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Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished? -
Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?
Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?
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"The old Public library of Cincinnati was the sort of place you only see in a Harry Potter film; colossal cast-iron book alcoves and spiral staircases that went several stories high, checker board marble floors that shone beneath the skylight roof; a magnificent maze of books that is now lost forever." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
So sad ... stunning building!! - Sepi ⌘ سپی
a friend of mine lived in Cincinnati since his teens and moved away in his mid-20s. according to him, Cincinnati wants to end up like Detroit. - Big Joe Silence
my grandmother grew up in Cincinnati. I can easily imagine her in this space - maʀtha
Hamish on the current season of Only Connect bugs the living hell out of me.
Eh, I don't really watch it. It irritates me in about 5 different ways. - Pete : Team Marina
Only 5? It irritates Jen in at LEAST 20. - Zamms
Is it because Hamish acts like he's the team captain when he's not? Because that's why I don't like the guy. - Mark H
is he the one who looks like Mark Frith? - Marina's Godmother :-)
Mark H: Very specifically, yes. Helen: I think so? - Zamms
(Also, iPlayer is spoiling the show results) - Zamms
Oh, I thought you meant Adam from the Record Collectors! He was like a man possessed on the wall! - Marina's Godmother :-)
but I understand about Hamish too! - Marina's Godmother :-)
let's agree they are 99% annoying cockwombles. - Pete : Team Marina
Ooo is Cockwomble related to Bungo? - Zamms
He collects the things the *not* everyday folk leave behind - Pete : Team Marina
Amit Patel
The FF bookmarklet doesn't work for me anymore :( :(
it still works for me, except for sites w/ https, which never worked anyways. - imabonehead
You can copy the bit of Javascript for the bookmarklet, alter the http to https and save it as a second bookmarklet that will then work with https sites. - Mark H
Not working for me. Neither chrome or firefox on a mac. - Todd Hoff
Works now. And Mark, when I do that for youtube the videos don't show up. Is that a ff thing? - Todd Hoff
Todd, google enforces https:// and FF's backend linkifier only scans for youtube embeddables on http:// links, so you have to copy and paste, and remove the 's' manually. - NOT THE CRICKET
The issue with the bookmarklet is an issue with browsers. The official bookmarklet posted on the FF site, points to an http endpoint. Firefox was the first to break it in version 24, by forcing all mixed-media issues to be quashed by default, and throw a warning in the console. So on any https:// site, loading http:// assets fails. Of course you can load a higher security media in one... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
Thanks. I can't edit the URL from a bookmarklet post so I guess the only way is to not use it for https when you want associated media. - Todd Hoff
The native bookmarklet won't work for me anymore using Chrome Canary on a Mac, but will work on Safari or with Chrome under Windows 7. - Nils Sandin
Todd, only for youtube. You can still get the embedded images from the bookmarklet. Youtube is the only service they linkify against to generate the content, afaik. - NOT THE CRICKET
Nils, if you edit the bookmarklets address to https://friendfeed instead of http://friendfeed, it will work again. - NOT THE CRICKET
Just tried that, the bookmarklet popup window remain blank (and non-functional). - Nils Sandin
Could just be Canary, since still works on Safari and regular Chrome. - Nils Sandin
It still works for me on Chrome but not on Firefox(Mac). Haven't tried it on Windows. - Betsy
I checked. It stopped working for me on Firefox (Mac) on April 28. - Betsy
Oh hm, I use Chrome Beta for Mac. Maybe I should try stable. I've tried both http and https. - Amit Patel
Yeah it hasn't worked on Chrome Beta for Mac for awhile now. I've had to switch to Safari when I want to share something. - rönin
I just tried to post something with Firefox (PC) bookmarklet and it didn't work, but Chrome on PC worked. - Betsy
for youtube i just resorted to the on site sharing feature to twitter: from there everything get republished here. Less complicated way for me. - Aldo Oldo
Did anyone get this to work for chrome or chromium on mac? I'm on chromium v. 35.0.1916.153 and it no longer works for me. I tried http and https - jlk
It works for me with chrome and a Mac. - Todd Hoff
Mark H
"British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged 56, according to his manager. He played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside his friend, Adrian Edmonson. The duo later went on to star in Bottom and he was also known for appearances in shows including Blackadder and The New Statesman." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
No. Darn, I loved his shows. - Xabaras (G.O.)
