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Paul Buchheit
*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#SCREWED
Thanks everyone. - Paul Buchheit
Ross Miller
Which Star Wars characters are the 2012 Republican Candidates most like? - Quora -
Which Star Wars characters are the 2012 Republican Candidates most like? - Quora
"Mitt Romney: (robotic, snobby and made of gold)" -- Best. Quora. Ever. - Ross Miller from Bookmarklet
Okay... maybe not ever, but it made me laugh. - Ross Miller
Awesome. C3PO doesn't seem very psychopathic though. - Paul Buchheit
Paul Buchheit
"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 - Final Countdown
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
Paul Buchheit
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
What could POSSIBLY make my cable box take nearly 10 MINUTES to boot up?
Further investigation has revealed that being a piece of shit is what makes it take so long. - Gabe
Makes sense. - Paul Buchheit from iPhone
if you kick it, will it boot faster? - imabonehead
i don't have direct experience of cable tv boxes, but i have some of sat tv boxes. mine (sky italia) takes a lot of time (not 10 minutes, but anyway minutes) to apparently boot after a power failure or if it had been unplugged. if i just turn it off from the remote, then on, it's pretty fast. i imagine that since the box is supposed to be always on (e.g. to receive updates OTA) the boot... more... - Alb. [CHIUSO]
Tudor Bosman
xkcd: Alternative Literature -
xkcd: Alternative Literature
"I just noticed CVS has started stocking homeopathic pills on the same shelves with--and labeled similarly to--their actual medicine. Telling someone who trusts you that you're giving them medicine, when you know you’re not, because you want their money, isn’t just lying--it’s like an example you’d make up if you had to illustrate for a child why lying is wrong." - Tudor Bosman from Bookmarklet
I wouldn't have understood it was a comic strip about homeopathy without the title text. - Stephen Mack
That's how I read books, actually. Never underestimate the power of the placebo effect. That medicine works is more important than how it works. - Paul Buchheit
I somehow disbelieve that Paul has a bookshelf of blank books. - Stephen Mack
But would believe he's addicted to prescription Placebex(R)? - Brian Johns
I thought the strip was about deconstructionism before I read the title text. - Andrew C (✔)
I have many shelves full of unopened books. The pages are not blank, just unseen. I imagine what's written in them :) - Paul Buchheit
As I recall, the placebo effect not only works, it works really well -- like a placebo injection works better than a placebo pill. Does anybody know if homeopathy works better for people who don't know it's fake? - Gabe
Ben Darnell
Kevin Fox
Prediction: Quora will be bought by Google by February, 2011.
Before, or after Twitter? - Paul Buchheit
Oh before, definitely. I think Google's going to take one more try at building an in-house competitor before they make another serious acquisition attempt. They knew when to throw in the Video towel and grab YouTube, but the hype machine has driven Twitter's perceived valuation beyond what even Google would pay for it. - Kevin Fox
Then again, maybe Google has a different view on Twitter's monetization potential: I guess we'll see. - Kevin Fox
I sincerely hope not. That would also mean that they could not morph/innovate on Aardvark . - Space Cowboy
What is Quora, and is there a reason I should care about it? - Gabe
Cristo: Good idea. Do they have a web site? - Gabe
Cristo, rhetorical question? - Private Sanjeev
Cristo, I'm not suggesting that Quora is a Twitter competitor. - Kevin Fox from iPhone
Gabe, I don't know you personally but, I like Quora enough to make me reply. Check out the questions and answers on this page: - Space Cowboy
Kevin, I'm still betting on Twitter first. Quora will be too expensive for a long time (it will take more than 6 months for the bid/ask to cross). - Paul Buchheit
I wonder if any big company ever died by being too trigger-happy on acquisitions. - Private Sanjeev
Time-Warner? ;-) - Kevin Fox from iPhone
Or IAC? - Kevin Fox from iPhone
So, glad this is not true - yet. - Space Cowboy
mee too. - ideali
Paul Buchheit
How to Avoid Going to Jail under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 for Lying to Governme... -
"What if you are absolutely convinced that you didn't do anything to help your former employer and that you are entirely innocent of wrongdoing? Since you have nothing to hide, is it safe to talk? There can still be real danger in speaking to a government agent in these circumstances. To begin with, you are not qualified to know whether you are innocent of wrongdoing under federal criminal law . I have already noted the minimal nature of the act needed to connect you to another's crime if you have knowledge of that crime. But the danger goes beyond this. Not all federal crimes (particularly regulatory crimes) even require criminal intent. Moreover, you and your employer may have engaged in some widespread industry practice, acceptable at the time, which is now under stricter scrutiny. One offhand remark to the federal agent could turn into a damaging admission." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Scary. Unless you're an attorney, I guess. - Stephen Mack
This advice applies to talking to police in general. When cops come calling, tell them to speak to your attorney. - Gabe
They should teach a class in high school about exercising your rights. - Chris Lamprecht
except that public school is all about teaching you to forget that you even have any rights. - Big Joe Silenced
To quote Bill Hicks, "You're free to do what we tell you." - teleken from BuddyFeed
Isn't the term "an army for Christ" an oxymoron?
