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Surely we can all agree: Undecided voters must be terrifying people to actually encounter in real life.
Karen Wickre
RT @mjasay: I can't wait until after the election when we can attack each other for our choice in smartphones and browsers instead of our politics
Spidra Webster
Otter at Sutro Baths ruins captured in photos and video | The Ocean Beach Bulletin -
Otter at Sutro Baths ruins captured in photos and video | The Ocean Beach Bulletin
Otter at Sutro Baths ruins captured in photos and video | The Ocean Beach Bulletin
"A river otter made an appearance at the ruins of Sutro Baths Wednesday morning, and a local photographer was there to capture it in pictures and video. David Cruz lives nearby, and he headed down to the ruins at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, he said in an email to the Ocean Beach Bulletin. As he approached the flooded remains of one of the Sutro Baths pools, he spotted the otter relaxing in the sunshine on one of the foundation walls. It curled up in the vegetation at the edge of the water, rolled around on the wall near a great blue heron and seemed at ease in the remains of what once was one of San Francisco’s busiest attractions. Cruz, who often photographs wildlife in Golden Gate Park and at Ocean Beach, said that he’s never seen an otter there before. Cruz did have a 300-millimeter zoom lens with him, but the walls of the ruins provided him with some cover to creep closer to the otter. Check out more photos and a video of the Sutro Baths otter (all photos and video by David Cruz):" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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
The cartels will act predictably and we shouldn't expect them to do it any other way under our present system. The fatal flaw that we allow our government favors to be bought (and that the government has so many favors for sale). - Tinfoil 2.0
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
Corporations (particularly publicly-traded corps) generally don't not have a moral compasses. - Tinfoil 2.0
It's not about right, it's about what the system is constructed to produce. - Todd Hoff
It's about what the system has been corrupted to produce. - Tinfoil 2.0
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
Of course it doesn't have to be this way. But as long as either of our major parties remains in power, I don't hold out much hope that we'll whip corruption and get the money out of politics. - Tinfoil 2.0
Recently this onetime libertarian has started seriously thinking there might be something in that socialism thing... - Dennis Jernberg
Socialism just means bigger monopolies, but a corrupt few still make the decisions. - Tinfoil 2.0
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 (✔)
Regulations are half the problem though Victor... There are more laws and regs than any individual could ever possibly comprehend, but you can bet that BigCo's legal team will maximize every loophole. Any non-trivial set of regs will be distorted by industry lobbyists to make it work in their favor, while still probably sounding like protections are built in. That will not be fixed until large political contributions and revolving doors are a thing of the past. I'm not holding my breath. - Tinfoil 2.0
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 (✔)
^---- entirely different system of government. And business context. - Tinfoil 2.0
'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 (✔)
That would have been a great thing to do IMO. But alas, we don't have that. P.S. For one thing, France had an entirely different set of rules around campaign finance: They've largely gotten the money out of politics. Our politics lives for money. Plus, There's an order of magnitude difference in scale of the money at stake. - Tinfoil 2.0
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
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
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
Todd Hoff
As an experiment I started some basil from seed and put half outside and half inside under LEDs lights and on top of warmer. The ones in my inside setup are doing awesome. Here they are. My outside guys are way behind their inside siblings. Much smaller and less robust. Looks like we'll have lots of basil over winter.
And they are excellent BTW. Had them with our moz and last of our tomatoes. Yum - Todd Hoff
In what part of the spectrum were those LEDs emitting ? - Jean-Marc Liotier
Here you go Jean-Marc: - Todd Hoff
I looked up the model you cited - apparently they are 620nm~660nm.That's red - ideal for photosynthesis I guess... - Jean-Marc Liotier
Harvard Business
"Why is an average investment banker worth, say, a hundred times as much as an average teacher?" @umairh
Piaw Na
Sinners, Red States, Blue States -
Hahahaha. - Piaw Na
Amit Patel
Paraconsistent logic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
"A paraconsistent logic is a logical system that attempts to deal with contradictions in a discriminating way. Alternatively, paraconsistent logic is the subfield of logic that is concerned with studying and developing paraconsistent (or "inconsistency-tolerant") systems of logic." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The primary motivation for paraconsistent logic is the conviction that it ought to be possible to reason with inconsistent information in a controlled and discriminating way. The principle of explosion precludes this, and so must be abandoned. In non-paraconsistent logics, there is only one inconsistent theory: the trivial theory that has every sentence as a theorem. Paraconsistent... more... - Amit Patel
Victor Ganata
The hunger-obesity paradox: What it’s a modern problem
Victor Ganata
RT @crampell: if the private sector is so good at bringing down health care costs, why hasn't it brought down health care costs?
