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Jim #teamFFrank
Sometimes it doesn't take a gift or even a phone call. Today was a disappointing day for my family. My brother, Frank who has been battling cancer for the last six months, was scheduled to have his tumor surgically removed today. It didn't work out that way. - Jim #teamFFrank from Posterous
The surgeon was concerned that Frank's tumor had grown larger in recent weeks and wanted an MRI done to see if she would have to revise her plan for the surgery. As a result the surgery was put off until Friday at the earliest and possibly next Wednesday. - Jim #teamFFrank
This was a hard pill to swallow, but we're doing the best we can. Bearing with us in our difficulty are dozens and even hundreds of people around the world, some of whom we will never meet in person in this life, who are praying for Frank and expressing support for him and my family. - Jim #teamFFrank
The simplest and, to me, the most moving show of support came from my friends on the social networking site Friendfeed. A while ago, my sister snapped a pic of me, my wife and our daughters with Frank. We were all wearing shirts that my mother had made for us which say, "Team Frank" on them. Frank has his own shirt which says simply "Frank." - Jim #teamFFrank
Someone, I'm not sure who, on Friendfeed who had seen that picture simply changed their user name to include Team Frank. That's all it took. - Jim #teamFFrank
Throughout the morning as we waited for answers and received none, and then through the afternoon back at home, I checked in on Friendfeed. Every single time it opened in my browser, at least one more user, sometimes four or five, had changed their names to include Team Frank. I told my parents, my sister and my brother about it before I left the hospital. All afternoon, as I sat trying... more... - Jim #teamFFrank
I'm amazed, touched, humbled and grateful. So is my family. - Jim #teamFFrank
Later tonight, or tomorrow or whenever, all those friendfeed users will change their names back, but I and my family will never forget the day a bunch of my virtual, but very real, friends did a simple thing that brought us all a tremendous amount of comfort, blessing and support. - Jim #teamFFrank
So, Friendfeed, Team Frank says thank you and bless you. - Jim #teamFFrank
I have tears in my eyes and there aren't many of us who's lives haven't been touched by cancer. Whatever we can do, know that we will, and that you have a bunch of is in your corner and Frank's as well. <3 - Derrick
Thanks to your whole family for being such great examples! - Kevin L
Let us know if there's more us peeps around the world can do. Take care of your wonderful family as best you can. - Steve C, Team Marina
Friendfeeders, whether they changed their user names or not, have been a mainstay of support for me personally throughout this time. Today was just one more example of how supportive you all have been for months now! - Jim #teamFFrank
Take it from this survivor, you brother will kick cancer's ass. He is surrounded by love and support which are crucial to fighting the fight. He will beat this. Thinking do many good thoughts for y'all. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
Like Derrick, I too have tears in my eyes. Many blessings to you and your family as you move through this process. Go Team Frank! Where can the rest of us get a t-shirt?! - Corinne L
I'm teary just reading this. I <3 my FFriends! - LB needs a break. from YouFeed
Many hugs, and hopes that this delay will be for the best for Frank in the longer run. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Great post, and thank you for sharing the details of your experience. I am new here, but this is the reason I like this place. Even newbies can join Team Frank. Sending you good juju! - Liza + = ?
The Team is the Team, names or no :) With you. - Pete's Got To Go
Yes, Pete. This is truth. And thank you again. - Jim #teamFFrank
Not at all. But Laura deserves the thanks for getting it started :) - Pete's Got To Go
Go Team Frank! - Anne Bouey
<3 - Yolanda from iPod
Wishing you all the best. - Halil
Thoughts and prayers continuing today -- and every day! :) - LoisMarketing
Fingers still crossed for Frank. I hope the surgery is successful (and that it happens soon) - Amy
Good luck to him! Praying for y'all! - Paulette
Go team Frank... <3..wishing him all the best. - JB
Frank, be back soon. The Team Frank is waiting for you. Guys, you are great. - Slavomira
Get well soon, Frank! We're all praying for you. :) - Abhishek
Praying for Frank and your family. - Ruchira S. Datta
Bump for origin of "Team Frank" in case anyone missed it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
*bumped again* - LB needs a break.
Just reread this post and again feel lucky to be a small part of everyone's lives here. #gofrankgo - Liza + = ?
From Jim's FB today: "From an email I received from a member of our church just now: I have a feelng that Jesus is standing by the gate, or the front door, or whatever it is that leads into heaven, wearing a Team Frank tee shirt and waiting to give his friend a great big welcome. I think all of us feel like we know Frank, and we're glad we do." <3 - LB needs a break.
What is your FF Comments/Likes Ratio? (Comments divided by Likes to 2nd decimal place - as of now) -
What is your FF Comments/Likes Ratio? (Comments divided by Likes to 2nd decimal place - as of now)
1.05 (670/633) - Micah from Bookmarklet
Can you remind me again where to find those stats? - Brian Johns
Brian, go to "Me" link ( which defaults to the Feed tab. Look at the sidebar on the right, below Discussion. - Micah
0.75 (926/1226) - still relatively new here - mikepk
I only see my stats for the last week (17/14 = 1.21) Please tell me your 670 number is for more than just a week! - Brian Johns
1.44 (566/391) for brianjohns (after week tally you should see a comma then 'all time' count - I can see it on your page) - Micah
OK, sorry. I'm a total dumbass. I stopped reading after the weekly totals... - Brian Johns
3.74, which seems way off of everybody else's. I wonder what that says. I comment a lot more than I like. - Cyrus Lendvay
FFers use FF with their own strategy or simply default tendencies. The ratio is an interesting snapshot of behaviour. Thanks for joining in everyone, hope more keep flowing in. - Micah from twhirl
0.79 - Brian Roy
0.77 - Shey
0.76 - FFing Enigma
1.39. - Rochelle
1.61 - I only 'like' when I want to throw my support behind a topic but don't have anything constructive to add. - Bjorn Stromberg
5.08 (3181/626) ! - ◄ani625Ξ ಠ_ಠ
0.66 - I tend to 'like' things without needing to comment further, I guess, and I notice I usually like the things upon which I comment. Well, frequently. - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ
.39 (2457/6242) I guess I don't comment much. I do 'like' a lot of things, it would seem. - Bren
0.62 then again i have over 11,000 comments - Cee Bee
1.23 (5287/4229) - I am put to shame by Cee Bee's participation, good grief! - Lindsay
@Cee Bee I think you meant 0.62 - ◄ani625Ξ ಠ_ಠ
1.27 (902/705) - Leandro Ardissone ⍨
yes, thanks for the correction. lindsay, you're making me feel bad. lol - Cee Bee
0.8576, I only like mostly when I'm going to comment - Molly Song ;)
1.55 endlessly repeating. This Like/Comment included. - Dana D
before this comment: .69 I kid you not. - InPerpetualMotion(Gina k)
So far: Average: 1.27 | Median: 0.81 ... (if you average 1 comment per like, you'd be 1.0 ... if you're 0.xx you might herd content more than discuss ... if you're whole numbers above 1 you may not 'like' much or discuss plenty or both) - Micah
CSV_A: 1.05,0.75,1.44,0.81,3.74,0.79,0.77,0.67,0.77,0.76,1.39,1.8,1.61,1.12,0.141,5.08,2.41,0.66,.39,0.62,.62,1.27,0.8576,1.551,0.69 - Micah
1.83 - Grant Bierman
I tend to like allot of photos which really don't need comments. - InPerpetualMotion(Gina k)
InPerpetualMotion(Gina k), I really liked this 'Like' of yours (in a series of pics, so I flickr fav'd it): and commented. Thanks! - Micah
.37 1002/2708 - Michael Fidler
this is what scobes walls would like if he didnt have FF - sean percival
I haven't seen Marc Canter's fabled fence (just heard about it), but I imagine this but on wood pickets :) - Micah
This week: 2.48 (1162:467) but this is not the norm, my likes usually match or are higher than comments, overall: 0.95 (14228:14846). - Kol Tregaskes
Thanks Michael, Kol! I'll recalculate average/median when we build up some more data points here. - Micah
1.03 748/723 - Keith - @tsudo
.68 6986/10194 Someone wrote a great article on the comment-like ratio a few months ago. Search on FriendFeed is crashing on me... I'll try to get the link. - Mitchell Tsai
Thanks Mitchell (btw, search crashing on me too - lots) - Micah
1316 comments/20221 likes (0.06), according to Windows Calculator, although I probably screwed up. - Tyson Key
*bump* - Micah
Thanks, Mark! - Micah
Thanks Spidra! - Micah
0.95 (1520/1604) - it's 2+ months later, and my ratio flipped (more Likes by .05) - Micah
.7 (1204/1724) - before this comment at least. - Rachel Lea Fox
Thanks, Rachel! - Micah
