Stephen Mack

Stephen Mack

I'm a resident of Silicon Valley, father of two young children, an employee of TiVo (over 16 years now), and I care about things.
#saturdayff I was in Journalism in high school, and it was pretty much wild west. This was 1985, my senior year, and we'd type up the stories in some crazy word processor on Apple IIs, save them to floppy and print them out on our dot matrix printers to edit them, then use the floppies on an Apple III to send the stories to a typesetter that
was the size of a small room. - Stephen Mack
Photographs were developed in a dark room. We'd half tone them, crop by hand, run them through a machine that added sticky lines to the back, and then lay out the typeset copy and photos by hand. - Stephen Mack
Being high school students, we'd basically leave most of the work until the last night. And then a couple of dozen of us would stay up until 11pm or midnight to finish. The editor and his girlfriend, Bill and Karen, would drive the proofs over to the printer in San Jose (which was owned by Last Gasp Publishing, an interesting company with a 40 year history as a printer and publisher, well known for several underground comics they distributed). - Stephen Mack
Each year, the last issue of the year was our biggest issue. We'd run advertisements from parents to congratulate their students who were graduating, and students would take out ads to send messages to each other. In addition to whatever stories we had on graduation or summarizing the year, there were other silly traditions, like seniors writing "wills" to leave behind things for the juniors and sophomores and freshman. Laying out that final edition was a huge amount of work. - Stephen Mack
Earlier that year, the movie Terminator had come out. Many of the seniors were really taken by the movie, and in order to take up space and make the layout easier, we'd add in a LOT of ads last-minute written by the people working late on the paper. Some of these last minute ads were just Terminator quotes. - Stephen Mack
One guy, a friend of mine, George J., printed out one that said, "YOU'RE TERMINATED FUCKER." And pasted it on. - Stephen Mack
We debated it internally, because we felt it might be a bit too much. - Stephen Mack
We'd crossed the line several times earlier in the year. We were given a great deal of autonomy. I'd been on the journalism team for three years, each time with a different teacher. And each time the teacher really didn't get involved that much in the actual layout of the paper. They'd give us guidance, grade us, give lectures on journalism and help us assign stories, but 99% of the content and editing -- and certainly all of the late night layout work -- was up to us. - Stephen Mack
George had run an interview with a local artist mid-year that had included the word "shit." Bill, the editor, didn't want to replace it with "s--t" or change it to "crap" or otherwise adulterate it. So despite some (including the teacher, I believe named Mr. Penner that year) editing it, last minute Bill had put "shit" back in the paper and ran it. - Stephen Mack
He got in pretty big trouble with the superintendent, but he was an articulate defender of his decision, and threatened to bring in lawyers to defend his free speech rights. There had been some interesting precedents set in the '80s about high school papers and the first amendment, so at that time the pendulum looked like it was swinging Bill's way, so the administration backed down. - Stephen Mack
(It also helped that the art teacher wrote a letter to the editor supporting the language and calling it a huge milestone in journalistic integrity.) - Stephen Mack
But even Bill felt that "YOU'RE TERMINATED FUCKER" might have been too far over the line. So he and George and several others of us that night settled on "YOU'RE TERMINATED F----R" instead. - Stephen Mack
As it happened, someone changed the page order last minute, and something quite unfortunate occurred, which we didn't notice: The ad fell next to an "In Memoriam" article, about every faculty member, school worker, and student who had passed away that year. - Stephen Mack
I'll digress here about my friend Jim Silberman. Jim was one of the most vivid personalities I have ever met. I'd been close friends with him in 7th and 8th grade, and hung out with him a lot in high school, although we'd drifted apart by our senior year. He was wiry, red-headed, freckled, a geek's geek who could converse about any science fiction author you'd name, athletic, creative, hilarious, and on top of all that, he was an excellent actor -- a natural performer. - Stephen Mack
He would take part in the school plays and variety shows each year, and he always was the most charismatic person on stage. - Stephen Mack
Early in our senior year, while going for a run, Jim had a heart attack and passed away. He'd had an undiagnosed heart condition, and it killed him. - Stephen Mack
I remember his funeral vividly. - Stephen Mack
In particular, I remember our honors English teacher, Mr. Johsens (a tall and imposing man, a strict but gifted teacher), completely lose it at the church, his sobs the loudest I'd ever heard in my life. When I gave him a hug after the service, his grip was iron. - Stephen Mack
George's "YOU'RE TERMINATED F----R" ad was now on the page directly opposite Jim's picture. And no one had noticed. - Stephen Mack
We didn't finish up that deadline night until maybe 2am. Bill drove over the paper to the printer as usual (they knew we were always late), and most of us spent a few more hours at Denney's before catching an hour or two of rest before our senior ditch day trip to Santa Cruz scheduled for the next afternoon after a minimum day. - Stephen Mack
When we came in the next morning, and grabbed the papers from our Journalism class to distribute around the school, we saw Mr. Penner. He didn't say a word. - Stephen Mack
And in fact, he had no words for any of us that day, or for the rest of the week. - Stephen Mack
He had picked up the paper at 6am, and seen what we did. He had then taken a black felt marker and heavily crossed out the "YOU'RE TERMINATED F----R" ad so that it was illegible. And he'd done this by hand, for each of the 1200 or so copies of the newspaper. - Stephen Mack
I honestly can't remember feeling as much shame as what I felt that morning. I don't even know if I (or if any of us) apologized or thanked him for what he'd done. We just realized we'd fucked up, and we thought about it for all that day in school and later on the rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. - Stephen Mack
If you're still out there, Mr. Penner: Thank you. And we're sorry. We were a bunch of entitled, privileged, foolish high school kids. We should have known better. - Stephen Mack
Jim, RIP. I think about you often. - Stephen Mack
(Disclaimer: The above happened 30 years ago. My memory is not totally reliable. I may be conflating or confusing some names and dates and the order of events. But I think it's more or less accurate.) - Stephen Mack
Our typesetter was a senior named Dave Borrison, and he was one of only two people who knew how to work the beast of a typesetting machine. There was a note from the year before, from then-editor Karen, listing a style guide that she had wanted each story to end with a symbol that was similar to "ᴥ." We never ended our stories that way. Dave had scrawled a line on the style guide note that said, "great idea maybe next year" and we went on typesetting things without that symbol. - Stephen Mack
I am not sure why this high school memory came to me, but with FriendFeed passing away in 11 days, I am pretty sure my last post here will be, "YOU'RE TERMINATED F----R." - Stephen Mack
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Thanks for sharing and for keeping the #SaturdayFF tradition alive, Stephen! - Louis Gray
Louis, thanks for starting this tradition. It has grown to mean a lot to me. - Stephen Mack
Hopefully you will continue to post these on frenf.it, Stephen. - Stephan Planken
I'm certain I will, Stephan. - Stephen Mack
I love your stories, Stephen. :) - Jenny H. from Android
It's not about the nail. http://www.youtube.com/watch...
It's not about the nail. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4EDhdAHrOg
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This is a set up (funny, but a set up). I want someone to do the opposite perspective. - Stephen Mack
Hello Europe. How's your day so far?
Cold. Wet. Like an establishing shot for a spy thriller ;) - Pete's Got To Go
And you, Stephen? - Pete's Got To Go
Snowpocalyptic. - Eivind
I'm not in Europe, but my day is about to be done. Nap time soon. - Julian
Good, Stephen. Knitting, watching The Americans, avoiding the snow. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Pete, I was talking with a friend going through a hard time last night, and didn't sleep well. But I got the kids to school on time and have answered some e-mails and had coffee, so the day has improved. - Stephen Mack
Eivind, take some pictures! Stay safe. - Stephen Mack
Julian, I hope you get that nap and that it helps. - Stephen Mack
Jenny, that sounds wonderful. What are you knitting? - Stephen Mack
getting better: drinks incoming. - Angelo
Salut, Angelo. - Stephen Mack
There are some moments where I feel the repeated daily cycles are Sysiphean. Spent all day Wednesday answering e-mails, and there were several hundred more in the morning. Making breakfast for the kids -- wait, didn't they just eat yesterday? They need to eat AGAIN? How did all these clothes get dirty? I just washed them a week ago. My step count reset to zero? But I didn't even make my goal yesterday. - Stephen Mack
Last night, at some dark middle of the night, hearing the soft snores of sleeping young people in other rooms of the house, hearing some urgent sirens rising and falling in the distance in response to some unknown but likely temporary crisis, the endless energy and effort required seemed overwhelming. But this morning is just another day. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, *hugs*. - joey
(Stephen) - Pete's Got To Go
wet n windy in London - Halil
Just completed a 3.12 mi run - I am not a heat runner. Oof. http://rnkpr.com/a8v3n13 #RunKeeper
Just completed a 3.12 mi run - I am not a heat runner. Oof. http://rnkpr.com/a8v3n13 #RunKeeper
The CEO of Lufthansa, pictured here in a press conference regarding the awful air disaster of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the Swiss Alps, is Carsten Spohr. I went to high school with him. He was an exchange student from Germany who graduated with me from Saratoga in 1985. - http://www.ibtimes.com/lufthan...
The CEO of Lufthansa, pictured here in a press conference regarding the awful air disaster of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the Swiss Alps, is Carsten Spohr. I went to high school with him. He was an exchange student from Germany who graduated with me from Saratoga in 1985.
This is just a small and coincidental personal connection I have to one part of this horrible event. I wasn't friends with Carsten, but I had several classes with him and remember him well. I had no idea he'd become CEO of a major company. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Ad of the Day: Taco Bell Launches Cold War Against McDonald's With Propaganda Imagery [Adweek] - http://www.adweek.com/news...
Ad of the Day: Taco Bell Launches Cold War Against McDonald's With Propaganda Imagery [Adweek]
Ad of the Day: Taco Bell Launches Cold War Against McDonald's With Propaganda Imagery [Adweek]
Ad of the Day: Taco Bell Launches Cold War Against McDonald's With Propaganda Imagery [Adweek]
From the article: "Egg McMuffins aren't just mediocre pastries stuffed with microwaved eggs, bright yellow cheese and ham product. They are a form of tyranny. That, at least, is the upshot of 'Routine Republic,' a riveting and surreal new Taco Bell campaign from Deutsch. A year after the agency cheekily hired a bunch of guys named Ronald McDonald to celebrate the Mexican-themed fast-food chain's first foray into breakfast, the shots at the Golden Arches are barely masked. In the three-minute centerpiece ad below, McDonald's affable but intrinsically creepy mascot is reimagined as a sunken-eyed Stalinist clown (though perhaps bearing closer resemblance to Mao). He rules over a small army of look-alikes and an oppressed proletariat in a decrepit, cloistered city with a beefy security apparatus. Run-of-the-mill breakfast sandwiches are his preferred method of subjugation." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Via Kevin Fox (https://twitter.com/kfury...): "Ignore nutritional value of both sides and revel in the awesomeness of this Taco Bell Divergent/1984 McD attack ad: http://www.adweek.com/news..." - Stephen Mack
This ad is amazingly well done, and I'd watch a feature-length movie like this. But, as the article says, "the frivolous McDespot comparison is also perhaps a touch insensitive, given, you know, the mass killings and other atrocities that marked the Stalinist and Maoist regimes." - Stephen Mack
I agree that the commercial is well done! The only point it lost me was when the punk song started playing. It's such a canonical rebellious song that it felt like it didn't fit. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
But in light of the darkness of the "Stalinist and Maoist" themes, the ending was fun & light enough to bring the viewer back to reality. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I dunno, I think it's in the same vein as all dystopian fiction, though. I don't think anyone would ever accuse, say, Orwell or Aldous Huxley or Suzanne Collins as being "insensitive" to victims of real totalitarian regimes. The other thing is that I think it's more of a parody of corporatocratic crony capitalist regimes more than of totalitarian communist police states—more like "Idiocracy" and less like the U.S.S.R. - Victor Ganata
That's certainly one way to completely reinterpret "run for the border", though :D - Victor Ganata
Hahaha! - Stephen Mack
I wonder what site BWin has been reading all morning.
boingboing is porn, right? - Kristin
Y'all got jokes - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
It's been one week since The News.
:( - Pea Bukowski from Flucso
I'm a lot more hopeful today than I was a week ago thanks to the Italians. It's not FF, but it's pretty damn close. We can all stay together ... And we have lots of new friends! I hope Senape doesn't sell it to FB in a couple of years. ;) - Kristin from iPhone
We all hope so :D <3 - Pea Bukowski from Flucso
<la la la la I can't hear you...> - Brian Johns
Lets hope not - bic aka nanomelmoso
And, like they say, in these fee days, pictures of all your (FF) life has been flashing before tour eyes, because of people bumping up epic threads - L'Andre from iPhone
I agree with Kristin. Whether it's frenf.it, the replication of groups on FB, or the community rallying for export tools, it's very heartening to see everyone's commitment to keeping FF going. I'm feeling very optimistic. :) - Jenny H. from Android
And now Two Weeks. Our limbo is half over. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
what if I refuse to leave? /Chains himself to Friendfeed - Gunneh-MoTo Calls me that
They'll forcefully terminate the connection. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
will they redirect to facebook? will they put a tombstone as a placeholder ... will we receive a simple 404 ... - bic aka nanomelmoso
"404: Get off my lawn." - Stephan Planken
This time next week we'll be biting our nails as we count down to... :'( - Halil
Happy birthday, WoH!
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Happy birthday! - Pete's Got To Go
Happy birthday! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy Birthday! - Kevin Johnson
Happy Bday! - Steve C, Team Marina
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy Birthday, Higlet!! - Greg GuitarBuster
happy day, WOH! - t-ra needs this place
Happy birthday! - Big Joe Silenced
Happy birthday! - Spidra Webster
Hooray! Hooray! It's HIGLET DAY! Happy Birthday! - vicster.
Happy birthday, Higlet! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Feliz Cumple! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Happy birthday, curly girly! - Anika
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Many happy returns on this anniversary of your birth! - Me
Happy birthday! - Corinne L
Happy birthday! - Victor Ganata
Happy birthday! - Anne Bouey
Happy Birthday! - Katy S
HB & SUWGOMH WOH! - Louis Gray
Happy birthday, WoH! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy Birthday, Higlet!! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday, lady! - Yolanda from Android
Happy Birthday! - Brent Schaus
Happy Birthday, Higlet! - Bren from iPhone
Happy Birthday, Mary! xx - Melly
Happy Higlet Day :-D - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Birthday!!!! <3 - joey
Happy Birthday! - MoTO Boychick Devil
Happy birthday!! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Happy happy! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Happy day! - LB needs a break. from Android
Thank you, my lovely FFers! I had a fantastic birthday weekend :)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
"Sleep is a waste of time and unproductive." -- Kevin Fox
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Words to live by. - Stephen Mack
ROFL You're awesome, Stephen. - Anika
I submit the following caption: "I was sent here to kick ass and create new social networks. And we don't need any more social networks." - Brian Johns
*snort* - Big Joe Silenced
So LG didn't coin that? - Josh Haley
this could lead to a #myquote meme! - Abhishek
Josh, hmm, maybe it was Derrick who said it originally. (Or Johnny, as pictured.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"This is such a strange meme." -- Stephen Mack - Kevin Fox
Kevin, you forgot the picture. #FFtrollquote - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"sleep is a weapon" -robert ludlum - Peter Dawson
BTW, Brian, your alternate caption is awesome. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
No, I didn't. - Kevin Fox
And yes, BJohn's quote is awesome. Stephen should do a remix. I'd be proud of that one. - Kevin Fox
Oh, I get it now. - Josh Haley
Peculiar. - Paul Buchheit
So what we have here is a picture of Paul with a quote from Kevin that's actually Louis' catchphrase? #3fer #crossingstreams #mixingmemes - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
WoH: Oh dear, you're right. I messed up. I thought it was Spidra's quote attributed to Steven Perez with a picture of Mike Nayyar. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks, Mark. The double eyebrow tweak is a very important touch. - Stephen Mack
Did Paul change his avatar to this pic (minus the text) just recently? - Stephen Mack
LOL. Now people let's continue this meme! - AJ Batac
that's epic. - imabonehead
where is Louis Gray? - ThinkEzy
Sitting right next to me right now, playing poker. - Stephen Mack
YOU STOLE MY BIT. By the way, search for that phrase in Google. I own it. :) - Louis Gray
I think Stephen knew exactly what he was doing, which makes it all the more fun. And Louis? #SULGOMH - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
That's a squad suppression weapon. - Kozan Demircan
"Go ahead and +1 my day" - imabonehead
BUMP - AJ Batac
As good now as it's ever been... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
That DooM style face is perfect - Mo Kargas
"Say FriendFeed is dead. One. More. Time." - AJ Batac
This does the heart good of any true FriendFeeder. - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
Bump. - Louis Gray
Still waiting for a remixed gif with my alternate caption. - Brian Johns
You may have to wait a while longer, Sparky. - Stephen Mack
Who knows what the future holds... At least he hasn't kicked my ass yet! - Brian Johns
So good. - Micah from FFHound!
Bump - imabonehead from Android
I would probably enjoy seeing "The Book of Mormon" but it freaks me out that tickets range from $184 to $892 (!) each. - http://www.san-francisco-theater.com/theater...
I would probably enjoy seeing "The Book of Mormon" but it freaks me out that tickets range from $184 to $892 (!) each.
That just seems too much to pay for a show. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Similarly, Madonna tickets at $388 each blows my mind. - Stephen Mack
Yeah, it's pretty nuts. I'm not sure what the effects are like in that show but tix really started climbing for B'way shows when they brought in the huge spectacle shows. - Spidra Webster
My kids wanted to see a play that ended recently, but tickets started at $150. I'd have a hard time paying that even for all 4 of us. Concert tickets are another thing. I figure if I have to pay over $60 for ticket, dinner and drinks should be included. - Anika
I've seen Madonna before. Saw her when cheap tickets were $150. I was so excited and had waited years to see her. Guess what? I was bored. Goldstar had tickets for Book of Mormon on a cheaper scale. Maybe they'll do it again . - Gabrielle
I paid a bunch for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and it wasn't worth it. YMMV. - Meg VMeg
those prices are in$ane! - AHnix (Anna Haro)
At least the Book of Mormon will start on time. Madonna.. doesn't start till 4 hours later then it states. - Me
18 Quirky Portraits From The National Beard And Mustache Championships [Buzzfeed] - http://www.buzzfeed.com/tob...
18 Quirky Portraits From The National Beard And Mustache Championships [Buzzfeed]
18 Quirky Portraits From The National Beard And Mustache Championships [Buzzfeed]
18 Quirky Portraits From The National Beard And Mustache Championships [Buzzfeed]
Photographs by Greg Anderson. From September 2013. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
This is weird. I can post but If I try to like or comment on anyone's post (including mine) I get the "oops" message. But I saw Jennifer liked my post just now so it's not universal.
That reminds me of the trouble I had on 'announcement day.' I dumped my browser cache and it sorted out. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ok never mind, restarting the phone fixed it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
That's iPhones for you ;-) - Halil
Yeah. It was odd. Reloading the page didn't fix it. Force-quit and restarting the browser didn't fix it. But restarting the phone did fix it. Never seen that happen before. - Stephen Mack
Anyone else having trouble with likes or comments?
Not at the moment. - Jennifer Dittrich
Nope. - Steven Perez
I heard the service is new, Stephen. There likely still working out the kinks. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Ha! Working now after a restart. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Sometimes refreshing the page helps. - John (bird whisperer)
I get the occasional oops - Halil
Young Mondrian
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(There's a story here here but I'll have to relate it later.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
So we were upstairs in the cafe a couple of weeks ago (like we are most Sundays) and there was some abstract art by local artists hanging. And so with the kids we got into a discussion of modern art and some of the pieces that sold for millions despite appearing on the surface that a child could conceivably have painted them (e.g., http://www.artsumo.com/blog... ). - Stephen Mack
Now, the cafe has coloring pages that allow you to "Make your own Mondrian" and provides crayons as well. So Samuel created his own piece. We then talked about art shows and showings and the expressions on an artist's face as he or she displays their completed work. Sammy was then talked into signing his work and hanging his completed Mondrian in between the local pieces, while staring off into the middle distance. - Stephen Mack
So, therefore, I present this photograph: Young Samuel Mondrian, with his newest work, "Composition with Blue and Yellow and Green and Red 2015." - Stephen Mack
Nothing says "we're going to Hawaii in 12 days" quite like buying new luggage, snorkel sets, and bathing suits from Costco
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Did he sneak a sip of my coffee maybe?
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Nyce Baby #2's Baby Pool! Enter today! - http://bebepool.com/go...
Nyce Baby #2's Baby Pool! Enter today!
(Baby pool at bebepool.com, Micah's site. Thanks Micah!) - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Holly won the first one. (http://friendfeed.com/zeigen...) Who will win #2? - Stephen Mack
I definitely think she will not make it to her due date. But what do I know? - Mary Carmen
Pool locks on April 8th, one day before FF locks... - Stephen Mack
MC, we'll find out what you know after the baby arrives! - Stephen Mack
Bump! 10 entrants so far. - Stephen Mack
11 (thanks for the reminder). - Stephan Planken
12! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Spring trifecta ends splendid week — solar eclipse, supermoon and equinox [The Washington Post] - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...
Spring trifecta ends splendid week — solar eclipse, supermoon and equinox [The Washington Post]
Spring trifecta ends splendid week — solar eclipse, supermoon and equinox [The Washington Post]
From the article: "The past few days have been great for sky-watchers as a beautiful aurora sank as far south as the Midwest and Northeast on Tuesday night, the result of a severe geomagnetic storm. And Friday will add even more splendor as three astronomical events coincide on one day: a total solar eclipse, a supermoon and the vernal equinox." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I saw the eclipse, at least. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Jenny, how was it? - Stephen Mack
Exciting! I didn't get to see the entire thing because of cloud cover, but it broke in time to see the second half. It was my first! :) - Jenny H. from Android
The story out of Colorado with the two women is freaking me out and messing with my head. (No links or details because if you don't know about it already, best you don't investigate.)
I saw it in the Merc this morning and it's been haunting me all day. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
next time i promise to take your advice mr mack, :( - chaz2b
I just looked it up and I'm all O_o, da fucks wrong with people. Everyone else should heed your warning. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I will try to take your word for it :( - joey
Welp, I just saw another story out of Mississippi, that's even worse. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
:( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'll share s good news story instead: Toddler survives near-drowning after 101 minutes of CPR (from @AP) http://m.apnews.com/ap... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
oh my god. (yes, I've investigated :( ) - did
Right after FF shuts down, I'm going to _______________.
Cry, probably. - vicster.
be in disbelief. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
feel ALL TEH FEELS. - Kristin
Play STO until my wife has me committed. - Big Joe Silenced from Android
kiss my husband and be really thankfful. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
sit in stunned silence, then have a cocktail or glass of wine. - Corinne L
Have my first drink in nearly 15 years. - Big Joe Silenced from Android
I may not even be there when it happens. More likely a 404 or such. I will sigh, smile, give thanks for all those who came and for those who built tools to keep the memories. Then head over to Twitter , frenf.it, wherever you all are :) - Pete's Got To Go
*still in denial* ===> - MoTO Boychick Devil
Toast the good times, post a dimly lit selfie on frenf.it, and move along. - Bren from iPhone
drink drink drink - Pea Bukowski
feel ALL TEH FEELS. - Kristin - ani
I'll be in denial until the day FF fails to load. If I'm honest about it, that is. - Big Joe Silenced from Android
twitch. - ellbeecee
be numb until it sinks in. - Carmen from iPhone
be grateful for the friendships and support, cherish the memories, & move forward - CarlC
zooma zoom zoom zoom and a boom-boom - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Cry, then move over to frenf.it - Soup in a TARDIS
be very sad, and head on over to frenf.it, like everyone else. *phew* - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Look at my screen with disbelief and then head over to frenf.it. - John (bird whisperer)
keeping hitting "F5" over and over...just in case. - That's So CAJ!
Hopefully be asleep so you won't all see me cry - Heleninstitches #teamff from Android
You should all join www.frenf.it - pm10 from Android
Frenf.it - Viditù from iPhone
Type in FriendFeed.com from muscle memory and get sad when it doesn't work. - Louis Gray
Frenf.it - Habu Paschett Jôji
^ this 👍 - Bren from iPhone
Drink beer - yormayinbeni from Android
What Louis said. - Yolanda
Get some studying done. - Gabrielle
play Journey's "Separate Ways" really loud over and over. probably cry and rage a bit. then sleep it off. - t-ra needs this place
Move over to frenf.it and hope we don't break it. - Steven Perez
Wish it was an April Folls prank. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Cry and then move over to frenf.it - Iván Abrego
Wipe all the browser shortcuts to here like it never happened. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
stare at the error message on the screen for a while, thinking about the old times and feeling a little sad - naltro from Flucso
get a life - Antonio
use frenf.it - Maurizio from Android
Go for a run. - Hookuh Tinypants
Have Shabu Shabu in Hawaii or something. (true facts: in any case, I will be on Oahu or Maui). - Micah
spend a night on the town, Montreal-style. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Micah: I'll be in Kauai! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Keep checking back to see if someone turns it back on. - SAM
I'm still paddling down denial; we'll see how things go in April. A server is easy to overlook, right? - Jen
Eat my feelings. - Melly
Wishful thinking. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Stephen, what dates??? - Micah from FFHound!
(The server, not the eatlng.) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
take a break from the social net for a while. Maybe a long while. - Jim #teamFFrank
Nooooooo! - MoTO Boychick Devil
Sob loudly. - LB needs a break. from Android
What everyone said. Unless it involves being elsewhere or something. - bentley
cry. - Marissa
I'll feel a bit empty for a while, but then I'll remember all the amazing people I have known via FF. Like Haro, I'll squeeze my husband. I've already taken steps to set myself up on frenf.it, join the FF rooms on FB, etc. I will definitely miss this place, but my hope is that I'll type in "F" on the browser, go to frenf.it, and find you all there. :) - Jenny H. from Android
feel sad and alone. go for a walk. tell Twitter I miss FriendFeed, so the message is in the world, somewhere. then delete shortcuts and feel glad it lasted as long as it did. - Heather Piwowar from iPhone
I wonder if this is all an April Fool's day joke? - Halil
close the browser, turn off the computer, and go for a long long walk in the real world - chaz2b
Hug my kids and try not to cry. :( - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Wait, Louis, you are manually typing URLs? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
listen to imabonehead... ...buy out Facebook and make FriendFeed the new Facebook! ... maybe we could make a #DeleteFacebook pledge #DeleteFacebookHitTheGym - p01yN0Nym0u5
Poop. - Melly
Picchio de sisti - elrocco from Android
abi picchio niye şişti ya - yormayinbeni
Dizz Knee Land. - Joe
Purchase the domain friendfeed.com - Josh Haley
pour one out for my homies - Gunneh-MoTo Calls me that
Check y'all on frenf.it and Twitter and all teh places. And shed a tear ... that may become an avalanche. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
fetfrip.com - Onur Yalazı
zombo.com - That's So CAJ!
Remote key tattoo - Meg VMeg from Android
I'll finally close the tab. - M.
I really like Meg's idea. It would make an interesting tattoo, a great conversation starter, something people would ask the meaning of, and then we can spread the Legend of FF. - April Russo (FForever!)
Ooohhhhh That would be a really interesting tattoo. - bentley
silly question, but I don't know where I've seen an explanation of what #Op6d means http://friendfeed.com/op6degr... - p01yN0Nym0u5
They'd assume you have done serious time in some obscure prison and avoid talking to you. :-) - Stephan Planken
Stephen, that kind of makes me wonder what your remote key says, to make you say that. :P - April Russo (FForever!)
Fahrenheit Is a Better Temperature Scale Than Celsius [Gawker] - http://thevane.gawker.com/fahrenh...
Fahrenheit Is a Better Temperature Scale Than Celsius [Gawker]
Fahrenheit Is a Better Temperature Scale Than Celsius [Gawker]
From the article by Dennis Mersereau (tagged as "very controversial opinino"): "Celsius is a scale, as Very Serious Scientists enjoy pointing out, that revolves around the freezing and boiling points of water. It's nice and even: 0°C is freezing and 100°C is boiling. "It just makes sense!" Sure! Since Celsius is based on water, it would make wonderful sense to use Celsius for the environmental temperature if we lived in water. Until we sprout gills and start flapping around the Gulf, we should use Fahrenheit for air temperatures." (Second image is from a comment.) - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I strongly disagree with this. His main arguments are "Fahrenheit makes more sense", which is completely subjective, and "Fahrenheit is more precise if you don't allow decimals", which is just arbitrary. - Andrew C (✔)
In comments, he claims he can feel the diff in just one degree F, but I dunno, I rarely even feel the diff between one degree C. I think the precision argument is irrelevant as well as bogus. - Andrew C (✔)
Most of the weather apps I've seen don't use decimals for Celsius, so for me, Fahrenheit is much more precise for that specific purpose. For almost anything else, I wish we were just standardized (much like how I feel about metric measurements for most things.) A few, I just do better at estimating in the one I learned, so it would suck to switch, but most, I just want consistency. - Jennifer Dittrich
We should either use Fahrenheit or Kelvin. - Amit Patel
those who internalized Fahrenheit, growing up with it, can tell this one degree difference. Those, who grew up with Celsius internalized it and feel that one degree difference. It has very little to do with precision imo. - eugenio from Android
I think some people are more sensitive to temperature than others. I can't tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi in a blind taste test, but I've seen proof that others can. Similarly, I doubt I can tell the difference of one degree of Fahrenheit personally, but I am willing to believe others can. - Stephen Mack
Andrew, I agree the "Fahrenheit makes more sense" argument is subjective, but I happen to subjectively agree with it! - Stephen Mack
Quick anecdote: While I was working at SGI in 1997, they introduced a new graphics API, which they dubbed "Fahrenheit." (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... for details.) There was an internal-only newsgroup called sgi.bad-attitude, which was basically for complaints. SGI had offices around the world. The Europeans were outspoken about what a terrible name... more... - Stephen Mack
I'd never really thought about it before, but does that mean that 100C in Denver is different than it is in Death Valley? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Curtis, no, it's not a relative scale. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... -- it's a bit complicated now compared to what it was historically. As the article says, "From 1744 until 1954, 0 °C was defined as the freezing point of water and 100 °C was defined as the boiling point of water, both at a pressure of one standard atmosphere with mercury being the working material." But then it changed to a more precise but more complicated definition, but, no, it's not dependent on your location. - Stephen Mack
Bodies in Space [Bad Astronomy] - http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastr...
