Dino’s Daily Dose – Day 7 – What do you read?

Katie Couric

Katie Couric recovers from our deeply emotional interview.

This question comes from my friend Katie Couric. The question came to me in a recent interview we did together. Below is a copy of the transcript of that interview:

COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this blogging project — to stay informed and to understand the world?

DINO: I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —

COURIC: But what ones specifically? I’m curious.

DINO: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.

COURIC: Can you name any of them?

DINO: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news.

During this interview I was very nervous. You know how it can be when you have a super hot news ancor drilling you with the tough questions. I have had some time to think about it and so I will answer Katie’s question now.

I will first start by saying nearly all of my reading these days is online, especially newspapers. I don’t get a single paper delivered. I do, however, get around 300 hard copies of dairy and farm magazines. I would rank the devices I read from in this order, 1. My droid, 2. one of my computers, 3. Julie & Miro’s iPad, 4. hard magazines.

I read a lot of paper books but have been using the Kindle reader a lot. The Kindle software is amazing. I have it installed on my phone, the iPad, & all my computers. Any time I want to read I can just launch the Kindle app and it will open to the page where I left off, on every device. You really don’t need a hardware version of the Kindle if you have other net connected devices.

So here is the list:

Most recent books:
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking (Current)
The Battle by Arthur C. Brooks
The Post American World by Fareed Zakaria
The Genius of the Beast by Howard Bloom

Odd, I just noticed the last four books I have read all start with the word “the”. This might indicate my choices in reading are a little on the boring side. Time for a smut novel!

Newspapers: (in this order using an app on my phone called “world newspapers”)
Hanford Sentinel
Fresno Bee
Sacramento Bee
SF Chronicle
Wall Street Journal
NY Times

I have to admit I mostly scan them rather than read. I look for things of interest and skip the rest.

Blogs:
I have a lot of friends who are great bloggers. I couldn’t possibly list them all here. I’ll do a more in depth list of blogs later on. Here is a small sample.

http://dairygoddess.wordpress.com/
http://crazymoos.wordpress.com/
http://thefarmvet.blogspot.com/
http://raylindairy.wordpress.com/
http://commonsenseagriculture.blogspot.com/
http://jplovescotton.com/

I read a lot of non-farm blogs too. Most of them are about technology or politics. Maybe a list of those later as well.

Online Dairy publications:
One day a few months ago I got tired of going to 10 different websites to read dairy and farm news. I solved the problem by building a news aggregation website. It is http://www.dairyinsider.com. Feel free to use it and if you have any suggestions for additional news sources or some other idea for the site, let me know.

Getting news to come to you.

I also use Facebook & Twitter to find news. Some of the best sources of information are your friends & peers. Many of them will post links to stories of interest. Chances are if it is interesting to them it will be interesting to you as well.

A few moths ago I wrote a social media tutorial to help people get news to come to them. You can read that article here.

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