Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Randomness #8

I mentioned before that I took the time to go through my Google Reader and update who I continue to read.  After taking all that time to do so, the very next day, I log in to the GR and get a nice little note saying that Google is going to discontinue the reader as of July 1st.  I posted on my Facebook that I was in search of one and that my only requirements were that I could use folders and that it has an Android app.  I then went and searched for a new one to use.  The best one that I could find was FeedDemon so I spent hours setting it up to how I wanted.  It wasn’t as good as GR and it didn’t have any mobile apps.  Then Carl, a friend of mine, had posted a link to an article on LifeHacker that was specifically for those GR users that were being left high and dry.  I went through other RSS feeders and gave positives and negatives on each one.  I read the one for FeedDemon and it said it was very comparable to GR, but since it fed off of GR, it was also going away on July 1st.  So I read up on the others and have switched over to Feedly.  While it also feeds off of GR, it says they will have a smooth transition onto it’s own before July 1st.  It also has a Android and Kindle app so it was exactly what I wanted.  I’ve used it for a few days and I don’t like it as much as I do GR but it will do.  The main negative is with the apps, I can’t set it to read the oldest first.  I can on the online version, just not the apps.  But I can deal with that and I’m guessing with all the people jumping ship from GR that they will update the apps soon.

A to Z Challenge [2013]

While I’ve only got 1 post finished for the A to Z Challenge, I do have the other 25 ready to be started, sort of a template for each so now all I have to do is type them out.  I’m not sure if having the kids pick the words was the right thing but I’m sticking with it.  Like I said before, the purpose of doing this challenge is just getting me to blog more again.

I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I was starting to watch the Original Star Trek series after dropping the kids off at school and while Cheri slept.  I haven’t been doing a very good job at it since I keep coming home and crawling back in bed.  But I am slowly getting there.  I am closing in on the end of the first season.  I only have 2 more episodes left before I start the 2nd season.  I have work the next couple of days so I might get to watch those on Friday morning.  It depends if Cheri stays in bed or not after I take the kids to school.

If you follow my WWW Wednesdays posts, you know I give a short review of my thoughts on the book.  A few weeks ago I had mentioned that I started Sunset (Pact Arcanum #1) by Arshad Ahsanuddin and that it wasn’t growing on me but there was a storyline that had me intrigued.  Well, the author had read that and sent me e-mail asking which storyline I was enjoying.  We emailed (through GoodReads) a few times and discussed his book and writing and he gave me the opportunity to read the rest of the series and review it.  I thought it was pretty cool that he even messaged me for my opinions.  So he emailed me the review copies and it took me a few days how to get them to my Kindle.  The kindle has an email address that you send to and it goes to your Kindle but I couldn’t get it to work.  I email them and they never showed up.  Come to find out, I have to email them from the address I registered my Kindle from, but it took me a few days to figure that out and I started another book so I’ll review his once I get that one done.  You’ll see the second one under the “What are you reading next?” heading on tomorrow’s WWW Wednesdays post.

Not my thermometer.

I’m certainly not planning on heading outside any more than possible today.  While it says that it’s 22° out, it also says that it feels like -2°.  There is no snow on the ground nor was my windshield frosted over but yet, my doors were frozen.  It took a little tugging to get it open.  I had to take the kids to school, and I’ll have to pick them up yet, I just wish that was all I had to do but Trevor has his lego league tonight so I’ll have to drive back out to the school again later.


  1. Thanks for the advice on the reader... and for reminding me that I have deal with the demise of Google Reader.

    I hate change.

    1. Yeah, it sucks. Google Reader was the better of all of them so it sucks that it's going away. Like Google can't afford to just let it be even if it is losing users.