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Paul Buchheit
Investors Cough Up $1.6 Million To Dine With Grubwithus, The Brilliant Social Dining Service -
Investors Cough Up $1.6 Million To Dine With Grubwithus, The Brilliant Social Dining Service
"The idea behind Grubwithus is an awesome yet simple one. You browse for a restaurant you’d like to go to in a certain city and buy a ticket for your meal at a set price. But the key is that others do this as well, all with the intention of meeting new people over dinner. And when you’re buying your ticket, you can see who your dinner buddies will be. Yes, it’s sort of like Groupon meets Meetup. And yes, it’s brilliant. So it should be no surprise that a long list of prominent early-stage investors have decided they’d love to back Grubwithus. The service, which launched out of Y Combinator last year, has just raised a $1.6 million round. Who’s at the funding table? Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, NEA, SV Angel, Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, Vivi Nevo, Yuri Milner, Maynard Webb, Matt Cutts, Elad Gil, Paul Buchheit, Alexis Ohanian, Start Fund, and Y Combinator." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Clever idea! - Oguz Serdar
Creative! - Edwin Khodabakchian
Sounds like fun. - Benjamin Golub
grub happens to be the famous bootloader's name - testbeta
So will you all be put at the same table or just eat at the same restaurant at the same time? How do you know who you will be seated next to so that you might have something in common? You can really only talk to about 5 other people depending on the table size and layout so there is a maximum benefit there. - Lindsay
why not make it - pay my dinner if you want to talk to me? - je suis d'artagnan
Paul Buchheit
Another Y Combinator Win: WuFoo Exits For $35 Million, After Raising Only $118,000 -
Another Y Combinator Win: WuFoo Exits For $35 Million, After Raising Only $118,000
"What’s really great about this story is that WuFoo is another Y Combinator win. The startup launched way back in 2006 with only $118,000 in angel money (Paul Bucheit, who is now a partner at Y Combinator, was one of the investors). The company never needed to raise money again. It added payment processing options a couple years later, and now more than $100 million in transactions have been processed through its forms." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
That is so cool! I just got the email from WuFoo. I've been using their product forever. Everyone else here uses Survey Monkey, but I've always found WuFoo even more intuitive and versatile. - Laura Norvig
Wow, congratulations - Mehmet Fatih YILDIZ
Wufoo is wunderful, Paul! Congratulations! - Ross Miller
whew thats a good Exit for CAPEX of $118K = $35M exit.. ratios are sky rocket high ! - Peter Dawson
Paul Buchheit
Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us -
Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us
"The Obama administration is urging Congress not to adopt legislation that would impose constitutional safeguards on Americans’ e-mail stored in the cloud. As the law stands now, the authorities may obtain cloud e-mail without a warrant if it is older than 180 days, thanks to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act adopted in 1986. At that time, e-mail left on a third-party server for six months was considered to be abandoned, and thus enjoyed less privacy protection. However, the law demands warrants for the authorities to seize e-mail from a person’s hard drive. A coalition of internet service providers and other groups, known as Digital Due Process, has lobbied for an update to the law to treat both cloud- and home-stored e-mail the same, and thus require a probable-cause warrant for access." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Tom Stocky
I'm really loving this, it's so much more natural and intuitive than using a keyboard and mouse. - Tom Stocky from Bookmarklet
You should watch the video :-D - Maitani
Fancy. They put a lot of work into that video. - Paul Buchheit
They say that Thom Yorke inspired Google to invent Gmail Motion, what do you think Tom? - Özkan Altuner
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D - Sinan İŞLER
I'm sure this says "April Fools Day" on there somewhere, but I can't find it. - scott willeke
Yeah Scott it does when you click try gmail motion - testbeta
i was taken in by that job autocompleter :P - testbeta
@Ozkan: Ha! I'm sure those moves would come naturally to a lot of lead singers. - Tom Stocky
Somebody did this with Kinect: - Jemm
Chlorine trifluoride -
Chlorine trifluoride
"It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water — with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals — steel, copper, aluminium, etc. — because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminium keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes." - Gabe from Bookmarklet
Sounds fun. - Paul Buchheit
Also see (and the rest of the "Things I Won't Work With" posts on that blog: - Tudor Bosman
Alien Blood! "The ability to surpass the oxidizing ability of oxygen leads to corrosivity against oxide-containing materials often thought as incombustible. In an industrial accident, a spill of 900 kg of chlorine trifluoride burned itself through 30 cm of concrete and 90 cm of gravel beneath." - Private Sanjeev
Paul Buchheit
Shoestring Budget? Starting to feel growth issues on your back-end? Embrace unix and C -
"Part of knowing a tool is knowing when it's inappropriate. A rewrite in ANY language to "fix" a problem that you don't understand is generally a mistake. Doing things the needlessly complex way doesn't make you a better or manlier programmer. By the way, a lot of these perl and python scripts spend most of their time calling into C libraries anyway, so the performance difference is often negligible." - Paul Buchheit
Cristo, yes that would be optimal. - NOT THE CRICKET attempts to provide this, though it suffers the same issues in reaching critical mass as any such effort. - DGentry
Paul Buchheit
It's a hyper-local mobile application for social travel recommendations. Only 200 applications in, and I'm already losing my mind.
Hyper local... like... 5 feet either side of me? - Johnny
Also, it's somehow related to GroupOn. - Paul Buchheit
That's all about the idea. What does the application tell you about the team? - Bruce Lewis
Paul Buchheit
"It's a tautology to say that normal people are the most suggestible, since it's because they're the most suggestible that they're the most normal!" - Impro
Hi Paul. I'm sorry to bother you but i have serious issue related with friendfeed. Someone is impersonating me at this profile; and he/she is using my real life information, phone number and my own pictures to insult me. Unfortunately, this fake profile already listed in Google search under my name and i'm having a hard time in these days. I already reported this issue with using ff contact form but it's not resolved. Could you help me? - Monad Teodise
this suggests that the difference between suggestible and normal is more connotation than denotation. - Clare Dibble
I think it's tautology to suggest that normal people even exist. Have you ever met a normal person? I haven't. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Some people are more normal than others. - Paul Buchheit
Alex, how would you know? Do you have a known standard for normalcy that none have yet attained? I think 'normal' is like 'opposite' in that the term only makes sense if you look at a limited number of axes at a time. Blue is the opposite of red but they're both colors and thus the same. A person normal in every regard would probably be quite unusual for that feat alone. - Kevin Fox
I'm the most normal, suggestible Mark Trapp living in Portland, Oregon I'm aware of. - Mark Trapp
Kevin, I base my opinion on aggregated statistics among other things. After all, how many people do you know who have 2.7 kids? - Scoble, Alex Scoble from YouFeed
I like Paul's answer though. - Scoble, Alex Scoble from YouFeed
Normal != average - Kevin Fox
I tend to read "suggestible" as "open to new ideas", causing this quote not to make sense to me. - Bruce Lewis
What does normal mean then, Kevin? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Normal applies to samples and populations, average applies to individual data points? - Victor Ganata
If you find someone who fits in to the normal distribution for all characteristics and interests, let me know. I consider someone to not be normal (and this is a good thing, I think normal sucks and doesn't exist) if even one characteristic or interest is outside the norm. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
If you're inside the Bell curve, even if you're in one of the tails, you're still technically normal. You can be normal and be nowhere near average. Like, you might be 6 foot 11 inches, and that's technically normal, although that's almost half a foot taller than average. Whereas, if you were 15 foot 11 inches, that's not normal. - Victor Ganata
Everything's inside the bell curve, some are just more standard deviations away from the mean. - Tinfoil 2.0
True, but with real sample sets in nature, you don't usually get way out there. There are no 15 footers playing in the NBA today. - Victor Ganata
I'm highly suggestible and have never been normal. - Ruchira S. Datta
'Average' has tighter bounds than 'normal' in common usage. Everyone who is 'average looking' is 'normal looking' but not everyone who looks normal is average. You can be a normal person without being an average person. Being above or below average doesn't make you abnormal. You'd have to be further along the curve than that. - Kevin Fox
April Buchheit
Teen Decomposes Plastic Bag in Three Months | Wired Science | -
Teen Decomposes Plastic Bag in Three Months | Wired Science |
"Plastic takes thousands of years to decompose — but 16-year-old science fair contestant Daniel Burd made it happen in just three months. The Waterloo, Ontario high school junior figured that something must make plastic degrade, even if it does take millennia, and that something was probably bacteria. The Record reports that Burd mixed landfill dirt with yeast and tap water, then added ground plastic and let it stew. The plastic indeed decomposed more quickly than it would in nature; after experimenting with different temperatures and configurations, Burd isolated the microbial munchers. One came from the bacterial genus Pseudomonas, and the other from the genus Sphingomonas. Burd says this should be easy on an industrial scale: all that’s needed is a fermenter, a growth medium and plastic, and the bacteria themselves provide most of the energy by producing heat as they eat. The only waste is water and a bit of carbon dioxide." - April Buchheit from Bookmarklet
So why is carbon sequestration a good idea when it's all complicated and expensive, but bad when it involves burying plastic bags in landfills? - Paul Buchheit
I think it's better to sequester carbon as dirt than as bags. - Gabe
But if it's already in plastic bag form, why not leave it that way instead of turning it into CO2? - Paul Buchheit
Paul: that's exactly what I've been thinking. Particularly since the City of Seattle no longer allows residents to sequester food based carbon in landfills and instead requires us to burn it into compost. - Hayes Haugen
Dirt is useful because you can grow stuff in it. Most waste products are not so useful. - Gabe
Yes, but the choice isn't between dirt and plastic -- it's between plastic and CO2. - Paul Buchheit
I have to agree with Paul on this one: atmospheric CO2 is much more of a pressing concern at the moment than landfill space. Though I do admire the kid's scientific spirit. - Louis Simoneau
Concur with Louis and Paul. Here's an interesting Penn & Teller bit about landfills: (from their Bullshit episode on Recycling myths). - Stephen Mack
It doesn't say what the process actually produces. They mention the feed material (plastic) and the waste material (water, CO2), but not the real products. I assumed it produced globs of carbon. Am I wrong? - Gabe
Why would you assume that Gabe? - Paul Buchheit
the carbon in the CO2, perhaps? - Jack Jones
Has nobody considered this for an artificial ecosystem? Compost your scraps for fertile soil, and compost your bags for the CO2 for the plants growing in it. Sure you'll need an airlock on your greenhouse (and an oxy mask whenever you enter it) but you'll have the best damned tomatoes on your street. - Chris Charabaruk
You don't want to leave it in plastic form as it screws up the ocean large! Check this out I hope they can use this to make something that would eat the plastic in the ocean rather than the sea life dying from it. - Luke Kilpatrick
Since it said that the waste products were CO2 and water, I assumed there were also non-waste products. The good thing about landfills is that they can later be mined for all the great things that were too cheap to recycle. - Gabe
Yeah, I think landfills have an unjustly bad reputation. When properly managed, they are a great way to deal with garbage that our technology can't yet efficiently recycle. (we're saving for the future!) - Paul Buchheit
that's great news. now i can really finish my threat to all my damn *invincible* plastic bags! (waves fist) - ed fry
The two biggest problems with landfill are the leachate seeping into groundwater (or contaminating local soil) and methane (a greenhouse gas). Even if you can mitigate those problems, they're difficult to eliminate entirely, making the land almost useless once it's full. - Gabe
Gabe, not to minimize the problems, but I live right next to Shoreline Ampitheather in Mountain View, which is built on landfill is proof that the landfill land is hardly useless. - Stephen Mack
It's not just landfills, though. Take the large floating trash gyre of the Pacific, and its effects in the ecosystem. So the tiny little plastic balls in water are fake food, and animals eat them, and then die in various ways, lowering populations and making species even more fragile. Landfill may be a good way if it's contained and monitored more closely, or CO2, in various areas- such... more... - anna sauce
@anna at least he is coming up with a solution rather than just finding more things to complain about - Chris Johnston
anna's right -- the problem is when the stuff ends up in the ocean. Landfills are a good way to keep the stuff out of the ocean. - Gabe
Stop speculating and start experimenting! - Dane Deasy
Lazy online commentators... ;) - Dane Deasy
What's the risk in providing a specific kind of bacteria an unlimited food source? - dthree
Old news. - Will Higgins™
Pseudomonas is living even on tubes used in surgery. It is a major problem. It simply eats the plastic in a wet environment. - Balint
Paul Buchheit
A father’s determination to help his son resulted in an experimental treatment for autism that uses roundworms to modulate inflammatory immune responses -
A father’s determination to help his son resulted in an experimental treatment for autism that uses roundworms to modulate inflammatory immune responses
I didn't realize autism had an auto-immune component. - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Neither did. I always, without fail, give money to autism awareness and support groups. It's a very important thing for me. - Akiva
Also, roundworms are gross. - Akiva
That auto-immune component aspect isn't universally accepted, and at this time is considered more or a suspicious overlap in medical circles, but it is why you see many autistic children are treated and respond well to a gluten free diet. - RAPatton
I read something about this recently. Very interesting... - Ha3rvey (on hiatus) from fftogo
Reminds me of Lorenzo's Oil. - Rochelle
The autoimmune hypothesis for the etiology of autism is not totally wacko -- although the evidence is still scant. But treating any autoimmune disease with parasites hasn't quite yet gone mainstream. - Victor Ganata
I would totally try this for any kind of auto-immune issue. I don't know why people have such a problem with worms. - Paul Buchheit
people with auto-immune diseases are often in a lot of pain, and while they want to make things better, they also don't want to make anything worse, but they often will try most anything. (my wife has crohn's) - RAPatton
Paul, I was kidding. - Akiva
When I saw "roundworm", my first thought were pathogenic worms that cause fairly serious disease, but that's clearly not what they're using. - Victor Ganata
Worms are yucky, but autism is worse... So, I'd deal with the yucky worms if I had to. - Lisa L. Seifert
I was thinking of worms that burrow through your foot, up your leg, and into your liver or your lungs. - Victor Ganata
This would also help explain the mysterious rise in autism (much like the rise in other auto-immune issues). - Paul Buchheit
It's really difficult to disentangle the rise in incidence (of autism and of other diseases that are more definitively understood as autoimmune diseases) from the significant improvement in the sensitivity of diagnosis. - Victor Ganata
@Paul mysterious rise in autism? - A. T.
My son has Asperger's (on the autistic spectrum) and he does have some food sensitivities. interesting idea, I need to read this more . - Glenn Slaven from iPhone
Saw this on Paul's blog. My first reaction was NO! Then I read the article. I was, and remain, of similar opinion as Victor Ganata @aswang Also, the young man was not diagnosed w/Asperger's syndrome, but with autism e.g. trying to gouge out eyes, self-concussing, mute fury, cognitive issues. Treatment w/pig whipworm was a last resort after other treatments were exhausted (interesting that risperdone was effective for awhile). The worm approach clearly needs LOTS more study, even tho it helped in this case. - Ellie K
I think this was on Futurama. - dmtr
Paul Buchheit
Connecticut introduces a bill that not only acknowledges the right of citizens to record on-duty police officers, it also provides for a civil action against police officers who violate that right -
"Connecticut State Sen. Martin Looney (D-New Haven) has introduced a short bill (PDF) that not only acknowledges the right of citizens to record on-duty police officers, it also provides for a civil action against police officers who violate that right. That second part is important. A right doesn’t mean much if there are no consequences for government officials who ignore it. Witness this case in Florida, where an officer erroneously tries to say federal law prohibits citizen recordings of cops. Even in states where courts have thrown out criminal charges, a cop who doesn’t want to be recorded can still harass, threaten, and even arrest you. You may not be charged. But he won’t be punished, either. This is the first proposed state law I’ve seen on this issue that includes an appropriate enforcement mechanism. It would be great to see Congress take up a similar bill, under the First and Fourteenth Amendments." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Citizen's Arrest! - Shevonne
Way to go, CT! - Jennifer Dittrich
*waits for GOP lawmakers to kill it in the cradle* - Big Joe Silence
Is there a provision for "Hey, I know you have a right to film me but you are a) in danger or b) putting others in danger." I understand and support this, but if a police officer is trying to perform a task and your filming of it is hindering that task, can the police ask you to move on - Johnny from iPhone
Johnny, yes. Read the PDF; it's really short. - Bruce Lewis
Awesome!!!!! - Jeff P. Henderson
Joe: Your ignorance truly shines through ... recording cops in public can land you hard prison time in Illinois, an overwhelmingly traditional Dem state. - LANjackal
Paul Buchheit
Khosla Ventures Leads $5.6 Million Funding For MyLikes; Buchheit Joins Board -
Khosla Ventures Leads $5.6 Million Funding For MyLikes; Buchheit Joins Board
"Khosla Ventures likes social advertising startup MyLikes. The VC firm is leading the startup’s $5.6 million Series A financing. Lightspeed Partners also invested and Metamorphic Ventures, which participated in the all-Googler $600,000 seed round, ponied up again. Additionally, seed investor Paul Buchheit is joining MyLike’s board of directors. Buchheit, the creator of Gmail and founder of FriendFeed, recently left Facebook to become a partner at Y Combinator (although MyLikes is one of his private investments). Alex Kinnier, a partner at Khosla Ventres and formerly a Google advertising product executive, is also taking a board seat." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
This is made doubley rad by you holding a shot gun in your avatar, sir :) - Johnny
Wow. Congrats you two - Deepak Singh from iPhone
Clare Dibble
Newspapers, GOP call for congressman to resign - Yahoo! News -
Newspapers, GOP call for congressman to resign - Yahoo! News
Newspapers, GOP call for congressman to resign - Yahoo! News
"A photo of Rep. David Wu wearing a tiger costume and other unusual revelations about his mental health are increasing pressure on the seven-term Oregon Democrat to step down." - Clare Dibble from Bookmarklet
But did he wear the costume on his wedding day? - Maggie
Everybody knows people who wear tiger costumes are mentally unstable! - Gabe
Us Tiger-Americans are always being discriminated against. - Paul Buchheit
Tiger Mom approves. - Micah
Mr. Woods approves. - Alex Kapranoff
April Buchheit
YouTube - Pinky and the Brain The Tailor and The Mice -
YouTube - Pinky and the Brain The Tailor and The Mice
Best ever. I wonder what this is based on? - Paul Buchheit
Paul Buchheit
Money Won’t Buy You Health Insurance -
"The new health care reform legislation is not perfect. Nothing that complex could be. But I have no doubt that the system is broken and reform is absolutely essential. If we are not going to have universal coverage but are going to rely on employer plans, then we must offer individuals, self-employed people and small businesses a place to purchase insurance at a reasonable price. If members of Congress feel so strongly about undoing this important legislation, perhaps we should stop providing them with health insurance. Let’s credit their pay for the amount that has been paid by the taxpayers, and let them try to buy health insurance in the individual market. My bet is that they all would be denied. Health insurance reform might suddenly not seem to them like such a bad idea." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Everyone in my family who's self-employed (including myself, my dad, and my mom, among others) has been denied, multiple times, for individual health insurance. We all want and can afford good health insurance, but we've had to rely on government-mandated high-risk pools to get coverage. I'd love to see congressmen to have to go through the same annoying process. - Mark Trapp
Re: "uninsured patients are billed more than the rates that insurers negotiate with doctors and hospitals, and we wanted to pay those lower rates" -- the real data, as it pertained to Violet's birth, is quite stunning. - Tudor Bosman
Kevin Fox
80s Video Dating Montage -
80s Video Dating Montage
80s daters gonna date! - Kevin Fox
this is hilarious! - Rachel Lea Fox
Hi Mom! - Tudor Bosman
Awesome. - Paul Buchheit
I don't think there's any way to look and sound good making one of those videos. - Stephen Mack
I feel a little bad laughing at this. (Didn't stop me, though.) - Stephen Mack
Oh this is great. The first guy in the blue jersey made me think of Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite. The others...whew, where to begin? Best line ever: "Are YOU the goddess?" - Corinne L
"I'm interested in most phases of data processing." - Brian Johns
"My friends call me big Phil" - Steve C, Team Marina
I WANT it all - CarlC
Paul Buchheit
Greplin’s Social Search Opens Its Doors To All -
Greplin’s Social Search Opens Its Doors To All
"Greplin, the service that indexes and lets you search all of your online social stuff (Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), has just opened its doors to everyone. Earlier this week we reported on their new financing round from Sequoia Capital, and over the last couple of days they’ve let in everyone on the waitlist. And as of right now, you can use Greplin, too. Why would you want to use Greplin? Because it lets you search across all of your emails, Facebook data and Twitter stuff with one query. And they haven’t stopped there. You can also authorize Google Apps, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Evernote, Yammer, Salesforce,, Basecamp, Google Voice, Google Reader, Google Contacts and more. And then find stuff in those apps with a single query." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Any idea when Friendfeed will show up as a Greplin source? Have badly needed that three times in the last month. Kudos! - Christopher Galtenberg
Sorta like friendfeed minus the conversation. I hope they would add as one of the services that it indexes - Shakeel Mahate
Paul Buchheit
Y Combinator-backed Crocodoc launches online HTML5 document reader -
Y Combinator-backed Crocodoc launches online HTML5 document reader
"Y Combinator alum Crocodoc is launching an HTML5-based version of its online document viewing service today. The software reads in any kind of document and renders it in HTML5 in real time on web sites. Web developers just have to drop an HTML tag for each document uploaded to Crocodoc’s servers into their site’s code to add Crocodoc’s widget to their site. Users can then scroll through the documents as soon as they are rendered. A lot of other companies have tried to kill off the practice of sending around attached documents. It can be a pretty big hassle and everyone has to have the same software to access the document — like Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word. So there’s something to be said about not having to install that expensive software on a lot of devices if users just use it to read documents. The quality is pretty good — it’s hard to tell much of a difference between the original document and a reconstructed version on the site. Crocodoc’s HTML5-based version of one document... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Wondering how is it different from their earlier venture, WebNotes? - Shakeel Mahate
Paul Buchheit
1000Memories Raises $2.5 Million to Help Digitally Memorialize Loved Ones -
1000Memories Raises $2.5 Million to Help Digitally Memorialize Loved Ones
"1000Memories, a web service that helps digitally honor the memory of a loved one, has announced that it has closed a $2.5 million series A round of funding from Greylock Partners. 1000Memories gives friends and family an online destination to memorialize the recently departed. Its founders started the company after experiencing the impact of a death on Facebook and realizing that it wasn’t a sufficient or effective way to remember loved ones. The company, originally funded by Y Combinator, has attracted a great deal of attention since its graduation from the startup accelerator’s program. Not long after its debut in August 2010, the company raised a $500k angel round from an all-star list of investors including Caterina Fake (Flickr), Paul Buchheit (Gmail, FriendFeed), Ben Ling (Google), Keith Rabois (Square, Slide), Ron Conway, Mike Maples, Chris Sacca and others. Its $2.5 million series A was not long after, a deal that closed in late 2010." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Will be great for genealogical work. - Josh Haley
I built something similar at Based on my experiences, I can see a clear pathway to success for 1000Memories. - AJ Kohn
Tudor Bosman
I know I've said this before, but it *really* scares me when complex code works on the first try.
That why I'm always careful to include at least one bug. - Paul Buchheit
Tudor, it could be you're just really *that good*. - Louis Gray
Me too. That's why I never write complex code. Just lots of simple code working together. - Bruce Lewis
That's why I don't write code at all. I just tell somebody else what to type in. - Gabe
Paul Buchheit
Take that, gravity-huggers! -
Take that, gravity-huggers!
Anyone here a Bill O'Reilly fan? - Paul Buchheit
I am guessing that is something few here would admit. - Brian Sullivan
I think he's good at getting people to argue - Kevin L
I wouldn't hold it against someone for being a fan, to each there own. I still think he's a moron though. - Steve C, Team Marina
I can't call him a moron because he has an amazing rhetorical skill... that he uses for evil. - Kevin Fox
I like to watch him sometimes, yes. - Josh Haley
There's a world of difference between liking to watch his show and agreeing with what he says! - Gabe
I haven't seen much of O'Reilly. I used to see a lot of Colbert; looks like he's still really good. - Bruce Lewis
Paul Buchheit
The Last Psychiatrist: Are Law Schools Lying To Their Applicants? -
The Last Psychiatrist: Are Law Schools Lying To Their Applicants?
"If something is immune to the laws of supply and demand, it's usually because someone deliberately set it up to circumvent those rules. Supply and demand should have caused these lower tier schools to lower their costs to entice students away from the better but more expensive schools. But they don't need to, because all law schools are free. Read it again. All law schools are free. Not after you graduate, of course, but right now. Law schools can charge anything they want because everyone has enough money to pay for it- today. As long as there are guaranteed government loans available for this, there is no economic incentive to lower the costs. And as long as the price is zero, demand will always be infinity. If it was true supply and demand, #1 ranked Harvard and #100 ranked Hofstra wouldn't have the same tuition. But they do, the same as stupid Washington University, which is so stupid it's in Missouri. "It's underrated." Bite me. Are we saying that Hofstra's worth the same money... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
You're back to reading TLP, I see :) - Tudor Bosman
"He didn't study to become an attorney, he bought a back-up identity. It's worth asking why Wallerstein chose a JD as a back-up identity, and not an MD or a PhD. Can we agree it was easier? Why not an MBA? Because an MBA is for something else; a law degree is a brand in itself. You can get an MBA and still be nothing unless you find a job. Get a law degree, you're always a lawyer. It's... more... - Alex Scrivener
I kind of feel like the quoted passages don't really capture the gist of the TLP post, about why the guy the NYT article is about is kind of a douche, and why there are no jobs for lawyers right now, though. The diploma-mill nature of our higher education is just kind of a side issue :) - Victor Ganata
No jobs for lawyers right now? I see a fair number. I mean, not as many as paralegal jobs, but still. - edythe from iPhone
Maybe not as many as there used to be? All I know is what my sister tells me. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Paul Buchheit
My firewood house is now finished!
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Where are the walls? Where will the firewood hang the plasma TV? How are they going to entertain themselves? - April Buchheit
April wins. - Yolanda
Zillow says this is now worth $540k. - Stephen Mack
*dead* - Spidra Webster
Very nice. I have been thinking about building one myself. I just got a full cord of wood delivered today. I didn't think you had a wood stove though. Where are you burning this wood? - Robert Felty
Are you trying to skill up to compete in the next Survivor? - imabonehead
wonderful!!! :) - Marisa Puddu
Is the firewood upset that you made their house out of their dead relatives? - Dave Roth
The firewood house can be used as firewood! - Amit Patel
Wow. We just built ours. It is our driveway plus a blue tarp. - Laura Norvig
Rob, we have a firepit. You'all can hang out around it when you visit. It's really nice. - Paul Buchheit
Did you build it for only firewood? I can't imagine your house's size. How much money do you earn? :P - Emre Savaş
Yes, I built it. I also require my children to live there along with the firewood ;) - Paul Buchheit
Well, it is cute enough that I can totally imagine your kids *wanting* to play in it! - Laura Norvig
Emre: I don't know how cold it is where you live, but where I live the amount of firewood that fits in that house is only enough for recreational purposes. You could never go the whole winter on that much. - Gabe
Nice!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Gabe, this explanation is much better than Paul's comment :) by the way I'm living in Istanbul. - Emre Savaş
Is this a 20% project? :) - Jemm
Size-wise, that is not a very big wood pile. Our wood pile in Indiana was probably 10 times that. Clare's grandpa in upstate New York usually has about 10 cords around. He goes through about 3 cords each year. (1 cord ~ 4 cubic meters) - Robert Felty
Rob: Here's my father-in-law's wood holder. It has a tarp "house" built around it with PVC pipe that's not pictured: - Gabe
Order some rounds delivered to your house. Get a splitting maul. Splitting wood is good therapy and excellent exercise. Firewood is a happy by-product - Hayes Haugen
