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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.
"Americans cannot sit still." #saturdayff
My mom told me that, when I was in eighth grade. We were at a school function (a choir recital, I think). We had just returned to America from England a year before. - Stephen Mack
She pointed out all the people standing up, moving around, fidgeting, rocking, tapping their feet. - Stephen Mack
Even during the part where everyone is expected to pay attention, hardly anyone was. Whispering, nudging, looking around -- almost everyone in the cafeteria-acting-as-an-auditorium was restless. - Stephen Mack
My mom taught me many things, but one of the more useful skills she gave me was the ability to sit still. - Stephen Mack
I thought about this last night, at the show I went to in Santa Cruz with my friend Elizabeth -- Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers. Fantastic show. But I couldn't help but notice all the people on their phones, or getting up and leaving during songs, returning during songs, or otherwise doing things other than listening to the music. - Stephen Mack
It may be delusion or false memory, but I generally remember in England at school functions most of the audience was still, most of the time. - Stephen Mack
"Americans cannot sit still." - Stephen Mack
imma gonna let you get back to your "americans cannot sit still," but, time out, more about this banjo concert you attended please? ;) - chaz2b
Heh, Chaz, that was the end of my saturdayff/rant. :) Here's the tour info: -- Steve played banjo with the six members of The Steep Canyon Rangers. 90 minute set, including the song that got him back into performing banjo on stage (and won him a Grammy), "The Crow." He also spoke a lot between songs, and was generally hilarious. - Stephen Mack
thank you mr mack; and have i told you lately how jealous of you i am? :) - chaz2b
:) My favorite song he did was this one: Atheists Don't Have No Songs: - Stephen Mack
That one was a capella, though, which doesn't capture the amazing instrumentality of the seven musicians on stage. Here's the video for Jubilation Day: - Stephen Mack
I can pay attention better if I'm fidgeting or doing things with my hands (like doodling) but I have ADHD. :) - Katy S from iPhone
Heh, Katy, that's a good reason. :) And I should have mentioned it was your #saturdayff today that triggered me to post this one. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Normally, in meetings, I warn people who don't know me that I'll be doodling and why so they don't think I'm being rude. - Katy S from iPhone
Give me a bottle of wine, a remote and try me. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Rochelle, that sounds like a bet I'd lose. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Just completed a 5.52 mi run - MVARC, new route this week. Great group. #RunKeeper
Just completed a 5.52 mi run - MVARC, new route this week. Great group. #RunKeeper
Yay! A longer run with the group this time. :) - Tamara J. B.
Yeah! Wicked windy running out, then it was sweet to have that wind at our backs on the return trip. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I was in the library the other day -- I saw the weirdest thing. This guy comes up to the circulation desk, and he's all, "I'd like a cheeseburger and fries please!" And so the librarian says, "Sir! This is a library!" The guy turns pale. "Sorry! Sorry!" *whispers* "I'd like a cheeseburger and fries please."
(via my friend Elizabeth.) - Stephen Mack
(Pic via Soup's post, , which reminded me of the joke) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I saw this ad a few years ago... :-) - Amira
"The Latest Facebook UI Change" -- a short play by Stephen Mack
Stephen: I like the rain. - Stephen Mack
Stephen: Oh! The man on the train yesterday told a funny joke. I can't quite remember. Something about existentialism. - Stephen Mack
Stephen: Why are you so intrusive and annoying? Do you have to behave this way? - Stephen Mack
[A fight ensues. Everyone dies. The end.] - Stephen Mack
I've discovered if you click through to the comments of a post then like it when you come back they don't offer more shit for you to like. Life continues. The End. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I've discovered that you can easily ignore that shit and move on. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Lucy Liu is JUST like George Takei. Lol! - Yvonne from FFHound!
She's EXACTLY the same. - Stephen Mack
Stephen needs on of those genius grants to expand on the concept. - MoTO Moca Blend
I'd settle for an artist-in-residence program at Moosicorn. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks for the good laugh, Stephen! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Oh man, S-MAX. That is a million dollar idea, a Moosicorn Artist's Retreat. Featured program: "Write & Rye" - MoTO Moca Blend
SAM gets all the credit. He built a cabin and everything. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
BRAVO! - Josh Haley
People keep asking me why I'm in such a good mood.
At least three reasons I can think of. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The recently released iOS 7.1 fixes a really annoying behavior introduced in 7.0: In the mail app, when moving items into a folder, it no longer scrolls the folder list down a bit each time (making it a pain to file two or more mails in the same folder).
