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I have mispronounced Hartlepool all these years. (There were more I didn't know, but I've never had any reason to pronounce them. (Harlepool is a football team.)) - Eivind
Siobhan's adorable. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Chronic mispronouncer of ALL THE THINGS---> - Jenny H.
That was cute. - Stephen Mack
At least all the -cesters (and -minsters) are consistent (and I had those correct!) :-) - Nils Sandin
Nothing like a little bit of local knowledge. Near me are two places, Cosham and Bosham. The first is pronounced more-or-less like it's spelt: cosh'm. The second one is bozz'm. No idea why. - Mark H
Stephen Mack
When our family moved to California from England in 1979 (when I was age 12), my brother Phil and I wanted to visit Santa's Village (in Scott's Valley, off Highway 17 on the way to Santa Cruz) more than any other place in the world. - http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog...
When our family moved to California from England in 1979 (when I was age 12), my brother Phil and I wanted to visit Santa's Village (in Scott's Valley, off Highway 17 on the way to Santa Cruz) more than any other place in the world.
(Image from a blog post by a woman named Wendy Lawton with her own recollections of visiting Santa's Village.) - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
My father had become tired of living in England, feeling that the tax rate had grown too high and the standard of living had grown too low. There was labor unrest (I recall nurses, taxicab drivers, and garbage collectors all being on strike at the same time) and my father wanted to move us to Silicon Valley. But the house he'd bought wasn't ready yet, so when we moved in the Summer of 1979, we rented an apartment in south San Jose, near Cottle Road. - Stephen Mack
At the time, there was a theme park not too far called Frontier Village.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...) There wasn't much to do for us in Summer -- my dad was working, we didn't know anyone, so my mother would take me and my brothers Phil and Rob and sister Jo to Frontier Village quite a bit, until we got sick of it. But we saw signs advertising Santa's Village. - Stephen Mack
The ads made the place look magical: Igloos and cabins and sleigh rides and reindeer and elves and mushroom houses and treehouses and snow. - Stephen Mack
We'd pester my mother endlessly to visit. But it was a long and hot summer, and my mother had zero interest in driving over the Santa Cruz mountains on highway 17 to visit the place. (She was always a bit of a nervous driver, and highway 17 had a deservedly awful reputation as a dangerous highway -- before it was upgraded, it was poorly graded, prone to closure due to rockslides, had [and still has] very windy turns, and was frequently shut down due to accidents.) - Stephen Mack
Occasionally we'd go to the beach in Santa Cruz when my mother was feeling brave enough, so we'd drive by the Village in Scotts Valley, catching brief glimpses of it from out the window. And it seemed like it was shut down -- we thought just for the Summer. - Stephen Mack
It got to the point where we'd built it up in our minds as being greater than Disney World, Sea World, Six Flags and Marine World all rolled into one. - Stephen Mack
Eventually our mother promised us a visit when it got closer to Christmas. - Stephen Mack
It became her go-to stick and carrot. "If you don't clean up your room right now, you can forget about Santa's Village." "Good job on that test. When we visit Santa's Village, you can have an extra reindeer ride." - Stephen Mack
And so then the fateful day in October was settled, and we all bundled up in our VW camper van (my mom always liked VW vans) for our visit. - Stephen Mack
We were all so excited it was indescribable. My youngest brother, Rob, was nearly carsick from the windy road. But we finally took the exit for Santa's Village (called, to this day, "SANTAS VILLAGE ROAD" on the exit sign) and drove into the parking lot. - Stephen Mack
The lot was deserted, but we attributed that to us being early (the flyer we had said it was open at 11, but we got there before 10:30). - Stephen Mack
