The Nerd Journals

Filling up journals as proof of my meager existence.

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GoodReads Beta App

Were any of you able to test out the new GoodReads app for Android? I’ve been using it for at least a couple of weeks now. Even though I’m not a heavy GoodReads user I have noticed several improvements from their old app including a new modern design, faster loading times and a much better search function.

The search function alone being fixed is enough to make me use the app more. Now the books suggested as I type actually find the books I am looking for instead of nonsense until I’m done tap typing the entire title. What was worse on the old app but is fixed on my new name was that GoodReads didn’t work with my SwiftKey app so I couldn’t swipe type titles and didn’t get keyboard suggestions.

I’m so glad GoodReads finally made their app easier to use.

Feed

4/5 stars

I thought this book was a jaw-dropping realistic look at to where we as an American culture may be heading in the near future. I really think Feed is where we may end up- we’re already halfway there with our pocket computers that we use for hours a day that connects us to everyone and everything in a second’s time. I found amusement in the children of this story sitting in a room together and “chatting” instead of talking like how today children may be “texting” instead of walking.

The bombardment of advertisements is more prominent in the book than they are today but I don’t feel comfortable saying that the book was a huge stretch. Today was have advertisements in our music, on television, on billboards, in magazines, on my Kindle, in my TV shows (product placement), in my podcasts, when I walk into a store there is hardware on the shelves pointing to a particular product and the muzak interrupts my shopping to advertise Geico insurance to me. It’s insane, and it is very close to Feed.

I haven’t even talked about the plot of this book yet because honestly, the plot came second to me because I was so entranced by the culture of the characters. Yeah, there’s a plot but it’s not terribly great but it is good and it is thought-provoking. Most of this book is the entertainment culture of the future and I very much enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the “background noise” of the calamity that feels so much like the world we are living in today, right now, that I sometimes I wish I could escape from into my feed.

The only thing worse than the thought it may all come tumbling down is the thought that we may go on like this forever.

This is a very good book I would recommend to anyone who likes YA sci-fi.

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