That stand in the mall…

The one that sells man-jewelry to the discerning tough guy. The place for tough guys who are on the lookout for that one magical piece of neck adornment. Tough. But sparkly. Like a Disney Princess. Man-jewelry.

You know that mall stand, don’t you?

They’re missing a huge intergration opportunity with Major League Baseball.

Where’s Big Ern’s Comb-Over When You Need It?

When your wife watches the kinds of shows that mine watches, you have a lot of time to use the Internet. But because the laptop can only block so much of the nonsense, my poor brain has been exposed to untold horrors.

Yes, brother, I’ve seen some Breaking Amish in my time.

If you haven’t seen it, the premise is that AMC encourages some Amish kids to sell out, permanently forsaking family, friends and lifestyle so they can get drunk in front of cameras in NYC … but in a different way than going to Marty Gras with Joe Francis or going to NYU for theater.

It makes me feel a little dirtier than most reality shows.

Tonight I noticed that it was all new kids. The old ones were totally gone. Replaced. Used up and dropped for fresh meat.

Lives ruined for a season of terrible, terrible television.

Munsoned.

Hope you negotiated a good contract in-between raising barns back on the farm.

Welcome to showbiz, kids.

Blogged to Last

Some old thoughts about blogging from Russell, back before he was a Bigshot Government Bureaucrat:

But we were seduced by the speed and reach of twitter and started putting our fragments there instead. But bits of thought on twitter are ephemeral, they slip away from us. Whereas on a blog a fragment of thought is pinned down, tagged, permanent and can become part of a larger body of accreted thinking. On a blog the fragments can become part of something larger and slower, on twitter they get swallowed up by something bigger and faster.

I reached that conclusion about four years after he wrote that. Facebook has been banished from my iOS homescreens and Chrome bookmarks.

It’s time to get back to building something with integrity, built to last. Something to preserve my poor judgement and penchant for typos for the rest of time.

Sid Meier on Game Design: Find the Fun

We’re all so smart and strategic that we’re not doing enough of this anymore…

“Sid’s never had to write a design document, because instead of debating with you about some new feature he wants to implement, he’ll just go home and at night he’ll implement it,” Solomon said. “And then tomorrow when he comes in he’ll say, ‘Okay, now play this new feature.’ And you’ll play, and then you can have a real conversation about the game, instead of looking at some design document.”

“‘Find the fun’—that’s Sid’s phrase,” said Reynolds. “Essentially, you have to make something in order to have any chance of finding the fun. Fun wasn’t going to be found on a piece of paper, at least fun in terms of a video game.”

There’s No Such Thing as Too-Big-to-Fail in RSS

Ok, let’s be honest about this whole RSS situation.

For most people, the killing of Google Reader was probably the first time they had ever heard of it. If they ever heard of it.

But for people who love to fiddle with apps and Internet tricks, this has provided an urgency, dignity and importance to their ability to waste countless hours deliberating between things like text editors and syncing Text Expander snippets. And most importantly of all, it’s united all of us in one mass moment of nerdery … one massive, faux important, mock urgent, unnecessarily hysteric, time-wasting event.

I know this because I’ve been wasting Manhattan Project amounts of energy thinking about it.

I’ve now tried Feedly, Feed Wrangler and Feedbin.

I was set on Feedly as it was already a mature platform. I liked using the apps. But my gut has been insisting that it is wrong.

The Head Nerds all seem to be leaning into Feed Wrangler. I think partially because they like the guy that made it and partially because of the smart stream feature. Also, the sync seems fast and reliable.

It’ll be awhile before there’s proper iPhone or desktop support for it which is killing me. Also, I’m not entirely sure how to make smart streams useful as anything besides folders. Which leaves me feeling like I need to fiddle. Though I think it’ll get more useful as more features are added.

Feedbin was having some speed issues that seem to have been fixed with a server move the other day. I’m intrigued for a couple reasons. It works with the iOS apps I like to use already. It uses tagging and seems to be a little more friendly on the UX side than Feed Wrangler. Also, the hamburger.

Ultimately, the features that define each of these from each other will likely be copied and become ubitquitous. And ultimately the more people use one, the more likely it’s going to get integrated into third party services like apps and IFTTT. Which, ultimately, probably, means that there will be few winners at the end of this gold rush. Ultimately.

Feedly already has such a head start on the others that I think it’s going to be the heir apparent. Hopefully the others are able to stick around though, because we’ve just learned that Too Big to Fail doesn’t apply to the work of feeds.