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Stephen Mack

Stephen Mack

I'm a resident of Silicon Valley, father of two young children, an employee of TiVo (over 15 years now), and I care about things.
I love your favorite YouTube videos, Stephen. You have such varied interests. ;) - Tamara J. B.
A complex man, indeed :) - Eivind from Android
Sophie borrowed Stephen's iPad again! - Louis Gray
Dang! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Michael Jackson The Experience Ghosts -
Michael Jackson The Experience Ghosts
Michael Jackson The Experience Smooth Criminal -
Michael Jackson The Experience Smooth Criminal
Barbie Online Games To Play Free Barbie Cartoon Game - Barbie A Fashion Fairytale Makeover Game -
Barbie Online Games To Play Free Barbie Cartoon Game - Barbie A Fashion Fairytale Makeover Game
Don't act like it's a bad thing to fall in love with meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeEeeeeEEEEEeeee
Unlike Justin, though, my love is not freeeeEeeeEEEEEEEEee. $75 an hour, two hour minimum. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Is that "me" autotuned via text? - Josh Haley
Josh: YeeeEEEEeeesSs - Stephen Mack from iPhone
75 an hour? You get off cheap. - Louis Gray
My impressions of Ello so far
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1. It's a stretch to call it "beta" -- seems more alpha level in terms of stability or feature set. - Stephen Mack
2. It's completely illegible to me on my mobile device. Like, I literally cannot read the light gray text on either the white background or the black background at the font size being used. - Stephen Mack
3. Zero privacy controls, and that's by design. That's causing some consternation: - Stephen Mack
4. When the site is working, and when viewed on a desktop/laptop, the design feels responsive, elegant, and is very generous in terms of displaying artwork. As an example, try looking at this guy's feed: (I think that should work for anyone, even if you're not signed up). - Stephen Mack
They should probably warn people that it wasn't designed for IE. I'll have to wait until I get home to see if all the issues I'm having are browser-specific or the site overall. For now it's just clunky as hell - very alpha more than beta. - Hookuh Tinypants
Hookuh, ah, I hadn't tried IE. Sorry to hear. I've been using Chrome mostly. - Stephen Mack
Yeah, the privacy stuff (and inability to block) is too sketchy for me. I could wish Tumblr were better in this regard, but even some rudimentary controls are better than none. - Jennifer Dittrich
A friend on FB called Ello "Tumblr for adults". - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew, that's apt. A random person commenting on a friend's FB post about Ello called it, "It's similar to twitter but not a clusterfezzik of communication going every which way. Also its design is very minimalistic and it feels like being in a really expensive and trendy Soma restaurant where it's dark and the menu is in 10pt Courier font and the portoins are really small." - Stephen Mack
Looks good but clunky to navigate. And this posting/commenting thing is confusing to me. ETA: Ahh, it's just automagically prepping me to post on someone's feed. I get it now. - Corinne L
Well, it's no Facebook... *runs* - MoTO: #TeamMarina
The search is a bit slow, but I imagine their systems are a little busy. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Yeah, the whole thing is a bit slow. - Stephen Mack
So it's just like FriendFeed except for no privacy, no private groups/rooms, no DMs, no auto-import of feeds/RSS, no IM/Alerts (not that it works here anymore), no friend-of-friend discovery, no bumping of posts up to the top, no bookmarklet, no support for #hashtags, no real-time or pause, no custom lists of friends (everyone's either "Friend" or "Noise", no My Discussions link, no... more... - Stephen Mack
But it's going to be so much better once they have "Fluid grid Noise view" - Meg VMeg
Logged in, got my account, logged out. That was fun! - Josh Haley
"Everything You Need To Know About Ello" - - Andrew C (✔)
^^ :-) - bentley
Whoa, Netflix stock. Crazy.
