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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.
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: Team Marina
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
Play Doh Bubble Guppies Snap & Dress Hair Salon Dora The Explorer Frozen Barbies Cookie Monster Elmo -
Play Doh Bubble Guppies Snap & Dress Hair Salon Dora The Explorer Frozen Barbies Cookie Monster Elmo
No, my kids find the videos about those damn Kinder eggs and then BEG me to buy them. They're not sold in the US! >:[ - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
^ Sorry, random thought. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I *really* need to get Sophie her own YouTube account. - Stephen Mack
:D - Eivind
Guess what time it is? It's Bubble Guppie time! - Eivind
Good: nexus 7 tablets have profiles I can set up so they have their own YouTube. Bad: they can actually watch videos with explicit language because the YouTube app needs an account logged in to enable parental controls but the restricted profiles doesn't allow logins in YouTube. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Fencing Language in “The Princess Bride” [The Princess Bride Official Site] -
Fencing Language in “The Princess Bride” [The Princess Bride  Official Site]
From the official site's news feed: "For years, I would quote the lines, but it wasn't until my first years of fencing (and quite a bit of research & inquiring) that I understood what they were talking about. [...] The quotation begins with Inigo, pushing Wesley (The Man in Black) back in retreat with his consistent attacks. 'Bonetti’s Defense' refers to the Italian swordmaster Rocco Bonetti, who established a 'School of Arms' in London in 1576. An unusual reference, as Bonetti was much hated by English fencing masters of the time (i.e. critically bashed by George Silver in his Paradoxes of Defence [1599]) and was killed in a duel against a man named Austen Bagger (who, during the duel, was 'quite drunk' and 'easily defeated' Bonetti)." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Frozen Elsa and Disney Frozen Anna Magnet Paper Dolls and Snowman Olaf Toy Review -
Frozen Elsa and Disney Frozen Anna Magnet Paper Dolls and Snowman Olaf Toy Review
Her voice is 'totally awesome'! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Heh, this is from Sophie on her iPad. I need to get her her own account for favorites. But she loves this series of videos. - Stephen Mack
Follow me for a minute. So you start with this: "Funky Kingston" by Toots and the Maytals (1972/1975), (see
Follow me for a minute. So you start with this: "Funky Kingston" by Toots and the Maytals (1972/1975), (see
And then TJR samples that and makes "Funky Vodka" last year: - Stephen Mack
And then Pitbull turns that into "Don't Stop The Party": (Warning: The video is basically porn with product placement.) - Stephen Mack
Does it continue? - NOT THE CRICKET
Are y'all having a good time out there? - Stephen Mack
Same thing happened with Etta James - Somethings Got a Hold On Me, to Avicii - Levels (2011), which was sampled by everything in 2012, probably most famously Flo Rida - Good Feeling. - NOT THE CRICKET
Yeah, we talked about that in December: - Stephen Mack
Heh, so we did. - NOT THE CRICKET
There's another one that someone brought up recently, but I can't remember what it was. It was an old track that was sampled, and then resampled as an extremely generic line in a huge number of songs over the past 15-20 years. - NOT THE CRICKET
Thing is, with Etta James, if you listen to "Something's Got A Hold On Me" only the first few seconds carry through to Flo Rida's "Good Feeling." But if you listen to "Funky Kingston" and then to "Don't Stop The Party" you really are listening to the same groove the entire time, just sped up a lot and with Pitbull's singing ("singing") superimposed. He even kept that crazy drum bit. - Stephen Mack
Bump -- at Burning Man this year, there was a camp on the Esplanade that was doing a reggae night early on in the week, and the DJ played the most AMAZING cover of Funky Kingston. It was completely resampled, but nothing like the TJR version. Been looking but can't find it -- hard to search for, because everyone is only talking about the TJR version or the Pitbull version. But anyway, hearing Funky Kingston out there made me so happy. - Stephen Mack
Do you remember the name of the camp? My friends' camp has their own mailing list and FB page so if this other camp did, you could probably track the DJ down. - Spidra Webster
Spidra, that's a good idea. I will do some detective work! I'll need to look at pics to figure out the camp name, since I only remember its vicinity and appearance, not its name. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I know back in the brief period when I was deejaying, I liked it when people had questions. Meant they were listening. - Spidra Webster
Here's a reggae version: The Nextmen feat Dynamite MC - So Many Girls (2009) - NOT THE CRICKET
Also I'm guessing it was Club Neu Verboten that had "Late Night Reggae w/ Rastahmahn" on the 25th of August. Event: - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, Jimminy, you've been resourceful! We actually did go to that and it was good (one of our campmates REALLY liked reggae), but that's an indoor camp, and the one that played the TJR remix was outdoors. I may be mixing up the evenings. - Stephen Mack
