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Bret Taylor
You can now get a daily or weekly email digest for anybody's feed on FriendFeed. You'll get a daily or weekly email with the most popular posts from that person's feed. To get the email, click the "Email/IM" link at the top of anyone's feed, and select the "Best of day" or "Best of week" email option.
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You can see all of your email settings at - Bret Taylor
Thanks Bret! :) - Matt Ruiz
Thanks to Kevin for doing a great design for what turned out to be a more complex set of UI options than we had originally anticipated, and thanks to Tudor for implementing the email backend. - Bret Taylor
Great! Thanks! Love FF! - Scott Monaco
I now get the FriendFeed Feedback posts as a Best of Day email so it doesn't fill up my feed, but I don't miss feedback. I also set up a "Best of Day" email for my "Technology people" friend list so I get a pretty good overview of tech news every day via email. - Bret Taylor
This is a really cool idea Bret, I wish you can make that an RSS feed option as well. I'd be much more likely to read summaries in RSS than in email. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
Lovely. Thanks guys. - Mitchell Tsai
Casey: Thanks for the tip. What's the 7 before the "?" mean in the URL? The number of likes or replies needed to be included? - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
this is killer, the random influx of email during the day was kinda getting fail-ish. I love the daily digest. - Drew Lucas
Very cool! Any way to get archives of previous months? (especially helpful for those of us who leave the internet for weeks at a time...) - Mitchell Tsai
WOW. that's really helpful! - K.D.
Looks like a great addition for those who are not embedded on the site. Nice intro. - Louis Gray
Cool! - Josh Haley
Ahsan: it is somewhat random right now when the emails are sent, but we built in the backend capability to control what time they are sent, and we plan on exposing that control to users in the future. Right now, it is kind of random - sorry! - Bret Taylor
Cool! can i get a daily or weekly email digest for the "Saved searches"? - 0M0M from email
This will be incredibly useful. Thanks to all involved in the design and execution. - Kathy Fitch
Nice addition! - Michael Fidler
But what exactly is "Best"? Is it anything that has a certain number of likes/comments? - Laura Norvig
@Bret LOL THAT WAS MY PROJECT! I will release it tomorrow. But you've also did it and killed my friendfeed application **sigh** But mine has multi-reporting weekly-daily-monthly at the same time and adjustable entry count! - Alp
@Bret please consolidate me or I won't code new apps with you api! :-) - Alp
Alp: we were not trying to withhold data. Later today the documentation will be updated to reflect the ability to obtain "Best of" for users. The feed id will be USERNAME/summary/N (similar to "Best of" for lists) - Benjamin Golub
Hi Ben, that is pretty funny, I tried that URL earlier today to see if it has been secretly released :) - Paul Kinlan
Bret: While Twitter struggle to keep their fail whale under control, you guys are developing stuff like this. Amazing - Thanks! - Jim Connolly
awesome feature, this will be highly useful for my corporate group ideas / content sharing; projects, etc.... THANK YOU :) - Susan Beebe
Great work. I especially like that it works on lists too. - Meryn Stol
my inbox might say different, but I like that :-) - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Wow, this is really neat! And it links into the idea I expressed earlier, re: reducing signup friction / enabling limited guest privileges. Imagine if I could embed one of my FF rooms on my personal web site, and enable people to subscribe to that feed by e-mail with just a couple of clicks... rather than saying "you can get e-mail notifications but you have to sign up for Friendfeed first." "sign up" -- though admirably lightweight on FF -- is still a huge barrier. - Adam Lasnik
is there a love button cause I dont like this option I LOVE this option..great work guys - (jeff)isageek
Three options I would like (1) Can I select "top 100" instead of "top 30"? (2) Could I select both "best of day" and "best of week"? (3) How about older timeperiods? I'd love to get an e-mail with stuff from last week or Mar 2009? Start & end dates? Anything to help me read FriendFeed off-line would be great since I spend long periods off-line at festivals (especially during summer time) or overseas. - Awesome job guys! - Mitchell Tsai
So this works on groups too, cool! But we still cannot see Best of for groups on the site on friends lists. :-( I have several friends lists that include just groups and when I select to view the best of the page it's empty (even though if I got to the individual best of for those groups there are entries there). - Kol Tregaskes
does anyone know of a web service that can do this? (I'm thinking weekly email updates of my favorite feeds/people) I don't think there's anything like friendfeed .. - Franc, a rememberer
That's a cool feature - Xitong Liu
Emails no longer get sent except for Subscriptions. The last non-sub email I recieved was July 15th, 2011. - Not Me
I still get them. - AJ Batac
I get these every day. - Me
i get it - solncee
I still get it - AJ Batac
*jealous* I no longer get anything but subscription emails. - Bruce Lewis
Following US Politics that way ever since and the emails always went through: so happy this never went off course and kept a valuable record of these threads. - Zu from AOD
vay - kotak
unutmadık :) - alperyz
Bret Taylor
FriendFeed API v2 officially launching -
"Two weeks ago, we launched version 2 of the FriendFeed API in beta. Since then, we've watched how developers have been using the API and collected a lot of their feedback. We've implemented some changes, and now, we're ready to remove the beta label!" - Bret Taylor from Bookmarklet
A two weeks beta in the 2.0 era sounds almost blasphem! Congrats! - Simone Ruffilli
Congrats to Ben and Gary for all their hard work getting this out the door. And thanks to all the developers who have been sending us great feedback the past couple weeks. - Bret Taylor /-) - Nicolas Voisin
Bret - Think we'd all be interested in a longer list as more apps make use of the API. Great stuff - Charlie Anzman
Congrats! - Riya Banerjee
v3 ne zaman geliyor hacım? - Çağrı
Bret Taylor
We had some networking issues that were causing packet loss over the past couple days that (we think) have been resolved. If you noticed the site being a bit sluggish, it should be improved now.