NOOOOOOOOOOOO! - vicster: full-bodied
Rik Mayall writing back to an autograph hunter in 2008 (contains swearing): - Mark H
I missed this, 56 is so young too! - Halil
An American Werewolf in London 2nd Chess Player :o - Halil
Mark H
Russia's brutalist burbs: the hinterland of St Petersburg – in pictures -
Russia's brutalist burbs: the hinterland of St Petersburg – in pictures
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In the bleak blocks and grim lives of St Petersburg's suburbs, a young generation of Russian photographers has found its muse. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
If these guys are having trouble playing football in the Brazilian humidity, I can't wait to see how they're gonna handle the 100+ degree desert heat of Qatar.
they were playing in the pouring rain yesterday. - GRANDMAFORSCARLETT
Yeah, but it's a dry heat. They'll be fine. - Mark H
That's a little bit better than trying to hoof it in an average of 105 degrees. That's like running around in a blast furnace. - Steven Perez
I predict that the championship match of 2022 will take place at the Rose Bowl. - Julian
About the dry heat? When I was in Bahrain and Dubai it was actually humid. It's not like Arizona. It's freaking hot - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Steven Perez
I wonder if I'm the only one who can hear the hue and cry tomorrow morning in England: "Did you see that ludicrous display last night?" #ITCrowd
The best part, the "What was Rooney thinking?!" totally works here. - Jennifer Dittrich
Most of the people I'm following on various sites agree that we thought that was one of the best England performances we've seen in a long time. There's no shame in losing to Italy. - Mark H
Yeah, was there someone behind the Italian goal who owed Rooney and Sterling money? That's the only reason I could think of to explain why they kept kicking the ball back there. - Steven Perez
^ This. Watch the post match reactions. If your opponent wipes their brow and goes "Woah, that was close" you know you had a good game. - Johnny from iPhone
I didn't think it was shameful, it's just funny that it dovetails with the IT Crowd bit :) - Jennifer Dittrich
Mark H
BBC News - Life in a Christian 'fundamentalist' school -
BBC News - Life in a Christian 'fundamentalist' school
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"For 29-year-old Jonny Scaramanga, who attended Victory Christian School in Bath until he was 14, the experience was "horrendous". "At 8:15 I would arrive at my 'office' - a desk 2ft wide, with dividers 18 ins tall, designed to remove 'distractions'," he said. "Every morning we had an opening exercise: reciting pledges of allegiance to Jesus Christ, God and the Bible. Next, we recited that month's scripture passage; we had to memorise around 10-15 Bible-verses each month." He said the school adopted a "fundamentalist attitude" to religion, adding: "If you believed what they believed, you were Christian. If you believed anything else, you were not Christian."" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
We've had Jonny Scaramanga and James Williams (also mentioned in that article) down as speakers for our monthly skeptics talks in Portsmouth in the last year. - Mark H
I admit the CEE spokesperson managed to annoy me quite a bit with that statement. God must have placed him on this earth to test me. - Eivind
Mark H
Touch Colm Meaney -
Touch Colm Meaney
Touch Colm Meaney
"No more pawing at your computer screen – now you can paw at a piece of paper and come as close to touching Colm Meaney as you probably ever will, with our new Chief O'Brien at Work print!" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I love the Chief O'Brien At Work comic strips. - Mark H
Mark H
Favela life: Rio's city within a city -
Favela life: Rio's city within a city
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"According to the 2010 Census, about 6% of Brazil's population live in favelas or shanty-towns - around 11.25 million people across the country, roughly the population of Portugal. However, there could be even more living in these communities. Rocinha is Brazil's largest favela and unofficial estimates say it has up to 180,000, compared to the census figure of just 70,000. The expansion of the favelas - and their irregular and unregulated nature - means that these areas often lack basic services and public investment. But even among favelas there can be big social contrasts." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Favelas with a privileged location like Rocinha have relatively better standards than other shanty towns further away from jobs and services; and even within Rocinha there are richer and much poorer communities. The poorer areas are usually higher on the hilltop, with many houses only accessible on foot. In Rio's favelas, most homes are made from brick and cement, a majority have... more... - Mark H
Adam Lallana on favela children: "To be around players like us may be a life-changing experience for them." Long form: "I didn't really know what to expect. People said there were 100,000 people living in the favelas. That's a lot of people. But looking at this backdrop, you can see exactly why ... They get on with their lives. It's probably normal for them. To be around players like us... more... - Eivind
Mark H
Our Favourite Comedian | Trev and Simon -
Our Favourite Comedian | Trev and Simon
"One night I played cards with Ben [Elton] and Rik [Mayall] (Ben insisted on giving me money for a taxi home. I insisted on refusing it. I walked the three miles home in the rain. What an idiot student.) Another night we sat chatting with Rik in the bar at The Contact Theatre (the theatre connected to the drama department). He gave us lots of advice and he even gave us his phone number (before mobiles… this was Rik’s home phone number!) and told us to phone him whenever we wanted. He also gave us a quote to use on our publicity for our first Edinburgh show. He told us to use, “My favourite act!”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
"I got to meet someone in Seattle who is working on an evolution book for four year olds — this is a great idea, because I remember shopping for kids’ books and their usual idea for introducing zoology was something about Noah’s Ark. But the real story is so much more interesting!" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Well worth clicking through to view the PDF of the rough outline and sketches of the book. It looks fantastic and is exactly the sort of thing we'd probably buy children of friends. - Mark H
That's a cute book :) - Eivind
Mark H
How will sexbots change human relationships? -
How will sexbots change human relationships?