Bodies in Space [Bad Astronomy]
From the 2012 blog post by Phil Plait: "Artist Nathan Hoste got as tired as I was of Hollywood’s depiction of getting tossed out the airlock, so he decided to draw a series of comic book-like panels showing the fact and fiction of breathing vacuum. He’s calling the series Bodies in Space, and the drawings are really cool." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I didn't link to Hoste's site directly, since it's a bit weirdly formatted (doesn't allow linking to individual posts or tags) and sorta-kinda NSFW, but it's here: http://ghoste.net/ - Stephen Mack
If you're interested in topic of what actually happens to you if you were exposed to the vacuum of space, this blog post is very good: http://www.urban-astronomer.com/article... - Stephen Mack
Oh, and I got a haircut.
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I think you got ALL your hairs cut. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Thanks, Janet! m9m, not all -- kept the eyebrows. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
WHOA! I got a hair cut today, but not with such effectiveness. - Louis Gray
I like it, Stephen! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Hey handsome!!!! - furrworld
It works for you! What do the kids think? - Anne Bouey
Anne, they didn't even comment on it. Heh. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Just in time for summer! Look at the branding on that smock. It's like the hair salon knows people post pics on social media... - Spidra Webster
Just in time for your appointment with the phrenologist. - Brian Johns
How YOU doin'? :D - Hookuh Tinypants
You look so happy in that last photo! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Look at your hair, boo. - Derrick
It's all over the floor! :) - That's So CAJ!
Well, hello there, Handsome... *sidles over next to Stephen* (Also, does that smock have my name on it???) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Mark, I know exactly what you mean. These days I start resembling the pointy-haired boss from Dilbert if I grow it out. And there are these two strange furrows top and center. I get that it's called "male pattern baldness" but do the patterns have to be so odd? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Smooth - Mo Kargas
Hair? What hair? - Monaca di V.le Monza
Funny bump timing, BWin -- I just gave myself this same haircut early on Monday. Self-service this time, though. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Just completed a 5.57 mi run - TiVo morning run with Brad http://rnkpr.com/a8rxnj2 #RunKeeper
Just completed a 5.57 mi run - TiVo morning run with Brad http://rnkpr.com/a8rxnj2 #RunKeeper
Adobe Abolished Annual Performance Review [Business Insider] - http://www.businessinsider.com/adobe-a...
Adobe Abolished Annual Performance Review [Business Insider]
From the 2014 article: "When Donna Morris joined Adobe in 2002 as a senior director of global talent management, she noticed that the annual performance review, such a central part of the human resources job she had been hired to do, wasn’t much of a resource to the humans it served. 'At one point, the planning alone took nine months,' she says. 'It was like preparing to give birth to a child. It was like, "why does this take so long? Does this really drive the business return?" ' [...] So, [three] years ago, she abolished the software giant’s performance review system." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
My last performance review was a few years ago, thankfully. It is a waste of time that serves no purpose. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I'm torn. I do see value but the process is so burdensome and time-consuming that the value is overwhelmed. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
^ so much that, Stephen. - holly #ravingfangirl
Neither the BI piece nor the linked Businessweek piece quantify what ditching annual reviews has done for any organization, though. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew, it'd be interesting to see that analysis. But the main thing ditching does is save several thousand hours of labor for the company. - Stephen Mack
For English to evolve, grammarians must die - http://www.zeigen.com/blog...
From my post: "Starting today, I resolve to never make another spelling or grammar flame. For informal forums, I may gently encourage others to stop making such corrections as well." - Stephen Mack
Sweet. As I'm a terrible speller. And generally have bad grammer (and yes I'm misspelling that on purpose. grammar just doesn't seem right to me. Let the evolution begin). :) - Dario Gomez
Dario, I don't think I've ever seen you misspell a word prior to that, so you're far from a terrible speller. I agree "grammar" looks weird. There aren't nearly as many words ending in -ar in English as -er. Kelsey Grammer also has a lot to answer for. But I certainly can get behind your proposal that "grammer" should be a valid substitute for "grammar" from now on. For English to evolve we'll also need to get the spell checks on board. - Stephen Mack
I don't think I have the patients for this. - Brian Johns
If by 'evolve' you mean 'dumb down for the un- and miseducated', I'll take an unevolved English any day of the weak. - Akiva
Certainly took me a while to get past that point of view, Akiva. But to take the first example of my post, why do we put up with irregularities? Why make it so hard for new learners and non-native speakers to learn? WHY do you feel the way you feel beyond wanting others to have to go through the hurdles you went through? - Stephen Mack
That's precisely it, though, Stephen. Flattening the learning curve doesn't make it better and it isn't that I want people to have to go through what I went through: this isn't about me; it's about being educated. Taking this to its horrifying conclusion, you might as well champion for the dismissal of complex words. Why use 'extrapolate' instead of 'explain' or 'loathe' instead of... more... - Akiva
If English is so hard to learn, why do I hear many Polish adults speaking better English here in the UK than British children in schools? Simply because the kids aren't being taught well enough and the resources are too few and too late. The problem lies within the education, not the language itself. - Charley M
Akiva, I'm not advocating the removal of words. I'm advocating simpler spelling -- similar to Benjamin Franklin's original proposal, which I'll link in separately. English evolves over time whether you want it to or not ("doughnut" to "donut" in American English, for example). Is someone "less educated" for wanting spelling to be simpler, so that learners can acquire the language faster? I don't want to rob the language of anything except pointless irregularity. - Stephen Mack
I dated a linguistics major once who was pretty adamant about language needing to be allowed to evolve, and was NOT the type to constantly correct others. However, I think that there's a difference between "letting grammarians die" and having them "loosen up" (losen up? lol) a bit. The bigger question, I think, is how organic we let the evolution be. For example, if we let lolcats-speak gain too much inflooense [sic], we've let the reigns go too much. - George S.
Charlotte, English is objectively more irregular than, say, Spanish or Polish, and is therefore harder to learn. Of course non-native speakers learn English successfully all the time. But for those who learned several languages, ask them which was easier to learn. English has notably higher barriers than many languages because of the pervasive irregularities. We could reduce the amount of time by simplifying, that's all I'm saying. - Stephen Mack
Re: "Bad spelling as a signifier for low intelligence is a deeply-ingrained bias in our culture", It's interesting because my dad is an intellectual, but a terrible speller - [anecdotally] it seems has more to do with personality than actual intelligence. He just has other people (i.e. my mom, a grammarian) proof-read anything he sends out there. That said, in this age of... more... - George S.
