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@FriendFeed

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Who knows when I'll get up the nerve/time/patience/interest/huevos to post some lengthy post here again. If interested I'd suggest checking out what I'm doing at FriendFeed. It nicely pulls together my Twitter tweets, Flickr photos and whatever else I deem worthy of linking into that soup.

I was going to start piping my FriendFeed stream to this page and RSS feed but I haven't quite figured out the right blend yet.

Now back to my regularly scheduled absence of blog posts.

Homeless Blogger

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While digging through my blog archives to see how bad the linkrot has gotten I came across a link that is worth revisiting. I first blogged about The Homeless Guy back in 2003 and I'm happy to see that he is apparently still posting almost daily. He is an engaging writer and offers a perspective that I personally don't have much experience with. His recent post about getting to stay a night in a cheap hotel points out to me just how much I take for granted each and every day. From warmth, to sleep, to privacy. Eye opening. Adding his blog to my reader list.

Efficient Feed Reading

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I subscribe to over 150 blogs and until a few months ago I had them categorized by subject and context. I had a 'work' set, a 'play' set, a 'tech' set etc. With so many feeds and such a crude organization it often meant I would get overwhelmed with input and eventually click 'Mark All As Read' every few days. Although this removes the glut, it also removes items I would have liked to have read if I could have found them.

Back in 2007 Jason Kottke and Matt Wood had posts describing their own feed reading organization and I've since adopted something similar and it has made all the difference. The idea is to organize feeds by how you read them instead of the subject of the blog. Here is my current set of folders:

  • MustRead - Friends, family and blogs where I never want to miss a post. Around 5 - 30 posts a day. I check for unread items multiple times a day.
  • DangGood - Blogs I love to read but if I fall behind a few days it is no big deal. Around 20 - 100 posts a day. I check for unread items around once a day.
  • RiffRaff - Blogs I like but if I never read them that is ok. This set includes high-volume blogs and there are currently thousands of unread items in this folder. I typically end up reading this group in desperate moments of boredom or long plane trips (yay for Google Reader offline mode).
  • Perhaps - Only a handful of blogs in this folder. A staging area where the blog is new and I'm not sure where it should be categorized yet. I could likely merge OnTheFence and Perhaps, but the separation is somewhat useful.
  • OnTheFence - Only a handful of blogs in this folder. Blogs that I'm considering removing get moved here. If my interest doesn't increase, they get removed.

Tags in Google Reader Since adopting this posting structure my feed reading efficiency has increased drastically. No more is the feeling that I am missing posts that are hidden in the pile. It allows me to keep on top of the people I really like to read, and it means I always have ample reading material for down-time and plane trips.

Missing Media

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Hello loyal readers. Are you still there? I like to tell people I've had a blog since 2001, but with my lack of posts my old-skool-blogger smirk is starting to fade.

There was a recent hard drive crash (or something) at the hosting company I use (Tektonic) and unfortunately a whole bunch of VPS nodes lost all data. I was one of those users :( Luckily I do a daily SQL dump of all blog-related material and email it into the ever-expanding maw of gmail storage so I could recover it easily to the state pre-crash. I don't do a backup of the media though and so all warmbrain hosted images and videos were lost. There is a possibility that the 2-week-long fsck that Tektonic is running will recover something but I'm not holding my breath.

What have I been doing? Mostly focusing on the regular feeding and watering of my new kid. He is almost a year old though and so I guess not so new. He is an absolute joy. Here is a recent photo:



I'd like to start posting here again. Watch this space.

FSJ RIP

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I was saddened to discover that the real identity of Fake Steve Jobs was discovered and also revealed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the blog -- especially through the iPhone launch -- and now it is too bad it is over.

John Gruber argues that the unmasking doesn't need to mean the end of the FSJ blog but I think for me it does. Yes the writing is great and the word "frigtard" is an excellent addition to my vocabulary, but for me the real appeal came from the mystery around the author. For the same reason I enjoy reading the anonymous postings of MiniMicrosoft, there is this sense that the cape of anonymity allows for some insightful observations without worry of repercussions. Now when I read the blog I find it hard not to be aware of Forbes as the sponsor or the fact that the blog is now advertising Daniel Lyons' upcoming book along the same theme.

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