Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Letting other people blog for me...

Chris Kirk over at progressivespirituality.com has some great things to say about our money. I recommend all of the links in his post. Particularly the Relational Tithe (I first heard about this from The Simple Way which Shane Claiborne is a part of) article about Embezzlement. The topic has been a long running discussion with some friends. Convicting stuff!

Update:AWESOME! I just helped Gulshen Aliyeva's from Sabirabad, Azerbaijan clothing business. Basically I gave her an 18-20 month interest free loan and I'll just get to reloan the money. What a cool thing! I think I'm gonna start building a Kiva portfolio.

Monday, June 25, 2007

So long bloglines

I finally got sick of bloglines' UI and opted in favor of google reader which colleagues have been peddling like crack dealers since it's inception. With increasingly sophisticated UIs hitting the web bloglines was starting to feel unwieldy (try to move a subscription to a different folder) and it was missing some nice stuff like the ability to review past postings from on a blog. So while I've been with bloglines for a few years now, it was time to split.

I also migrated away from my 43 People Subscriptions. I love the robots, but a. it wasn't always reliable, b. you are default opted into new feeds on a user (I don't really care what rdicker has tagged "cool") c. when a given user's feed dies it's not obvious (I have a bunch of people I watch who moved blogs and I didn't notice until I felt myself getting dumber) d. there's no way to get OPML so that you can export your feeds and that was worrying me for some reason (what if 43people dumps the subscription feature?)

Friday, June 22, 2007


Just realized I haven’t updated this in a long time. I’m officially part of the landed gentry, I have a building permit, and my foundation was dug yesterday. Early next week the foundation footers are getting poured and inspected. Then, it may be possible to have the block layed and start building on 6/30 (materials are being delivered on 6/29). If not then, definitely by 7/7. I forgot my camera yesterday, but I’ll try to get a picture of the foundation tomorrow, and I’m definitely going to have pictures of the actual construction.