The gates were padlocked. A sign, with the ink from the letters smeared and leaving trails of ink, said: SANTAS VILLAGE CLOSED FOR REMODEL REOPENING CHRISTMAS 1980 - Stephen Mack
We were heartbroken. - Stephen Mack
We hadn't thought to call ahead. - Stephen Mack
The world wide web was not even in an embryonic stage. So there was no web site to consult. - Stephen Mack
Dejectedly, we got back in the car and eventually settled on the steam train rides at Roaring Canyon in nearby Felton. - Stephen Mack
I don't think it's inaccurate to say I was in tears. - Stephen Mack
I never forgot that sign. Starting in November of 1980, a year later, at age 13, I began calling the phone number of the place to find out when it would re-open. - Stephen Mack
The recording on the phone number had few details ("Ho Ho Ho! You've reached Santa's Village. We are currently closed. Please leave your message for our elves after the beep.") And then one day, the number was disconnected. - Stephen Mack
We would hear rumors of remodels and transactions to re-open the place. - Stephen Mack
Every time we'd drive by, the igloos and mushroom buildings and cabins looked a bit more worn down. - Stephen Mack
By about 1985, when I graduated from high school, there was no longer much sign that there had been a theme park there. And honestly I don't think I really gave up on wanting to visit the place until about then. - Stephen Mack
It lives in my mind and heart today as a metaphor -- for longing, for a promise of enchantment, a broken promise. - Stephen Mack
But someday, I will take my children to Santa's Village. We will ride the sleigh ride. We will visit Santa. We will see elves making toys. We will climb the tree house to survey the snow-lined cabins. Christmas is eternal. Somewhere. Someday. Somehow. - Stephen Mack
-- fin -- - Stephen Mack
**claps** finally!! :) - Ken Gidley
I had the great pleasure of visiting Santa's Village several times as a child - but it was in the San Bernadino Mts in So. Cal., near Big Bear Lake. It shut down in 1998, but rumors of a resurrection exist: http://themeparkadventure.com/santas-... - Ken Gidley
I can understand how disappointing it must have been for you, Stephen. But can you imagine the disappointment in your parents seeing that sign and realizing the stick and carrot was gone? :) - Stephan from iPhone
Ken, wow, fascinating link, thanks -- maybe there is a chance I will one day take my kids to a Santa's Village. - Stephen Mack
Stephan, I'm sure you're right, but it's also balanced against the fact they never had to hear us beg for a visit anymore... :) - Stephen Mack
I'm in a Santa's Village Facebook group (also one for Frontier Village) and it's really cool to see members' old pictures of their visits. Someone even converted old home movies & posted them. I completely understand the longing you describe - it held a very similar thrall over me too, even when I was a teen living in Ben Lomond seeing the abandoned park every day, it felt like something on my childhood to-do list that I'd never gotten to check off. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
This was the completely opposite of our childhood. When we moved to CA, seeing the ads for Santa's Village freaked us out so much, it became a threat with my mother. "If you don't clean your room/eat your veggies/pass that test, I'm going to take you to Santa's Village!" - Anika
Anika: That's awesome. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Stephan
Best word of the day: Sitzpinkler
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EU wants internet firms to hand over encryption keys https://euobserver.com/justice...
EU wants internet firms to hand over encryption keys http://feeds.euobserver.com/c/748/f/9610/s/429554d0/sc/1/l/0Meuobserver0N0Cjustice0C127329/story01.htm
"But critics warn that tech-savvy criminals can also exploit backdoors, leaving users more vulnerable to cyber attacks. “Instead of protecting citizens, it will actually endanger citizens’ net security and trample fundamental rights to data protection and privacy," said German Green MEP Jan Phillip Albrecht in a statement." - Nils Sandin
Stephan
Last time I filled up the truck was November, when fuel prices were already low. I was pleasantly surprised to see it has dropped to Can $0.739 / liter (taxes included).
Saves $50/tank. - Stephan from iPhone
*/me sobbing in a corner* - Xabaras (G.O.)