I'm a simple man. Simple things please me. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Fatal accidents following changes in daylight savings time: the American experience -
Fatal accidents following changes in daylight savings time: the American experience
"Conclusions: The sleep deprivation on the Monday following shift to DST in the spring results in a small increase in fatal accidents. The behavioral adaptation anticipating the longer day on Sunday of the shift from DST in the fall leads to an increased number of accidents suggesting an increase in late night (early Sunday morning) driving when traffic related fatalities are high possibly related to alcohol consumption and driving while sleepy. Public health educators should probably consider issuing warnings both about the effects of sleep loss in the spring shift and possible behaviors such as staying out later, particularly when consuming alcohol in the fall shift. Sleep clinicians should be aware that health consequences from forced changes in the circadian patterns resulting from DST come not only from physiological adjustments but also from behavioral responses to forced circadian changes." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
PDT, PST -- I don't care. Pick one, stick with it. F THIS TIME CHANGE B.S. People actually die. - Stephen Mack
Proof of concepts in Arizona and Hawaii already. If it works for them, let's all do the same. - Stephen Mack
I'm with Stephen. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I totally agree, Stephen. This time change makes no sense whatsoever. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I'm also with Stephan. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Do we get those lives back in the fall when people are extra rested? - Eivind from Android
Eivind is on a roll when it comes to his comments this evening. - Friar Will
Heh, Eivind. Lisa, I like that you're with me twice! - Stephen Mack
Technically, yes. I am with you twice. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Surely, we should have a national holiday the Monday & Tuesday after the time change… - Amit Patel
Thought of this when I saw this story: - Anika
Daylight Savings is, by definition, a waste of time. One could also argue it's unproductive. - Louis Gray
It's also "Daylight Saving Time". - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
Please join us in in "Kindler's List," the FF book club. Our selection for March is "When I Found You" by Catherine Ryan Hide. -
Please join us in in "Kindler's List," the FF book club. Our selection for March is "When I Found You" by Catherine Ryan Hide.
Kindler's List room is open to all -- please stop on by! It's focused on selecting one of the free reading library books for Kindle owners each month, but you don't have to have a Kindle (or any e-reader) to join in if you're willing to acquire the book we select. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Description of "When I Found You": "While duck hunting one morning, childless, middle-aged Nathan McCann finds a newborn abandoned in the woods. To his shock, the child—wrapped in a sweater and wearing a tiny knitted hat—is still alive. To his wife’s shock, Nathan wants to adopt the boy…but the child’s grandmother steps in. Nathan makes her promise, however, that one day she’ll bring... more... - Stephen Mack
Just reserved it at my local library so I'll be a bit more behind than the rest of you, but looking forward to it. Really loved the other book I read by her :-) - Heleninstitches
Sophie: "If I were president, I would let homeless people come to my house and stay for a few days. Then, send them off with 100 dollars. Also, a house right next to mine."
In contrast, a schoolmate named Brendon has making swords illegal a key part of his platform. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Parent-teacher conference finished. Man, Sophie's teacher is exceptional. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
In what way, Stephen? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Very caring and insightful and loving and high energy. And tall. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Love it! - Mary Carmen
Be proud, Stephen. Be proud. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
awww :') - AHnix (Anna Haro)
It's alive!!!
Eric: Honest question. Do you agree that the air quality in Beijjing is a human-made issue, due to factories and cars? And similarly, the smog in Los Angeles is the result of human activity as well, right? -
Eric: Honest question. Do you agree that the air quality in Beijjing is a human-made issue, due to factories and cars? And similarly, the smog in Los Angeles is the result of human activity as well, right?
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I'm no scientist, but to me it seems obvious that the cumulative effect of human activity of billions of people around the world is likely to have had some change on a global scale, just as it has demonstrably had an effect on a municipal scale. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I am specifically opposed to CO2 regulations. Smog is caused by pollutants CO2 is not one of them. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Cars that run on fuel cells still produce CO2 it's the other pollutants that are taken out of the equation. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
But general smog regulations would be ok? Electric cars? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yes. I am not opposed now nor have I ever been opposed to the regulation of pollutants. CO2 is not a pollutant life on earth has existed in fact flourished at much higher concentrations. Paleoclimatoligists tell us that we have had ice ages with much higher concentrations. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
If only someone would make a modest proposal. - Not Me
Cold weather naturally sequesters CO2. Warm weather naturally releases it. In the absence of an anthropogenic source. Breathing is an anthropogenic source. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
We didn't fair too well during those ice ages. - Greg GuitarBuster
We would not fare well without CO2 either plants don't grow much below 270 ppm and they don't grow at all below150 ppm. We supplement greenhouses to 1000 ppm right now to grow food. - Eric Logan
CO2 has been estimated to become toxic to humans when you get to about 12-13x current concentrations, but ocean-dwelling organisms are already experiencing toxic effects. There are some studies demonstrating that humans can become uncomfortable at far lower local CO2 concentrations around 600 ppm. - Victor Ganata
"Cars that run on fuel cells still produce CO2" ? That depends on the fuel cell; some produce only H2O. And depending on the electricity source (hydro, nuclear, wind, solar) that produced that fuel, it could be entirely non-CO2. - Andrew C (✔)
"Breathing is an anthropogenic source." -- look, there's a carbon cycle and then there's burning fossil fuels that release extra carbon that wasn't part of the ongoing cycle. - Andrew C (✔)
Humans got along reasonably well before fossil fuels, so I doubt you'd have to worry about CO2 dropping below 150 ppm. - Andrew C (✔)
Admittedly, you'd have to burn a crap ton more fossil fuel to get to 600 ppm, but at the rate we're going, it's definitely doable in our lifetimes! - Victor Ganata
Andrew when you find a carbon free Hydrogen cracker that's economically viable you will have rendered this debate a moot point. Are you also proposing that we go back to the reasonably well lifestyle we lived pre fossil fuel use ? - Eric Logan from FFHound!
