2) get on with it already ... I want to go to sleep :) Seriously, positive, warm and happy thoughts ... and coffee. - Charlie Anzman
at this rate, i think Scoble's gonna have to change his bet from noon Friday to noon on Saturday! - Susan Beebe
Baby Grays are here! The boy clocked in at 9:01 at 5 pounds, and the girl weighed in at 4 pounds, 3 oz at 9:02. Both healthy. - Louis Gray
YEAH!!! Congratulations!!! This is wonderful news - both healthy!! awesome....next, what are their NAMES?? - Susan Beebe
bump for the oldest thread i've ever found on ff, post-congrads, :) - chaz2b
Matthew and Sarah are now five years old. Happy birthday, twins! - Louis Gray
Paul Buchheit
"Remember: I blame FriendFeed for this, and Robert Scoble, Steve Rubell, Dave Winer, and all the rest of the puppets and ex-Techcrunch analysts who, by appearing to rationally debate the pluses and minuses of FriendFeed versus Twitter, suggest FriendFeed even exists in the absence of Twitter. Nik Cubrilovic doesn’t help either with his cogent (except for the Rails part) analysis of Twitter’s scaling problems. Nowhere in this debate (most of it mercifully hidden forever behind the FriendFeed black hole where conversations go to die) was there a word spoken about the fatal Track bug until Jack hit the Off switch. Now, in the cool clarity of no pulse whatsoever can we begin to rationally approach a solution. Forgetting that Hillary has shown no indication of processing the similar lack of pulse in her White House aspirations, let’s put the blame for all this squarely on the parasite API suckers and their dark master FriendFeed. Good." - Paul Buchheit
I accuse my parents (a little MST3K humor) - Mark Dykeman
My guess is that a good deal of folks who are otherwise technology experts haven't yet mastered the "Hide" option, and seeing Twitter in FriendFeed makes them feel it's simply an echo chamber for Twitter. Hiding Twitter, and/or utilizing the many other sources that are not Twitter here in FriendFeed makes it more valuable. - Louis Gray
Someone pass around what Steve Gillmor is smoking. That is some heavy stuff he's got in his stash. I think I counted 10 words he seriously made up for that post. And why is friendfeed to blame for the XMPP/Jabber shutdown? - Mark Trapp
WTF? This guy reminds me of Gary Busey, but angrier, if that's even possible. - April Buchheit
This article simply doesn't make any sense. Please reword for clarity. - Eric Florenzano
This is very amusing :-) - j1m
I was afraid when I saw "?" there. And now...no comment... :S - Erhan Erdoğan
Is he kidding? I hope he's kidding. FriendFeed exists with or without twitter. In fact, I would love to see twitter removed from FriendFeed altogether. Guaranteed there would still be plenty of conversations revolving around the links shared, the pictures posted, etc. - EricaJoy
I don't follow Twitter at all on FriendFeed. I find it somewhat ironic that one of Steve G's big passions was (is?) "Attention Metadata" and FriendFeed via likes, comments, etc is actually a service that makes great use of attention metadata! - Robert Seidman
I enjoy that this Friendfeed post has more comments than his post on TechCrunch. - Mark Trapp
This is the most buzzword-laden web 2.0 rant I have ever read. It's like he is making words up to describe stuff every other paragraph or so. And.. what's this jab at Clinton in the middle? How random. - Phil Glockner
FriendFeed direct posts are really similar to Twitter in my mind. - Hutch Carpenter
@Paul can you share the percentage of FF users that hide twitter posts? - EricaJoy
Gillmor refuses to realize that the comment feature of FriendFeed does indeed add value that Twitter lacks. That's probably the key reason why I MOVED MY conversations to FriendFeed! Also, the sharing feature is the reason why I like FriendFeed! IF I merely wanted the 'stream of consciousness' of Twitter, I would just use Twitter! I think that FriendFeed 'exposes' the 'chinks in Twitter's armor' - Thomas Ho from fftogo
I think that Mark Trapp's observation is 'priceless' - Thomas Ho from fftogo
It sounds like Gillmor hasn't given FriendFeed nearly enough time if he thinks it's only "Twitter, but slower". I have a great time on here with Twitter hidden half of the time. If anything, let's blame Twitter for so much noise and/or so much conversation due to their issues - Andrew Dobrow
FriendFeed can definitely make it without Twitter...so many conversations occur without Twitter being involved at all. - Chris Rossini
That... made no sense to me. Still dazed from the insanity of it all. I see more conversations here on links and such than on tweets. And really, why is FriendFeed to blame for the Jabber shutdown? Seriously! - dgw
Hilarious - Aviv
Twitter is probably the least interesting feed I see on FriendFeed. - Adam Thorsen
funniest ever on tc - kosmar
This whole article was most undirectional article, I have read in recent times. I read it twice, and can't make out, what he want to say. - Varun Mahajan
Adam, same here. I personally find the vast majority of twitter messages to be extremely boring and of no use to me. - Aviv