"Where did the sexbot come from? Humans have been using sex toys of various sorts for tens of thousands of years. The oldest known dildo is more than 20,000 years old, dating back to the Upper Paleolithic era. Unlike Roxxxy, it is made of siltstone. Dildos, vibrators, penis rings, anal beads: these have been with us, and in us, for a good long time. Computer-driven sex toys and teledildonics – those that combine telepresence and sex – date back to the mid 1970s, but they serve the same purpose as previous sex tech. They provide intimate pleasure and exploration, sexual stimulation, and in some cases, a window into one’s identity. Before they were called ‘sex toys’, doctors used vibrators as medical devices. Midwives and occasionally physicians treated female illnesses such as hysteria through a type of masturbation referred to euphemistically as ‘pelvic massage’. For centuries, they performed this massage by manual stimulation. The first vibrator was introduced in France in 1734 but... more... - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Some of the newest and most intriguing sex technology veers away from traditional sex toys in a particular way: it is based around sharing and connecting. A vibrator is an individual’s device that can be shared, but some of the newest forms of sex tech were created with the express intent of sharing. By and large, teledildonics and sexbots are made for and marketed either to couples or... more... - Mark H
"If women are the model on which most sexbots are based, we run the risk of recreating essentialised gender roles, especially around sex. And that would be too bad, because sex technology has the potential to alleviate longstanding human problems, for both men and women. Sex tech can help us take on sexual dysfunction and profound loneliness, but if we simply create a new variety of second-class citizen, a sexual creature to be owned, we risk alienating ourselves from each other all over again." - Mark H
What do YOU call the garden power tool that has a plastic monofilament that spins to cut grass and weeds?
Edger. Weedwhacker. Depends on who I'm talking to. - Anika
Whipper snipper (per my wife). I grew up calling it a weed whacker. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Weed whacker or weed eater. - SAM
weedwhacker or weed trimmer - ellbeecee
Weed eater. - Akiva
Weed eater. - Jennifer Dittrich
Weed eater or whacker. - NOT THE CRICKET
Weed wacker - Eric - Poppa Large from iPhone
Melly calls it a whipper snipper. - Betsy
Weed eater - Tamara J. B.
So apparently there's a hair salon called Whipper Snippers - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Trimmer or weedeater - Walt Crawford
Walt reminds me that I used to call them trimmers, but have since changed to weed whacker. - Betsy
Weed whacker. - rönin
Satan's tallywhacker - Spidra Webster
How do Brits say strimmer but Canada & Australia both use whipper snipper? (US proclivity for weed eater makes sense because that's the name the Texas inventor used). - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
We call it an edger too. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Whipper snipper. - Johnny from iPhone
'Edger' is one of these my parlance: (vertical metal blade) - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Weed eater. - Jenny H. from Android
Weed whacker - Meg VMeg
Piece of s**t - Jim: with more caffeine! from iPhone
Weedeater - FLEMING from Android
Kantklipper. - Eivind
Eivind. Is that for real or is that what it sounds like? - Uli
I used to call it a weed-eater or weed-whacker, but now I'm going to call it a kantklipper because THAT'S FRIGGIN AWESOME. - Hookuh Tinypants
Oh I believe you. :D That's why it's truly awesome. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
Strimmer. - Mark H
Ankle-striper. - Slippy
John Stuart Mill, aka "The Kantklipper". - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Weed eater. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Weed eater most of the time. Occasionally I'll call it a weed whacker; most of those times, I'll pronounce "whacker" the way Stewie pronounces "whip" on Family Guy (or the way the pre-Hank Hill character in Beavis and Butthead pronounced "whack", as in "I know you're the boys who've been whackin' it in my trailer") - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Weed eater - Jed
String trimmer - Bren from iPhone
Weed-eater - Janet from FFHound!
