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Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit

I am Paul. I choose to believe what I was programmed to believe.
Last friday I taped an iPhone to my head and ran around Paris capturing the most famous sights in a single (somewhat shaky) shot. Here's the video:
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*spot reserved for a later comment* - Micah from iPhone
Now we know what that 94 minute video was. :) - NOT THE CRICKET
that explain other FF posts, looking for tapes and where can one upload large video files ;-). - Tzury Bar Yochay
Yeah, I never did get the duct tape though, so I had to use clear packaging tape instead (with a sock stuffed between the iPhone and my hat to get the correctish angle). - Paul Buchheit
Patent it NOW - Josh Haley
Well, this is just genius! - Eric - Let Me Know
When you said you ran you weren't speaking metaphorically. - Eric - Let Me Know
Very Cool Paul! - Jeff P. Henderson
great and inspiring - Nenko Ivanov
this was perfect, I opened up my Paris map and followed you :) - İpek Aral
I'm surprised you were able to follow. I didn't have a map (my iPhone was taped to my head!) so I made a number of wrong turns, though the high-level route was pretty basic. - Paul Buchheit
Saw the vimeo on your stream and watched a little of it. Great stuff! Cool to see new iphone vid quality. (er 3gs? quality, hmm) Oh yeah, and enjoy Paris! - Jay
It's actually a 3GS, not an iphone 4. - Paul Buchheit
I think I might tape a photo of Paul with an iPhone taped to his head to my head because I want to get arrested for being a menace. - Akiva
You can fit an iPad on my forehead. - Josh Haley
Ahhh this explains the "ducktape in Paris" stuff LOL :D (that picture is full of geeky win!) - Susan Beebe
@Paul just curious how much battery did you have left after you were done recording? - BRҰANSAҰS
Something like 22%, as I recall. I had put the phone in airplane mode to reduce wireless consumption and also because I'm concerned that an incoming call would stop the video or something. - Paul Buchheit
Not bad. I guess you could get at least 2 hours of recording on one charge. - BRҰANSAҰS from BuddyFeed
Nice idea, OP - LANjackal
this is definitely on the list of 'quirkiest things ever done with an iPhone'. :-) - Olivia Lovag
this is so romantic - τorƍue
awesome, you just needed a gun and it would make a cool REAL-time FPS :) - Emil Kirichev
oh thanks you soo much!!! I love it! - Bojan Babic
surprisingly un-shaky - Sally Relton Shakespeare
Avg. speed: 9.48 km/h (9.23 mi in 94 min, see red track - Jérôme
Paul had the initial idea for Google Glass exactly two years before Google launched Glass. :) - Space Cowboy
Now, if only he had thought of Gmail. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I hope this isn't the start of a "people walk around cities w/smartphones taped to their hats" trend. - rønin
I hope it is - Mo Kargas
If so, it'll just be transitional until smartphones are replaced by glasses-phones. Or smart glasses. Do we have an official name for those yet? - Andrew C (✔)
Iphone taped to the forehead, what a nice way to show #IamAmerican abroad :) - A. T.
first laugh of the day, ty a.t. - chaz2b
^ my pleasure :) - A. T.
LOL, Google Glass back in the days. Monsieur: Martini? Great stuff as I was doing myself a lot of these then too... 9) - Zu from AOD
up di apprezzamento dall'Italia - naltro
Not quite last Friday. - Joe
Barking up the wrong trees, Laina. - Joe
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We miss you here, Paul. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I like the evolution of the pictures in posing for a family portrait. It tells a story :) - Maggie
Are you still checking us out here, Paul? - AJ Batac
looks like not that much ... - A. T.
He liked several items yesterday. - Ahmet Yükseltürk
++ Maggie 8D - Zu from AOD
Young, Black and Frisked by the N.Y.P.D. -
Young, Black and Frisked by the N.Y.P.D.
