Reading on the Web – Tools to Live By

If you find yourself reading a lot of articles online, there are certain tools on the web, and for your browser, that will make reading a whole lot easier, and more efficient. Below I will list some tools you should check out.

The first recommendation is a bookmarklet that makes reading articles much easier, and with less clutter.  A bookmarklet is a bookmark, that when pressed, executes an action on your browser instead of going to a webpage.  There are a bunch of these type of bookmarklets, so it’s best to try them all to see which one you like the best.  My personal favorite is the first one:

A handy web service for setting aside articles you want to read later is Instapaper.  Instapaper lets you use a bookmarklet to save articles to their service to read it later.  There are some nifty features, such as the ability to make the articles more readable (similar to how the above bookmarklets work), the ability to download an article in Kindle or ePub format to read on your eReader, and more.  They even offer a free and pro version for the iPhone, which I’ve found to be incredibly handy for catching up on my reading while on the go.  A side service of their’s provides recommended reading material at givemesomethingtoread.com.

While Delicious is a handy bookmarking service, it has become incredibly cluttered and slow ever since it was sold to Yahoo.  A fantastic alternative is Pinboard.in, which is what Delicious used to be, and then some.  It is speedy, easy to use, and allows importing from links from services like Delicious, Instapaper, Twitter, and even email links in.  While it is not free, I paid a $5.82 signup fee and it goes higher as more people sign up, it does keep spam off of the service and allows them to keep the service running smoothly and speedily.


DJ Earworm – United State of Pop 2009

(Blame It on the Pop) – Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits.

Pretty spectacular mix of the top 25 hits on Billboard all in one song.  DJ Earworm at his best. The list of artists and songs used are:

  1. The Black Eyed Peas – BOOM BOOM POW
  2. Lady Gaga – POKER FACE
  3. Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis – JUST DANCE
  4. The Black Eyed Peas – I GOTTA FEELING
  5. Taylor Swift – LOVE STORY
  6. Flo Rida – RIGHT ROUND
  7. Jason Mraz – I’M YOURS
  8. Beyonce – SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)
  9. Kanye West – HEARTLESS
  10. The All-American Rejects – GIVES YOU HELL
  11. Taylor Swift – YOU BELONG WITH ME
  12. T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake – DEAD AND GONE
  13. The Fray – YOU FOUND ME
  14. Kings Of Leon – USE SOMEBODY
  15. Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – KNOCK YOU DOWN
  16. Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain – BLAME IT
  17. Pitbull – I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO)
  18. T.I. Featuring Rihanna – LIVE YOUR LIFE
  19. Soulja Boy Tell ‘em Featuring Sammie – KISS ME THRU THE PHONE
  20. Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne – DOWN
  21. Miley Cyrus – THE CLIMB
  22. Drake – BEST I EVER HAD
  23. Kelly Clarkson – MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU
  24. Beyonce – HALO
  25. Katy Perry – HOT N COLD

Digital Magazines in the Future

A glimpse at what magazines and newspapers of the future will be like in digital form on a handheld device. Very nifty.


Best of the ’00s in TV: Drama

The Wire
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NJ.com has a spot-on list of best drama TV shows this decade. I didn’t get into West Wing, and if you watched The Wire before watching The Shield, you’ll likely find The Shield unrealistic in comparison.

I’m glad to see Mad Men on there (very awesome show) and was pleasantly surprised to see Veronica Mars on there, which was also an engrossing show. Battlestar Galactica was a no-brainer, as well.

If I could modify the list with my choices, I’d take off West Wing and replace it with House.

Be sure to check out the other Best of 00’s lists for: