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Raise your hand if you ARE better off now than you were four years ago!
*raises both hands* - Lo
About even. - Todd Hoff
It went down, and then it came back. - Eric - Final Countdown
About the same. - John (bird whisperer)
No better, no worse. - Kristin
Financially? Or overall? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
better. - Mike Nencetti
*raises hand*, but I wouldn't give the federal government much credit aside from the fact that I'm a government contractor within the Department of Energy. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
worse - Peter Dawson
Hmm, better. - Steve C, Team Marina
Worse in absolute terms, but relatively better. Either way, the markets crashed right before the election, at the beginning of Sarah's freshman year at Northeastern. We have since paid that fine institution about $200K, so yeah, we are down for the count. But the assets that have not gone for sportswriter education have recovered reasonably well. And it just might be that my opportunities are starting to rebound, finally, after years of stagnation. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Considering that 4 years and 10 days ago I was beginning 4 months of unemployment I'd say I'm better off. Wifey too since she wasn't working either. We often wonder how we avoided getting thrown out in the street due to lack of funds to pay bills and such. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Much better. - Victor Ganata
Overall, just the same. - AJ Batac
Very close to the same. 4 years ago, my wife & I were both working. Today, my wife is not working, but I'm bringing in about the same amount of money as we were bringing in together, then. We are still living paycheck-to-paycheck, but we (knock on wood) continue to pull enough together to pay the bills each month. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Definitely better. My undergrad is finished, my masters is already underway, I managed to retain my employment and my salary has continued to increase, my bills are very much under control, I'm not single, I'm no longer running that stupid festival, I'm much healthier with 40lbs down and less than 70lbs to go, and right now it looks like everything will remain stable for me for at least the next two years. And I consider myself very very very lucky. I take nothing for granted. - Hookuh Tinypants
Better. - vicster.
I think I'm a bit better off now than 4 years ago. I give 0% credit to current administration for that though. - Ken Gidley
Better in every regard, but mostly feeling much fitter since shedding 60 lbs. 4 years older, but have much more energy now. - Ken Morley
Certainly better off with Obama than with McCain/Palin. - Joe
Economically? Worse. Fixed income means my money's the same even tho EVERYthing costs more. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
It's a toss up, depending on what part of my life we are looking at. - Corinne L
*raises both hands* - Mary Carmen
yep - Bren
Thank you all for verifying that everyone has different experiences due to lots of factors! The notion that every person in the country is worse off than they were 4 years ago, and solely because of who's president, is ludicrous. I was getting tired of hearing it. It also seemed strange coming from the "if you're not doing well, you're not working hard" guys. - Lo
Also, I like that the people who's lives have improved the most seem to be unrelated to the economy. Mary Carmen & I got hitched, fitness ensued... the notion that decreased net worth means unhappiness doesn't seem to be questioned much, but it is not supported by my experience. Four years ago I was making more money, but had less financial security and hated almost everything about my life. These days I have love in my life, and rarely think about money. Where's the convention for that? - Lo
better - some of the better is health related OTOH War Daughter has full, time job after literally years of temping and the combined stress reduction is made of win on several levels - WarLord
I'm finding it hard to compare - I think I am about the same, except for not working much lately - Iphigenie
Bret Taylor
The Secret Behind The Real-Time Web - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
The Secret Behind The Real-Time Web - YouTube
Ross and Dan made this video to illustrate the advanced technology we use behind the scenes at FriendFeed. (Ross and Dan, you are amazing - I can't believe how awesome this thing turned out) - Bret Taylor from Bookmarklet
How very creative. This is very fluid and cool. - Louis Gray
OK, not exactly what I was expecting, but very cool. - Kevin Arth
Anyone have the video somewhere other than Youtube? it's banned here in Turkey and I can't wait until we get home (next month) to watch it!! - Chris Myles
This is awesome! - Christopher Chung
with a community like this - you just can't roll-it into f.b.. keep the dream alive! - michael sean wright
:O - Josh Haley
Amazing, thanks for that! - dkb
According to Ross, they used about 1030 individual pictures in the final version. Stop motion is a lot of work :) - Bret Taylor
Sure, sure--give away all the secrets. (Are those Lego dudes union?) - Kathy Fitch
very creative. wonder how long it took to do that stop-action? - berchman
Ross's best work so far ! great job Ross - goutham
Major props to Ross and Dan. FriendFeed lives on - Shane
That's priceless. Great job, guys. - John Craft
This is superb. I just showed it to my 5 year old son who enjoys Lego and has already taken some great photos, including one or two of his toys. So now he has the seed of the idea that, in time, he could take multiple stills and put them together to make moving pictures. Thank you very much for posting it and giving me and him that opportunity. Maybe, he might use FriendFeed one day too! - John W Lewis
Great project! - Anne Bouey
AWESOME! - Kevin Fox
I think they need to make a full stop-motion version of the Matrix in legos. Now THAT would be awesome. I wonder what bullet-time looks like in LEGO? - Bret Taylor
i'd pay to see the stop animation lego matrix, but not the sequels - patrick
"Equipment Generously Provided By Casey Muller" - hahaha!! THIS IS AWESOMESAUCE!!! I love the creative energy and vibe in this video... LOTS of work went into that one! Thanks guys!! :) - Susan Beebe
Genius, how much time did that all take? - Wayne Hornsey
Chris Myles: if you want ot - DM me an address and I'll mail you a copy. - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
That is so awesome - Glenn Slaven
happy-making! - Felicia Yue
I am more proud than ever for being a FriendFeeder :) - Arvind
Wow!!!!! - Mona Nomura
Excellent!! - Kol Tregaskes
That's great! - Devon Govett
Cool! The friendfeed's manufactury - Benedetto Vacca
неплохо, неплохо! Продолжение будет? - atner
hahaha very nice stop motion and music! - Alex man
FULL OF WIN - Jac Falcon
might I remind everyone that we are still loving FrF ^__^ - Peter Fedin
Peter +1. - Ahmet Yükseltürk
This is very cool and interesting, thanks for sharing! - Sarah Stamos
I do love this video and all the time Dan and Ross put in to it. - Kevin Fox
Thanks, Kevin! :D - Dan Hsiao
I love that this got bumped!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Me too Rachel! \o, Long live the Real-Time Web! - Zu from AOD
The (original) LEGO Movie - Kevin Fox
bump - Laura Norvig
Bret Taylor
FriendFeed API v2: Real-time, OAuth, file attachments, and more - http://blog.friendfeed.com/2009...