3.46 (3665/1057) before this comment and like. - Kevin Fox
Thanks, Kevin. 3+ is quite the comment on your commenting activities :) - Micah
I've got stuff to say. - Kevin Fox
3.98 (900/226) - Richard Lawler
1.02 (3538/3484) for sofarsofarshaun - Micah
.34 (600/1747, not counting this comment) - Michael Hocter
Thank you, Siavash and Michael - Micah
.52 overall, but .68 this week. - Rebecca Lasley
Nice, thanks Rebecca. - Micah
1.31 - Rahsheen
0.56 - imabonehead
Rah and imabonehead - rock on! (Richard too!) - Micah
0.16 - Anne Bouey
4.62 (287/62) -- Yikes! I'm chatty. - Ted Roden
Thank you kindly, Anne, jcunwired and Ted. - Micah
2.63 - Bryce Roney
Thanks for joining in, Bryce. - Micah
.15 all time, .13 this week. - Alix May
Thank you, Alix and David! (and Alix, you're tied with Siavash for the Highest Like ratio. Wow). - Micah
2.94 - j1m
Thank you, j1m. Ok, I'm gonna roll this up into a csv and call it a night. - Micah
CSV_B: 0.95,0.7,3.46,3.98,1.02,0.15,0.34,0.52,1.31,0.56,0.16,1.39,4.62,2.63,0.15,0.52,2.94 - Micah
this week = 0.45%, alltime = 6.43% - chaz2b
CSV_B Mean: 1.49 (previous mean for CVS_A: 1.27) - Micah
Of course the numbers can easily lie, but I'm gonna say it anyway: "We're getting more conversational, people!" - Micah
0.49 (493/988) - Bluesun 2600
816 / 2502 = 0.326139089 overall | 50 / 233 = 0.214592275 this week I like much more than I comment. (maths via google) - Chris Loft
3026/5013 = 0.6036 - Roger Chen
chaz2b, Bluesun 2600, Roger, Nicholas — thank you! - Micah
5.25 but I don't know what this *means, yet. maybe I'm just stingy with my "likes" compared to others? - Marg Uerite
Thanks jamar78 and Marg! - Micah
A recent change in FF: now the comment count shows total number of comments (previously multiple comments in one thread only counted as one) so all the numbers above are from the old methodology.... - David HC Soul
My new ratio: 0.76 all time (old methodology .52).... this week 1.39 - David HC Soul
*bump* - Micah
1.26 (2965/2346) - Micah
Thanks, Glen and pea! - Micah
Looks like my ratio as flipped again (comments back to dominating again). Seems to match my own awareness I've lately been commenting without Liking (commenting is my inherent recognition of value to me and the additional Like is when it merits an extra bump to help discovery by others). - Micah
.38 - Ryan Dadey
Ryan, I have to say, that's one high caliber ratio ;) - Micah
An update it's .44 which is an improvement from .36 - Michael Fidler
2.94 1040/354 I have likes set to post to twitter automatically, so I'm careful with them. :) - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
0.85 - Steven Perez
0.73 up from 0.66 on Jan 08 - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ
0.37 for the week past, 0.45 on the whole. - Parth Awasthi
Michael, Anthony, Ahsan, guruvan Steven, sıɹɥɔ and Parth - thanks for dropping in your stats! - Micah
5.81 i'm not using it as does everyone else here. that is fer sure. - Marg Uerite
Ahsan, huh, I'd never considered that. - Micah
17942/30571=.59 - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Alex, thank you, sir. - Micah
ALmost 2:1 exactly. - Amani
Much obliged, Amani. - Micah
3062/5777 you do the maths. - Will Higgins™
.53 (3062/5777) for Will Higgins #math-on-demand-services - Micah
Thank you, amin/gnu - Micah
1.45 (4374/3026) - Micah
0.92 now. I think the movie reviews have been getting me closer to a 1 to 1 ratio. - Steven Perez
Steven, yep, you were a 0.85 in April. - Micah
2.10 now ... - Amani
0.97 now. - Eric Johnson
Amani, so your comments have climbed a bit. - Micah
Thanks, Eric. - Micah
yes, but i am not consciously "not liking" things - Amani from IM
Probably, just chattier then :) - Micah
I'm down from 7.16 to 6.94 :-) - Ken Sheppardson
the live NBA playoff threads have ALOT to do with it. - Amani from IM
Ken, the FCC may be interested to explore how your "I'm down" may be offensively self-deprecating ;) - Micah
.56 eeep, must try harder - Threepwood
4.52. I don't bother to like things I've commented on, since commenting already flags it as interesting. - Andy Bakun
0.46 (1698/3638) - Glenn Slaven
Threepwood, Andy, Glenn - thanks (Andy, that's my mo too; then I'll Like if it warrants a "double vote"). - Micah
1.31 (4,471/3,401) - Karoli
Thanks, Karoli. And the both of us have a _very_ similar ratio and absolute numbers. wow. - Micah
Thanks, Ryo! - Micah
Andy, scroll upward and you'll see a couple calculations from before (January: Average: 1.27 | Median: 0.81) - Micah
In March the Mean was: 1.49 - Micah
1.021276595744680851063829787234042553191489361702127659... via Wolfram Alpha - tom murphy
Thanks, tom. And though a bit verbose, your friend Wolfram is resourceful :D - Micah
0.55 (254/444) - Willem (@wim66) ☠
Thank you, Willem. - Micah
In April you were 0.97, so you're liking more / commenting less. - Micah
1.88 (779/414) - Ton Zijp
Thanks, Ton. - Micah
0.43 (3597/8305). - Parth Awasthi
0.74 (1970/2667) - Kristin of Two Everything
And thank you Parth, Scott. - Micah
Parth, compared to your April numbers, you've been consistent. - Micah
Thanks, Rick! - Micah
.54 (4148/7674) Updated! - Michael Fidler
Rick, you mean that face with glasses I photoshopped tint into with an apparently disembodied arm which is actually very much attached to my eldest son? It's mostly just me :) - Micah
Thanks, Michael. Yes, you have a rising tide of comment percentage (oh, wow, you were one of the originals from January - cool!) - Micah
1.82 from 798 comments / 438 likes - David Damore
Thanks, nivé and David! - Micah
2027/1594 = 1.27 - Brome
0.58 - Marc Dong
2.9 (3,242/1,116) mhhh.. time to straighten my use of FF a bit.. thanks for this entry - Thierry R. Andriamirado
Brome, Marc and Thierry - thank you! - Micah
Thierry - yeah, 2.9 is fairly high - got to pick the pace on like side :) [but hey, whatever works for you is fine] - Micah
1.91 - MiniMage
Thank you Nicholas and MiniMage! - Micah
Yeah, that's a decent upward rise in comments, Nicholas. - Micah
.6 (6,000/10,000) 3rd update - Now it's time to flip this on its head. My goal is to have (16,000/16,000) next time I post here. Regardless of what happens, I'm just looking forward to the next 10,000 comments, likes, posts, and new relationships I make here. It's all good! - Michael Fidler
1.76 (7539/4290) My commenting habits haven't chanced much, but it felt like I clicked Like a lot less, and this ratio confirms that for me. - Micah
It's that time again. - Micah
Thanks, Laura! (you're a 50-caliber gal!) - Micah
0.64 - Imabug
Thank you, Imabug. - Micah
4.67 (I'm greedy :p) - directeur
0.99 - Steven Perez
About 1:2 comment to likes at this time - RAPatton from iPod
.63 - metalerik
Thanks Imabug, directeur, Steven, RAPatton, Jim, Brent and metalerik! - Micah
0.78 - Pete D
.82 as of right now. edit: on January 8th it was 0.39 -- when I saw that, I decided to make more of an effort to comment. When I hit 10k "likes" I decided I wouldn't "like" anything else until I also had 10k comments. - Bren
And thank you Jimminy, Pete, Bren and Penguin! - Micah
2.47 as of right now. - Jonas, Leper of FF
Micah, are you doing something with these numbers? If so sounds interesting. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
0.58 - Absentee
Jimminy, I'm copyrighting every single number. It's kind of a honeypot ;) Actually, it was curiosity mostly, but I also hope to build a sampling (small and self-selecting as it may be) for anyone who might want to analyze it. - Micah
Jonas, James and Kurt - thanks you! - Micah
You're welcome. I hope the results do some good. :-) - Absentee
.31. I have almost 4 times as many likes as comments. - edythe
Thank you edythe and Eric! - Micah
195/245 makes 0.8 rounded not including this one which would be 196/245 making 0.8 unrounded, - tom murphy
Thanks, Tom. - Micah
1.98 (588/297) - Bryan Zirkel
1.67 (19,550/11,684) - Mitchell Tsai
Bryan, Mitchell and Jeff P. - thanks, guys! - Micah
1.18 - it's always been close to 1, since day one, for some reason. - Laura Norvig
Wow, Penguin is a prolific liker! - Laura Norvig
2.67 (875/328) - Nathalie
Thank you, Nathalie! - Micah
Thanks, Spidra and Mark! - Micah
0.49 - Jammy Lee
Jammy and Mathew, thank you very much. - Micah
I don't know I just like that picture - Brian Hendrickson
.40 - Ben Hanten
Mine was exactly 2:1 about a week ago. Did a screenshot when I had 2,000 comments and 1,000 likes. - Joe from iPod
SuezanneC, Brian, B E N and Joe - thank you all very much! - Micah
Joe, it's like see the odometer click through a nice round number - it's just inexplicably engaging. :) - Micah
1.40, nearly the square root of two. - Vezquex
Thanks, Raphael and Andy! - Micah
12.23 (844 / 69 ) I guess I take my likes seriously ;) - Chris Myles
Wow I didn't realize I was so out of whack!! 12.23 that's got to be a record (and I don't even import my feeds with the summary as a comment)!! - Chris Myles
Thanks JA, Chris (wow, 12+ is unusual :), Serkan and Nine! - Micah
Micah.. I told you I take my likes seriously; ). You *might* want to ask (in a separate post) what percentage of likes were used to "bookmark" a post or save it for later VS actually "liking it". I NEVER used like for that.. but I did use a private group that if filled with my own topics (and comments).. - Chris Myles