"These experiences changed the way I felt about the police. After the third incident I worried when police cars drove by; I was afraid I would be stopped and searched or that something worse would happen. I dress better if I go downtown. I don’t hang out with friends outside my neighborhood in Harlem as much as I used to. Essentially, I incorporated into my daily life the sense that I might find myself up against a wall or on the ground with an officer’s gun at my head. For a black man in his 20s like me, it’s just a fact of life in New York. Here are a few other facts: last year, the N.Y.P.D. recorded more than 600,000 stops; 84 percent of those stopped were blacks or Latinos. Police are far more likely to use force when stopping blacks or Latinos than whites. In half the stops police cite the vague “furtive movements” as the reason for the stop. Maybe black and brown people just look more furtive, whatever that means. These stops are part of a larger, more widespread problem — a... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Horribly sad. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's institutionalized racism. It's when you cross the street with your kids because you see a black or brown guy walking towards you, regardless of how he's dressed or what he's doing. When you lock your car doors because the color of the neighborhood changes, regardless of the economic stature of the area. You see 3 or more black or brown guys hanging out and call them "thugs" or... more... - Anika
:( - Amit Patel
the gun-at-head part can't be legal, can it? - Big Joe Silence
nice - Mariya Khan
Considering that only about 5% of stops (regardless of color) result in arrests, it's hard to imagine how they even justify this practice. - Gabe
ok ok ok - Ruslan Zakirov
Why people put so much emphasis on complexion, which is just a wrapper of a beautiful soul. If you abuse someone because of his color, you are abusing god, because god resides in every human heart.. - Ajay Agrawal
Definitively, you are one of my favorite blogger since long time. - Guy Vander Heyden
Help me distribute $100,000 to new entrepreneurs in Africa -
Help me distribute $100,000 to new entrepreneurs in Africa
There were some bugs in the "Twitter publishing" code that caused some entries to get published on Twitter when they should not, and others to not get published when they should. I've cleaned up the code to eliminate these problems, but it's possible some settings were lost. Please verify your settings at
I apologize for any lost or unwanted tweets. Please let me know if you spot any other problems. - Paul Buchheit
Cheers for this Paul. How cool is it that one of the founders of FF still gets his hands dirty in the code. Once a coder, always a coder :-) - Keith Bennett from Nambu
Thanks Keith :) By the way, if none of your posts are making it through to twitter, it may be that you changed your password. To verify, simply click "Save changes" at and we will check that your Twitter credentials are still good (and sign-out then back in to fix). - Paul Buchheit
Matthew, in general all the same settings that the old ui had are available on the new one (plus a few more), though they are now divided on to several different pages. You should be able to reach all of the the settings by clicking on the word "settings" below your name in the top-right part of the page (the dialog shows a few, and links to all the others). - Paul Buchheit
You can filter by service by searching for service:twitter (or whatever service you like), and of course that can be combined with other search operators as well. See for more. - Paul Buchheit
Thanks Paul, sounds like you pulled an all nighter to fix these. - Robert Scoble
Yeah, unfortunately the code had gotten rather involved since it was trying to support both the old ui and the new (the old ui worked on a per-service basis instead of letting you decide individually on each entry), and the logic sometimes became inconsistent. I simplified it quite a bit, so there should be less room for bugs now :) - Paul Buchheit
Thanks, Paul. :) - Josh Haley
Nice try, Matthew, I congratulate you on being awake, and carpe-diem'ing Paul here, but have to disappoint you - if FF wanted us to have favicons, they'd already issued us our favicons. Do you see any favicons that made the transition from earlier version. No? You think Paul nuked them by mistake... be my guest, and I'll be looking forward to the next couple of years' worth of your pleading for favicons when you could be learning to live both here and thereater without them. - ianf ⌘
I'm a bit confused about the "Post my FriendFeed entries on Twitter by default" and "FriendFeed (when there's no Cc box)" options. Are these exclusive? Does checking the first one mean all my FriendFeed posts will get posted to Twitter even if I uncheck the Cc box? - Tony Ruscoe
Paul, thank you thank thank you for the "Check CC Twitter box by default" option!!! That's one step closer to only needing Friendfeed. I'm almost ready to dump Google Reader AND Twitter now! - That's So CAJ!
