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Posts Tagged ‘Waterloo’

PostRank Is Puzzling To Me

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

wordle-aiderss Today, AideRSS launched a FireFox extension that adds their PostRank technology to Google Reader. The geek in me says “cool” – using a browser extension to extend a 3rd-party application with more data. But I’m not likely to use it.

No offense to the fine folks at AideRSS, but I’ve never really understood why I would use their technology – so I haven’t. Here’s why:

  1. I struggle enough already with the nagging feeling that I might be missing the little nuggets of the conversation in the blog-o-hoods that I hang out in. For example, it’s very difficult for me to unsubscribe from any feed because even though the last 20 posts have been so-so, the next might be gold. Why on earth would I want to intentionally not read posts from feeds that I’ve already determined have value to me?
  2. If a feed has only 1 great post for every 10/20/30 good posts, that tells me something about the author(s) and informs my ongoing evaluation of the blog. If I only ever see the great posts, I get a misrepresented view of the author. If the blog-o-sphere were only about content, then a filtering service might be useful to me – but I want to know and understand the people I read and that means taking the good with the great.

If you disagree with me, or your blog-reading habits are just different than mine, please let me know in the comments.

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Best. Barbershop. Ever.

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Backstory: About ten fifteen years ago when I was doing my flight training in Guelph, I got what was far and away the best haircut of my life. Four barbers, none of whom seemed to speak english very well, and there wasn’t an electric razor in sight. It was straight edges and leather straps. Pretty frickin’ cool when all your used to is your standard run-of-the-mill cheapo unisex hair salon.

1.5 years ago: When I started working in Guelph, I needed a barber in town. But I couldn’t even begin to remember where this awesome barbershop was or even what it was called.

Last week: I was at the Tim Horton’s on Wellington street in downtown-ish Guelph. I looked up (and across the street) and lo-and-behold, there it was. Franco’s Barber Shop.

Monday: I got the second-best haircut of my life at Franco’s. Things have changed little in ten years. My guy used an electric razor, but I’m not so disappointed in that. Basically, this is the best barber shop I’ve ever been to – sorry Sean & Danny. If I still lived in Waterloo, I’d be torn between Sean’s and Franco’s – but since Sean’s is not convenient anymore, Franco’s is the clear winner.

Just in case anyone cares about where I get my haircut. :)

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