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Congrats on your wedding & honeymoon in Germany! ;-p
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Hah who the hell is that? - Rodfather
Otae-san from Gintama. =) - rönin
Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy - life - 16 July 2014 - New Scientist -
Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy - life - 16 July 2014 - New Scientist
"Unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere STICK an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to survive on a variety of energy sources, but none as weird as this. Think of Frankenstein's monster, brought to life by galvanic energy, except these "electric bacteria" are very real and are popping up all over the place." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Eric - For You Wack MCs!
Seems like Russia funneling arms to separatists in Ukraine has backfired, so to speak. Nothing like shooting down an airliner for the world to sit up and think, maybe ignoring that Putin isn't such a good idea.
the US is too busy watching porn and eating Cheetos to notice much anymore. - Big Joe Silence
Pres Obama put the screws on new sanctions for Russia yesterday over funding and funneling weapons to Russian nationalists. No one else seemed to notice. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
yup. no one cares unless it comes with a pizza or a game for their phone. - Big Joe Silence
We're too busy working ourselves into a tizzy over the disease-ridden, gangster, juvy illeagles. =p - rönin
Yes, the 11 year olds are invading. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
And of course Twitter users break the news. Plane parts showing up in people's backyards. Yikes. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
Even still, I'm not sure what we can do besides watchful waiting and economic maneuvers. But maybe the EU can finally at least form a unified front against Putin. - Victor Ganata
Agreed. This is the the court of the Europeans. They let Crimea go without much of a fight. It is Europe who need to take stiffer action to lock down Russian interests, especially economic. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
sometimes it feels like "YOU DAMNED FILTHY AMERICANS ARE ALWAYS INTERFERING! Oh, wait...come beat up Russia for us, please? No? What do you mean "No"? DAMN YOU, FILTHY AMERICANS! YOU'RE USELESS." but only sometimes. - Big Joe Silence
No, after two wars and more than a million deaths, I'm pretty sure no one wants us to invade anywhere else these days. I think the general mindset for most conflicts now is "if we ignore it, maybe they'll just kill each other and burn the whole thing down for us." - Victor Ganata
Is this not the second Malaysian Airplane to be lost in less than a year?
Yup, been an unlucky year for them. - rönin
And if Russia shot it down ugh - Steve C
Ukraine is currently saying it was rebels. - Big Joe Silence
They did shoot down a Ukrainian military transport the other day. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
actually, it was a Ukrainian Su-22 fighter. but yes, Russia has been directly involved militarily. - Big Joe Silence
Oh, I heard transport, but if they shot down a fighter they have some serious weapons. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
The Data of Hate - -
The Data of Hate -
"In the 1930s, Arthur F. Raper reported a correlation between bad economic conditions and lynchings of blacks. This led many scholars to the intuitive conclusion that people turn to hate because their lives are going poorly. But evidence is increasingly casting doubt on this idea. In 2001, the political scientists Donald P. Green, Laurence H. McFalls and Jennifer K. Smith used more data and found that there was actually no relationship between lynchings and economic hardship. Lynchings actually fell during the Great Depression. The economist Alan B. Krueger has shown that terrorists are not disproportionately poor. And the economists Roland G. Fryer Jr. and Steven D. Levitt found that Ku Klux Klan members were actually better educated than the typical American." - rönin from Bookmarklet
ffbookmarklet - How to host your own code on Dropbox