ddos? - Hüseyin Mert
Not DDOS; bug on our side. - Tudor Bosman
oh, thanks God :) - Hüseyin Mert
با عضویت در اتاق " در ارتباط با توییتر... " از جدید ترین متعلقات این سرویس با خبر شوید... اسمایلی : (تبلیغات). - سینه سرخ
bret neler oluyor? hani ben yaşadığım sürece ff kapanmayacaktı..hani ff'yi benim üzerime yapmıştın..nedir bu dedikodular??? - Aynebilim G.
Bret yavşaksın olum sen. 2009'dan beri hiç mi siteye girmez lan adam. Olum ne Fb merklısı bir adammışsın lan sen. İnsan merak eder ne var ne yok diye girer de bir selam yazar. Senin amk lan ben. Siktin gül gibi siteyi şimdi de kapanacak diyorlar. Kapatacağına biz Türk kardeşlerine devret kardeşim. Biz domain falan alırız, sokayım boktan domainine. Yönlendireceksin sadece panelden. Ne dersin Bret? Hadi kardeşim bir düşün. gerçi girmiyorsun di mi sen buraya. Hay mk ya. - EG
Hi Bret, we recently heard that you're shutting down Friendfeed - is this true? Please clarify this for the sake of FF Turkish Community :) - DenizTuran
cool - solncee
cool - arieana for shoring in the Turkish Community. - Anthony Berkut
nice to see you againe . - meseret mihreteab
PATRON, GEL BI SAHIP ÇIK ORTAMA! dedikodular aldi yürüdü! - ani
Cool! - Riya Banerjee
Andy Bakun
I started posting the code for my friendfeed archiver to github. Talk about it in the friendfeed-archive room at
Not much is there right now, just the script that downloads a feed's content and stores it. - Andy Bakun
Cool. I've subscribed. Will check out the code later. - Meryn Stol
No, I didn't. It doesn't seem to download the media files, AFAICT. - Andy Bakun
Bret Taylor
Improve FriendFeed for your friends by recommending subscriptions - FriendFeed Blog -
Improve FriendFeed for your friends by recommending subscriptions - FriendFeed Blog
"As a devoted FriendFeed user, I have tried to convince all of my friends and family to join the site, but a handful of them never quite got their accounts set up properly. With our new Recommend friends feature, I can fix their FriendFeed experience by recommending subscriptions to them." Try it out at - Bret Taylor from Bookmarklet
Excellent feature, gooood idea! - Susan Beebe
Very cool =) - FFing Enigma
Cool stuff. - Mike Bracco
Uh, it tells me that Scoble, among others, could use the recommendations. WTF? Perhaps I have too few subscriptions for this to work. - Fred Yankowski
more good stuff - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Finally a better recommendation - directeur
I'd still love an "e-mail this item" feature, similar to Google Reader. - Jesse Stay
great idea! - Edwin Khodabakchian
Cool! Beats the heck out of #followfriday!! - Larry Hawes
What am I supposed to get when I click the 'recommend friends' link on someone's pop-up? Currently, the popup just goes away and I don't get directed anywhere else. - FFing Enigma
Fred: yah, unfortunately, you can only recommend people who you are subscribed you and who are also subscribed back to you. - Bret Taylor
Mark, I didn't submit a bug report since what is supposed to happen wasn't actually spelled out on the blog post or here; this might be the intended functionality... I hope not, but it's possible. - FFing Enigma
Tina: it is supposed to pop up a dialog. Sorry for the trouble - we will look into it. - Bret Taylor
At first I did not understand this, but now that I am checking it out, it is brilliant and addresses much of what we have complained about. NOW what will we complain about? - Liza + = ?