Mark H
Gwyneth Paltrow thinks negative words and sounds can hurt water’s feelings -
Gwyneth Paltrow thinks negative words and sounds can hurt water’s feelings
"In the latest episode of ‘Gwyneth Paltrow states the absolute ridiculous’, the actress has claimed that saying negative things to water can hurt its feelings. The ‘consciously uncoupled’ star revealed that she follows the work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto, whose experiments attempt to investigate whether human consciousness has a direct effect on the molecular structure of water. His theories go as far as to claim that shouting at rice – as one so frequently does – could turn it bad." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I thought for a second there, she'd had another kid and named him Water. - Ken Morley
This has to be a hoax. Either way, I don't care. - MoTO: Team Marina
Ken, I wondered the same thing! - Anne Bouey
karıya bak euheue - susan
If I ever met Chris Martin, I would ask him "So, at what point did you realise that she was as mad as a box of frogs?" - Slippy
Is there somewhere I can take my Homeopathy Emergency Kit to have it tested for butthurtness? I imagine that will pretty much ruin its healing properties? - Eivind
Eivind ++ - Yolanda from Android
jesup ॐ
Ho fatto questa stanza che mi pare mancasse, chiunque sia interessato o curioso si iscriva. Io non ne so molto quindi sono graditi capiscioni e curiosoni. It's open, it's free, it's friendfeed!
non mi ricordo come funziona, devo invitare? - jesup ॐ
ehi, la mia prima iscritta!! Ciao Val ora puoi postare Hip hop e pure dubstep, in tutta libertà! Pensa te! - jesup ॐ
eh, lo so, ma non c'era, ci voleva, se ne sentiva la mancanza. Io poi ne so poco, ma sono curioso, mi piace. - jesup ॐ
ho invitato anche Frankie HI Energy - jesup ॐ
Beh Frankie è un sì - Ubikindred
eh, vedi, dobbiamo trovare punti condivisi tra diverse culture, come in politica - jesup ॐ
Arrivo - Deianira from YouFeed
nella lista inviti mi appaiono solo i feed privati? - jesup ॐ
brava! Postate eh, che io voglio ascoltare! Chiamate PICCHU che ne sa a pacchi - jesup ॐ
ahah io vi faccio compagnia ma son tutti generi che detesto (tranne la dubstep) - Tricia McMillan
Come Tricia :) - Valentina Quepasa
thank you Mark H. Fateci compagnia, va bene lo stesso. ( la substep cos'è, la suoni sott'acqua ai branzini?) - jesup ॐ
Oddio, hip hop e picchu nello stesso thread, io m'involo - Ubikindred
non sono iscritto a picchu non posso invitarlo - jesup ॐ
io non so di costa state parlando ma un invito di jesup non lo avrei rifiutato nemmeno fosse stato per l'inferno. anzi, soprattutto fosse stato per l'inferno :) - sooshee
grazie susci, troppo gentile :* - jesup ॐ
ciao, per ora vi faccio solo compagnia: quel poco che ne so risale a una decina d'anni fa, grazie a un'amica che invece ne sa tantissimo (ma non sta su FF e non mi sogno di invitarla) - Al & Luminio ™
prego jesup :* Al&Lumino, potresti telefonarla e farti dare dei suggerimenti telefonici, che poi copieresti a noi. così, per amor nostro. POTRESTI NO? - sooshee
@sooshee potrei ma non voglio (cit.) magari la contatto via email - Al & Luminio ™
ringrazio ma cordialmente declino, ché io sono tollerante con tanti generi di musica che non mi piacciono, ma questi proprio non je la fo. :) - Lucretia, my reflection ൠ
:( - jesup ॐ
potrai perdonarmi? :( - Lucretia, my reflection ൠ
Direi Lucrezia +1, ma sono curioso, vediamo cosa c'è da imparare, fosse anche una conferma - Ivan Crema
Non so cosa sia ma resto n.n e grazie jesup! - LilaLaMarea from Android
In Jesup I trust. - FFrancesco from FFHound(roid)!
Ho invitato PICCHU! - LilaLaMarea from Android
(questa la stanzetta del rap italiano, comunque ) - Julian Khazzouh (A_G)
Il problema è che io rischio di monopolizzare la stanza. È la mia musica! Grazie dell'invito :) - PICCHU
me la stavo menando che non mi avevi invitato... poi invece ho visto! Ok, io ho un amico che ne sa a pacchi, soprattutto di hiphop italiano e molto giUovane e sinistroide... cazzi vostri. - Pepper Mind
bravi, così vi voglio. Monopolizza pure PICCHU, qui si ascolta - jesup ॐ
Anni fa mi piacevano molto i Co'sang, sono ancora in giro? - FFrancesco from FFHound(roid)!
@Ffrancesco i 'CoSang si sono sciolti 2 anni fa. Ad ogni modo 'Nto e Luche sono attivissimi. Il primo è appena fuori con un album in napoletano per la sua etichetta Stirpe Nova. Il secondo, che è uno dei miei rapper preferiti, il 9 è fuori con L2 il suo nuovo album per Roccia Music di Marracash e Shablo. Luche canta ora in italiano e la sua è autentica poesia cruda. Nel mio feed ci sono i due singoli che anticipano l'album. Sporco Napoletano è già una hit. Che stile - PICCHU from FFHound!
