Today I took the metaphorical pruning shears to my Google Reader feeds and cut it all right back to the bare minimum. I’m sure that this follows good gardening practice, but someone who knows about these things would best placed to tell whether this metaphor is accurate or not. Regardless, it’s felt rather grand to cut back on the potential information overload. Sometimes quiet is so much better.
I’m not saying what I cut, but I will tell you a few of what I kept. Like the delectable Record Envelope. It’s not updated particularly regularly these days, but it’s always an inspiration. My design students are doing record cover designs at the moment, but I’m hesitant to show them this site because I am convinced they will think all the old designs ‘gay’. Or whatever parlance they are using these days. But I love them. The designs, I mean, not the kids.
Also kept is the essential Red Telephone 66 blog, which has been the source of a great deal of my recent listening. If you don’t dig this blog then you have ears of cloth. I shall call you Bagpuss.
Interestingly, the ‘technology’ section of my reader list has the most slashes. Does this mean I am less enchanted by ‘new technologies’ as I once was? Perhaps. Or perhaps I’m just tired of getting essentially the same stories rehashed. Or that there is simply too much to sift. I vacillated over whether or not to cut lifehacker for ages. In the end it was granted a stay of execution, but for how much longer? Maybe if I used windoze I would find more of relevance, but meh… I don’t. So I don’t. But it’s worth it still for posts like this one. I’m going to need that tip about ties pretty soon.
Finally, I’ve certainly kept the rss feed coming in from Stupefaction, as it’s one of my favourites and always stuffed with hip references. There was a link to a photo of the sleeve of Felt’s ‘Index’ 7” a few days ago, and I took that as the nudge I needed to scan my own copy and put it in my ‘pop ephemera’ set on Flickr. I also scanned both sides of the disc, which are here and here. I’ll probably post about this separately as well.