1.78 (8529/4782) - Micah
Likes are down relative to comments, which matches my much lower frequency of liking. I'm a more selective liker than ever. - Micah
I don't think I could argue that any particular kind of ratio is "best", because if Lurkers like to Lurk and cultivate (via Likes) and the Chatty-ites love to chat, to pump out much many more comments than Likes, each can be happy and make for a great social experience. - Micah
383/372 - Ashish
'Just clicking "Like" seems too easy' — Jason, that's because you're from the Chatty-ite tribe :) - Micah
Thanks, ashish. - Micah
wow, what a difference time makes, when i 1st posted on this thread, 6.43%, now = 1.25%, for a 5.18% difference, :o (and this is the earliest post to date i've recovered of my activity on ff) - chaz2b
chaz, I think there's been a big fluctuation for most people (maybe not that much). This is the oldest post on which you commented that you've recovered? - Micah
When I first saw this: 1.91 Sept 28: 1.94 - MiniMage
536 comments in the last month has me at .8736...still creeping toward 1.00 - Bren
Thanks, MiniMage (2x participant!), Bren (3x!) and Shannon (your inaugural visit!) - Micah
Thank you, SustainedEuphoria. - Micah
Thanks, Mark. - Micah
1.45 - Brett Kelly
Thanks, Brett :) - Micah
5.67 all time. Second highest ratio on here. Woot! I love to talk. - Kevin L
Thank you both, Kevin and mridul (the two of you balance it each well :) - Micah
1.80 (10,189 / 5,666) [compared to Likes, my Comments still continue to rise] - Micah
1.02 (10323/10161) - Bren
.5666 currently (30,084/53,093) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Thanks, Bren. - Micah
Thank you, Alex :) - Micah
that was my third post... It's interesting to see how the number has changed. of course, I manipulated the number to a degree, because I stopped "liking" things for a while... - Bren
Bren, the other thing that can seriously throw off someone's stats is a feed that upon each item it imports adds a comment automatically. - Micah
true. that can seriously inflate comment stats, of course. Then you have someone like RAPatton, who posts a gazillion comments, in part because of his playlist posts where he will list each song in a separate comment. I found, after this post in fact, that I tended to "like" things much more frequently than comment on them, that I was lurking instead of participating. I have changed the way I use ff rather considerably, and I think for the better. - Bren
Thanks, Sarah, Tutivillus. - Micah
1.19 - Joe Bonner
Micah this is like 11 months ago, I see you have almost doubled your rate. lets make a graph for everybody now, :) - ۳۰ مرغ Loves Y'ALLLLL
Quick, someone write a greasemonkey script to inline some google charts! (tap-tap-tap...wut? don't look at me ;) - Micah
Thanks, Joe. And you thank you, Mahmood :) - Micah
Thanks, Glen! Your comments in the ratio have gone up too. - Micah
1.70 (it was 1.41 on Jan 8) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
WorldofHiglet, thank you :) The comments are strong in this one. - Micah
0.64 (2,589/4,051) - Chieze Okoye
0.58 - Thomas Page
Chieze and Thomas - thank you! - Micah
*bumpage* - Micah
So, Micah, we never did find out what you were doing with this info.... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
0.27 (5637/20234) - I only see a couple people lower than me. - John (bird whisperer)
4.06 (747/184) - Jan Ole Peek
WoH, World Domination. - Micah
Rene, John and Jan - thank you, all three! :) - Micah
0.97 (6,694/6,929) - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Thank you J., Jimminy and آقای تلخک :) - Micah
2.23 - Paola Bonomo
0.71 (8,200/11,551) updated - Michael Fidler
0.03 (284 / 10378)! - Daniel Rowley
Thanks Paola, Michael, Artemko, J. and Daniel! - Micah
*thanks Christopher thoroughly* - Micah
14.86 (1442/97) I'm going the wrong way!! - Chris Myles
1.77 (11831/6622) - Micah
0.56 (2059/3703) - Joel Webber
0.89 (1,766/1,986) - chrisofspades
Thanks, Joel and Chris! - Micah
In 4 days it will be 1 year since my first recorded stat here. My comments/like were almost a 1:1 ratio then. Now comments are almost double likes for me. - Micah
jamar78, same trend for you, it looks. :) - Micah
1.00 a year later. {edit -- screwed it up the first time. not telling what I did.} - Jim #teamFFrank
Thanks, Jim! - Micah
.52 this year. - LB needs a break.
Thank you, Laura =) - Micah
75,415 comments/1,286 likes = 58.64 - i wish the auto inserted comments didn't get counted... the true number is probably much much close ot my number of likes - Chris Heath
1.09 (11910/10953) - Bren
1.97%. thanks again micah, this has been a great metric to measure my first year here on ff. As the year went (this being the first record of me being here that i've found): , 6.43%:1.25%:1.97% - chaz2b
Chris, Bren, thank you. And chaz2b, thank you too - glad it's a special marker for you. :) - Micah
1.79 (13620/7618) - Micah from iPhone
0.91 - Bruce Lewis
0.13 - Morton Fox
1.69 now (1.70 on Nov 10th and 1.41 on Jan 8, 2009) - - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
0.23 - Mark H
Thanks Bruce, Morton, Higlet, Brent and Mark! - Micah from iPhone
How is this thread doing in the longest-lived-ff-comment-thresds-ever contest? - j1m
5.76 right now - Kevin L
0.53 - Rodfather
j1m, I wonder how many threads over a year old are regularly updated by an asoetment of users. - Micah from iPhone
Kevin, Cecily and Rodfather - thanks! - Micah from iPhone
1.49 (2,222/1488) - DB, Lil LB's Dad
"I must not ask Micah questions" written out a bajillion times.... :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
LOL @Higlet - Correct. (but Brent, you can also ask the Mathematics Dept of West Bohemian University in Pilsen, Czech [via ]) - Micah
0.32 (2011/6291) Looks like I need to comment more. =) - Beau Liening
Thank you, Beau. And, by stating you want to comment more you're already helping the cause :) - Micah
2.09329564 (10366:4952) I don't think that I'm the norm here - See-ming Lee 李思明 SML
*bump* - It's that time again, folks. - Micah
1.71 (16,017/9,357) - Micah
0.91 (13,933/15,222) - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
2.66 - Marissa
1.48 (2,469/1,669) - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Thanks, Jimminy, Marissa and Daryl. :) - Micah
1.21 - Jenny
Thanks, Jenny! - Micah
1.10 (4874/4448) - DGentry
2.13(7957/3734) - Melanie Reed
Thank you, Denton, Glen and Melanie! - Micah
63.58 (97,534/1,534) -- interesting that my last three digits are the same there, eh? (note, i already posted a month or two ago when i first saw this thread) - Chris Heath
Thanks, Chris! - Micah
0.87 (3770/4312), so I'm either getting more commenty or less likey. [0.74 (1970/2667) was what I previously reported back in June] - Kristin of Two Everything
Thanks Scott, pea and T. Brent. - Micah
Brent, interesting. Look forward to more commentary. :) - Micah
1433/1161 = 1.23 - cdogzilla | downgraded
1.19 (5132/4316) - Ruchira S. Datta
Thank you, cdogzilla and Ruchira! - Micah
0.94(15045/15978) 0.83, (28.August.2009); 0.97, (11.Nov.2009); 0.91, (17.April.2010); 0.94, (11.May.2010). - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
1.65 (18,070 / 10,970) - Micah
*bump* It's that time again, folks. - Micah
1.05 (1710/1625) - cdogzilla | downgraded
1.66 here. Chattyites 4ever! - Lo
Thanks cdogzilla and Lo! - Micah
Last year my comments were around 7000 and likes around 2500, for a ratio of 2.80. I consciously chose to do more liking over the last year. As of today my comments number 10,782 and likes number 7,666, for a ratio of 1.41. - Stephen Mack
Jason, Stephen - cool. Thanks for keeping updated here. :) - Micah
Thanks, RG - Micah
1.03. Micah you've made over 18000 comments since you first posted this. - chrisofspades
0.76 (3,624/4,766) Egad that's only .1 improvement since 2009-01-08 :-P but at least it's moving in the right direction. - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ
3.25 No wonder I always had to stand in the hall in school for talking ;-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Still right at 1:1. W00t. - Jim #teamFFrank
1.15 (14662/12739) - Bren
chrisofspades, crazy isn't it. :) - Micah
kima, tortoise wins and all that ;) Thanks, Shannon. Jim, you have maintained balanced in the force you have. Thanks, Bren. - Micah
2.33 :( my new yr's resolution was to "like" more, imma not doing sucha good job, :( - chaz2b
Thanks, Mark, and chaz, you'll get there. :) - Micah
1.61 (20,661 / 12,818) - Micah
*BUMP* - It's that time again. THANKS! - Micah
1.76 (15,652/8,886) - Jenny
Thanks, Jenny and hollyrai! - Micah
Thank you, Glen. - Micah
0.77 - Steven Perez
0.31 (14566/47299) - John (bird whisperer)
John, you're a 'liking' fool! :D - Jenny
Apparently I'm the human version of FALOB - John (bird whisperer)
Ha! (and thanks, John) - Micah
Double ha! - Jenny
Thank you Steven. - Micah
2.28 - Jesse Stay
1.66 (updated) - Eric - Final Countdown
Thanks Scott, Jesse, Eric and holly! - Micah
58,144/3,749=15.509, basically due to multiple feed imports. - Daniel Mietchen
*BUMP* - Micah
1.60 (22,066/13,819) - Micah
:) @Jason. - Micah
