The Sunday Salon – Random Thoughts

Sunday Salon

This is going to be a fairly short Salon for me today, it’s cold, there is too much snow on the ground and that makes me want to curl up under massive amounts of blankets and not come out until Spring. Is it too much to wish that this will be the most snow that will fall this Winter? Well, considering I live in Nova Scotia and the Earth hasn’t somehow magically gone off it’s axis – yes it is too much!

To avoid the reality of that yucky white stuff that I hate so much, I intended to bury myself in my library books today – 9pm and so far, so good. My pile for today looks something like this:

  • The Declaration by Gemma Malley – Living forever and illegal surplus children – Great so far.
  • Evernight by Claudia Gray – Vampire boarding school – Awesome!!
  • A Fine And Private Place by Peter S. Beagle – Author of The Last Unicorn - ‘nuff said.
  • The Bone Key by Sarah Monette – Spooky stories about a museum archivist – great atmosphere.
  • First Person Plural by Andrew Beierle – way too much twin-masturbation – hope it gets better.


Something that has been driving me mad lately, is the extreme slowness or outright halting of the loading within Google Reader. I have tried every fix that’s been mentioned in the Help group – deleting cache, updating software, cleaning up trash files, trying different browsers – nothing helps! Every other site works fine for me, the only ones I have trouble with are Google Reader and iGoogle (but I’m not a fan of start-up pages anyway) however with Google Reader not loading I am losing my mind – I can click on a feed and go make a four course meal or build a tree house before the page decides to load or times out!

So, is this a bug that is being worked out, or perhaps it’s a bug that is being overlooked as more attention is being paid to the new Google Chrome browser? I have no idea, but I do know that I’m looking for a new reader. Any suggestions?  What works well for everyone else? I’m not looking for anything outstanding, just a basic reader with much the same feel to it as Google Reader (without the slowness of course) :)

Happy Sunday Everyone!
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to everyone in the USA!

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Anonymous said...

I use Google Reader, but don't have any trouble with load times.

Cathy said...

Same here. I use Google Reader and don't have any load problems, except for the one day my ISP had a severe case of hiccups.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Monette is a friend of a former professor, and I met her last year when she spoke to one of my classes. Her books sounded interesting, but I never got around to reading them.

It's just starting to get cold and snowy here, which sucks. If all my family didn't live in the Midwest, I'd be someplace warmer in a heartbeat. Dumb winter!


jlshall said...

The Bone Key sounds like something I'd like - I'll have to look for a copy.

It seems to me that everything Google has been really slow lately. Glad to know it's not just my computer.

Florinda said...

I've been having some problems with both Google Reader and Gmail loading lately, so I'm glad to know it's not just me. I don't plan to change feed readers, though, since I've heard even more complaints about Bloglines recently.

Melody said...

Stay warm, Joanne! How I wish you could send some snow over here... I'm bored of the summer season all year round! ;)

Lenore said...

Snowing here too! We tried to get Emmy to frolic in it, but she wasn't having it :)

raidergirl3 said...

I thought it was just me with the slow google reader!

I hear it is supposed to rain during the week and be mild by the weekend, so maybe we can say goodbye to the snow for a while. I hope so, because I am planning a trip to Halifax next weekend to see my sister, and I would rather not spend 10 hours on the 102 in Cobequid Pass.

Anonymous said...

Vampire boarding school and twin masturbation, wowie zowie! I may want to read those books!

I live in Colorado and it's still 60+ degrees. Be envious, be verrrry envious!

Nymeth said...

I wouldn't mind it if you sent some of that snow my way - we never get any here :P

I LOVED A Fine and Private Place. It's one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I hope you enjoy it too!

Anonymous said...

I used to use WizzRSS, which is a FireFox add-on. It's a pretty different setup than google reader, but it's pretty easy to figure out and gets the job done.

Anonymous said...

Gotta get Evernight by Claudia Gray. Sorry about your GR issues. I haven't had any.