You can easily split water into hydrogen and oxygen with electricity derived from non-fossil fuel sources now, so it's more a matter of will than lack of technology. - Victor Ganata
OK, the graph on the second page of this article is wild — supposedly, at atmospheric concentrations of 500 ppm, your blood pH will drop to 7.2 and at 650 ppm it will be less than 7, which is generally incompatible with human life. I wonder if they actually studied human subjects for this, or if they just extrapolated using the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation? :D - Victor Ganata
It's a work in progress on Hydrogen cracking if it was economically viable currently we would already be doing it. It's not so where fracking to use Natural gas as a bridge fuel. If the article above was true all of our submariners would be dead. - Eric Logan
Fair enough, economic viability is a separate argument. But wind and solar is getting cheaper all the time, so we might get to the point where people will think it's worthwhile to build the necessary infrastructure. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, the pH to CO2 concentration graph is definitely regarding acute exposure. After a short while, your kidneys will adapt and restore your blood pH to closer to normal range. But people do start getting subjective feelings of not being able to breathe at around 600 ppm, so jacking up atmospheric concentrations isn't entirely benign. - Victor Ganata
If you went from 400 to 600 in a couple minutes ? - Eric Logan
Like when you go into a stuffy room with lots of people in it. Normally, you can relieve the symptoms by going somewhere where the local CO2 concentrations are lower, but if the atmospheric concentration is up that high, there ain't nowhere to go. - Victor Ganata
Like a DNC convention. I get it now :-D - Eric Logan
CPAC must be absolutely asphyxiating :D - Victor Ganata
Palin is reading Dr. Suess apparently :-D - Eric Logan
I got an opportunity to read the report Victor linked and that report contradicts some of what the EPA published on acute exposure. The EPA who made the endangerment finding in their studies says there are no deleterious health effects below 1500 PPM. They set the maximum exposure limit for an 8 hour workday at 5000 PPM based on that research well prior to the present finding in which... more... - Eric Logan
You don't start getting acutely deleterious effects until around 30,000 ppm, but people can sense when local concentrations exceed 600 ppm because the brain is exquisitely sensitive to minute changes in blood pH. Submariners are generally young, fit people and they do sometimes surface so just because they can endure those conditions for long periods of time doesn't prove that those conditions are perfectly safe for everyone to endure indefinitely - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Just completed a 9.00 mi run - Catch-up run. #RunKeeper
Just completed a 9.00 mi run - Catch-up run. #RunKeeper
A couple of years after my family first moved to California in 1979 (coming back to America from England), my father, who loves to garden, opened a store in El Paseo de Saratoga called "Anything Herbal." It sold dried and fresh herbs, herbal tea, herbal creams, etc. #saturdayFF
My mom convinced my dad to move her sister Karen out from Virginia to California so that she could be closer to us, and because she had just gone through a nasty divorce. - Stephen Mack
My mom's idea was to have Karen run the store. - Stephen Mack
That worked, and they set up a house for Karen not far away in San Jose, and opened the store in 1980. It was a decent location, next to a Swensen's ice cream store, and they had an artist create a beautiful hand-carved wooden sign. - Stephen Mack
The store itself was gorgeous -- very attractively laid out (although a bit on the small side). - Stephen Mack
My dad purchased an Apple II+ and cashier software to run the books. I spent hundreds of hours learning to program -- that was my first big exposure to computers. - Stephen Mack
Foot traffic was terrible. - Stephen Mack
They did what they could to advertise, and had various promotions and flyers. - Stephen Mack
Foot traffic was still terrible. - Stephen Mack
They hung on for several years, but they couldn't make it work, and eventually closed it in 1983. I shudder to think how much money my father poured into it. - Stephen Mack
El Paseo itself was one of my favorite places when I was in Junior High. There was a magic store, several bookstores, a comic book store, good restaurants, a video arcade, and most importantly to me, a game store, The Game Reserve. It sold board games and roleplaying games. My brother Phil and my cousin Mark (Karen's oldest son) and I spent our summers taking the bus to El Paseo and hanging out all day at The Game Reserve playing games and D&D with the other kids who hung out there. - Stephen Mack
El Paseo ("The footsteps") was a beautifully laid out mall: full of trees and vines, two storey, laid out with twisty paths and plenty of nooks. None of the stores there did particularly well, not even the movie theater. - Stephen Mack
