Monthly Archives: August 2013

RSS Reader Suggestions

It’s been a little over a month since Google Reader was discontinued and even now, there are people who aren’t quite sure what the best program or application is to use.

Personally, I’ve never been big on using readers because I’m old school in the sense that I like the full exposure to the website. I can certainly understand why RSS feeds are valuable and I’d be remiss to say I don’t have one on here myself, but my preference is to simply read my content from the website.

Despite that, I can sympathize with those who valued what Google Reader had to offer. It made it easy to keep up with the content you were actively interested in and it didn’t require that you physically go to numerous websites to keep up with your favorite writers.

Here is a list of 5 FREE RSS readers that the Google Reader site lists as alternatives:

Feedly: Feedly is a better way to organize, read and share the content of your favorite sites. It weaves the content from the RSS feeds of your favorite websites into a fun magazine-like experience and provides seamless integration with social networks.

Inforeader: Fast RSS Reader for power users with Search, HTTPS, Statistics, Internal social features (with option to turn them off), Android App and iOS Apps integration via open API.

NewsBlur: A personal news reader that brings people together to talk about the world. It shows you the original site and allows you to read stories directly off the site while keeping track of what you read.

The Old Reader: The Old Reader is a web based RSS reader, something like Google Reader. Import existing subscriptions, find Facebook friends and more.

Feedspot: A Great Alternative to Google Reader. Offers awesome productivity features like Search, RSS feeds for your starred items, tags & folder. You can share on Twitter, Pocket, Evernote, Bufferapp and other applications.

Another Battle, Another Victory

Maybe I’m the only person but I always feel like I’ve gone through a long drawn out battle when I decide to implement a new layout. The design process itself is hell and then you throw in some finicky code and you end up like me: eyes wide open with a look that can only be described as deranged, contemplating suicide whilst simultaneously yelling at your screen because no matter how much you yell, scream, or beg it refuses to do what you’ve told it. Then two seconds later, miraculously it’s working. Least to say, I am the proud victor in this battle and there were no casualties, unless you count my sanity, in which case I got screwed.

The month is nearly over and we’re fast approaching autumn which happens to be one of my favorite seasons so I figured that I might as well do a layout change for multiple reasons, 1, I started to loathe my prior layout1 and 2, I start school Monday so that means the “free time” and I use that term loosely, I did have will be dedicated to this thing called an education, which means my already limited creativity will be wasted on papers and speeches.

As much as I’d live to continue dispensing my woes, I need to get some sleep. Early day tomorrow since we have people interested in buying our old fridge. I am so looking forward to having to socialize with people I’ve never met before.

Say… do you think 9am is too early to start drinking?

It’s five-o-clock somewhere, right?


  1. It was a little too narrow for me.

Social Lives Are Exhausting

It’s been quite some time since my last update and while a part of me feels the need to apologize, I won’t. It’s been quite some time since I’ve actually gone out of the house and hang out with people other than my husband. Now don’t get me wrong, I like to hang with my husband but I was feeling really detached and honestly quite pathetic that I haven’t really made any substantial friends in Arizona.

Sure, I have lots of friends in other states and countries but that doesn’t do a whole lot when we live so far away that the chances of being able to see them on a somewhat regular basis is slim. As a result it’s been nice to have spent the past few months hanging out with people who actually live in Arizona. It also helps that I decided to start a meet up group for couples who want to get to know and form some friendships with people in the valley. Arizona is so disbursed that it can be hard to meet people outside of work and school and things are made worse if you don’t work or work from home, so any potential for making friends just goes out the window.

Of course with the school season starting up things are going to come to a stand still but I’m okay with that. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since this adventure began is that social lives are exhausting! I honestly don’t understand how many can do this on a regular basis. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s fun, as long as I’m liquored up or hanging out with people I’ve known for awhile but good lord is it tiring. I’m just so greatful to have a break this weekend and not the non-stop go, go, go that’s been happening of late. I’m sure my liver is thanking me for it as well.

Despite all that, it’s been refreshing to get away from my computer and not feel that it defines me. Yes, I love the internet. I love being able to meet people and make connections with others from around the world but at the end of the day, I’m human. Biological I need to be able to socialize with others in proximity to where I am. Plus, it’s good for R to get out and about as well. He’s too comfortable with hinging his social interaction on me and I’m not okay with that.

This weekend I get a break and next week we’ll have a meet up to go to assuming people RSVP. Since I’m running the group, I feel an obligation to have at least one social activity a month despite the fact I really wanted to skip this month but alas, I’m paying the dues for the group so I suppose I have to make use of the money I spent. I can’t deny that the last event we had was actually pretty fun so we’ll see how this one goes.

Hopefully and I make no promises since I start school on the 26th, I’ll be updating a bit more regularly but as with all things in my life, my whims will be the deciding factoring on that, so for now au revoir.