I don't know much about Jesus Christ, but I'm pretty sure that he was sort of against the ideas of war and fighting. - Gabe
We've invented a new character to help explain this: Facepalm Jesus. People need to be told that they are embarrassing Jesus with this army of Christ nonsense. - Paul Buchheit from iPhone
Does Facepalm Jesus have a picture (preferably discerned on a piece of toast or a tree trunk) and a Tumblr? Because I want to subscribe. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
tell that to the "crusaders". In them days, they would call you blasphemy and put u to the stake as an infidel ! - Peter Dawson
if the "crusaders" were around today they'd be suicide bombing left and right. - Big Joe Silenced
Of course if Christians were suicide bombers, they wouldn't be terrorists -- they would just be doing Christ's will. - Gabe
Chicago has QR codes everywhere. I don't see them around the Bay Area, but they're on 1/3 of subway signs in Chicago.
QR codes were all over Bumbershoot/Seattle Center too. I'm surprised they're not bigger in the Bay Area. - Andrew C (✔)
Does anyone there scan them? - Paul Buchheit from iPhone
I didn't see any, no. But if it's anything like web ad clickthrough rates, the odds were against seeing it, esp as they're practically for smartphone users only in North America. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Paul Buchheit
Now who will be the first to buy a carrier, Apple or Google? Sprint market cap is just over $10B (up 8.75% today).
None of them. If anything, Microsoft will become a soft carrier, followed quickly by Apple, then Google. Here are some thoughts I had on that a few months ago: - Kevin Fox
Someone please. That's where we need real disruption. - Todd Hoff
Realistically, no carrier has first-class coverage everywhere, and neither Apple or Google would tie their own product image to a single carrier's coverage area (again). Everyone's learned by watching the love/hate relationship users have with Apple and AT&T the past four years. No way they hobble themselves to a single physical infrastructure. - Kevin Fox
Buying a carrier doesn't mean that they couldn't still sell phones on the other carriers and more than buying Motorola precludes them from putting Android on Samsung devices. - Paul Buchheit
Would SprintApple still sell Android and Windows phones? - Kevin Fox
Carriers are so much about commoditized physical infrastructure that I'd have to believe Apple is looking for a way to make them obsolete, rather than buying one for themselves. - Kevin Fox
Amazon? -- Since they're already using Sprint for the Kindle. Might also make for some interesting Twilio-style additions to AWS - Ken Sheppardson
Amazon no longer uses Sprint for the Kindle. It uses AT&T. It was the only way to get global coverage. - Piaw Na
Aha. Got it. Meaning the newer K3 (and K2?) use AT&T? Y'know given the differing radio/network technologies, I wonder if anybody'd want Sprint, with all the inherent coverage limitations. - Ken Sheppardson
If Amazon would build a pneumatic tube delivery service underneath everyone's homes and businesses (to replace FedEx/UPS/OnTrac), they could also put Wi-Max or LTE in their tubes, so that the Internet would actually be a series of tubes. - Amit Patel
Tubes have been replaced with solar powered automated driving delivery vehicles. Not quite as romantic, or com friendly, but it uses the existing road system. - Todd Hoff
I don't think Apple wants any part of a deal to buy plumbing. If they can cover that plumbing in gold plate and sell it as an experience, then maybe. Microsoft, on the other hand, has plenty of cash and doesn't mind being a plumber. - Eric - Final Countdown