(la canzone finale di Gomorra è di 'Nto e - inaspettatamente per me - a volte mi ritrovo a canticchiarla) - flipperella
"Heavy"? Seriously? - Raflesia
Aaaw, grazie per le info! :) - FFrancesco
Figurati. Allora per me il rap è come NYC. Se mi fate parlare non finisco più :) - PICCHU from FFHound!
Louis Gray
Confession: I still visit FriendFeed about 5x more than Facebook. Maybe 10x.
But Google+ is where your heart is, yes? - Mark H
Google- - Maurizio
Me too! - Farzad
*sleeps on LG's shoulder* - LB. from Android
I am fair to all networks. I use Twitter and Google+ the most. Much of my Google+ activity is in communities. - Louis Gray
FF is a site i see in e-mails, facebook is the network of people I know. Google plus is the reason I use Android now and twitter is thrown to the history books. The community has left twitter. I'm on instead. - Richard A.
I much prefer the Friendfeed interface and feature set for information sharing and discussion over Facebook, Google+, Twitter and all blog platforms. Imagine where FF would be now if it had remained in intensive forward development and tweaking for the past few years. - Sean McBride
Why the preference? -- highest signal to noise in terms of the overall user experience. Look at how clean this page is. Look at how much information is on it. Look at how easy it is to follow conversations and add comments. I could go on and on.... - Sean McBride
But is the clean look/user experience a function of the fact that FF has been basically left alone? I enjoy the way it works, too. And I often wonder why more socnets don't adopt it's interface and feature set. And then it occurs to me that twitter and Facebook were a lot cleaner before the developers started fiddling with them. Also: it is undeniable that FF is great but it's no Google Wave ... *runs* - MoTO: Team Marina
@Sean, I think my allegiance to FriendFeed for 6-7 years is well documented. You also know I wish they'd had a chance to grow without being acquired. - Louis Gray
Louis -- you have always had impeccable taste in picking superior technologies. It's unfortunate that sometimes the best technologies don't prevail in the marketplace. It's enough to make a grown man weep. - Sean McBride
@Sean, please post a video of you crying to YouTube, and share it. - Louis Gray
Please -- I must maintain my dignity. :) - Sean McBride
I keep wondering if there are any far-seeing parties out there who could revive FF, bring it back from its state of suspended animation. Such a dreamer. - Sean McBride
I still have the app running telling me about new posts. - Daniel W. Crompton
Louis it's still a source of complete bewilderment to me that your friends at Google didn't buy it. Has to be one of the worst "passes" in tech history. - JSLeFanu
Only the people there know the whole story, JS. - Louis Gray from Android
Washington Post
Pre-teen girls accused of stabbing slumber party friend 19 times to please mythological creature
o.O What the hell?! - Anika
More info via the first comment on that article, including names and pictures: - Mark H
Mark H
Grab a Drink, on the Sly, at One of D.C.'s Former Speakeasies -
Grab a Drink, on the Sly, at One of D.C.'s Former Speakeasies
Grab a Drink, on the Sly, at One of D.C.'s Former Speakeasies
"When Prohibition came to D.C. in 1917, three years before it was enacted into law nationwide, all legal bars in the District were shutdown. But Prohibition didn't succeed in eradicating alcohol from the nation's capital. Instead, the 267 licensed saloons became nearly 3,000 speakeasies, disguised in a variety of forms, from a candy shop in the shadow of the Capitol dome to a jazz club in a drugstore basement." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Today, visitors can sample D.C.'s vintage cocktails at several speakeasy-inspired bars, including the The Gibson, Harold Black, and The Columbia Room, a ten-seat, reservation-only cocktail bar located behind an unmarked door in the back of another bar, The Passenger. All feature low lights, '20s-era decor and plenty of strong booze. But for those looking to truly venture into D.C.'s... more... - Mark H
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
There is a dead rat floating in water at the bottom of the dumpster for my apartment building. How's your Saturday been?
Better than that rat's. - Mark H
30 bucks for a new innertube and tire to fix the bike flat, 50 bucks to reup all the household supplies that decided to run out all at once, and two more rounds of towel drying the wet carpet by the door... I think I may have managed to restore some order up in here. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
3 hours of sleep last night containing the most terrifying shit-your-pants nightmares i can remember in the past decade. then i woke up and things just got worse. - Big Joe Silence
Laundry is now in progress and a sandwich has been eaten, so I do believe I will have myself a beer, tyvm. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Oh, joe. Sorry to hear that. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
thanks. i'm just glad that after all these years i no longer wake up thinking they were real. - Big Joe Silence
oh, but on the UP side, i just made a tater tot casserole and popped it into the oven. :D - Big Joe Silence
I have a chocolate chip cookie over here. Cheers! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
*toasts with a peanut m&m* - Big Joe Silence
Stephen Mack
You're filling your bottle of drinking water. Do you add cubed ice, crushed ice, or no ice?