Was it the version with Bootsy Collins and The Roots? I like that one. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Jimminy, it wasn't the Nextmen's version, but I'm enjoying it. - Stephen Mack
Starmama, fantastic! I'm listening to this version: -- but that wasn't it either. It was about as fast as the TJR version, and had some of the same samples, but wasn't the TJR version. - Stephen Mack
Sonic Boom Six - Monkey See Monkey Do And then there is the (Rogue Troopers Remix) - NOT THE CRICKET
How are you finding all these? - Stephen Mack
Who Sampled, I used it in the other thread for Levels I think. I use it occasionally to find the original tracks that have been sampled. - NOT THE CRICKET
Then just going to Youtube and punching them in. - NOT THE CRICKET
Tone-Loc - Funky Westside - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, I should have guessed. Good work! - Stephen Mack
But I didn't find the one you were talking about, I don't think. - NOT THE CRICKET
These are all pretty cool, but the closest is actually the TJR version. :) I might have exaggerated when I said it was "nothing like." If I had to guess, it was probably a mix of the TJR version. - Stephen Mack
Just completed a 5.32 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 5.32 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Sammy, regarding the rental Ford Explorer (while my minivan is being repaired): "Sophie! Look! The windows go ALL the way down, like grown-up windows!" Sophie: "*gasp* I *LOVE* this car!"
Things that matter to kids. Lol! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I know! They also like the seat warmers. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Does the door open from inside like grown-up doors? :) - Eivind
Eivind: They have trouble with the door actually-- they miss the minivan's sliding doors. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy Ninth Birthday, Samuel -
Sammy in 2014, at the Santa Clara County Fair with a snake around his neck
How is he 9 already? - Stephen Mack
So big! Happy birthday, to your little dude. - Anika
I don't believe it! Happy Birthday, Samuel! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Love that kid! - Yvonne Renee
Thanks, Anika, Melly and Yvonne! I'm getting all teary-eyed. :) - Stephen Mack
Happy Sammy Day! Yay! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Happy Birthday, Mr. Samuel! - vicster: full-bodied
Dropbox is insane. This policy is nuts: "Question: Will joining someone else's shared folder use my quota?" [Dropbox Help] -
Dropbox is insane. This policy is nuts: "Question: Will joining someone else's shared folder use my quota?" [Dropbox Help]
Answer: "The size of a shared folder will be counted against the quota of every member of that folder, unless everyone is a member of the same Dropbox for Business account. For Business accounts, the size of the shared folder will be counted against the team's shared quota only once. For all other users, your Dropbox storage quota is calculated by adding up the total amount of data in your Dropbox folder, including all shared folders. As a result, the owner of a Dropbox Basic 18 GB (2 GB + bonus storage earned through referrals) account will not be able to collaborate on a shared folder larger than 18 GB. One reason this policy exists is to prevent people from giving themselves unlimited space by stacking Basic accounts with shared folders." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
My camp is trying to share photos from Burning Man. We started out on Flickr, but Flickr requires everyone have a Yahoo e-mail, and some people resisted. So we gave Dropbox a try. Now everyone who joins the shared folder is out of quota. - Stephen Mack
I guess we'll try Google Drive or Shutterfly next. - Stephen Mack
If people don't want full rez, just upload to G+ and you'll get 2k resolution unlimited photos for free. - Steve and 4 other people
the dropbox thing is baffling. what a strange solution to "we don't want people to be cheap". - Jenica
Steve: G+ might work, although if people didn't want to create a Yahoo account, not sure how they'll feel about G+ accounts. - Stephen Mack
Jenica: I know! It seems completely nuts to me. - Stephen Mack
I think G+ has the same problem as Google Drive right? Do you have a non-google e-mail address I can try to share a GDrive folder with? - Steve and 4 other people
Sure, you could use my address - Stephen Mack
Done. Do you want to share a folder? - Steve and 4 other people
Got it! Thanks, Steve. (Curious: Why do those files have such bizarre filenames?) - Stephen Mack
So what I ended up doing since half of us are on Dropbox already is to use "links" instead of "shares" -- I have one shared folder for uploads, which I then move into the "linked" folder. Still pretty lame. - Stephen Mack
Yup, I have this same problem with Dropbox. We have a license to a bunch of tutorial videos for WordPress, and the creator shares the new versions with us through Dropbox. Each time he shares the updated videos, it blows right through my Dropbox quota, and I have to remove everything else in order to accept the sharing invitation. Then, it gets a little dicey, because I'm never sure if... more... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Those filenames are just what Amazon MP3 generated, unfortunately. :( - Steve and 4 other people
@Stephen, if Google Drive doesn't work, rant about why and I'll tell our people what we should do to fix. - Louis Gray
Is it just me, or is "AT&T Next" a pretty bad deal? -
Is it just me, or is "AT&T Next" a pretty bad deal?
