Feedly mute filters sweet feature for RSS

My love for RSS goes back to using Google Reader + Yahoo Pipes to do some very cool things and so I was stoked to see this feature request marked completed.

Sounds like they’ve already soft launched this:

Some examples of why this is useful- makes boolean search triggers possible on sites with rudimentary search functionality like Kijiji, you could pair down all kinds of feeds that have way too much noise to pay attention to like local events feeds, and this essentially compliments Google Alerts by allowing you to do the opposite of using search triggers.



Taking your life back from technology

I’ve always been a reluctant consumer of twitter and social media in general, with a strong preference for RSS feeds that allow for batching incoming information. This was a very practical discussion of implications of social media addiction in the business world. Apparently the average American adult between 16-64 spends 3 hours / day on social media sites! At the very least the author is spot on suggesting one of the easiest decisions to make is to at least remove social media apps from your phone..

Cal Newport on taking your life back from technology

Check out TwitRSS.me if you’re stuck wondering how to get off the Twitter escalator but not lose some great content that gets posted there.

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Great to see quality TV but where are the movies?

Agree with this:

Tweet from Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias)
It’s an unfashionable view but I don’t think the rise of prestige cable drama compensates for the decline of movies.

I’m seeing some pretty good shows like Narcos, Kingdom, Sillicon Valley, and a host of other shows I hear people talking about that I haven’t checked out. The ones I’m familiar with are good tv… but aside from comedies (Sillicon Valley) I’d almost always rather see a quality movie and that’s increasingly rare in my opinion.

Why does everything always need to be either 2 hours long or 1 x 12 hours long? Vote here for 3-6 hour movie format films. Give me all of Kill Bill in one shot.



Ontario s*its the bed again with the wrong type of green spending

I don’t normally retweet anything and this is at the risk of being very politically incorrect (in my circles) but I think it’s important to speak out against this new climate change sinkhole of a plan from the Ontario Liberals. We do not want a repeat of the disastrous Green Energy Act. There are good and bad investments in environmental protection spending by government. To pull one recent example of something reasonable, here’s a recently announced federal government investment in ocean and freshwater science. By contrast, the Ontario climate change plan looks ludicrous.

The $7b spending is bad enough but worst part is the Maoist central planning https://t.co/gVGAOuV53m

— Ross McKitrick (@RossMcKitrick) May 16, 2016

Ross McKitrick is on the money in his ongoing analysis of spending on climate issues.

Update: Globe and Mail chimed in a week later echoing the same sentiment again. Apparently Ontario’s Auditor General estimates we’ll pay $170-billion extra in Green Energy Act premiums between 2006 and 2032, not even including these latest ideas. Can you imagine what we could do for our forests, wildlife, waterways, and fisheries, with that kind of money? Sad.



Used motor oil spilled into Grand River, cleanup continues