September 28, 2010
I’ve used my “cheap thrills” blogs as a means of posting interesting links to my blog that haven’t been picked up by aggregators like Digg or Reddit. The reason I do this is because it used to be a pain to actually submit something to those sites; you had to come up with a title, a description, and a category. If I’m going to spend that much time doing that, I might as well just put it up on my own blog!
Ever since the controversial Digg v4 redesign, it has been a heck of a lot easier to submit links. You just paste the URL and the title and description are automatically generated. All you have to do is figure out which category it goes into. That makes it easy enough for me to submit links on Digg so I haven’t (and probably won’t) post any more cheap thrills!
Although, I think I will still post links, especially ones that could benefit from some commentary (and of course my Instapaper Queues for now).
January 22, 2010
When I used SweetCron as my “main page” in place of my blog, it was in a hurried state-of-mind. I was excited to make my lifestream accessible outside of a RSS feed so I wanted to make the change quickly. But I didn’t want one of the generic themes so I mopped up something quickly and changed my main page.
I wasn’t happy with the design though; it looked a bit dated, like it was from the early 2000s or something.
I finally got around to theme-ing it a bit better now so that it is more modern. It has more stylistic rounded rectangles and transparencies (unless you are using Internet Explorer where you don’t get all the new luxuries). It should also dynamically adjust to the width of the browser, although if things get too thin then the content starts overlapping.
I’m still not entirely happy with it, most notably because there is a lack of images to break up monotony of text. I think it’s a bit hard to put pictures in since the feed itself doesn’t have pictures but maybe I can put some more profile pictures or something in.
I also added a Reddit feed to my lifestream. I finally joined Reddit because I was frustrated with Digg not having stories about some of the cool links I found; but Reddit seems to have the same problem. I am really trying to avoid using del.icio.us because I don’t want to type in a description text for my bookmarks.
November 25, 2009
I’ve been using Digg as my De.licio.us (i.e., bookmark manager). It’s the easiest for me since I don’t have to write summaries or blogs about the things I want to bookmark.
But the model fails because I *am* lazy and if a link hasn’t been dugg before, I won’t go out of my way to add them to Digg. I just leave them in my open tabs for a few days hoping that the story picks up traction and someone will submit it to Digg. But if no one does, then I either decide that it’s not worth saving, or I end up blogging about it.
Which is how I ended up blogging about this story on using the seabed as a wine cellar; sometimes by accident as in the case of shipwrecks, and sometimes on purpose.
Her wreck was found in 1997, and a salvage company recovered 2000 bottles of 1907 Heidsieck & Co. Monopole. Reports from the time quote Laurent Davaine, Director of Exports at Heidsieck, saying that the Champagne still “shows an amazing balance” and “a beautiful golden hue with the effervescence still present.” As of 2008, according to Newsweek, most had already been sold at auction, but there were still ten bottles for sale at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow, priced at $35,000 each