Feeding that Inner Geek

As much as I enjoy finding stories to share about Emerson’s experts in action, I also enjoy reaching that part of the year where it’s time to use up unused vacation, unplug from the day-to-day, and spend time with family and friends.

As such, this could well be the final post for 2007. I won’t absolutely commit to it in case something comes up that I can post.

I’ll use some of the holiday time the time to feed my inner-engineering-geek side by catching up on my technology and podcast RSS feeds and see all the amazing things some of the best technology minds are sharing with the world. Here’s my OPML file of these feeds if you want to import them into your RSS reader.

If that last sentence made as much sense as some your least favorite politicians’ comments do, then I encourage you to check out this “silent-movie” Google Reader OPML demo screencast on Deb Franke and my Web 2.0 Exchange Resource page.

The resistance I hear in reading RSS feeds (beyond the technical hurdles for those with older versions of operating systems and web browsers) is that people are already overwhelmed with information from email and other sources.

My response is that the beauty of RSS feeds is that you have absolutely no obligation to read them. You are in control. You pick what you want to subscribe to. If you’re too busy, ignore them. When you have time read them, do. If too many have queued up, mark them as all read.

Hopefully I’ll learn some more cool stuff like the awesome work that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is doing with their Scratch graphical programming and sharing program. If you have kids and some free time in the coming weeks, you’ll want to check this out. I found about this through a Phil Windley Technometria podcast. You just never know what pearls you’ll find…

Happy holidays to all!

Posted Friday, December 14th, 2007 under Miscellaneous.

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