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Mark Atwood
Media Diet
I just got done working thru my blogroll in Google Reader, and culling about a third of them.

I still can't decide on a good folder/organizing system for them, so for right now I've got "friends" (people I know), "stuff" (gadget reviews, woot, etc), "sex" (NSFW stuff), "work" (related to paying work), and then just everything else, which is a mix of news, commentary, interesting people, and other stuff.

I've left the worst offender for size and time in, the Freshmeat feed. It's over a hundred items a day now, which is a pain to work thru, but it's been so very useful to quick read, it's like condensed serendipity.

I also reorganized my LJ Default View, making it smaller and more impactful. I will avoid the drama of "OMG unfriending", but I had to get a handle on the time it was taking to keep up.

Several years ago, I mercilessly culled the pile of email lists I was on.

About a year ago, I unsubbed to most of the USENET newsgroups I was reading. A while ago, I really tightened down my Gnus filters, and now I'm pretty fast with the "kill this thread" keystroke. Bram Cohen was incredulous that I was actually still using it at all, and I have to concede his point. Maybe I just need to make a clean break entirely from rec.arts.sf.*. However, it remains a working venue of "voraciously expressed opinions different from mine", where the venue itself isn't controlled by one of the opinionators. (Thus my rejection of "Making Light" blog. The [P|T]NH's wanted a rasf*-lite where nobody was allowed to disagree with them.)

As for TV, I'm way "behind" and unlikely to catch up, or even want to. I'm half a season behind on Dr Who, several YEARS behind on BSG, and enjoying the season break on the array of tech/cop dramas I had been watching (CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Numb3rs).

I do this cull, and get stricter and stricter, and yet, there is still SO MUCH STUFF to keep up on. But now with less "junkfood" reading...

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inanna From: inanna Date: July 8th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
i recently got hooked on some of the same shows ... i am a year behind on my TIVOed BSG and Heroes... and i am off the charts on CSI... just started on Criminal Minds and NCIS. But i seem to be doing more life than TV watching... so i miss the shows, but i don't seem to do much about it. :)
mauser From: mauser Date: July 8th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Impactful" is not a word. Marketing people use it. I suppose because they think it has more impact than words like "Effective" "Useful" and even "exciting".

I stopped with Usenet a long time ago. I think it was mainly because the newsreader I was using at the time wasn't computable with the somewhat more secure news server my ISP put up.

I wonder how many folks know that Google didn't create Google Groups and that the same content is out there without a web interface....
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: July 10th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually agonized a little bit over that word, knowing that it was originally Marketing-speak.

However, "interesting", and "useful" were not exactly the right concept...
mauser From: mauser Date: July 10th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Never give in! Never surrender!

And remember, when it's time to kill all the lawyers, the wall they are stood against should be composed of the machine-gunned corpses of the marketers!
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