For the high end iPhone 6+, you'd end up paying twice as much over 20 months or 24 months, plus you have to trade in your old phone. It's slightly better if you switch your plan to their new plan, but I don't want to give up my grandfathered unlimited data plan - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
If you really want the new phone, and are not eligible to upgrade yet (24 month contract not yet matured), it's still cheaper to just pay the upgrade price than the AT&T Next price. - Stephen Mack
I guess some people prefer installment plans than lump sums. - Stephen Mack
Yeah, I think a lot of folks just don't have enough spare at once to just pay outright - and some just don't do the math. - Jennifer Dittrich
It'd still be cheaper to make your own installment plan on a credit card (which is required to pay either the Next fee or the one-time fee). What am I missing? I just don't get why anyone would do it. - Stephen Mack
Other than not doing the math, as you say. But is it really that hard to realize $47.50 x 20 is almost $1,000? - Stephen Mack
Due to bad experiences when trying to buy blizzcon tickets and taking too long then losing the tickets and my spot in line, I just continued on with AT&T's 2 yr. to move through the purchase as fast as possible. I was interested in switching to T-mobile, but meh. And yeah, hard to give up the grandfathered unlimited plan, even though it's not so unlimited anymore. :P - Arlan K.
possibly also appealing to people who don't want to be tied to a contract? - holly #ravingfangirl
Yeah, I could see that - though that's why I bailed and went to T-Mobile eventually. Lower price, just about the same service. - Jennifer Dittrich
Arlan, yeah, I spent some time looking at the new plans, and honestly it may have worked out cheaper to switch, But I didn't want to hassle with it today. - Stephen Mack
Holly, good point. Not being tied to a contract is definitely worth a premium. - Stephen Mack
wait how is it worse? it's basically a 0% loan. All payments add up to the up front no contract price. What am I missing? - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
iPhone 6 32GB = $749. Next 12 pricing is $37.50 a month. $37.50x20 = $750. - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
Jeff, my price for the iPhone 6 32GB was $299 with the 2-year contract. - Stephen Mack
ahhh w/ contract. Did you also take in to account the extra $15-$25/month you pay for service w/ a contract phone vs. no contract phone? - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
I'd only have to pay that if I switched to the new rate plan. On my grandfathered plan, first line is free, second is $9.99. - Stephen Mack
They talked about AT&T Next giving a plan discount of $15 to $25 -- is it that fee to tie your phone to the contract that gets discounted? - Stephen Mack
i saw someone post an article that compared getting a no contract phone for $649 w/ the lower monthly plan price vs. a contract phone w/ the higher monthly plan. After 2 years the phone+service costs ended up being $100 cheaper for the non-contract option - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
yes Stephen, I get a $25/line discount for having non subsidized phones - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
That part doesn't make sense to me -- how does it work? - Stephen Mack
so your OP should really be titled "is contract pricing a better deal than non-contract pricing"... because Next is really the same net effect financially as buying the phone outright day one (just helps people w/ cash flow issues) - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
let me see if i can find a link to explain better than i can :) standby - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
Going to I do see now that the AT&T Next price of $950 is the exact same as the contract-free T-Mobile price of $949 for the 128-gig 6+. - Stephen Mack
Over a two-year contract, for example, a regular AT&T customer and iPhone devotee might pay $2,810. That's $200 for the first, subsidized 16 GB iPhone, $650 for a mid-contract upgrade to Apple's latest, a $40 upgrade fee and $1,920 (before tax) over the 24-month period for a single line with unlimited talk and text and 2GB of data. An AT&T Next 12 customer, meanwhile, might pay $2,340 —... more... - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
Hmm. I think Today's analysis is a little bit simplistic. They aren't capturing all of what we're discussing here. Too many options! Head hurts. I just re-upped with AT&T and sold my soul for 2 more years. - Stephen Mack
better link than mine :) - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
Heh: "They’re all extremely complicated. And make no mistake, carriers like it that way — it’s easier to overcharge if customers don’t know it’s happening." - Stephen Mack from iPhone
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
but a lich ain't one. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
(There's some weird-ass imagery in this song.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The concept of self pet wash confuses me.
