July 12, 2006

Life is random

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 12, 2006 2:13 PM

When I started using Google Reader I complained about the way it mixes all the feed items from different blogs into one column. But as I used it for a while I realized that this has certain advantages, and the perfect metaphor occurred to me: it's like listening to music on shuffle!

Not all of my feeds are blogs, and it's a little weird to have the Physical Review Letters feed mixed in with a bunch of political commentary. But in fact I never used to read the PRL feed at all (even though I was checking it in my aggregator) because it would update in batches of 30 abstracts, 29 of which would be uninteresting to me. But when it's mixed in with everything else I can scan each item as it comes up and star it if it looks worthwhile (like the singing sand paper I posted about). Likewise, Overheard In New York is actually much better when it's shuffled in with the other blog items, rather than reading 20 quotes at once. So I've come around to this style of reading blogs.

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