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How to Install Four Google News Reader Alternatives

2015 may mark the rebirth of the blog. This year, Medium’s raised $25 million, WordPress raised $160 million and Dave Winer is trying to help Facebook tear down the wall around its garden. I thought it might be a good time to revisit alternatives to now defunct Google Reader, its popular web-based news reader. Certainly there are pre-built options, but I’d like to walk through …

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How to Respond to Internet Trolls and Internet Rage

I’ve posted a short how to on responding to Internet trolls at Medium: So, you’ve been attacked by trolls? Here’s what to expect: Your phone will vibrate incessantly with Twitter mentions. You’ll receive angry, obscenity filled emails and anonymous comments on your blog. Bloggers will take you out of context (a columnist at The Guardian compared me to a mass murderer — seriously). …

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Shining Light on Internet Rage

Today, I published Shining Light on Internet Rage: Shaming People Online is Easy; Making Change in the Real World is Not about the controversy that erupted over my earlier essay, Shining Light on Cutoff Culture. The outrage against me began when a feminist advice blogger wrote a critique of my piece, labeling me “entitled” and distorting an anecdote I shared. For a week, my …

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The Five Ways Health Insurers Define Deductible

If Merriam-Webster had anything to do with it, the concept of a deductible would be simple — the “amount of money that you have to pay for something (such as having your car fixed after an accident) before an insurance company pays for the remainder of the cost”. With Washington state health insurers though, it turns out things are a …

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Rolling with Beyonce and Jay-Z

Apparently, SeattleMet included me in their July Perfect Party for having written the popular article on Amazon’s impact on Seattle dating. I’m sure Beyonce and Jay-Z were just as psyched as I was. Postscript: A really wonderful outcome from this was finally meeting Princess Merida. We’re planning to marry as soon as she’s of age. (I told you dating in Seattle …

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Selling Domain Names Heating Up

Update: In the past month, UnitedKids.com sold for $299, and I sold my first two io domains, Therapy.io for $500 and Snowboard.io for $1000. While some people worried that the emergence of new gTld extensions (e.g. .ninja) would flood the domain name aftermarket, I’ve actually seen new attention and interest in my own domain portfolio. In the past few months, …

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Amazon’s Impact on Seattle Dating Resonated Widely

I had no idea that GeekWire’s coverage of You’ve Got Male: Amazon’s Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene would result in such widespread coverage as well as a viral spinoff. The gender ratio in Seattle and the failure of our local tech companies to hire women definitely touched a nerve, here and around the web. While I support Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ vision of an urban …

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