Just to confirm Bret, the first image in the blog post is what the pop up is supposed to look like, right? Because that's nothing like what the page looks like.... - FFing Enigma
I notice that new subscriptions are automatically added to one's home feed. I consider that kind of a bug. - Meryn Stol
Tina: yes, that is correct. The page is just a list of people that we think could use some friend recommendations since they have few subscriptions. If you click on any of the "Recommend" links on that page, you will see the same, standard "Recommend friends" dialog. - Bret Taylor
User-driven...I like. - Josh Haley
Where would we find recommendations that others suggest to us? - Fred Yankowski
@Bret, who receive the recommandation see also who is the recommender? - Roberto
Fred: You will receive an email as well as a notification on the top of your feed. - Ross Miller
Roberto: yes, they see who recommended - Bret Taylor
Bret, if I recommend friends to people who haven't signed in for a long time, will they get email? A lot of my bored friends are not active FF users I think. (quite logical) - Meryn Stol
Not getting the pop-over when I click 'recommend' on the page either... FFox 3.0.12 if it's relevant. - FFing Enigma
and can I see who has accepted my recommendation? - Roberto
Roberto: You won't be notified if they accept/deny as the recommender. - Ross Miller
Ross: Ah, it just appeared on my feed. Cool. (And thanks Meryn) - Fred Yankowski
Meryn: yes, they will get an email with your recommendations - Bret Taylor from email
Bret, I accidently just received an email with previous recommendations. I had already viewed them through the web-interface. But indeed, it's there. Email looks good too, as I expected of course. :) - Meryn Stol
hey Robert Scoble....I have a trade send my name to all your friends...i send your name to all of my friends for the rest of my life.... - Bob DeMarco
I would like that deal, too, Scoble. I like this a lot. - Ben Hanten
Bob: I charge $1 per friend. :-) just kidding, but the UI makes it so hard to send you to more than a few people. - Robert Scoble from iPhone
Bret: You guys rock! This is so much better than FollowFriday, which I recommended just a while back. Now, I'm waiting for some recommendation emails! :) - Mahendra (SkepticGeek)
If there’s something about friends and family not having their account set up properly, I’d prefer a way to recommend them the streams they forgot to add. For example, I could tell them “You forgot to add your Digg stream and your fourth and eight blog. Here’s the link.” Then he could just click the recommendation and had it set up easily. - Natsuki Seika
Definitely better than #followfriday. - Bernie Goldbach
As I have lots of subscriptions the pop-up window is *really* slow and always has been since the new UI (same thing for amending friends lists). :-( I like the feature though, so I could make a new friends list of my most recommended users and use that each time for each user? - Kol Tregaskes
better - solncee
Paul Buchheit
The Great Stock Myth - Why the market’s rate of return—and your nest egg—may never recover -
The Great Stock Myth - Why the market’s rate of return—and your nest egg—may never recover
"Stock-price increases fueled expectations of further growth, until by 1999, a Securities Industry Association survey showed that investors expected to earn an annual rate of return of 30 percent. In other words, they expected that by 2010, stock prices would have skyrocketed. ... A survey done by ING Direct in March of this year found that, even after a decade of lousy returns and a spectacular market crash, more than a quarter of Americans expect annual returns in the stock market to average 10 to 20 percent. ... But if the return is 2 to 3 percent, you’ll need to save close to 40 percent to replace almost half of your income. And a 2 percent return seems to be a real possibility—in fact, it’s a hair above the 1.8 percent that Smithers & Co., an asset-allocation consultancy, forecast for U.S. equities over the next decade." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet's 7yr forecasts for international and emerging equities are much better (4.9% and 6.6% respectively, vs 2.9% for US large cap). Ironically they expect "US high quality stocks" to have the highest returns, at 7.3%, and also for most bond asset classes to do far worse than equity! - Private Sanjeev
“This, it seems to me, would be something like a readerly utopia. It could even (if we want to get all grand and optimistic) turn out to be a Gutenberg-style revolution—not for writing, this time, but for reading. Book readers have never had a mechanism for massively and easily sharing their responses to a text with other readers, right inside the text itself.” (...) Studs Terkel, the oral historian, was known to admonish friends who would read his books but leave them free of markings. He told them that reading a book should not be a passive exercise, but rather a raucous conversation. Books with markings are increasingly seen these days as more valuable, not just for a celebrity connection but also for what they reveal about the community of people associated with a work. (...) A book someone has written in is an oddly intimate object; like an item of clothing once worn by a person now passed away, it retains something of its former owner’s presence. (...)" - Amira from Bookmarklet
how do you feel about loaning out books with lots of personal marginalia ? - Adriano
Since sometimes they look like a personal notebooks, usually I'm not loaning them out. :-) - Amira
we need to come up with secular/non religious ways to deal with big events, birth and death - so church is not the only option
saying good bye to a loved one, for example, needs some ceremony/ritual/time/actions - and typically now the only option is to submit all their friends and family to an hour's religious preaching -which, no matter what you pick, perhaps only 15% of the audience will care about - wrapped around 15 minutes of ritual about the deceased. - Iphigenie
For death, a low key party with a few speeches from close people followed by the burial/incineration protocol works pretty well. - Jean-Marc Liotier
The French Revolution invented the concept of "civil baptism" - an entirely secular ceremony designed to mirror the Christian baptism and provide a social event where the newborn is welcomed into society. Some people still do it, though it is rather rare. See and - Jean-Marc Liotier
I have also seen secular weddings at the town hall made into full-fledged ceremonies with songs and speeches to make up for the lack of religious ceremony where this sort of thing takes place for religious people. - Jean-Marc Liotier
yes, in the UK as well the civil wedding halls are usually very pretty and the ceremony done by the civil servant has a lot of options I think? In Switzerland because the state requires the civil ceremony first (you celebrate the wedding in church after you get married) it is a quite normal option to chose to just do it there, and they too have nice options. But for death, just... more... - Iphigenie