The newly working Friendfeed ffbookmarklet solution came from Stephen ( ) via an anonymous code fixer. The following extends the solution so you can host and control your own version of the code on Dropbox. - Micah
1. Click ffbookmark.js attached to this post to download. - Micah
2. Move ffbookmark.js to a dropbox folder. - Micah
3. Right-click ffbookmark.js, "Share Dropbox Link" (link is now in your copy/paste memory). - Micah
4. Paste the link a text editor (Notepad, TextEdit, etc). - Micah
5. Hit enter key a few times for the next copy/paste—now copy the code block in the next comment and paste in editor: - Micah
javascript:void((function()%7Bvar e%3Ddocument.createElement(%27script%27)%3Be.setAttribute(%27type%27,%27text/javascript%27)%3Be.setAttribute(%27src%27, - Micah
6. Your link will look something like: https:// - Micah
7. Copy the sequence of 15 letters that come after the "" part of the url. - Micah
8. Replace the 15 underscores in the code block with the 15 letter you just copied. - Micah
9. Copy the new code block. Right-click bookmark bar button, click Edit, paste into URL: field. Save. - Micah
The attached ffbookmark.js is a minified version of ffbookmark.src.js (using Google's tool). It's almost 40% smaller than the uncompressed code. Using this alternate method, you're not dependent on the google drive doc in the original solution—it changing or disappearing. Neither of which likely, but there you go. - Micah
Enjoy. - Micah
+1 dedication - Adriano
Awesome - Stephen Mack from iPhone
thank you! - Pea Bukowski
You're welcome. We're all in this together. :) - Micah
Thank you, Internet Dad! - Kristin
*iHug* - Micah
thank you <3 - Lucretia, my reflection
yeah - Storvandre
Thanks! if someone doesn't use dropbox (like me :D) but has github, you can create a gist, serve it through, urlencode the rawgit url (, and substitute all the url, not only the underscores in the bookmarklet - scotu
this made me add a dropbox account to my long list of web accounts. - JECO Photo
Oops, there was a problem! > using bookmarklet with images. - JECO Photo
today FF won't load any kind of image, directly or via bookmarklet :( - Lucretia, my reflection
I just was able to post an image via the bookmarklet. Is it intermittent? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Seems like it's working again. - rönin
A Virginia Man Is Trying To Claim 800 Miles Of Land In Africa So His Daughter Can Feel Like A Princess -
A Virginia Man Is Trying To Claim 800 Miles Of Land In Africa So His Daughter Can Feel Like A Princess
What in the world... "This is Emily Heaton. Her dad, Jeremiah, just bought her a "kingdom" in Africa. It's an 800-square-mile stretch of desert in North Africa. Many have tried to take the unclaimed land, which lies between Sudan and Egypt, over the past 100 years. But Heaton believes that he now rightfully owns the area because he traveled there and planted a flag." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
D'oh, I guess you can't upload pics directly.
bookmarklet is also toast. - Big Joe Silence
But we have a fix for the bookmarklet! - Stephen Mack
I think he meant adding photos via bookmarklet. That doesn't work anymore. =( - rönin
At least the thousands of Flickr, tumblr, blogs etc are coming in again. That's something. (Not sure what, but it's something nevertheless.) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
You can't have everything. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
My sister-in-law is pregnant!!!!! (Update: she lost the baby. =( )
7 week u/s looks good. Really good! Please please please let this one stick! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Lots of prayers. - laura x from iPhone
Sadly, she lost the baby at around 11 weeks. This poor woman (nor any woman really) does not deserve this. She's up to 4 or 5 miscarriages now. =( - Yvonne from FFHound!
That's awful. :( - Jenny H. from Android
Sorry, Yvonne. That's really terrible! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
:( - rönin
Oh no, I'm so sorry. :( - Stephen Mack
Awful. :-( - Mary B: #TeamMonique
So very sorry - Janet from FFHound!
I'm so sorry. - vicster: full-bodied
My heart so goes out to her. I wish I/they could afford to have me be their surrogate. I'd do it in a heartbeat! - Yvonne from FFHound!