Read as 'Netflix socks'. Also whoa. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Because of the HBO maybe thing? Or is it something else? - bentley
Most likely. - Julian
Radio news said it's because new subscriber rates are lower than expected. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
It figures. I *just* subscribed, so it automatically becomes old hat. - bentley
huh. Thanks for this - I'll use Netflix as an example in my Bloomberg workshop this afternoon if anyone shows up. - ellbeecee
As long as Netflix can still offer something that Amazon Prime & (potentially) HBO Go cannot, Netflix will still be relevant. If Amazon Prime and HBO together can pick up everything that Netflix offers, and continue to offer the other services it does, Netflix will quickly disappear. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
(oooh, excited about lbc's bloomberg workshop! share notes? I used NFLX last week in a bloomberg session; surprised to see they weren't in listed in bloomberg's entertainment BI industry group; 'twas hard, but not impossible, to compare them to AMZ - despite Complicated Mr. Noodle's suggestion that they are competitors) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
(this is my 4th one this semester: so far they're basic intros to the system, but I do intend to actually write up some notes now that I know the kind of thing that come up every time :) Once I get those done, I'll absolutely share them) - ellbeecee
Also, good to know about the difficult to compare part! - ellbeecee
Speaking for the few million disc subscribers (still more profitable than the streamers), neither Amazon Prime nor HBO offer anything even remotely comparable. Then again, neither does Netflix streaming. The big temporary stock drop may also have had something to do with yesterday's absurdly erratic market. - Walt Crawford
I suppose people were speculating that they'd partner with HBO and now that HBO seems to be unbundling in 2015, it's a blow? - Steve and 4 other people
It really seems to be about disappointing subscriber results. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I was with them from the beginning. DO I GET A PONY? - Josh Haley
I want my pony to look like this: - Josh Haley
34 Panoramic Photos Gone Terrifyingly Wrong [Distractify] -
34 Panoramic Photos Gone Terrifyingly Wrong [Distractify]
34 Panoramic Photos Gone Terrifyingly Wrong [Distractify]
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Ack! Terrifying is right. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Looks more like "fuckery you can do with a panoramic algorithm," but I actually laughed out loud :) - Eivind
Eivind, yeah, some of these seem intentionally manipulated. Others, I'm sure the photographer was dumbfounded by what was stitched together. - Stephen Mack
OH MY. Some people are afraid of clowns... - Josh Haley
HOLY HELL these are AWESOME! - Josh Haley
A Summary Of The Gamergate Movement That We Will Immediately Change If Any Of Its Members Find Any Details Objectionable [ClickHole] -
A Summary Of The Gamergate Movement That We Will Immediately Change If Any Of Its Members Find Any Details Objectionable [ClickHole]
From the article: "What do members of Gamergate want? One need only spend three or four hours perusing Gamergate message boards to know that the main thing members of the movement want is ethics in gaming journalism—there aren’t enough ethics, and so, one way or another, there will have to be more ethics. They might want other things too, but we had a hard time figuring out what they were. Again, if you’re a member of Gamergate who feels like we didn't get this part exactly right, please just tell us what you want added or removed, and you can consider it done. We don’t want any trouble." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
More: "Is Gamergate a vast, complex, and diverse community? Yes! It is not composed, as the mainstream media would lead you to believe, solely of white male trolls. It also has female trolls. It has African-American trolls and Asian trolls, gay trolls and straight trolls. In fact, Gamergate is all about the inclusion of anyone—regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation—whose views on video games and how we should think about them conform exactly to those of the movement at large." - Stephen Mack
Netflix down 23% today
They are used to it :p - ؛ patrick
Patrick, I bet folks at the Los Gatos HQ wouldn't be very sanguine about today! :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I am sure they aren't :) but I think in long term they are going to recover. Netflix is simply too good to lose the market to anyone else. Unfortunately the stock market has lost its sanity and is working purely on sentiment rather than fundamentals. Although that could be called a business opportunity for some people, but in an insane market, buying stocks that are fundamentally very... more... - ؛ patrick
Wasn't there a market-wide panic today? Thought I read something about that earlier. Edit: nevermind, that was yesterday. Netflix's problems are all its own :( - Mark Trapp
Mark, even so, it was 2-4% for most stocks yesterday. Any stock losing more than 10% in a day is unusually big. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It was HBO news (HBO GO without cable sub.) and lowered growth expectations from their earnings call yesterday. - NOT THE CRICKET