You're paying under a $1 a gallon for gas, Stephan? - Stephen Mack
I thought that was a per-liter price. - Brian Johns
Ah, that makes sense. - Stephen Mack
I filled up my truck yesterday for 140€, in november it was €180, about the same saving but on *slightly" different basis - Ivan Crema
Ha, Stephen, I wish. This is per liter. (You're probably laughing by now.) -- I edited the post. - Stephan from iPhone
Honestly, with our local taxes, that's still cheaper than here :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Ivan, ouch, that's expensive. It only took 100 liters this morning, I can live with that. - Stephan from iPhone
Jenn (whose name iOS keeps correcting to Ken), this is including taxes. - Stephan from iPhone
You Americans complaining about fuel prices makes me laugh, come over here to UK and your jaws will drop to the floor, bring a pillow to lessen the blow! ;-) - Halil
Oh, I'm not complaining - just comparing. I'm used to our northern neighbors having higher prices, but in this case, the difference is likely tax-related (I don't remember what ours is, but it is very high compared to most of the country.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm this case, I wasn't complaining, more the opposite. If it weren't for these crutches I would have done a happy dance around my truck this morning. :) - Stephan from iPhone
I'm just being cheeky, sorry, wasn't being serious, just having a dig! Sorry if offended! - Halil
When I drove to Michigan for Christmas, my local Chicago station was charging about $2.50, I think, but I had already filled up in the suburbs for $2.09 or so. I made an unplanned stop at the Meijer gas station in Kalamazoo, $1.89. Nice! Leaving Ann Arbor on Christmas evening, the local BP where I usually go was charging $2.19, but they were closed for Christmas. So I went to the TA... more... - bentley
You weren't offending anyone, Halil. Although your "you Americans" was a bit on the edge. :-) - Stephan from iPhone
Sorry about that, didn't mean it the way it sounded and I should of phrased it better, but all I was trying to do and failed in a jestful manner was to say that fuel prices in UK are high. I don't actually drive myself but all the drivers I know always complain about fuel prices and then go on to complain that US prices are much cheaper. - Halil
Absolutely no need to apologize, Halil. The grass is always greener on the other side. Plus, what human being doesn't complain about the weather or the gas prices? - Stephan from iPhone
@Stephan about a hundred liters also here (F150 with a 26 gallons tank) - Ivan Crema from Flucso
That would still hurt my wallet. :) - Stephan from iPhone
I'm just glad we walk or take the train. Gas prices here are frightening. - Jenny H. from Android
Last week I filled up for $2.29 a gallon. Never thought I'd see gas this low again. It's definitely helping me in this crazy busy running-around time. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Saw gas this morning for 1.79! - Jenny
I just filled up Diesel at 1.049 €/L, or $4.58/gal. - Nils Sandin
Current price around here is around £1.04 per litre which is ridiculously low compared to this time about a year and half ago; if I could be bothered to work out what that is in dollars per US gallons I probably still wouldn't. All hail American fracking and the need to compete in the market from the remainder of the world's petroleum producers. - Mark H
most of the fracking in my neck of the woods is for natural gas. it's a disastrous mess. - Big Joe Silence
Oil prices have not yet impacted fracking activity here. (Will not hurt my feelings if it does.) - Stephan from iPhone
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Maryland parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone from park - http://news.nationalpost.com/2015...
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"It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently." - Stephan
“Parenthood is an exercise in risk management,” she said. “Every day, we decide: Are we going to let our kids play football? Are we going to let them do a sleep­over? Are we going to let them climb a tree? We’re not saying parents should abandon all caution. We’re saying parents should pay attention to risks that are dangerous and likely to happen.” - Stephan
Seriously...WTF? I suspect most of our generation were "free range" kids. (Although, we never needed a description of it.) You left in the morning and came home when you were hungry or the streetlights came on. - C to the A to the J..Hey!
My elementary school was a mile walk each way. The authorities didn't seem to have a problem with kids walking that far alone. Only the kindergarteners got a bus ride. Why are we raising entire generations of kids that are going to be totally unprepared for the harsh realities of life? Kids are so much tougher and self-reliant than they're given credit for- if we let them. - Jenny H. from Android
The threats uttered (also checked that link) just don't seem to make sense. At that age my dad had the car so if you wanted to go somewhere we walked. - Stephan from iPhone
>.> If you were a mile or less away you were expected to walk to school when I was wee. - Alix May from iPhone
Sounds like their CPS office doesn't have enough to do! - Jim #teamFFrank
Have western societies become overly protective in general? - Stephan
i wouldn't call this protective. - Big Joe Silence
Well, if we consider walking a mile to home dangerous... - Stephan
I think people see the world as more dangerous and threatening than it is. Which means everyone is expected to act according to worst case scenarios at all times. - Heather
It's one thing that a citizen calls police. It's another matter for them to take it to the next level. - Stephan from iPhone
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RT @slashdot: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone http://news.slashdot.org/story...