Thanks Paul! - Edwin Khodabakchian
Tony, the "cc twitter by default" option sets whether then checkbox is checked or unchecked by default in the share box and bookmarklet. The other option ("when there's no cc box") applies mostly to the API and other off-site interfaces, such as email (mail and IM. For any given post, only one setting applies. - Paul Buchheit
I publish to Twitter by default but now link directly to the source. I figure that those finding outside of FF want to go to the source (while those reading on FF are already seeing the discussion). - Mike Reynolds
Hi Paul, about 15 mins ago I "shared" an item from FF here to "my feed" and "cc Twitter". But still not showing up on Twitter. Just thought I'd let you know. - Brian
Thanks Brian. It turns out there was a bug in the "Share" feature that sometimes caused us to sometimes not send the tweets (the new code errors on the side of not sending tweets). It's fixed now though. Please let me know if you spot any others. - Paul Buchheit
Paul, that did the trick! Thanks for looking into that. BTW, that was a quick fix! Just shared an item on FF and it pushed thru to Twitter instantly. - Brian
Hello Paul, when I try to publish just my google talk status to twitter and have "Link to source site instead of FriendFeed conversation" selected, it doesn't send the tweet. I'm not sure if this is because twitter seems to be having difficulty right now or if it's the lack of a source link because it's a google talk status? - ehaab
ehaab, publishing to Twitter was broken this morning, so no updates went out. It should work fine now however, including publishing updates from Google Talk. Sorry about that. - Paul Buchheit
thanks! it was driving me batty trying to figure out why it wasn't taking. - ehaab
I think it's still broken. I just posted via the Bookmarklet and CC'd twitter... no go. EDIT: my latest one just posted, must be intermittent. - Daniel Sims
Hi Paul, Mine is still not working. I have also checked the setting page. - zahedzadeh
*snort* - That's So CAJ!
FriendFeed News! - Eivind
Awesome! - AJ Batac
it is May 2012, 3 years passed, things are broken, Twitter makes what it promises, Friendfeed fix at top does... nothing. After oAuth decoupling and re-coupling again, fresh app access appears on Twitter control side but Friendfeed does not follow.. #PRKL - A. T.
Hi Paul, apparently there's no new certificate available for FF. Italian and Turkish users are panicking, this might be a sign that the end of FF is approaching. Can you reassure us? - mentegatto
this is the end of the world as we know it - thomas morton ☢
please, PAUL, ANSWER OUR PRAYS - mentegatto
ma che cazzo che brutta fine - thomas morton ☢
god bless - Amang Berangas
nice - Zaki WOlf
If you uncheck "Accept third-party cookies", Firefox will no longer send any cookies to iframes (even if set outside of an iframe), which breaks the FriendFeed Facebook app. Has Firefox always been like this?
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These "privacy" features end up hurting privacy, because then web sites switch to signed urls and such, which are much worse (they leak out in referrer headers). - Paul Buchheit
Yup, this was exactly my problem. I accidentally unchecked it while messing around with cookies while programming...occupational hazard... - Emmett Shear
This breaks Feedly as well. I've always unchecked third-party cookies because I was under the impression that's where most click-trackers and ad-servers lived. Am I wrong? - Akiva
Yes, for exactly the same reasons. You are not wrong. - Sam Pullara
Isn't this the default policy in IE7, unless you enable p3p for the sites? - Michael Herf
I'm not pretty sure I agree with @paul - there are enough examples of manipulations by 3rd party cookies, from ads tuning and down to other nasty tricks. You may dislike it but it is there to protect us. And it is there for years. - A. T.
It's irritating enough that I have to allow cookies on sites I want to share through the bookmarklet. Luckily, I use CS Lite. - Akiva
Please see this bugzilla entry for a quick overview: - Reading the entire bug is a good idea. This is also a relevant bug if you're interested: - Christopher Blizzard
These sorts of gimmicks are to privacy what a paper mache motorcycle helmet is to safety. They interfere with legitimate functionality while giving a false sense of security. - Paul Buchheit
you should accept authentication using facebook params, and set a cookie if you can. you have the user info right there - no need for a cookie - Ivan Kirigin
For the record, I was part of the IE team when we implemented the IE third party cookie P3P support. It was a feature completely designed by a set of State Attorneys General. They specified everything down to the UI in the IE control panel. It was a disaster. - Joe Beda
Ivan, those facebook params leak through referrer headers, meaning that other people can steal your login. Joe, the P3P thing is kind of dumb, but at least I can set the right headers to make the problem go away. That's an amusing back-story though. - Paul Buchheit
from bug report above "b) the ability to make decisions based on p3p policies was removed for firefox 3, because p3p isn't an effective way to establish trust with a site. it's a one-way system; anyone can say they're the good guy" - A. T.
