They say you have to bottom out before you can really face your addiction, and that’s what’s been happening for the last few months.
So, yes, Hello, group, my name is Nic and I’m an RSS junkie.
With a list hovering around 500 feeds or so for a long time, it’s gotten to the point where hitting Refresh All in NetNewsWire felt more like doing homework than having fun, so it was time for some serious pruning.
First thing to go: Partial feeds. Unless there’s consistently really good content to be expected at the site, reading things like:
Many big announcements were made today about many things...
feeling compelled to click through to the site for the rest of the article isn’t bloody likely to happen. If it’s important, somebody with a full feed will have picked it up, and I’ll read it there, thank-you-very-much.
Second thing to go: General news feeds. I read the newspaper every day, so if something considered generally news worthy is going on, my friends in the tree-killing business probably already let me know in the morning. And if the news didn’t make it before they went to print, there’ll be another massacre of trees tomorrow. I can wait.
Third thing to go: Link blogs without fresh links. If it’s already on BoingBoing, Slashdot, Engadget or Gizmodo, only blog it if you can add some kind of value. Otherwise it’s by definition redundant.
That said, what kind of feeds survived the threshing and made it into the hallowed halls of CoreDump Idols?
Second: A compelling voice. No matter what kind of goof ball you are, if you can be that goof ball in an interesting way, I’ll keep reading.
Third: General ranting and raving about things that happen to be of interest to me. There are people out there whom I’ve never met, and most likely never will, but for some reason they are interested in the same kinds of things I am. So it’s sort of like a cocktail party full of people I find interesting, except I don’t have to get my lazy ass out of my chair—score!
Ah, feels good to be on a low-fat RSS diet…
Posted Thursday, 23 June, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.