Monthly Archives: January 2007

Google Reader for RSS

I’ve tried several times to use RSS feeds instead of visiting so many sites (don’t get my wrong, I like visiting the sites, but it tends to become a time waster since I don’t know if they’ve been updated or not). RSS readers tend to be hard to use, and when I did find one I like, it was an application that I had to use on my computer. Since I use multiple computers, I needed to switch to a web-based feed reader.

Since I had recently switched over completely to Gmail, I decided to give the Google Reader a try. I hated it. Yahoo’s reader didn’t update things regularly enough for me. I tried Feedburner and other applications, but never liked them and hated the idea of having yet another login floating out there somewhere.

So at some point in the past few weeks I decided to take a look at Google Reader again. To my surprise, it had a new interface that mimics Gmail’s in many ways. Give it a try for yourself!

Do you use RSS? What reader do you use?

Faith Over Football?

I recently read an article on ESPN.com about the two coaches in the Super Bowl coming up next week. As Michael Smith says, they have been talked about a lot because they are the first black coaches in the Super Bowl. Tony Dungy, the coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and Lovie Smith, coach of the Chicago Bears, are much more than just that. They are men of character:

Dungy and Smith are role models, not just for coaches who look like them or men who look like them, but for all coaches and all men. They live their lives the right way, and as a result they do their jobs the same way. Their priorities are, in order: faith, their families and football. The outcome of the Super Bowl or any game does not define them. They personify words such as class, grace, dignity, honor and integrity. We all can draw inspiration from men such as these.

Being a role model is something that transcends the game. It’s great to hear about the accomplishments and character of these men off the field because it’s something so rarely seen in the spotlight: role models in athletics. Read the full article on ESPN.com to see what I mean.

Why I like the Wii

Since my last post way back in September, I managed to find a Nintendo Wii and my wife bought it for me for Christmas. Since we started playing it a few weeks ago, we both really enjoy it. Since we’ve wanted to play with lots of others, most of our playing has been in Wii Sports, but it has been a lot of fun.

Let me tell you why I like the Wii:

  • It hasn’t caused me to go broke
  • It’s fun for all kinds of people!
  • I can play video games with my 5-month-old daughter

And there you have it! Those are the top two reasons. I admit that there are tons of other gaming systems that are fun, but the Wii really has been fun for everyone I know who has played it. Even little baby Emmy loves being held while we play bowling, which is something I just can’t do while playing X-Box. When my sister and her family was in town last week we brought it to my parents’ house and even they played bowling. I took the Wii to our new apartment yesterday, and my mom already asked when we were bringing it back. Even my dad played with us, and the only other games I remember him playing are Super Mario Bros. over 15 years ago and Super Mario Kart on the SNES. It’s interesting to note that this lack of gaming experience hasn’t been a disadvantage at Wii Sports; I must admit that despite owning the system, I’ve been beaten by both of my parents at Wii Bowling. I’ve had fun playing the new Zelda game as well as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance on the Wii, so I’ll share my opinion of those games a little later.