In the early '90s it was bulldozed and redone. Today it's a generic, tacky, concrete repository of chain establishments. - Stephen Mack
(I was reminded of my family's experience with their store by what Furrworld is going through with her yarn store.) - Stephen Mack
Running a small business is tough. Most don't make it. I have fond memories of Anything Herbal -- I'd happily spend an afternoon sorting through the stock and shelving boxes of tea. I learned a lot, but in many ways it was a very expensive lesson for my family. - Stephen Mack
--fin-- - Stephen Mack
The concept of the store sounds like it would still be very relevent today. It's a shame it didn't make it for a longer run. El Paseo sounds like a cool area, much moreso than what it has become. I'm sure there was "a loyal following" for those places and for your store, but it's difficult until a critical mass is reached. I've supported some wonderful local stores and businesses,... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Thanks, Mark -- and I'm the same way, I much prefer to support a local business when I can. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I remember El Paseo from *many* years ago as being a nice place...but way out of my normal shopping areas (even before I became mall-averse). Too bad it didn't make it, but as you say: running a small business is *hard*. - Walt Crawford
Project management illustrated via a swing
Time for this old thing again! (Anyone know the original source so I can credit them? I found it here -- - Stephen Mack
Absolutely ! - Mo Kargas
I think for many projects, the customer should be given a tire swing. - Seth
There's a different adage about what happens when you give the customer enough rope. - Stephen Mack
Bump for Tam. - Stephen Mack
Hahaha - Tamara J. B.
I have the day off work today.
My kids have a minimum day. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The Clubhouse is full on Wednesdays. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's teacher conference week. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Their mom is out of town this week, so I have the kids full-time. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
(This will coalesce into a narrative in a bit, bear with me.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I have been staying up too late lately, and I had worked up a sizable sleep debt from the Olympics. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I am, by nature, a night person. Waking up at 6:30 or 7:00 to get the kids up and fed and dressed and transported to school by 8:07 (when I live 20-25 minutes away from their school) is not something that comes easily to me. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
This afternoon I have a conference with Sammy's teacher, and then they have a doctor's appointment, and then we need to work on their homework and projects. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I have a third date this evening. (Sitter arrives at 6.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
And I am giving an executive presentation tomorrow, which is not nearly ready. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Since the return trip back to my house is more than an hour due to traffic, I intended to work on my presentation at a cafe near the school this morning. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Instead, after dropping off the kids, I napped in my car. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Observations of car napping: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
* Heat regulation is challenging. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
* My neck hurts. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
* I feel gross. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
* People jogging by the park gave me weird looks. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
* Even quiet neighborhoods are noisy. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
* Despite all that, I napped for nearly three hours and I feel awesome. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Wow. That's great you managed 3 hrs! - Tamara J. B.
Whoa. A three-hour car nap. Amazing. - Akiva
I'm a sleep athlete. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Car naps are no bueno. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
JEALOUS! - MoTO Moca Blend
Also, good luck on the date. - MoTO Moca Blend from Android
I second MoTO. Have fun! - Anne Bouey
Having taken lots of car naps while pregnant with Luke, I totally agree on the heat regulation! Often I'd wake up sweating. - Yvonne from FFHound!
Sleep is a waste of time and unproductive. - Louis Gray
I'm sleeping extra to celebrate. - Amit Patel
I'm amazed that you can actually sleep in a car. I have done it in my truck, when horseback riding in the mountains, before Sophie was born. But I never felt rested. (It worked better sleeping on the floor of the horse trailer.) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I have an air mattress in the back of my mini-van for just such occasions. And, yes, people give you weird and sometimes dirty looks. - Spidra Webster
Sleep athlete, you are my soul mate!!! - Janet from FFHound!