FriendFeed API v2: Real-time, OAuth, file attachments, and more
"Today we are launching version 2 of the FriendFeed API for beta testing. We focused on making the API simpler to use, and we added number of compelling new features." Documentation: http://friendfeed.com/api... - Bret Taylor from Bookmarklet
OAuth? Sweet. Thanks a lot for all the new good stuff in the API: can't wait to use it. - Mark Trapp
very nice. great work! - Alfredo 亜瑠布れっど
Yet another reason to like Bret. :-) - Jesse Stay
Great!!! - YungSang from FriendFoo
nice! - Daniel Rust
good job guys, I bet devs are jumping high right now - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Sweet, congrats! - Ivan Zuzak
nice, good to see OAuth support, this will enable a larger 3rd party ecosphere around FriendFeed, I hope - Jeroen De Miranda
After going through the documentation and playing around with some feeds, I love the fact that you can now see the subscriber lists of people who have their feeds set to private as long as you are subscribed to them and authenticate (mimicking the main site functionality). One thing that's absent is a discussion of Direct Messages. Do they show up in feeds if you authenticate? How do we find just direct messages? - Mark Trapp
Mark: direct messages are accessed using the feed ID "filter/direct". Read more about feed IDs at http://friendfeed.com/api.... Also direct messages appear in the "home" feed. - Benjamin Golub
Benjamin: ahhh, I see it now. I missed it when skimming that list over. Thanks! - Mark Trapp
Can you post the wget version of the command line? - Gabe
Gabe: wget --user=bgolub --password=passwd --post-file=MyPhoto.jpg http://friendfeed-api.com/v2... should work. In theory. Edit: nope. I'm not sure it's possible to do with wget. - Mark Trapp
Thanks God it is New API. - AlpB. from iPod
Nice progress here with this release! - Micah
I love it! - friday night
Why is wget questionable? - Gabe
Gabe: wget doesn't support multipart forms as a design decision. If you post a file, FriendFeed returns a 404, and if you post data, the query is too long for wget to handle. - Mark Trapp
Good work, look forward to seeing what developers can create - Joe Dawson
doublepluslike - Vezquex
curl FTW. - Jeremy Kunz
This is great, FriendFeed team. Good job. - Thierry R. Andriamirado
Woowoo, bgolub's password is “passwd” ;-) - Amit Patel
Amit: I wonder how many people tested that :) - Benjamin Golub
Thanks to bgolub posting his password, I now have all of FriendFeed's secret documents about notorious users, useless metrics, Justin Timberlake's promoting FF on Oprah's show, hiring Colbert as a spokesperson, Ev Williams being just a “distraction”. TechCrunch is going to love this! ;) - Amit Patel
Yes big big thanks to the whole team for all their hard work!! - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ from iPhone
thank you;) waiting for the release :) loving clone - abdellah from FriendFeed API Example
Yay subscribers exposed! - EricaJoy
Finally OAuth, I had a hard time memorizing my remote key. - Hugh Isaacs II
This is indeed very cool, anybody started on a c# version? - Jesper Lind
Paul Buchheit
Y Combinator-backed Crocodoc launches online HTML5 document reader - http://venturebeat.com/2011...
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 - http://mashable.com/2011...
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 Caring.com. Based on my experiences, I can see a clear pathway to success for 1000Memories. - AJ Kohn
TheNextWeb Forum
OneNote lands on the iPhone as the Office team bows before iOS - http://thenextweb.com/microso...
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Louis Gray
Dear FriendFeed Team, now that Facebook has enabled the option to download your profile (http://facebook.com/download) it should would be fantastic to do the same here.
The content I have shared on FriendFeed (especially photos, etc.) is more valuable than any other network. To find a way to accomplish this would be great. - Louis Gray
Doesn't this kinda do that? I'm not tech-savvy enough to run it but I'm sure you must be. http://friendfeed.com/persian... - Spidra Webster
Heh remember the day everyone found out FF was sold? I remember Ana saying, there's an API, use it. http://friendfeed.com/friendf... - Rodfather
Backupify has been backing up my FriendFeed content for free since 12/23/2009. http://www.backupify.com/ - Nathan Chase
Since Louis has said this, it must happen, dig? - Mo Kargas
Do these third party tools download linked assets as well? - Mo Kargas
Nathan, have you looked at your backupify data? Mine was completely useless, when I checked it after a week. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Mo, I can only ask politely. I carry no special power or impact, sir. - Louis Gray
I'm trying Spidra's link and it works! It first gives you a dump of .xml files of your posts and posts you liked or commented on. Then creates folders with the post title as the foldername with all the photos from that post. To get it working, I had to modify the batch file to find the correct path to my java.exe. - Rodfather
Jimminy - XML of my feed... works for me. - Nathan Chase
Here, here, Louis. - Kol Tregaskes
I see that Facebook has a newsroom option (via PitchEngine), is FriendFeed next? - Bryan R. Adams
Paul Buchheit
Y Combinator announces two new partners, Paul Buchheit and Harj Taggar - http://ycombinator.posterous.com/y-combi...
"We're delighted to announce that Y Combinator is getting two new partners, the first we've added since we started YC in 2005. In case anyone doesn't already know who he is, Paul Buchheit was responsible for three of the best things Google has done: he wrote GMail, built the original prototype of AdSense, and came up with the phrase "Don't be evil." After leaving Google he started FriendFeed, which last year became Facebook's largest acquisition to date. He's a good friend as well as one of the world's best hackers; for years we've considered him an honorary YC partner. We hired Harj Taggar earlier this year to work advising startups alongside me. He wasn't technically a partner, but we quickly realized that he was one de facto—that among us his opinion carried as much weight as any of ours—and that it would be mean of us to delay recognizing this officially. Harj's arrival significantly improved how well YC operated. He's a large part of the reason we were able to fund 36 startups in the summer 2010 cycle." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Congratulations, Paul! - Ross Miller
Cheers Paul. Awesome partnership. - Christopher Galtenberg
Congratulations, Paul!!! - AJ Batac
Would love if you guys devised a new concept: 2nd-shift startup. Many of us are working jobs we need and/or love, but are trying to build a new thing in the background. Having a bit of money, support, and networking would make all the difference. We're completely alone until we make the big leap. And many with families and bills can't think about leaping into Paul G's YC experience. - Christopher Galtenberg
Congrats, Paul! - Andrew Terry
Congrats! - Barbara R. S.
Congrats Paul. Are you going to do that *and* stay at Facebook? And have time for the family? - Joe Beda
You have to stay at Facebook at least long enough to get that damn search fixed! - Gabe
No, I'll be leaving Facebook to join YC. - Paul Buchheit
Also, I made some search changes a few days ago so it should be working a little better now. - Paul Buchheit
Congrats and best of luck to you at YC. Sorry to hear you won't be able to make further FF tweaks in the future, though! - Stephen Mack
Paul, was one of the changes preventing people who aren't logged in from searching? I can't believe that would have as much of an effect on search as it may have been. - Akiva
Congratulations! - Eric Florenzano
Wow. So much for our hope of Buchheit/Taylor running FB! - Christopher Galtenberg
YC to acquire FB, circa 2013. - Stephen Mack
Congrats - Rodfather
This is fantastic news. You're in the right place, Paul. - Louis Gray from Android
Congrats Paul! - DJ Stevie Steve
congrats paul - testbeta
Congratulations Paul! - Atul Arora
Wow, congrats, but I didn't realize you're leaving Facebook. Wow. - Robert Scoble
Congratulations! - Anne Bouey
It's interesting. I remember seeing you shortly after you sold FriendFeed and hearing you advise a startup on what they should do. I thought you were great at that, and I guess that is a real passion. YCombinator is an amazing organization, can't wait to see what you do there. - Robert Scoble
Congrats! - John (bird whisperer)
Right on, Robert. - Bruce Lewis
Congratulations on following your heart! - Kevin Fox
I'm also wondering if this has any impact on FriendFeed. Certainly there's one fewer voice inside FriendFeed protecting the service. I wonder if Paul can tell the community now what he expects to happen to the service. Already a good chunk of the FriendFeed team has left. - Robert Scoble
Paul: I doubt you can answer this one, either, but I'd love to know what it is about Facebook that is already pushing away entrepreneurial types. It looks like it's becoming a big company, with all the politics and such. I was expecting you to make a much bigger impact there long term than it looks like you've been able to make. Want to come on camera to explain why things didn't work out? - Robert Scoble
I second that, I'd like it if he could talk. \o, - Zu from AOD
Congrats! But who will be looking after the Friendfeed servers now? *sorry to be so selfish* - Eric - Final Countdown
Robert, it has less to do with Facebook and more to do with me. I'm just more excited about helping new entrepreneurs create the next Facebook or Google. I'd be glad to chat sometime. - Paul Buchheit
Great news on one hand since you could do so much to help others but, sad news on the other since I felt you were a very positive force in Facebook's continuing development. - AJ Kohn
Awesomeness!!! Congrats Paul!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Now you can create the next Friendfeed. - Cristian Conti
Fantastic Paul - Y Combinator is becoming a bigger force. Congrats to you. - Hutch Carpenter
good luck! :) - salaros
This seems like the perfect job for you - have fun! (and thanks for fixing the search ... I thought that might have been Ben G. ... make sure he knows how to do it mmmkay??) - Laura Norvig
Congratulations Paul - Shakeel Mahate
congratulations, this is huge! :) - Oguz Serdar
Excellent! Nicely done. - Jim #teamFFrank
Paul, once we get cottages up, we'd love to house start-up guys for free from time to time as part of our artist in residence program. - SAM
Congratulations, Paul! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Best news of the day! - Bo Stern
Paul, congratulations! The excitement is palpable - we're happy for you that your desire and opportunity can be so well matched. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'm ready for the cool. - Eric - Final Countdown
Congratulation and good luck, tell us something about FriendFeed.... - @zaps
congratulations - kang
What will this mean for FF? Just curious - LANjackal
Obi-Ben Kenolub is now our only hope. http://ff.im/pHRhj - Josh Haley
Not sure LAN, that was my first worry. It's a Facebook property though, so I don't know if Paul can do anything with it now. Not sure. - Eric - Final Countdown from iPhone
Paul, now I need to share with you my next world-changing idea (seriously). Congrats! (is this the butterfly? ;-) ) - Jesse Stay
Congrats Paul! Right move. You are going to the right place. - vivekian
Surprise move, nice move. - Lizunlong
Congrats Paul - hope it goes well for you - Martha
Congrats Paul! - imabonehead
Good on you Paul. - Daniel Collins
Cheers.,. - OT
Paul Buchheit
Introduction to Optimizely - A/B Testing You'll Actually Use - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Introduction to Optimizely - A/B Testing You'll Actually Use
"Optimizely is a dramatically easier way for you to improve your website through A/B testing. Create an experiment in minutes with our easy-to-use visual interface with absolutely no coding or engineering required." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Paul Buchheit
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." - http://womenshistory.about.com/cs...