RT @slashdot: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone http://bit.ly/1xwhReV
Wow. A whole 20 minute walk. - Joe
I would be livid if someone called the cops because my kids walk to/from school. This is the 3rd time I've heard of such an incident. What kind of twisted brain does it take to call the cops because children are walking. Where and when did laws change saying kids must be chauffered everywhere? - Anika
Kids walking to n from school, the park, wherever, all day in my neighborhood. My busy, dangerous neighborhood. Kids walk. Good grief. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
This is Montgomery county, mind you. They use 5 cop cars for routine traffic stops and yet open air drug markets flourish.In any other jurisdiction any other interactions with police I've had have been polite and respectful. Not in Montgomery county - Christina Pikas
Free Range Kids has been covering this one for a couple of months. - bentley
When I was very little, we lived in a 3-story building next to a park. I remember one specific day, being at the park with my younger sister and a bunch of kids, without our parents, and it was normal. I don't remember the exact age, but I know we still lived there when I was 5 and had already moved when I was 8. So, somewhere in between. This was in Peru. - bentley
I have to wonder about whoever called the police in this case, too. - John (bird whisperer)
And the fact that there is even an investigation? WTAF?? - Big Joe Silence from iPod
Same for me. When I was 5, my grandmother lived a block away from the park. Me & my cousins, (oldest probably 11) would walk to the park. Every once in awhile, my aunt or uncle (in their late teens) would come over to check on us. - Anika
I went to school in Montgomery County & like anywhere else, there were good and not-so-good areas - it's the same now. If these parents assessed the area where the kids would be walking & know their kids' abilities in dealing with any potentially dangerous situation, I can't see why there would be any need to investigate this. - Corinne L
Mary B: #TeamMonique
AG Eric Holder just stopped asset forfeiture, which let police seize assets even of innocent. http://ln.is/busines... via @bi_contributors
AG Eric Holder just stopped asset forfeiture, which let police seize assets even of innocent.   http://ln.is/businessinsider.com/hIx2m via @bi_contributors
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"In dog we trust" sounds a lot more appropriate for a sherrif’s office if you ask me. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news... http://ow.ly/i/8gL18
"In dog we trust" sounds a lot more appropriate for a sherrif’s office if you ask me. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30828694 http://ow.ly/i/8gL18
Is that a druid? - bentley
That was my first impression as well. :) - Stephan from iPhone
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Elevator footage of off-duty police officer Darryl Jouett accidentally shooting himself | Mashable - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Elevator footage of off-duty police officer Darryl Jouett accidentally shooting himself | Mashable
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RT @andrewbloch: A master class in customer service from Lego. Boy writes to Lego after losing a minifigure. Here's their reply... http://t.co/zlDEmXrLgQ
RT @andrewbloch: A master class in customer service from Lego. Boy writes to Lego after losing a minifigure. Here's their reply... http://t.co/zlDEmXrLgQ
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RT @matthewjdowd: This is insane. Prison population in US has increased 800% in 40 years. What a waste of human beings. http://t.co/0HqW2IzK34
RT @matthewjdowd: This is insane.  Prison population in US has increased 800% in 40 years.  What a waste of human beings. http://t.co/0HqW2IzK34
I'm thinking drug laws have a lot to do with that. - Mary Carmen
Especially when in tandem with 'three strikes' laws. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yup. - Mary Carmen
Not only that, the largest percentage of drug-related incarceration is for weed. http://m.huffpost.com/us... - Laura Norvig from iPhone
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Louis Gray
Taking the 100k Steps Fitbit Challenge and Raising Money for Charity - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
Taking the 100k Steps Fitbit Challenge and Raising Money for Charity
On Monday, Stephen and I have a crazy plan to set a new personal record for Fitbit steps. The goal? 100,000 steps in a single day, blowing away my previous personal best by more than 50 percent, and coming close to fifty miles walked - while also helping raise money for Camp Taylor, a free summer camp for children with heart disease, in memory of Riley Norton, the son of my friend and colleague Ken Norton. - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Who's this Stepeh guy? :) - Stephen Mack
No idea STEPHEN. NO IDEA. - Louis Gray
You go guys!! Maybe I'll try to join you for a lap - my next badge is at a measly 25K steps... - Ken Gidley
We'd love to have you for some or all, Ken! That's for everyone else here, too. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hey Bruce, I think @Fitbit should be promoting this on their channels. :) - Louis Gray
What about … sleep?! - Amit Patel
Sleep is a waste of time and unproductive Amit. - Louis Gray
What could be a bigger waste of time than walking? - Todd Hoff
Not walking? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Walking or running for charity is never a waste of time. As a fellow charity racer and Fitbit fanatic, I'm proud of Louis and Stephen for being so awesome! I did 65K during my marathon day (29 miles total including walking to/from the race), so I know y'all can rock this so easy! Kick butt, gentlemen! <3 - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
Thanks Amanda! - Louis Gray
Thanks also from me. - Stephen Mack
@Fitbit did retweet. I hope you hit your fundraising goal! - Bruce Lewis
Bruce, this afternoon we're now $4,405 out of $4,500! - Stephen Mack
Woot, goal made! - Stephen Mack
Yay! - vicster
When I see the post for the picture, all I can think of is the Matterhorn Game from the Price is Right: https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Jason Huebel
And I yodel my little heart out. - Jason Huebel
Stephen Mack
Live FF post for today's #fitbit100k challenge!
