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6.  I am amused sometimes at how willfully ignorant I can be about something, only to then learn about it and suddenly become slavishly devoted to it.  I remember, back when I was working in the dawn of the dot-com era, thinking how unnecessary e-mail was; I remember being openly hostile towards "Metrocards" when subway tokens worked just fine; I remember not having any idea what an mp3 was, and then, eventually, not ever imagining I would own something as insipid as an iPod.  And until last week, I could not have cared less about RSS feeds.

I sorta knew what RSS was (not that I could break down that acronym even now), and there were a couple websites I cared about that updated somewhat irregularly, and which had RSS feeds on LJ, and so rather than obsessively checking the sites all the time I would see them on my friends list.  However, RSS updates cluttered the hell out of my friends page, and not every page I was interested in was available on LJ. 

I can't remember exactly why I decided to investigate this last week - maybe one of you posted something about it - but I decided to check out Google Reader, and within 30 seconds of poking around I suddenly figured out why RSS is so awesome.   Especially when using Firefox.  I found the Google Reader app for Firefox, and now my ADD knows no bounds. 

That said, I do kinda miss surfing around.  I appreciate how wonderful it is that I'm notified every time one of my bookmarks gets updated, and that I can read everything I want to read in one place, but:  Google Reader is just text, and some of the sites I've RSS'd are visually pleasing.

Still, though, now that I've made the leap (about 3 years after the fact), I can't imagine life without it.  All that's left is some way to carry this stuff around with me whenever I'm away from the internet for any extended length of time, except that almost never happens. 

7.  I gotta give a shout out to Hale and Hearty Soups, who have been rocking my lunch hours all winter.  This week, I'm all about lentil.  Wednesday was the Black Lentil with Double Smoked Bacon, and today was the Italian Lentil with Pastini (which for some reason isn't on the menu right now, even though it was there 2 hours ago).

8.  I also have to say:  where the hell is Bill Simmons this week?  The Patriots lose the Superbowl, he makes a bleary 4-AM post the morning after, and then... nothing?  All week?  No "Seven Steps of Acceptance"?  No "Conspiracy Theory"?  He's selling his Randy Moss jersey on eBay, and that's the only thing he's written since early Monday.  Weak.  Totally weak. 
EDIT: Well, there you go.