Cubed ice, always. I'm surprised people keep selecting crushed ice on the work fridge. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
crushed - Mary Carmen
Cubed. Always. - Anika
Cubed. Rarely crushed. Maybe 1 out of 20. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Crushed! Depending how crushed is crushed. I prefer maximally crushed. - Meg VMeg
None because I fill it out of the tap at home or the filling station at yoga and it's just water. - joey
For drinks in a bottle (Gatorade, water, etc.), I'll do cubed. For drinks in a cup, I'll do crushed. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
No ice. The ice isn't filtered water so it tastes gross to me. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Is the water cold or room temperature? Is it summer? - Melly - #TeamMarina
Melly, let's say the water is cool and the room is warm. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Crushed whenever possible (which is never at the moment) - Soup in a TARDIS
I'd probably just have cool water. If I was feeling hot, I might add a little crushed ice. - Melly - #TeamMarina
I don’t care about the ice. I want my WATER crushed. - Akiva
Crushed ... I'm one of those terrible ice eaters. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I don't like refrigerator ice. It always tastes off. Usually bagged ice in the freezer. - Eric - Poppa Large
None for me, thanks. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I prefer crushed ice or nothing. - Janet
It all depends on the size of the opening on the bottle. Cubes won't fit into everything. - April Russo
Cubes in a bottle, they melt slower. - Heather
Nice 15 year TiVo bottle you're showing off there... - Brian Johns
and "none", please. - Brian Johns
Sparky, that's the one every employee got from the Blue Moon Fifteen Party a month ago. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
i skip the ice and i refrigerate the bottle in advance. - Big Joe Silence
Cubed if it's for water in my water bottle. Crushed for everything else, including to eat all by itself. - Hookuh Tinypants
No ice. - Steven Perez from Android
Oh yeah - I forgot. I thought it was part of your gift basket. - Brian Johns
No ice. I used to drink room temp water when I lived in Vegas. - Jenny H. from Android
No ice. - Mark H
^ That's my reasoning for putting ice in my water bottle as well, except with running. Between the sun and the heat of my body, the water I carry gets disturbingly warm. The only exception is at the gym. For some reason ice-cold water isn't refreshing during a workout, so I just go room temp. But in general, ice in the water bottle (besides, the body burns more calories with ice water versus room temp :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Always cubes. I want the longer lasting cooling effect you get with the reduced surface area of cubes vs. crushed. - Ken Gidley
If you want a longer lasting cooling effect, fill the bottle partially and freeze it. A nice big block of ice in there would work better than a bunch of cubes, and since it's going in as a liquid, there is no issue about the size of the opening. ;) - April Russo
Winter adds bottle-shaped ice here. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
For water, no ice. For sugary drinks, crushed ice. - Amit Patel
no ice, nothing but coffee and water for me please - chaz2b
Cubed for endurance. Crushed for cooling efficiency. None for time efficiency. Preference doesn't matter. - Ross Miller from iPhone
Figure out German animal names with this handy flow chart
"Thanks to German’s propensity for compounding words, the name of most any animal is easily deducible…" - Maitani
From now on I shall use the term "shield toad" to describe tortoises. - Mark H
Should I be afraid that some of this made sense? - Betsy
Absolutely. It's our way to name things. :-) - Maitani
Our names for body parts are even weirder: uterus: Gebärmutter (giving-birth-mother), pancreas: Bauchspeicheldrüse (belly-spittle-gland), duodenum: Zwölffingerdarm (12-finger-gut), colon: Dickdarm (thick- gut)appendix: Blinddarm (blind-gut)... - Maitani
That mostly goes for Norwegian, as well. We feel the dugong look more like a sea /cow/, though, and we don't see a pig in the porpoise. On the other branch, Turkey has a completely different name in Norwegian and we named the squid (and octopus. We separate them by saying how many armed they are) "ink squirter" :) (The Swedes also thinks it's an ink /fish/, btw.) - Eivind
For the body parts we are in agreement, except we feel "life mother" is a better term for the first one :) - Eivind
I think it's due to the fact that English and German use different lexical layers for naming these items. As to the words for animals and plants we have been familiar with from our ancient farming and pastoral living environment, we all use the old Germanic names, mostly simplicia. The same holds for the body parts that were familiar to us before "modern" medicine discovered more. The... more... - Maitani
In German (and in Norwegian as well, obviously), we tended to coin new names by combining native German words to form compounds, which is partly due to the ease with which we are able to do that. At least in German, it is also due to a tradition. I don't know when it began, I think with the monastic scribes translating religious scripts into Old High German and thereby creating German words for abstract notions. One more recent creator of German compounds for Latin words was Philip von Zesen..... - Maitani
The "tradition" isn't mainly about compounds, but about creating neologisms from native word stems, e.g. "Bücherei", which was coined after Graeco-Latin "bibliotheca" by Philip von Zesen. - Maitani