I need your help FriendFeed... Pick which one I should use for my last print in the comp:
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Don't make me choose! - LB needs a hero!
ooooo, i love them both, but i love the 1st one a lil more. - Mary Carmen
Dang, J. Those are awesome! I'll agree with MC. - Jim #teamFFrank
whoa...ummmmm you can't go wrong with either one, but the top one seems better for some reason - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'd also go with the top one. though both are great - Bren
The top *nod* - Michael W. May
Top one it is :) Thanks! - Johnny
I like the 2nd one. - Andrew David
The top one keeps catching my eye, so I go with that one - Kim Landwehr
You can't make me choose. Wow, Johnny. - Micah
Interesting Fact: These were taken on the same day, 15 minutes apart. The top one was taken facing east at Cleveland Point and the bottom one was facing west - Johnny
the wider one seems the best to me johnny, that is, the one with the sun - Chris Heath
First one for me too. - Juan Pablo González
First one! - Rachel Lea Fox
whoa... *stares* - Rob Michael (Atmos Trio)
They're both incredible, but I like 2 better. - Colette
Holy crap, flip a coin they're both unbelievable - Steve C, Team Marina
I prefer the top one, but the second one has more to look at - Mo Kargas
I like both. Can you merge both of them together? :D - imabonehead
The top one - Friar Will
I'm totally an underdog with #2 being my favourite. - Nathalie
If I have to choose, #2 - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Both gorgeous, top one is pulling my eye in a tiny bit more. - Maria Niles
I think that I'd choose the 1st picture. I like the action of the sky and the balance of the piece. The second one seems tilted to the right a little to much. - Bluesun 2600
both - junrxu
the first one - Sajida Hina Khan
They're both stunning, but I vote the top one. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from fftogo
Nice job.. Both are awesome! - Chris Myles
beleive it or not, I like the top one for composition. - MoTO Boychick Devil
#1. Very very cool! - AJ Batac
#2 - the lighthouse. - Brian Johns
These are both amazing. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
LIghthouse for me, easy winner. - Kol Tregaskes
These are great, Johnny. I know you already chose #1, but I really like #2. Like Jason Huebel stated above, there is more visual interest and detail in the second one, it really draws you in and keeps your interest. #1 doesn't have anything that really does that, at least for me. - Justin Korn
I prefer #1. #2 has balance issues. - Akiva
I like the second one - Slavomira
#2 has my preference. - Morgaine LeFaye
#2 has more joyful look. - Ashish
Definitely #2 - BRҰANSAҰS
these are awesome johnny - Alfredo 亜瑠布れっど from Android
Michael Fidler
These are all done in Pencil.
Tiger in  Pencil.jpg
Bear in Pencil.jpg
Lion in Pencil.jpg
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Impressive - M F
Great work! - Neya
I'm sorry but this is unbelievable:) I'll give credit to the artist upon more convincing proof! The photogenic look of the tiger and lion really helps the artist's case though:) - Roney Smith
I'm with Roney... I find this hard to believe... or maybe I'm just jealous that I can't even get stick people right! - Jasmin Smith
I don't believe it. Too amazing. - Rahsheen
I'm with Rah - Shey
Only the lion looks like its drawn - embee
The bear and rhino look drawn, too. - Chris Charabaruk
very very talented. Wow they look like B&W pics you know photography. - Gabriella Sannino
These are amazing, were they done by you? - Angelo Rodrigues
Nice photographs - Rafael Robayna
@michael, if they weren't drawn by you, at least tell us who the artist is and the link - Zulkarnain K.
Link please? - Jason Wehmhoener
wow - Carolyn Chan
being slightly skeptical, i'm going to say these were done with pencil by a printer of some sorts... #justsayin - No Name
they're beautiful, but skeptical as well - Jennifer Van Grove
Would need to see higher quality images to see if they are pencil or not - too many jpg artifacts to tell. - Luke Addison from twhirl
Stupefied. - Parth Awasthi
Wow!! Yeah it's pretty amazing what they can draw with a pencil nowadays, deviantART has lots of great pencil art. - Kol Tregaskes
Michael, who is the artist? - Kol Tregaskes
wow, cool! - Sarah Perez
I'm really happy everyone liked these. They're my most liked entry to date, Thanks! There also seems to be some question about whether these are actually Pencil Drawings.I can assure you that they are.When I get home, I should have the links. I have more drawings, too. - Michael Fidler from fftogo
Wow, these are stunning!! - Susan Beebe
Yes, especially the tiger. Reminds me of that "Tiger, tiger burning bright." - Melanie Reed
Alright, Mike - I believe you. These are awesome. Good job! - No Name
HOLY CRAP. - Chieze Okoye
no way! - Mister Groonk
Thanks Enrique, I'll post some more soon. They are a little more obvious than these ones. As Luke points out; without being able to look closely it's impossible to tell. He's right; but up close it's more obvious. I'll upload the originals to Picasa later, and then you'll be able to zoom in with any photo viewer and see for yourselves. I can't believe how many people liked these. A few people have reposted them already. Thanks! - Michael Fidler
Absolutely awesome, Michael. You are extremely talented. Everyone should repost these pix and help to make you famous. You should be doing this full time - you obviously have some passion for this. Bravo. - Chris Loft
These are really beautiful, Michael. Do you sell them? - Shannon Jiménez
Chris, I would love to say they're mine, but it's not true. I've had them for a while, but I'll find the artists names. It will just require a little backtracking. Besides, they deserve the credit; all I did was find them:-) - Michael Fidler
Cut the bullshit! :) Photos are very good. - Burçak Çubukçu
I draw alot in pencil, but they are amazing, the best for me is the girl, that is the most photo-like one. :o) - Rob Sellen :o)
I agree Rob, the girl is amazing. My favorite by far! Wait until you see it close up! It's really had to tell, even up close! - Michael Fidler
Burçak Çubukçu If these were photographs, they would be very good. As Pencil Drawings,(which they are), they're amazing. - Michael Fidler
Wow, amazingly realistic - Threepwood
@Michael Fidler did you draw them? How can you so sure? - Burçak Çubukçu
dont look like it - Prakash
@ Michael Fidler don't push so hard :) - Burçak Çubukçu
@Burçak Çubukçu I can't tell if your serious now or just kidding around. I hope your just having fun! If you are serious, I've never given you a reason to question my integrity, nor do I ever intend to. However, the second set is up now, so judge them for yourself, but don't judge me! http://ff.im/1BJh5 BTW, I messed up and reposted the shot of the women again. Oh well. Hope you like them:-) - Michael Fidler
@Michael: try deviantART, not Picasa, to submit your artworks - Zulkarnain K.