still going up... and we lost a sweet 6~7 percent in just one week :p - ؛ patrick
This is the Fitbit Surge, a $250 'superwatch' with built-in GPS [The Verge] -
From the Verge article: "Fitbit is preparing to launch three new fitness trackers in the coming weeks. Two of those will be the Charge and Charge HR. The Charge looks to be a revision of the Fitbit Force, which was pulled off the market after it caused bad skin reactions for some customers. Charge HR will offer a bit extra with the addition of PurePulse, the company's wrist-based heart rate monitoring system. But there's more: Fitbit has also been working on a third, flagship wearable for serious athletes. It's the Fitbit Surge." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
More: "Apparently Fitbit thinks Surge is several steps beyond your average "wearable." The company refers to it as a "superwatch" according to marketing materials The Verge has received from a tipster. Set to be priced at $249, the Surge includes built-in GPS tracking — a big draw for runners — PurePulse heart rate monitoring, and promises to provide real time workout data for a variety of activities. You'll get stats on distance, pace, elevation climbed, heart rate intensity, and so on." - Stephen Mack
hrm...color me intrigued, but not keen on that price tag. although, it's not out of line with the Garmin products - ~Courtney F
*throws wallet at Fitbit* I'm in. - Hookuh Tinypants
Take my money! - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Any comment, Bruce? :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Steve, no heart rate monitor though. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'd be interested, except 1) they've opted to not play in the HealthKit land, and 2) Watch is coming. - Jonathan Disher
I'm glad Fitbit isn't jumpking on the HealthKit bandwagon. The less crap I entrust Apple with, the better. - Hookuh Tinypants
FJ, when did you find your way to FriendFeed?! (For everyone else: I met Jonathan Disher on irc yeaaaaaaaars ago!) - Laura
The first new song from Sleater-Kinney in nine years! "Bury Our Friends"
The first new song from Sleater-Kinney in nine years! "Bury Our Friends"
I really like it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Eeeeeeeeee! - Jason from iPhone
New record AND tour for 2015!!! - Jason from iPhone
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! *jumps up and down like Holly* - Stephen Mack
I saw The Book of Life with Gabrielle yesterday. I thought it was funny, charming and with so many impressively designed and animated scenes. -
I saw The Book of Life with Gabrielle yesterday. I thought it was funny, charming and with so many impressively designed and animated scenes.
From Rotten Tomatoes: "THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village" - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I love del Toro's visual aesthetic. - Stephen Mack
I want to see that movie. - Anika
The marketing has been really confusing from the commercials I can't understand what the gist of the story is. - Steve C Team Marina Found one!! Totally going to play with this. - Gabrielle
Steve C., it's an animated version of a folk tale involving the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos, It reminded me a bit of A Nightmare Before Christmas in terms of tone and style, but very different visuals. - Stephen Mack
Gabrielle, omg, that looks so fantastic. - Stephen Mack
What age range do you think it's appropriate for? - Steve and 4 other people
I'd say 10+ to be honest. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
As I understand it, del Toro helped it get out & distributed, but it's the work of Jorge Gutierrez - Spidra Webster
That's a good point. But I felt like del Toro had a lot of influence. You get a sense of that in this interview: and also this one: - Stephen Mack
Reason why men suck #infinity: Men don't change who they find most attractive as they age, but women do. This is just sad. ("Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Spreadsheet" | FiveThirtyEight) -
Reason why men suck #infinity: Men don't change who they find most attractive as they age, but women do. This is just sad. ("Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Spreadsheet" | FiveThirtyEight)
Reason why men suck #infinity: Men don't change who they find most attractive as they age, but women do. This is just sad. ("Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Spreadsheet" | FiveThirtyEight)
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Did we talk about this already? Most of the article is a profile of OKCupid's Christian Rudder, but the marquee insight (covered plenty elsewhere) is from these two charts. Biological imperatives and all that, but if you ever wanted to see data showing just how different men and women really are (and just how awful men are), this is a prime example. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Articles like this make me so curious to know whether he was the half of Bishop Allen that wrote "Things Are What You Make of Them": (hipper, lower-in-fi: - Meg VMeg
Meg, good question. I couldn't find any writing credits. - Stephen Mack
Not all men. - Brent Schaus
If you say so! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I definitely can say my tastes in men have changed over time. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
No comment. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I'm not sure I see how this data means that men suck. Am I missing something? Imho youth will often be a main reason for attraction. I thought that was just part of human nature. Women in this sample may have been responding mainly from a place of "the men I am attracted to who are date worthy", while men may have been responding more from a "she's hot/cute regardless of whether or not I end up dating her." - Corinne L
Rudder's new book, Dataclysm, is really entertaining -- easy 60 min read -- showing how in the behavorial sciences one should definitely NOT rely on self-reporting and polls. Observe how people actually behave, don't ask them -- collect their preferences via their clicks and keyboard activities. Technology from online ad marketing does have fascinating uses. BTW we are also such racists, despite what we might even tell ourselves. Overall, cool data science application on social graphs. - Adriano
Thanks, Adriano. I will definitely read it. - Stephen Mack
How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy - Kathleen McAuliffe [The Atlantic] -
How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy - Kathleen McAuliffe [The Atlantic]
From the March 2012 article:"Compared with uninfected people of the same sex, infected men were more likely to wear rumpled old clothes; infected women tended to be more meticulously attired, many showing up for the study in expensive, designer-brand clothing. Infected men tended to have fewer friends, while infected women tended to have more. And when it came to downing the mystery fluid, reports Flegr, 'the infected males were much more hesitant than uninfected men. They wanted to know why they had to do it. Would it harm them?' In contrast, the infected women were the most trusting of all subjects. 'They just did what they were told,' he says." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Toxoplasmosis research. More: "Humans ... are exposed not only by coming into contact with litter boxes, but also, he found, by drinking water contaminated with cat feces, eating unwashed vegetables, or, especially in Europe, by consuming raw or undercooked meat. Hence the French, according to Flegr, with their love of steak prepared saignant—literally, “bleeding”—can have infection... more... - Stephen Mack
A friend's dad had it infect his eye and it was apparently disgusting. (The things people tell you when they know you've had it). It's weird to know because you wonder if it's actually affecting you or not. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Jaclyn, that's what's so fascinating about it to me -- that doubt we get that our behavior is actually under our own control. The scaffolding holding up the illusion of free will is very visible sometimes. - Stephen Mack
Loma Prieta quake left legacy of repair, renewal [SFGate] -- 25 years ago today. -
Loma Prieta quake left legacy of repair, renewal [SFGate] -- 25 years ago today.
From the article: "If the Loma Prieta earthquake hadn’t struck on Oct. 17, 1989, 63 people wouldn’t have perished. A section of the Bay Bridge wouldn’t have snapped loose. Homes in the Marina district wouldn’t have gone up in flames. And in many ways, the San Francisco we know today would not exist. The Embarcadero Freeway, with its twin decks of concrete, probably would remain a barrier between downtown and the bay. The residential towers sprouting south of Mission Street would be few and far between. City Hall’s regal copper dome would be dingy green and black, no gold-leaf shine." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I'm struck by so many memories of what it was like to be a college student and 22. I think the article goes too far -- yes, it was a very different world back then, but many of these changes would have happened without the earthquake. - Stephen Mack
Quick informal poll: Within your school or place of work, are you hearing about the new Poodle SSL exploit? How does coverage of it compare to what you've heard in the past about Heartbleed ( ) and Shellshock ( )?
Quick informal poll: Within your school or place of work, are you hearing about the new Poodle SSL exploit? How does coverage of it compare to what you've heard in the past about Heartbleed ( ) and Shellshock ( )?
For coverage of the Poodle SSL exploit, see April's post: -- it links to - Stephen Mack
I heard about it today while trying to resolve the Firefox problems I'm seeing. - Greg GuitarBuster
Yes, not sure yet - some of the guys were talking about it, but I was doing something else and tuned out (so, more my inattention rather than lack of information.) We'll likely discuss it more in depth tomorrow to decide if there's anything we need to do ourselves. - Jennifer Dittrich
I have not heard about it within my school or place of work but if it let's us cut off access to a version of IE completely then I'm all for it! I installed the Firefox plugin to disallow pre-TLS-1.0 website access for my personal computer. - Brian Johns
No report from our IT dept. - Janet from FFHound!
Yes. Aware of it at work. :) "The flaw was documented by Bodo Möller, Thai Duong, and Krzysztof Kotowicz, all of whom work at Google." Do we have to do everything? - Louis Gray
Instructions for securing your browser: - Eric Logan
I was the only one to mention it at work and found out about it while researching a solution to error messages I was getting in my IRC client, when I suddenly could no longer connect to Slack. Then I found this: Up until that point, nobody even knew I was using the IRC gateway, and it turns out I was the only one using it. The... more... - April Russo
The Shelf Life of Food [] -
The Shelf Life of Food []
"Foods unopened, uncut or uncooked - unless stated otherwise - and their shelf life in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I can quibble with a bunch of this (they list meats as lasting 1-2 days in the fridge but my experience is that they last longer than that), but I'm mostly surprised by some things, like people keeping cucumbers in the pantry. - Stephen Mack
I guess I'd substitute 'counter' for pantry and then it isn't so weird - fresh cucumbers from my garden usually just end up on the counter for about a day, and then they're eaten. If I get a bunch at the market/in my farm share, then they end up in the fridge. If they're sliced at all, into the refrigerator. I wish they had a 'put into storage' column as well, because things like... more... - Jennifer Dittrich
But a cold cucumber tastes so good! I can't imagine room temperature cucumber. - Stephen Mack
Well, to be fair, our room temperature here might often be a bit colder - but I'm usually slicing them to put in with other cold things, so they're pretty cool by the time they're eaten. - Jennifer Dittrich
Potatoes in the fridge? Really? - Walt Crawford
If you live someplace warm and muggy, yeah - or someplace where bugs are a problem that you don't have full control over (like an apartment.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Doesn't the resulting conversion of starch to sugar sort of mess up the potatoes? (Not my superior knowledge; quoting one of the signs in Safeway's produce department.) - Walt Crawford
Yeah, it's not the best, it just might be what you do in a pinch. I mean, their recommendation on eggs only applies to the ones washed and prepped American style, so I'm guessing there may be some recommendations that you take with a grain of salt. - Jennifer Dittrich
That is a triumphal photo. Happy birthday, Josh! - Spidra Webster
It is! From his FB feed, Sears Tower Skydeck, October 2, 2012. - Stephen Mack
Happy birthday, Josh! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Birthday Anniversary! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
happy bday! - imabonehead
Gracias every todos! - Josh Haley
Happy Birthday!!! - Janet from FFHound!
Happy Bday love the pic oh lord and master of all - Steve C Team Marina
Happy birthday, Jenny! We miss you in the states.
Thank you, Stephen! I miss you, too! :) - Jenny H. from Android
خارجیم اومده فرفرمون:)) - مستانه
Happy birthday! - Anika
Happy Birthday! <3 - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Thank you! <3 - Jenny H. from Android
Birthday! - Louis Gray
Venmo: A case study on why e-mail verification is absolutely required by any web site with account creation -
[Screenshot of Venmo's cancellation screen]
Excerpt: "It’s not so much that I’m 'dissatisfied' with your 'free service' as I am completely mortified at how horrifically terrible your security practices are." - Stephen Mack
They kept writing "free" as if it's a get out of jail free card. Also, Attention World: Don't mess with the Zeigen. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Heh, thanks Micah. - Stephen Mack
Weird, Venmo just came on my radar today because of this post - Laura Norvig
Laura, that's hilarious. There is definitely a age line going on these days. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Laura: Haha, amazing. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Um, wow. Thanks, Laura. - Micah
Fitbit introduced a new Challenge feature, so naturally I had to take on Louis. He beat me handily -- even a 15k run in the evening didn't get me close. Congrats, Louis! You win round one.
