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Ken Morley
Canadian Netflix Hell -
Canadian Netflix Hell
"I'm American, but I've spent a big chunk of the last eight years in Canada, first for affordable education, and then for love. Canada is a gentle foster motherland, suckling me on her polite, maple-flavored bosom. But Netflix here is some bootleg FUBAR bullshit." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
"My long (non)-national nightmare with Canadian Netflix began two years ago, when I left the U.S. for Toronto. I'd lived in Montreal years before, but Netflix streaming wasn't a thing then. [Sidebar: I can't even imagine how shitty a Netflix: Quebec would be if the province ever fulfilled its separatist goals. It would literally just be the movie C.R.A.Z.Y. and old clips of Bon Cop Bad... more... - Ken Morley
"I tried to stave off my homesickness by introducing my Canadian friends to the liberal '90s screwball utopia of The West Wing, but apparently Canada hasn't forgiven Sorkin for Studio 60. Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Louie all vanished north of the 49th parallel. Altogether, Canada has fewer than half the available titles that the U.S. version of Netflix offers, which is probably... more... - Ken Morley
"Most Canadians I know get sweaty palms about jaywalking but don't think twice about rerouting their Netflix to the south, because if there's anything worse than not having something you want, it's not having something you want and watching your neighbor enjoy it" - Ken Morley
"fewer than half" - where's the data supporting this percentage statement? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"My friends were referring to the 10,000 titles that American Netflix users enjoy, in contrast to the options available on Netflix Canada, which currently amounts to about 4,000." - - Andrew C (✔)
I used to bemoan the (relative) lack of choice on Netflix. Then, I stopped watching it so much. Now, it's just right :) - Brent Schaus
Andrew, SEAN FITZGERALD, columnist, states the numbers but doesn't cite a source. - Micah
Netflix. The stuff people in the sticks can only dream of. (Friends living in these things called cities are raving about it.) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
It's good for old series, but the movies pretty much suck. Also, the interfaces on various boxes (e.g. Apple TV, TiVo, Roku) also kind of suck. Come to think of it, I should really cancel my subscription. The TV I spend the most time watching is SF Giants games. - Professor A.I.
Netflix Norway has a very tiny amount of programs to offer. Too bad, because I finally live somewhere where I can stream content. - Jenny H. from Android
Emily (talking to an imaginary friend): Do you want cake? Do you want cake? DO YOU WANT CAKE??!!!!" #fb
Either her imaginary friend is hard of hearing or ignoring her. - Melly
Hehe, but at least she is sharing. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
The cake was made of wooden blocks ^_^ - Melly
The cake was a lie? - Amit Patel
Her imaginary friend also could have been droning on and on about the merits of pie. - April Russo
IT'S THAT OR DEATH! - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
Gives last name to Starbucks to avoid mispronounced first name; mispronounces last name. #problems
Taking nominations for alias I should provide instead: - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Restrict it to single syllable names maybe? - Stephan Planken
Lieutenant Starbuck of the Colonial Service - Kevin Johnson
MICHAH - Spidra Webster
People mispronounce "Micah?" How does one do that? - Friar Will
My kid just goes by "9" - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
"FRIEND" - Amit Patel
Friar, regarding my name there are more interpretations than a jazz festival at a pentecostal church. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Truck - Ken Morley
I say "Mary". It works pretty well. - Meg VMeg
Pentecostal churches now have jazz festivals? Things have changed since my Church of God days as a child and teen. - Friar Will
I've got to quit mix metaphoring. - Micah
Of course, no one who attends a pentecostal church would ever mispronounce your name. :^) - Friar Will
How about "Meep"? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
I've heard both MEE-cah and MY-CAH for each of the sexes so I'm always confused. :/ - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I'm Ivan on all call-when-food-or-drink-is-ready things. It works pretty well, as I'm usually the only Ivan. They mostly don't even say "Ivan the Terrible? *big grin*" when I give my name. - Eivind
Just tell them your name is Friendfeeder. That way, when they announce it, if any of us are there, we will be alerted of your presence. - April Russo
I usually use Kiki, but even then they'll sometimes ask how to spell it. - Kirsten
Try Uli, that'll throw them every time. :-| - Uli
I always say Sue but I'm hoping to start saying Emma instead. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I generally tell them my name is "Curtiss", and they usually spell it "Kurtis". My favorite, though, was the time they spelled it "Ernis" - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Today is Chili Dog Day. Guess what Jayden made me promise to make for dinner?