I mean, dogs are smart and all. But can they even afford $12? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Where do they even carry their money? - Brian Johns
why do they charge $12 for a dog to use its tongue? - Big Joe Silence
^ What I was thinking. - Spidra Webster
unless, of course, they're simply charging $12 to the SPECTATORS. 0_o - Big Joe Silence
So it's like a burlesque show? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The craziest thing I did at Burning Man this year? Fell 10 feet off this dome. #saturdayff
It was the Sunday of temple burn, and I was helping break down our camp. Our ladder was not quiiiiite tall enough. - Stephen Mack
So, I clambered on up the dome itself. We loosened the top central bolt successfully. And then I was working on one of the next five hubs. I was anchored and prepared for it to shift when the bolt came off. - Stephen Mack
But I wasn't prepared for the entire area I was perched on to shift as well. I kind of rolled off and there was nothing to grab onto. So I fell. - Stephen Mack
Fortunately, some old Hapkido training kicked in: I landed on my side, with a pretty good arm slap to break my fall. Everyone in camp was freaked out, but I just stood up and said I was fine. - Stephen Mack
After that, we got the tallest guy in camp to do the bolts, and our neighbors across the street (AEZ, one of the cooler camps around) loaned us a taller ladder. Both of which were things we should have done from the beginning. - Stephen Mack
The bad part is that we were TRYING to be careful, since we'd also had an accident setting up the dome: The tall guy had accidentally dropped one of the bars while stretching up to secure one of the top hubs, and it struck our camp leader on the chest, leaving a nasty gouge. It could have been REALLY bad if it had hit her elsewhere. - Stephen Mack
One of the frequent Burning Man refrains is "safety third" but we internalized that a bit too much this year, I think. - Stephen Mack
We set up a white board with a "0 DAYS SINCE LAST ACCIDENT" and later had to switch DAYS to HOURS because of our many frequent (but fortunately minor) mishaps this year. - Stephen Mack
Note to self: Bring a taller ladder next year. - Stephen Mack
My neck was a bit sore on Wednesday, but otherwise no ill effects. - Stephen Mack
All in all, a great year. Fabulous art, thunder and lightning, great crew, amazing burns, new experiences (including working a greeter shift and running a 5k). I have zero complaints and miss the playa deeply. - Stephen Mack
--fin-- - Stephen Mack
Screw a taller ladder, bring a giant. - Steve C Team Marina
All I saw was: Screw a giant. - Kristin
I'm glad you're okay! - Spidra Webster
Again: GoPro that stuff, Stephen. - Louis Gray
One of the guys in camp set up his GoPro of the dome assembly. Haven't seen the footage yet. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
imma tall, you could just bring me, ;) - chaz2b
Done deal, Chaz! - Stephen Mack
The Official 2014 KFury Apple Predictions Post -
Kevin writes: "After writing Apple prediction posts for the past 15 years (no, seriously, I predicted the iPad in 2001) I’ve learned that the most accurate predictions are rarely the ones that get the most link-love, but I’m drawn to the task like a moth to the flame, so here goes." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I don't see anything in Kevin's predictions that I disagree with. - Stephen Mack
Also, where do you guys wanna discuss tomorrow's conference? We could dust off one of the old Group rooms, maybe. Like - Stephen Mack
No mention about Metal? I think Apple is very slowly making progress in how they handle games. Metal probably won't be a big thing this year, but it's foundational to the future. - Andrew C (✔)
