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BrianEnigma
1363 days ago
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People without cats and people with cats.
Portland, Oregon
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gerweck
1363 days ago
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This one is "humans" and "monsters," not two kinds of people.

There's a cool new Room Escape game in PDX. Just tried it this weekend, had a really good time.

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There's a cool new Room Escape game in PDX. Just tried it this weekend, had a really good time. submitted by blindvisionary
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Keyboard Shortcuts Manager

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Hot on the heels of the redesign launch, I’m already putting out new features. There are a number of post-redesign priorities on my list, but one of the most requested features is to customize the keyboard shortcuts.

After looking into the common refrain of customizable keyboard shortcuts, I identified the five keys that folks are talking about 99% of the time: the four arrow keys and the space bar. These keys can now be configured well beyond what you would expect.

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  • By default, the horizontal arrow keys control the view in which you are reading a site or folder. But there are a few keyboard shortcuts that allow you to temporarily read a story in the Text view (shift+enter) or the Story view (enter). So having other dedicated keys may not be necessary. And navigating between sites requires a two-key combination (shift+up and shift+down or shift+j and shift+k). You can now choose to make the left and right arrow keys navigate between sites.
  • The vertical arrow keys navigates between stories, but some users want them to scroll up and down by a small amount. You can customize exactly how much of a scroll distance you want to use.
  • The space bar, like the new up and down arrow keys, scrolls the page, but it does so by screen-load. So instead of scrolling by a set amount like the arrow keys, it works on a percentage of the screen. It’s a subtle difference that will allow you to more easily navigate the longer stories and the shorter stories with ease.

These features are only available to premium subscribers and I hope you like them. If you have additional customization suggestions, hop on the support forum and let me know.

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BrianEnigma
2682 days ago
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Portland, Oregon
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aaronwe
2676 days ago
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Yes! Arrow keys are mine!
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rtreborb
2683 days ago
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Great work, Samuel! This is why I chose NewsBlur.

While on the topic of shortcuts, can you disable them when a modal is up? I'll email a story and when I tab to the submit button and hit enter, instead of submitting the form it opens the behind article in story view.

Thanks for all your hard work!
San Antonio, TX
ravenel
2683 days ago
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Great change to Newsblur--it gets better every single day.
ÜT: 40.673477,-73.975108
DMack
2683 days ago
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Since J/K and N already navigate between stories, I've got the up/down arrows scrolling again!
Victoria, BC
gms8994
2683 days ago
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I'd like to have 'n' customizable to select the next story, but not mark it read.
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supine
2683 days ago
I'm not sure what option this is but it already works that way for me. 'u' toggles read status.
gms8994
2683 days ago
@supine Yeah, but I want to just cycle through the stories, without having NB load all of it's content....
supine
2683 days ago
Ah, not even loading it would be handy, particularly for feeds set to "Text" or "Story".
skorgu
2683 days ago
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Pony request: I use j and k to navigate and when I hit the last loaded I have to manually hit "next unread" to bring in another batch (even when there are tons of unread stories left). I feel like this used to work without interruption and I really miss it.
wyeager
2683 days ago
I second that.
samuel
2683 days ago
I'm on it as soon as somebody describes a pattern. Stories all short? Scrolling works?
skorgu
2683 days ago
For me anyway: click "all site stories", use j and k to scroll down. Eventually I'm unable to scroll further, if the last story is short enough I see a blank gray area below the last story. Manually scroll-wheeling the mouse up and down makes the next unread load (below the last read, just as I'd expect), clicking next-unread does the same. Happy to provide more via email, my nick at gmail.
wyeager
2683 days ago
Exactly what I experienced . . . but when I just now tried to replicate the "river of news" worked just fine without having to manually reload. Only difference was that earlier I was using Chrome on a windows machine at work and now I'm using Chrome on a linux box. Hmm . . .
skorgu
2663 days ago
OH GOD YES IT'S FIXED I'M NAMING MY FIRST BORN NEWSBLUR
samuel
2663 days ago
Yup, fixed it last night. One common pattern that was hard to suss out: everyone who experienced this resized their story titles pane to a tiny amount. If you want to hide it, use shift+t. I set a minimum height, which fixed the auto-pager.
skorgu
2663 days ago
Ahh, never would have suspected that. Thanks!
mgeraci
2683 days ago
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YES. Awesome work, Sam. Now I can have my arrow keys back :)
New York, NY
grantft
2683 days ago
I'm still luxuriating in the speed and prettiness of it all!