Spaghetti? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Stephan Planken
Stephan - I thought you liked me *sulks* - Heleninstitches
I couldn't resist. :-) Please accept my sincere apologies, Helen, you are a wonderful person. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Hahahaaaaaaaaaaa! - Melly
Eric - For You Wack MCs!
Happy birthday to my always wonderful wife!
Happy birthday, Elena! - Anika
Thanks, Anika! - Elena
Happy birthday! :D - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Happy birthday, Elena! - Anne Bouey
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy Birthday, Elena! - joey
Happy birthday :) - Eivind
Happy Birthday, Elena! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday, Elena! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy Birthday, Elena! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy birthday Elena! - Corinne L
Happy Birthday!!! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Jim: with more caffeine!
Have a wonderful birthday! - Sucker DJ LB
Happy dappy! - Spidra Webster
Happy birthday, Elena! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Thanks, everyone! Could not have asked for a better day! - Elena
Aw, I missed it! Hope you enjoyed your day Elena! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday, Elena! - Tamara J. B.
Stephan Planken
Sophie just singlehandedly dressed Sarah, complete with matching outfit and a fresh pull-up. :)
Aww. :) Soon she'll be babysitting! - Jenny H. from Android
She helped getting Sarah dressed again; most of the clothes were backwards or inside out. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
:) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Big sister knows the best ... :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Saturday was a fluke. Lol! - Yvonne from FFHound!
She's getting better at it; at times she feels the need to show off her skills to either her sister or us or both, it seems. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
"[A]s vicars and representatives on earth of their national god regarded as standing well above all other gods, they felt it their duty to impose the cult of Ashur in what was for them the whole world."
"This in general could only be achieved by force, but it did not matter since the king's enemies were ipso facto the god's enemies and therefore wicked devils who deserved to be punished whatever they had done. Thus, brigandry and occasional massacres were justified by the politico-religious ideology of the Assyrians; each of their campaigns was a measure of self-defence, an act of gangsterism but also a crusade." - Eivind
Ancient Iraq by Georges Roux - Eivind
The world hasn't changed much. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
The Assyrians are possibly the inventors of the "crusade," but the idea has certainly caught on in later history. - Eivind
I think you'd really like this book (if you haven't already read it), Maitani, even if it is a bit dated in some areas. I loved it :) - Eivind
Thank you, Eivind! I hadn't heard of it, and have put it on my soon-to-purchase-list now. :-) - Maitani
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Got my ring back safe & sound! A great mom saved it knowing it wasn't a toy. I can breathe easier but now I need a better storage solution!
a lock box that requires a two key system and a retinal eye scan - Sir Shuping is just sir
Eye scans can be tricked. I need some Mission Impossible type vault up in here. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Just wear all the rings. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
So glad you got it back! Thank goodness for great, savvy moms :D - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm glad too! I'm taking that ring and another to get the "grips" on the stones tightened. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Sarah G.
CAPS LOCK is a privilege, not a right.
I have been dying to write an AHK script to install on some people's computers, that will remap their caps lock key and turn it into a hotkey to display a big message box with a big paragraph in all caps, explaining all the reasons why you should not type in all caps. - April Russo
In CAD drawings, all caps is all I use. Sometimes these are printed on small sheets so it helps people with poor eye sight. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Stephan Planken
It will be a very early day tomorrow. And just as I wanted to close my laptop down it started to act up; the software that I need for the week doesn't want to open my project files without crashing. JFC.
:( I hope it straightens out for you. How frustrating! - Spidra Webster
Thanks! Long story short: I have the project files open and recompiled. It seems so fragile, so unreliable. Tomorrow, I will be commissioning new equipment somewhere; hopefully everything will cooperate. But now: to bed! - Stephan Planken
:( - Janet from FFHound!
Arrived on site and my laptop is doing the same thing, can't open my project files. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Oh no. Not a great way to start a Monday. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Hehe, there's so much else going wrong today that my laptop is the least of my worries. :-) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Stephen Mack
A day at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.