0.69 - Absentee
0.76 - Steven Perez
slightly off of my usual this time: 1.01 - Jim #teamFFrank
Thanks James, Steven and Jim "STAY-ON-TAR-GET" Jannotti. :) - Micah
.98(20,405/20,834) - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
1.36 (20684/15224) - Bren from iPhone
Thank you, Jimminy, Greg and Bren! - Micah
1.88 (21954/11691) Chatty Cathy, apparently. - Jenny
11289/9010 = 1.25 (wonder if some comments are from imported feeds) - Mike Chelen
Thanks Jenny and Mike. :) - Micah
Sorry - Micah .... but the math is just too complicated :) - Charlie Anzman
Charlie, I'm make it simple. I'll do the talking, you drive the get-away car—we'll split it even: 80/20. - Micah
Damn, More Homework. - Brent - Yes I am
including this comment (119,119C/1677L) ... 71.03 - Chris Heath
1.21 - Joe Bonner
1.56 (24,076/15,472) - Micah
*BUMP* - it's that time again. Also, I passed 24K comments recently. - Micah
Thanks, Micahel. - Micah
113,457 comments / 166,887 likes = .68 - RAPatton
2.02 (31627/15675) I need to start liking more and shut the hell up. - Jenny
1:1.618, of course. - Josh Haley from iPhone
2.60 - Jack&Cleo
I was waiting for that from you, Mr. Haley. - Lisa L. Seifert from Android
Those are some heavy hitter numbers there, RAPatton. Thanks. :) - Micah
I've been on FF for a long time, Michah, because I am really, really old. - RAPatton
LOL Josh. These aren't the maths you looking for. [lateral hand wave] - Micah
Jenny, do not take your own advice; not advisable. - Micah
Thanks, Jack & Cleo. - Micah
RAPatton, you're not old—you triple-comment-excerpt every bookmarklet post :)) - Micah
Cristo, this post is an ancient relic. Handle with care. - Micah
0.13 - Morton Fox
Okay, Micah. <----I had to resist the urge not to post that because I know it's going to up my comment count. ;) - Jenny
But how many of those primordial, high interest posts are still active. Uh huh. :) - Micah
Thanks, Morton. BTW, when you posted in February, it was exactly 0.13 also. - Micah
Jenny, resistance is futile; embrace the rising tide of comments. - Micah
Comments are more difficult and time consuming than Likes. I'd be happy about a high comment:likes ratio except that many are surely imported from feeds, while every Like is manual. - Mike Chelen
it has changed to 2.2256 now as Sep, 6 2010.Labor Day. :) I added the date for future references. - ۳۰ مرغ Loves Y'ALLLLL
IN HONOUR OF DERRICK'S 100,000th LIKE: - Micah
1.54 (25,102/16,257) - Micah
Thanks, Alex. - Micah
2.29.... 26 HR, 89 RBI - .LAG liked that
.15 on March 21, 2009. Now .19. - Alix May
Thanks, MarkJ, .LAG and Alix! :) - Micah
Thank you, Deepak! - Micah
1.47 (24757/16749) - Bren
I make a lot of comments but no one like me, so I guess the ratio is infinite or undefined. - Sue - Friendfeed is best
1.45 (29653/20444) *BUMP* - Micah
1.22 (31900/26233) - holly #ravingfangirl
.59 (58,923/99,251) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
6.61 (2825/427 )... I'm a wee bit chatty - Shannon - GlassMistress
I had exactly a 2:1 ratio as previously reported [Aug 30, '09], now I am at: 1.7241:1 ratio. 6,067 comments to 3,519 likes. - Joe
0.79 as of 6 Jan 2011. - John E. Bredehoft
my brain hurts - Morgan
Two years later and my ratio has climbed from 3.4 to 4.675. I've got a lot to say, apparently. - Kevin Fox
Funnily, I didn't notice until after leaving that comment that when I reported my stat in 2009 I also followed it up with "I've got stuff to say." I didn't say it was *new* stuff... - Kevin Fox
1.000 (27093/27080) - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I've had an improvement since the last few times this has come up. I was .49 or close to it, now I'm running a .57 ratio - Bluesun 2600
1.68 (55826/33281) - Jenny
81.1 - rising consistently - Chris Heath
I think this is the oldest thread I see that still gets new comments added. - Sue - Friendfeed is best
*BUMP* - Micah
1.40 (32175/22968) - Micah
I dunno, I'm not good with math - sofarsoShawn
0.35 ... Apparently I'm not very talkative. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks, John and Shawn. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
1.459 (33067/22667) - Bren from iPhone
looks familiar... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
2.6 (wow, this thread is like my yearly checkup; thanks micah and friendfeed, 3+years and going strong [6.4%, 2.33%]) - chaz2b
1.02 (38,615, 37,927) 9/27/11 - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
1.29 (36,959 / 28,580) - Micah
Thanks, Jimminy, Bren, WoH, and chaz2b. :) - Micah
.46 now. :) - LB needs a break.
Thank you, LB. - Micah
0.33 (34741/105115) - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks John. Gracias, caj. - Micah
The likes dim and comms brim. - Micah
2.91; 6.43% (@ 2yrs ago) 2.33% (@ 1yr ago). for history's sake, this thread was started shortly after i found friendfeed, or friendfeed found me, so it holds a special place in my heart. thanks for keeping it around mr micah - chaz2b
You're certainly welcome, chaz2b. In some way it feels like a living heirloom to me. :) - Micah
*BUMP* - Micah
1.25 (40,008/31,895) - Micah
1.15 - Kristin
1.41 - Melly
5.12 - Julian
3 (2.991) (and now the list has become too lengthy for me to track my progress, ;) [dumb me, i have a post not 10 lines ago in history, from 090711 2.91; 6.43% (@ 2yrs ago) 2.33% (@ 1yr ago) ;) ] - chaz2b
.79 - Shevonne
24 072 / 35 095 = 0.685909674 - AJ Batac
0,77 (before and after this comment) - loi
2.65 (69,814 comments/26,281 likes) - Spidra Webster
*BUMP* - Micah
0.174 (6966/40022) - Not much of a talker. - Kevin Johnson
1.23 (41,476 / 33,845) - Micah
1.43 - Tamara J. B.
.15 on March 21, 2009, .19. on September 18, 2010, and .22 today (March 8, 2012). - Alix May
*BUMP* for Ross - Micah
2.83 - Ross Miller
1.97 on 2012-04-24 - ؛ patrick
0.99 (44,752, 45,200) 4/24/11 || 0.83, (?, ?), (28.August.2009); 0.97, (6,694, 6,929), (11.Nov.2009); 0.91, (13,933, 15,222), (17.April.2010); 0.94, (15,045, 15,978), (11.May.2010); .98, (20,405, 20,834), (03.August.2010); 1.00, (27,093, 27,080), (06.January.2011); 1.02, (38,615, 37,927), (27.September.2011); 0.99 (44,752, 45,200), (24.April.2012); - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
1.6 - AJ Batac
1.34 Did you finish all your profiling yet, Micah? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
1.22 (42,526 / 34,975) - Micah
Glad to see you here, Ross. Thanks for the updates everyone. WoH, the master plan is coming together nicely. - Micah
Excellent *steeples fingers* - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
*staples fingers* - John (bird whisperer)
Hmm, can you order finger-steeples on Amazon? - Micah
*readies the Band-Aids* - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Micah: I can sell you some, cheap. Just fax your credit card, SIN and maiden name to the usual number. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
My facsimile machine is in dry dock at the moment, but I'll pigeon over a small scroll with all the requisite datums. - Micah
Done and done. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
0.31 <-- about the same as usual - John (bird whisperer)
After the last 19+ hours, it's high time to log-in your stats again. - Micah
1.20 (45878 / 38084) - Micah
Thanks, Tinfoil. - Micah
Try dividing by zero and find out ( ) - Micah
1.04 (10778 / 10303) - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Thanks, DB. - Micah
Currently 0.3. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks, John. - Micah
1.01 (47,240, 46,956) 9/13/12 || 0.83, (?, ?), (28.August.2009); 0.97, (6,694, 6,929), (11.Nov.2009); 0.91, (13,933, 15,222), (17.April.2010); 0.94, (15,045, 15,978), (11.May.2010); .98, (20,405, 20,834), (03.August.2010); 1.00, (27,093, 27,080), (06.January.2011); 1.02, (38,615, 37,927), (27.September.2011); 0.99 (44,752, 45,200), (24.April.2012); 1.01, (47,240, 46,956), (14.September.2012); - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Thanks, Jimminy and Zulema. - Micah
BUMP - in honor of Kevin's 8K comment threshold. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
.38 - March 15, 2013 - Jennifer Dittrich
0.279 (58096/208087) - John (bird whisperer)
0.172283 (8005/46464) - Kevin Johnson
0.75 (38,250 comments / 50,175 likes) (My entry above from 2 years ago said I had 10,782 comments and 7,666 likes for a ratio of 1.41. I've been busy, and my pattern seems to have changed.) - Stephen Mack
Thanks, Jennifer, John, Kevin and Stephen. :) - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
0.51 (6,883/13,438) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
5.72, though I deleted my first account, like, 3 years ago - Meg VMeg
1.03 (51,436, 50,018) 3/15/13 || 0.83, (?, ?), (28.August.2009); 0.97, (6,694, 6,929), (11.Nov.2009); 0.91, (13,933, 15,222), (17.April.2010); 0.94, (15,045, 15,978), (11.May.2010); .98, (20,405, 20,834), (03.August.2010); 1.00, (27,093, 27,080), (06.January.2011); 1.02, (38,615, 37,927), (27.September.2011); 0.99 (44,752, 45,200), (24.April.2012); 1.01, (47,240, 46,956), (14.September.2012); 1.03 (51,436, 50,018), (15.March.2013); - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
.44. I guess I'm getting lazy. - LB needs a break.