WOW "I can't believe it's in pencil" - sofarsoShawn
LouCypher, I know it well, but I don't see why I would want to do that. I hope everyone knows by now that they're not mine? I'm sorry, but I can't say it any clearer than that. - Michael Fidler
nah, i don't believe it is done in pencil. i am sure it is photoshopped :) - hasin hayder
These would be great even for photos. - Ronald S
i'm not able to comprehend - Varun Shenoy
I'm finding this both interesting and humorous at the same time. There's a separate message board where this post is being discussed and it has another forty comments on it already. I think its great how this has created some lively discussion, considering that when I posted this I was doubtful if anyone would even like it. When I went to sleep last night there was only had 3 or 4 likes... more... - Michael Fidler
Very interesting. I would like to see them up close and in person...just to make sure. Bill said it's real and possible. Your 2nd set of picts look like pencil. Nice work in finding these! - LaFern Cusack
Kol, I can't thank you enough! Kol found another post which helps to prove that these are done in pencil. I had my doubts about a few of them because I collected them from several different sites over time, but the site Kol found has done a great job pulling together an impressive collection of these drawings and more. Take a look - http://www.flickzzz.com/2009... - Michael Fidler
Actually there are more than what this site shows. There's an entire set with the cats(little cats), which I have, and there's a new portrait set. - Michael Fidler
Found your post here, Michael. :-) I tried my best to find the artists. - Kol Tregaskes
Amazing and very very very good.... Very impressive ... - Linda Zeek-Bobinski
fake. http://lenscratch.blogspot.com/2009... Even if your not claiming to be the artist, these are photographs, well except the woman, thats pencil - james foor
Yeah we know, thanks though, James. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Excellent pictures - how long did it take you to scan the photographs into Photoshop and then edit them? The only pencil that has come into contact with these "drawings" is the Photoshop pencil. A tip - stop trying to fool people into thinking you are a "real" artist, because all you are doing is cheapening proper artist's works whom have spent hours creating real pictures as opposed to a few minutes on a graphics editing package. - The Wimp
A bell does ring here. And I am remembering why I was so attracted to the tiger...and the lion for that matter. These are exact replicas of prints I had in our bedroom when I lived in Dallas. I had bought the prints (in color) at a department store, - Melanie Reed
Actually, I have learned quite a bit about these drawing since I made this post. Not only have I discovered all of the artists, but I've learned more about how they are created. They are always copied from a photograph or painting, but usually a photograph. It is extremely time consuming and detail orientated work. There are many other artists besides the ones featured here who practice... more... - Michael Fidler
Most of them have portfolio's on deviantart.com and their work is truly amazing even if they are copies of other artists work. I suppose with this level of detail, they have to start with something. Nevertheless, I'm still in awe of their talent. Melanie, the animal prints you refer to are from a very well renowned photographer. The originals are B&W I'll look it up later but I do have... more... - Michael Fidler
wow; they're unbelieavably beautiful. - liladreams
Has anyone ever corrected the record and pointed out, with the exception of the Charlize Theron drawing, that these are indeed photos by Alexander Von Reiswitz? - erik weisz
Erik, thank you for bringing this up again, but I think I already mentioned something about this in my prior comment. However, since it appears that you only signed up to friendfeed to leave a single comment, (ok, why?) I will try to summarize what I wrote previously. In brief, I learned after doing a little research that all photo-realistic drawings like the ones that I shared here,... more... - Michael Fidler
Awesome - الکامپ
I can assure you that what are claimed to be drawings of animals, in your post here, are photos. I used a website to that allows you to do an comparison of the Von Reiswitz photos and the images you have posted here. There are no differences. Every hair matches up. As a pencil artist myself I can tell you that it's pretty much impossible to get that kind of accuracy and have it look... more... - erik weisz
but... it has to be real, i saw it on the internet - Iphigenie
Eric, it doesn't matter to me if you just joined, and I apologize if I made you think otherwise. If you have any questions regarding friendfeed, please feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer them. At this point, I would be happy if we could find someone who is an image analysis expert, and finally point this thing to rest. Every time that I look into this, all I find is a... more... - Michael Fidler
the site spammed above must all be done in pencil too, right, thats why you posted it? - Iphigenie
I'm amazed that people are still posting these photographs of animals and calling them pencil drawings. This is at least the third case I can remember (and there are probably more) of this happening. The myth about them being drawings was debunked long ago. It's also funny that whenever they get posted the person posting them doesn't make it clear that they aren't the artist, exactly as you have done. - canadianmaple09
@canadianmaple09 I posted these back in March, 2009 when I was beginning to use FF regularly. I ran them through TinEye hoping to find their source, but it returned no results. When I ran through again yesterday, TinEye returned over four pages of results. If I had it to do over again, would I? Yes - Michael Fidler
The people you refer do don't join "just to slam" someone, they are concerned members of the online art community that want to see real art appreciated and fake art or photos being passed off as drawings revealed for what they really are. Artists such as Brian Duey, Armin Mersmann, Paul Lung, Zindy Nielsen,and many others do not receive the appreciation they deserve because of scams like this. - canadianmaple09
canadianmaple09, the worthiness of your motives notwithstanding (and they are worthy, definitely) you could definitely have approached Michael completely differently by say, giving him the benefit of the doubt rather than attacking in a highly accusatory tone. - Chieze Okoye
When you've seen these same pictures posted multiple times by people that just find them on the internet and claim they are pencil drawings, when it has already been established on multiple occasions that they are not, the "benefit of the doubt" approach seems a little too generous. People post these images and claim they're drawings to get views for their own site or blog or page or whatever it is they post it on. It's wrong and it needs to be stopped. - canadianmaple09
I can understand that, but you should also keep in mind that everyone is not as well-versed in the issue as you are. All I'm saying is that you would probably be more effective in this case if you weren't setting this up as a us-vs.-them, "must destroy with the validity my argument!" attitude when talking to a guy who's been actively having a discussion on the issue in what seems to me (having been around when he first posted the images and the follow up thread and what not) to be good faith. - Chieze Okoye
Look at his first comment here. People clearly thought he drew them. He doesn't set the record straight. He also claims that they "are actually pencil drawings" and that "I have more drawings too." Later he claims that you need to look at them closer to see they are drawings and that he will "post the originals". Once again, this makes it sound like they are his. This follows the same... more... - canadianmaple09
Greg and Chieze, thanks for your support. I really appreciate it. @canadianmaoles09, for what it’s worth, I share your concerns about giving proper attribution when sharing also. However, I admit that I'm more conscious of it now than I was at the time of this post. Nevertheless, I have never taken credit for anybody's work here other than my own! - Michael Fidler
BTW, I didn't realize it before, but I just noticed that you're new here too. I hope you like it so far and spend more time here. IMO, friendfeed is still the best thing around! - Michael Fidler
I would probably qualify as an image analysis expert, but there's no way to prove that online. One thing we can do is look at color. Even though the images are black and white,they're actually RGB images, meaning they contain cyan magenta and yellow. If you look at the image of the rhino you have posted then look at the photo of the rhino at the photographer's site you can see they both... more... - erik weisz
Mark Krynsky
FriendFeed User Locations - Google Shared Map (4 days & 75 users later) - http://maps.google.com/maps...