I like how Louis threw down a remix of his mantra. - Akiva
Just completed a 6.20 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 6.20 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Moov fitness tracker actually tells us how to fix ourselves [CNET] -
Moov fitness tracker actually tells us how to fix ourselves [CNET]
Moov fitness tracker actually tells us how to fix ourselves [CNET]
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A lot of interesting competition for Fitbit coming up. From the CNET article: "The team behind Moov [is] offering a device that they say is not only as well-designed as competing gadgets, but also one that can tell us what we're doing wrong -- and how to fix it -- in real time by identifying and then 3D mapping the object it's attached to." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
The article also describes these forthcoming or recently released tracking devices: Samsung Gear Fit, Atlas, Amiigo, and Flyfit. Some of these are more expensive but include heart-rate monitoring. - Stephen Mack
This will be interesting, assuming they raise the funding they need and are able to hit their goal for an initial release in July. - Bruce Lewis
I don't need any devices telling me all the things I'm doing wrong. There are already plenty of people in my life who fill that role, thankyouverymuch. - vicster: full-bodied
Today is my 15th anniversary of starting at TiVo. -
This was a blog-type thing I wrote about my first two weeks there (written in HTML, at a time before blogging software was commonplace). I don't like reading what I wrote from back then, the writing is awful. The layout is too! But I do remember what it was like in those early days. Crazy days. - Stephen Mack
I don't think the writing was awful. I enjoyed what I read. Thanks for posting this :) - Brent Schaus
Congratulations. - Eric Logan
Congrats! - Spidra Webster
And congratulations, Stephen! - Brent Schaus
I read the whole page. The writing was not awful. In fact, I kept wanting to read more. - Betsy
I liked it. Congratulations, Stephen! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Thank you, Eric, Spidra, Brent, Betsy, and Stephan! (Brent, Betsy, and Stephan, thanks for reading it, and I'm glad you enjoyed it, but to me it just sounds like, "I ate this and that, and I worked long hours, waaaaah.") - Stephen Mack
I am enjoying reading the "smack talk" blog. What an adventure! - Amit Patel
I'm always interested in the seemingly boring details of what people do all day. "Oh, I work on projects" doesn't tell me anything, whereas "I tried to get the drivers installed, I appropriated a chair from someone's desk, and spent five hours writing part of a manual" sounds a lot more real. EDIT: when I said "seemingly boring" I mean that others might think they are boring but to me they're fascinating. I always wonder what people do at work. - Betsy
Woah, Tivo is that old? - Mo Kargas
Wow! Congrats, dude! - Jim is digging out.
Congrats Stephen. - Me
Congratulations, Stephen! Been a good ride so far? - Anne Bouey
A very good ride! And I'm such a different person from 15 years ago. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:) And it's such a great pleasure to know you! - Anne Bouey
I love this stuff, Stephen! Congrats! - Louis Gray
Thank you all! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Just completed a 5.00 mi run - A mile for every three years at TiVo. :) #RunKeeper
Just completed a 5.00 mi run - A mile for every three years at TiVo. :) #RunKeeper
Slow Motion Playground Incident
Slow Motion Playground Incident
I was going to add the Inception soundtrack but it was already there. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yet somehow you added it anyway... - Akiva
I had to go deeper. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Slow Motion Playground Incident -
Slow Motion Playground Incident
In high school, I was an acolyte at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church up until my senior year. #saturdayff
However, I didn't get my driver's license until I was 18. - Stephen Mack
The church was nearby, but not close enough to walk. - Stephen Mack
So if my parents weren't going on a Sunday, I would have to arrange a ride. - Stephen Mack
My Sophomore year, I was the lead altar boy, and would call each of the people on a list to make sure we had enough acolytes. (I was always amused when I called any of the female names on the list and her dad would answer suspiciously, saying "Who's calling?" quite rudely until I said I was calling from the church, and then they would suddenly be polite.) - Stephen Mack
It was usually easy enough to have someone on the list pick me up and take me to the church. - Stephen Mack
One weekend, our Virginia relatives were visiting. Our house in Saratoga was filled with relatives sleeping in all the bedrooms, so I slept under the dining room table. - Stephen Mack
We had stayed up late playing hearts the night before, and I forgot to set an alarm. - Stephen Mack
So I overslept. I didn't wake up until I heard a knock at the front door from Catherine, who was the co-lead, there to pick me up. - Stephen Mack
So I jumped up awake, hitting my head on the dining room table, and dashed into the bathroom to get dressed and meet her at the door. - Stephen Mack
Unfortunately, I had started my habit of sleeping nude when I was 12 or 13. - Stephen Mack
So since our front door was glass-lined, I'm pretty sure she saw me streaking from the dining room to the bathroom. - Stephen Mack
When I greeted her at the door, neither of us acknowledged anything out of the ordinary, and we made polite chit-chat until we got to church. - Stephen Mack
I debated apologizing and/or asking if she'd seen anything, but it didn't seem like I should take the chance. So to this day, I never knew what (if anything) she saw. - Stephen Mack
--fin-- - Stephen Mack
P.S. I didn't stop believing in God until college, but that's a story for another #saturdayff - Stephen Mack
LOL that you still slept nude when sleeping under the dining room table! - Spidra Webster
P.P.S. They also made us sing "Silent Night" at the end of the Christmas service from the back of the church while holding candles, without the congregation also singing. My singing voice is horrible, so I would just mouth the words. I felt like such a cheater! - Stephen Mack
Spidra, I had a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag. It would have been too warm not to sleep the way I normally slept... - Stephen Mack
And THAT is why we always knock when we go to Stephen's house instead of just opening the door. - Louis Gray
Just posted a 6.50 mi run - Rain run to finish out February's goal #RunKeeper
Just posted a 6.50 mi run - Rain run to finish out February's goal  #RunKeeper
It's raining, where are you running? - Todd Hoff
I actually enjoy running in the rain! Just around my neighborhood like I mostly do. - Stephen Mack
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Jimmy from GlassWest was a total pro. (This is regarding - Stephen Mack from iPhone
yaaaaayyyy! - MoTO Moca Blend
Having someone come to my place of work to perform a service? It feels great, like I'm some big shot. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
yeah, that is nice and convenient. - Ken Gidley
You ARE a big shot. - Louis Gray
I've replaced both a windshield and the driver's side window (in my youthful days) and I can say with some certainty that I never ever want to try doing either again. And yes, workplace onsite repairs are the best. Too bad the oil change guys won't work that way. In fact, why can't we have a veritable pit crew show up at our parking stall and give it a complete once over every six months or so?! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Separated at birth: Micah W. from FriendFeed, and Sharlto Copley from Elysium/District 9
I was born 6 days before him. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Micah looks a little Terence Stamp-y in that photo. *waits for "Kneel Before..." comments* - Spidra Webster
I think the actor was in District 9 also. - Adriano
Adriano: Yup! Same accent, but very different character role (and he got totally pumped up in this one). - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:)) - Stephen Mack
How do we know they aren't the same person? Has anyone seen Micah and Sharlto Copley in the same place at the same time? - Corinne L
Possibly at my cousin's bar mitzvah. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Damn. Someone broke into my car between 5 and 7 at work tonight. Smashed the driver side window. Stole some random crazy stuff like headphones and toiletries -- but left my wallet and its cash alone. Uh, what? (EDIT: All fixed now, see
Oh, wow, I am so sorry :( - Jennifer Dittrich
This sucks mate. - Mo Kargas
What a crapper. I'm glad they didn't take your wallet. - Anika
It could have been so much worse! Why steal my expired Zoo membership cards but leave my wallet behind? They ransacked through the glove compartment and various other compartments, saw the wallet, but didn't take a thing out of it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
oh noes!!!! - Mary Carmen
That really sucks. As for the smalltime stuff, I've had that happen to my car before. I think it's homeless folks looking for things they find useful but so small that if they get caught it's clear they weren't after money. The odds are they won't get caught so it's worth taking the risk for them. My car was broken into and a flashlight and travel alarm clock were taken. Nothing else. - Spidra Webster
Oh geez. :-( - John (bird whisperer)
GAH! People suck. - Melly
:( - Micah
man, that sucks! Did you report it yet? - imabonehead
That is terrible. - Eric - Watch Me Now from iPhone
Oh no! :(((( So sorry, Stephen! - Tamara J. B.
Dang - Marie
:( - Not Me
Duuuude. I'm sorry. :( Also, why do you leave your wallet in your car?!?! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Damn, Stephen, that sucks thoroughly. - Akiva
Aw, Stephen, I'm sorry. - Anne Bouey
:-( - Betsy
:-( I'm sorry, Stephen. - vicster: full-bodied
Ugh, that sucks. - Kristin
Sorry to hear that Stephen. :-( - Stephan Planken
Ugh :-( - Amit Patel
Dang - Josh Haley from Android
BOOOOOO!! That sucks. Happy 15th anniversary! - Louis Gray
Do not like. :(. Where were you parked? Out by TiVo Central? Rain damage? - Ken Gidley from iPhone
:( - Eivind
Oh no! - Katy S
Sorry to hear. This happened to me once. Whoever it was didn't take my wallet that was left in prominent display, but did take the few pennies in change that were rolling around, and my sweaty gym clothes. Weird. - Uli
Ima: I did report it through our on-site security guards. Police declined to investigate in person. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Lisa: Good question with no good answer. I normally wouldn't but I didn't need it on me today, so left it there (hidden from view) because I didn't feel like carrying it around. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Ken: Yeah, boonies by TiVo Central where I normally park. Probably a bit of rain damage -- hard to tell with all the glass everywhere. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Louis: Thanks but not for a few more days. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Spidra and Uli: It is so weird. There must be a logic they're following but I cannot fathom it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks for the support and kind words, all. I feel fortunate to still have my wallet. The window can be easily replaced and nothing of great value was taken. Just inconvenient. It did make me late for a date, but she was very flexible about changing plans and helping me out. We had a good time. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Boooo. At least you're safe. It's just a drag. - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
bastards :( - Jonathan Disher
:( - chaz2b
:( - Pixie
:( :( - DigitalAptech
I am so sorry Stephen. :( - Janet
That sucks. Sorry to hear. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
They didn't take your garage door opener, did they? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Dude that sucks. =( - Yvonne from FFHound!