*waves hand in front of the logic*... HE WAS STYLISH - Johnny
The private sector is only good at bringing down healthcare costs, on an individual patient basis, when you have no insurance, pay out of your pocket, are low income, are seeing a doctor in private practice, and the patient is a child. Had a doctor that treated my daughter that waived his $75 office visit fee in exchange for me sewing new curtains for his office, and gave me free asthma... more... - April Russo
Tort reform would be most helpful. From my wee portion of diagnostics, a D-dimer lab should be first ordered before the menu option of spiral CAT and DVT ultrasound. If the lab is negative it is negative, very low false negatives. I am certain there are many more legal CYA tests stopped. Imagine the savings. - Janet from FFHound!
The thing is, I don't think most defensive medicine–especially in the out-patient setting–is directly about not getting sued. It's extremely rare, in the clinic setting, that if you miss something, the patient will die within the hour. So what defensive medicine tends to be about is appeasing patients. So if someone is demanding antibiotics, a specialist referral, or an imaging study... more... - Victor Ganata
And California has enacted tort reform, limiting pain and suffering caps. A lot of physicians have their patients agree to arbitration. And yet, costs haven't gone down. Maybe tort reform helps a little, but it's no silver bullet. - Victor Ganata
As for trying to rule-out PE/DVT, yeah, D-dimer should be first line, but if your patient has a chronic illness, odds are it's going to be positive. - Victor Ganata
There's a couple of blog posts that have shown med-mal payouts are a very very small fraction of total medical spending. (Which also implies that if defensive medicine is a large fraction of med spending that it is not a very rational decision most times.) - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Yes a thousand times to the patient demands. - Janet from FFHound!
Yeah, there's no *one* thing that you could fix and magically solve our health care cost problem. I'm convinced it's primarily cultural in nature–both the culture of health care providers, and American culture in general, specifically the tendency to demand immediate action, science be damned. And things take a *long* time to change in medicine. Like scientific revolutions in general, we basically have to wait for the old-timers to retire or die before any major innovations are possible. - Victor Ganata
Why would you lower prices when keeping prices high makes everyone more money? It's basic Adam Smith. - Todd Hoff
It's not just prices that are high, though. Costs are high, too. So, yeah, the health care industry generates vasts amounts of revenue, but the profit margins are pretty thin considering just how much money is flowing through the pipeline. But most industrialized countries spend nowhere near how much we spend, and they typically get as good or better care than we do (at least from measuring things like life-expectancy and infant mortality) so clearly we're doing something wrong. - Victor Ganata
Do you have something that breaks down the costs? High prices in the supply chain are simply the same logic. - Todd Hoff
So the question becomes: How do you keep costs and prices low, while maintaining competitive levels of risk and innovation? - Tinfoil 2.0
Competitive levels of risk and innovation? Just how much medical innovation is privately driven, anyways? I know a lot of medical innovation comes from the US, but a lot of that is publicly financed. - Andrew C (✔)
I'm convinced that early adoption of unproven technology and techniques is one of prime drivers of cost in the U.S. On one hand, yeah, someone has to study this stuff. On the other hand, if you've got a brand spanking new 64-slice CT scanner or a 3 Tesla MRI or a new surgical robot, you're not going to make up the costs just doing tests and procedures that are obviously indicated. - Victor Ganata
I thought this series breaking down U.S. health care costs was excellent - Victor Ganata
Yeah, and that series includes a bit on the relative unimportance of tort reform as the fix: - Andrew C (✔)
This article estimates that malpractice costs are 2.4% of total health care spending "National Costs Of The Medical Liability System" - Victor Ganata
Yes, but 2.4% combines med-mal payouts AND "defensive medicine"... - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, good point. So, basically, I don't think tort reform does much to dent the vast amount of money we spend on health care. It does have an effect on access, though, when malpractice insurers jack up their premiums to the point where high-risk specialists have no choice but to pack up their bags and go elsewhere–look what happened to Nevada and Florida. - Victor Ganata
PA lost a tremendous amount of OB physicians in the past four years due to increases in malpractice. Side note, regulations and multiple accreditations required for Medicare reimbursement are rather costly to institutions too. We just received notice Aetna will no longer pay for Transabdominal and transvaginal scans done on same day. Our Radiologists want both. Someone will digest the lost revenue. - Janet from FFHound!
