Here are a bunch of ways to get old school Google search results—you know, just the ten blue links.

Finally added an /interests page to my website.

I use RSS as a buffet, not a task list

I ran across this (very well done) post on hating RSS feeds yesterday.

It’s really well done and I appreciate the underlying notion: rss feeds can feel like “work” to be done.

But I’ve always viewed them as a buffet from which I can sample. Not as a task list. A place to graze.

I have absolutely no desire to consume everything on the buffet. Yes, I have some things I’ll eat nearly every time. But in general, it’s a broad selection from which I can sample, depending on my mood. I have no obligation to eat it all, and in fact, that might be considered unreasonable.

The stuff I always put on my plate first is in one folder. The stuff I don’t eat that regularly goes into another folder, from which I only occasionally peak. I even have feeds from my friends' blogs that I never read, as they’re not on topics I care about, or are a bit too influencer-y for my tastes. But I’ll occasionally pop in to mark those as read, giving me a second or two to scan for a (rare) life update or something surprisingly interesting.

There’s simply too much to consume in the modern era to ever consider some grouping of content as a task list. If your default is to view that as such, I think you’re going to feel especially overwhelmed in the modern world.

I’m considering signing up for omg.lol almost entirely for the damn statuslog…

Are there any similar solutions I could use to quickly plant a status on my various sites? 🤔

Reposts from my Hey World blog

I reposted several posts from Hey World to my personal website.

Day 27: Surprise for challenges.micro.blog

This is Surprise Lake in Aniakchak National Monument, a collapsed caldera in remote Alaska that’s the least visited park unit in the country. I spent 5 days waiting for a short window to fly here via bush plane in 2019, so it’s a surprise that you made it!

Day 21 Mountains for challenges.micro.blog: “The Great One”

Denali in the distance, with a canoe on a lake in the foreground

Day 18: Mood for challenges.micro.blog

Four individuals in kayaks on the Colorado River; three are napping, one is reading a book.

Day 17: Transcendence for challenge.micro.blog.

This is the spot where the mutilated body of a young black boy, Emmett Till—whose crime was being black in rural Mississippi during Jim Crow—was dumped, an event that transcended a “simple” race murder and helped to launch the Civil Rights Movement.

A dilapidated rusted bridge over a flooded bayou, with trees flooded along the banks and muddy water in the channel.

I’m considering abandoning my general Mastodon account (I have another one that solely dedicated to travel/outdoor adventures) and moving everything to Micro.blog, where I’d also pull in my other fedi-posts and my blog posts from my primary website.

What drawbacks will I encounter?

Shot this from inside my tent in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in February.

Day 13: Cactus for challenges.micro.blog.

Starry night scene with a FUCKING GORGEOUS organ pipe cactus lit by moonlight stealing the scene.

Day 13: Page (Arizona 😜), for challenges.micro.blog

Horseshoe Bend in Arizona - the Colorado River incised a deep gorge in the red sandstone and has created a big looping bed in the foreground.

Day 11: Sky for challenges.micro.blog

Ocean scene, two people in a kayak with dark clouds above them and sunset-lit clouds further above

Day 10: Train for challenges.micro.blog - The most unique train car I’ve seen was this cut-out display at Steamtown NHS in Scranton, PA.

Cut away of a locomotive showing internal partsx

Question, friends: if you happen across a misplaced slice of crispy bacon on a random sidewalk in your town, does the 5 second apply to the moment it was originally dropped, or does the clock start when you first see it? Day 9 Crispy of challenges.micro.blog

slice of bacon on the sidewalk

Day 8: Prevention for challenges.micro.blog

Passenger seat of a car with a notebook, map of Texas, and a pair of disposable solar eclipse safety glasses.

Day 7: “wellbeing” of challenges.micro.blog

View from the feet of someone lounging in a hammock near the edge of a cliff and a great vista

Day 6: “Windy” of challenges.micro.blog

When I think windy, I think of the summit of Mt Washington, where they chain down the roofs of buildings and the site of the highest wind speed ever recorded on Earth: 231 mph.

Wooden building on summit that has chains from its roof to the ground and features a sign describing the record setting 231mph winds that were recorded here.

Day 5: Serene of challenges.micro.blog

Ocean vista from hilltop, sparkling water, lush greenery, tranquil setting, perfect for relaxation.

Foilage? Yeah, there’s a bit of that green stuff in Samoa…

Day 4: Foilage for challenges.micro.blog

Just an incredibly lush sloping mountainside of green foilage, spilling into a small ocean bay.