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On What Do TV Shows Want To Be When They Grow Up?

This all sort of sounds like television developed specifically for Bill Simmons. (Which I don't intend as a value judgment although I imagine some people will take it as such.)

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm 1

On Future Top Search Result For Marijuana Revealed

Now I'll be able to sleep knowing someone finally got Mahalo right

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:49 am 0

On Gmail Is 10

thank you to the person who gave me my invite, what's-his-name, from some forum.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm 0

On Thing Used To Be Better: People From Before

A few more years and nothing will be weird or interesting anymore and everyone can just stay home and tweet about the television shows.

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 11:09 am 2

On NY1 Redesigned To Include One Less Hot Jogging Guy

Petition to add a picture of a hot jogging guy to the Awl homepage, and an awl to the NY1 montage.

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm 0

On The Saddest Spot In Manhattan

@Rod T Sorry, you're not on the list

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 11:11 am 0

On Half a Tweet! Gawker Headlines Max Out At 70 Characters Tomorrow

Looking at the list of truncated headlines, my first thought is "Go even shorter."

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm 5

On The RSS Reader Reader's Lament

@stuffisthings Farhad's system sounds like being trapped in an old school arcade game in which shit is frantically flying all over the place and you are constantly mashing buttons to deal with it before it overwhelms your humble little ship. Dislike.

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm 2

On The RSS Reader Reader's Lament

@stuffisthings The Awl auto-refreshes for your convenience.

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm 1

On The RSS Reader Reader's Lament

@IBentMyWookie RSS originally stood for something I can't remember, but has since been rebranded as "really simple syndication." It is essentially a file that organizes some or all of the content on a site and often metadata (tags, post dates and times, authors, etc.) into a format that be taken elsewhere and read/displayed/used. Often the widgets on the sidebars of people's personal blogs such as "recently liked" or "now reading" are powered by RSS. The main use for RSS however is to collect stuff from frequently updated websites in one place for personal reading. In most browsers, when you visit a blog or news site you'll see a little orange box with white quarter circles in your browser's address bar; click it and you'll see the RSS file.

Google Reader is/was the best way to organize a bunch of these. You give it the addresses from those little orange boxes from all your favorite sites, and then you can see from one place when all of them are updated and with what. Like most RSS readers, it somewhat resembled an email client, with a list if folders (tags in Google Reader's case) in the left column and the posts' subject lines running down the main column in reverse chronological order.

RSS/readers are maybe a little overkill for the average web user, who might check in on a half dozen sites once or twice a day before retreating to Facebook, but if you want to keep up with hundreds of sites multiple times a day (ie professional bloggers) it's the only way.

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm 4