Bluth Banana Stand Piggy Bank

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"There's always money in the banana stand."

Now you too can hint to your family member that "There's always money in the banana stand (click click)" with this banana stand piggy bank. This piggy bank is complete with trash barrel, A-frame sign, bananas, and the famous Bluth's Frozen Banana stand.

"I'm an ideas man Michael... I think I proved that with Bluth Banana Stand Piggy Bank".

This was a joint effort between me and my wife [Scintilla](http://www.thingiverse.com/Scintilla/designs/).
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BrianEnigma
2688 days ago
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Banana Stand piggy bank—there's always money in the banana stand #arresteddevelopment
Portland, Oregon
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Smile in Each Moment

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By Leo Babauta

There’s a tendency to get caught up in the tasks of our day, the urgency of what’s coming up, the distractions of being online.

And we forget to smile.

In the rush of the day, the stress of wanting things to happen a certain way, we lose the enjoyment of each moment.

In every moment, there’s the capacity for happiness. It’s not that we need to be ecstatic, full of pleasure, excited or even joyous each and every second of the day. Who needs that kind of pressure? And it’s not that we can never feel sadness or anger or stress. It’s that we can feel happiness, in some form, any moment we like, even in the midst of stress or sadness.

And it’s exceedingly simple. We just need to remember to smile.

You can smile in each and every moment.

OK, maybe you don’t need a smile on your face all day long — your cheeks will feel tired. But we can smile more, and in between physical smiles, we can have an internal smile.

Try an internal smile now: have a calm, unsmiling face, but think of the miracle of this moment, and find a thought to smile about. Feel the smiling feeling inside. Isn’t that amazing?

What do you have to smile about in this moment?

Some ideas:

  • You have someone in your life who cares about you.
  • There is beauty all around you, in many forms.
  • You are generous, compassionate, and good-hearted.
  • You have someone you can help.
  • You have eaten today.
  • You can move.
  • You can see the sun shining.
  • You can appreciate the leaves of a tree, rain falling, wind blowing.
  • You can taste chocolate.
  • You get to spend time with someone you love.
  • You have music in your life.
  • You get to create something.

And so on. You probably don’t have all of these, but you might have one or two, and if so, that’s a more than good enough cause to smile.

You’ll forget to smile in some moments, because your mind gets caught up in stories about the past, stresses about what might happen in the future. None of this is happening right now — it’s just movies playing in our heads.

Instead, remind yourself of what’s happening right now, and see the beauty in it, see the reason to smile. And then smile, externally and internally.

This changes your day, because now instead of being caught up in stress and stories, we are present, and happy. We can be content with every moment.

It changes your life, because too often we miss the smile-ability of life when we are not paying attention.

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BrianEnigma
2692 days ago
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Portland, Oregon
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Wine Tasting Is Bullshit

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Robert T. Gonzalez:

In 2001, researcher Frédéric Brochet invited 54 wine experts to give their opinions on what were ostensibly two glasses of different wine: one red, and one white. In actuality, the two wines were identical, with one exception: the “red” wine had been dyed with food coloring.

The experts described the “red” wine in language typically reserved for characterizing reds. They called it “jammy,” for example, and noted the flavors imparted by its “crushed red fruit.” Not one of the 54 experts surveyed noticed that it was, in fact a white wine.

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BrianEnigma
2697 days ago
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Haha! Oops. This is probably why I like good wine, dislike cheap/bad wine, but otherwise can't tell the differences between a lot of good wines.
Portland, Oregon
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mrbeck
2694 days ago
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Whoops.
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aumaestro
2696 days ago
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Oups
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
rmartinsjr
2696 days ago
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Ops!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
freeAgent
2696 days ago
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@akmakansi Uh oh...
Los Angeles, CA
Courtney
2696 days ago
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[hugs her $7.99 Trader Joe's wine tightly]
Portland, OR
ksw
2696 days ago
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Nice bouquet.
Manhattan
andrewhking
2696 days ago
If the food coloring wine does not turn teeth purple, it's an improvement
laze
2696 days ago
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Tea geeks wouldn't get caught by this type of chicanery. Probably.
Northern VA
satadru
2697 days ago
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Every six months some version of this revelation crops up.
New York, NY
pfriedel
2697 days ago
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Hah!
Milwaukee, WI
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