Only because you challenged me. :) - Louis Gray
;) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'm not touching challenges with a ten foot pole! Lol! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Just completed a 9.66 mi run - Trying to catch Louis on steps. No such luck! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 9.66 mi run - Trying to catch Louis on steps. No such luck! #RunKeeper
Poll: You drop a piece of candy on the ground. Do you: (A) Pick it up within five seconds and eat it, (B) Throw it away, or (C) Other
c: make an art piece with it - Sir Shuping is just sir
B, most of the time - Jennifer Dittrich
B. Always. - Anika
C: don't eat/drop candy - Meg VMeg
B. always - Amit Patel
depends on the candy - hard candy like the one pictured, if sufficiently hard and not too sticky, then A; melty chocolate will most likely be handled with B (but with infinite sadness). - Ken Gidley
Depends on the ground. And yeah, depends on the candy. When I was a kid, we didn't have the five second rule. Instead, we crossed ourselves (it was a Catholic country). All of us kids knew it was safe to eat dropped food if you crossed yourself. :-) - bentley
My answer is similar to Betsy's. :-) - John (bird whisperer)
C, if it's like the candy above I rinse it off. There is no 5 second rule, grossness sticks, but hard candy can be rinsed. - Heather
I suspect Heather's right, but for Jolly Rancher? B. - Walt Crawford
Definitely A - Friar Will
Usually A unless it's a manky floor. A quick visual inspection and blow job normally determines if I have to resort to B. :D - Jenny H. from Android
^^^^ We still talking about candy? or have we switched to "Candy"? - Ken Gidley
Depends on the substrate, but I'd say 95% of the time, B. - Hookuh Tinypants
A. Unless it's sticky and picked up carpet and hair fibers. - Louis Gray
A. for linoleum, tile or hardwood and as long as it's hairfree. Also it depends on the type of candy. - NOT THE CRICKET
A - Janet from FFHound!
D: Pick it up, rinse it off, eat it. - Steve and 4 other people
Pick the carpet/dog hair off and eat it. No time limit. - Ken Morley
B- I probably shouldn't be eating candy anyway. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
B - always. - imabonehead
A or B, depending on the ground/floor/environment. Would say mostly B. - CarlC
(D) I take a picture of it and post about it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Depends on the ground and candy, but I'm probably gonna rinse it off if I can and throw it away if rinsing isn't possible. - Andrew C (✔)
FriendFeed Bookmarklet Hosting: Micah W.'s ffbookmarklet v1.03 "Woot Tube" Release -- draggable version -
FriendFeed Bookmarklet Hosting: Micah W.'s ffbookmarklet v1.03 "Woot Tube" Release --  draggable version
Having trouble with the FF Bookmarklet in Chrome or other browsers? This is an updated version thanks to Micah and sizofroid. To make it easier to install, I'm now hosting it at my site, so you don't have to jump through hoops, you can just drag the updated version to your bookmark bar. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Yay! [update: uh, I don't see the actual bookmarklet on that page] - lris
Hmm, what browser are you using, Iris? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Chrome, Mac. Here's what I see - lris
Well that's weird. Chrome on Windows is working for me. When you go to the FF tools page, is the button there visible for you? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yes it is - lris
Iris, have you disabled JavaScript by chance? I had a coworker test with Chrome on his Mac and it was working for him. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
No. And I did have adblocker running but I disabled it for that site. - lris
I love you. - Melly - #TeamMarina
I love you too, Melly! - Stephen Mack
Iris, hold on, gonna try something to fix it. - Stephen Mack
I'm running Chrome on Windows if that helps, FYI. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Iris, I changed how the image for the button was hosted. Did that fix it for you? - Stephen Mack
Yay! I see it! - lris
Yay! Hmm, you must have some pretty high levels of security set. All I changed was copying the image for the button from FF's server to mine. - Stephen Mack
I am not aware of extra high levels of security. Maybe I'm accidentally extremely careful. :) - lris
I'm sure it's no accident. :) - Stephen Mack
Hopefully no one else is having any trouble? - Stephen Mack
I added the older versions at the bottom, just in case there are any compatibility issues. - Stephen Mack
When I saw "draggable" I first thought it meant the popup can be dragged around within the page, to make it easier to select images that it would ordinarily be covering this old one: I am still using that one, but installed as a dedicated CustomButton. If you have the Firefox add-on installed, it's easy to install the button from here: What I would like to have is a combo of all the goodies into one awesome button. - April Russo