2.22. I use YouFeed a lot, and liking takes an inordinate amount of time on the app.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
3.10 up from 2.83 a year ago. - Ross Miller
Thanks, Ross. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
BUMP - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
1.07 - Kristin
1.03 - Bren from iPhone
This thread is amazing. What a treasure trove of information - Bren from iPhone
0.62 (5077/8197) as of 4/29/13 - bentley
2.49 today - Marissa
1.0591 Comments per like (16,230 / 15,324). - Joe
0.47 (10,057/21,354) - Zu from AOD
0.98 (48000/48933) - Bren
1.08 (53,901/50,006) — this is over 6 years old now. - Micah
1.45 - Melly
1.16 - Friar Will
7.04. I'd bet italians must have values way above the average non-italian user. - mentegatto
Thanks, Melly, Friar. Thanks, mentegatto—you're probably right. - Micah
0.63 (12948/20268) as of 2/28/2015. I'm consistent. My previous comment of 4/29/13 has my ratio at 0.62. - bentley
Thanks, bently. - Micah
Compiled a little stat of my comments over the years. Averaged 4,600/year in the last three years. In the year 2010 I made 30,000 comments. - Micah
14,613:11,129 (prior to posting this comment) - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Thanks, cgrymala. - Micah
Currently I'm at 0.223 (68214/306389). - John (bird whisperer)
1.09 (25689/23595) on 03/01/15 - Previously 1.07 (04/29/13) & 1.15 (01/04/12) - Kristin
Currently (2015-0301): 0.658 (74,615:113,471) - Michael W. May
.15 on March 21, 2009, .19. on September 18, 2010, .22 March 8, 2012, and 0.25 today (March 1, 2015). - Alix May
0.36 on March 01, 2015... I've become a lurker! - Brent Schaus
35,56 on March 02, 2015 - Snowdog ★ ★ ★
*BUMP* One last time. :( - Micah
0.60 as of March 18, 2015, 53,302 comments divided by 89,074 likes. (Previously: 2.80 in 2009, 1.41 in 2010, 0.75 in 2013.) - Stephen Mack
.243, 3/18/2015 - 57,655 comments/236,575 likes. - Jennifer Dittrich
0.22 (68474/308798) as of 3/18/2015. - John (bird whisperer)
Ruchira S. Datta
Simple, tasty, quick, and all the ingredients are easy to obtain. In 884 calories, I get 100% of the recommended nutrients except Vitamin C, fiber, and calories, which I can easily get by eating fruits and vegetables the rest of the day.
Ingredients: farina, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and either skim milk or poppy seeds. - Ruchira S. Datta
Language Log » Please don't do nothing here: a Bengali conundrum -
Language Log » Please don't do nothing here: a Bengali conundrum
"Before trying to figure out precisely what the Bengali says, I'd like to point out that, in essence, what the English says very politely is "Do not loiter" (not as strong as "No trespassing"). Telling people not to do nothing is not the same as telling them to do something." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Now, to tackle the Bengali. First of all, I was surprised by the variety of transliterations (not to mention translations) that I received from native Bengali speakers and Indologists. Perhaps this is due to the fact that there is no normative or standard transliteration for Bengali in English (I really don't know if there is or isn't). But I suspect that the differences in some cases... more... - Maitani
I guess loitering is frowned upon across the world. "Please conform and be stressed the fuck out like the rest of us." - Eivind
It says, "Don't roam around without reason." - Ruchira S. Datta
binā praẏojane ghurāpherā karabena nā - Ruchira S. Datta
The standard transliteration of Bengali is the one for Sanskrit, which is occasionally a poor fit. I personally add a dot over the y, to distinguish this letter which sounds like English "y" from the one which sounds like the English "j". The system I use is presented here in Bengali alphabetical order: - Ruchira S. Datta
binā praẏojane ghurāpherā karabena nā: binā - without; praẏojan - reason; praẏojane - in reason, i.e., in the condition of having a reason; binā praẏojane - without reason; ghurāpherā - wandering about, roaming around, pacing; karabena - (you) do (imperative); nā - not. Thus, "Don't roam around without reason." - Ruchira S. Datta
"Loitering" can be stationary, whereas ghurāpherā is motion that circles about and doesn't go anywhere. - Ruchira S. Datta
Now I'll finally read the post. :-) - Ruchira S. Datta
Read the post. That repetitive "and stuff" thing is cool, however pherā is not that, it is a verb in itself that means "returning". Literally "ghurāpherā" means "turning and returning." - Ruchira S. Datta
Ruchira, thank you for parsing the sentence! - Maitani
The formation of the verb ghurāpherā looks particularly interesting to me. - Maitani
According to Colin Masica (plus my Hindi self-instruction guide) words such as ghurāpherā belong to a category "echo words", a formation that is characteristic for South Asian languages. Usually, a word, most often a noun, is followed by a form which "echoes" it, replacing the initial consonant with a standard consonant, which varies according to the language. E.g., Hindi pānī-vānī... more... - Maitani
The meaning of these formations, according to Masica and Bahl, is "the speaker's manifest attitudinal lack of concern or care toward his collocutor or the thing referred to by him", an explanation which is slightly different from that given in the Llog. - Maitani
Certain parts of East and South London have both Bengali and English writing on street signs/names, station names etc, as Bengali is the most spoken Indian language in London, then Urdu is I'm sure a close second and then Punjabi/Gujarati are likely to be third/forth. Oh, Hindi is most likely up there in second place too. - Halil
love they way @Ruchira dissects the language likes it a bit of a programming issue :)- - Peter Dawson
Thanks Peter - Ruchira S. Datta
Maitani, you're welcome. Thanks for the additional references from Masica et al. I don't know that it reflects any lack of concern or care towards the collocutor, other than being an informal construction. The attitude towards the thing referred could be translated by adding "or whatever" to the end, e.g., milnā-julnā would be "to mix or associate or whatever". On the other hand, for... more... - Ruchira S. Datta
Ruchira S. Datta
Liveblogged Samuel Aparicio, UBC: Clonal evolution and cancer medicine #evocancer
Berkeley winter genomics symposium - Ruchira S. Datta
Ruchira S. Datta
Intriguing: "Properly speaking, individuals don't have goals; roles have goals. Consistency of motivations across roles should in no way be presumed for complicated persons."
How do you separate out roles from the individual? I don't think that's possible. - Todd Hoff
I think people do often compartmentalize their roles. Ultimately it may not be possible--stuff will eventually leak across compartments. However in the short run it is a strategy for thought, speech, and action that can be handy in many situations. - Ruchira S. Datta
AJ Batac
Best tongue action in the world -
Best tongue action in the world
Best tongue action in the world - AJ Batac
woooow :-O - کله گنده
What in the world...? - rønin
creepy body mods for $500, Alex. - Big Joe Silenced
also, i would not hire her for a position that required face-to-face interaction with the public. - Big Joe Silenced
Again. - Ashish
By the way: people with bifurcated tongues make great kissers. Just sayin'. - Steven Perez
Reading the wiki link, self modifying sounds painful! - BRҰANSAҰS
@Steven: not just kissing, i'd wager. - Big Joe Silenced
You'd wager correctly. :D - Steven Perez from IM
Sssssssss - Ruchira S. Datta
The tongue is wild but the eyes are what send shivers down my spine - Robert Higgins
I bumped it because I just refound a clip of the video this is from on my computer. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Huh? Freckle tats. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
It's funny how the tongue halves are like a villain rubbing his hands together. - Spidra Webster
Ew. I'm with April B on this. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Count me in as well. Eww. - teleken
if they ever made a TV show out of "Welcome To Night Vale"... - Big Joe Silenced
Victor Ganata
After pondering Charlie Stross's idea that corporations are superorganisms based on humans much like how organisms are based on cells, it's kind of depressing to think the analogy all the way through….
