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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.
Hmm? - Louis Gray
Senate. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:( - Anne Bouey
no shit. ugh. - Big Joe Silence
It's going to be a good two years for Obama's veto pen collection. - Mark Trapp
What brand of pen is the official veto pen? Might be smart to buy some stock in the company, now. - April Russo
April: It surprised me how quickly Google auto-completed the search of "what brand pen does obama use" - Stephen Mack
That means it's a common search and perhaps a lot of people have had the same idea that I did. - April Russo
The official "Obama Pen": - April Russo
It's 5:35pm but it feels like half past nine
Yup. Not wild about the lack of light at this time of year but definitely looking forward to cooler temps. - Spidra Webster
ARE YOU HAPPY, DST? ARE YOU? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
RT @zpower: y'all need to stop complaining about it getting dark early + DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. we have two options: time machine or alter earth's axis - Spidra Webster
BUT I FEEL LIKE I WAS AT WORK FOR 14 HOURS - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Fifteen years but the screen has to WANT to be saved. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
^LOL - Jenny H. from Android
As I said on Helen's post earlier, we should move midday to 1400, or so, to nudge solar noon closer to the center of regular waking hours. - Eivind
Hubby is going to have a hard time getting used to this. Until then, I am going to have to put up with him asking dumb questions twice a day, like asking "why is it light out already" early in the morning, and "why is it dark already" shortly after he comes home from work. - April Russo
Just completed a 4.50 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 4.50 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
80's Ads: Great Shape Barbie from Mattel -
80's Ads: Great Shape Barbie from Mattel
Sophie's on Stephen's YouTube account again... :) - Ken Gidley
Gahhh - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I love this little view into her favorite videos! - Laura Norvig
I remember this ad! - Melly Claus #anticaper
What the ad doesn't show: how difficult it is to change Barbie out of her spandex leotard into other clothes. You want to teach a little girl how to curse? Have her put tights or jeans on a Barbie doll by herself. Do not ask me how I know this. - Corinne L
"R_______ clear to sue Native Americans -- for now" [MSNBC] -
"R_______ clear to sue Native Americans -- for now" [MSNBC]
From the November 1st article by Drew Katchan: "The long-simmering controversy over the Washington R_______ team name continued on Friday when a federal judge decided the NFL franchise could continue suing five Native Americans, according to the Associated Press. Yes, you read that right: For now, the R________ – whose name everyone from President Obama to Sen. John McCain call offensive – can move forward with a suit against a group of Native Americans who take umbrage with the term. The group, led by social worker Amanda Blackhorse, filed a petition back in 2006 against the name, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office responded this June, ruling that six R_______ trademark registrations should be canceled. Once the USPTO gave its ruling, the team went after the five individuals in court." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Wow. The ultimate dick move. - Spidra Webster
What the fucking fuck? - Jenny H. from Android
Some deeper coverage here: -- "It may seem like satire, but the Washington R______ football team has filed a lawsuit against the five Native Americans who got the U.S. patent office to declare their trademark as “disparaging to Native Americans.” The team... more... - Stephen Mack
Say what now?! - Soup in a TARDIS
What... - Big Joe Silence from Android
>.> - Alix May
unfuckingbelievable. the NFL has COMPLETELY lost me as a fan. This is the last straw. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Ugh. - Heather
Just completed a 4.50 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 4.50 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
As a schoolboy in England, the sports rotation for PE classes included nature walks on Wimbledon Common, cricket, football, rugby, and rifle shooting. I learned how to shoot a rifle at age 11. I have not touched a firearm since. #saturdayff
And by football I mean soccer. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
One time playing cricket, I was silly mid on, got too close and got whacked on the temple by the runner's bat. The cut bled ferociously, trickling down all over my cricket whites. Five stitches, I believe. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
When we were younger, it was rounders ( instead of rugby. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jenny's #saturdayff from today ( reminded me that I took horseback riding lessons at the same time (but not as part of PE, private lessons that my parents arranged). It all seems so exotic to me now, but as a boy I just took it for granted that everyone learned how to shoot and ride in their childhood. - Stephen Mack
Your PE was a bit different from mine: rugby and cricket were there but we had cross country running and tennis in place of your walking and football, and we obviously were a bit behind the times because instead of rifle shooting we had to make do with throwing javelins. - Mark H
This is SPORTA! - Spidra Webster
Winters in Ohio meant lots of indoor PE activities. Probably more from trauma than actual ratio of sports chosen, but what I mostly remember playing was dodgeball. Oh, and the required dance portion of PE in middle school was square dancing, because it was the one least likely to get the teacher in trouble, though she would have taught breakdancing if she could. I always got paired with the guy who had warts on his hands. - Holly's favorite Anna
(They had to sort out the nuts and peanuts and make sure their stashes were equal.) - Stephen Mack
Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse ★★★ Ultimate Barbie New Collection 2014 -
Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse ★★★ Ultimate Barbie New Collection 2014
look! there was a [semi-]black girl that appeared for 0.675 sec in the intro! - ؛ patrick
Halloween Costume Ideas for Lazy People [Eat Liver] -
Halloween Costume Ideas for Lazy People [Eat Liver]
Halloween Costume Ideas for Lazy People [Eat Liver]
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Last minute invite to a party this weekend? No money? Here are some ideas. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I made the 404 tee for MAN. Does that make him doubly lazy since someone else did it? Hah! - Shannon - GlassMistress
The ceiling fan kilt me. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
The life/lemon one was pretty popular at parties '97 - '01. I remember one party where there were 3 dudes dressed like that. On actually had lemonade. The Orange Juice on is offensive. The Gum, Nudest and French Kiss are so clever. - Anika
My conclusion after using Inbox for several days: After using e-mail for 28 years, I do not wish to completely transform my e-mail workflow.
I think I'd feel the same way. - Tamara J. B.
I find it interesting that Google is still trying to reinvent something which has become in so many ways a footnote in Internet history. I don’t know many people who rely primarily on e-mail to communicate outside of their jobs, really. - Akiva
Lucky! How did you get it, Stephen? - Louis Gray
^ hehe, very funny. - Stephen Mack
If I was on mobile a lot I think I could really get used to it and appreciate it. I heard Leo Laporte say it was the first time he got to Inbox Zero ever and he loves it. But it's not really Inbox Zero, it just looks like it. I think that's the appeal. On laptop/desktop it doesn't make much sense at all. - Laura Norvig
+1 Laura. It seems like sweep is just a more polite word for delete. - Todd Hoff
The bundling is pretty good, though. Today I have: 25+ Updates, 25+ Promos, 25+ Social, 25+ Forums, 25+ Finance. NO REAL MAIL. Thanks for pointing out I have no real friends, Gmail. - Laura Norvig
Hasn't social conversation largely moved to social networks and away from email? - Todd Hoff
OK phew. I'm glad I'm not the only one who really isn't all that taken with Inbox. I want to like it more. I just...don't. Hoping that changes over time. - Hookuh Tinypants
For fine-grain control, manually setting up filters is best via the regular gmail web interface. However, for rapid consumption (and reduction to zero inbox), it seems Inbox is like a hack saw, suitable as mobile app. Thinking of a pin as another sort of star with snooze function appear useful. As for reminders: there are those generated by Gmail tasks, Keep, Google Now ("remind me to... more... - Adriano
Not me, Cristo. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I would love to try Slack but I work with a bunch of dinosaur luddites. Well, about 75-80% of my team. - Laura Norvig
We use Slack where I work. It's pretty cool. Got a friend of mine that's working on a dedicated Slack client for Windows, that can be minimized to the tray, so you don't have to keep it open in a browser tab. - April Russo
We just adopted Slack. We like it. Integrates nicely with Jira. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Since 2004, I use a lot of filters (rules) and labels (folders), so my Gmail is almost self-sufficient :-) - Red Label
Just completed a 5.64 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 5.64 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! #RunKeeper
"Math is hard." "Cosine!"
Arcus tangens, brother. - Eivind from Android
Frozen Nail Art - Elsa -
Frozen Nail Art - Elsa
Does it hurt, keeping your nails frozen, Stephen? - Stephan from iPhone
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
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