I am so sorry. - laura x
That's so sad :-( - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
Sorry for her loss. That's devastating. :( - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Sidonia no Kishi (Watching - 7 of 12 episodes ) -
Watching - 6 of 12 episodes - rönin
Sidonia no Kishi (Watching - 9 of 12 episodes ) -
Watching - 9 of 12 episodes - rönin
Sidonia no Kishi (Watching - 8 of 12 episodes ) -
Watching - 8 of 12 episodes - rönin
Billionaire's breakup plan would chop California into six states - Yahoo News -
Billionaire's breakup plan would chop California into six states - Yahoo News
"One state, to be called Silicon Valley, would include the tech hub along with the San Francisco Bay Area. Jefferson, named after the third U.S. president, would encompass the northernmost region. The state capital of Sacramento would be in North California, while South California would be made up of San Diego and the eastern suburbs of Los Angeles. L.A. itself would be part of a state called West California." - rönin from Bookmarklet
A war would quickly ensue between the new states for the necessary resources. Just like happened for AT&T and Standard Oil. - Todd Hoff
I assume he wants Crimea. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
Weird Al's 'Blurred Lines' parody skewers Reddit and doge for grammar crimes | The Verge -
"Weird Al plans to release a new music video every day for eight straight days, and for day two he's taking on Robin Thicke's infectious (and controversial) single "Blurred Lines." Al's version is called "Word Crimes," and it's a general send-up of people with poor grammar. "If you can't write in the proper way / if you don't know how to conjugate," Al opens, "maybe you flunked that class / and maybe now you find that people mock you online." Al eventually delves into some brief grammar lessons, so you might actually learn a thing or two about parts of speech by listening." - rönin from Bookmarklet
So good, so so good. - rönin
YEAH! - Big Joe Silence
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Middle of July and I have to wear jeans because polar vortex. Oh, weather you so crazy! *cries*
It's been 30°C here, and I'm glad it's cooling off for the next few days. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
It was in the 80s F here this weekend!! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
We're supposed to get some of that tomorrow but only for a day and it's gonna be wet too so can't even enjoy it. - rönin
Google signs deal to put sensors directly on your eye | The Verge -
"Google and Novartis have this morning announced an agreement to collaborate on the development of the smart contact lens that was unveiled by Google X in January. Using non-invasive sensors, the lens promises to analyze tear fluid in the eye to provide constant measurements of a person's blood glucose levels. Those can then be sent wirelessly to a mobile device and help diabetics manage their disease more easily." - rönin from Bookmarklet
"Beyond the prospective benefits for diabetes sufferers, Novartis sees potential for this technology to also help "restore the eye's natural autofocus" through more advanced applications such as implanting the lens directly into the eye. Today's agreement doesn't change the fact that this is a long-term development project that will take a long time to produce results, but Google's glucose-tracking smart lens is now on a definite path to commercialization." - rönin
The Gunfighter on Vimeo -
LMAO. "Just another period western meta comedy short film. Featuring the mellifluous voice of Nick Offerman." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Social Media Stars Use Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr to Build Their Career - -
Social Media Stars Use Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr to Build Their Career -
Am I missing out by not following these people? Never heard of any of 'em. "In an era of new economies, this may be one of the most curious: the network that has sprung up to help the follower-laden stars of Instagram, Vine, Pinterest and other social media services make money by connecting them with brands wanting to advertise to their audiences. People like Mr. Lachtman and his co-founder, Rob Fishman, run what may be seen as a parallel universe to Hollywood, one in which shares and likes matter more than box-office sales and paparazzi shots. Here, authenticity — a word that comes up often in this arena — trumps a Photoshop-perfect facade or publicist-approved message." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Mike Nencetti
Tonight dinner. Trader Joes Poutine.
Tonight dinner. Trader Joes Poutine.