I am doing an "aperitif in memory" for my dad tomorrow in Paris and trying to thing of gestures or moments that could be helfpul and beautiful. Making everyone light a candle could be dangerous, so i thought of message-in-a-bottle perhaps (people can leave an official message in a book, but these would be "nobody reads them" messages put in a bottle that we then toss to sea later? stupid or nice, i cant decide.. - Iphigenie
well, there had been culture for civil rituals in USSR but it disappears quite quickly as everyone and his dog jump onto religious bandwagon nowadays... - непростые коротышки
We had a secular wedding. No mentions of any religions or gods whatsoever. Not sure about any rituals for death or birth necessarily. For my own death, I'd want just enough stuff to comfort the people left behind, but no mention of religion directly in the memorial. (Not that I could control things much at that point. But I'd do my best to make my wishes known in advance.) - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Not like a conference, more like a cocktail party where whoever wants can say a few words to the audience. Everyone shares good memories of the deceased and the whole family gets closer as the occasion puts back in touch people who may have not seen each other since a long time. In some African countries, it takes the form of a vigil that is considered a big social occasion with good food and people dressing up. - Jean-Marc Liotier
For death, our wills call for wakes--parties with no speeches, no sermons. Among relatives who are more religious, lately I'm mostly seeing celebrations of their life (in church)--no preaching but maybe 15-20 minutes of song & remembrance. - Walt Crawford
I haven't thought that far ahead, but I know if I could, I would like to leave this world in some kind of musical party. Kind of like those New Orleans funerals, only with a bunch of pleneros (and they can include a vejigante too) instead. Here, have a sample of what I mean: - Angel R. Rivera
^^^ when i die, i'll try this :) - 9000
Naming Day's are a very popular alternative to baptism/christening here. Most funeral homes are non-denominational so it's possible to have a non-religious ceremony there. Lots of secular weddings officiated by marriage celebrants. If you come to my funeral, there will be much mention of God, but I doubt there will be a sermon. - Melly
MeLB it makes sense to have god mentioned or even a sermon if God mattered to you or matters to your family. And you are right that the halls are non dominational and available but most people don't have an idea what to do, how to go about it... There's much wisdom embodied in some of the religious rituals and having to come up with something from scratch at a stressful (good or bad)... more... - Iphigenie
I think, if it has meaning to you and your lost loved one, that is meaning enough xxx - Melly
in the UK, the Humanist Association has created a set of ceremonies and there are trained officiants that can do non religious ceremonies. Never been to one, but the availability of them is a good thing. When I die, I want people to throw a party, wear bright colours, eat great food, support R if he's still around, reminisce my quirks and sillyness and be able to think "the world was a bit of a better place for her having been in it" << that last part I need to keep working on! :) - Iphigenie
Information Diet | Dear Internet: It's No Longer OK to Not Know How Congress Works -
Right now, if you want effective legislation around your industry, then you need to pay the right lobbyists, make the right campaign contributions, and write the right legislation at the right time in order to get it out of Washington. If you had to objectively pick the winning team in Washington, pick the team with deep pockets and great lobbyists, not the team with community organizers and signed petitions. It's a gross system that needs change. It's a cancer on our democracy. But looking for a specific innovation to try and change the way Washington works by the time Congress votes on SOPA is about as foolish as Steve Jobs trying to diet his way out of having pancreatic cancer. With billions of dollars in the bank, and not a lot of time left, isn't it worth going for the sure bet? Just spend the money. Then, after you're sure you beat cancer, worry about disrupting the system that caused it. It sucks, but those are the rules of the game. We can work to disrupt the rules of the game... more... - Iphigenie
Joseph Stiglitz: “A Banking System is Supposed to Serve Society, Not the Other Way Around” | Politics | Vanity Fair -
The first (illusion) is that the economy will not bounce back on its own, at least not in a time frame that matters to ordinary people. Yes, all those foreclosed homes will eventually find someone to live in them, or be torn down. Prices will at some point stabilize and even start to rise. Americans will also adjust to a lower standard of living—not just living within their means but living beneath their means as they struggle to pay off a mountain of debt. But the damage will be enormous. America’s conception of itself as a land of opportunity is already badly eroded. Unemployed young people are alienated. It will be harder and harder to get some large proportion of them onto a productive track. They will be scarred for life by what is happening today. Drive through the industrial river valleys of the Midwest or the small towns of the Plains or the factory hubs of the South, and you will see a picture of irreversible decay. - Iphigenie
" offers a list of twelve principles that indicate it's already looking out for concerns like this. Those principles include the following: Open source, open standards.To the extent practical. Work everywhere. Without consent. Non profit. Sustained by social enterprise. Neutral. Favor no ideological or political positions. 100% community moderated. Bottoms up, not top down. Merit based. Influence based on track record. Pseudonymous. Credibility without public identity. International. By design. Transparent and audit-able. In systems. In governance. Think long-term. Infrastructure for 100 years? Or longer? Many formats, many contexts. HTML, PDF, video, books. News, blogs scientific articles, legislation, regulations, Terms of Service, etc. Work with the best. Remain humble." - LANjackal from Bookmarklet
Neal Gabler on The Elusive Big Idea - ‘We are living in a post ideas world where bold ideas are almost passé’ -
Neal Gabler on The Elusive Big Idea - ‘We are living in a post ideas world where bold ideas are almost passé’
"Ideas just aren’t what they used to be. Once upon a time, they could ignite fires of debate, stimulate other thoughts, incite revolutions and fundamentally change the ways we look at and think about the world. (...)Post-Enlightenment refers to a style of thinking that no longer deploys the techniques of rational thought. Post-idea refers to thinking that is no longer done, regardless of the style. (…) There is the retreat in universities from the real world, and an encouragement of and reward for the narrowest specialization rather than for daring — for tending potted plants rather than planting forests. (...)We are certainly the most informed generation in history, at least quantitatively. There are trillions upon trillions of bytes out there in the ether — so much to gather and to think about. And that’s just the point. In the past, we collected information not simply to know things. That was only the beginning. We also collected information to convert it into something larger than... more... - Amira from Bookmarklet
"This isn’t to say that the successors of Rosenberg, Rawls and Keynes don’t exist, only that if they do, they are not likely to get traction in a culture that has so little use for ideas, especially big, exciting, dangerous ones, and that’s true whether the ideas come from academics or others who are not part of elite organizations and who challenge the conventional wisdom. All thinkers... more... - Amira
I think that nowadays big ideas are typically carried by entrepreneurs, and later institutionalized in the new businesses they found. The idea of making all the world's information instantly retrievable is doing pretty well, as is the idea of letting every individual share themselves online with others. Not every type of idea lends itself to build a business around though, and these ideas may indeed not get any traction. Maybe until someone figures out how to build a business around it anyway. - Meryn Stol
See also: 'The Secret of Innovation: The Best Ideas Are Small': "Malcolm Gladwell praised what he saw as the real genius of Apple’s late CEO [Steve Jobs]. He was a tweaker. He took things that existed, such as the computer mouse and the smartphone and the tablet, and he made them more perfect. (...) The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world. The tweaker... more... - Amira
Jonah LEHRER :: Is Self-Knowledge Overrated? . [on Daniel Kahneman's legacy] -
Jonah LEHRER :: Is Self-Knowledge Overrated? . [on Daniel Kahneman's legacy]
"There is a subtle optimism lurking in all of Kahneman’s work: it is the hope that self-awareness is a form of salvation, that if we know about our mental mistakes, we can avoid them. As Kahneman and Tversky noted in the final sentence of their classic 1974 paper, “A better understanding of these heuristics and of the biases to which they lead could improve judgments and decisions in situations of uncertainty.” Unfortunately, such hopes appear to be unfounded. Self-knowledge isn’t a cure for irrationality; even when we know why we stumble, we still find a way to fall. Kahneman admits that his decades of groundbreaking research have failed to significantly improve his own mental performance. His greatest legacy, perhaps, is also his bleakest: by categorizing our cognitive flaws, documenting not just our errors but also their embarrassing predictability, he has revealed the hollowness of a very ancient aspiration. Knowing thyself is not enough. Not even close." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
It would be enough for me if we could just understand how much we don't understand so we weren't quite so arrogant. - Todd Hoff
from Michael Lewis: "He was working on a paper about human intuition with Gary Klein who was the leader of a school of thought that stressed the power of human intuition, and disagreed with the work of Kahneman and Tversky. Kahneman said that he did this as often as he could: seek out people who had attacked or criticized him and persuade them to collaborate with him. He not only... more... - Adriano
How walking through a doorway increases forgetting -
How walking through a doorway increases forgetting
"Like information in a book, unfolding events are stored in human memory in successive chapters or episodes. One consequence is that information in the current episode is easier to recall than information in a previous episode. An obvious question then is how the mind divides experience up into these discrete episodes? A new study led by Gabriel Radvansky shows that the simple act of walking through a doorway creates a new memory episode, thereby making it more difficult to recall information pertaining to an experience in the room that’s just been left behind. (…) The key finding is that memory performance was poorer after travelling through an open doorway, compared with covering the same distance within the same room. “Walking through doorways serves as an event boundary, thereby initiating the updating of one’s event model [i.e. the creation of a new episode in memory]” the researchers said. (…) How event perception and segmentation influence the structure of long-term memory,’... more... - Amira from Bookmarklet
Margaret HEFFERNAN :: Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril (2011 book; excerpts) . [on the shortlist for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award] -
Margaret HEFFERNAN :: Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril (2011 book; excerpts) . [on the shortlist for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award]
"A look at some of the more fascinating cognitive failures of the human mind: Denial, Delusion, and Self-Deception. Humans frequently ignore painful or frightening truths, subconsciously believing that denial can protect us. Instead, our delusions make us ever more vulnerable, and whatever suffering we choose to ignore continues unabated. The implications for policy makers, investors, and just about everyone else are enormous." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Paul Buchheit
The Economist names Paul Buchheit its 2011 Computing and Telecommunications Innovation Award winner -
The Economist names Paul Buchheit its 2011 Computing and Telecommunications Innovation Award winner
Congrats! - Joel Kotarski
Wow! Congratulations, Paul! - Spidra Webster
Congrats Paul! - Me
Awesome! - Stephen Mack
Congrats Paul! The Economist is a big deal. - Joe - Systems Analyst
Wow, nice! - Amit Patel
Congratulations! - Anne Bouey
Woo hoo! - SAM
Awesome. Congratulations. - Tamara J. B.
Extremely well deserved!! - Bo Stern
Congrats! - Barbara R. S.
WOOHOOOOOOO!! Congratulations, that is AWESOME! - sofarsoShawn
Congrats! - DS
Nice. Congratulations Paul! - DJ Stevie Steve
Congratulations, Paul! - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
Well deserved. And they were right to mention FriendFeed as a highlight. - Bruce Lewis
Congratulations. Well deserved. - Ashish
congrats! - imabonehead
Wonderful news! Congratulations, Paul! - Harold Cabezas
Congrats! - Eric Borisch
nice !! COng'rats - Peter Dawson
w00t! - Angelo
I think Paul's one of the most innovative peeps. after all his legacy is gmail, adsense and "dont be evil" :)- the very fabric of the Internet ecosystem comprises of at least 2 of the former items that he invented. !! - Peter Dawson
Love the don't be evil! Nice write up. - amelia arapoff
A well-deserved award. Congratulations, Paul! - Frank Jernigan
My man - Josh Haley
congrats! - ebru
Congratulations! - אלף
Well deserved! - Peter Reavy
Congratulations, Paul. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Congrats Paul!! - Rachel Lea Fox from iPhone
that's awesome, man. you changed my and many others' life, right here! I personally owe you a lot. - AlpB.
