And I’m getting giddy thinking about @ShaniaTwain getting giddy about performing in #NZ Beating Heart on Twitter

I can confirm that the @metservice “feels like” measure is very, very accurate. #Brrrrr

So long Digg Reader

RSS feeds are my crack cocaine – I spend hours a day on my feeds consuming news, information and everything in between. So the quality of my RSS reader is supremely important to me, and I’m really fussy about my reading experience.

When I read the Google Blog announcement that Google Reader would be discontinued in 2013, I remember feeling an acute sense of panic. I loved Google Reader for its simplicity, even if I had to suffer the Gmail-like interface (which I detest), and it was really convenient to run through a large number of feeds in short time. Other RSS readers like Newsblur, The Old Reader and Feedly were either too clunky or too undercooked at the time.

So Digg’s announcement about the launch of its Reader came as a big relief to me. It was perfect – simple, quick, easy to work with, and didn’t require you to make sense of the main Digg site which still feels like a pointless waste of time. Anyway, Digg became the perfect sequel to Google Reader.

I switched from Digg Reader to Feedbin a year ago, because Feedbin has amazing feed management tools, and is even simpler and cleaner than Digg. But every once in a while, my brain will still decide to fart and instruct my fingers to type out the URL for Digg Reader instead of Feedbin – the result of a habit of accessing Digg Reader 30 times a day for three years.

So it was sad to read about the closure of Digg Reader. You will be missed. I hope that being the subject of my first long blog post in more than five years is a sufficient tribute!

Hey @nztreasury, love the new website! But still a few teething problems. Many links lead to a 403 error on this page:

Visit from movers = trifecta moodkill: a) reality of move sets in -> panic!; b) you find out a 20ft container is too small (you thought you only had 2 duffel bags) -> mid-life crisis; c) they’re coming back in 2 weeks -> only 2 weeks to get over panic and mid-life crisis

Picnics are so last season. All the teddy bears are at the #NorfolkIsland Country Music Festival. Nothing like teddies gadding about to bluegrass.

It’s like the whole town took a leadership course where they were told to just do it and ask for forgiveness later. Nice!

Looking forward to a chat tomorrow on governance and the #Pacific with officials from @ASEAN and Africa visiting #NZ to study English @VicUniWgtn