Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 18: Magazine Addict (and a quick note)

The other night I was talking to a friend about my addiction to magazines and how I had to give it up due to lack of funds.  Another friend told me to check out Zite (thank you, by the way, Brendan).  Bad news first:  It is currently only available for iPhone, iPad and Android.  I have an Android phone, so I've been able to use it, but I would love to be able to see it on a regular computer, as well.  The good news:  For those of you who do have one or more of the listed devices, this is a fantastic app.  Zite is a personalized magazine on your device.  You download it for free, then choose topics that you prefer.  Once you have your first edition, you can vote up or vote down stories, based on your interest in them and Zite will keep that in mind when creating your future editions.
With so much information available online today, it’s increasingly difficult and time-consuming to find the content we want. That’s where Zite comes in. Zite evaluates millions of new stories every day, looking at the type of article, its key attributes and how it is shared across the web. Zite uses this information to match stories to your personal interests and then delivers them automatically to your iPad or iPhone.
Informative, funny or just bittersweet, below are some of the things I would have missed if it weren't for Zite.  Mostly because I feel too much of the time that I just don't have the time to sort through so much media.
Coming Soon: Fewer Pictures of Naked People at Our Nation's Airports (The Atlantic)

9 Reasons to Love Betty White at 91 (Esquire)
Leon Leyson Dies at 83, Youngest Survivor on Schindler's List (Los Angeles Times)
Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's Pilot for 'The Jon Brion Show,' Featuring Elliott Smith (indieWIRE)
For those who don't have any compatible devices, StumbleUpon is similar and quite fantastic (you can also find me there, as JessDC).  I plan on using both, but since Zite works well with my phone and I'm not at home very often, it's a great app for me, personally.

And now a quick blog note:  I had previously mentioned that posts for Uncrafty, Lost in DC and The Thinnest Skin would be labeled as such in the post title.  Then, while driving back from Alexandria today, I started thinking about how incredibly long my post titles are going to be.  And then I remembered that, since I add the name of those sub-blogs to the Labels section, you can actually find posts for them at the top of the Labels widget.  And, to make it more convenient, I've moved Labels from the bottom to the right sidebar (below Archive, which was also revamped).  I hope this will end up being easier for all of us.


  1. Interesting! I do subscripe to the Food Network magazine and am not sure how I would like it on an app. hmmm. I guess I am so used to "paper" and pulling out what I want to save etc.

    1. I will probably continue to buy Real Simple, Food Network and Mental Floss when the mood strikes me (I have binders full of magazine pages, thanks to them), but Zite might be able to keep my habit in check.


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