Rob, the PVC tarp house is nice because my Dad can take it down during the summer. As he only needs to keep the wood dry in the winter when we make fires. - Maggie
A wooden house holding wood that's headed for destruction by combustion. It's a plant version of Animal Farm. - Sue - Friendfeed is best
Finally! A Bay Area house I can afford! - Spidra Webster
Paul Buchheit
Start Fund: Yuri Milner, SV Angel Offer EVERY New Y Combinator Startup $150k -
Start Fund: Yuri Milner, SV Angel Offer EVERY New Y Combinator Startup $150k
"It’s the most entrepreneur friendly investment that I can think of, short of just handing people money as a gift. Each startup can choose to take the investment or not. If all 40 of the startups accept the loan then a total of $6 million will have been invested. And Milner/SV Angel say they intend to offer this for each Y Combinator startup in the future, too. That means Y Combinator entrepreneurs will not only get the $15k – $20k from Y Combinator during the first few months of their project, but they can look forward to another $150,000 a few months later. That’s usually enough to complete development and launch a product." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
+150. Y Comb money alone was only enough to support the ramen crowd. Now those of us that have run a social network or two, and have good amt of experience in the field (and family, and mortgage) can take a run as well. (Assuming this portends similar future investments) - Christopher Galtenberg
Yuri is crazy in a good way :). - Private Sanjeev
This looks like a very sane investment strategy, having pg and paul vet seed-stage startups. I wonder if paul's recent blog post detailing his investment track record was part of the decision-making process. - Bruce Lewis
Amit Patel
Solar Realms Elite
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It's been a long time. I got this running in DOSbox and was reminded of all the detail I put into this game. - Amit Patel
I had a windowing system, although the modem users never saw it. It supported overlapping windows, window borders, window titlebars, scrollbars, menus that worked with arrow keys or keyboard shortcuts, drop shadows (with "alpha": preserving text but changing it to a lower contrast), tiled desktop backgrounds, status bars: - Amit Patel
I had implemented a cooperative multitasking system in DOS. The local (sysop) UI and the remote (player) UI were separate threads. The sysop could watch the player and drop in to chat. - Amit Patel
Menus used dark/light color combinations to highlight the keys you could use (see . Prompts included uppercase/lowercase to indicate the default (Enter key) (see There were shortcuts for entering numbers, such as "300K" expanding out to "300000" or ">" expanding out to the max value. - Amit Patel
I comma formatted numbers, and made sure to handle plurals properly ("1 planet" vs "2 planets"). - Amit Patel
For inputs that had potentially long typing, I had a "/" shortcut to search (although it wasn't search-as-you-type). There were multiselect boxes where this was quite useful. - Amit Patel
In text, important numbers and status words were highlighted so that advanced players could go through quickly. - Amit Patel
There was plenty of silliness, like “The Galactic Coordinator suggests having anti-pollution planets to combat pollution, preserve wildlife, and project a good image to your people” and “486 million people were killed in riots due to high tax rates” and “You received 4174 megatons of carrots and peas for your birthday.” I'm running 'strings' on the binary and finding lots of these. - Amit Patel
Lots of embarassing text. “Your economic advisor is not in her office. Her employees say that she is out playing tennis, and will be back shortly” … “Your chief of military maneuvers asks you if you have any asprin. He seems to be ill” … “381 exatons toxic fumes were released when one of your advisors burped” … “A general was lost bungee-jumping off the cliffs of Raekel IV” … “Amit Patel swallowed 138 megatons of food in one gulp” - Amit Patel
I logged a quite a few hours in this. :) - James Leard
Awesome. There must be some way to put it online, no? - Paul Buchheit
"FUR POSTAGE"? How did you come up with that? - Gabe
Gabe, I had found the anagram generators on the internet, and probably even used them to guide the naming of the new planet types I was creating. Would you prefer "GROUP FEAST"? :) - Amit Patel
Paul, there were some Telnet BBSes that connected door games to the Internet (socket adapter for COM ports), but I haven't kept up with them. - Amit Patel
Woah, I didn't realize you wrote this game! I played so much BRE and SRE back in the day. - Benjamin Lee
Matt Cutts
Why would something called "Google Translate" rank higher for [translate] than a product called "Babel Fish"? Surely, SE bias?!? But: no.
But which ranks higher for [fish]? - Paul Buchheit
Clare Dibble
What Food Says About Class in America - Newsweek -
What Food Says About Class in America - Newsweek
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I don't understand how people can be both fat and hungry. - Gabe
I eat more when I'm hungry. - Paul Buchheit
Gabor Cselle
Rejections of landmark CS papers. Amazing.
