How to Deal with RSS Feed Overload?

I like to keep up with developments in culture, technology and various hobbies while avoiding news per se. For several years, I used Google Reader to organize my collection of RSS feeds. When Google killed off Google Reader, like a lot of RSS fans I switched to using Feedly. I’ve been happy with Feedly. It…

Cold Brew Coffee and the Preparation Thereof

Coffee at work is a challenge. I really don’t like the cheap stuff most offices supply but it’s a nuisance to make your own proper coffee at work because it’s such a complicated mess. A year or two ago, I discovered NestlĂ© Classico instant coffee, which is not terribly expensive and tastes really good compared…

Google’s Auto-Absurd Feature

If you upload your photographs to Google for storage, Google will try to make your pictures more entertaining. They call this set of features “Auto Awesome“. In the case of the six examples below from my own collection, they certainly succeeded in making them entertaining if not actually awesome. Auto-Seasickness Snow in June White Gravel…

What Should Video Cost?

I feel a little sorry for the people at bigtime TV and movie companies who have to decide what to charge for their product, because from the outside it really does look like they have no clue what their intellectual property is worth anymore. Maybe some of this confusion results from different groups in the…

999 SCP Entities on the Wall, 999 SCP Entities…

I’ve mentioned my fascination with the SCP Series Wiki a few times here. It’s a fascinating repository of creepypasta content with an interesting set of rules and restrictions. The setup for the SCP series is that there is exists a shadowy organization called the SCP Foundation, the raison d’ĂȘtre of which is to protect the…

The Little Man Who Secretly Lives in Your iPod

For years, my Lovely Spouse and I have had a running joke about the Little Man inside the iPod. When we’re having a meal together at home or just hanging out on the sofa, we like to play music in the background. I’ve spent an inordinate and obsessive amount of time assembling and tweaking the…

Three of a Perfect Pair

This is kind of a three-pack of short book reviews, so I can maybe stop thinking about these particular books and move on to obsessing about something else. The title of this little doo-dad was inspired by a favorite song and the fact that two of the books have something in common. I follow the…

Third Culture Kids/Global Nomads

When I hear details of other people’s lives, I often think “How do people live?” This can be about mundane stuff, like how do people watch several movies per week but it’s a major victory when my Lovely Spouse and I can carve out one hour in a week to watch the next episode of…