April, that's a cool idea. I couldn't get the one you linked to work for me, though. I wonder if we can beg Micah to add that functionality into his version. - Stephen Mack
I just did. ;) - April Russo
Ah! I don't know about CustomButton, though. What is taht? - Stephen Mack
Which one could you not get to work? The 1st or 2nd link? The 1st is instructions for modifying the official bookmarklet to use the drag & drop popup. The 2nd link requires the CustomButtons add-on installed in Firefox. You'd just click the link on my page to install the button, then right click a Firefox toolbar, go to... more... - April Russo
2nd link. But I see what you mean, it requires the add-on. Does it work on Chrome or IE, or just Firefox? - Stephen Mack
Compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 1.5+ SeaMonkey 2.0+ Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0+ Mozilla Sunbird 0.8-0.9 / Calendar 1.0pre KompoZer 0.8b1-0.8b3 Flock 0.7-1.5+ and Pale Moon (which is what I am using) - April Russo
How to get the FF bookmarklet working in Chrome again (thanks to user "sizofroid")
EDIT: Forget these steps, just go to - Stephen Mack
1. In Chrome, open the page 2. Copy the entire text from that page by hitting Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C - Stephen Mack
3. Show your Chrome bookmarks by hitting Ctrl+Shift+B (if they're hidden) - Stephen Mack
4. Right-click on an empty area of Chrome's bookmark bar, then select "Add page..." from the shortcut menu. - Stephen Mack
5. Under "Name", put in whatever you want the button to appear as (such as "FF+" or "Share on FF"). - Stephen Mack
6. Under "URL", press Ctrl+V to paste in the text you just copied. - Stephen Mack
7. Click Save - Stephen Mack
8. Bookmark stuff. Happy FriendFeeding! - Stephen Mack
Credit to user "sizofroid" ( due to his comment on a post from Amit Patel here: - Stephen Mack
I don't know if sizofroid fixed this code or not (since both the github repository here and the code it calls on Google Drive are anonymously contributed), but whoever wrote this and fixed it, THANK YOU! - Stephen Mack
Per sizofroid in that comment, this replacement bookmarklet works on Safari as well (but I haven't tested that). My instructions are from the perspective of a Windows Chrome user; if I need to modify any of these instructions for MacOS, please let me know. - Stephen Mack
I don't see anything dangerous in the code ( but bear in mind that in theory whoever created this could change the code to be malicious in the future, and in theory possibly add a keyboard logger or blah blah blah so caveat emptor. - Stephen Mack
The code was written by Bret or Paul, no diff from, It's literally just a rehost. My guess is the only thing that needed changed was http://friendfeed to https://friendfeed in the bookmarklet, as has been required for Firefox for 2 years. - NOT THE CRICKET
Just checked and there is a diff, at line 300 iframe.location has been changed to iframe.src (in the working version). - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, I see -- thanks for checking, Jimminy. - Stephen Mack
Thanks VERY much all -- it works! Reposted to Quora friendfeeders: TLDR for Firefox: go to your Bookmarks library, and manually edit the entry for the Friendfeed bookmarklet --change the part of the one-line javascript code from "http://friendfeed" to "https://friendfeed". - Adriano
Adriano, interestingly, just changing the http to https alone doesn't solve it for Chrome, it looks like the other change listed by Jimminy is needed to solve it on Firefox. - Stephen Mack
I backed up both the bookmark code and the bookmarklet code here: - Stephen Mack
Thank you, Stephen. \\ Also, the code for rendering embedded YouTube videos is not part of the bookmarklet. It's on the Friendfeed server side, so hopefully a kind FF engineer will fix the problem to work with the current YouTube API. - Adriano
Hmm, for YouTube, I just manually change the URL to http instead of https, and it usually works. - Stephen Mack
THANK YOU - lris
Mike Tyson does not work :( so wondering what works consistently for YouTube. - Adriano
Youtube, has to be posted manually or while not logged in to google. Friendfeed's linkify on the backend only handles http:// links. Google forces https:// on all pages while logged in. - NOT THE CRICKET
Or you can just delete the pesky "s" before posting. - lris
Iris, when posting from the bookmarklet, it doesn't let you modify the URL. And Google will automatically redirect to the secure protocol, so you can't open the bookmarklet on a non-secure page. - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, my bookmarklet has been kaput for so long I'd forgotten that. :) - lris