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Gah sideways - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Maybe not a great sign that you're already horizontal, but best of luck to you guys! - Eivind
5k done, 95k to go! Louis is a fast walker. Why are we so crazy? My right foot is a little sore. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Good luck, guys! - Jenny H. from Android
Good luck! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Thank you! Dodging bicycles on the Steven's Creek Trail. 8k steps down in 75 mins. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
11k done. Louis is on his second Diet Coke. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
wait, how come he can drink a soda but you can't drink your coffee? nonsense! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
He's more talented at drinking on the move than I am :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
18k steps! Starting to feel it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
20k steps before 9am! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Ken is with us now, yay! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You need a straw - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
I do. 25k done! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Louis. Have a little mercy. Stephen, he is not the boss of you ... srsly, be careful guys. Have fun. - Laura Norvig
Thanks, Laura! 30k achieved. Louis is nearly 2k ahead of me because he doesn't stop moving when I tie my shoe or stop to pee. He. Is. A. Robot. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
He'll take you round the universe and all the other places too, Stephen! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I think you're right, Hig. He's taking me 36k so far -- we're past the one third milestone. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Are you popping ibuprofen to prevent foot swelling/pain? - Meg VMeg
Meg, about to start. I have some blister goo on now thanks to Slacy. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Please consider a donation! https://www.firstgiving.com/fundrai... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
45k now! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
52.5k now. Louis is 56k. Stride difference or device difference? Also he keeps walking when I stop to pee. Grr! The difference is a problem. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Ken G. did 30k or more with us. Great job and thank you, Ken! Edit: 35k - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Don't take any ibuprofen! Rule of thumb when you're doing an endurance event (even walking or hiking). You don't take painkillers of any kind because they can cause kidney and/or liver damage (it screws with your hydration and sodium levels). You have to wait until you've had your first good pee after you've completed your endurance event before you should take a painkiller of any kind. - Hookuh Tinypants
Oops. Good advice. Too late. :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
26.9 miles walked, 58.4k steps. A marathon walked in 10 hours. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
63k but Louis is somehow at 69,800. I can understand him being 2k or 3k ahead but he picked up 1,000 steps on me in the last 20 min while walking the same trail. Something ain't right. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hmm. We did a test. He's currently getting 100 steps while I got 75 -- but we were walking side by side and matching strides. So I'm going to use his count. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We're therefore nearing 75k. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-) - bentley
GO! GO! GOOOOOOOO!!! *shakes pom-poms* - vicster
Thanks, Vicster! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
4 hours to go. Dark again. Why did we do this on the second shortest day of the year. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We just saw a fox. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I have a sneaking suspicion even Louis will sleep well when you're finished. - Eric Logan from iPhone
Stephen, what did the fox say? - bentley
Way to go, Stephen! I walked 200 steps today on one leg, exhausted. :) - Stephan from iPhone
80k! Just told a dirty joke. Louis didn't laugh. #robot - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You two are awesome! - joey
Thanks, Joey! (You're awesome too.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
17k to go. Ankle really hurts on left. Roger is here! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I totally forgot to mention here that my sister walked four hours with us. She rocks. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
85k per Louis's tracker. We're literally on the home stretch. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You are a mach daddy machine! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
This is so cool guys. WAY. TO. GO. - SAM
Keep it up, guys! Awesome work! :)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
90k steps achieved! Also extreme soreness! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
90K! Woooo! - bentley
92k now. Going slowwwww. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Go go go! Slow and steady wins the race my friend. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Thanks, Tamara, Scott, Mary and Betsy! Taking a bench break. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
*sends massaging calf muscle vibes* - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
You guys are in the home stretch! - Brian Johns
Too long a streeeeetch, Sparky. We're limping along now. Roger is holding both our backpacks. 93,857 steps. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Almost there! You've got this! - Jennifer Dittrich