I'd love it if there was something totally out of the blue. "Oh, and one more thing: Introducing the Apple iFlyingCar." - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Apple Pippin's coming back! - Mark Trapp
iPoop - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Kevin did pretty well. No HomeKit, he was off about the 5cs, and about 6+ being later, and not as much Siri news as he predicted, but most of his predictions held up. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
A Private Eye Must Stop A Thief Who Steals Faces [io9] -
A Private Eye Must Stop A Thief Who Steals Faces [io9]
From the blog post: "El Ladrón de Caras (The Face Thief) was made by students at the PrimerFrame school of animation, and it manages to tell its story, including the sigh-inducing end, without dialogue." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Video is here: (11:49). Worth a watch. - Stephen Mack
I thought this was another plots badly explained. - Betsy
Heh, Betsy, not in this case. I really enjoyed this short standalone piece. - Stephen Mack
A guy is dreaming about being part of a team that fucks with other people's dreams -- or is he? #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly
POLL: Do you have paper maps in your car?
(Image credit: Vintage 1968 Texaco Paper Road Map of Oregon, on sale for $3 on Etsy: - Stephen Mack
My answer: Nope. Not for at least five years now. - Stephen Mack
Yes - one of WA, one of the US and Canada. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Yes, many from all over the place. - Todd Hoff
I still use paper maps. - John (bird whisperer)
yes. I keep one of Michigan roads just in case. I haven't needed it often. But the few times I have, it's been invaluable. - MoTO: Team Marina
Of course. I didn't get a smart phone till a year ago and I much prefer a paper map. - Betsy
Nope - Glen Campbell
Nope. They're under my bed. - Anika
yes. - Lnorigb
Nope. - Louis Gray
Yes. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
For the record my car also has a tape deck. - Steve C Team Marina
probably ones I printed out from Google and neglected to throw away. - Steele Lawman
yes, I keep an atlas of the US in there - ellbeecee
Yes, several. - Anne Bouey from iPhone
Not anymore. I do have an atlas at home for getting a general sense of places I might want to visit. - Amit Patel
I should add, part of the reason I have a couple of paper maps are the couple of times I've been stuck somewhere needing directions when either my phone has died, or there's no service. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yes, mostly for CA, but I have east coast ones at home in the file cabinet. I think there are a few AAA guidebooks in the car, too, come to think of it. - Corinne L
Yes, absolutely, city maps where we drive frequently. CSAA even mails maps (since the nearby office closed). - Walt Crawford
I still have some Hagstrom county books from the 90's, but no car. :P - April Russo
I don't think so. It's entirely possible there are still one or two atlases in the ex-wife's car, though (which used to be mine). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I didn't realize it but yes, we do. Joy actually pulled one out of the glove box the other day and began using it! - Jim: with more caffeine!
I have a small Yellow Pages which has a local street directory, and I think we have a Gold Coast map in there somewhere. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Yes. - joey
Yes I do. - Stefano.
Nope. Last time was in 2010. - Kevin Johnson from Android
yes - Tamara J. B.
I did when I had a car. I never used them, but I liked them being there. Before GPS went crazy, I used maps religiously. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Nope. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Yes (only for Rome. but wasn't opened in ages) - Xabaras (G.O.)
At home. GPS in car. - Janet from FFHound!