A smashing success! Thanks to everyone who has participated. This is very cool. If you haven't yet, go ahead and do so. Original post here http://friendfeed.com/e... - Mark Krynsky
Added. Surely I'm not the only FF'er in Africa? - Neill Adamson
@Neill, that's great. You just got us to the 6th continent. I highly doubt we can hit 7 as there surely can't be someone from Antarctica that FriendFeeds. - Mark Krynsky
The Antarctica challenge: OK, here's the plan: we need to contact Eli Duke (http://twitter.com/elisfanclub) he's tweeting from McMurdo Station, Antarctica. We have until February (some background I just found: on his 1st stint in the Antarctic he was a dish washer. In 2006 he wrote a functioning RubyOn Rails site, got burned out and tried to give it away on Craig's List...unsuccessfully--it's back online now http://listyourlist.com/ . McMurdo Photo: http://is.gd/8Ltk) - Micah
I reshared to the Translation room to help boost your international participation. - Shannon Jiménez
nah, friendfeed isn't a niche play. it's got dozens of users! ;) - Jeremy Toeman
Jeremy: you are such a comedian! - Robert Scoble
Alrighty then, I just sent Eli a tweet (http://friendfeed.com/e... ) with a plea. I hope I'm not taken for a crazy. Hmm, I know that could be my first reaction. - Micah
@Robert: caught up with an old buddy over a cigar, bottle of wine, and a few glasses of quality bourbon. and i have to be up at 6. so i'm having fun. ;) sorry we didn't get to catch up more at the 12seconds/uservoice party! - Jeremy Toeman
WTF!!! Nobody from India... ??? Am I the only one..:) - Devakishor
Well I was late to this party. Great idea Mark. I have all of New Zealand to myself! - Alistair (alpinefolk)
Turkey is on it must be. Anyhow, and Anyway, they'll be more Balloons One Day All Around Our World, BTW Thats a Great Daft Punk Track ain't it ;-D, Shall We Play it, and what Room shall we doeth Such? It Big enough for All. That is All. Time For Work Now, See You Laters, FriendFeed and Have A Nice But Try Not To Be too naughty Day. :)) - Jason
Reshared in my feed! - Flavio
Ditto. - Kol Tregaskes
Wow... I am the only person in VA. I expected a lot more people around DC. - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Ah... Aram, I'm in Virginia Beach, but I don't think it added me properly. - Ordinarybug Heather
How did I miss this? Off to add my pin! - FFing Enigma
same here! Ok just added mine a while ago (Irondequoit Bay near Rochester, NY)... look for sailboat! - Susan Beebe
Pin added. Great idea! - James Ferguson
2nd pin added in Italy! - Alessandro
Pin and 1m snow added in Helsinki. Great idea! - udo
pin added at OHSU in Portland, Oregon - Maureen
+1 pin at Debrecen, Hungary - Berci Mesko, MD
Why is Erhan Erdogan in the middle of the atlantic ocean on the map? Is he in the Bermuda Triangle or something? lol - Alan Le
@Micah, great job on recruitment. Eli has added himself and we now have all 7 continents filled. - Mark Krynsky
Erhan probably got moved accidentally. When I got to the page, and was moving the map, I accidently grabbed someone and moved them to the middle of the Atlantic. Thankfully, it was someone who used a special icon, so it was easy to search and put them back. - Anika
I put my self on the map... - Aline
Added, in the Norway. :) - Daniel Bruce
Added me in Texas! - Phil Glockner
Added myself in the west Chicago suburbs. :) - Cheryl Jones
@Mark Such Coolness! And thanks Eli (http://friendfeed.com/elisfan...) - Micah
Bump for Leather Donut. - Rochelle
Hmm, apparently I'm just up the road from Haggis. - Rob H.
I just added myself. Curious - how do you get different placemarks? I like the Google-looking ones that aren't quite raindrops. - Tamar Weinberg
Just an addendum to Spidra's explanation: To go back and edit, click the pushpin then click the "Edit" button (look waaay to the left on the page). Then you can click the icon to change, and you'll see Save button next to "Edit" - Micah
Oh cool. Nice job reviving this guys. Hopefully we get another good round of users to add themselves. - Mark Krynsky
Added! :) - AJ Batac
Wow Jess. That must be so great to see your work utilized by others. It's definitely been a smashing success here. Thanks for sharing. - Mark Krynsky
+Jess! - Micah
Kind of frustrating to see how much time I spent on this map and then to find out someone had probably saved their changes over mine - hence mine was gone this entire time. Others should also check for this. In any event, thanks, Spidra, for the tip :) My other pet peeve is Google Maps scrolling incessantly out of nowhere. (Hi Jess.) - Tamar Weinberg
How do I get myself added to the map? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
@Alex Scoble click the link in the main post, search your location, and add a placemark (the blue mark on left top of the map) - Eric Reboisson
bump... - Bren
double bump. - Mark Krynsky
Taylorsville, UT - Jesse Stay
Yo Derrick...almost time to move your pushpin eh? - Mark Krynsky
Yes indeed, Mark. :) - Derrick
That's very cool. Just added myself. I thought there were more of us in South America. - Juan Pablo González
Gaston Keller
Video about one of HP's datacenters (http://www.greenm3.com/2010...).
Thomas Hawk
Proof that Google is racist.
holy shit... - Rafael
Uh.. WHOA! - Linda Lawrey
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the people at Google put this in there on purpose. - Akiva
lol - conspiracy! - Jesse Stay
They may want to add an exception for that, though. :-) - Jesse Stay
are u serious thomas? wtf? - teymur madjderey
If you're banking on Google to recover your car after a grand thief auto, you might want to try other resources. Bing? - Micah
Me and my family just picked ourselves up off the floor and dried our eyes after ROFL'ing profusely at this... - Rahsheen
LOL! <sarcasm>I am going to go talk to the Race Czar's about this immediately!</sarcasm> - EricaJoy
if you search for "blakc peolpestole my car" you can see the same result.. just change for the correct one and take a print screen... hahaha this is hell funny - Rafael
FAIL! - Wayne Sutton
huh...I tried both and neither gave a 'did you mean....' Why the difference? - George Gray
George, this was from earlier. I think it's probably been fixed by now. - Thomas Hawk
I can't reproduce the results either. Even more proof that Google's damage control department works real f-a-s-t - BLOGBloke
I can reproduce these results (as it's fake). 1 - Do a google search for 'balck people stole my car' 2 - when the results come back, in the search box type 'white people stole my car'. 3 - Screenshot and fool everyone. - Will Higgins™
Thomas...ah...I was catching up on my feed and didn't notice when the message posted. Still, I have noticed different results when using Google from: the browser search bar, going right to google.com and when logged into google via iGoogle. Weird. - George Gray
This reminds me of how commercials for home alarm systems always feature white criminals. - Akiva
Dude, you win 1000 times over for use of the word 'colored'. I'm about as far from a racist as you can get but that shit cracks me up every time. - Akiva
これはひどい - as365n2
i think that google isnt racist, but people that use it yes..infact google shows firstly the most popular results.....this is my opinion..and please apologize me formy english..i'm italian!w La pizza! - Lyssa
they did it as the Chinese government did. - xia
seems they fix it somehow. - Mike
Lyssa's right. Google is a mirror. - Jim #teamFFrank
*Now* "white people stole my car" beats "black people stole my car" in a Google Duel, 3:1 - Tim Tyler
I sense a really nasty meme being created :-( - Ian D. Nock
That's it, I'm going to Ask.com! lol - Bryan R. Adams
paranoid approaches. - takmaz
I posted that a couple days ago and someone debunked it almost immediately. - Ben Hanten
再現できないが..... - jx0
google is funny! i stole the car - HansVanRock
Oh wowwww ... SMH lol - Iesha G
Tudor Bosman
In this day and age, caching effects outweigh most algorithmic gains (for most data sets that you're likely to encounter). The cost of a cache miss can be disastrous -- going to main memory is roughly 200 times slower than hitting in your L1 cache. This is why...