Compounds like those mentioned above sound perfectly normal to native speakers of German because we rather perceive them as a whole, less as a combination of the meanings of their elements. Children who hear them for the first time often find them funny and weird. - Maitani
Mark H
This Spider Web Was Deliberately Spun to Look Like Bird Poop -
This Spider Web Was Deliberately Spun to Look Like Bird Poop
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"In a paper published today in Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from Tunghai University and the Endemic Species Research Institute in Taiwan argue that Cyclosa ginnaga spiders’ body color and web designs are part of a strategy to masquerade as bird droppings and cut its chances of dying in a predator attack. “We provide empirical evidence for the first time that bird dropping masquerading can effectively reduce the predation risk of an organism,” says I-Min Tso, a co-author on the study and an ecologist at Tunghai University in Taiwan." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Scientists had previously observed that young C. ginnaga spiders have silvery white body coloration, and often build beautiful spirals on their webs sprinkled with leaf debris. However, it has been unclear whether these structures serve primarily to attract prey or camouflage the bugs from predators. Some have hypothesized that C. ginnaga webs might be attracting prey for the spiders... more... - Mark H
"So every day for 13 days, the authors set up video cameras in front of 12 C. ginnaga webs and videotaped the action on each web. Again, they covered some spider’s bodies with black ink, concealed other spiders’ web decorations with black powder, concealed both in some cases, and left others untouched. At the beginning of each day of filming, they measured the size of the spider, the... more... - Mark H
Mark H
30s and 40s film online archive completed -
30s and 40s film online archive completed
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"An online archive of films showing snapshots of typical life in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s has been completed. The final 25 movies in the collection have been digitised and loaded onto the British Council's website. Scenes include the pubs of England, Sheffield's steel industry, London's preparations for war and a mystery for Scotland Yard's Flying Squad. British Council director of film Briony Hanson said the movies gave a glimpse of what had changed and what had not." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
World War I: Unseen Images from the front -
World War I: Unseen Images from the front
World War I: Unseen Images from the front
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"A viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War I that have never before been published. The images, by an unknown photographer, show the daily life of soldiers in the trenches, destruction of towns and military leaders. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the WWI" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo -
Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo
Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo
"A vast peatland has been discovered in a remote part of Congo-Brazzaville. The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tonnes of peat. Scientists say investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Because the area holds so much organic matter it means a large amount of carbon is locked into the ground. The scientists say analysing this material, which is thousands of years old, will help them to learn more about the Congo Basin's role in the world's past and present climate." - Mark H
Math Charlton
Thought I'd give this another bash. Mark - déjà vu for you since I asked you this question years ago but any suggestions for people to subscribe to?
I'll use the friend recommender thing in a minute. Groups can be the best indicators of people to follow. You might want to look at my profile first, then look at my subscriptions, scroll down, look at the groups and see if any jump out at you. - Mark H
Aha - I got there first, Already subscribing to a few of your subscribees (?) that I recognise from last time. - Math Charlton
It might be a bit quiet in here at the moment; many people getting married and doing post-marital things, many people celebrating national days of some description. - Mark H
No worries - I imagine I'll be an occasional visitor. Do you have a link to this on your Windows phone? Also, can't get the damned Twitter/FB links to work. May have technical meeting soon... - Math Charlton
Well, the thing you've got to remember is that FriendFeed is dead. There has been no development on it for years and there won't be. Twitter links... good luck. Some people use something called Advanced Tweets which can push notifications through. However, don't assume anything will work. It's all part of the excitement. I use an app called WinForFeed on my phone. - Mark H
What's weird is that there are no notifications (on the PC) for this. So I have to check back to see what's going on. Will note the WinForFeed app for future reference... - Math Charlton
You want notifications? You've been spoiled by other social media. Your "My discussions" link provides that information but actual notifications? Ooh, no. - Mark H
Should we do a 'Kids React to Social Networking pre-2010'? - Math Charlton
Let's not. I only recently took a trip down memory lane to Excite! Chat and that was excruciating enough. - Mark H
Now that is cyber-archaeology! - Math Charlton
So, are you finding the interface easy enough to use? Any questions fire them my way. - Mark H