Trucks? Tubes? Pfft... Autonomous solar-powered drones that dock at giant floating fulfillment center airships are the way to go. Get around the whole state-by-state tax problem once and for all. Just float over them. - Ken Sheppardson
Ooh, delivery by airdrop. I like it. - Amit Patel
Plus you tie this in with an app on your Android device and you'd get a little alert that says "You're package is available for delivery... please step outside"... BAM - Ken Sheppardson
Airspace tax zones would be sure to follow :-) And I think the economics of lifting goods into the air will have to wait for zero-point energy devices. - Todd Hoff
Lifting goods is cheap on the space pulley. You put a chunk of asteroid on one side and you put a container of goods on the other side. Make sure the asteroid is heavier, and it will go down as the goods go up. You extract the precious metals out of the asteroid and use that money to fund development of your delivery spacecraft, which is orbiting the Earth at supersonic speeds, picking up goods from the space pulley and releasing them at just the right time to hit Ken on the head. - Amit Patel
I figure eventually they'll just have fab plants on the moon. Solar power turns moon rocks into whatever you need, and the end products get railgunned out of the moon's gravity well and fall straight to your home with a guided descent with last-minute parachute braking. The fun part is that your Amazon Prime cutoff time will be dependent on the moon's relative position to you, so it... more... - Kevin Fox
Since this conversation looks to be officially derailed, I vote for some form of Wonka-Vision to be the distribution method of choice for Amazon prime... - Ross Miller
That or skyhooks. - Kevin Fox
Until I parsed "Sprint" I was sure you are talking about the actual warship, you know, Invincible class carrier is now supposedly on closed auction in UK :) - Michael Bravo
Well, yeah, I guess that ties in with the Amazon sub-thread nicely. They probably are the most likely to be the first to buy a carrier, e.g. - Ken Sheppardson
Although as far as sub-threads go, this'd probably be more appropriate: - Ken Sheppardson
The first thought that came into my head was "Aircraft Carrier" to use as a Datacenter... - Stuart Woodward
Louis Gray
Google+ 1 More: I'm Joining Google Monday -
Google+ 1 More: I'm Joining Google Monday
Wow! That's great, Louis. Congrats. - Laura Norvig
Congratulations! - Jim #teamFFrank
Congrats LG, that's awesome! Now about that API ... ;-) - John
that's fantastic. congratulations Louis! - chrisofspades
Wait...we all knew +Louis Gray was with the Googs team already, no? Yes. :D Congratulations Louis!! All the best to you!!! - sofarsoShawn
You can be like the guy in the Dilbert comic. Instead of telling them to make it more "webbish", just tell the team to make it more "friendfeedish." - Laura Norvig
Congratulations, Louis, this is a fantastic move all round! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
When I first saw this headline, I thought, "hmm, what's Google Monday? Is that like Follow Friday?" - Laura Norvig
Congratulations Louis! Laura, I thought the same thing. I thought he was inventing a new Google meme - Tamara, #TeamMarina
Wow Cong';rats.. another one bites the dust !! - Peter Dawson
Congrats Louis! - Ken Gidley
Congratulations Google! Well done, Louis!! - Yolanda from Android
Holy smokes!!! Congrats! - Kevin Fox
Congrats Louis. Hope you find there what you are looking for. - Me
Congrats! Well deserved! (Does this mean even MORE swag? I can DM my address. :D ) - That's So CAJ!
Congratulations Louis, and Great Move Google! - John Craft
Congratulations Louis! They're insanely lucky to have you on board! - vicster.
Yes, congrats! - Eric - Final Countdown
Congrats, Louis! First step, you've got to convince them that the real name policy is a big marketing failure. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Congrats! - Dario Gomez
Congratulations! - Paul Buchheit
Ok heres your first assginment - tell Google Related to actually relate correct stuff and secondly can it be intregrated with G+ :)- - Peter Dawson
Congratulations, Louis! - Spidra Webster
Congrats! - ebru
Congrats, Louis! - LB needs a vacation
congrats - Pluto in USA
Well congratulations to you!. All the very best from this died in the wool Mac Guy. I hope you can find the time, sometime, to make that My6Sense available in other apps and contexts outside the My6Sense app itself. - JSLeFanu
Congrats! You must be super excited! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Congratulations, Louis! - Ross Miller
Congrats sir! - SAM
Congrats Louis! Well deserved, what a perfect fit for this job. - Oguz Serdar
super congrats, Louis! :D - #cryptic
Congrats Louis! - Michael Fidler
:) great! - Franc, a rememberer
Sounds like a great fit. Congratulations! - Benjamin Golub
I might have to make Louis a t-shirt that says "Google Apps users are people too!" Do you think he would wear it to work? - Skyler Call
Congratulations! wow, being all poker-faced about it last Tuesday... :) - Tudor Bosman
Congrats, Louis. Though I suspect we should all be posting on Google+ now since you're the Product Marketing Manager for the Google+ team. ;-) - Kol Tregaskes
Congrats - Rodfather
Awesome! I'm gonna have to start using G+ now :) - Stephen Mack
Yay! Congrats. - Monique the crochet freak from Android
Cool. Can you send us some of the free pizza? - Joe
Maybe you can inject some FF style goodness and hurry up into the G+ development process? - Brian Sullivan
Assimilation Complete :) - Johnny from iPhone
Interesting choice....I'm looking forward to seeing how this influences your posts...;) - Phil Ashman
Cool! You're going to wear a FriendFeed shirt every day, right? - Amit Patel
Thanks guys! You know I will work to bring the coolness of FriendFeed to Google+. It's a secret mission. - Louis Gray
Oops. Just revealed secret mission. How do you delete comments? :) - Louis Gray
Sorry for the poker face, Tudor (and Kevin). :) - Louis Gray
Are you going to be active on FF? - batuhan icoz
congratulations Louis don't forget us mortals! we know you are a robot! - testbeta
Congratulations! I'm looking forward to watching your progress there. - Anne Bouey
Batuhan, I have a hard time imagining not using FriendFeed? But you've already seen me using it less, in favor of Google+. I think the best solution is for those of us interested in making the move to do so, and/or Google+ learning from the best FriendFeed has to offer. - Louis Gray
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Congrats, Louis. Of course, this means even less sleep, right? - Friar Will
What is this sleep you refer to? - Louis Gray
The stuff I don't get enough of so I can chat with friends from round the world on FF, :^) - Friar Will
welcome aboard !! - Onur Karaagaoglu
Can I use your employee discount for some Android toys? - Rodfather
most surprising thing for me is that TNW didn't wrote anything about this. - batuhan icoz
Strange that I found out about this on Twitter and not G+ or FriendFeed... (Louis, you're now in my Google People circle. Just sayin'...) - Dennis Jernberg
Congrats, Louis! - imabonehead
I may be the last person on the planet to hear this news, but Congrats anyway! - DJ Stevie Steve
++Amit! Ben and Tudor, whadda we hafta do to keep Louis well-wardrobed for the job? - Mary B: #TeamMonique
It's about time! :) - Charlie Anzman
Congrats - but... but... - it means now I will ignore anything you say about google+ or it's perceived competitors... well, not ignore, but strongly pinch-of-salt it... Anyway, here's to you kicking ass there and making google+ better!!! - Iphigenie
I LOVE this move. Congratulations. +1 to you!! - Harold Cabezas
Louis, agree on your comment about Google+ and FF. G+ needs to learn from FF and hopefully everyone here will move over there... then I don't have to jump form one service to the other all the time. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
... there goes the neighborhood ... - Laura Norvig
WHAT. I completely missed this. Processing... - Josh Haley
posted as comment on blog: "Dude..... DUDE! Wow. Congrats! Next post has to be something negative about Google, so we know you're keeping it real. Kidding. You're the standard of keeping it real. All the others could learn a ton from watching you. Best of luck and please wear your FFundercats shirt to Google one day and send me a pic of you in it with some amazing Google backdrop. Your assignment is before you. Go and do. ;)" - Josh Haley
Awesome Louis! Congrats! - AJ Batac
congrads mr gray (dont lose any sleep over it though, ;) - chaz2b
Google is the lucky one. Forward Ho!, Louis. Exciting. - Micah
Jesse Stay
This is the best advice I've ever read on the subject. I love Mark Cuban. - Jesse Stay
Interesting. I did some of those things in my 20s — worked two jobs, tracked every single expense (even a dollar here or there), found that way too much money went into food, set a goal of $2 per day in food. Used spare time to study stuff that would be useful for current or future work, so that I could get good at it. It helped me tremendously, but I don't know if it works for everyone. - Amit Patel
And then sell a domain name to Yahoo for $5 Billion... :) - Paul Buchheit
Paul, I don't think Yahoo is even worth $5 Billion. ;) - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Ross Miller
+1 - Paul Buchheit from iPhone
Like - Gabe
G+ is not clicking with me because of overall look, feel and functionality. Which is why I am still on Friendfeed. - Sean McBride
What I have learned from the explosion of social media platforms: the future of personal computing lies in developing smart personal assistants to automatically manage and prioritize all the news and information in the world that is of greatest relevance to each of us individually. - Sean McBride
Good post, Ross. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks, Stephen! I feel like I'm judging G+ fairly harshly because I want it to act exactly like FriendFeed; just with super-flashy-circle-lists! - Ross Miller
Paul Buchheit
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Platonic. - Cliff Gerrish
All right, who is letting the fortune cookie writers study holographic string theory again? - Technodad bed. - Stephen Mack
+1 Stephen ! - Peter Dawson
Paul Buchheit
Mark Zuckerberg is the most popular user on Google+ - #amusing
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no circles for Larry, Vic and Sergey? - @zaps
21k users? It went up fast during the weekend! - Zu from AOD from iPhone
I can't wait until Robert hits the friend limit and starts complaining. ;-P - Jeff P. Henderson
like that - Shakhawat Hossain
AJ Batac
Dear Google+, we were first. Love, Microsoft Windows 95 Plus!
I worked on that, coincidentally. - Paul Buchheit
Someone should do a retrospective of brands/products with the word "plus". Seems like there have been a lot of them over the years. Household cleaners and feminine hygiene products some to mind, but I'm sure there are many others. - Laura Norvig from iPod
+1 Paul - AJ Batac
better for araoud the world - Shakhawat Hossain
Paul Buchheit
Why Snack Food Is Addictive: The Grand Unified Theory of Snack Appeal -
Why Snack Food Is Addictive: The Grand Unified Theory of Snack Appeal
Why Snack Food Is Addictive: The Grand Unified Theory of Snack Appeal
"Complete protein is satiating. Our bodies absolutely require complete protein—but they also have a limited capacity to process protein in excess of our requirement. This shows up as what’s called “protein leverage”: people tend to consume food until they’ve ingested about 360 calories worth of complete protein. All other things being equal, if we eat foods high in protein, we consume less calories, and if we eat foods low in protein, we consume more. Therefore, if we want to sell an addictive and non-satiating food, we should keep it very low in protein (e.g. candy, cookies, potato chips). If it does contain protein, that protein should be incomplete—deficient in at least one essential amino acid—since the limiting factor for protein utilization is the least abundant essential amino acid. Guess what? Corn and wheat, the foundation of chips, crackers, cookies, and over 90% of the breakfast aisle, are both deficient in lysine. And both zein (corn protein) and gluten (wheat protein) are... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
"Here’s a startling experiment: rats prefer saccharine and sugar to intravenous cocaine, even after previously becoming addicted to cocaine." - Gabe
Paul Buchheit
Life can't always be good, but it can always be interesting.
Don't worry Paul, friendfeed will always have a special place in our hearts. You can always beat Google once again. - mehmet
It was actually a more general thought, nothing to do with FriendFeed. On the topic of ff, my only real complaint is that people haven't copied it enough :) - Paul Buchheit
I'm sure someone else will do it. :) - Oguz Serdar
@Paul: Well, don't worry, many of us are lobbying G+ folks very hard to adopt more of the FF feature set. - AJ Kohn
I want to +1 Paul's comment. - Louis Gray
I want to +1 on Louis for adding +1 on Paul's comment - Vic Ted
And i want to +1 victed's. - batuhan icoz
+1. - Nathan Chase from iPhone
I hate math. - Anika
as it's not referring to FF then? How so? - sofarsoShawn
A round of +1s for everyone. - Micah
Paul Buchheit
Rochester police use selective enforcement of parking laws to harass attendees at a meeting in support of woman who was arrested for video-recording a police stop from her front yard -
"A followup on Emily Good, the woman who was arrested for video-recording a police stop from her front yard: during a neighborhood meeting in support of Ms Good, Rochester Police came out with a ruler and measured the parking-distance of the attendees' cars. Cars that were more than 12 inches from the curb (even by half an inch) were ticketed. Needless to say, the 12 inch ordinance isn't normally enforced with this kind of vigor." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
wonder if somebody recorded the measurement of the 12 inches? - kartik vaithyanathan
I'm surprised that the person videotaping these cops didn't get arrested, too! - Gabe
Kevin Fox
Prediction: Dropbox to be acquired before the end of 2011. -
Did you get that nugget of info out of somebody's dropbox account recently? - Brian Johns
by ? - Ozgur Demir
Will the acquisition require a valid password? - Neal Krummell
Ozgur, follow the linky! - Kevin Fox from iPhone
the very first day I saw Dropbox, I said "Facebook should buy this company". - Ozgur Demir
There is another reason they will be acquired soon. It has to do with the track record of one of their recent hires :) - Benjamin Golub
But Ben can also trigger IPOs, as was the case at Google :) - Paul Buchheit
One of these days, I will just follow Ben around. - Louis Gray
Paul Buchheit
"Tony said faking madness was the easy part, especially when you're 17 and you take drugs and watch a lot of scary movies. You don't need to know how authentically crazy people behave. You just plagiarise the character Dennis Hopper played in the movie Blue Velvet. That's what Tony did. He told a visiting psychiatrist he liked sending people love letters straight from his heart, and a love letter was a bullet from a gun, and if you received a love letter from him, you'd go straight to hell. ... Tony said the day he arrived at the dangerous and severe personality disorder (DSPD) unit, he took one look at the place and realised he'd made a spectacularly bad decision. He asked to speak urgently to psychiatrists. "I'm not mentally ill," he told them. It is an awful lot harder, Tony told me, to convince people you're sane than it is to convince them you're crazy." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
The terrifying part of this article is midway: "'Serial killers ruin families,' shrugged Hare. 'Corporate and political and religious psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies.' It wasn't only Hare who believed that a disproportionate number of psychopaths can be found in high places. Over the following months, I spoke to scores of psychologists who all said the same. Everyone in... more... - Stephen Mack
It is hilarious to see this article paired with Paul's current user pic. - Spidra Webster
+1 Spidra - Mr. Gunn
Paul Buchheit
Therapy to change 'feminine' boy created a troubled man, family says -
Therapy to change 'feminine' boy created a troubled man, family says
"At one table Kirk could choose between what were considered masculine toys like plastic guns and handcuffs, and what were meant to be feminine toys like dolls and a play crib. At the other table, Kirk could choose between boys' clothing and a toy electric razor or items like dress-up jewelry and a wig. According to the case study, Kaytee Murphy was told to ignore her son when he played with feminine toys and compliment him when he played with masculine toys. "They pretty much told him he wasn't right the way that he was, but they never really explained it to him what the issue was. They did it through play," Maris said. Rekers wrote that Kirk would cry out for attention, even throwing tantrums, but Kaytee Murphy was told to keep going. At home, the punishment for feminine behavior would become more severe. The therapists instructed Kirk's parents to use poker chips as a system of rewards and punishments. According to Rekers' case study, blue chips were given for masculine behavior... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
That is so heartbreaking :(( - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Sounds like someone read about animal training and didn't consider the fact that kids aren't pets. - Heather
Sigh. :( - Derrick
Wow. Poor guy. :( - Rochelle
So messed up. Guessing this was about not raising a gay kid? I've known very masculine gay guys and very feminine straight guys. - iTad from iPhone
This is just abuse. - AJ Kohn
either way.. treating ones kids as an experiment is a no no - for any decent parent ! - Peter Dawson
The guy who did the study is this douchebag: - Gabe
Paul Buchheit
Ads Implant False Memories -
Ads Implant False Memories
"One week later, all the subjects were quizzed about their memory of the product. Here’s where things get disturbing: While students who saw the low-imagery ad were extremely unlikely to report having tried the popcorn, those who watched the slick commercial were just as likely to have said they tried the popcorn as those who actually did. Furthermore, their ratings of the product were as favorable as those who sampled the salty, buttery treat. Most troubling, perhaps, is that these subjects were extremely confident in these made-up memories. The delusion felt true. They didn’t like the popcorn because they’d seen a good ad. They liked the popcorn because it was delicious. The scientists refer to this as the “false experience effect,” since the ads are slyly weaving fictional experiences into our very real lives." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
And that sir, is what Advertising is still the industry that it is. - AJ Kohn
Advertising isn't related paid hyperlinks in the right column, it's the production of desire, the production of memory. Reality *is* delusions that feel true. - Cliff Gerrish
But I *want* a pizza! - Amit Patel
"Our memories are a “Save As”: They are files that get rewritten every time we remember them, which is why the more we remember something, the less accurate the memory becomes. ... We steal our stories from everywhere." - Clare Dibble
@clare - that's a keeper. "Save as" - lovey. - zeroinfluencer
Blade Runner went real :) - A. T.
"Do advertisers dream of electric sheep?" - zeroinfluencer
"Remembering your kindergarten days, it's really the memory of a memory of a memory." - Adriano
Paul Buchheit
Y Combinator Numbers (the first 316 startups!) -
"I was recently asked in an interview how YC is doing. We're old enough now (6 years) and have enough data (316 startups including this summer's) that we should be able to start to answer that." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Paul Buchheit
See Girl Talk, Lady Gaga Performed on Tesla Coils -
"The coils themselves were built by the Tesla Orchestra, which hails from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The machines are designed to emit bolts of electricity that match the notes on a keyboard. Tesla Orchestra will be performing the best submissions to the Open Spark Project on June 11 in Cleveland. The opening act is the Blue Ribbon Glee Club, an a capella group that performs classic punk songs. Not enough awesome for you? Then check out the video below of the Tesla Orchestra performing Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” in Croatia during a 2010 European tour." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Paul Buchheit
Self-Compassion: The Most Important Life Skill? -
"With or without self-esteem interventions, most people think they are better than average on just about every trait psychologists have bothered , including self-awareness, Neff explained. And today's college students, according to a 2010 meta-analysis of past relevant research, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, are more narcissistic than they have ever been. They may also be less resilient and more fragile psychologically, according to experts such as Hara Estroff Marano, author of "A Nation of Wimps" (Broadway, 2008). Kids who, say, grow up constantly hearing "You are so smart," may start believing "smartness" is part of what makes them lovable. And therefore, anything that does not support this picture of themselves, such as a C on a test, a negative evaluation or a job rejection, causes them to become defensive, anxious or, in some extreme cases, completely fall apart, Marano contends. Rather than continuing to put stock in building... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Why elevate self-compassion over compassion in general? - Huy Zing
I think a lot of people have problems with anxiety, but self-esteem as a cure for anxiety sounds like something a narcissist came up with. This sounds much healthier, although I'm a little troubled with the overall influence of psychological fashion as evidenced by the self-esteem movement. - Zach Baker from iPhone
Today's narcissistic over-confident college grads: Meet today's job market! - Brian Johns
Paul Buchheit
What Happens to All the Asian-American Overachievers When the Test-Taking Ends? -
What Happens to All the Asian-American Overachievers When the Test-Taking Ends?
"Hsieh didn’t have to conform to Western standards of comportment because he adopted early on the Western value of risk-taking. Growing up, he would play recordings of himself in the morning practicing the violin, in lieu of actually practicing. He credits the experience he had running a pizza business at Harvard as more important than anything he learned in class. He had an instinctive sense of what the real world would require of him, and he knew that nothing his parents were teaching him would get him there." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
"It is a part of the bitter undercurrent of Asian-American life that meritocracy comes to an abrupt end after graduation." - A Mitchell
Or more specifically, the "merit" of test-taking is not so highly valued outside of school. - Paul Buchheit
The article’s characterization of Asian-Americans sounds vaguely similar to some job descriptions we might see for entry-level software engineers. In Asia. More quotes from the article: “The traits that got you to where you are won’t necessarily take you to the next level,” says the diversity consultant Jane Hyun, who wrote a book called Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling. To become a leader... more... - A Mitchell
Eric Case
When You Have a Corrupt “Member CHP 11-99 Foundation” License Plate Holder, You Don’t Need a License Plate, Right? -
I've always wondered about these... I feel like I only ever see them on Beemers or Benzes. - Eric Case
Do they really cost $2500? - Paul Buchheit
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