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The kids had crawdads, kangaroo, frogs legs, and a lot of alligator. Sophie tried escargot as well. And garlic ice cream of course. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Your children are too darn cute! - Janet from FFHound!
My cousin was there and brought some food. Tried some garlic chips, garlic bread, and some stuffed mushrooms. So good. It must have been hot there. - Rodfather from Android
Rod, it was 93 mid-afternoon. We spent a lot of time in the shade and in the rain room. The mister bottle helped. I heard yesterday was 97. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It was around mid 90s in Willow Glen. I think it'll be cooler tomorrow. - Rodfather from Android
Great photos, Stephen, must have been fun (except for the heat). - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Looks like a great time was had by all! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Dude, you are the coolest dad. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Stephan Planken
Entering hotel expenses is a nightmare. Let an accountant handle it and charge that to the company. #rate #tax #levy #fee #gst #itemization
Canada more complicated? - Nils Sandin
We use Concur and it requires itemization of all the fees, taxes, levies, etc. I'm so close, I'm just one penny off and I can't get it to accept my numbers. Travel is bad, but entering this shit upon return is just the devil. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
VICTORY! I was able to spoof some numbers just to satisfy the total amount. It doesn't auto calculate the tax (which is now 1¢ off) so I'm sure the accountant will return this with an angry note but I shall claim innocence. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Monique Judge
It's my birthday!! 🎂
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MO! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Happy HAPPY - WarLord
happy birthday :) - Pete
Happy Birthday!!! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy bday! - holly #ravingfangirl
Happy Birthday!!! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy Birthday! - Jessie
Happy birthday! - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Happy birthday :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday, gorgeous! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy Birthday, Momo! - Bren from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Jed
Happy birthday! - Corinne L
Happy Birthday! - Mo Kargas
Happy birthday!! I hope it's fabulous! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Happy Birthday, Monique. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Happiest Momo Day, dear friend!!! I'm so glad you were born! You pretty much rock and should keep rockin' it. Hard. I love you. I mean it. xoxox - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Thank you everyone! - Monique Judge
happy bday superwoman - Steve C
A very happy birthday to you! - Galadriel C. from Android
Happy birthday, Momo! - Anne Bouey
Happy birthday and many more, dear. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Happy birthday - mimsin
Happy birthday. <3 - Alix May
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy birthday! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Betsy from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Birthday Momo! xx - Melly
Thank you all! You are an amazing group of people, and I love you. 😍 😍 😍 - Monique Judge from Android
Stephan Planken
Telemarketers: if someone indicates no interest and hangs up, please don’t aggravate by calling back. Persistence v annoyance.
Agreed. Calling back every day is beyond annoying. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
This lady called back right away. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I need to find out who our HR people are in this office.
Uh-oh. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yep. It's bad. People fitting to get themselves fired. For what? Because we're asking questions? Oh no ma'am. You don't get to have an attitude with me. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
And the thing is I don't think HR knows about this person's poor treatment of her colleagues. I'm going one level up to discuss with the warning that I was going to go to HR directly but wanted to let him know first. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Geez. Sounds horrible. Good luck, Zu. - Stephen Mack
Thanks, Stephen. I'll need it. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Hopefully you'll get somewhere. In our company, HR doesn't really stand for anything. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
To provide an update: I still haven't been able to meet with the next higher up because he's always in meetings. I'm not sticking around until after EOD to talk about this. I'm thinking I just go to HR directly. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Talked to her superior. He will take care of it without mentioning me at all. So we'll see if that has any affect. Otherwise I'll gather a posse to talk to HR about it because I don't want to be the only one pointing a finger. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Stephan Planken
In my head I did a happy dance around the office, with "another one bites the dust" playing in my head with the imaginary volume at ten. In reality, however, I maintained my usual poker face.
Clicking "delete" from the phone directory feels so good. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Shannon - GlassMistress
I was asked to make an Instagram bead, how'd I do?
Very well! - Pete
Do you think its recognizable? I thought it came out well but I dont use Instagram so I wasnt sure anyone else would know what it was. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Very nice! I recognized it right away without reading the post first. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Great! I got a little messy on the colors (tiny + 45 yr old eyes = messy) but was hoping it still worked. It took a ridiculous amount of time for such a small bead :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Stephen Mack
I'll take Things You Don't Want To Find In Your Tire for $100, Alex.
