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All the Small Things – The Restroom

Last time I talked about ways to increase your learning in the car. Today I will cover some vary nifty ways to digest information when you can’t have podcasts playing.

My nifty way? Reading!  I know that’s not really that nifty, but there is some technology to help you out.

First of all, if you downloaded FeedDemon as I suggested previously – start adding blogs to it.  The next highly useful step it to sign up for a NewsGator account.

FeedDemon and NewsGator will sync up what you have and haven’t read – so when you are at your desk you can use the nice responsive interface of FeedDemon to read articles, and when you are away from your desk you can log into NewsGator and use their online interface.  NewsGator even has a mobile version of the site for reading from your cell phone.  It’s very analogous to using Outlook to check your gmail account over IMAP.

I realize I’ve yet to talk about the restroom in this post, and I know how your all eagerly anticipating my mention of it: well here it goes.

Unfortunately for me I really only get a chance to read in the restroom.  This leaves me without a screen to read on.  Sure I won’t lie and say I’ve never taken my laptop in with me, but for the most part I try not to do that.  I definitely can’t do that at work.

This is where FeedJournal comes in handy for me.  FeedJournal is a blog aggregator which puts all your new articles into a multi-column newspaper view, and generates a PDF file for you to print out. 


FeedJournal includes images used in the posts and everything.  It really is a great experience.  Now when I know I will be “away for a little while” I can quickly print my queue of articles to read and away I go.  I fold up the printout and put it in my pocket – nobody even knows what is going on.

To make the experience a tad nicer, check out BookletCreator.  BookletCreator is a simple service that takes any PDF and converts it into a book that can be simply folded in half.  By default the pages sizes are 17 x 11, but your can tell you new PDF to resize it to 11 x 8.5.


I run my FeedJournal PDF through BookletCreator and print that out.  Just fold your personalized newspaper in half and your good to go. 

I printed out Coding Horror and it really did feel like Jeff Atwood in the Wall Street Journal or New York Times.

Also, just to let you know, this tip can come in handy in many other places.  Print out a few pages before a doctors appointment so you don’t have to read those old issues of Golf Digest.  A few more pages can get your through a plane flight.

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3 thoughts on “All the Small Things – The Restroom

  1. Toilette Readers around the world Rejoice with the advent of the Feedjournal!

    Great Post!

    To tell you the truth the best thing I like about the Feedjournal is that I can read what I want when I want in the “Water Closet” as they say in the Old Country, or if you like; on the can! With two young kids running around the house its the only time at home or at work that I actually get to read!

    Here is another tip: If you have a printer that prints front and back print out the Feedjournal in landscape and in the print setup flip the paper “along the short side”. By doing this you can staple the top of the paper a couple of times and walla you have a 11 inch x 16 inch newspaper.


  2. Nice post! I must admit that I gave up on NewsGator a few year ago. I used Outlook for a while but the more feeds that I subscribed to the harder it was to keep up. It just didn’t scale well. So I moved to Google Reader and I love it. Reading is much nicer. I’ve got an RSS feeds on the posts that I mark as favorite. And of course a moble site. I suggest you import your OPML and give it a whirl.

  3. Very funny post !

    Maybe you could even print your feedjournal on toilet paper …

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