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Google Reader – or Why I Never Read Your Comments Anymore

Thanks to Phillip, I finally joined the 21st century and started using Google Reader to keep track of all of the blogs I read, instead of clicking on the links on my blogroll individually. On the plus side, it sure beats clicking through my entire list and being disappointed when I find that no one has posted anything new. This way, I go to a single page and get disappointed all at once when I see no one has posted anything new. One stop shopping*.

But the downside to this is that I read far less of the blog comments than I used to. When I was going directly to the blogs, I would see how many comments there were and could just click to read them. Now I have to click on the link to the posting in Google Reader to even see if there are comments yet, then click to read them. That’s an awful lot of clicking. And so I usually only make that herculean effort if I have something to say. Which is a shame, because I’m sure I’m missing out on some good comments. I was talking to Katie** earlier and she said that she felt there are a lot less comment on blogs these days…. are other people finding this too?

*Except for Jody’s blog, which doesn’t seem to allow me to subscribe to it. Hmph.

**I can’t linked to Katie ‘cuz she took down her blog. 🙁


Boy, I’m Glad I Pay for Earthquake Insurance

Apparently we are in a two-week period of increased earthquake risk here in the Pacific Northwest. Instead of our usual 0.0005 per cent chance of having a mega thrust earthquake, we have a 0.026 per cent chance. Do we have an earthquake kit? Um, well we’ve got a bunch of canned foods because canned beans were on sale. And we have a flashlight and some candles (with matches around here somewhere). Does that count? Do we have enough water to get us through the first 72 hours after an earthquake, as recommended by the emergency preparedness people? Um no. But don’t worry, there’s water available too in a hot water tank and toilet reservoir.” Thanks for the tip, BC Provincial Emergency Program!

OK, Danielle and I just discussed it. We really don’t feel like we really have the room to store the 24L of water that would be necessary to sustain us for 72 hours. I mean, we live in a tiny 1 bedroom basement suite, right? Do you think 24L of wine would suffice?