So being logged into Google has a hidden side effect, wow, thx. - Adriano
Asking from ignorance: does this work on Macs? - bentley
Adriano, well not all pages, just Google owned sites, like Youtube and stuff. It's pretty common to force logged-in users into using a secure protocol while logged-in as best practices. - NOT THE CRICKET
true, and for Quora pages one must manually append "?share=1" to URL for the benefit of non-Quora viewers. - Adriano
Betsy, it's not a machine problem, merely some bookmark code in the browser one uses. - Adriano
From what I can tell, the iframe.src is a recent Webkit change (effecting Chrome & Safari), and the protocol issue has been prevalent for all mainstream browsers for a few months, due to blocking Mixed Active Content (trying to access HTTP content on an HTTPS page [images get a pass, due to common caching systems]). - NOT THE CRICKET
This is great, thanks Stephen. I've posted an alternate hosting solution for those who want to use dropbox (or extrapolate the idea to other platform to self-host and control one's version of the code) - Micah
Thanks, Adriano. - bentley
Thanks for this useful info :) - Ozgur Uckan
Thank you!! - Amit Patel
Thank you, Stephen! - Maitani
You guys, use Micah's version! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thank you! :) - Pea Bukowski
Just updated! I can't use Micah's version because dropbox is blocked at work. :( - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I self hosted the target javascript, works like a charm. - Andy Bakun
For the interested, I added a feature to make it work with flickr (SEE ) - Micah
Very good - Thank You - YoNews
\o/ - nomnomski
up - ebru
Hmm... did this stop working in Chrome again? Doesn't seem to work w/Version 37.0.2062.124 m. - rönin
Bump: -- version 1.03 by Micah from June, now a draggable image - Stephen Mack
Thank you very much! - pm10
Second lunar eclipse of 2014 will happen tonight! -
Second lunar eclipse of 2014 will happen tonight!
From the page: "This total lunar eclipse will occur on October 8, 2014. It will be visible from North America, parts of Australia, China and Japan. Parts of South Asia, and Eastern Europe will see a partial eclipse. The penumbral phase of the eclipse will begin at 8:17 AM (08:17) UTC on October 8, 2014 and the eclipse will end at 1:32 PM (13:32) UTC the same day. The Moon will be totally eclipsed (totality) for about 58 minutes. This will also be a good time to see the Draconid meteor shower, which is expected to peak on October 8-9, 2014." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
It's a late one -- for the West coast of the U.S., the penumbral eclipse begins at 1:17am, the partial eclipse begins at 2:18am, and full eclipse begins at 3:27am. Maximum eclipse at 3:55am. - Stephen Mack
There is a slight chance I won't be witnessing this. - Stephan from iPhone
Just completed a 5.75 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 5.75 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Had a fantastic weekend in SF with my Burner friends -- Hot Buttered Rum at the Independent on Friday night, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Sat then DJ Dan at Mighty for a friend's birthday party, and then Hardly Strictly Bluegrass again on Sunday, including a close-out set from the incomparable Emmylous Harris. - Stephen Mack
Amazing lineup this year: -- if there's a better free music festival in the world than this, I'd like to know about it. - Stephen Mack
I REALLY wanted to go this year because the lineup was fucking phenomenal, but I couldn't find anyone to go with me and I didn't feel like braving it all alone. Especially bummed that I missed Emmylou, Dawes, and Conor Oberst. :( - Hookuh Tinypants
Awww, sorry Hookuh. Plan on joining me next year! - Stephen Mack
I will! :D Between this and Burning Man, I'm going to stick to you like a bad habit. - Hookuh Tinypants
Awesome! :) - Stephen Mack
We ended up seeing Willie Watson, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Mavis Staples (!!!), and Reckless Kelly on Saturday. On Sunday it was Ralph Stanley, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (amazing), Lake Street Dive (really great, hadn't heard of them before), and Emmylou Harris. A lot of the performances can be streamed from - Stephen Mack
You got to see some really great stuff. Lucky bum. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
I would have loved that....going to dig through the archives - Greg GuitarBuster
<3 - Jenny H. from Android
Envious! - Michael W. May from Android
Just completed a 5.50 mi run - MVARC Bay Trail return! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 5.50 mi run - MVARC Bay Trail return! #RunKeeper
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