I've never owned a car. - Eivind
Yes paper maps still rock but then so does Onstar - WarLord
A 30-Foot Skull Will Ignite Burning Man In A Blaze Of Projection Mapped Glory [The Creators Project] -
A 30-Foot Skull Will Ignite Burning Man In A Blaze Of Projection Mapped Glory [The Creators Project]
A 30-Foot Skull Will Ignite Burning Man In A Blaze Of Projection Mapped Glory [The Creators Project]
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From the article at The Creators Project: "[S]et to debut on August 25 in Black Rock City, Shogyo Mujo is a collaborative installation between artist Joshua Harker and designer Bart Kresa that reminds us of these projection mapped Mexican gods, in the best way possible. Featured as part of the Caravansary theme of this year's Burning Man, the two have spent the entire past year collaborating on the 30-ft projection mapped skull, despite never meeting in person." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Apparently this only worked on Saturday night. I missed it! Ah well. - Stephen Mack
Lewis's Law: "The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism." --Helen Lewis (via -
Lewis's Law: "The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism." --Helen Lewis (via
(Found on the comments of which was posted by Victor, - Stephen Mack
Hi FF! I'm back. Had a great time. Missed you all. I don't have my pictures uploaded yet, so in the meantime here's one Paul Buchheit posted to his Facebook timeline, of the immense sculpture "Embrace" burning on Friday morning.
Don't worry, I'll just pull them down from icloud. - Todd Hoff
Paul's caption ( Camilla: "It looks like they have a really intense headache" - Stephen Mack
Todd and Cristo: :) - Stephen Mack
The second craziest thing I did at Burning Man: Ran a 5K In the desert.
If not did it wobble too and fro did you tie it in a knot did you tie it in a bow? - Steve C Team Marina
It was a little crazy, but not nearly as crazy as the 50K (31 mile) event the same camp organized for the day before: -- I'd love to work up to be able to run that one too. Someday. - Stephen Mack
Cristo & Steve: I did in fact wear my regular running attire. Of the 200 runners, I'd say about 4-5 ran it naked or topless. - Stephen Mack
(So not dissimilar to Bay To Breakers, really.) - Stephen Mack
Cristo: I'll post about the first craziest thing later. :) - Stephen Mack
You know what triggers my latent OCD sometimes? The fact that September, October, November and December are not the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th months.
Image: Matinée de Septembre (or September Morn), a painting by the French artist Paul Émile Chabas (1869–1937). "Painted over three summers ending in 1912, it became famous when it provoked a scandal in the USA." Via - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"Ultimately, the painting would be labelled as kitsch by critics who thought it lacking in interesting artistic features: contrast, coordinated lines, and a worthy subject." Ouch! - Brian Johns
Sparky: Yeah, critics are mean! - Stephen Mack
And I have always liked this painting, kitschy or not. - Stephen Mack
But! Back to month names. - Stephen Mack
How do we fix this? Well, the easiest fix would be to remove the two months added latest, January and February. And then stick them at the end of the year. So we'd essentially shift every month down two spots. - Stephen Mack
But I actually think "May" is a terrible name for a month. If you buy that "June" is named after the Latin word "iuniores" (young men; juniors) and that May is named after the Latin word "maiores" (grown men; majors) then we have two months dedicated to young and old men. (Via .) No one needs that. So we should remove those two, shift the rest up two, and then come up with two new month names for the 11th and 12th months. - Stephen Mack
I am therefore hereby calling for submissions for new month names. - Stephen Mack
(Note that "June" is typically described as being named after the goddess Juno. e.g. - Stephen Mack
"Stupid Smarch weather." - Victor Ganata
We could always just go back to the old Roman calendar of 10 months plus 60 days of Winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). :D #WinterIsComing #decimalization #metricization - Victor Ganata
Thinking about this more, I think it would probably just be easier to rename September, October, November, and December to things that aren't numerical. Problem solved! - Victor Ganata
If 9=Septem, 10=Octo, 11=Novem, 12=Decem bothers you, can you imagine how people must've been really irritated by the fact that New Year's Day was March 25th? - Victor Ganata
Can you imagine if we still had a month called Sextilis? #iam12 - Victor Ganata
^ I think we need that month again. - Stephen Mack
Sextilis, nine months later, Natalis ;) - Pete : Team Marina
nowadays we no longer need the calendar to know when to sow, I wonder how it could be a 400-days-long year, with ten months, each with four ten-days weeks, with three day of festivity per week - mario leone
Mario, why a 400 day year? Don't we still need it to be 365.3? Or do you want the seasons to shift? - Stephen Mack
I think we don't, seasons may shift, they would shift without the leap years - mario leone