The 1 percenters are like the neurons: consuming the vast bulk of energy and resources with the alleged aim of making sure the superorganism survives, but who can also cause the catastrophic but entirely preventable death of the superorganism. If this analogy holds, though, the 1 percenters will be the very first to die when their supplies of glucose and oxygen get cut off. - Victor Ganata
The immune system is basically the military and police force. If invade or step out of line, they *will* kill you. - Victor Ganata
Actually, the 1 percenters are like cancer. - Ruchira S. Datta
The liver is basically the proletariat: subjected to all manners of toxins and having to do the hard work of making sure the superorganism doesn't get poisoned and die a horrible death. - Victor Ganata
Well, any part can become cancerous, really. If you don't stay in your lane and perform your pre-defined and inescapable role, and the police force can't contain you, then everybody dies. - Victor Ganata
I call endocrine system! - Andrew C (✔)
I suppose in this analogy, the bacteria living in the GI tract do offer some hope. Unlike the bacteria living outside of the organism, where life is often nasty, brutish, and short, and its every microorganism for themselves, and the one with most toxins and countermeasures against immune systems get to survive a little longer than their less fit fellows, gut bacteria actually exhibit cooperation, but they're not directly subject to the metabolic tyranny of the superorganism…. - Victor Ganata
Sure, the immune system military and police force can still kill them with impunity, but it's possible to evade them if you know where to hide and you can even survive once the superorganism dies. - Victor Ganata
Another thing to ponder about neurons and the 1% is that most organisms do just fine without most of the brain. Some organisms only really have glorified ganglia. - Victor Ganata
I think parasites are a better analogy for the 1% - Greg GuitarBuster
Well, the parasites and the cancers are the grifters and con men. Guys like Bernie Madoff and the bankers and hedge fund managers who wrecked the economy. Guys who cashed out big and then dumped their ill-gotten gains in the Caymans and are now lounging on private islands laughing as the global economy burned. Then there are the war profiteers. - Victor Ganata
I don't necessarily think 1-percenters are inherently malicious, but their prime access to the glucose and the oxygen certainly makes them more able to do things that will kill the rest of the body, without immediately realizing that they're only killing themselves in the long run. - Victor Ganata
Is the nerve system the communications infrastructure? - Joe
Not necessarily, as far as this analogy is concerned. I'm thinking more about the fact that the brain consumes significant amounts of resources and is capable of initiating actions that will drastically affect the entire organism. In this analogy, the infrastructure is probably more the blood vessels, the interstitial fluid, and the junctions between cells. - Victor Ganata
Evan Williams
People Who Exercise On Work Days Happier, Suffer Less Stress -
Seems true for me - Evan Williams
Affirms my recent decision to get back in the gym at Google. :-) - Jeff Eddings
Yes, exercise is rewarding and reduces stress. This shouldn't be news to anyone :p - Charles Bihis
It's been shown over and over again that one of the best ways to build a strong mind is cardiovascular exercise (see: Yet our offices and schools aren't designed around that! - Piaw Na
Wow, I've never seen comment spam like that here before. :-( - Ruchira S. Datta
@ev Hi Evan..I went to school with you at Columbus High School...I can't figure out how to send these tweets..I keep trying..let me know if it works. I just heard about what you have done..Cami and you lived in Lincoln, and that was the last I heard from you..I'd love to hear from you...I can't believe what you have accomplished:-)! Michelle Loseke - Michelle Loseke
Best. Comment. Ever. - Kevin Fox
That is awesome. - Akiva
BethAnn Stanwood
NYU Loses Years of Cancer Research in Storm via @newser
Ruchira S. Datta
Halloween 2012: Dr. Ruchira Datta, Specialist in Surgery
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My surgical kit contains: Blade - Highest quality by X-Acto. For opening the patient up. Duct Tape - For surgical repairs. WD-40 - For clearing up adhesions, gastrointestinal obstructions, and whatnot. Pliers - For performing extraction. Binder Clip - For clamping, e.g., bleeders. Drinking Straw - For suction. Stapler - For closing the patient up. Pencil - For planning out my operative course. Eraser - Staedtler Mars Plastic erases everything completely! For fixing mistakes. Calculator - If the patient is bleeding out 20ml/min, how long do I have before she bleeds to death? Dice - Random number generator. When making decisions, I need to game out possible scenarios. With my calculator, pencil, and dice, I have everything I need to run Monte Carlo simulations! A writing surface, you ask? Did you know an adult human has 16 square feet of skin? In case the pencil lead doesn't adhere, you may notice my blade has a nice pen-like form factor. - Ruchira S. Datta
You need to market that kit! :) - Anne Bouey
Anne, a fine idea for a sideline! - Ruchira S. Datta
Hahaha! - Anne Bouey
Professor wants me to remove 160 words from this article manuscript but if I pull any more words out, it's going to look like the Hulk wrote it.
SMASH! - Big Joe Silenced
80 words to go. Editing is turning into Sophie's Choice. - Jessie
Jessie I like your 9 words. I shall use them for all my papers henceforth! - Ruchira S. Datta
It's important to be concise. ;-) I would also add "MORE FUNDING NEEDED." - Jessie
I think you have the makings of a new Twitter acct here. - Spidra Webster
I want to see this acct, Jessie! - Spidra Webster
I'm not on Twitter! :-( It takes me too long to think of stuff. Also, my cell phone is a candybar. It has almost as many features as an actual candy bar. - Jessie
There are a lot of Hulk parody accounts but I don't think we've seen this one yet. - Spidra Webster
Is it you or WoH? - Spidra Webster
Jessie! :)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
You should borrow this for your profile pic or background: - Spidra Webster
Hahahaha done! - Jessie
I was trying to find a comic book panel of the Hulk wearing glasses. There was a whole period where Bruce Banner was in control of the transformation and I'm sure Hulk was depicted in a labcoat and glasses at least once during that time. - Spidra Webster
If you can find one, send it to me! I don't read comics so I wouldn't know where to look, but I agree that Research Hulk needs glasses and a lab coat. - Jessie
I wish I had that run. I don't. But if I run across it on the web, I'll def let you know. Perhaps someone on FF has that run of Hulk. Not the comic, but here's another one: - Spidra Webster
Peter David wrote the Hulk for a long time, and one of the features near the end of his run was a Hulk that was supposedly the union of the fractured parts of Banner's psyche. Also, in the alternate universe of the Marvel Ultimate Comics line, Hulk was for-real killed but cloned with Banner's intellect and coined "Nerd Hulk"... </geek> - Andrew C (✔)
there already is a NONPROFITHULK twitter account: - Laura Norvig
Favorite post in a long time, this is awesome living your misery Jessie :) - Steve C, Team Marina
I always knew you were a good writer, my little Hulk! - Anne Bouey
I've been pimping this acct. It's up to 20 followers now. Someone with a real Twitter following like Kevin Fox or Louis Gray ought to pimp it and really pump it up. - Spidra Webster
Hahahaha I just noticed one of my former UCLA classmates and fellow AIDS researcher started following it. I never told her about the account. No idea how she found it so quickly. - Jessie
I pimped the acct out to Feminist Hulk, Drunk Hulk, Grammar Hulk, Editor Hulk, etc. Grammar Hulk RT'd my pimp so perhaps she follows that account. - Spidra Webster
Ah, that's possible. She was also doing a lot of article editing in Beijing so she's probably following Grammar Hulk. - Jessie
Chad Orzel
MT @wilw: Has noted theological climatologist Pat Robertson told us who God is punishing with Hurricane Sandy, yet? Asking for a friend.
Don't know about that. However, who's being rewarded? The San Francisco Giants, World Champions! - Ruchira S. Datta
Ian Holmes
Ruchira S. Datta
"[Glaxo-Smith-Kline] is making its trial database available to researchers in an attempt to steer the use toward scientific purposes. It is not merely providing summary data, but is sharing patient-level data, which will support a broader array of research and is a higher level of transparency...this step alone is remarkable...I think we will look back on today as a watershed moment." Hope this pans out. - Ruchira S. Datta
Todd Hoff
Why Your Phone, Cable & Internet Bills Cost So Much | Daily Ticker - Yahoo! Finance -
"The U.S. has fallen behind much of the Western world when it comes to phone, cable and Internet service. Americans actually pay much more for inferior service compared to their global counterparts. In his new book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston highlights these astounding facts: Americans pay four times as much as the French for an Internet triple-play package—phone, cable TV and Internet—at an average of $160 per month versus $38 per month. The French get global free calling and worldwide live television. Their Internet is also 10 times faster at downloading information and 20 times faster uploading it. America has gone from #1 in Internet speed (when we invented it) to 29th in the world and falling. Bulgaria is among the countries with faster Internet service. Americans pay 38 times as much as the Japanese for Internet data." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Same sort of process in health care. - Todd Hoff
Low quality at a high price is the American way. #usafail :p - Dennis Jernberg
We have the best system lobbyists can buy. - Todd Hoff
Wow. Thanks for sharing. - Ruchira S. Datta
What's really funny is how we blame the problems of rent-seeking monopolies and cartels on the government, and not on the rent-seeking monopolies and cartels. - Victor Ganata
I find the split brain on all this confusing. We all say that making profit is the most important thing in the world yet don't seem to believe that companies actually operate under that premise. Health care companies make more money when they charge a lot and don't give services. So what will they do? Communication companies make more when they charge a lot and don't upgrade their... more... - Todd Hoff
Yes, it's rational for people to want to make maximal profit while providing as minimal value as they can get away with, but that doesn't actually make it right. - Victor Ganata
It's not about right, it's about what the system is constructed to produce. - Todd Hoff
The fact of the matter is that it actually doesn't have to be this way, q.v. the rest of the industrialized (and even some of the developing) world. - Victor Ganata
The system simply doesn't really have the proper rules to prevent corruption, so I wouldn't say it is corrupted. - Todd Hoff
Recently this onetime libertarian has started seriously thinking there might be something in that socialism thing... - Dennis Jernberg
I don't even think it requires socialism. It just requires an unwavering commitment to regulated markets, where the government can easily quash detrimental rent-seeking behavior. But I think that the oligarchy has sold at least half of us the tripe that rent-seeking is synonymous with capitalism. - Victor Ganata
Telcos are natural monopolies, though, and therefore should be regulated. - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, I'm not holding my breath for adequate reforms. Historically speaking, what usually happens when enough people get sick of paying economic rent is revolution. - Victor Ganata
@Tinfoil: *state* socialism is corrupt monopoly, like the great defunct Soviet holding company. Its Chinese spinoff transitioned easily to state capitalism because state socialism is a contradiction in terms. In fact, both state socialism and free-market capitalism tend to turn into state capitalism in the end. The thing is to get business out of politics; the problem is that big business owns the political system these days, and getting out from under it will probably require a revolution. - Dennis Jernberg
" you can bet that BigCo's legal team will maximize every loophole." - and yet big telcos in France haven't managed to gouge their consumers quite as much... - Andrew C (✔)
'splain the relevant differences to me, please? - Andrew C (✔)
Sure, France has a different system of government, but it's still a republic with a type of representative democracy. What I'm interested in is what differences make it so that private multinationals can't screw French people as hard as they can screw Americans. - Victor Ganata
I honestly don't see what would have failed with the simple plan of requiring telcos to sell wholesale access... - Andrew C (✔)
By several measures, France's business corruption is worse than the US's... (and I believe Japan's is well worse, but again, it's just down to regulating telcos. The gov't broke up AT&T; I know times have changed but not so much that it would be practically or politically impossible to impose sufficient regulations. - Andrew C (✔)
Let me summarize the above: Shit is fucked up and [sic] billshit. The Canadian telco anti-consumer grip is even worse than the US counterpart, moreover. So whoever's studying this needs to look at the whole North American phenomenon. [leaving the bullshit autocorrect alone, because, well, serendipity). - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Where I live (New Jersey) it's very anti-competitive. Here are your options for residential internet access in my town: DSL/FIOS from Verizon, who owns the infrastructure for delivering that. No other companies have made any effort to compete with them, for the same type of service. I am not sure if it is because of any sort of regulations that make it difficult or impossible to do so,... more... - April Russo (FForever!)