It's almost a process of relearning! Just having a browse to see what's going on. Then it's whine to bed and off to neck. I mean - neck the wine and off to bed. - Math Charlton
Still one of the best features - when it works, and it currently is - is the advanced search system. E.g. "archaeology likes:5" gets you public posts from people with the word archaeology and 5 likes. Nothing else out there comes close to the searching here. When it works. - Mark H
Sounds impressive - except the 'When it works' bit. I'll give it a go. - Math Charlton
It's been pretty good recently and when it does go wrong it usually gets fixed pretty quickly. The other handy thing is liking or commenting on things and then being able to find the things you've liked just by looking at your profile or searching. Beat that Facebook! - Mark H
Facebook is all style and no feeling. I thought they bought this bugger anyway? - Math Charlton
How can we be certain that this isn't just another fake Cristo account? - Akiva
Math: They did. What they wanted was the brains behind FF. These were sucked dry and the husks then discarded. - Mark H
Akiva: You don't. - Mark H
[nods knowingly] - Akiva
Math: I'll fill you in on the Cristo history one day. Suffice to say, you have a block function. It comes in useful. - Mark H
Okay. Sounds like the sort of thing that may be discussed over a pint. Or about four in our world. - Math Charlton
howdy. added. also, welcome! - Big Joe Silence
Cheers Big Joe - Math Charlton
Hi Math! And congrats Mark for persuading someone to FF. My own friends whinge about Facebook but never shift. - Spidra Webster
What post-marital things? - Melly - #TeamMarina
Hi Math! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Hi Spidra and Melly. - Math Charlton
Mark H
Man wearing pig mask and toy bobby's helmet arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer -
Man wearing pig mask and toy bobby's helmet arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer
"A man who dressed up in a pig mask, toy bobby’s helmet and hi-vis jacket was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer. Steven Peers said he has often donned the mock outfit to perform ‘comical parodies’ of Greater Manchester Police after becoming unhappy with how officers behaved during the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests. He wore it around Manchester city centre while filming sketches yesterday but was stopped by an officer near Bootle Street police station." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Father-of-four Mr Peers was held in custody for eight hours before being bailed until July – while the outfit was confiscated. He said: “My reaction to being arrested was total disbelief. I was wearing a toy hat and a pig mask and was arrested for impersonating a police officer. It’s ridiculous. “If they want to take it to court they will be a laughing stock because there is no substance to it whatsoever.”" - Mark H
That's a pretty dumb arrest. - Anika
I assume the 'Spitting Image' puppeteers will be retrospectively arrested next. Oh - wait - those pigs were journalists trying to do the police force's job. - Math Charlton
The thing that got me about this story was the implication that the cops saw themselves as pigs otherwise they'd never push ahead with the arrest. - Mark H
I'd hate to be their self-image therapist. - Math Charlton
Spidra Webster
Twitter / Scanditwitchen: Telling the difference between ... -
Twitter / Scanditwitchen: Telling the difference between ...
"Telling the difference between a Swede, Dane and Norwegian #handy #helpful" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
My stereotype Dane is a jolly, red faced guy with a beer in his hand. - Eivind from Android
Yeah, I was a little surprised at that drawing. Basically the stereotypes I usually see are that Danes are loose and fun-loving, Swedes are uptight, and Norwegians are rugged outdoorsmen who like to french kiss fish. ;-) - Spidra Webster
I'm not a fish! - Jenny H. from Android
I picture Danes as having a Carlsberg in one hand and a fork stuck in bacon in the other. Swedes are blonde and nude except for a backpack no matter what they're doing. Norwegians are less stereotypical as they're featured less socially over here. We only tend to see Norwegian-related stuff when there's skiing or a World War II film on. - Mark H
Sorry, Jenny. That was just my way of saying very very very in love with their seafood. - Spidra Webster
Spidra, Eivind is making me eat fish tomorrow. I'm scared. Mark, I love PHC!!! - Jenny H.
That's mental cruelty! - Spidra Webster
Read the book this is from yesterday, The Norway Way, and immediately recognized this one. The author is Australian. The book was fun with some good insights :) - Eivind from Android
Mark H
Before the Eurostar: Remains of the Flying Rail Plane that Never Was -
Before the Eurostar: Remains of the Flying Rail Plane that Never Was
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"In a slight twist of fate, we might have been traveling between London and Paris in one of these thing-a-majigs– or more accurately, a propeller-driven ‘Flying Railplane‘. This fancy futurist contraption was invented by George Bennie and launched in 1930 as a prototype, designed for a more economical and rapid transport system between the two European capitals." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"When the media was invited to take a ride on the rail plane in July of 1930, they were quite taken with it, and hailed it a ‘wonderful product of British brains’. Compared to the bumps and whistling of a conventional train, traveling in Bennie’s railplane coach was luxuriously smooth and quiet. There was only one problem. No one wanted to fund it." - Mark H
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