Paul Buchheit
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. -
Tough day for us all. - Louis Gray
Wow. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jill O'Neill
How the Kindle Fire Could Make 7-Inch Tablets Huge | Gadget Lab | -
On the virtues of making a tablet in a mid-size range for niche uses. - Jill O'Neill
Mary Carmen
Here's the conclusion I came to last night: This is my body. While it reserves the right to look slightly different on a daily basis and may look way different 3-6 months from now, it is mine and this is what I look like. I will stop hating it. I will love me for who I am not what I look like. If people want to judge or dislike me because....
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...I have wide hips, an ass and some thick thighs, then they can go screw themselves. I'm tired of beating myself up. I have a good life. I have friends who love me. I have a man who loves me for me and doesn't care that I am soft in all the wrong/right places. I have a loving and supportive family. I have no idea why I make myself miserable other than it's always been that way, and I say it's time to end that. I will still work towards living a healthier lifestyle because I feel good when I do, not because a scale has shamed me into feeling guilty. That relationship is over. Spring cleaning has begun! - Mary Carmen
Hello, beautiful. :) - Steven Perez
I think you rock but then I am biased. Good Morning Mary. - Comics Forge
About g'd time. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫ from iPod
Good morning, pretty lady! - LB: Ratchet Bear
what glen said, and Steven, and Junebug, and LB and... - Jim is digging out.
Thanks, y'all are awesome! - Mary Carmen
You look damn good to me! xoxox - Melly
Mary you are the best!! - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
the old saying goes I am responsible for my happiness today. And you have alot of good things going on so enjoy them. Your man, your family, your FFers and of course yours shoes. Happy Good Friday my friend. - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
oh and waving from Riverhead - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
HI VAL! - Mary Carmen
:D keep up the good work you look MMMMMMarvelous - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
btw, awesome hair style. - Steve C
Yep, Mary, you are doing it awesomely. Great post. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
You look fabulous, Mary Carmen! And you ARE fabulous. - tab
i can dig it - cysko
Happy Friday, you very smart woman. - Jenica
Great to see such self-acceptance. - Meryn Stol
I think you're beautiful, just as you are. And, if you think you're beautiful, then you will be. If you think you're ugly, then you will be. Your outsides reflect what you feel on the inside, so continue to be positive about your body, because there's nothing wrong with how you look. - Cassandra
Good girl! You're a beautiful woman! It's always the hardest to clean out the junk between the ears than our houses. Continue your fabulousness! - Hedgehog
*blushes* thank you all. could not do this at all without all your support. - Mary Carmen
***********HUG*********** - Ayşe E.
Noms, that's all I gots to say. - Scott. Cat Herder.
Let me clarify, I think you are beautiful, have a beautiful body, and should be ashamed of nothing. - Scott. Cat Herder.
<3 - AJ Batac
Hear, hear. - laura x
That's awesome. It's going to sound really stupid, but I've been going through the same "overcoming body shame" thing too, lately. Right on, MC!!! (and for the record, you are way better than me at dressing in a flattering way) - Lo
I continue to hold the opinion: *swoooooon* - Johnny
We all have the right to be proud of however we look. Awesome on you for getting there! :) - Heather, 30k Camper
*gives MC a standing ovation with a few W00Ts thrown in* - vicster: full-bodied
internal beauty is what counts in life, not superficial fake...these warm comments should make clear what ppl think about u :-) - کاوه
Thank you! - Mary Carmen
You're beautiful and loving yourself makes you even more so. - topernic
This is proof that the outside matches the inside. - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
Great advice for anyone and a great new attitude! - Paulette
Hi! I don't know you really, but we've 'talked' a couple of times, and I've lurked around a bit. Please forgive me when I tell you that I'm completely jealous of your haircut. It is soooooo cute. I have a weak chin (well 2 or 3 of them :) ), so I have never been able to rock a page boy. I'm sorry that you had a winter of corporal discontent, but you seem like you're recovering well!!! I think that since I can't manage the pretty hair, I will copy the pretty attitude. Happy Easter, and wonderful spring! - Charleen Mullenweg
Thanks, Charleen! It's an asymmetrical bob and I love it. I part it way on the side and flat-iron it. I love it and I'm definitely asking my dude to cut it shorter next time. I think it is a haircut that a lot of different facial types can wear. - Mary Carmen
I want to "like" this again. :) - LB: Ratchet Bear
Right the eff on! And, thank you. - Maria Niles
Well done Mary. You look fabulous - Technogran
Hi Mary! I love librarians & libraries!! I don't care what shape or color they come in!! Have a great day! :) - Harold Cabezas
Well, ya look gorgeous to me - Marianne
THANK YOU! - Mary Carmen
So am I, Eric ;-) - Mary Carmen
Being comfortable in your own skin is the biggest challenge anyone can face. While self improvement is always a nice goal, loving yourself for being yourself is awesome. Congrats to you! </pseudo-philosophicalism> - Mike Nayyar
This thread makes me incredibly happy and grateful for all you wonderful people. - Mary Carmen
UR DOIN IT RITE - Michael R. Bernstein
I'm know I'm late to the party MC, but I'm loving this. What Glen said. Oh, and RAWR. - MoTO Moca Blend
Thank you, Barry! - Mary Carmen
Nothing sexier than a confident woman. Period. - iTad
Tad + 1 - Oguz Serdar
I'll cosign Tad and add intelligent. - MoTO Moca Blend
Y'all are way too good to me. - Mary Carmen
you make it easy - MoTO Moca Blend
*blushes* - Mary Carmen
roflmao - Mary Carmen
So say we all. - Ron Bailey
*Clapping hands* There we go. - WooEB
*Jumps and cheers!* - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Two thumbs waaaaaaaaay up! - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Is there a Gorgeous Big Broads room on FF? Maybe there needs to be. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Lol...THERE SHOULD BE - Mary Carmen
well said! - - SportyGeek Adj.