Given the significant need for right-of-way, there's really no way to provide these services on the free market. The government *has* to intervene somehow. - Victor Ganata
The government intervening is why a package of basic cable TV (no premium channels and limited list of cable channels) plus the slowest internet offered by Comcast, costs about $140 in my town. The government is why there is no free market here. - April Russo (FForever!)
No, the reason why there's no free market is because of the monopoly and/or cartel that has enough power to completely buy off the government. If antitrust actually worked, it would be a different story. - Victor Ganata
If you're blaming the government and not the private company that's rent-seeking, well, that's a major part of the problem. - Victor Ganata
When you're dealing with basic services that require extensive surrender of property rights (i.e., right of way), that's a natural place for government to intervene. Without government intervention, monopolies or cartels and rent-seeking are inevitable in this situation. And Adam Smith goes on at length as to why rent-seeking is detrimental to what is now known as capitalism. - Victor Ganata
"Micah, we found some pe" <—truncated subject line on my phone, relentless emails from Twitter. I DON'T CARE ABOUT WHAT PE— YOU FOUND, BRO.
"-nnies, partial pennies really, stolen from you by some rogue engineers at Initech." - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
-rsimmons - John (bird whisperer)
-at bogs. Damdest thing. - Jennifer Dittrich
-trochemical residue you might want to check out. - Micah
n is over he re. Big one, to o. Also having pro lems w ith key - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
ccadilloes of yours, now you're going to have to cough up some dough. (Then they were jumped by someone else they had tried this scheme on, hence the sudden truncation of the message.) - Ruchira S. Datta
Bruce Lewis
I'm excited that we're less than 48 hours away from a #FFeedup in Mountain View, California.
Stoked! What time can you be there? - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Calling All Bay Area FFeeps - join us! - Laura Norvig from iPhone
My Noogler itinerary didn't make it totally clear, but I think 6ish. - Bruce Lewis
Bump! Who's in for dinner at Cascal Tue night? I'll be there.... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Alas, I'm in the UK - Ruchira S. Datta
I'm going to try to swing by, I love Cascal - Ken Gidley
Yay! - Stephen Mack
We're aiming for 6pm, right Laura and Louis and Bruce? - Stephen Mack
Yes! See you soon. - Laura Norvig
Woohoo! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yes, 6pm PDT. My phone's battery ran out, but I'll see you there! - Bruce Lewis
OMG, charge that battery! We need photos! - Spidra Webster
On my way! Bad traffic :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
That was fun! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Stephen Mack
In case FF goes away again but never comes back, where do we go?
Facebook: -- Pros: FF has many of the same features as FF. Many of us are there already. Cons: Real ID only. Pokes. Privacy issues. App requests. Other stuff people don't like. - Stephen Mack
Twitter: I don't know of any good central list of all of us, but there are some lists posted (, and for example). I suggest we all subscribe to to start with. Pros: Brevity. Allows anonymity. Cons: Not feature rich, hard to converse. - Stephen Mack
Google Plus: [central location forthcoming] Pros: Many of the same features as FF. Hangouts. Cons: Real ID only. Not lifestreaming or aggregation. - Stephen Mack
Reddit: See Pros: I don't know much about Reddit. Cons: I don't know much about Reddit. - Stephen Mack / Disclosure: I am a developer. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Wait, what's wrong with Pokes? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
They're well, uh, Pokes. - Dennis Jernberg
So, beyond FB, Twitter, G+, Reddit, or Geochat -- Any other nominations? Will we all scatter to the winds, or could we possibly agree on a new place? - Stephen Mack
I'm active on Twitter, G+, and Tumblr, so I'll continue interacting with people who are there. If I see that FFers are hanging out at some other place I might become active there as well. - John (bird whisperer)
(I doubt we'll all agree...) - Stephen Mack
John, is there any kind of central "FriendFeed Tumblr" to use as a meeting point? - Stephen Mack
I guess we could all individually post our other social media profiles to allow people to subscribe. - Stephen Mack
*pokes Dennis* - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
No, there's nothing like that on Tumblr that I know of. I just follow individuals that I know are there (some of them former FFers). - John (bird whisperer)
Stephen, I don't believe Tumblr is built that way. I do understand some users have a sense of community but there isn't a place where all users can converge and have conversations in one location. They have DMs but that's it. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
POKES - AJ Batac
Ow! *pokes back* - Dennis Jernberg
*pokes Dennis back* - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Here's a dumb question. Can I search for groups using the iOS Facebook app? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Jimminy, I tried to register at Geochat and got a 500 error upon creating an account. - Stephen Mack
Twitter, Tumblr,, Flickr= zoblue G+= Or just go here: - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Stephen, I'll have to poke Jorge. We're currently in the process of moving the service to, but he hasn't set up the server there. And I'm decoupling the backend. I'll see if we can fix it. On the plus side, your account was registered, just not redirected properly, and you can log in. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I'm not old enough for facebook or twitter so i hope it doesn't come to that - Steve C, Team Marina
diaspora is kinda like ff. - Summer
What's the story with diaspora? I thought it was finished? - Stephen Mack
Yeah. I haven't heard anything about diaspora in months. - Dennis Jernberg
I wondered whatever happened to (which I didn't use) and just saw that the guy had closed it in favor of (still in private beta). - Ruchira S. Datta
I like groups/rooms, but I really don't want to have to resort to FB as a FF replacement. G+ is more palatable in that regard, but I find it really annoying most of the time. Gah! I am so lost w/o FF! - Jenny H. from Android
Ruchira, just never took off. is supposed to be a content aggregator/distributor, allowing you to interact with groups like G+, but also send stuff to FB and Twitter. It was actually supposed to go into Semi-Public Beta yesterday evening, but some bugs cropped up. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Got enough tech experts here.. why not just create a FF Clone? - Me
It was attempted at least once, It failed because of PHP, and lack of clear goals. The most interesting thing to come from that was from Directuer, who create soc-nodes. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I've worked on parts of the system over the past few years, but often have gotten distracted by database stuff which kills my motivation. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
For those that are curious, I just shared my G+ "FFers" circle. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
The abyss. - sofarsoShawn from iPhone
^^^ I thought that's where FF's going away to eventually... - Dennis Jernberg
Only if it stares long enough in it - sofarsoShawn from iPhone
Is Diaspora still there? I think I logged in once. - M F
The FriendFeeders FB group seemed to get quite a bit of traffic, but I'm open to the idea of trying out Reddit. G+ would be a good nomination too. In the meantime, please keep on posting your #SocialMediaBackup usernames/contact info. I signed up for (thanks to Zulema) -- - Stephen Mack
Here's a direct link to the subreddit: - Steve and 4 other people
Thanks, Steve! I signed up... but I can't be "zeigen" there, so I already hates it to pieces. - Stephen Mack
I signed up as well. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
I wonder of Paul or someone has a copy of the FF source code and we could just run our own copy? - Steve and 4 other people
FF refuge established at QUORA: - Adriano
The bar. - Derrick
^ What Derrick said. - CarlC friendfeed clone - selimx
Selimx, from what I can see, although the UI is very similar, Quup is not really a clone...yet? No importing of feeds. Also a bit of a problem if you don't understand Turkish. Even when set to English, still much of the site isn't in English. But it's nice to see the Turkish members of Friendfeed have some alternative place to go. I understand it's new and still beta, so I will check... more... - April Russo (FForever!)
i haven't read all the comments, saw this too late, but surely all you geeks can create a new social network? :-) - Halil
Pheed just recently opened up... - Adriano
Todd Hoff
Engineering is a conscious balancing of forces with goals. The problem for software engineering is there are no equations of equilibrium to guide structural decisions.
Same problem with cooperation. - Ruchira S. Datta
Very true - Todd Hoff
I woke up to FF! Best present evar!!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! - Stephen Mack
Happy birthday! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy birthday! - LB needs a break.
Happy Birthday!!! - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
Happy Birthday!! <3 - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy Birthday, from Up Above! - Josh Haley
Happy early birthday from the US! - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Happy Birthday! :-) - Ruchira S. Datta
Hope you had a great birthday - VALZONE#SCREWED
Paging Dr Victor! We need you to have a happy birthday STAT.
Happy birthday, Victor! - Stephen Mack
Thank you! - Victor Ganata
Happy Birthday. Hope you enjoy your birthday present of Friendfeed. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Happy birthday, Victor! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday Victor! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Bday! - Heather
Happy birthday, Victor!! *another FFhug* - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Happy birthday!!! (thank goodness I can wish you that over here now!) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy Birthday, Victor! - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
Happy birthday! - LB needs a break.