Much like with health insurance carriers, I'm inclined to believe malpractice carriers jack up premiums more to appease shareholders than because malpractice pay-outs are actually increasing. - Victor Ganata
Rates don't correlate that well with payout costs: - Andrew C (✔)
RT @ericgrant: On a lighter note: If Romney & Obama switched hair. #tcot #p2 #debate
RT @ericgrant: On a lighter note: If Romney & Obama switched hair. #tcot #p2 #debate
O_O - Johnny
George Clooney. - NOT THE CRICKET
x_x - AJ Batac
I can't stop staring. - Rochelle
^Uh, yeah. - Jenny H.
Obama is giving me a Christopher Walken vibe - Johnny
I laughed someone else's ass off. - Akiva
*snort* - adf
Daughter pointed out that they look almost the same color. I told her about Romney's fake tan, to look more Hispanic. - April Russo
RT @BlGBlRD: Yo Mitt Romney, Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letters F & U! #debates #SupportBigBird
Brad DeLong
RT @BetseyStevenson: If Romney is so confident that his policies will work, why won't he share the details with us?
Jason Shellen
Is there such a thing as a TV debate win in the age of the Internet? In the light of day, the story will be Romney lied. A lot. #TeamObama
Andy Bakun
Lorraine. I'm your density. I mean, your destiny. -
Lorraine. I'm your density. I mean, your destiny.
Steven Perez
Victor Ganata
Oh ye of little faith AKA the Democratic Party
Victor Ganata
The MSM pilloried Romney for memorizing zingers, and now you're disappointed Obama didn't have any zingers?!? >.<
I call this #demfail. Not Obama's performance. Liberals' criticism of it. - Dennis Jernberg
Pretty much the typical Democratic reaction. Falling completely to pieces at the first sign of adversity. It's why we win so many elections. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
If it's all about optics, I have agree: when calling a liar a liar to their face, it's hard to look presidential.
Catch 22 - call him out, he's the angry black guy, passive he's the dumb ass darky. Obama loses no matter how he plays it. - WarLord
Victor Ganata
It's not like healthcare has been gov't-controlled for years, and now we're talking about privatization. It's always been mostly private!!
Ayşe E.
LOL at Sharpton on Romney: "He made a good testimony, but he will be indicted for perjury."
Victor Ganata
RT @jpar0: “We’ll replace Obamacare with something like what worked in Massachusetts.” So… Obamacare? #2012Debate
Rachel Lea Fox
Hello Mr. Pilot!! I just know he is having fun!!! - Endeavour flyover at Moffet Airfield.
HAI. - Sarah G.
WOW - Stephen Mack
Rachel, this is AMAZING. I can't believe you were able to get that close. This is mind blowing. - Stephen Mack
That's a lotta megapixels to allow that much zoom. - Ken Gidley
The radio said they were 200? 300? feet up over Moffat! Y'all were at the perfect spot. We couldn't see it from our house even tho we're near Oakland airport :-( - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Stephen & Ken, It is both a great location and a lot of pixels! my D800 is 36 megapixels plus a 300mm lens means you get to see a lot. And Starmama, they told us 200 feet up and my guess is they were right, it was really close. We didn't know where it was and then suddenly it appeared from behind Hanger 1. It was pretty awesome! - Rachel Lea Fox
Yeah BEHIND Hangar 1. Not over the runway where they had been telling us to expect it for hours. *grump* - Neal Krummell
Did hanger 1 block your view? I figure it did for a lot of people. It was poor planning on there part! - Rachel Lea Fox from iPhone
The hanger blocked my view for a bit. I was focusing on the F-16 that was over the runway, then heard the crowd and turned a bit to see it coming from behind the hanger. - Ken Gidley
That's a great shot. I watched it fly overhead at about that height from 1200 Charleston Rd, Mountain View. - Bruce Lewis
Ken, me too. I got there just in time to to stop taking photos of the F-16. I wish they had gone over the runway like they said they would. Bruce were you on the hill behind shoreline? - Rachel Lea Fox
Watched here in Sac from the top floor of a parking garage near Capitol Park. Lots of folks up there watching as well. I don't think much was accomplished in state government today. - Corinne L
Fwd: Robotic Plant Drone Moves Houseplants to Sunny Spots - (via
Fwd: Robotic Plant Drone Moves Houseplants to Sunny Spots - (via
This is kind of gay - كودن با استعداد
In the sense of cool? - Winckel
I don't know :) it looks like this is for condo residents kind of people, yet, condo spaces are so small that are already cluttered, they don't need more gadgets - كودن با استعداد
Victor Ganata
I don't even know why I'm so outraged. It's been clear since day one that Romney harbors venomous contempt for anyone who wasn't born with a million dollars in their pockets. He thinks we're all dumb as rocks, too.
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. - NOT THE CRICKET
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 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. - NOT THE CRICKET
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. - NOT THE CRICKET
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. - NOT THE CRICKET
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. - NOT THE CRICKET
For those that are curious, I just shared my G+ "FFers" circle. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Thanks for the G+ share. I hadn't been on G+ for so long I had to reset password. Now I have FB and G+ to never have to go through withdrawal again. - Janet
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
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
Kevin Fox
Near deaFF experience.
Micah beat you to it: (sorta) :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Wow. Synchronicity's not just a Police album. - Micah
Living in San Francisco I know friends and family with a post-quake meet-up plan: when all the phone lines/internet are down and you can't get anywhere in the city, everybody's going to meet at X. There's also somebody outside the area who's the designated point of contact: you let them know you're alright and where you are as soon as you can, and everybody else just gets in touch with that person if/when they can.... - Ken Sheppardson
Ken's right, and the only logical muster point is the top of the Empire State building. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
but how do we know it's the same friendfeed as before? quick, somebody start a fight!
Why don't you start a fight?! - Kristin
Fights are unproductive and a waste of time. - That's So CAJ!
Fights are better on {new_service} - Pete
Idiot. - Joe
Emacs is $DEITY. - Julian
POLITICS AND STUFF!! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I only fight with Alex Scoble. Not going to happen. - NOT THE CRICKET
PINE is not elm. - Joe
Cake > Pie - Johnny from iPhone
Jimminy, that just shows your inflexibility and wrongness. But I still like you. - Pete
avocados - Marie
Pete, be quiet. I like you, so don't make me start with you. ;) - NOT THE CRICKET
Man, my Alex impression evidently needs work :D - Pete
Cilantro! - Kirsten
Pete, it's pretty good. - NOT THE CRICKET
*tracks down #sorrymeme pictures* - That's So CAJ!
You are all wrong! Next issue! - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Your opinions are all incorrect. Here's why: - That's So CAJ!
You're using FriendFeed wrong. Don't tell people how to use FriendFeed!! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
meh. - CarlC
I am an advocate in favor of the avocado. - Julian
Tape! Staplers! Paperclips! - John Dupuis
The bathroom is DOWN THE HALL AND TO THE LEFT! - Joe
Bring the drama! - Dennis Jernberg
But I don't wanna fight. - Steven Perez
^ wimp. - Marie
Bret Taylor
FriendFeed Blog: Ben Darnell joins FriendFeed: Ben++! -
FriendFeed Blog: Ben Darnell joins FriendFeed: Ben++!
Welcome, Ben! - Kevin Fox
Right on! Congrats, Ben. - Micah
Congrats Ben! Also, congrats to FF you are lucky to have him! - Jason Shellen
Data storage and scalability rock. :) - Louis Gray
Congrats, Ben! :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Yeah Ben!!! - Rachel Lea Fox
so i finally get my answer to this :) - MG Siegler
Yeah, sorry I couldn't respond to that one before. :-) - Kevin Fox
well i be darned .... we now can rejoice, since fast paced additions to already good product are surely fastly coming about off the feedpipe ... it'l be a hectic season of finest upgrades ... I'm sure they'l start with keyboard shortcutze. ... I mean Google Reader rules on that. Intelligent to the extreme., on the other hand - are we sleeping? .. not even "/" ??.. and that... more... - pb:
Congrats Ben! Totally agree with Jason. Our latest project wouldn't have become feasible without Ben -- I'm just so glad we managed to get a fraction of his time before he left! :) - Simon
Congratulations, Ben! You're joining an awesome team. - Anne Bouey
Woohoo! Another Googler :) - Tim Hoeck
Congrats, you are now a "big company"! ;)))) - K.D.
