Getting to know your bookshelf

The Book Stalker – Rands figures you out by your bookshelf:

Where’s your bookshelf? It’s this awkward moment whenever I first walk into your home. Where is it? Everyone has one. It might not be huge. It might be hidden in a closet, but in decades of meeting new people, I’ve never failed in finding one and when I do I consume it.

Here’s mine from almost two years ago (plus more):

Bookshelf, after

I’ve since expanded to two shelves and look forward to the day when I can devote a whole wall to just reading. As I often tell myself as I sit down to start, “reading is the best”.

On feeds: application posture

EventBox. It’s a great idea – roll all the social/distracting applications in your life into one app so you can close it when it comes time to focus. Yesterday, I decided to give it a go.

I quickly felt that perhaps it was not for me. I think it comes down to posture – how is the app intended to be used? I’ve been using Twitterific and NetNewsWire for quite some time (5+ years in the case of the latter), so let’s compare with their posture:

* NetNewsWire is meant to scan feeds, collect the interesting stuff, read it, repeat
* Twitterific is (beautifully) optimized for scan tweets, reply to a few, post occasionally
* EventBox seems to encourage scanning things, handling the occasional item _in-situ_, and sending the interesting stuff to your browser

I’m not saying that EventBox’s posture is wrong; it’s just different. I’m going to stick with it for a few days and see how I feel about it.

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