Wheels spinning frictionless this morning having ended up off in the internet outback, perusing, while I can, my Google Reader RSS collection via NetNewsWire. As some of you know and far fewer of you care, Google have seen fit to send the widely-used and apparently loved Google Reader to their growing trash heap of apps.

Google Reader has been how I find useful apps, tricks and web resources now for several years.

So in celebration (or pre-emptive eulogy) to those old habits, I was scanning my lists and found Zittr iphone app on sale today for a buck. (It really does seem to hold potential, even against Camera Pro.)

I got as far as the front porch for the shot you see here, and that was all the photo-time I could spare for the morning. And next, I have to put some sand under my wheels, now that my distractions have left in the Subaru, and make forward progress.

Sun supposed to make a cameo appearance between storms, and I’ll take the truck, chainsaw and dog down the valley and begin working on winter’s deadfall before the pasture takes off. Eventually. If we decide to insert a SPRING between winter and summer. The jury is still out. And I guess this cooler-than-usual March means global warming is a hoax. Right?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. What is that object you photographed out your window this morning?? I have no clue. And what app will you use to replace Google Reader?

  2. Object is a cut-glass thingy. A wife thingy. A wind-catcher thingy.

    I’m going to keep using NetNewsWire I suppose but will hope by then there is a transition path in place. If not, I have the sense that this will not be the end of RSS, since Google has gobsmacked a lot of (formerly) faithful users.

    And I will resist Google KEEP and stick w EverNote.

  3. Been resisting Google for a long time. Too many ties to the NSA and corporate America for me. What was that about localization and decentralization??