That's not my picture! They got the picture wrong! In fact, I didn't get the letter of hire either. :( Oh, Hi there, Ben...if that's your real name. ;) - Josh Haley
Good luck Ben! With you our preferred service will go more interesting - Roberto from fftogo
you're building a friendfeed army there :-) - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Congrats - Özkan Altuner
Nice, any former Google Reader-er is a friend of mine. - Mike Reynolds
gratz Ben! - timepilot
Welcome Bret! - Michael_techie
So, Facebook...? - Daniel J. Pritchett
Poor Ben Darnell. The last to enter are always the first to leave in mergers. - beersage
Hiring new staff while in secret acquisition talks, not exactly classy guys. I hope Ben knew what he was getting into - Glenn Slaven
Why on earth does he use the Duck Hunt theme? - Vezquex
I don't know.. but it is awesome! :) - Tim Hoeck
Wow, looks like somebody bumped this! - Kevin Fox
I think there were a bunch of spam comments made to some 2009-era posts by FF employees. For some reason even after the spam is nuked, the post stays bumped. - Stephen Mack
Yes, I blocked a spammer that was bumping old posts about FF themes and what not. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
OH HAI! - Eric - Let Me Know
Well, let's see this as an opportunity to raise a virtual glass to Ben and FriendFeed-that-was! - Kevin Fox
It probably had something to do with the Tornado 2.2 release. I noticed Ben was the one who posted about the release on HN earlier. Edit: Or it could have just been a spammer. *shrugs* - NOT THE CRICKET
I don't think it had anything to do with the tornado release - a spammer bumped a bunch of Bret's old posts today. - Ben Darnell
Here, let me save future spammers some time: Hello my name is ____ and I am an attractive young ____ _____ and I would like to contact with you so that together you and I can ___ with ____ while _____ in a highly ____ manner. Please to be responding as soon as is practical. Without your help, the _____ in U.S. dollars will go unclaimed, and the herbal ______ remedy will wither and die. Yours in all urgent seriousness, _____. - Stephen Mack
:D, Stephen! - Anne Bouey
Awesome Photo :) - Adi Prcike
Which shows up more, this pic or the Asian gentlemen on the beach? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
bret neler oluyor dostum? kardeşi kardeşe kırdıracaksın canım ülkemde!!! işinin başına dön lütfen.. - Aynebilim Aşevi
testa di cazzo se arcasca tutto te veniamo a cercà e non saremo teneri come i musulmani - Francesco M.
kime dedin onu francesco? - Aynebilim Aşevi
Bence de Friendfeede sahip çıksın artık... - Koleksiyoner Ali
Welcome, Ben! - Kevin Fox Ya puedes canjearlos por 3 Códigos Standard y transformarlos en $90 US. - Caca Machado
Hello, my name is Selina found you here today and needed to have a conversation with you, and share an information with you, I do not know you very well, but through your profile. Contact me at( so that i can get back to you with more details about me with my photos. Please do not write on the site write me here in my email address ( - Selina Love
Sarah G.
Seriously, though, someone should make a FF subreddit so everyone has a gathering spot. Like meeting at the flagpole if your school burns down. #not_it
There was a G+ messenger thing going on earlier today but it's mobile only. #AlsoNotIt - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
That's a good idea - Rodfather
There's the already-existing group Friendfeeders on FB... - Andrew C (✔)
There were quite a few chatting in the FB group last night/this morning. - Rochelle
Reddit isn't a bad idea since you can have an anonymous username. Unlike FB and G+. - Rodfather
a "sub what now?" old -------------------------> - MoTO Boychick Devil
*touches nose* Not it. - That's So CAJ!
I just went to do it and reddit is now down.Seriously, why can't the Internet work today. Did something bad happen? - Sarah G.
(And Barry....Reddit is the shit. I love it. Much more anonymous than here, though.) - Sarah G.
I didn't know abotu that FF group on facebook. Just sent a request to join, because I have to have somewhere to go. - ellbeecee
I just joined the ALA Thinktank group on FB. Dunno how that will work out. Y'know, there *could* be an LSW circle on G+ &/or an LSW group on FB, just for backup...(I could offer my "libfolk" G+ circle as a starting point, but it may include some non-LSW people.) - Walt Crawford
Most of the people I interact with on FF aren't librarians. - Sarah G.
How does one make a subreddit? - Friar Will
Did you create one, Sarah, or should I? - Friar Will
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