Saturday, July 30, 2005

old news - Google "portal", new news RSS feeds

Bet you already know all about the Google portal. Well if not, you probably should.
They call it the Google Personalized Home. But it looks just like a portal page.

If you already have a Google account, which you do if you have a GMail account. You can go over to and sign in. Customize the content on the page, move things around, and add new content. This is all old news.

The news is that you can now select specific RSS feeds or add any of your favorites feeds directly to this portal page. Now, it is not a cool RSS reader with a bunch of bells and whistles. It just displays the latest RSS feed links for what feeds you pick.

For me the attraction is using it for all those feeds I regularly monitor. Ones like, the Google blog;; videoblogging at Yahoo; and my partner's blog.

But wait there's more...

- stock quotes
- top news stories
- NY Times
- movies
- weather

and much more...

Oh by the way, you can use Google Search from there too.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

quasi-haiku: Present

years passed.
challenges faced.
enjoy now,
and the best to be.


As Yoda said,

All his life has he looked away...
to the future, to the horizon.
Never his mind on where he was.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

new post to blog feature used at

As you may have noticed the last 2 posts came from the social bookmarking site of I wrote about and back on July 8th, 2005. Since then I have "dugg" quite a few entries. Recently the last 2 posts just interested me enough to also include them on this blog.

From time to time I will post some entries. Just wanted to let you know what and why the change.

BTW, the why is because there are some really, really interesting stories over on that I just need to share here for those of you who haven't subscribed to {don't know why you haven't subscribed, it's free; it's interesting; and you actually get to participate in what is news.}

Well, that's enough selling for now. Enjoy!

A Scanner Darkly Trailer

This is a new sci-fi interpolated rotoscope "animated" movie directed by Richard Linklater (Waking Life) based on the Philip K. Dick's novel, starring Keanu Reeves; Robert Downey, Jr; Woody Harrelson; and Wynona Ryder.

Not a new concept, but in this movie trailer it indicates that the roto-scope look will actually be an additional character.

Check this out!

read more | digg story

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

our brain's Mirror Neurons

A recently discovered system in the brain may help explain why we humans can get so worked up watching other people. This is a NOVA PBS 14-minute broadcast segment on the discovery and significance of mirror neurons.

read more | digg story

Saturday, July 16, 2005

receiving podcasts just gets easier and easier

For all of you who have discovered the iTunes 4.9 Podcasts feature, there is yet another new interface to subscribe and listen to your favorite yackers!

Enter Odeo. Up until recently this site was by invitation only (similar to the way the beta GMail was setup). Odeo is now open to anyone to sign-up and enjoy.

Odeo is an easy way to get to your favorite podcasts, etc. It is a social network, tagging system, podcast host, podcast catcher and you don't need to be a geek.

Check the following links to find out more about Odeo:

About Odeo

Odeo FAQs

Odeo client not a must, there is iTunes integration information

How Odeo happened.

I now use iTunes after using a variety of podcatchers for both audio and video podcasts. Since iTunes does both video and audio downloads, it has become my catcher of choice. However, given the newest features offered in Odeo, I may eventually switch over to this catcher (okay, it is far more than just a catcher).

One great thing about Odeo is that it does not require you to use their client They provide information about how to use your existing catcher (which should be iTunes 4.9) to integrate with Odeo. This is great. My favorite complaint is that the various software packages force the user to change their behavior rather then the software confirming to the user's preference of operation.

The interface is simple. The creators of Odeo are the same folks that created Blogger and later sold it to Google. For those folks that are not skewed to the geekie side of their brain or could care less why a phone works but only care that a phone works, the interface should be right up their alley. But it is not so simple as to turn off the geekoids.

One warning though! I figure I am just your normal consumer. If that is truly the case, then I warn you, you will get engrossed in the podcasting environment. You will subscribe to more and more casts. You could literally spend every hour of the day going from cast to cast and never see the light of day, your relatives, your friends or break for meals... perhaps a little obsessive, but just be aware.

Last word. If you are new to podcasting (either the receiving or the creation), Odeo should be your first choice. If you love the iTunes interface and only care about listening, then iTunes is the way to go. This area is rapidly expanding since iTunes has made it "mainstream". So expect more and more easy to use players, catchers and creators to appear on the scene. Who knows maybe next you could see your favorite podcasts on your cable provider or satellite dish.

This is Rich Hand babbling from Kent, Washington

Friday, July 08, 2005

digg, dugg, dung!!! What?

Get with the program folks! Kevin Rose has done it again!
Once again, he brings you Follows digg up with diggnation. These two sites kind of work together.

The digg site is:
What is digg?

Digg is a technology news website that gives editorial control back to the community. Most technology websites allow users to suggest content by submitting links or stories to an editor. If the editor believes the story to be relevant to the masses, he or she moves the story to the homepage. With digg, users also submit links for review. But rather than allowing an editor to decide which links go on the homepage, the users do.

The diggnation site is
The official Vid/Podcast w/Kevin Rose & Alex Albrecht

My suggestions are:

- Get an RSS feed reader such as RSSReader or Sage for your Firefox browser. Subscribe to the feed and enjoy the hour by hour updates of "news" in all sorts of areas

- Download and install iTunes (version 4.9 or higher). Click on the Podcasts item and search for diggnation; subscribe and wait for the weekly summary. Note that at the time of this writing, the video version has to be downloaded separately. They need a Feedburner enclosure feed.

- Sign up on and start "storying" and commenting. Get friends to sign up and combine your "feeds". Check out how digg works.

Of course this sounds like a commercial for Kevin Rose Enterprises... well maybe but as Andy McCaskey of Slashdot review might say
This is Rich Hand, I have no affiliation with or Kevin Rose except as an avid reader of

I really dugg digg this past week. All news, no dung! I would bet that once you digg you just won't stop.... dude! {inside video joke}

Reporting from Kent, Washington, I'm Rich Hand.