1. Tree-oriented data structures are usually a bad idea. Every branch means you're chasing a pointer to some completely unrelated area of the memory, likely a cache miss. - Tudor Bosman
2. High-performance server code is hard to write in Java (as opposed to C/C++). You can't embed objects in each other; every object reference means following a pointer, likely a cache miss. Also, objects are huge -- they contain a vtable and a lock and all sorts of other crap that you often don't need. - Tudor Bosman
3. You get surprising behavior with C++ STL data structures. It's often faster (for small-sized data sets accessed infrequently) to store them in a vector and do linear search than to store them in a std::map (which is a tree) and do binary search. - Tudor Bosman
Every programmer should read this. http://people.redhat.com/drepper... - Tudor Bosman
This, by the way, is why I don't like Java. Write most of your code in a high-level language (Python, PHP, Javascript, Lisp, whatever floats your boat), which is easy to write, read, debug, and deploy, and the performance-critical parts in C++. Java is trying to sit in the middle, but doesn't do either "ease of use" or "high-performance" particularly well. - Tudor Bosman
Techniques originally designed to minimize disk seeks now make sense for data held in RAM. For example, btrees can be faster than red-black trees on modern machines: http://idlebox.net/2007... - Ben Darnell
Coincidentally, I found this just now, linked from Reddit. http://msinilo.pl/blog/?p=614 - Tudor Bosman
I'd critique this assertion on a few grounds. One, while you do not have control over object embedding, there is nothing preventing it, and indeed, there are tons of papers on "object inlining" compilers, in much the same way that escape analysis can allow automatic stack allocation. It is true that current JVMs don't do this, but it is not prohibited. Secondly, compacting garbage... more... - Ray Cromwell
I feel the same way about Java being in the middle. If you only pick one language that might be the thing to use. But if you're using two, a combination like C++ and Python seems better than C++ and Java, or Java and Python. It may be true that JVMs *could* inline objects, but they don't, and that's what matters to me as a programmer (not a compiler writer). However I think there could... more... - Amit Patel
OT, but "When it comes to operating-system-specific details and solutions, the text exclusively describes Linux. At no time will it contain any information about other OSes. The author has no interest in discussing the implications for other OSes. If the reader thinks s/he has to use a different OS they have to go to their vendors and demand they write documents similar to this one." - Andrew C (✔)
Some would that a high level language that requires programmers to specify object allocation and layout is basically not a high level language. HLLs tend to defer such design decisions until later, relying on the compiler, because early optimization could inhibit later reuse (e.g. declaring a method 'final' in Java for 'performance') The dismissal of the JVM's current optimizations... more... - Ray Cromwell
Related, it has already been implemented in HotSpot (http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc...), 9% average to 51% speedup. Also, JDK6u14 has experimental escape analysis, but not full stack allocation yet, however, IIRC the IBM J9 VM has had automatic stack-allocation for non-escaping objects since early 2000s. - Ray Cromwell
back in 99-03 we had rather opposite problem -- we had to reduce capacity/bandwidth (on now obsolete pentiums :) yeah, we had also to keep it running 99.999% reliable, hotswappable, on _minimal_ hardware support, and what not else. The Decision we made to make it _that_ capable was to drop C++ & C mix and write it plain C ;) Moral of story -- don't over-engineer :D - A. T.
I don't know what datasets you use, but it only takes a few thousand or so nodes to make an O(log n) tree algorithm faster than an O(n) list algorithm, even when a node access it 200 times slower than a list access. - Gabe
Are you suggesting that a O(n) algorithm is better than O(log n) because the O(log n) has a constant factor of 200 (or even 1000)? - siva
I am suggesting that a program that uses an O(n) algorithm might be faster than a program that uses a O(log n) algorithm under the circumstances. I'm not comparing the algorithms, but their implementations on real hardware. - Tudor Bosman
and with real-world data sets. Depending on your application (say... videogames), they might in fact be quite small. - Andrew C (✔)
It's funny that this keeps coming up yesterday. I posted this to Haiping's wall not too many hours from when you wrote this: http://www.facebook.com/notes... - Keith Adams
Guy Kawasaki
Entrepreneur's state of mind in 2010 http://holykaw.alltop.com/entrepr...
Michael Tighe
Best Papers of ICAS 2010 include papers by the highly regarded computer scientists Michael Tighe and Gaston Keller.
Congratulations guys. That is excellent! - Bradley P Simmons
Thanks, Brad. And you too, Karthick. ;-) - Gaston Keller
Gaston Keller
Now we have a gallery! Check the tab beside the Message Board's tab. ;-)
Brad, we could use a few pictures from your visit to Venice last October... ;-) - Gaston Keller
joshua schachter
i wonder why everyone think friendfeed's tech is going to magically work at facebook's scale
We use scalable magic ;) - Paul Buchheit
I wonder who this "everyone" is. - Edward Coffey
It may... - AbZ
Because it's python...from friendfeed import scaling - Dave Dash
I would wager that guys who built GMail, Google Maps have an equal if not better shot at working on Facebook scale than anyone else. - Space Cowboy
....:::::::||||:::::::.... Pixie dust! - Susan Beebe from BuddyFeed
Dave, where can I get that module? :-) - Ruchira S. Datta
be patient have faith in the FF12 - Thomas Power
Looks like this was a self-fulfilling prophecy. :) - Space Cowboy
For those at Google that is, not FB ~ lol Space Cowboy, I'm glad I can inspire people through my amazing bio - sofarsoShawn
@sofarsoShawn - on an unrelated note, my screen name (on FriendFeed) is based on my favourite cartoon character in that awesome movie - "Happy Feet". Now only if Friendfeed wouldn't bump this very irrelevant comment to the very top of all of Joshua's subscribers. :) - Space Cowboy
WoW I even inspired the creators of Happy Feet, I"m just unstoppable!!! :) - sofarsoShawn
Paul Buchheit
There's a FriendFeed in my Gmail. Sweet! :)
not mine. - Jim #teamFFrank
my Gmail died a year ago. - Big Joe Silenced
they even stoled the "like" smiley :) - Claudio Cicali
Full circle? - Josh Haley
:/ - AJ Batac
Why not bring FF to the Facebook homepage? (public content plz) Without login, as the homepage. - Jay
Congrats ans condolences in equal measure Paul :) - Roberto Bonini
Why condolences Roberto? - Paul Buchheit
Not mine yet. - Morton Fox
Everyone is saying FF is dead. :) I sure hope not, but just in case :) - Roberto Bonini
For Paul, I assume there is an incredible amount of self-satisfaction. Buzz has really brought the FriendFeed experience to a new audience, regardless of its name. Thanks for all your contributions, Paul. - Louis Gray
I really like Buzz, very cool... glad to see Google release something that integrates a ton of their existing portfolio of products together! Buzz is truly a game changer... wow - Susan Beebe
Flattered at least Paul? - Christopher Galtenberg
+100 Louis! - Susan Beebe
Buzz totally copied FriendFeed LOL :D - Susan Beebe
We'll see :D - Özkan Altuner
Friendfeed should live on. - Ashish
+1 Louis - Jay
Maybe we should all agree to just go use Buzz, let them shut down FriendFeed, and Paul, Bret, et al can concentrate on Facebook... ;-) - Ken Sheppardson
It must be bittersweet. Well put, Louis. Well put. - Akiva
+1 Louis. Gmail, FriendFeed, Facebook.. Amazing job and ideas, Paul! - Thierry R. Andriamirado
@Fatih, it's a joke - Özkan Altuner
I guess I care more about ideas than specific instantiations. Hopefully they'll make the ui more like FriendFeed though :) - Paul Buchheit
Paul - I hope so too! - Susan Beebe
I agree with Paul. - Akiva
Agree Paul - current UX a tad clunky. - Hutch Carpenter
I want a FriendFeed in *my* Gmail ;( - Rahsheen
Buzz even captures the Friendfeed comments and displays em in Gmail. whoa. - chrisofspades
Facebook(Gmail(Friendfeed(YoDawg()))) - Micah
Rahsheen, be sure to reload Gmail -- it doesn't show up automatically (or at least it didn't for me). - Paul Buchheit