That's awful...I'm so sorry Stephen.... - furrworld
Sorry to hear this. :-( - YvonneM
:( that sucks - Sir Shuping is just sir
Curtis, nah, I don't have a garage or an opener. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jerks! I'm sorry this happened to you, Stephen. I know how it feels. :( - Jenny H. from Android
Damn :((( - Iain Baker
Whut. Not cool. - Steven Perez
I'd be extra vigilant around the house. If you think they looked at your wallet at all, they might have your address. - vicster: full-bodied
Good grief! :/ - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
bogus... though now I'm hella curious what lucky lady scored a date with The Mack. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
Noooo! :( - Ross Miller
Argh, bad, bad :) - ҀҾѦ
That blows!! Sorry!! - Georgia
Not cool, though I'm glad your wallet was left intact. I'm intrigued as to why someone wouldn't steal cash. Spidra's insights are fascinating. - Corinne L
Vicster, good thinking and I had the same worry. Fortunately my brother-in-law is living with me and is there during the hours I'm not there, so I'm not too worried. - Stephen Mack
T-Ra: :)))) - Stephen Mack
Just got off the phone with my Farmers agent (my friend Al, a great guy and long-time family friend), who arranged for a glass company to come out today at noon to TiVo to clean out the glass and replace the window. I do have a small deductible, but he arranged a discount, so my out-of-pocket cost will be under $100 to get this taken care of. Could be worse! - Stephen Mack
Corinne and Spidra: The hard part for me to understand still is when someone causes hundreds of dollars of damage (like when they smashed Spidra's radio) but only pockets items worth $20 or less. I guess that's why New Yorkers in the '80s and '90s would leave their cars unlocked and/or post "no radio in car" signs. - Stephen Mack
I love the collective wisdom here, things I never knew nor considered. Most of our smash and grab car events are not homeless but those needing things to sell for drug money. - Janet from FFHound!
Perhaps they were looking for drugs? - Todd Hoff
ouch ,.. they must be just vandels.. if they had taken Wallet and cash.. then thats a bigger felony - Peter Dawson
They must have been high....and missed the wallet - ابوتایغر الزندیقی
What a lousy thing to happen! Sorry to hear it. - Son of Groucho
:-( - Bruce Lewis
Damn. Maybe when they realized who they were stealing from they fled in terror. - Jim is digging out. from iPhone
It's true I know martial arts. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Now I'm hearing Keanu Reeves saying "I know kung fu." hee hee - Corinne L
حاجی ینی شما هم تایید میکنید خبرهای صدا و سیمای حاجی ضرغامی مبنی بر نبود امنیت در غرب وحشی؟ این حقیر به نمایندگی از کاربران فارسی زبان تارنمای وزین خوراک دوست از شما دعوت میکنم تا چند صباحی را به ایران آمده و در زیر سایه امنیت رژیم عزیز زندگی کنید. بزرگوار دلهای ما با شماست. - تراکمه
Um, HELLO?!?! I'd like to hear more about this DATE you mentioned! :) - Lisa L. Seifert
and he thought he slipped that by everyone. - Greg GuitarBuster
That stinks, Stephen. Sorry it happened to you. It happened to me once in college, and to my spouse about 10 years ago. After she had been shopping in Target she deposited the couple of small bags of miscellany into the car, then walked next door to the supermarket (where she worked.) She came out 10 minutes later and the passenger window was shattered. $500 damage for about $20 worth... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Greg, I noticed that T-Ra noticed. :) - Stephen Mack
Mark: Thanks, yeah, I took a close look at all my bank and credit card sites today. - Stephen Mack
Terakmeh, I think you invited me to try living in Iran for a while if I want to live with security? Very kind of you, thank you! - Stephen Mack
Just completed a 10.00 mi run - 10 mile run to beat Louis Gray on Fitbit steps. #RunKeeper
Just completed a 10.00 mi run - 10 mile run to beat Louis Gray on Fitbit steps. #RunKeeper
Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we tried to snatch Louis Gray's weave.... - Spidra Webster
:) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
LG makes carpets?? - Mo Kargas
Tech shift: More women in computer science classes [SFGate] -
Tech shift: More women in computer science classes [SFGate]
From the article: "[T]his [U.C.] Berkeley computer science class is at the vanguard of a tech world shift. The class has 106 women and 104 men. The gender flip first occurred last spring. It was the first time since at least 1993 - as far back as university enrollment records are digitized - that more women enrolled in an introductory computer science course. It was likely the first time ever." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
More: "'We are starting to see a shift,' said Telle Whitney, president of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Berkeley, Stanford and a handful of other universities have experienced a marked uptick in the numbers of female computer science students. Those increases have also coincided with a reimagining of computer science classes, especially introductory ones. In some cases, that meant doing away with aspects of classes that seemed to specifically discourage young women." - Stephen Mack
Yay! That's better than when I was in school. I was one of TWO girls in my CS classes! - Yvonne
