Unshelved comic strip for 11/9/2007

Kissing in the Library

This week's kissing couple that inspired Dewey's unique response were based on a photo I found of Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lilly. Sadly it turns out their affair is over. This doesn't bode well for the fictional couple.

Pushing Feeds

One of the roles I play in life is Technology Evangelist. I go around trying to whip people into shape on the latest and greatest tools that will change their lives. Not only does it make the world a better place, but everyone remembers me as the one who changed their lives. Later I'll redeem this credit for cash and prizes.

Currently my mission is to get everyone using a newsreader instead of visiting multiple websites. I've already gotten dozens, perhaps hundreds of people doing this, and now, if you're not already doing it, it's your turn. Instead of going into a long explanation of why you should do this I will refer you to the best educational video ever.

It's incredibly easy to do:

  1. Go to Google Reader.
  2. Sign up for an account if you don't already have one.
  3. Click on the "Add Subscription" link to the left.
  4. Type in www.unshelved.com and hit Enter.

You'll see the list of recent Unshelved posts to your right. Scroll through them using your mouse, or keyboard shortcuts J (for previous) and K (for next). The next time you visit you'll only see posts you haven't already read. And that's the magic, because you don't need to track what you've read - Reader will do it for you.

Now add other feeds by typing in the URL of your favorite websites. Most will have feeds. Here are a few on my list:

  • www.sheldoncomics.com for another funny comic strip
  • www.unshelved.com/dropins.aspx for our Drop-In Titles feed
  • dilbertblog.typepad.com for Scott Adam's hilarious blog

For me the magic of feeds is that I can control my level of input. Every time I find a new blog I add the feed to my reader. I can try it on, see if it's a good use of my time to read regularly, and unsubscribe if it's not. I can read it on the bus using my phone. I can "star" posts I want to read later. Instead of a hundred content spigots I just feed from one.

My challenge: For one week, instead of going to your websites read them via Google Reader (or the newsreader of your choice) instead. After a week I guarantee you'll be hooked. And when you are, and not before, you can unsubscribe from our email delivery.


November, if you didn't already know, is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a whole novel in thirty days. Unshelved had a week of NaNoWriMo comics last year - see 'em starting here. I wonder what happened to Colleen's book? Maybe we'll find out.

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