Thank you for writing this, Paul. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Wow. - Melly
Thanks for sharing. - Steve C, Team Marina
*liking again* - bentley
Wonderful. - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
Lighting our Christmas tree... on fire! -
Lighting our Christmas tree... on fire!
Fun! Who are the voices on the video? - Bruce Lewis
Burning tree! - Maggie
:) - Middle Vin
If the presidential election were going to be determined by a board game, what game should be used?
Jenga. For sure Jenga. - Ross Miller
I'd want to answer Risk or chess or even Settlers of Catan, but I think the most likely answer would be pigeon chess. - Tudor Bosman
Also, read for a good novel centered around this idea. - Tudor Bosman
Axis & Allies. - Rochelle
Yes! Cards Against Humanity would be perfect! Although, I'm not sure it counts as a "board game", since there's no board involved - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I'd vote for the winner of a best of 7 chess match. I actually thought about it the other day. Settlers might be better from an actual value proposition though. - NOT THE CRICKET
Ticket to Ride - Jennifer Dittrich
Clue - Eric Logan
Sorry, definitely - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Chutes & Ladders. - John (bird whisperer)
I'm with Jenga too for the inside joke value. Else.. mmm: Battleship? - Zu from AOD from Android
And which game would each candidate prefer? Would Romney win monopoly? - Paul Buchheit from iPhone
Diplomacy. After all, "John F. Kennedy played it in the White House. Henry Kissinger played it to hone the skills that would make him secretary of state." ( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hungry Hungry Hippos - Jed
Jumanji - Morton Fox
Operation - Eric Logan
Go. - Joe from iPod
Go +1 - Roux
Battleship. - Steven Perez
Stephen Mack stole my answer. So, I'll go with Mystery Date. - Laura Norvig
Civilization - Todd Hoff
I've been trying to think what game Romney would win, and am drawing a blank. Obama might not be very good at poker, but I don't think Romney would be better. - Bruce Lewis
Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots? - Laura Norvig
Chinese chess. - imabonehead
do you know that friendfeed search is broken for about 3 weeks - سالی مک براید
Doom. Oh oops. Not a board game. - Rodfather
I think you're on to something there, mark. Slime - the game of politics - Greg GuitarBuster
Republic of Rome - Maryam
That boxing game from the 90s where you slam the button until the other guy's head pops off... - Ross Miller
Is liar's dice a board game, technically? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
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1st pic. Oh la la April! :D - AJ Batac
Oh man, the gang plank is gone and you can't get inside into the cockpit and living quarters like you could at Burning Man. - veo
Yeah, apparently there are a lot of rules when installing public art in SF. - Paul Buchheit
^ Ha. Yep. - Micah
i like the pic - James O'brien
Juicy Salif (P. Starck) - MisterQ
"Every facet, every department of your mind, is to be programmed by you. And unless you assume your rightful responsibility, and begin to program your own mind, the world will program it for you."