I have to go with Akiva on this one. English is hard to learn? Practice. When you practice something it gets "easier" not because the nature if the thing changes but that your capacity to do thing has increased. - Josh Haley from iPhone
English seems to have done OK despite the grammarians: It's use continues to embiggen. - Andy Dustman
Personally I like my education/intelligence to shine through. Although, I do type "slang" in conversational posts. - MicahBear78
Let's look at what rational reason there is to NOT reform and and simplify English spelling. If you've spent any time teaching reading to a young child you know how many irregularities there are. It adds complexity and difficulty, so there are costs, but with what benefit? We have: 1. Tradition. "But we've always spelled things this irregularly." Not true, and not rational. Spelling in... more... - Stephen Mack
Perfect case in point: Josh's comment. FF helpfully marks it as coming from the iPhone. His two typos ("if" instead of "of" and the missing "that") are clearly artifacts of that communication device. But did I understand him? Perfectly (even if I disagree). Why get hung up on that? As long as communication was achieved, that's my new standard of acceptance. Josh is correct that practice... more... - Stephen Mack
And Andy, I love love love that comment. - Stephen Mack
Perhaps the reason you understood Josh's comment despite the errors is because of context. If you were reading it centuries later in isolation there would be room for doubt as to what he really meant. - Trish Haley
Trish, true, but let centuries go by and suddenly you're reading Chaucer: "Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote / The droghte of March hath perced to the roote" (http://www.canterburytales.org/canterb...) What a perfect illustration of how spelling changes over time. ("When April with its showers sweet / has pierced the drought of March to the root") - Stephen Mack
Now we have to take into account accents and pronunciations to decipher that. - Trish Haley
Chaucer wasn't just about spelling differences. Take it down the absolute basics and you have phonics, blending the sounds to make a full pronunciation of that word. If simplifying words is the way forward, then the phonics are changed and in turn, so is the word. - Charley M
Charlotte, I agree -- and think that's a good thing, with many advantages, and no disadvantages beyond "that's the way we've done it for a while now." - Stephen Mack
A friend with a linguistics background who uses it practically in his day-to-day life explained the ebb and flow of language (which is mostly an unplanned phenomenon) like this: Language trends toward simplicity if sufficient comprehension is conserved. It moves toward more complexity when ambiguity interferes too greatly. So my theory is there will always be grammarians and anti-grammarians, it's just that their number and degree of influence will also ebb and flow. - Micah
Sorry but if I have to trust a Ste[ph|v]en on this, I'm going to trust Pinker over Mack. - Akiva
Also, well put, Micah. - Akiva
English is still evolving and the UKians will continue blaming the Yanks for ruining the language even tho they themselves were mutilating it long before we existed. :) - Big Joe Silenced
Sounds like you're asking for intelligent design here. You can't get rid of grammarians if you want evolution to work. They're the only natural predators irregularities have. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Wow, Bruce. That's just... wow. You're comparing people who care about the English language with people who don't believe in evolution because of a belief in a creator deity? That's such a wild comparison that my monitors just degaussed themselves. And they're LCD monitors. Are you going to lump mathematicians in here as well? They're bigger sticklers than grammarians are. - Akiva
Spellings I'm not too bothered about, but grammar is an essential part of the written form. Without it the entire meaning of prose gets screwed up. Still, regardless of this and irrespective of how many rules you put into place, a language will change and evolve along with the people that speak it. Imagine how things will change once we take to the stars. - alphaxion
Akiva, Pinker is a nativist -- very very far from a prescriptivist. He describes the evolutionary models of language in great detail. I cannot recall him writing about spelling reform one way or the other. How is he relevant to this discussion? - Stephen Mack
Wait, I'm proposing unnatural predation on irregularities! Brain hurts, must consider. - Stephen Mack
I don't see spelling as independent of syntax. - Akiva
Fine, Akiva, so let's take a few spelling examples. Suppose I'm elected supreme dictator of the universe, and I issue a decree that says from now on, all the "-ight" words in English that rhyme with "night" (might, right, sight, etc.) are to be spelled "-ite" instead. ADVANTAGES: Consistency, ease of learning, fewer letters to type. DISADVANTAGES: Spell checkers, dictionaries,... more... - Stephen Mack
Akiva, no. I'm being a stickler about English usage myself. The word "evolve" is being misused here. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Bruce, ah, sorry. Totally went right over my head. - Akiva
Bruce, I disagree. The "doughnut" to "donut" change is a perfect example of evolution in action. Look at that Chaucer excerpt earlier. All of the changes follow an evolutionary model -- things get simpler over time, due to survival of the fittest. Even Pinker, evoked earlier, describes the evolutionary model of language change similar to what we're discussing here. - Stephen Mack
Matthew, I read your post but I'm too dense to see the point you're making, sorry. - Stephen Mack
I find it ironic that Akiva misused weak when he meant week. :) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Stephen, sorry, but this discussion is slowly edging its way off the rails. The hypothetical you invoke is just way too unlikely to even be worth addressing, if you ask me. I might as well say, 'what if as the supreme dictator of the universe, I made red into blue'? - Akiva
@Bruce the collectivised mutations of something (language in this case) that eventually give rise to the formation of a distinct and new entity. The changes to our languages are organic in nature and certainly paralelle that of species in the natural world via many different evolutionary pressures (technology, interbreeding, random mutations as a result of generational change....) - alphaxion
There's no advantage to turning red into blue. There are numerous advantages to simplifying and regularizing spelling. My main point is to get you to consider WHY you want spelling to stay the same illogical way it is now, when it has no advantages beyond preserving (a fairly recent, in the scale of things) tradition. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, evolution creates as many irregularities as it eliminates. Why are there two correct spellings of harassment, for example. English will only get simpler by deliberate planning. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
I do think the prescriptivists are fighting a futile war. But spelling reform is just another form of prescriptivism. I say, tolerate diversity and let natural selection hone orthography. If more people favor nite over night or the single word loose instead of the two words loose/lose, then that's the way the language will go. Nothing you or I can do is going to stop it. - Victor Ganata