:( That happened to me once and it SUCKS. - Spidra Webster
Nailed it, Spidra. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-( No Bueno. - vicster: full-bodied
Small enough that it can be fixed with a plug? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I am a magnet for road metal too. - Janet
Stephan, unfortunately not. It was close to the wheel well and angled in a way that caused an irreparable buckle. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-( - Amit Patel
I should put a magnet in front of my tires to avoid this. Bummer dude! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Sorry, Stephen, that's very unfortunate. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
That's the worst. Just happened to me recently on a month-old tire. (Guess who didn't get road hazard insurance? Yup.) - CAJ hates pants
They have road hazard ins? Damn - Janet from FFHound!
I've had a slow leak in my tire for a while. Finally got it fixed today and while I expected them to find a hole, I didn't expect them to find a nail! - Spidra Webster
Mary B: #TeamMonique
Happy birthday, Jed!
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy birthday, Jed :) - Eivind from Android
Happy birthday! - Corinne L
Happy Birthday. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Happy Birthday stud! - Steve C
Happy birthday! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy birthday, Jed. - Betsy
Happy Jed Day! - Sucker DJ LB
Happy birthday, Jed! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Soup in a TARDIS
Happy birthday! - Jennifer Dittrich
Thanks so much everyone! - Jed from iPhone
Happy Jed Day! I'm glad you were born! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Thank you! - Jed from iPhone
Stephan Planken
Another day, another tornado warning. (I'm more afraid of the potential for large hail.)
Not having an awesome summer up there? - Eivind from Android
Not really. The weather is so fucked up. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Laura Norvig
Thanks for the bday wishes @penguinasana !
Happy birthday, Laura! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy birthday, Laura! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy birthday, Laura! - RepoRat
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday! - Corinne L
Happy birthday, Laura! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy you day! - Sucker DJ LB
Happy birthday! - Betsy
Stephan Planken
RT @matthew_d_green: If you own an iPhone and wonder how Apple is (or isn't) protecting your data. via @JZdziarski
RT @matthew_d_green: If you own an iPhone and wonder how Apple is (or isn't) protecting your data. via @JZdziarski
That PDF is quite revealing. iOS is less secure than I would have thought. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
That packet sniffer section is crazy. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Isn't it? What would be the purpose of that on people's devices, not during development? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
But also the deceiving idea that content is encrypted when the device is locked. Nope. On the other hand, it must not be so easy for law enforcement to get access to an iPhone's content else they wouldn't need Apple. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Stephan Planken
While driving through the city Sophie thought that every building taller than our house was a sky scraper.
She also thought that every traffic light was a traffic jam. Well, it is, just a temporary one. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
She's so darn cute! - Tamara J. B.
Hehe, I'm just being a bad parent, never having properly explained the topics of urban life. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Stephan Planken
This month's phone bill is going to be insane. (But it's all work-related and my employer pays my bill.)
That's nice they pay the bill! - Tamara J. B.
Occasionally they remind me that they should provide me with a phone. But I'm quite happy with my iPhone. They can't track the device and I control it. So this solution is slightly more expensive to them but it keeps everybody happy. (If you know how little they pay per minute it makes you realize we are all getting screwed.) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Victor Ganata
Blergh. I can't tell if the hard drive on my iPod Classic is starting to crap out or if iTunes is just a horrendous piece of shit.
What's happening with it? My HD-based iPod broke down after 4 years or so. Clicking noises, freezing... eventually it just died. - Andrew C (✔)
One of these two is absolutely true. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I've heard people run SpinRite on their classic iPods, by the way. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
It's just taking forever to sync now. Just a few days ago it took maybe two minutes. But that was before I made the mistake of updating to the newest point release of iTunes. - Victor Ganata
I kind of wish they made high capacity flash-based iPods, even if they cost a ridiculous amount. I drop my iPods way too much for moving parts to survive very long. - Victor Ganata
I would absolutely upgrade to a 128 GB ipod touch if they made one. - Andrew C (✔)
Stephan Planken
Took the day off to visit my boss in the hospital. Sophie wants to come with me so it will be a great ride to the city.