Wow. Just, wow. This kind of thing should be required reading for any peer reviewer. Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean it's dumb. Study it until you understand it, so you can make an educated judgement. - Kevin Fox
Awesome. - Paul Buchheit
In case it wasn't clear, these are all fictional rejection letters. - Simon
Paul Buchheit
Could It Be? Spooky Experiments That 'See' The Future -
Could It Be? Spooky Experiments That 'See' The Future
"One of the most respected, senior and widely published professors of psychology, Daryl Bem of Cornell, has just published an article that suggests that people — ordinary people — can be altered by experiences they haven't had yet. Time, he suggests, is leaking. The Future has slipped, unannounced, into the Present. And he thinks he can prove it." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
If you read the original paper, Bem has a simple test to select for people who get a 57% (on average) hit rate on the photo prediction test. - Private Sanjeev
What's the test? - Paul Buchheit
You should know already.... - Roberto Bonini
Rebuttal from the point of view of statistical methodology. (PDF link) But I'd like to see more about this in a few months or a year, after more people attempt to reproduce Bem's results. - Tudor Bosman
How much do you agree with the following two statements: 1. I am easily bored? 2. I often enjoy seeing movies I've seen before. - Private Sanjeev
So people who are easily bored but enjoy rewatching movies are most able to predict photos? - Paul Buchheit
I read an article a while back in New Scientist that theorised that Quantum Entanglement may be heavily involved in DNA. And further theorised that it may be in use throughout the body including the brain. Hence quantum physics weirdness, including time paradoxes, showing up in psychological processes is a natural extension of that theory. - Roberto Bonini
The latter question was reversed scored: so people who "are easily bored" and "do not enjoy re-watching movies" predicted the erotic pictures better. - Keith Coleman
Also, regarding the stimuli-oriented group: "The difference between their erotic and nonerotic hit rates was itself significant with 71% of participants achieving higher hit rates on erotic trials than on nonerotic trials. Their psi scores on nonerotic trials did not exceed chance." - Keith Coleman
I guess James Randi needs to comment. - Sue - Friendfeed is best
Suezanne: Read the PDF link I posted. The guidelines for Randi's $1M prize follow those indicated in that paper for confirmatory studies, which Bem's studies are not. Randi would be unfazed. - Tudor Bosman
They're doing it wrong, you need to do the confirmatory studies *before* you do the exploratory ones. :) - Private Sanjeev
I like to think of the evolutionary advantage of this kind of power :) (which explains why it works only for erotic images) - Paul Buchheit
I bet they could boost the hit rate by replacing the images with, uh, something more stimulating :) - Paul Buchheit
They actually did. The original photo set was not sufficiently explicit to stimulate male subjects, so they had to go out on the internet to get better material. I had a crazy idea to turk this and make a high frequency trading algo out of it. YC startup idea? Just make sure Randi is not in the room or you'll lose money. - Private Sanjeev
Does a roulette wheel that displays erotic pictures to winners differ in performance from one that doesn't? - Sue - Friendfeed is best
Tudor Bosman: "Suezanne: Read the PDF link I posted" - I have read it now; I hadn't till you told me to. - Sue - Friendfeed is best
For (Ex-)Googlers: Daryl is Jeremy Bem's father. - Simon
Paul, Tudor's PDF does discuss the evolutionary advantage. Page 5: "Note that precognition conveys a considerable evolutionary advantage (Bem, in press), and one might therefore assume that natural selection would have lead to a world filled with powerful psychics (i.e., people or animals with precognition, clairvoyance, psychokineses, etc.). This is not the case, however (see also... more... - Stephen Mack
Obviously there's a tradeoff. Precognition makes it easier to get sex (which I assume is what it's for given the need for stimulating images), but causes bordom, which must be some kind of disadvantage. - Paul Buchheit
And, in fact, it must be the case that practically all reproducing males who have ever existed had this ability. "My boy," he said, "you are descended from a long line of determined, resourceful, microscopic tadpoles -- champions every one." (_Galápagos_, by Kurt Vonnegut) - Stephen Mack
I think I'll go and predict some porn now. :) - Morton Fox
I think that what happens is that those with the psi abilities use it to seek out porn rather than reproducing, thus negating any evolutionary advantage it may impart. - Gabe
Simon: whoa, that's quite interesting. - Ruchira S. Datta
Heidegger said roughly the same thing, also Binswanger did some great existential psychology around time issues. It turns out that the future is highly determining of the present. I tracked down some early Nietzsche with just this sort of speculation during my undergrad degree. - Jeff McNeill
"The most important flaws in the Bem experiments, discussed below in detail, are the following: (1) confusion between exploratory and confirmatory studies; (2) insufficient attention to the fact that the probability of the data given the hypothesis does not equal the probability of the hypothesis given the data (i.e., the fallacy of the transposed conditional); (3) application of a test... more... - Goran Zec
(totally OT: I hope you like this one - - PaperDoll
well, it's about future :) - PaperDoll
Wow, weird. I wish I still had vocab tests. I would totally do that "study a list after a test" thing. Just in case. - Chieze Okoye
so, future can change past? - vovasty from BuddyFeed
len ben türküm - Ender Mert Karagür
«This is not the first time a prominent psychology professor has found statistical evidence of extrasensory perception, but in these experiments, the methods are classical, simple, well known and repeatable. Already one attempt to repeat Bem's work has failed» - 9000
I liked this before this was shared. - Jemm
Clare Dibble
Hugh is no where near as consistently good as Scott Adams, but sometimes his take on stuff seems spot on. Like "not everybody’s cut out for 'normal'." - Clare Dibble from Bookmarklet
I don't get it. Is the idea that people who talk about "conversations" are annoying? - Paul Buchheit
I think it is more that any time someone says "we need to have a conversation" or something like that, it is often going to be about something unpleasant or bad. - Jennifer Dittrich
What Jennifer said: phrases like, "Let's have a _conversation_ around that." usually means something bad is coming. - Clare Dibble
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