Tag endorsements (3)

A drive-in theater in Austin: Blue Starlite!
Mood: cheerful
Posted on 2013-06-20 10:37:00
Tags: endorsements
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One of the things I missed about living in Maryland was going to a drive-in theater - the Bengies was close by, and although it wasn't without its faults (part 2), it was a fun time.

Last week we went to the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, and while it was indeed on the small side, we had a great time! They play non-current but good movies - we saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and some classic Simpsons episodes, and it looks like there's some cool stuff coming up this summer. It's clearly a small operation and the person who took our tickets said something about spreading the word so they don't go out of business, so I'm doing my part - go check it out!


Google Reader is closing - try Newsblur instead!
Mood: busy
Posted on 2013-03-14 09:59:00
Tags: endorsements
Words: 133

Google announced yesterday that Google Reader is shutting down July 1. If you're looking for a replacement, I'd recommend Newsblur - it's run by an indie dev (Samuel Clay), it's open source, there are apps for phones (although I haven't tried any of them), and it works great! It has a lot of neat features (intelligence training, social-y stuff, etc.) but honestly I use it just as a normal RSS reader and I'm happy with it. (I also sent in some feedback and the developer sent me a T-shirt!)

One nice thing about it is that Samuel works on Newsblur full-time, and so he charges $2/month for the "premium" Newsblur experience. I like paying for stuff I don't want to die, since there's a stronger incentive to keep it alive. (unlike, say, Google Reader...)


good things run by people I know: Financial Geekery, PCPartPicker
Mood: cheerful
Posted on 2012-07-10 11:04:00
Tags: endorsements
Words: 143

- Financial Geekery is a personal finance-type blog, but the posts are short and interesting. Some good ones: die broke: what it really means, the academic and the businessman: two views on investing, and a good series on ESPPs: part 1, part 2, part 3. Excellent stuff, and I'm sure Britton's financial coaching is well worth it!

- PCPartPicker is an insanely great way to build a new computer. You can pick out parts by category (with some nice filtering) and see which retailer has the best price for it. I've used it twice in the past few years to build machines at home. He's just started adding benchmarks for CPUs and it looks like GPUs will be coming soon. Philip, the guy who runs it, recently left NI to work on it full time, and I have no doubt he's going to do well.


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