Thanks, Jennifer. Nearly 97k. Last wind - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yay! You got this! - joey
Feels close! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
98,500 - Stephen Mack from iPhone
So! Close! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Last 1k is dog-walking. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yay! I'm so impressed! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Done before 10pm! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Good job! - Ken Gidley from iPhone
100,000 achieved! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Many thanks to Ken, Jo, and Roger for walking with us! And to everyone here for your support! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Congratulations! - joey
And to everyone who donated: THANK YOU SO MUCH - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Congratulations!!! You two are ROCK STARS! - vicster
Woohoo! Great job, Stephen and Louis! - Jenny H. from Android
!!! - Marie
congrats! - imabonehead
Yay!!!! Well done! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Congratulations, Stephen! - Stephan
Well done, guys! I hope you both are resting comfortably. - Corinne L
Thanks all! In the tub. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks for being my amazing partner and for this thread, Stephen! - Louis Gray
This thread is epic! 1) Yes, I am a robot. 2) Yes, I bossed Stephen. 3) Yes, I laughed at his joke. 4) Yes, there was a Fitbit count issue, but I made 100k! 5) I am way sore and not sleeping... BECAUSE you know why. - Louis Gray
Woo-hoo!!!! Congratulations! - bentley
Let us know how your feet feel when you wake up. ;) - April Russo
Stiff, sore, slow. I am old. - Louis Gray
April: I slept in to 11. I think the technical term for how they feel is "not good." - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's too late to advise you guys to ice your legs, but I recommend a hot bath with Epsom salts. Soak for at least 15 minutes. Make sure you get up and move frequently throughout the day. Doesn't need to be fast or long, just enough to keep your muscles from tightening back up. Do some stretches, both static and dynamic. And hydrate like your life depends on it. Also, pull up your Fitbit dashboard or app periodically and stare at your numbers for yesterday. Revel in that. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Excellent advice, Hookuh! I did ice a bit before bath last night, and am doing some more ice today. Epsom salt bath soon. Good idea on the stretches. - Stephen Mack
I've found some short walks to be helpful for me today, along with the stretching. Not so sore that I need ice or espom salt baths today. Definitely had reached my limit yesterday and happy to have stopped then. Don't envy Louis & you today. - Ken Gidley
If by "short walks" I can qualify with "hobbling to and from the kitchen" then I can say I took several short walks today. Fitbit tells me I've taken 270 steps so far today. That's a litttttle bit different from yesterday. (BTW, when I got home last night and realized I needed to take the trash bins down, I was so mad.) - Stephen Mack
That's how I would have felt after about 7K, and it would take me days to recover. I try to stay between 3K and 5K on most days. - April Russo
Just remember - it's not the day after that kills you. It gets worse on the second day after. *runs away* - Hookuh Tinypants
Tinypants!!! (Shakes fist) - Louis Gray
I did more than 9,000 steps today, because I had to do Christmas shopping still, and take kids places. But I've not been dramatically exerting. Over time, the stiffness will subside. - Louis Gray
Just consider it a reminder of your awesomeness. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Stephen Mack
100k! (Minus one.)
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Woo hoo! - Jennifer Dittrich
:) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Did you take that last step??? - Brian Johns
Jump up one last time! - Eric - ill subliminal
The dongle ran out of digits? - Eivind from Android
Nope, it eventually turned. Scared us for a bit, though! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Congrats! - Anne Bouey
Ready to do an ultra marathon with me? :D C'mon. You know you wanna do Western States. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
The tracker jumped from 99,999 to 100,007. That was annoying. :) - Louis Gray
Hookuh: Ask me in about... Three months. Right now I never want to move ever again. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We can totally start small. We can just do a 50K and work our way up to 100K :D - Hookuh Tinypants
Boom! Well done, gentlemen. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Louis Gray
Stephen and I are walking all day today! We just passed 4k Fitbit steps and have 96k to go! #fitbit100k
Good luck! Stay hydrated! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
He won't let me stop for coffee :( Meanie - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Want me to bring you coffee? - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Yvonne, I have a thermos full! He just won't let me stop to drink it :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
what I've heard about this Louis character on here indicates he is not a nice person. no sleep and no coffee? nonsense! also, GO STEPHEN! RAH RAH SIS BOOM! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
16k steps down! Doing very well. You can help sponsor us at https://www.firstgiving.com/fundrai... - Louis Gray from Android
They're more than halfway! - Bruce Lewis
Almost done! - bentley
96,317! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We made it! 100k! We are both so sore and tired, but we managed. - Louis Gray
Congratulations! ^_^ - Farzad
Todd Hoff
Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history...
Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park - Telegraph
"They may be fewer in number and older in years, but the pride in their expressions is undimmed by the passing years. Some of the last of the band of women who helped to crack Nazi codes as part of Britain’s war effort have been reunited for the first time in 70 years. The women, who were then only in their late teens, used Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, to decipher messages exchanged by Hitler’s generals. Now, after a photograph of their team of codebreakers appeared in the Telegraph, they have been reunited at Bletchley Park for the first time since the end of the war. The photograph, which broke secrecy rules, was kept hidden in a desk draw for decades by Joanna Chorley. She discovered it shortly before the 70th anniversary of Colossus, in February." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Maitani
Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World - http://languagesoftheworld.info/bad-lin...
Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World
"A former student of mine drew my attention to a recent article in Slate written by Alyssa Pelish and titled “The Stimulating History of Coffee: Why You Hear This Word Around the World” (the image on the left is reproduced from the article). Pelish starts with a little thought-experiment about how one would order a coffee while travelling around the world: Kaffee in Berlin, caffè in Rome, kofi in Lagos, Nigeria, kŏfī in Delhi, India, and кофе (pronounced /’kofè/) in St. Petersburg, Russia. She correctly points out that these words sound alike in many languages, describing these words very poetically as “the two reliable syllables, the seesaw of vowel sounds punctuated by velar stops and fricatives”. I am not sure about the reliability of syllables or how one would go about measuring it, or whether the alternating consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel (CVCV) pattern can be called a “seesaw”. But the explanation Pelish provides for why these ‘coffee’ words are so similar the world over is entirely wrong and ignorant." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Interesting idea. Jynnan tonix all round while we discuss. - Technodad from iPhone
Todd Hoff
New Photographs Released Of London’s Subterranean Infrastructure Network - http://www.archdaily.com/576495...
New Photographs Released Of London’s Subterranean Infrastructure Network
New Photographs Released Of London’s Subterranean Infrastructure Network
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Sarah G.
RT @stevesilberman: "Religious liberty" stripped bare: MI GOP passes bill that allows doctors and EMTs to decline to treat gay people. http://www.thenewcivilrightsmo...
RT @stevesilberman: "Religious liberty" stripped bare: MI GOP passes bill that allows doctors and EMTs to decline to treat gay people. http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/breaking_michigan_house_passes_religious_license_to_discriminate_bill
Mark H
Stephan
"The survey is completely confidential." "The link is uniquely tied to your email address." Eh, no thanks, employer.
Mark H
Leo Laporte
Accessing Netflix in Another Country: The Tech Guy 1139 - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Accessing Netflix in Another Country: The Tech Guy 1139
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Mark H
America at the Trump hotel: The food is amazing – but you shouldn’t eat here, ever - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life...
America at the Trump hotel: The food is amazing – but you shouldn’t eat here, ever
"The female bar staff here wear the shortest uniforms I’ve ever seen in a restaurant, anywhere. (The male staff wear regular clothing.) One of them stops every few minutes to yank her skirt bottom down, so it more completely covers her. It’s not sexy. It’s degrading. Her face is blank and white. America’s management calls its bottle-service staff “our team of stunning ‘America girls.’” Young, leering men and old leering suits pour into America in the evenings. If you build it, creeps will come." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"One evening, a Wednesday last month, we had ordered the $58 lobster Rockefeller and a $37 plate of milk-fed pork, as well as a bunch of appetizers. The appetizers arrived and we started in on them. And then roughly four minutes later the mains arrived, too. One of the servers kept referring to the lobster as “Henry” – as in, “How is Henry?” and, “Are you finished working on Henry?” I... more... - Mark H
"The second time I ate at America, I tried to check in at the hostess stand when I arrived. The two women working there were having a conversation between themselves, not two feet in front of me. They didn’t look up. It was as if I didn’t exist. This continued for most of a minute. Awkward. I told them the reservation name; they said the rest of my party hadn’t arrived yet. They showed... more... - Mark H
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Mark H
Amir
This Is What Happens When The President Sits Down Next To You At A Cafe - Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is...
This Is What Happens When The President Sits Down Next To You At A Cafe - Business Insider
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