Wouldn't that qualify as a business trip? ;-) - Nils Sandin
It is, but since I brought Sophie along I just took the day off. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
J's class is going to the bowling alley today. Got him to quit goofing off & comb his hair by telling him there might be girls there...
:-) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Monique Judge
RT @steenfox: Me. RT @BostonGlobe Man uses blowtorch to kill spider in his laundry room, starts fire
RT @steenfox: Me. RT @BostonGlobe Man uses blowtorch to kill spider in his laundry room, starts fire
It would be really tragic if the spider survived. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Lmaooo. For real for real. - Monique Judge
Victor Ganata
If MH17 *wasn't* hit by a missile, would we ever find out?
So far, I don't think that anyone has any evidence it was a missile, other than people stating it was. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Maybe it's just the streams I'm following in the social-media-verse, but the missile strike theory seems to be the most dominant narrative, and popular narratives have a way of trumping evidence or the lack thereof. - Victor Ganata
Even PRI and BBC World Report seem to be pushing this narrative. - Victor Ganata
Pretty sure they know it's a missile. Some inside sources (w/in US Intelligence) have even identified the type of missile. - Glen Campbell
Joe Biden said the plane had "been shot down, not an accident. Blown out of the sky." based off US intelligence. I doubt we will see definitive evidence so close to the incident. - Johnny
The FAA also warned U.S. airlines about flying over Ukraine in April "Due to the potential for conflicting Air Traffic Control (ATC) instructions from Ukrainian and Russian authorities and for the related potential misidentification of civil aircraft, United States (U.S.) flight operations are prohibited until further notice in the airspace over Crimea, the Black Sea, and the Sea of Azov,". - Johnny
"Missile strike" is definitely the prevailing narrative and there seem to be good reasons supporting that as the cause, but, still, I can't help but remember the Maine, is all. - Victor Ganata
That FAA warning mentions nothing about the possibility of being shot out of the air, though. I suppose one could infer that possibility from "potential misidentification of civil aircraft" but I'm not sure this is evidence that the FAA foresaw this type of incident. - Victor Ganata
You gotta admit, Colin Powell and Edward Snowden are like a one-two punch against the credibility of U.S. intelligence. - Victor Ganata
"for the related potential misidentification of civil aircraft" is a way of someone saying fighter jets and missiles may make mistakes without saying it directly. Pretty standard fair when describing flight paths through conflict areas. Plus a military cargo plane and a military fighter jet was downed earlier this week. - Johnny
Not to mention reports of rebels parading their cache of anti-aircraft missiles through towns in the area. - Johnny
Still, that warning was in April. I'm not sure it was widespread knowledge that Russian sympathists in the Ukraine were sufficiently armed to be able to take down planes flying at high altitude. Getting accidentally taken down by Ukrainian or Russian armed forces is a slightly different hazard. - Victor Ganata
If the Iraq War taught me anything, it's to beware of U.S. intelligence bearing casūs belli. - Victor Ganata
The S-200 rocket that brought down Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 in 2001 was fired from Crimea. It's not that much of a stretch to be cautious given the separatists stormed the army bases early on and may have gained access to such weapons. The FAA was correct in issuing the warning then. I appreciate what you're saying re intelligence but this one isn't some Dick Cheney fiction. - Johnny
Even if it was a missile, there are still at least a couple of possibilities, though, like Ukrainian loyalists trying to make the separatists look bad or the Russian military actually f-ing up and blaming it on the separatists to stave off economic blowback and/or all-out war. Not that I know what the ramifications of any of this would actually be. But just because Dick Cheney isn't... more... - Victor Ganata
That's a different discussion. Who isn't what. I'm not chasing you down that rabbit hole. - Johnny
I dunno, I'm thinking that the discussion of "what" inevitably leads to "who", especially when it's a human directed cause like a missile. - Victor Ganata
Well, I know it's not just me. "It is unclear whether the missile was fired from inside Ukrainian or Russian territory and who fired it, the official added." (from April's post ) - Victor Ganata
Who is a wide open field. What is quickly becoming narrower. What might lead to who did it but I have no info on that so I can't speak to it. - Johnny
I have to admit, U.S. intelligence admitting they don't know the details does make their analysis seem more credible. - Victor Ganata
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