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Submitted by: Akber Malik
As someone who get involved in RSS feeds back in 2002 at Netscape.com, where we used them for personalization for news feeds, and who has been a staunch RSS/XML output user since that back in the day, I am both shocked and furious that Google decided to shut down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. Dudes, I would have paid money for the thing!
I’ve got more than 1,000 feeds in my reader, and like many infogeeks, I use the reader to index and search on topics in a way that Google Alerts doesn’t offer.
It feels like Facebook ruined their search, and now Google is killing a tool that is one of my favs in their suite.
Lesson: None of it is truly free, and if you want to protect your experience, maybe you’re better off paying up front.
Reading: Google Reader Shutdown a Sobering Reminder That ‘Our’ Technology Isn’t Ours - Forbes http://onforb.es/ZNunde
Google was doing a public service for the news and blogger community by keeping Reader going. Understandably, the Reader shutdown was received not just as the end of an era but almost as an attack on those who count on it for traffic and attention. Over at Techcrunch, Sarah Perez had this reaction: “Don’t be evil? If that’s the unofficial Google motto, then the company has failed to deliver today. Among the products Google just announced it plans to sunset (read: kill off), beloved feed-reading service Google Reader is now on the chopping block. — Google’s Strange Attack on Bloggers and the Public Internet: the Massive Reaction to Reader Shutdown - Forbes
Google’s announcement today that it is destroying Google Reader, the most popular RSS syndication tool was a massive blow to the blogging community – and to most of those speaking out tonight via social media, an entirely unnecessary attack on an important corner of the public Internet by a company with more than $50 billion in revenue and a newly-won reputation as a tech giant on the move. — Google’s Strange Attack on Bloggers and the Public Internet: the Massive Reaction to Reader Shutdown - Forbes
How Racism Is Bad for Our Bodies
The researchers had each Latina student prepare a three-minute speech on “what I am like as a work partner” for their white partner. But before each student gave her speech, she read her partner’s responses — and, among other things, knew if the person evaluating her speech held racist beliefs. To monitor stress during the speech, the researchers hooked the speakers up to blood pressure cuffs and sensors to measure other cardiovascular data, including an electrocardiogram and impedance cardiography.
When Latina participants thought they were interacting with a racist white partner, they had higher blood pressure, a faster heart rate, and shorter pre-ejection periods. What this shows is an increased sympathetic response, or what is often called the “fight or flight response.” Merely the anticipation of racism, and not necessarily the act, is enough to trigger a stress response. And this study only involved a three-minute speech.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]
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OakTech Talk 3: Photographic innovation Creating Oakland photo panoramas as public art and shooting Oakland on the streets
Lisa Levine and Peter Tonningsen, Counterpoint, Eric Arnold, Oakland Local/CRP.org
March 14, 2013, 6:00-7:30 PM (talk starts 6:30 PM)
Solespace, 1714 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA.
Oakland residents and photographers Lisa Levine and Peter Tonningsen work together to take photos of Oakland street scenes—and of other locations and images—and maipulate them on the computer to create multi-panel layered landscapes that are both dynamic artworks and narratives of what they see. Working at a scale and size that cries out for more public installations, this duo produced stunning work that reflects a changing Oakland in the most sensitive and exciting way. Come find out more about their processes—and see their amazing streetscapes from all over Oakland.
In the same event, hear from Oakland Local photographer Eric Arnold, whose unfiltered photographs of Oakland art events, music and political actions say so much about our city. Find out how Eric gets his amazing shots and learn about his aesthetic.
Events will include refreshments, music, and lots of talking, learning and looking.
Community partners include Solespace, HubOakland, Tech Liminal, and Tumis Design. If you’d like to support this event series as a sponsor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockwell Kent, The Valley of Vermont, c. 1921
A huge favorite artist of mine—and a fascinating person.