Buzz is being rolled out slowly, over the next few days for the "non social media elite" (yes, sorry, it's true) - Christopher Galtenberg
You gotta be kidding me. I was the FIRST person Robert followed on Cliqset. I'm a social media god! - Akiva
chrisofspades, how are you getting Friendfeed into Buzz? - Kenton
Not in mine, yet. - DGentry
Kenton, it just showed up as one of the sites I could connect. maybe because I have my friendfeed connected to my Google profile? - chrisofspades
Yeah, I just noticed that that is how it picks those sites. I've added FF to my profile and I'll see if it comes through. - Kenton
Akiva - LOL :D - Susan Beebe
I WANT a FF in my gmail. How do I get it? - Claudia Petrilli
i can use it on phone, but not on PC. LAME - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
STILL not showing up in mine!!! It does show up on my iPhone. I've been playing with it for the past hour, but really wish I could see in in a real web browser on a real computer! - Jeff P. Henderson
Jeff same problem here. Very frustrating! - BRҰANSAҰS
its like Pauls child FF reunion with its elder brother gmail :) - sirishkumar
Very funny post, Paul! - Michael Fidler
Not quite FriendFeed but close. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Paul, one thing that I am sure to miss on Buzz is, not being able to see all the awesome Googler's and Xoogler's feeds that I see here on Friendfeed. I wish there is someway Buzz remedies this. Really bummed about this. :( - Space Cowboy
Paul, same feeling here, but now that I see buzz map in iPhone/web app, that's pretty cool stuff. - Orlando Pozo
Paul, we need something like buzz map for friendfeed ;). - Orlando Pozo
Paul, Gbuzz privacy settings really suck, even blocking and reporting people as spammers don't work :S - Orlando Pozo from iPhone
Paul, did you know Google was working on Buzz when you sold FriendFeed? - Richard Cunningham
I love how friendfeed, with all of the love and effort that all of us have vested in it, gets to keep on reaching new places, even if it's not *exactly* FF. Nice one. - Iain Baker
Gaston Keller
Great device! Extremely portable e-reader (http://www.skiff.com/skiff-r...). If only you could take notes on that thing... =)
I am also waiting to see how apple tablet looks like.. Releasing on Jan 27th :) - Karthick R
Lovely device; Now can I fold it and put it in my purse (or some other bag). - Hanan Lutfiyya
Michael Tighe
The FTC worries about privacy in the Cloud... http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
Paul Buchheit
Apple plans new prototype store in downtown Palo Alto - https://secure.passport.mngint...
"There it will build an Apple Store that project developers referred to in planning documents as "a new prototype for the company." The facade will be entirely transparent at ground level, vast skylights will flood the store with natural light, and trees will grow inside, fed by the sunlight from above, according to a proposal submitted to the city's architectural review board. The building at 340 University Ave. is an 86-year-old structure best known as the longtime home of Liddicoat's grocery. More recently it housed Z Gallerie furniture store, and it has mostly stood vacant since that store closed several months ago." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
That's cool. No other companies let you buy prototypes! - Gabe
Cristo: sure, why not? - Gabe
If only the prototype store sold prototype Macs. :) - Louis Gray
very interesting move, should be fun to watch - Susan Beebe
Michael Tighe
"The Original Cloud" - Blog article by yours truly, promoting the benefits of showing up at DiGS! http://michaeljtighe.com/2010...
You know, Mike... this is like _preaching to the choir_... all the people reading the Message Board are probably the ones actually attending the meetings. =P - Gaston Keller
haha, you are probably right! - Michael Tighe
I'm not sure if I agree with every piece of advice, but it's a good read. I also read the article that the author of the presentation recommends: _Technology and Courage_ by Ivan Sutherland. Highly recommended! - Gaston Keller
Good slides. The paper was a fun read as well. - Bradley P Simmons
Paul Buchheit
ha nice! - Wesley Barrow
from '95 - Paul Buchheit
Summer intern? - Mike Doeff
Yeah, Sanjeev was also there that same summer as it turns out. - Paul Buchheit
oooh look at how young and cute Paul is! :) very cool that you saved this! What was your job title then (intern for ______)? What location did you work at? Does that # mean you were the 39,325 employee hired by M$? - Susan Beebe
I bet I could find mine if I tried, too. - Gabe
I wish I still had my Apple badge. They made me give it back when I left. - Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins
Do I sense a meme coming? - Chris Lamprecht
Yeah, unfortunately I don't seem to have any pics of my Sun badge, so I can't collect the whole set :( - Paul Buchheit
bummer! collection is busted - Susan Beebe
my work badges are boring white - no logo..nothing - designed for max security I guess - Susan Beebe
Gary, Paul and I both worked in Redmond. Paul worked on Plus! Setup. - Gabe
Oooh I remember Plus! that was really cool and made Win95 rock! - Susan Beebe
Ex-PM in Developer Tools here. Visual J++ for the um, ... - DeWitt Clinton
Maybe it would be more efficient for everyone who didn't work at Microsoft to raise their hand. - DeWitt Clinton
I worked on Win NT, debugging OLE. It was pretty bad because the NT OLE code was fine; all the bugs were in 16-bit OLE apps. There are few things worse than debugging interactions between two 16-bit apps you don't have the source to! - Gabe
Wow, 16 bit OLE. Why didn't you force everyone to use 32bit Word and Excel? It would've been very Apple of you. - Eric - Final Countdown
Yup, Redmond. I think I worked in building 4, which may not exist anymore, and lived across the street at "Timberlawn". I worked on the installer for "Plus Pack for Windows 95". - Paul Buchheit
Eric, it gets worse: one of the first apps I had to look at was Ichitaro, Japan's #1 word processor at the time. It sure would have made things easier if I could have forced everybody to only use 32-bit English apps! - Gabe
Awesome, Paul. - Christopher Sacca
I tried, and I can't remember my ORCL employee number any more! Does that mean I've finally put it all out behind me? - Tudor Bosman
My Intel WWID was 10599476, but I get the feeling that they added at least 10,000,000 to the employee number to generate that value. - Paul Buchheit
I've already forgotten my Google employee number. I think my Yahoo! number was right around 9000... - Kevin Fox
Ok here's a picture of my current ones I mentioned - sorta boring white plan ID badges http://friendfeed.com/e... - Susan Beebe
At least they gave you a top-30 number at Google :) - Charlie Anzman
Once again proving that you're "kind of a big deal". Nice badge! - Randy Holloway from twhirl
*swoon* - Yuvi
I wonder if it was some kind of foresight to hang on to your old Microsoft badges, but not your diplomas. - Clare Dibble
Nice, a blue badge. I consult for Microsoft and have an Orange badge. - Alan Le
Wow! I was there that same summer interning for "Office Team Manager" I must have started a week or 2 before you as my employee number was 39207. - Joe Beda
I think I returned my badge, so I can't remember what my employee number was. I worked on porting the standard ms installer from windows to the mac. - Private Sanjeev
Sanjeev - a worthy cause for sure! :P - Susan Beebe
It was a piece of code that Ben Slivka wrote to produce cab files :) - Private Sanjeev
#39325 @ Microsoft. #23 @ Google. Do you have an ID at Google? ;) - AJ Batac
My MS ID was #38440 @ Microsoft... There were around 17k employees when I joined in 1995. - Steve Lacey
Microsoft badge #36419, joined 6/94 - peter
You seem very happy in this picture. There's still so much hope and optimism in that face. - April Buchheit
Old school. - "Joey"
Bubbling entry to make the Microsoft people (http://friendfeed.com/paul...) feel better (or worse) :) - Paul Buchheit
Bubbling? Is that what the kids are calling it these days? - Gabe
those are nice glasses :) - bob
They are nice glasses, aren't they? Maybe I should switch back. - Paul Buchheit
cute Paul :D - Nimaa
You look not unlike Bill in that photo. - Kevin Fox
Paul Buchheit
10 predictions for the world of January 1, 2020 - http://paulbuchheit.blogspot.com/2010...
