19 April 2009

Why Don't You Use Google Reader?

You have a Google account already, because it's 2009 and only the most absurdly stubborn and closed minded people haven't gotten on the bandwagon yet. You use a lot of Google products already, maybe iGoogle, Google docs, or Google Calendar (my personal favorite). But you haven't started using Google Reader. I'm trying to find out why.

Your first question is going to be "How do you know I don't use Reader?" and my answer is, because if you are reading this blog, you are probably one of my Gmail contacts, and there are only 5 that use reader, so you can't tell me you do.

Do you check any online resource frequently for news? If your answer is no, then you should start keeping up with the world now, because you're old enough. If you're answer is yes, you are doing it the old fashioned way. I used to be limited to checking one or two news sources a day, because that was all the free time I had to skim through headlines. But now I get through, on average, 300 headlines a day from dozens of online and published news sources from around the globe.

I could go on about all the cool features of Google Reader, but its a Google product so thats a given, and they promote their own products enough. The reason I'm annoyed with you, is because one of the best ways to learn about news is to hear it from friends. Can you imagine if 15 of your closest intelligent friends all sent you one great article everyday. All of a sudden, you aren't browsing papers anymore, your morning news is straight from your friends, people you can really trust.

Just give it a shot, its really easy to get started, and every site you go to already has an RSS feed. If you need help let me know. I already have dozens of great articles shared through Reader, and I can't wait to see yours!

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04 April 2009

Claudia Acuna / The Less We Talk

Well, I haven't written in just under two months, but there is an upcoming event that forced me to get over my laziness and post. My favorite artist of all time (no I'm not being melodramatic) is releasing her new album in 3 days. Her name is Claudia Acuña, and she is a Chilean Jazz Vocalist that I found in a boutique music shop on the Santa Monica Promenade. The album is titled En Este Momento (At this Moment) and I will probably be looking on iTunes at 12:01 am for it.

I actually only picked up the CD because I was making a customized CD for my mom, I think for mother's Day... or maybe it was her B-day. Anyways, it was only a matter of months before I tracked down everyone one of her albums and committed the vast majority of the English and Spanish song lyrics to memory. A healthy mix of covers and originals, her voice and expression have always brought emotions up from the depth of my soul as no other musician has. To this day, I've never owned an iPod that didn't have at least one of her albums on it.

I most unfortunately won't be able to attend any of her appearances coming up at Jazz at Lincoln Center : Dizzy's Club which saddens me. I missed her in Barcelona 2 years ago by a matter of days. Missed her once in St. Louis by two weeks.

But at least I have good reason. I am currently working on a Showcase opening on April 16 called The Less We Talk: A Meditation on Group Singing. It is produced by Hoi Polloi and runs for several weeks at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Did that sound like a shameless plug? Well it was. But if you have the time, come out and see it.

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