Not sure where it came from. Possibly Jack Kornfield. Heard it quoted in a song. - Paul Buchheit
Is that your answer to my question about HGTV? - Clare Dibble
Before you can program your mind you need to deprogram it, and the best way to deprogram it is to get to the bottom of and master intellectual history -- the invented and artificial but influential ideological tape loops that control collective human behavior among all cultures, and about which most people are entirely unconscious. Fully conscious people create and control cultural and ideological systems and loops, they are not controlled by them. - Sean McBride
Too much work. Just tell me the answer. - sofarsoShawn
I googled it for Shawn. It's a quote from Jack Kornfield ( and it's found in Evil Nine's Cakehole ( - imabonehead
Thanks imabonehead :) I was being I guess, very lamely sarcastic to highlight that our minds "programming" or its deprogramming comes as a result of the world itself telling us how to. ~ In short, I'd like to thank this quote for telling me how to think, oh shit... kinda back where I started... ~ ~~> Russell's quote, with your 1st link, has much more explanatory relevance - sofarsoShawn
Many years ago I had a self hypnosis tape and "Every facet, every dept of your mind etc etc...." were the opening words. I can't remember the title of the tape and have been trying to find it. I remembered the opening lines and typed them in when they came up i thought I had finally found the CD i was looking for. can any-one here help me with this? - Sweetdreams Johnny
I never heard this quote but believe it is a great one! - Fred Bucheit
iam 35 and i just now got it - James O'brien
from the bible - James O'brien
i might be some one u might want to talk to - James O'brien
How to get into Y Combinator -
"For most startups at this stage, the best predictor of success is the founders. So, the most important parts of the application for me are the questions about the founders' backgrounds and the most impressive things they've done.   We're looking for evidence that the founders are smart, effective, and determined.  If you can't go through your application and point to evidence for all three, that's bad.  Don't be shy about telling us why you're good, but don't write a bunch of meaningless marketing speak either. I view the questions about the business largely as an intelligence test, but I'm always excited to read about a great idea.  There should be no obvious holes in your plan--i.e., if you're taking on a huge competitor, have no apparent monetization plan, etc., you need to address it.  It's very rare that I read about a brand new idea (and it's likely the startup will change or refine ideas), so I'm looking for deep insights I haven't heard heard or thought of before." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Hi Paul, Then we must talk. Our Platform is getting ready by mid August for Test marketing! Rgds @hengavalli - Hengavalli Pradeep
Next up, Salar takes over msft? ;)
"Remember: I blame FriendFeed for this, and Robert Scoble, Steve Rubell, Dave Winer, and all the rest of the puppets and ex-Techcrunch analysts who, by appearing to rationally debate the pluses and minuses of FriendFeed versus Twitter, suggest FriendFeed even exists in the absence of Twitter. Nik Cubrilovic doesn’t help either with his cogent (except for the Rails part) analysis of Twitter’s scaling problems. Nowhere in this debate (most of it mercifully hidden forever behind the FriendFeed black hole where conversations go to die) was there a word spoken about the fatal Track bug until Jack hit the Off switch. Now, in the cool clarity of no pulse whatsoever can we begin to rationally approach a solution. Forgetting that Hillary has shown no indication of processing the similar lack of pulse in her White House aspirations, let’s put the blame for all this squarely on the parasite API suckers and their dark master FriendFeed. Good." - Paul Buchheit
I accuse my parents (a little MST3K humor) - Mark Dykeman
My guess is that a good deal of folks who are otherwise technology experts haven't yet mastered the "Hide" option, and seeing Twitter in FriendFeed makes them feel it's simply an echo chamber for Twitter. Hiding Twitter, and/or utilizing the many other sources that are not Twitter here in FriendFeed makes it more valuable. - Louis Gray
Someone pass around what Steve Gillmor is smoking. That is some heavy stuff he's got in his stash. I think I counted 10 words he seriously made up for that post. And why is friendfeed to blame for the XMPP/Jabber shutdown? - Mark Trapp
WTF? This guy reminds me of Gary Busey, but angrier, if that's even possible. - April Buchheit
This article simply doesn't make any sense. Please reword for clarity. - Eric Florenzano
This is very amusing :-) - j1m
I was afraid when I saw "?" there. And comment... :S - Erhan Erdoğan
Is he kidding? I hope he's kidding. FriendFeed exists with or without twitter. In fact, I would love to see twitter removed from FriendFeed altogether. Guaranteed there would still be plenty of conversations revolving around the links shared, the pictures posted, etc. - EricaJoy
I don't follow Twitter at all on FriendFeed. I find it somewhat ironic that one of Steve G's big passions was (is?) "Attention Metadata" and FriendFeed via likes, comments, etc is actually a service that makes great use of attention metadata! - Robert Seidman
