Bloglines – claiming your wordpress.com blog feed

Bloglines allows you to claim the feed for your blog. Verifying a claim requires adding two Bloglines provided keys to your blog, one in a post, and the other one in the template of your blog.

Adding a key to a blog post is easy enough, but the free wordpress.com account does not allow you to edit your template. No problem…just add a text widget to your blog and add the second key there.

BTW, when adding the first key in a blog post, I was only able to get it to work by including it using the code tags.

(Suggested by Jack Whitsitt, via WordPress forums. Thanks, Jack.)

Freakonomics and Undercover Economist

I find my reading habits go through cycles.
Last year it was a lot of SF. This year, until now, it has been mostly non fiction on a variety of topics.
The next up, I think, will be a lot of technical reading, but only after I finish reading all the fantasy novels in my stack of already bought books –

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It was fun reading Freakonomics and Undercover Economist. I would definitely be recommending these to friends.

Freakonomics is the first book on economics that I have read in a long time.
A good read overall, but I found it getting boring at times. One reason is that the topics covered are a bit far away from everyday life in Malaysia. Also, the author often spends too much time describing the methods used and figures collected during his research.

The Undercover Economist, on the other hand, is a much more fun and lighter read. The case studies are shorter, and they are the kind of things you come across every day.
And, I am no longer embarrassed buying the cheapest drink on Starbucks menu.
Why should I, now that I understand differential pricing 😉

The link is out there – no more!

Remember the ‘Where would you like to go today’ slogan MS homepage used to have?

That’s what Erik’s Linkblog was like for me.
A few moments to spare and I used to head over to Erik’s Linkblog to see what good stuff I could find to read.

But no more! After many years of bringing us the best of the links (especially Java) every day, Eric is putting it to rest.

We will miss it Erik. Thanks for all the hard work.