How is it? I've always eyeballed it every time I'm at TJs. - rönin
I can't speak for Mike, but I thought it was pretty decent (especially for something you could pull out of the freezer.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I liked it. The cheese curds squeaked. I wish there was more gravy. But not bad for a frozen dinner. - Mike Nencetti from iPhone
Don’t Like Your Neighbors’ House? Sue Them. - -
Don’t Like Your Neighbors’ House? Sue Them. -
"In September, Louis Cherry, an architect here, received a building permit and the necessary approvals to begin constructing a house for himself and his wife, Marsha Gordon, on an empty lot in Oakwood, a historic district in Raleigh. The neighborhood features a variety of architectural styles, from postwar bungalows to Greek Revivals, shotguns to Queen Annes. Construction began in October and the home, modern but modestly so, is nearly complete. But it is also at risk of demolition. Not because of a tornado or termites or some other natural disaster, but because one of his neighbors doesn’t want it there." - rönin from Bookmarklet
"A small group of Oakwood neighbors, who call themselves the Oak City Preservation Alliance, rallied to the cause. The actions of Ms. Wiesner and her allies have created “such a weird hysteria in the neighborhood,” Mr. Cherry told me. “Words like ‘holocaust’ have been used in reference to the idea that our house could inspire a rash of tear-downs which could then be replaced with modern... more... - rönin
"In a historic district like Oakwood, the preservation guidelines discourage attempts to build new Victorians and instead support contemporary design. This reflects the prevailing view of historic preservationists who frown on the practice of designing new buildings to look as if they’re old. And indeed, Ms. Wiesner’s arduous efforts to save Oakwood from the Cherry-Gordon house aren’t garnering the support of those whom she claims to speak for — the historic preservationists." - rönin
"Ms. Wiesner, who works in real estate, has also argued that having a modern house on the block will adversely affect the resale value of her own home. Here, too, Mr. Howard begs to differ: “The Cherry house doesn’t bring her property value down; in fact, it probably has a more positive affect on the neighborhood than Wiesner’s. Her house is two-thirds bungalow and one-third Victorian... more... - rönin
Weird Al, Tacky: parody of Pharrell’s Happy features Jack Black, Kristen Schall, Aisha Tyler (VIDEO). -
Weird Al, Tacky: parody of Pharrell’s Happy features Jack Black, Kristen Schall, Aisha Tyler (VIDEO).
"Three years since his last studio album, “Weird Al” Yankovic has returned with Mandatory Fun, which will feature parodies of Miley Cyrus, Lorde, and, of course, the reigning pop queen, Iggy Azalea. His first video from the album has arrived, and it takes on a ubiquitous hit from earlier this year, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”" - rönin from Bookmarklet
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RT @inthehenhouse: So nobody, not one friend...not the guy at the van detailing shop...not one person said something?
RT @inthehenhouse: So nobody, not one friend...not the guy at the van detailing shop...not one person said something?
It's not something a non-recent parent would really know about is it? - rönin
I have to think it's general knowledge to know what "SIDS" refers to. - Stephen Mack
I've never been a parent and I've heard of SIDS. - Andrew C (✔)
Work Out, Then the Wok - -
Work Out, Then the Wok -
"Just before 9 a.m. every workday — he has Friday and Saturday off — Mr. Wong stakes out the same patch of sidewalk on the southwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 46th Street outside Zen Palate, the restaurant where he is a chef. The area smells of kitchen grease and car exhaust, and the gum-pocked sidewalk is littered with cigarette butts. It was already heating up on Tuesday when a shirtless Mr. Wong stepped out of the kitchen door. He kicked off his sandals by the curb and, clad only in shorts, began an exercise routine that has become a neighborhood ritual. With the city bustling around him, he started off with some stretching, then arm-swings, then squats, often using the street furniture, like streetlights and benches, as his gym equipment." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Whoever invented oatmeal must really hate life.
