Archive for July, 2010

Too Much RSS Reading

Chris Brogan gets it right when it comes to reading RSS feeds

Unless it is. I was having a conversation with a real estate friend the other day, and he asked me where I found the time to read all the various blog articles that I read at any given time. I told him that it was part of my job to be in the know and to share useful information. He said that he sometimes couldn’t find the time. I challenged him back by asking, “Will it really improve your business, reading all those feeds?”

We read on autopilot at times. We read because consumption is part of what the web gives us in nonstop streams. We can find something to consume endlessly and never hit a wall. Sure, one site might not produce information fast enough for us, so we’ll subscribe to hundreds of sites, plus what our friends share with us, plus what Twitter shares with us, etc.

But for most of us, staying current on several dozen (or several hundred) news feeds isn’t our job. It’s a way to feel current, but it doesn’t always positively impact our decisions and plans.

How addicted are you to checking for NEW on the web? And what if you “fasted” for a few days, so that you only checked on Mondays and Thursdays or similar? What would that do to your other productive needs?

I have complied a massive amount of RSS feeds. The amount of feeds that I have is 2000+ feeds between two Google Reader accounts. I am literally the expert on designing custom Topix and Google News RSS feeds. I have spent significant amount of my spare time to learn master the art of writing custom Google News and Topix RSS feeds.

I usually spend a significant portion of my spare time at looking at the results of my Topix or Google News feeds. On the weekends, I could literally spend hours looking at the RSS feeds that I have created.

As Brogan stated in his post, you should not spend all of the time on RSS feeds. It is not necessary to stay current on every political or technology issue. Instead of spending all day of Saturday looking at RSS feeds, I could watch a movie or go walk on the beach. There is more productive uses of time than just spending time looking at RSS feeds

I do not think that RSS feeds result in social isolation. It is easy for me to get motivated to go on Burning Man campout or a hiking trip with the Sierra Club. Even on Saturday where my group of friends are not doing anything, I will go to a speaker meeting so I can see my friends in the program.

RSS feeds do get in the away for me in engaging in online dating. I think online dating is a chore and I will explain more about that in a future post. I would rather look at the information on a RSS feed than trying to engage into social conversation with girl that I do not even know on a online dating website. I feel that a “normal’ girl would not date an autistic, recovered alcoholic, and Burner. Therefore, I just stay from those sites because they will not “get” me. The intrigues of DC that I read on RSS feeds are more interesting than trying to find love from some dating website.

In conclusion, RSS feeds are incredible way to get a voluminous amounts of news and information, but they can be time-consuming and a unproductive task if they are look at after a long time. They can prevent you from engaging in other activity like watching movies because you always feel that you have to be on the computer looking at the RSS feed. I need to heed to Brogan’s advice and cut my RSS consumption to engage in new interests and hobbies. I also need to try to date online instead of looking at the RSS feeds. I am hiding from my fear of rejection and I should not hide from that fear.

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July 31, 2010 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

Cruelity To Dogs

There is one thing that I do not like and that people who harm dogs for sport. This guy harmed a dog and he got three years in prison as sentenced by a federal judge as reported by Fox 21 CW. The dog died by a man tying a rope around the dog’s head and dragging it from the back of a pickup truck until it was dead

What a cruel way to kill animal. I think the sentence is way too light. I think he deserves five years plus five more years for prior felons. Normally, I consider myself to have far more lenient views on criminal sentencing than the general public, but dogs have a special place in my heart and therefore, I think he should get more time than he was actually to sentenced to.

July 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

The Worst Place To Be Unemployed In The USA

The worst place to be unemployed is the city of El Centro , California as reported by KYMA.   My question is what event is going to get all of the jobs back?  Deporting all of the undocumented workers back to Mexico is not going to do it.   I read that a guy wrote that massive infusion of goverment investment in infrastructure is the solution even if it means that we have to have higher inflation rate due to deficit spending.  Is better to have a job with rising inflation or be unemployed for a long-period of time with the country going into a deflationary spiral?  Which of the two scenarios would you pick?  There is no easy way out of this problem.

July 29, 2010 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

Judge Calls Killer Arrogant And Controlling Con Man

The San Diego Union – Tribune reports

“SAN DIEGO — A North County man convicted of killing his on-again, off-again girlfriend — a popular court reporter — by slashing her throat, was sentenced Monday to 26 years to life in prison.

Jonathan Scott French, 41, was convicted in May of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Jennifer Stark, 43, a mother of two who worked at the Vista courthouse. Her teenage son found the body July 31 in her Carlsbad home.

French flew into a rage and killed Stark after seeing a text message from another man on her cell phone, according to testimony during the trial.

Several of Stark’s family members said that French presented one image to the public, while attempting to hide his violent impulses. They cited evidence from the trial that indicated French had a history of failing to keep his anger under control.

Superior Court Judge Peter Spinetta, a retired judge from Contra Costa County who presided over the trial because the local judges had a conflict, agreed. He said during the sentencing hearing that French remains a danger to the public.

“You are indeed a narcissistic, controlling, manipulative, sociopathic con man who has demonstrated time and time again that you are unable to control your anger when you are slighted in the slightest ways,” Spinetta said.:

If the state is ever to release the Mr. French, Mr. French would have to prove to the State Board of Parole Hearings that he has taken dramatic action to work on his ego and anger. He would have to prove to the State Board of Parole Hearings that he can live a quiet, simple and, humble life that is centered on sprituality. He would have to show that he can be useful to society and why it is more productive to keep him in general society than locked-up.

I do not think Mr. French is going to receive a spiritual education in the California State Prison system and will not be capable of answering deep, philosophical questions that require deep introspection and honesty. Therefore, my bet that is he will not be released unless he gets help from a external, third-party that will provide him the resources to answer the subject questions with honesty and clarity.

I do not think anybody is going to show this man mercy and work with him to overcome his personal defects in prison. Therefore, I will think that he will die in prison just like so many killers before him did.

July 22, 2010 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

Emotional Insecurity And Elysium

I went to the festival called Elysium over this weekend expecting it to be a time to party. Rather, it become a place of self-discovery and place where I had to learn how to learn a lot about myself and life. I eventually had to leave the event because I had a lack of confidence in my own value.

Continue Reading July 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

What Happens The Tea Party Was Black

July 16, 2010 at 4:31 am Leave a comment

Is this War Worth It?

The Associated Press reports

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Eight American troops died in attacks in southern Afghanistan, including a car bombing and gunfight outside a police compound in Kandahar, officials said Wednesday as the Taliban push back against a coalition effort to secure the volatile region.

A suicide attacker slammed a car bomb into the gate of the headquarters of the elite Afghan National Civil Order Police late Tuesday in Kandahar, a NATO statement said. Minutes later, insurgents opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Three U.S. troops, an Afghan policeman and five civilians died in the attack, but NATO said the insurgents failed to enter the compound.

The special police unit, known as ANCOP, had only recently been dispatched to Kandahar to set up checkpoints along with international forces to try to secure the south’s largest city, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.

The dead civilians included three Afghan translators and two security guards, Kandahar provincial police chief Sardar Mohammad Zazai said.

Eight people killed. I have beginning to really the question the purpose of this war. Is the war becoming a grave for United States troops where the war is not accomplishing any thing.

If we are fighting over unemployment benefits, shouldn’t we use the money used for the war to extend unemployment benefits? Is there a better use of money than fighting a war where the best outcome is a stalemate?

These are questions that American people need to answer themselves when they vote in November.

July 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

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