I enjoy that this Friendfeed post has more comments than his post on TechCrunch. - Mark Trapp
This is the most buzzword-laden web 2.0 rant I have ever read. It's like he is making words up to describe stuff every other paragraph or so. And.. what's this jab at Clinton in the middle? How random. - Phil Glockner
FriendFeed direct posts are really similar to Twitter in my mind. - Hutch Carpenter
@Paul can you share the percentage of FF users that hide twitter posts? - EricaJoy
Gillmor refuses to realize that the comment feature of FriendFeed does indeed add value that Twitter lacks. That's probably the key reason why I MOVED MY conversations to FriendFeed! Also, the sharing feature is the reason why I like FriendFeed! IF I merely wanted the 'stream of consciousness' of Twitter, I would just use Twitter! I think that FriendFeed 'exposes' the 'chinks in Twitter's armor' - Thomas Ho from fftogo
I think that Mark Trapp's observation is 'priceless' - Thomas Ho from fftogo
It sounds like Gillmor hasn't given FriendFeed nearly enough time if he thinks it's only "Twitter, but slower". I have a great time on here with Twitter hidden half of the time. If anything, let's blame Twitter for so much noise and/or so much conversation due to their issues - Andrew Dobrow
FriendFeed can definitely make it without many conversations occur without Twitter being involved at all. - Chris Rossini
That... made no sense to me. Still dazed from the insanity of it all. I see more conversations here on links and such than on tweets. And really, why is FriendFeed to blame for the Jabber shutdown? Seriously! - dgw
Hilarious - Aviv
Twitter is probably the least interesting feed I see on FriendFeed. - Adam Thorsen
funniest ever on tc - kosmar
This whole article was most undirectional article, I have read in recent times. I read it twice, and can't make out, what he want to say. - Varun Mahajan
Adam, same here. I personally find the vast majority of twitter messages to be extremely boring and of no use to me. - Aviv
Where are these "siloed conversation spamyards" to which he refers? You could say that about any chat system (if I understand his rather obtuse meaning) and FF discussions are quite cogent and open. (And seem especially so if you've ever spent any time in the Digg comments.) - Nicķ
I usually keep the Twitter FF feed open. FF is definitely NOT the only app pulling on Twitter's API. Hundreds of sites, clients, etc?. Twitter had (maybe has) time to distinguish itself. Just 'come clean' with regular community updates. (PR time?) So far it's been lame. In the meantime, there's no doubt Friendfeed will continue to increase it's pull. Twitter put the API out there. THEY need to deal with the results, whether they were ready or not - Charlie Anzman
FriendFeed is what you put in to it. If you add all your Twitter friends and nobody else, FriendFeed will appear to be Twitter with siloed conversations, but in that case that's exactly what you asked for. If you don't add a thousand people as friends and convince a thousand people to follow you then you won't see any of this 'spam graveyard' Steve talks about. You get what you ask for, and irrelevance is what you get if you add irrelevant friends. - Kevin Fox
It's also worth noting how much FriendFeed thrived when Twitter had its difficulties this week. That would seem to put a hole in the argument that FriendFeed is primarily a downstream service to Twitter. - Kevin Fox
Yea Cat fight !!!! - viki saigal
OK friendfeed is NOT twitter. Its something else, and I like both. (sticks out tongue)...via feedalizr - Photo Larry
man, I honestly care jack shit about what people post on Twitter, but I find FF incredibly useful. Gillmor is seriously off his rocker with this post (which is the least legible I've seen on TC in a long time). - Chieze Okoye
4 years passed, all the comments are still valid. #humdaybumpday - Ahmet Yükseltürk
The Camilla clock
:) Ahhh....remember those days! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
"Taking walks is the entry drug into the quiet, solitary heaven of idleness (the next level up is “sitting on a bench without a view”). For modern Americans, idleness is a shameful, private indulgence.  If they attempt it in public, they are stricken by social anxiety. They seem to fear that the slow, solitary, and obviously purposeless amble that marks “taking a walk” signals social incompetence or a life unacceptably adrift. If a shopping bag, gym bag, friend or dog cannot be manufactured, nominal non-idleness must be signaled through an ostentatious “I have friends” phone call, or email-checking. If all else fails, hands must be placed defiantly in pockets, to signal a brazen challenge to anyone who dares look askance at you, “Yeah, I’m takin’ a walk! You got a problem with that?” In America, visible idleness is a luxury for the homeless,  the delinquent and immigrants.  The defiantly tautological protest, “I have a life,” is quintessentially American. The American life does not exist until it is filled up. Even a pause at a bench must be justified by a worthwhile view or a chilled drink." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
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