Where are these "siloed conversation spamyards" to which he refers? You could say that about any chat system (if I understand his rather obtuse meaning) and FF discussions are quite cogent and open. (And seem especially so if you've ever spent any time in the Digg comments.) - Nicķ
I usually keep the Twitter FF feed open. FF is definitely NOT the only app pulling on Twitter's API. Hundreds of sites, clients, etc?. Twitter had (maybe has) time to distinguish itself. Just 'come clean' with regular community updates. (PR time?) So far it's been lame. In the meantime, there's no doubt Friendfeed will continue to increase it's pull. Twitter put the API out there. THEY need to deal with the results, whether they were ready or not - Charlie Anzman
FriendFeed is what you put in to it. If you add all your Twitter friends and nobody else, FriendFeed will appear to be Twitter with siloed conversations, but in that case that's exactly what you asked for. If you don't add a thousand people as friends and convince a thousand people to follow you then you won't see any of this 'spam graveyard' Steve talks about. You get what you ask for, and irrelevance is what you get if you add irrelevant friends. - Kevin Fox
It's also worth noting how much FriendFeed thrived when Twitter had its difficulties this week. That would seem to put a hole in the argument that FriendFeed is primarily a downstream service to Twitter. - Kevin Fox
Yea Cat fight !!!! - viki saigal
OK friendfeed is NOT twitter. Its something else, and I like both. (sticks out tongue)...via feedalizr - Photo Larry
man, I honestly care jack shit about what people post on Twitter, but I find FF incredibly useful. Gillmor is seriously off his rocker with this post (which is the least legible I've seen on TC in a long time). - Chieze Okoye
4 years passed, all the comments are still valid. #humdaybumpday - Ahmet Yükseltürk
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"If you had asked, I wouldn't have ReTweeted this or shared this on Google +.  But I did, so you must be doing something right.  Or maybe I was just impressed by your Karaoke rap in Chicago during last year's SOB Con.  Or your vast knowledge of comic books.  I don't know. Fair point, though and, as always, Suzemuse is right." - Mark Dykeman
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Re: 5 Books That Could Change Your Creative Game - https://www.accidentalcreative.com/resourc...
"One book I really enjoy that gets little coverage is called "Advantage Play" by David Ben.  He's a professional magician who writes about creative problem solving from the perspective of developing magic tricks.  But but but... he also ties the concepts to business processes, emphasizing idea development, preparation and the need to sell your ideas or solutions.  It's a little hard to find and doesn't look that interesting at first, but I've found a lot of gems in it." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: 5 Books That Could Change Your Creative Game - http://www.accidentalcreative.com/resourc...
"One book I really enjoy that gets little coverage is called "Advantage Play" by David Ben.  He's a professional magician who writes about creative problem solving from the perspective of developing magic tricks.  But but but... he also ties the concepts to business processes, emphasizing idea development, preparation and the need to sell your ideas or solutions.  It's a little hard to find and doesn't look that interesting at first, but I've found a lot of gems in it." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: 5 Books That Could Change Your Creative Game - http://www.accidentalcreative.com/creatin...
"One book I really enjoy that gets little coverage is called "Advantage Play" by David Ben.  He's a professional magician who writes about creative problem solving from the perspective of developing magic tricks.  But but but... he also ties the concepts to business processes, emphasizing idea development, preparation and the need to sell your ideas or solutions.  It's a little hard to find and doesn't look that interesting at first, but I've found a lot of gems in it." - Mark Dykeman
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Re: How to Become a Thought Leader - http://geofflivingston.com/2012...
"Pundits are entertainers; thought leaders are people whose insights and ideas can help you grow.  However, it seems to me that people sometimes get anointed as thought leaders for subjective reasons, including the advantages that accrue to the anointer (effectively making them a thought leader as well). Demonstrated subject matter expertise and accomplishments should be a given. Futurist path:  this path is pretty risky, IMHO.  I don't think you can get there without demonstrated subject matter expertise - at least in data analysis, research, etc.  I think it's more properly a subset of expertise, but maybe I should read the Sterling article. Despite all that, I would never feel comfortable completely following the pronouncements of a thought leader, especially someone who has no vested interest in my success." - Mark Dykeman
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Re: Where the hell have I been? - http://writelife.net/2012...