"Steven Colbert will win the 2016 election -- the left will think he's joking, the right will think he's serious, and both sides will think that they are tricking the other" - Bret Taylor
Let me save this article somewhere in the cloud and we will se then :-) - Florin Grozea
I like the part about people going to Mexico to get health care. Travel and health care will become one and you will get a one week on the beach with any procedure! - Edwin Khodabakchian
I learned a lot -- especially the Palin/Gore win the 2014 presidential election one. That sounds like one we can bank on. - Stephen Mack
On a more serious note, this is a great read, Paul, thanks. How many of these (such as Facebook or the war on drugs) represent your view of what you predict will happen versus what you would like to have happen? - Stephen Mack
I think all of them will happen Stephen, though my timeline may be optimistic. - Paul Buchheit from iPhone
I'd like to believe that the increasingly rapid evolution of political movements will make it easier to resolve the health care issues, and possibly even the financial bubbles, especially if political movements ever become an educational force. Of course, the opposite pitchforks and torches scenarios also seem possible to me... - Jason Wehmhoener
Listening to NPR the other day, some academics pointed out that our increasingly fragmented media is increasing tribalism and inhibiting collective action, not strengthening it. Many people are now able to isolate themselves from opinions or people they disagree with, by following only those exactly like this. They pointed out, in the era of 3 networks and 3 anchors, people by and large... more... - Ray Cromwell
I like Nr. 9 most, including the video about Thorium! - George Moga
Paul Buchheit
The Master, The Expert, The Programmer - http://zedshaw.com/essays...
"What I notice is that my peers are progressing to more and more complicated and convoluted designs. They are impressed with the flashiest APIs, the biggest buzzwords, and the most intricate of useless features. They are more than happy to write endless unit tests to test their endless refactoring all the while claiming that they follow XP’s “the simplest thing that works” mantra. I’ve actually seen a guy take a single class that did nothing more than encapsulate the addition of two strings, and somehow “refactor” it to be four classes and two interfaces. How is this improving things? How can more somehow equal simpler? This should never be the case. These are the actions of an expert. These experts are very smart, capable, and skilled, but they are too busy impressing everyone to realize that their actions are only making things worse for themselves. In the end all of their impressive designs are doing nothing but making more work for themselves and everyone around them. It’s as if... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
This applies to experts in any field. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It takes smart people to make complicated things simple. - imabonehead
Is it possible he's talking about Java programmers? - Gabe
i really liked this post (it resonated with me) until the end, at which point i felt alienated. - Neha Narula
What alienated you, Neha? To me, it seemed valid enough but a bit overwrought and trite. I know plenty of experienced, skilled working programmers who value just-get-it-done simplicity -- the "professional master" doesn't seem that elusive. - ⓞnor from Android
I'm a big fan of keeping it simple, but some problems do require a thorough approach. - Andrew C (✔)
"In contrast there are masters in the martial arts who learned their art as a means of survival and became masters in a realistic and hostile environment. We don't have anyone like this in the programming profession, " ... what about Carmack and Abrash & co? - Andrew C (✔)
BTW, I dunno if this is what put Neha off, but it almost sounds like Shaw wants to deny the reality of a nice O(n log n) solution beating out an O(n^2) solution (assuming small k, whatever) on a problem of decent size. - Andrew C (✔)
I mean, the stories of the martial arts masters may involve simple-looking moves, but they are also (in the stories) _perfectly_ executed, the product of careful observation of one's opponent and expert timing and precise angles. You might be able to pare down a simple linked list to the bare essentials, but I don't think it's quite analogous to not using a more complex structure _where appropriate_. - Andrew C (✔)
Nice... "The main thing I noticed about the experts I’ve encountered is they are into impressing you with their abilities. They are usually incredibly good, but their need for recognition gets in the way of mastery. Everything they do is an attempt to prove themselves and in order to do this they must perform like an actor on stage. There’s nothing wrong with this, and I don’t think the... more... - Ken Sheppardson
Andrew: Maybe the point was that an Expert would say "Aha! You need to keep these items in order, so a self-balancing tree is the perfect solution.", while a Master would say "Ah, but you never have more than 5 items, so a linked-list will always be faster!" - Gabe
this part, so much guy/son stuff! i dislike superfluous interfaces as much as anybody else: “There was this guy I worked with who once optimized a complicated red- black tree getting 300% performance boost. I was baffled and ask, 'How’d you do that? That’s impossible.’ To which he responded…” “'That’s my linked list my son.’” - Neha Narula
This is the kind of crap that gives java such a bad image. It used to be that people used it for what it was -- a simple OO language with garbage collection and a fast VM. Now you have architecture astronauts going off the deep end and making everyone assume the language has to be that way. I believe this disease stems from people who focus more on the process than on the product of their work. That's a recipe for disaster in my book. - Joel Webber from BuddyFeed
Neha: So lt's the fact that the language is male? - ⓞnor from Android
The impulse is good, but people have such different senses of what is simple, what has quality, what flows with the Tao. It's like beauty that way. What the story doesn't say is the 300% performance boost was on a limited test data set, in the real world it performed 3x worse and all the complexity had a reason that made sense once you "know." :-) - Todd Hoff
Complexity that's "there for a reason" is the worst kind. But who even talks about red-black trees vs linked lists? TreeMap vs LinkedList isn't the issue, interface swaddling and hyperfine dependency injection is the issue. Thing is, fights are decisively won, but code maintainability is much harder to measure, and even the importance of performance can be disputed. - ⓞnor from Android
I find it funny how the article, while praising simple approach, suffers from superfluity of language. - andrei_c
egnor: unnecessarily so. - Neha Narula
Neha, I thought the final "That's my linked list my son" was to make clear the parallel with the earlier quote "That was my foot my son" from Mestre Bimba. - Ruchira S. Datta
Todd: Imagine the situation where you are storing data for the US Census, and need to keep track of the people in a household by age. Since it's sorted and unbounded (there's no maximum number of children a family can have), you can easily think that a nice O(n lg n) algorithm that keeps a balanced binary tree is the right way to go. However, if you bother to look at the data, you'd see... more... - Gabe
I wish I could "Like" this article again :) - scott willeke
might have created a "MEGA-liked" button:) - alex melnikov
It's a great analogy, but in reality, the martial arts stuff is mythology. Wing Chun proponents often talk about simplicity of the art, but they'd get their butts kicked in a sloppy street fight because invariably, most real world fights are messy, quickly go to the ground, and result in grappling and choking and eye gouging. Bullshido has lots of examples of this. The 80 year old guy... more... - Ray Cromwell
Hanan Lutfiyya
Hi Everyone: I'm looking to teach a course in distributed systems. The focus would be to look at what it takes to build Google, Amazon, etc; I have a tentative site at http://www.csd.uwo.ca/faculty.... I'm looking for feedback and to see if there is interest.
Sounds pretty interesting, my knowledge is actually fairly lacking in this area. - Michael Tighe
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