Things that sound like other things

Something that never fails to entertain are videos that fall into the category of:

things that sound like other things

In fact, I keep a collection of them, thanks to the great work of Jason Kottke. I’m talking about stuff like this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

As always, I try to deliver high-quality content, and I hope this fits the bill. Have a great day.

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Sites I read every day

If you’re ever curious about my daily Internet routine…

Kottke.org

Jason Kottke posts 4 or 5 interesting internet things each day. Similar to this blog, there is no real theme, so you never know what you’re going to get.

Crossing Wall Street

I had the pleasure to interview Eddy back in October. He updates a few times each day with his insights on the financial markets and his world-renowned Buy List.

Joe Posnanski

I’ve written this before, but Joe Posnanski is my favorite writer. His posts about baseball are always fun, but I think he’s at his best when he’s writing about his family or Springsteen or random observations.

River Avenue Blues

Yankees.

Ben Lindbergh

Baseball writer for Grantland. Lots of statistical, analytical, nerdy-type posts.

The Reformed Broker

Josh Brown is a financial advisor who also writes books, appears on CNBC, and tweets to over 100,000 followers. He updates his blog a few times each day with financial news and links while also adding his unique brand of humor.

LoHud Yankees Blog

For 10 years it’s been the one-stop shop for Yankees news.

Drew Magary

Drew is hilarious and tends to point out how ridiculous everything is.

Jeff Pearlman

I’ve been reading Jeff’s blog since 2008. It all started when I met him at a writer’s conference in my junior year of high school.

Funny story about that conference – I was in a room with about 20 people, and he gave away his book to the first person to name three players on the 1983 New York Yankees. I won because, come on, that’s just a layup.

(Ron Guidry, Dave Winfield, Bobby Murcer)

A Wealth of Common Sense

Pragmatic views on the market. Ben makes the complex more understandable and puts difficult concepts into common sense language.

Oh let the sun beat down upon my face

This week was the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. If the album were a person, it would be middle aged. Maybe it would have kids. It would be time for a colonoscopy. As Louis CK says, 40 is half dead.

A lot has been written this week about the album’s anniversary, and it’s been interesting to read some of the columns in Rolling Stone and NPR and Fortune. The writers talk about listening to the album in high school, or college, or their formative years right after its release in 1975. I can’t say the same, because I was -16 years old when the album came out. I could not listen to this album forty years ago – because, as far as I’m aware, I was not living in 1975.

It’s a damn good album, one of the best. A nice round anniversary gives us a chance to look back and celebrate it.

Anyway, here’s the best video on the internet.

My favorite tweets of 2014

Five years of Twitter

I have officially been on Twitter for five years. Twitter has changed how I get my news, how I consume media, and how I release thoughts into the world. All 3,770 of them.

Mostly, Twitter has been there for the big moments.

Like when I finished my freshman year of college. freshman And the night LOST ended. lost And when John Isner won the longest tennis match of all time. isner In late 2010, I applied to study abroad in Australia. study abroad Twitter was there the night we caught Bin Laden. history And when I traveled to Florida to broadcast BC/UCF. orlando I got a little excited on the epic final day of the 2011 season. final day of season Twitter allowed me to ponder life’s biggest questions. n64 It was even there when I started this blog. blog And when I left for Australia. leaving1 leaving2 It was there through pain. wasp And fortune. berroa Fall 2012 was all about Raul Ibanez.

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Twitter was there when I experienced my first earthquake.

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And when I ran the marathon. marathon

Twitter was there for my last radio show.

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And when Google Reader shut down. Not that I cared or anything.

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And for many, many other things along the way.

I’m not sure how Twitter will be used in five, ten, twenty years. I don’t know if it is something I will use for my entire life. But it’s been an important part of these past five years.

Google Reader – parting thoughts

I wrote an ode to Google Reader back in March when it was announced that Google would discontinue the service after July 1st. And, well, here we are.

I’ve already written a lot about how much I loved Reader, and how much of my internet browsing and consumption relied upon it. Reader was like the team of paperboys that delivered me the news every morning. While its death won’t be the end of my affair with RSS readers (I’ve already transferred all of my feeds and saved items to Feedly), it feels like the end of an era.

Here are some of my final stats:

– Currently I’m subscribed to 28 feeds. Most are baseball-related, and the others consist of my friends, tumblr, the business world, some comics, and an assortment of writers I enjoy reading.

– Since I first logged into Reader on February 2nd, 2009, I have read over 86,000 items.

– Of those, I starred and saved a few hundred. Here are some of my favorites – feel free to check them out if you have an hour or three to spare:

– Supercut of movie scenes that break the fourth wall

– Every Woody Allen stammer from every Woody Allen movie

– 25 great Calvin and Hobbes strips

– How to live without irony

– Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen, 1933

– A time lapse of a day in New York

– Procrastination vs. Incubation

– I do not fear death

– The annotated wisdom of Louis CK

– Seven myths about cooking steak

– Happiness vs. Money

– A few great posts from Joe Posnanski: thisthisthis, and this

– Radio time machine

– VOICE OVER, an awesome short film

– Some XKCD comics: thisthis, and this

– Behind the scenes photos of Raiders of the Lost Ark

The death of Google Reader

I have written before on how much I love Google Reader. It is my favorite RSS reader out there. It is a great resource for organizing websites and blogs – and it is the first place I visit every day. It has become my morning newspaper.

And so you can imagine how upsetting it was to read that Google is killing Reader, effective July 1st. It is a tough pill to swallow – Reader has defined so much of my internet experience over the last few years. It is fast, reliable, allows me to save items for later, and integrates with almost any website. A few readers of this blog even subscribe through Google Reader (like, 4).  I will still be able to consolidate my reading through other feed aggregators like Feedly or NewsBlur, but it won’t be the same.

Since February 2nd, 2009, I have read over 80,000 updates* through Google Reader. And while that sounds daunting (over 50 per day), Reader organizes the information so well that I have never felt overwhelmed by the amount of content I subscribe to.

*80,932 to be exact. 

It is true that RSS readers have been used less as Twitter and Facebook have evolved. But even though usage has declined, it is important to note that ‘Google Reader’ was the #1 worldwide trending topic on Twitter tonight. On the same day a new Pope was elected. Google Reader’s cultural relevancy is still strong, and there has been lots of negative backlash since the announcement. The people are responding, and Google has to take note of that. Sadly, I don’t think any of it will impact their decision.

The curious part about this move is that Google puts almost no resources into maintaining Reader. Killing the service won’t save the company any money. Their reasoning was vague – Google didn’t say more than “usage of the service has declined.”

I am saddened by the news in a very first-world-problem way. The impact on my life is minimal. However, it is still difficult to see a long-standing and useful service disappear so suddenly. Rest in peace, Google Reader.