"Sorry that you had to get rid of your house but otherwise it sounds like you are doing well.  Cheers!" - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Where have I been? - http://writelife.net/2012...
"Sorry that you had to get rid of your house but otherwise it sounds like you are doing well.  Cheers!" - Mark Dykeman
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How conferences help stimulate your thinking and nourish your soul - http://thoughtwrestling.com/blog...
Note: the version you see in RSS may not be up to date, so click through to see the up to date version. - Mark Dykeman
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Long, long post from Merlin Mann but, in the end, it's powerful. Hard to say what's going to happen to his book contract but I hope it's going to work out for him. I want to read the book. - Mark Dykeman
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What Happened to Blog Reactions? - http://feedproxy.google.com/~r...
This point is so true that it hurts. I stand guilty as charged. I think it's a symptom of "pro" blogging and we're losing a lot for the lack of it. - Mark Dykeman
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Re: Creativity and Research – 3 Dirty Little Secrets - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I enjoy Jonah Lehrer's articles and I'm planning to read his books. However, you bring up a very good point about sample sizes, research, etc. I also find that Lehrer kind of throws these things out there which are interesting but they may be designed to be more thought-provoking than useful. His article has to be taken in the context that it's written and offered. This is very similar to the recent HBS working paper about the relationship between creativity and dishonesty. Yes, the research findings can lead you to draw a certain conclusion.... within the confines of the conditions of the experiments. However, it doesn't readily explain why things happened the way they did during the experiment. Nice find, Mike!" - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Creativity and Research – 3 Dirty Little Secrets - http://brainzooming.com/...
"I enjoy Jonah Lehrer's articles and I'm planning to read his books. However, you bring up a very good point about sample sizes, research, etc. I also find that Lehrer kind of throws these things out there which are interesting but they may be designed to be more thought-provoking than useful. His article has to be taken in the context that it's written and offered. This is very similar to the recent HBS working paper about the relationship between creativity and dishonesty. Yes, the research findings can lead you to draw a certain conclusion.... within the confines of the conditions of the experiments. However, it doesn't readily explain why things happened the way they did during the experiment. Nice find, Mike!" - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Your Klout Score Means Nothing - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Excellent post, Ian. I think you've made a very clear argument about the value of the Klout metrics and Klout in general." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Your Klout Score Means Nothing - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Excellent post, Ian. I think you've made a very clear argument about the value of the Klout metrics and Klout in general." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Your Klout Score Means Nothing - http://www.ianmrountree.com/2011...
"Excellent post, Ian. I think you've made a very clear argument about the value of the Klout metrics and Klout in general." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Your Klout Score Means Nothing - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Excellent post, Ian. I think you've made a very clear argument about the value of the Klout metrics and Klout in general." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Your Klout Score Means Nothing - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Excellent post, Ian. I think you've made a very clear argument about the value of the Klout metrics and Klout in general." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Your Klout Score Means Nothing - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Excellent post, Ian. I think you've made a very clear argument about the value of the Klout metrics and Klout in general." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Your Klout Score Means Nothing - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Excellent post, Ian. I think you've made a very clear argument about the value of the Klout metrics and Klout in general." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: Your Klout Score Means Nothing - http://www.ianmrountree.com/platfor...
"Excellent post, Ian. I think you've made a very clear argument about the value of the Klout metrics and Klout in general." - Mark Dykeman
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Re: The Mounting Challenges of an Established Social Content Market - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Um, I may still be waking up... I'll provide a more thoughtful comment a little later on..." - Mark Dykeman
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Re: The Mounting Challenges of an Established Social Content Market - http://geofflivingston.com/2011...
"Um, I may still be waking up... I'll provide a more thoughtful comment a little later on..." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: The Mounting Challenges of an Established Social Content Market - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"The technology that many write about is not that new or innovative anymore. The value is in what you can do with the technology. This is not a comment about you or your writing, Geoff, it's about a lot of the "echo chambery" stuff that people write about, i.e. 10 K ways to get 10 K Twitter followers." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: The Mounting Challenges of an Established Social Content Market - http://geofflivingston.com/2011...
"The technology that many write about is not that new or innovative anymore. The value is in what you can do with the technology. This is not a comment about you or your writing, Geoff, it's about a lot of the "echo chambery" stuff that people write about, i.e. 10 K ways to get 10 K Twitter followers." - Mark Dykeman
Mark Dykeman
Re: The Mounting Challenges of an Established Social Content Market - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Writing about the power and innovativeness of social media is getting to be like writing about the power and innovation inherent in your rotary dial telephone." - Mark Dykeman
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