Bumping myself because I *really* *REALLY* need this reminder today. - Mary Carmen
MC You look great. Self image is a bitch though I agree. - A Gunny named Slickback
This. - Absentee
Here's the thing that I always yell at myself about: I've been through so much physically, you'd think I would just be happy to be breathing. But some days, I get all on myself about stupid shit. - Mary Carmen
You are beautiful, no matter what your head says ;). - Scott. Cat Herder.
100% Agree with Just. Scott. - Carlton Hackett
Just. Scott. is a very wise man. - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
This thread was a big pile of Awwww right when I needed it. Rock on, MC! - Lo
Bumping because I need this reminder right now. - Mary Carmen
*hugs* This is my struggle as well. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Same here. - Corinne L
Enough with browsers. We need cars now. -
Daniel KAHNEMAN :: Thinking, Fast and Slow . [forthcoming book > 25 Oct 2011] -
Daniel KAHNEMAN ::  Thinking, Fast and Slow . [forthcoming book > 25 Oct 2011] -
"Among the hundreds of interesting ideas in the book, there is one that I simply can’t get out of my head. Referring to how our minds work, Kahneman writes that not only are we sometimes “blind to the obvious,” but also we are “blind to our blindness.” For me, that one sentence summarizes a fundamental insight of his life’s work. It’s one of those simple insights which is obvious when you think about it, but somehow incredibly easy to forget when mesmerized by the happenings of everyday life, leading to poor decision making." --Steven Levitt \\ Kahneman publications: - Adriano
cf. Leonardo da Vinci: "There is nothing which deceives us as much as our own judgment." - Adriano
Jill O'Neill
What today’s Digital Native children can teach the rest of us about technology -
What today’s Digital Native children can teach the rest of us about technology
Tuning Out Distractions :: WHITE NOISE Climbs to the Top of Playlists -
Tuning Out Distractions :: WHITE NOISE Climbs to the Top of Playlists
"Daytime white-noise listeners say the sounds serve two main purposes: to block out distractions and lessen sounds that cause anxiety. "Certain types of noises can be relaxing," says Robert Fifer, director of audiology and speech language pathology at the University of Miami. White noise can be used to create a more relaxing working environment, masking sounds and promoting a sense of privacy, he says. One small study examined white noise in a classroom environment. The research, led by Goran Soderlund and Sverker Sikström of Stockholm University, looked at 51 students at a secondary school in Norway and found that those who normally had difficulty paying attention performed better when white noise was added to the classroom. The authors theorized that white noise boosted neural activity, helping the brain work more efficiently. The study predicted that white noise could help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) learn to focus on schoolwork better." http://www.behavioralandbrainf... - Adriano from Bookmarklet
For signal processing details and a Linux implementation, see - Adriano
What does ‘friend’ mean now?In the age of social networking, it seems like everybody’s a ‘friend.’ Except they’re not. - The Boston Globe -
What does ‘friend’ mean now?In the age of social networking, it seems like everybody’s a ‘friend.’ Except they’re not. - The Boston Globe
"Back in the mid-1990s, when online relationships were barely a blip on anyone’s computer screen, songwriter Randy Newman earned an Oscar nod for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,’’ a jaunty, sentimental hymn to childhood fellowship. On television, the NBC sitcom “Friends’’ hit the ratings jackpot with its cast of young urbanites bound together by proximity and camaraderie. These days? If not exactly a dime a dozen, friends are not what they used to be. What the term “friend’’ signifies seems harder to pin down, at any rate, having been Facebooked (ugh) into a transitive verb and overworked to the point where compliant preschoolers are encouraged to call everyone at school a friend (indeed) whether that label truly applies or not. “To me, the term is constantly in flux,’’ says Charlene DeLoach Oliver, a local blogger ( on health and fitness issues for young moms. “A teen, for instance, will have a completely different perspective on who’s a friend than my grandmother will. To her, a friend is someone she sees once a week, in person. Me? I have virtual ‘friends’ I’ve never even met.’’" - Wildcat from Bookmarklet
MIT sociologist Sherry Turkle, who studies technology and its cultural impact, maintains that “friend’’ has become “contested terrain’’ linguistically as social media sites alter the term’s very DNA. - Wildcat
into the lexicon: "Defriend" or "Unfriend" was New Oxford American Dictionary's word of the year in 2009. Defriend does not appear before 2008, whereas about 10,000 Friends occur for each Unfriend, see - Adriano
thanks for that Adriano, as I see it soon we will need introduce new terms to reflect the changes in epistemology that are occurring, friend, unfriend is much too dualistic and lacking in the fine tuning so needed to move the socnets to a new level - Wildcat
I can't even bring myself to use 'defriend' or 'unfriend' unless it's actually happening. Meaning, I plan to no longer interact with that person AND I had considered them a friend. Usually, I just use 'unfollow' or 'unsubscribe' Most people I "meet" online, I think of as "people I know"...just a step below acquaintance. I don't pretend to know anything about them, & they most definitely... more... - Anika
Jill O'Neill
Staying Focused In The Age Of Distraction -
Staying Focused In The Age Of Distraction
To Learn Best, Write an Essay | Wired Science | -
To Learn Best, Write an Essay | Wired Science |
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"In a study published January 21 in Science, researchers asked 200 college students to spend five minutes reading a short passage about a scientific subject. Afterwards, they were either told to re-read it several times, as if cramming for a test; make “concept maps” of the material; or spend 10 minutes writing a free-form essay about the passage." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"One week later, the students were given short-answer tests on what they remembered, and asked to draw logical conclusions from those facts. Students who originally wrote essays performed best. Next came the crammers, then the concept mappers." - Maitani