Stephen, the point is, you can't regulate either spelling nor grammar. They can and will change over time. - alphaxion
(Gah, three excellent comments within seconds of each other, and I want to respond to all three. Want threaded comments.) - Stephen Mack
Matthew, I'm missing the "too much pretty" reference. - Stephen Mack
(Pounces, claws extended, on the either/nor pairing in alphaxion's comment.). :-) - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Let me be clear: The dictator example is a hypothetical, and I'm not actually advocating we force wholesale spelling reform down anyone's throat. Instead, I'm asking people to examine their biases and beliefs. Previously I was a spelling snob. I made spelling flames. Despite believing in the abstract that I was a descriptionist, I was actually behaving as a prescriptivist. However, in... more... - Stephen Mack
For English spelling reform, we may have to look to other languages to lead the way. Filipino, the official language of the Philippines (which is really just a standardized dialect of Tagalog) basically incorporates tons of English words, but has changed the orthography to match the conventions of written Filipino, which is close to being completely phonetic. I understand Japanese kind... more... - Victor Ganata
Matthew, the Chaucer excerpt refutes the backwards-compatibility notion. I find Esperanto ridiculous, because it was mandated, not evolved. Almost no one wants to learn a whole new language just because they find English too complex or irregular. I agree with the rest of your comment. You illustrate the point I'm making perfectly. Before, I was acting as an agent resisting language... more... - Stephen Mack
My point, though, is that there have never been any brakes, and anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves. - Victor Ganata
It shows that language changes and doesn't have to be backwards-compatible. - Stephen Mack
Matthew, true. I just think it'll be more dramatic when we start borrowing back from languages that are completely outside the Indo-European family of languages. - Victor Ganata
Victor: English borrowing words from other languages is a fait accompli. - Andy Dustman
Victor: Suppose someone says to you, "Good nite!" and you say back to them, "You miseducated nincompoop, don't say 'nite,' it's spelled 'night.'" You are acting as a "brake" as you say. Right? - Stephen Mack
Matthew, yes, that's what I mean -- apologies for use of metonymy as a grammatical shortcut. (And thank you for the literalist Panda joke.) - Stephen Mack
Matthew, that's one usage crusade you'll have to give up on. Information wants to be anthropomorphized. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Well played, Bruce. - Stephen Mack
On a more serious note, I think Stephen is making a good move by loosening up on spelling as his son starts to read and write. That fits the methodology I've seen work really well in Montessori schools. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Twitter's ability to influence language is probably substantial. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, yeah, I see your point. On the other hand, such a response might actually act as a accelerator, if the person I said it to thought I was someone not worth listening to. - Victor Ganata
Andy, true. I was specifically thinking of English borrowing words back from languages that had originally borrowed from English, which, yeah, we've already been doing. - Victor Ganata
Kids are good at unlearning. Empower them first. Tighten up spelling later. - Bruce Lewis
If I started 'loosening up on spelling', I'd never get a job because I'm a writer and am expected to produce literate and correct copy. - Charley M
Bruce L., you're exactly right, and it's very interesting to me that proper spelling is now hardly emphasized at all in the early grades. - Stephen Mack
Charlotte, I'm not suggesting all literate and correct copy be discarded wholesale. As I mention in the blog post, business communications are one venue where we place a huge emphasis on proper spelling and grammar, and that's not going to change for generations if at all. Really I'm trying to explain why for informal discussions (such as the ones here on FF) I'm interested in personally being less of a stickler. - Stephen Mack
Clearly spelling bees are corruptors of teh youth. Won't someone please think of the children? - Andy Dustman
Andy, did you see Spellbound? Freaky how much work is involved, for obscure words that most people have never heard of. I am all for intellectual competition, but the value of the top level of competition like that really escapes me. It seems to turn the kids into stress cases. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, I have not, but spelling bees are the intellectual equivalent of beauty contests. Memorization != rational thinking - Andy Dustman
Ah, good, then your previous comment was sarcastic. (I approve.) - Stephen Mack
Enjoy your weekend, Matthew! Don't worry, the zombie of this premise will dig its way out of the coffin over time. - Stephen Mack
Yes, there's a greasy red spot where the dead horse used to be. - Andy Dustman
Is there? I missed it. Better keep on kicking to be sure. - Stephen Mack
:) I certainly don't want anyone to accuse me of wanting English to evolve solely because I don't know how to speak it. And FFers are an unusually literate bunch. - Stephen Mack
A few years ago there was a news story that tracked the rate of decrease for irregular verbs. They predicted that in another 100 years only the most important irregular verbs will be around. That is kind of strange to predict where the language will go. - Rich Thomas
Slippy, I just dislike the people who hold on to the set or rules they learned like it is set in stone. - Rich Thomas
I tried to resist, but here's an example of current day comment prose to dissect: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009... <----- endless linguistics theories will swirl around the reason for the strategic placement of the single comma, the only punctuation whatsoever therein (if you don't count ALL CAPS as punctuation). - Micah
Six-year bump. One of my favorite conversations on FF (a little off now with some of the deleted accounts, such as Matthew DeVries and Slippy), even though I didn't get much agreement for my point of view here. - Stephen Mack
Just completed a 4.61 mi run - MVARC track run #2 of the year, 8x300m with 200m rest (plus warmup/co ... http://rnkpr.com/a8rbwyi #RunKeeper
Just completed a 4.61 mi run - MVARC track run #2 of the year, 8x300m with 200m rest (plus warmup/co ... http://rnkpr.com/a8rbwyi #RunKeeper
Before, during, and after at last night's Blacklight 5k in Santa Clara
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With first-time runners from MVARC Gloria and Erica, and Mara. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Fun run! Tricky running at night on the trail at the fairgrounds without tripping. But the pictures don't do it justice. Seeing everyone lit up and dancing reminded me of Burning Man. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
That colored powder gets EVERYWHERE though. It's the glitter of the 5k fun run world. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
This is Santa Clara County, not the City of Santa Clara, right? - Brian Johns
Wherever the Santa Clara County fairgrounds are. I guess that's San Jose? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
فرنفیت رو ایشون راه انداخته. - مـــمـد ☮
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