Friday, March 15, 2013

Google Reader and the Rite of Spring


So, when I checked my Google reader feed for the first time today I got the notification that it would be shutting down. I surprisingly went through all the stages of grief. Denial(this can't be right, something must be wrong), anger(What the FUCK, google?), bargaining(There has to be some kind of petition somewhere that I can use to appeal to Google to preserve this tool), depression(I'll never find a reader to take Google's place!), to finally, acceptance(feedly.com). Which, you know, took all of 30 seconds. Seriously, it's not like it's an entitlement. Being a permanent tab on every browser I open(Tab 1 email, tab 2 RSS reader) is a privilege. That's ad space, and I'm an attentive consumer who cares when I see something I want to buy. It took a great product at the right time at the right place to get Google into that spot, and in 30 seconds it was gone, and not because someone had taken it from them. They gave it up and I needed to replace it and there was no reason to give them a single penny in ad revenue for the privilege of clinging to a product that they don't want me to have. Good riddance.

Life is exciting, I have so many cool things coming up that I am all a tingle. Rite of Spring at the Wortham Center tonight, Irish folk stories at the tea shop on sunday, new job and still old job all week next week, being M.C. for the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser dinner next weekend, and so on and so forth. It's all a bit overwhelming how quickly everything is happening. And how delicious good beer is. Mmmm... Goooooood beeeeer.


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