Tuesday, August 03, 2021

How to read multiple blogs

EC has been having trouble with Blog Spot's blog reading system. I've looked at it once in the past and it seemed to show what people had posted if they used Blogger, not for anything else.

I looked at it again a couple of days ago and took forever to load and then did not show me anything. I think there is really something wrong with it.

It is rare for me to push a private company, but I use The Old Reader for feeds from all blogs, including WordPress blogs, self hosted blogs, newspaper feeds of what I am focused on such as the Grenfell Tower fire in London, via The Guardian. I also use it for when new podcasts are uploaded by the producer after I have added them. I find it quite brilliant. 

Amusing, I had forgotten about Google Reader. I used to use that. You can read more about The Old Reader and how it evolved and I was there and using it as it did evolve. It is free to use to subscribe up to 100 feeds. I went over that and while it wasn't mentioned, I decided I should pay for such a good service, a whole US$2 per month. The full Wikipedia article is here. It takes a little time to set up, but once it is, forget it until you want to add another site to it, and that is quite simple. 

There is also an app for your phone or tablet. 

You can read new blog posts and see photos within the site but at times it renders text colours differently and makes them hard to read. If you read a blogpost within The Old Reader, it does not count as read on the blog you have just read. If you want to comment, you click on the headline or the blog title and you are taken to the blog post or the blog itself. It can do fancier things, but I don't bother with them, although I do also use it to be notified of new podcasts, mostly from the ABC and they are easy to download at The Old Reader by right clicking on the link and saving. I don't know if they are seen as a podcast download. James? 

Sorry to Canadians because you are in my US folder, and EC is is in my NSW folder. Really now, I wonder why I bother with named folders. It seemed to be helpful when I set it up but it doesn't really matter now.

Here is a Wikipedia snip, "The Old Reader is a web-based news aggregator that delivers website, blog, and other Internet content to a web-based inbox. The service sprung up when Google removed social features from Google Reader;[6][7] the site supports social media sharing, including the ability to "like" content, and find friends via social media networks".

Monday, August 02, 2021

Monday Mural

 As usual I am joining in with Sami and others for Monday Mural. 

I was going to say I've walked past this mural in Degraves Street over 100 times over the last couple of decades and not noticed it but I haven't as this was new in 2020, so Street View tells me. I can assure you it is an improvement on what was there before. 

But what is this about? I don't have a clue. I seems like mishmash of ideas from a muralist who has taken too much LSD. What a weird brassier she is wearing. Neither hand is hers. The only thing I like about it is the deer that is perhaps feeding from its mother. To use a British expression, what a load of shite.

PS Somehow LSD came up recently in a conversation and Mr Goody Two Shoes aka R denied he had ever taken LSD. He has forgotten the night when a friend put a little bit of what was like narrow sticky tape on our tongues to melt away and to swallow with our saliva. 

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Winners Pt 2

Due to popular demand, well one person, here is part two of our lotto win and how we spent it.

How did we spend our lottery win of around $700? Our stick vacuum cleaner is about eight years old. At five years the battery failed and I bought a new one, for about $50. The three year old battery had begun to fail, not being able to run the cleaner on high power for more than a short time. I could see no reason to buy a new vacuum cleaner and I was inclined to replace the battery again. R thought we should buy a new stick vacuum cleaner with our winnings.

We researched different models online. The most popular is Dyson and our old model is a Dyson, so that is what we chose to buy. Taking into account inflation over eight years, we paid less for the new one than we paid for the old one.

We were so lucky that the new model's mounting bracket screw holes matched the old holes. As R correctly thought, there has been great advances in the technology in eight years. The new model is easier to use, easier to clean, easier to push around and best of all even on the normal setting, not the high power setting, it picks up sock fluff from the the carpet easily without the back and forth with old one. I can tell it works better by the amount of dust it has collected. We are so pleased with it and it proves consumerism makes you happy! Well, sometimes. And god forbid dragging out a barrel or upright vacuum cleaner, pulling the cord out, adding the extension lead and putting it together. Stick vacuum cleaners mean you can vacuum easily and often and so it no longer a big weekly job, just a small five minute job every couple of days.

Several times R proclaimed that the one of the best thing about the new vacuum cleaner is that it cost us nothing (because our lottery win paid for it). Hey R, that could have been money in my pocket. But not wanting to spoil his party mood I said nothing,. 

With the new cleaner in the car boot, we pondered where we could go for brunch and R suggested a place on a beach front where we would pay a little bit more than we would normally pay. From our $700 win, the cleaner cost us $500, so we still had $200 to spend that wouldn't cost us anything. Brunch cost just over $30, so we still have money to spend that won't cost us anything. What do you think of R's reasoning?

The new vacuum cleaner wall mounted, a five minute job that took about 45 minutes. 

Saturday, July 31, 2021


As I type this it is raining outside, 13 ml since 9am, over half an inch. In many countries people would say, it's f***ing raining again. But here in Australia we will say 'Oh well, we need the rain", even if we have floods. 

I didn't know of rain yesterday but there must have been for a rainbow to form. 

A win over England

It always good to have a win over England, be it in cricket, on the grass courts of Wimbledon or anything else. We continue to win if this nomination for the worst new building in 2009 is the best effort England can come up with, Australia beats England with a lay down misere of ugly modern buildings. 

This is a fire station in the village of Poundbury. England really needs to try harder with ugly buildings. Perhaps it has achieved it in the last decade, but I reckon the pressure is still on from Australia for the title of ugly new buildings.