Happy Victor day! - chrisofspades
Virgos rule! - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Happy Birthday! - Ruchira S. Datta
Happy Happy Birthday! - Katy S
HBD!🍟 < Fries - sofarsoShawn from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Mary Carmen
Happy birthday, Victor! :D - Jenny H.
Happy Victor Day! - Lisa L. Seifert from Android
Happy birthday, Victor! And I think it's Mellissa's b-day, too, so Happy birthday, if it is! - Anika
Mark H
I just ran into the street and shouted that FriendFeed was back. There was much rejoicing. -
I just ran into the street and shouted that FriendFeed was back. There was much rejoicing.
:) - Eivind
:)) - Maitani
:))) - AJ Batac
woohoo! - Ruchira S. Datta
Did you not get any pics of the "gnashing of teeth" during the downtime? - Son of Groucho
:D - Jenny H.
Projects / I have wasted countless gallon ziplock bags when traveling - just unscrew the lids and put some plastic wrap over the opening then screw the lid back on for a much easier spill solution! // GENIUS!!!! -
Projects / I have wasted countless gallon ziplock bags when traveling - just unscrew the lids and put some plastic wrap over the opening then screw the lid back on for a much easier spill solution! // GENIUS!!!!
This is what I was talking about with the plastic wrap. I saw the pin again and thought it might be more clear then when I tried to explain it. - Heather from Bookmarklet
Thanks for the tip! Too many times I have wound up with a thin layer of some unidentifiable liquid (probably shampoo) all over my little quart toiletry baggie... - Ruchira S. Datta
The gift of the gopi | Gene Expression | Discover Magazine -
The gift of the gopi | Gene Expression | Discover Magazine
The gift of the gopi | Gene Expression | Discover Magazine
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"Unlike some Asian societies dairy products are relatively well known in South Asia. Apparently at some point my paternal grandmother’s family operated a milk production business. This is notable because Bengal is not quite the land of pastoralists. In much of North India milk and milk-products loom larger, in particular ghee. People don’t tend to consume what makes them ill, and even accounting for some processing in the form of butter, most researchers have assumed a substantial number of South Asians must be lactase persistent. That is, they can extract nutritive value out of the lactose sugar present in milk (in addition to fat and protein). Additionally, many South Asians have the well known -13910 C>T common in Western Eurasia. How do I know this? Because I share my genetic information with lots of South Asians, and some of them, especially Punjabis, come up as “lactose tolerant” on that allele." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I remember hearing when I was a kid that the Pakistani immigrants thought we stank of milk :) (we thought they stank of garlic, which wasn't much used by Norwegians back then.) I guess they didn't come from a tradition of dairy products. - Eivind
Hm, that's not what I would have guessed. - Maitani
"It turns out that the overwhelming majority of detected variants known to allow for lactase persistence in India is the West Eurasian one. This is interesting, because there are various genetic and cultural reasons to connect South Asia to West Eurasia (even Europe). There is some genetic evidence to imply that the West Eurasian mutation derives from the Volga region. Though the word... more... - Maitani
This exactly matches what we can conjecture from linguistic evidence. - Maitani
I always assumed they thought so because they didn't have many dairy products in their diet, Maitani. It was part of a bridge building thing we did sometimes. We traveled to a school that had many immigrants and we discussed how we were different and how we were the same. - Eivind
Eivind, Norwegians are mostly lactose tolerant I assume? - Maitani
At least we used to. It's one of the Scandinavian features in genetics :) - Eivind
Related: The Milkmen Dienekes and Maju have both commented on a new paper which looked at the likelihood of lactase persistence in Neolithic remains from Spain, but I thought I would comment on it as well. The paper is: Low prevalence of lactase persistence in Neolithic South-West Europe. The location is on the fringes of the modern Basque country, while the time frame is ~3000 BC. Table 3 shows the major result: - Maitani
I had always heard that our lactose tolerance comes from gut flora. According to 23andMe I would be "likely intolerant", which I take to mean I have no known lactase persistence snp. However, in reality I am fine with and an avid consumer of milk and its products. - Ruchira S. Datta
A couple of Indian people I know say they only experience lactose intolerance outside of India, i.e., something in the preparation methods also mitigates it. (I, on the other hand, have never lived in India.) - Ruchira S. Datta
A few years ago I met a woman from India in my hometown, she was staying for a few days, and she asked me whether I knew a café where she could have cappuccino with milk that was not homogenized. I assumed that was because of the dietary rules/restrictions (for Jains) she observed. She not only didn't drink homogenized milk, she ate no onions, no mushrooms (no meat, of course), I don't... more... - Maitani
drew olanoff
Here's a thought. Make psychological exams routine, just like physicals and drivers license tests.
Ruchira S. Datta
The synaptic web technology behind Bottlenose sounds super-cool. Bottlenose computes the interest graph of social media, in real time, through distributed computing on its client's browsers.
""Under the hood we built a new engine for computing on streams, called the StreamOS, and we wrote it completely in javascript and HTML5. The StreamOS does a lot of things, like real-time natural language processing and semantic classification, topic detection, analytics, sentiment analysis, trend detection, personalization, visualization, profiling, computation, storage, networking, messaging, and much more… ... But what’s most interesting about the StreamOS is that, after years of optimization, we have gotten the StreamOS engine down to the size of a photo. And it runs in a distributed fashion, in your browser, when you are at Bottlenose." - Ruchira S. Datta
Thomas Sharpton
David Paez-Espino - Time Series Metagenomic Analyses of CRISPRs
I'm running out of juice. Might lose me mid talk. - Thomas Sharpton
Describing how CRISPRs work - Thomas Sharpton
// thanks for all your blogging! - Ruchira S. Datta
reconstructing crispr loci in silico. i do not understand this method. - Thomas Sharpton
@Ruchira - anytime! - Thomas Sharpton
Thomas Sharpton
Debbie Lindell - Phages are a Selective Force Driving Cyanobacterial Genome Diversification #ASM2012
How do cyanobacteria coexist with virus that infect them? - Thomas Sharpton
Prochlorococcus has syntenic regions (core) and variable regions - Thomas Sharpton
T7-like Podoviruses are lytic dsDNA viruses that infect Prochloro - Thomas Sharpton
Isolated resistant strains and characterized mutations and phenotypes - Thomas Sharpton
Found mutations in 24 genes, most are cell-surface related - Thomas Sharpton
viruses had impaired ability to invade the cells - Thomas Sharpton
// evidence of co-evolution? - Ruchira S. Datta
all mutations were non-synonymous in predicted coding frames; indels leading to frameshifts. often, multiple different types of mutations in genes. most were non-core genes (83%) - Thomas Sharpton
@Ruchira - I'm waiting for it, but nothing so far - Thomas Sharpton
Mutations clustered in genomic islands. - Thomas Sharpton
Suggests selection against cells carrying attachment genes, selective force enhancing diversity in gene content - Thomas Sharpton
mutant genes are rare in the environment. however, sequence diversity is higher when present when compared to core background - Thomas Sharpton
Identify populations with diverse cell-surface genes. many subpopulations with different susceptibility regions. - Thomas Sharpton
Why aren't all cells resistant? These mutations are associated with a growth rate cost. Also, greater susceptibility to other phages. Avrani et al 2011 Nature 474: 604-608 - Thomas Sharpton
Can the slower growers maintain a decent population size in the natural environment? - Thomas Sharpton
I missed something or she lost me. - Thomas Sharpton
Anyhow, summary: Viruses drive diversification of genomes through selection for resistant strains. fitness cost to resistance. Complex dynamic network of interactions. - Thomas Sharpton
Thomas Sharpton
Rebecca Mueller - Forests, farms and fungi: the impacts of deforestation on soil fungi #ASM2012
Yay! A Fungi talk! - Thomas Sharpton
// fungus are among us - Ruchira S. Datta
Slide showing that humans impact biodiversity. Largest effect? Land-use change - Thomas Sharpton
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Prior work (gibson 2011) finds that the loss of primary forest is significant. Only have evaluated macroscopic organisms at this point. - Thomas Sharpton
Amazon Rainforest Microbial Observatory is being highlighted. I want to go to there. - Thomas Sharpton
// too many mosquitoes! - Ruchira S. Datta
@Ruchria - Fair point. I hear a drier sheet in your back pocket helps - Thomas Sharpton
// never heard that one before, thanks - Ruchira S. Datta
Used a spatially-explicit sampling design to study alpha and beta diversity. Used Illumina to target and sequence ITS region of fungal genomes - Thomas Sharpton
Richness is increased in pastures compared to forests. secondary forests also lower richness relative to pasture site - Thomas Sharpton
Most of the change seems to be among Ascomycota (up in pasture) and Basidiomycota (down in pasture) - Thomas Sharpton
Now introducing AM fungi, noting that they affect ecosystem function - Thomas Sharpton
AMF are the dominant association in most tropical forests - Thomas Sharpton
Focusing just on the AMF, finds that richness increases in pastures (as above) - Thomas Sharpton
However, in pastures, there is no significant relationship between geographic distance and community diversity. In forests, there is. - Thomas Sharpton
Community composition shifts with deforestation - Thomas Sharpton
Similar response of bacterial communities between sites. - Thomas Sharpton
Local richness was higher in pastures, but turnover was lower. AMF diversity may decrease over larger scales in response to deforestation. - Thomas Sharpton
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