The last word: Advice from 'America's worst mom' -
The last word: Advice from 'America's worst mom'
"I really think I’m a parent who is afraid of some things (bears, cars) and less afraid of others (subways, strangers). But mostly I’m afraid that I, too, have been swept up in the impossible obsession of our era: total safety for our children every second of every day. The idea that we should provide it and actually could provide it. It’s as if we don’t believe in fate anymore, or good luck or bad luck. No, it’s all up to us. Childhood really has changed since today’s parents were kids, and not just in the United States. Australian children get stared at when they ride the bus alone. Canadian kids stay inside playing video games. After I started a blog called Free Range Kids, I heard from a dad in Ireland who lets his 11-year-old play in the local park, unsupervised, and now a mom down the street won’t let her son go to their house. She thinks the dad is reckless. What has changed in the English-speaking world that has made childhood independence taboo? The ground has not gradually... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
I've brought this up a few times before. Parents don't even let kids go outside their own property anymore. I understand, but it seems to me exploring is an important part of a kid's development. - Rodfather
The nation of Flip Flops and bike helmets has lost its mind -Kids 100% safe, 24/7 365 is impossible. we want it! In the next breath we condone 500 million tainted eggs... Really is it all a reactin to Baby Boomer Parenting and will it lead to helicopter velcro parents. So is your kid playing in the park alone about safety or about something else... So no I don't understand why kids can't be kids bu lets be clear its not about them or safety - WarLord
Thing is, if anything does happen to a kid, the first thing everyone does is blame the parents. There was a kid killed fairly recently at Fort Wilderness (Disney campground) by a bus - and the overwhelming majority of comments were - why on earth was a 9 year old riding a bike without adult supervision? What kind of parent lets their kid do that? - Alix May
My first thought when reading this story was "how old is old enough to ride the subway alone?" Apparently the rules say 8. But really, I think the parent's judgment is the best bet. I'm pretty sure I walked 4 blocks alone to school when I was in sixth grade (10). I also started riding my bike about 2 miles around that age to pick up newspapers for my paper route. - Robert Felty
I walked a mile home from elementary school all the time, and it never occured to anybody that it might be dangerous. If I had to cross any major streets, though, things might have been different. - Gabe
Rob & Gabe: That was before safety was invented. - April Buchheit
I wish I could remember the details, but either Lewis or Clark as a teenager used to walk across two states, alone, to get to their farm. I remember when I read that little factoid I thought my, how things have changed. That would scare the crap out of me. - Todd Hoff
I'm surprised by how children are bestowed independence suddenly, rather than being eased into it. I very much believe this to be the root of a lot of social problems. Children are taken to and from school every day, with parents carefully monitoring who they talk to after school, and then when they turn 16 they're given a license and a car (and the freedom that comes with it) and are... more... - Tudor Bosman
I would go further and say that this happens because parents are looking for easy solutions. It's easier to say "don't touch alcohol, ever, and when you're 21, you're on your own, and no longer our responsibility" than to teach moderation (preferably by example). It's easier to say "don't have sex, at least until you turn 18 or until you no longer live in our house, whichever comes... more... - Tudor Bosman
Exactly Tudor. - Paul Buchheit
I walked to and from school 1st grade to senior year. In middle school I had to walk across town, sometimes without my friends. I never gave it a second though. I was a latchkey kid for many years so I was used to being fairly independent. One half day (high school) I asked my dad if I could go to McDonalds for lunch. He forgot and flipped out at me for going missing. "You could have... more... - Heather
I wonder if this is why so many kids aren't ready for the real world when they're 20. - Amit Patel
Here in PA, it's illegal for parents to give alcohol to their own children. I grew up in a household where, as a small child, I'd occasionally get watered-down wine with meals; better to think of it as something that tastes bad than as something wonderful that only adults get. - Phil Pennock
I grew up in a household where wine was just a part of religious ceremonies, not a beverage. Every week we'd have a Kiddush cup of wine. It's hard to imagine such a thing being illegal! - Gabe
Phil: irresponsible parenting mandated by law! That's great. - Tudor Bosman
*hugs* - Anne Bouey
"On a more practical level, what matters most in our day-to-day lives is that we're good to ourselves and to each other." Take care. - Steve C, Team Marina
This made me cry. Paul: Steve would be so proud of you, for this and for so many things. - Stephen Mack
((Paul)) - AJ Batac
This is a beautiful, thoughtful essay. - Bruce Lewis