But we have leap years just so the seasons don't shift! I'm all for decimalization, but I think a basic requirement of an annual calendar is that it should actually align to the period of time it takes the Earth to revolve around the sun. - Stephen Mack
Proposal: 10 "months", each with 6 weeks of 6 days, (so "month" = 36 days), with 5.3 days of 'bonus' time between the 'end' of a year and the 'start' of the next. Days are still 24 hours of course. 'Bonus' time may or may not be used as in the 'Purge' movies. :) - Ken Gidley
Metric time: 1 year = 10 months, 1 month = 10 weeks, 1 week = 10 days, 1 day = 10 hours, 1 hour = 100 minutes, 1 minute = 100 seconds, with seconds redefined appropriately :D Screw solstices, the moon, and sunrises and sunsets! - Victor Ganata
So THAT'S how The Purge got started! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
And that's the news on Quintidi, Fructidor the 5th, 221. - David Lounsbury from iPhone
I swear that I heard this conversation just the other day in the office. - NOT THE CRICKET
Just completed a 2.94 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 2.94 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
This was my return to MVARC and their Monday track runs after a two month absence! - Stephen Mack
Yay! :-) - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man [The Atlantic] -
The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man [The Atlantic]
The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man [The Atlantic]
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From the article: " 'Burning Man is like a big family picnic,' festival founder Larry Harvey told me. 'Would you sell things to one another at a family picnic? No, you’d share things.' " - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
The part at the beginning about the airport is fascinating. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Are you going this year? We really have to figure out a meetup! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Yup! 7 & E. I'll invite you to our camp parties! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
hooray! I'll be around 3:00 and I again. And I love me some parties! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm counting down until next year. Have a delightful burn, everyone. - joey
*hugs* Sorry you won't be there Joey. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Back to school!
Second and third graders now. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
They're adorable! I forgot to take a pic of Jayden today, starting 10th grade. He's wearing a tee shirt I won on Twitter, from a Warriors fan who's a graphic designer, and I wanted to tweet him a photo of J in the shirt. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
goodness Jayden is in 10th grade? I like the outfit colors that accentuate the cuteness - Steve C Team Marina
The zip line whisperer (a Burning Man #saturdayff story)
So it was Sunday, September 1, 2013, the last full day of the art festival in the Black Rock Desert called Burning Man (, and I was walking somewhere along C street near 6:30 street, and I had passed by this zip line at a theme camp every day for a week. - Stephen Mack
And I had kept telling myself, "Oh, yeah, have to ride that zip line." But I realized on that Sunday that I'd best give it a try now or there wouldn't be another chance. - Stephen Mack
So I climbed on up the first platform. - Stephen Mack
And then I clambered up the ladder for the second platform. - Stephen Mack
Still more ladders? Okay. Up I go. - Stephen Mack
And then there's a bit of a queue. A few people in front of me. Great view. 40 feet up, maybe? - Stephen Mack
(The photo I chose here is not the actual zip line in question, which I didn't actually get a photo of. Instead it was lifted from .) - Stephen Mack
Then I see the last little climb up to the top of the works, a complicated bit of steps and ladders and a seated arrangement, where you grab the line and slip forward and hurtle down to the mattress-padded landing area below -- and I can hear the man with the zip line camp giving the instructions. Tall guy, long beard, shades, calm, good sense of humor. I don't know his name, but let's call him Fred. - Stephen Mack
No GoPro video or Google Glass? - Louis Gray
A woman goes down, not quite following instructions but flipping all over the place and yipping her excitement. - Stephen Mack
I look down. Now, I'm not afraid of heights, but it occurs to me I'm pretty high off the ground. - Stephen Mack
A guy goes down, he's Swiss I think, and he's cheering. - Stephen Mack
And then the guy in front of me, it's his turn. He's breathing pretty hard. "I'm afraid of heights," he says. - Stephen Mack
And Fred nods. "That's no problem," Fred says. "You can do this." - Stephen Mack
And the guy starts to panic. "I want to go down," he says quickly. "I can't do this." - Stephen Mack
And Fred nods. "Sure," says Fred. "You can go down. I'll help you climb back down. But are you sure that's what you want?" - Stephen Mack
And the guy swallows and says, "No, I want to ride the zip line. But I can't." - Stephen Mack
