WARNING: Computer Nerd Alert!
As information inquirers, Laura and I read The Oregonian on a daily basis. While Ethan yacks away and plays with his oatmeal each morning, we share the front page and discuss the local news. It’s a great way to learn a little more about our community and the world we live in.
But for many of us out there, the morning newspaper just doesn’t cut it. We need MORE information. Not just any ‘ol information, but information that is up-to-date, relevant to our interests, and easy to access. This is why I love Really Simple Syndication or RSS feeds.
RSS feeds allow me to subscribe to a page and get the latest news. There are thousands of websites/blogs that provide these links. Even our website, actually this page that you are reading right now, allows this. But the beauty of an RSS feed isn’t that you can subscribe to it, but in the application that allows this to happen. In my case, I use Google Reader to subscribe to all my RSS feeds. Gathered on one page are up-to-date headlines from all the websites I subscribe to. Now I don’t have to click on a link to each website to see what’s new. It’s gathered all in one place
I’m not going to describe all the nuts and bolts of how to use Google Reader and RSS feeds, there is plenty of information on the web to do that. I just wanted to share the sites that I subscribe to and to make sure that you know you can always subscribe to our website. This page is the only dynamic page, hence, the only one that will be updated in your RSS feed. Hope you find a new feed to subscribe too. Remember to look for the orange image in your URL bar and click it to subscribe.
Brett’s RSS Subscriptions on his Google Reader
- First I have a whole list of friend’s websites that I subscribe to. Great way to stay in touch.
- BBC World News: Allows me to learn more about news from around the world (http://news.bbc.co.uk/)
- Foreign Policy Association: This organization offers a lot of blogs to subscribe to. Here are my favorites: Caucasus (http://caucasus.foreignpolicyblogs.com/); Central Asia (http://centralasia.foreignpolicyblogs.com/); Election 2008 (http://election.foreignpolicyblogs.com/); Russia (http://russia.foreignpolicyblogs.com/); U.S. Diplomacy (http://diplomacy.foreignpolicyblogs.com/); U.S. Role in the World (http://usrole.foreignpolicyblogs.com/)
- Fat Wreck Chords: One of my favorite punk rock record labels (http://www.fatwreck.com/)
- Lifehacker: All things computer and nerdy, but very useful (http://lifehacker.com/)
- MadConomist: Economics anyone? (http://madconomist.com/)
- The Positivity Blog: Fluffy but very optimistic (http://www.positivityblog.com/)
- Planetizen: All things planning and more (http://www.planetizen.com/)
- Politico: Politics, Political News, Campaign 2008 and on and on (http://www.politico.com/)
- PunkNews.org: My lifeline to the latest tours, breakups, record releases, tragedies and other shenanigans in the punk rock world (http://www.punknews.org/)
- Woodworking Magazine: I love to build things (http://blog.woodworking-magazine.com/blog/)
That’s my list. Feel free to share yours.