"Students were then asked to draw concept maps from memory, and the essay-writers again did best, beating those students who made concept maps the first time around." - Maitani
"The findings are necessarily limited, but do suggest that retrieval practice, as the essay-writing was called, is a powerful learning tool. It may also be undervalued in progressive curricula that emphasize so-called elaborative methods, such as concept mapping." - Maitani
I'm fairly sure nearly every student in their life time crammed for at least 1 exam or homework. I'm guilty! - Halil
I think that since the essay is free form, and the subject matter is relatively small, students are lured into putting the subject into the context of some of their previous personal knowledge. I think that's the critical factor here. Not trying to remember a subject by itself, but remembering it because it's tied in to previous knowledge. But the essay forces one to think *how* it's... more... - Meryn Stol
There might be something else to it: In my experience, I remember things best when I DO them myself. As to theoretical knowledge I try to acquire, the best "method" has always been to teach others what I had learned. Teaching or trying to explain a subject to others might be as good a method as writing an essay about it. :-) - Maitani
The Optimism Bias and Memory. The core function of memory is not to perfectly replay past events, but to imagine the future -
The Optimism Bias and Memory. The core function of memory is not to perfectly replay past events, but to imagine the future
"To make progress, we need to be able to imagine alternative realities — better ones — and we need to believe that we can achieve them. (…) A growing body of scientific evidence points to the conclusion that optimism may be hardwired by evolution into the human brain. (…) Our brains aren’t just stamped by the past. They are constantly being shaped by the future. (…) Memories are susceptible to inaccuracies partly because the neural system responsible for remembering episodes from our past might not have evolved for memory alone. Rather, the core function of the memory system could in fact be to imagine the future (…) The system is not designed to perfectly replay past events. (…) It is designed to flexibly construct future scenarios in our minds. As a result, memory also ends up being a reconstructive process, and occasionally, details are deleted and others inserted.” - Amira from Bookmarklet
Excellent article, thanks for posting this. - Dick Pelletier
The Rise of the Creative Class. Why cities without gays and rock bands are losing the economic development race -
The Rise of the Creative Class. Why cities without gays and rock bands are losing the economic development race
"Talented people seek an environment open to differences. Many highly creative people, regardless of ethnic background or sexual orientation, grew up feeling like outsiders, different in some way from most of their schoolmates. When they are sizing up a new company and community, acceptance of diversity and of gays in particular is a sign that reads “non-standard people welcome here.” The creative class people I study use the word “diversity” a lot, but not to press any political hot buttons. Diversity is simply something they value in all its manifestations. This is spoken of so often, and so matter-of-factly, that I take it to be a fundamental marker of creative class values. Creative-minded people enjoy a mix of influences. They want to hear different kinds of music and try different kinds of food. They want to meet and socialize with people unlike themselves, trade views and spar over issues. (...) What makes most cities unable to even imagine devoting those kinds of resources or... more... - Amira from Bookmarklet
Scott ADAMS :: Is constant stimulation hurting our creativity -- and the economy? (2011) -
Scott ADAMS :: Is constant stimulation hurting our creativity -- and the economy? (2011)
"We've won the war on boredom! If you have a smartphone in your pocket, a game console in the living room, a Kindle in your backpack and an iPad in the kitchen, you never need to suffer a minute without stimulation. Yay! But experts say our brains need boredom so we can process thoughts and be creative. What change would you expect to see in a world that has declining levels of boredom and therefore declining creativity? You might see people acting more dogmatic than usual. If you don't have the option of thinking creatively, the easiest path is to adopt the default position of your political party, religion or culture. Yup, we see that. You might see the headlines start to repeat, like the movie "Groundhog Day," with nothing but the names changed. We're there. You might find that people seem almost incapable of even understanding new ideas. It's worth keeping an eye on the link between our vanishing boredom and our lack of innovation." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Jonah LEHRER :: Why Social Networks Can't Replace Socializing (2011) . [geographic proximity produces better collaborations < 30 ft.] -
Jonah LEHRER :: Why Social Networks Can't Replace Socializing (2011) . [geographic proximity produces better collaborations < 30 ft.]
"There is good reason to question whether any new technology can effectively imitate our face-to-face interactions. There's a long history of such claims, and none of them has panned out. A recent study led by Isaac Kohane at Harvard Medical School analyzed more than 35,000 different peer-reviewed papers and mapping the location of every co-author. He found that scientists located closer together produced papers of significantly higher quality, at least as measured by the number of subsequent citations. In fact, the best research was consistently done when scientists were working within roughly 30 feet of each other. For too long, we've imagined technology as a potential substitute for our analog life, as if the phone or Google+ might let us avoid the hassle of getting together in person. But that won't happen anytime soon: There is simply too much value in face-to-face contact, in all the body language and implicit information that doesn't translate to the Internet." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
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