I figured the person who invented oatmeal was surrounded by chipper morning people. S/he was trying to kill them. - Anika
Oatmeal is (or can be) delicious. - John (bird whisperer)
if your oatmeal sucks then it's not the fault of the oatmeal, it's all in the preparation. - Big Joe Silence
Possibly. We just have instant. "Hey, let's take cereal that's been soaked in milk too long and then warm it up!" is pretty much what I've always encountered as oatmeal. - rönin
Oatmeal *can* be cookies. - Anika
I love oatmeal. These days mostly when I add it to Greek yogurt with honey, granola, and berries - Rodfather from Android
Student Keeps Contacts in for Six Months, Amoeba Eats Her Eyeball -
Student Keeps Contacts in for Six Months, Amoeba Eats Her Eyeball
Ewwww... "A Taiwanese student has gone blind after keeping contact lenses in her eyes for six months straight. NO NO NO NO NO. By not taking her lenses out or cleaning them at all, Lian Kao created the perfect condition between her eyeball and the lens for acanthamoeba to develop. The single cell bugs can apparently "burrow their way through the cornea," and that's exactly what happened to Kao—that shit literally ate up the surface of her eyeballs." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Grody. - Anika
what an idiot! - grizabella
How can someone keep contact lenses for six months without getting irritated? - Mistaken Identity
A creepy, real-time map of all the public data posted in three major cities | -
A creepy, real-time map of all the public data posted in three major cities |
"There are computers all around you. They're in the traffic lights, the trains, the cars, people's phones and many more places. All of them are constantly sending and receiving information to and from the Internet. Now you can see that happening in real time using an unsettling interactive website from the creators of the hit video game Watch_Dogs." - rönin from Bookmarklet
This House Is So Awesome That Your Inner Child Will Be So Jealous. -
This House Is So Awesome That Your Inner Child Will Be So Jealous.
This House Is So Awesome That Your Inner Child Will Be So Jealous.
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A lil' drab on the outside but kids'll definitely love the inside. "A Japanese design studio decided to build a home but not just any home. This is a home that grasps at your youth and allows you to stay a kid at heart with a smile on your face. After we hit the age of 12 or so the playground just isn’t “cool” anymore and we are forced to repress our feelings of badly wanting to jump on the swings or fly down a giant slide! Well the design studio LEVEL has made it possible to relive these repressed feelings of joy in the privacy of your home where none of your friends can judge you. Okay this house is also designed for children to play in but don’t let them take all the fun. Check this out." - rönin from Bookmarklet
The Napwrap Is One Travel Gadget You'll Actually Use -
The Napwrap Is One Travel Gadget You'll Actually Use
The Napwrap Is One Travel Gadget You'll Actually Use
"We've seen some truly bizarre travel doohickies in our day, from two-story armrests to pocket-sized humidifiers to color-changing, mood-tracking happiness blankets. But while it's the most simplistic design of them all, the Napwrap is going to beat every strange gadget on the market. Why? The fabulous invention holds your arms together while you nap, preventing that whole head-bobbing cycle where prop your arm on the armrest, fall asleep, then get a jarring wake-up call when your head slips off your hand. To use the Napwrap, loop it over your bicep then place your other arm through the loop to secure them both in place. Your arms will stay comfortably strung together, even when you fall asleep. No more annoying unfolding when you lose consciousness! The Napwrap also doubles as a non-dorky phone holder, eye mask and earmuff. Now this is a gizmo we will actually use." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Personifying the Waste Problem: Photos of People Lying in 7 Days of Their Own Trash -
Personifying the Waste Problem: Photos of People Lying in 7 Days of Their Own Trash
"Photographer Gregg Segal wanted to put a human face on the trash problem in the US. Cold numbers and statistics can only have so much of an impact, pictures of real families and individuals lying in 7 days-worth of their own trash… now that would get some attention. Thus was born the 7 Days of Garbage series, a set of photographs featuring people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds literally wallowing in a week’s worth of their waste." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Startup Co-Founded By Former Apple CEO Announces Smart Bed System -
Startup Co-Founded By Former Apple CEO Announces Smart Bed System
Startup Co-Founded By Former Apple CEO Announces Smart Bed System
"California-based Misfit, an inventor and maker of wearable and ambient computing products founded in 2011 by Sonny Vu with John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple and Pepsi, and Sridhar Iyengar, have announced the Misfit Beddit Sleep System, which is integrated with the company’s Beddit Sleep Monitor product. Using what is claimed to be the world’s thinnest sleep sensor and advanced signal processing technologies, Beddit seamlessly measures sleep cycles and quality using heart rate, respiration, movement, snoring, and sound." - rönin from Bookmarklet
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