And Fred begins whispering to him. Fred has his hand on this guy's knee. And the guy is nodding. And Fred is speaking calmly, slowly, never letting go of the guy's knee. And before too long the guy takes one last nod, and one last look at Fred, and then he's off, a slide forward from the chair into thin air, only his hands on the line, and he's zipping down 40 feet to the playa below. - Stephen Mack
Then Fred winks at me. "You heard all that?" - Stephen Mack
I nod, and am ready to go. - Stephen Mack
"That guy had a hard time," I say lamely. Fred nods. And he winks at me again. - Stephen Mack
"That guy did fucking awesome," says Fred. - Stephen Mack
... - Stephen Mack
Fred is the zip line whisperer. He's fucking awesome. That zip line camp is fucking awesome. Burning Man is fucking awesome. Being afraid of heights is not so awesome. But being afraid of heights, and riding a 40 foot zip line in 100 degree heat in the desert? That's fucking awesome. - Stephen Mack
--fin-- - Stephen Mack
Louis: Nah. Neither of those items would go over well, and the Google Glass in particular I don't think would last long in that environment. The dust would destroy it. - Stephen Mack
I had my own zipline whisperer once. I was taking a "challenge ropes course" my second year in college, trying to cope with my fear of heights. Even though it was terrifying for me, I completed every 'high element' of the course, including the "Pamper Pole" (you can imagine). The instructor and my fellow students were awesome! They never stopped being supportive and encouraging, no matter how much I panicked. My hat's off to Fred. He sounds like good people. :) - Jenny H. from Android
(Oh, and Tamara and Adam once talked me through the zipline above the Fremont Street Experience. They're also very good people!) - Jenny H. from Android
I rode the zipline they put over Robson Square in downtown Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. Free ride, but long lines... I went late at night for a shorter line. I figured I could always ride another zipline later, but how many chances would I get to ride one in a city? - Andrew C (✔)
Stephen, someone put a GoPro on a hula hoop in 2012. - NOT THE CRICKET
Also, that guy's awesome. - NOT THE CRICKET
Jimminy, interesting video (although they seemed to be going for a particular body type, geez) -- I like how the different frame of reference (that is, from the hula hoop's point of view) alters everything. But I think there's a difference between using a GoPro as part of an art exhibit versus just wearing one and going around filming people. Not to say that people don't do it, but it's not something I'd do on the playa. - Stephen Mack
Stepheb, yeah I noticed the body type thing, I actually thought there were some guys from memory, but I guess not. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
How Long Should TV Viewers Wait Before Disclosing Show Spoilers? [Deadline] -
From the article: How long to wait? "At least a day according to 27.7% of DVR users surveyed by TiVo last month — with 10.9% voting for at least two days and 22.7% supporting even longer. On the flip side, 22.5% would wait less than a day, including 12.6% who say everything’s fair game the instant a show airs. (Some 16.6% don’t care.) It’s more than just a question of digital age etiquette: About 30% of respondents in Pacific Time states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, say they avoid the Internet altogether when a program with an ending they care about airs in other time zones. That’s 'a fairly significant change' in behavior, TiVo Chief Research Officer Jonathan Steuer tells me. The survey of 14,673 TiVo subscribers is the first time the DVR company has tried to put its arms around the subject. Spoilers are becoming increasingly irksome as the ranks of time shifters grows: An average of 177.7M people watched some time shifted TV each month in Q1, up 7% from the same period last year, Nielsen says." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Hmm, the image didn't come across. Anyway, some hard data about viewer prefs. It will be interesting to see these change over time. - Stephen Mack
Around a day seems to work for me, though if I'm worried about it, I'm careful about where I hang out. I'm not crazy about it, I just prefer not to know some stuff in advance. I wonder if people will just get more used to spoilers as the schedules stretch out, or less tolerant? - Jennifer Dittrich
I tend to do it for a week. Considering digital delays & dvr. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Movies, generally get spoiled in days, but they are optional and available roughly on demand. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Zero. - Todd Hoff
Happy birthday, Bubba!
Happy Birthday! - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy Bubba Day!!! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy birthday!! :) - Tamara J. B.
Thanks y'all! - Just another Bubba from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday! :) - LB is tickety-boo! from Android
Happy Birthday, Bubba! - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Happy birthday Scott :) - Pete : Team Marina
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