The first undergrad C.S. class I took at Berkeley was in 1986, a lower division introduction to Pascal taught by Doug Cooper. It was a very large class, and very popular (since Cooper was a popular and amusing lecturer). It also fulfilled a language requirement for some majors. I estimate it had about 30% women. But every C.S. class I took after that was in the upper division, with much smaller class sizes, and had a single digit percentage of women participating. - Stephen Mack
So, while it's encouraging to see more women than men take the class described in the article, I wonder what the percentage of women taking upper division classes is now. - Stephen Mack
I didn't read it to see what the total guy/girl ratio is. At my school, everyone had to take the programming class Freshman year, but only 2 of us majored in Computer Engineering. - Yvonne
The appallingly low number of women in my CS classes is only slightly less disturbing than the treatment they get from many other male students. The disapproving looks, the cold shoulder, being ignored. I want to punch so many of my fellow students in the face. - Jonathan Disher
Some Fitbit Force Owners Complain Of Severe Skin Irritation [Huffington Post] -
Some Fitbit Force Owners Complain Of Severe Skin Irritation [Huffington Post]
From the article: "Some owners of the Fitbit Force, the company's latest wrist-worn activity tracker that measures steps, stairs climbed, calories burned and sleep, are reporting severe skin irritation, including rashes, blisters and peeling skin." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Sample forum post ( "My rash developed after wearing it about a week. I tried every OTC remedy....nothing would work. Finally the rash looked really ugly and I went for medical care. Doc who saw me said it was definitely a reaction.....and prescribed prednisone. I switched Force to other wrist for 2... more... - Stephen Mack
I haven't had any issues myself after using the Force since November 16. Anyone see any issues? - Stephen Mack
I've been wearing the Force since November without issues. But way back when I wore wristwatches I would sometimes get eczema from the watch band. Eczema can lead to bacterial infections, so you definitely want to clear it up early. - Bruce Lewis
Soothe the Force, Lube. Soothe the Force. (it works better if you hear it in Alec Guinness' voice) - Steel Penguin Slippy
My skin has been irritated by the Ultra, but not that severely. - ~Courtney F
Courtney, did you mean when you wear your Ultra in its sleep pouch at night? Or did you mean a Flex/Force? - Stephen Mack
Looks like nickel dermatitis to me. Unfortunately, once you develop contact dermatitis, you'll always be susceptible. There is a dermatologist who has developed a pill that has been successful in treating people with nickel dermatitis, but I don't think it's widely prescribed as of yet. I can't wear anything on my wrists that contains the slightest trace of nickel. Typically, that means I am limited to wood, plastic, and rubber. :| - Jenny H.
Jenny: Fascinating. Reading about allergic contact dermatitis now. Strange to read about chocolate and the 1 & 2 euro coins as triggers. Seems like the design of the Force (with a metal portion in constant contact with the skin) is problematic compared to the Flex. - Stephen Mack
It's one of the reasons I won't try the ones that are worn around the wrist. I have very sensitive skin and it doesn't take much for me to have a problem with contact dermatitis or eczema. - Katy S
Stephen - I have a One now, but I used to wear my Ultra in my waistband (day/night). I wear the One there now, too, but have seen less irritation from it. - ~Courtney F
Courtney, ah I see. Katy: The Force would be dangerous for you, but the Flex only has the rubber band touching skin. Might be ok? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Katy, I'm another delicate-skinned one. Nickel dermatitis us awful - and the little bits of metal in the JavaOne wristband hasn't bothered me at all. It was kind of surprising. - ellbeecee
Jawbone, not JavaOne. Where did that autocorrect come from? - ellbeecee
ellbeecee is your Jawbone the same model as in this review or is there a newer one? The review mentions one person getting a rash. - Bruce Lewis
It's the one that i have (there is a newer model too). It might be, in part that I can adjust it so the metal in it almost never touches my skin, while the fitbit ones look (though I can't really tell from the images on the site) like metal would touch my skin by default. But, without looking at one in real life I can't be positive of that. - ellbeecee
The Fitbit Force would have metal touching your skin by default. The other Fitbit bracelet, the Flex, would not. And there are fitbits that aren't bracelets -- the Zip and the Fitbit One. The Jawbone rash mentioned in that review might not have been from metal. It also sounds like this Amazon reviewer's rash from a Nike Fuelband wasn't from the metal part: - Bruce Lewis
Official FAQ from Fitbit: - Stephen Mack
and now there's a recall notice: - ~Courtney F
I sometimes get irritated by the Flex if my skin gets damp underneath from handwashing, doing dishes, or sweat and I don't dry it well. But I'm prone to eczema and my skin is weird. - Melly
So I'm not sure if I should return my Force in the recall. I haven't had any issues. Am I likely to develop a rash eventually? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Fitbit customer service probably knows the second-best answer to that question (second to talking to a dermatologist) - Bruce Lewis
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