When I saw your post in Google Reader today, I stopped my music, took out the headphones and read every word. Well written and a important story for you. Thanks for sharing and taking the time. - Louis Gray
Thank you for sharing that with the world. - Absentee
Paul, I lost my father unexpectedly a month before I started at Google. When I saw what you and your family were going through I felt so much sorrow, but didn't yet know you well enough to share it. Thanks for writing your post. I have yet to write mine. - Kevin Fox
Respect. - Irrational Numbers
Writing releases the pain Paul so well done - Thomas Power
Great words of wisdom. - Joe
that was beautiful. ((((P))) - VALZONE#NEWHIP
Thanks everyone. - Paul Buchheit
Ron Paul For The GOP Nomination -
Ron Paul For The GOP Nomination
"I don't believe that any of the other candidates, except perhaps Huntsman, would cut the military-industrial complex as deeply as it needs to be cut. What Paul understands - and it's why he has so much young support - is that the world has changed. Seeking global hegemony in a world of growing regional powers among developing nations is a fool's game, destined to provoke as much backlash as lash, and financially disastrous as every failed empire in history has shown. We do not need tens of thousands of troops in Europe. We do not need to prevent China's rise, but to accommodate it as prudently as possible. We do need to get out of the Middle East to the maximum extent and return our relationship with Israel to one between individual nations, with different interests and common ideals, not some divine compact between two Zions. We do need a lighter, more focused, more lethal war against Jihadism - but this cannot ever again mean occupying countries we do not understand and cannot... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Sounds good. I hope the big media companies choose him. - Bruce Lewis
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. He sponsored a "life begins at conception" bill (making miscarriage illegal), wants to end birthright citizenship (you have to earn your citizenship?), and wants to eliminate federal environmental regulations (after you die from pollution you can simply sue the polluter). - Gabe
And his opponents are offering a probable Iran War, an American economic collapse (as the result of that war), the creation of a full-throttle neocon total surveillance police state, and the eradication of much of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Trade-offs, trade-offs.... It all depends on how you prioritize your issues. - Sean McBride
none of the above. - Mark Essel from iPhone
The more I learn about Ron Paul, the more wacko he turns out to be. Apparently he didn't actually know that his newsletter was be used as a fount of bigotry and racism: - Gabe
If you learned anything about the current administration, you should know this, even if someone becomes president of the USA, they won't be able to do squat unless the rest of the government will back them. RP is so outside the GOP norm that they might treat him like Obama. - Me
Ron Paul would be the Ross Perot of 2012. Interesting, possibly 10 or 12 points interesting, but ultimately not electable. - Eric - Let Me Know
CW said it well. - Anika
What could be more wacko than making preparations to attack Iran after the multi-trillion dollar failures of the Iraq and Afghan Wars and the overall neocon policies that helped cause the financial collapse of 2008? THAT's wacko. Even former Mossad heads are warning that an Iran War could collapse the American and global economies. Hacking away at the US Constitution, Bill of Rights and... more... - Sean McBride
A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs -
"Even now, he had a stern, still handsome profile, the profile of an absolutist, a romantic. His breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude. He seemed to be climbing. But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later. Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve’s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
That was beautiful. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
If we don't learn to appreciate the journey, we probably won't love the destination either.
That's what you think! - April Buchheit
It'll be a long time before I think I'll be able to appreciate flying again. - Gabe
I'll let you know when we get there. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Dear Temple of Transition [Burning Man 2011] -
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
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
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! - blah blah cloud
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.
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
This time, Germany conquered Europe by accident. I bet they're regretting it now...
I like mpettis' take on this - Private Sanjeev
The key to writing is the key to life. Slow down and learn to love every character.
Even apostrophes? Loving apostrophes is hard to do... - Todd Hoff
I save my good loving for the colon. - Steve C, Team Marina
Sweet, sweet semi-colon lovin' is the name of the game. - Lisa L. Seifert from Android
Calm down, Paul. - Akiva
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