look, I've invented the wheel

Ok, I've hacked Cheesegrater into somewhat reasonable shape, I'm generating RSS feeds for a few different sites now, and I'm feeding them into LJ. (Thanks for the extra points, Brad!)

Astronomy Picture
of the Day
apod I wish this one had the pictures inline, but they name the image files non-predictably, so that would be expensive.
Die Puny Humans diepunyhumans Warren Ellis
This Modern World modrnwrld_comic The comic, from Salon.
This Modern World modrnwrld_blog Tom Tomorrow's blog (I had previously added another feed of this at thismodernw_com that gets parse errors; it probably ought to be deleted.)
The Straight Dope thestraightdope Subjects only, not article bodies.
Examiner Bondage Files bondagefiles Goofy news stories.
Wil Wheaton wilwheaton2 This is a full feed; wilwheaton only has the first half sentence of each entry.
True Porn Clerk Stories pornclrkstories

If you know of other sites that I ought to be reading 5x/day but am not, please let me know. Maybe I'll hack those into Cheesegrater too.

BTW, I notice that a lot of people are subscribed to dictionary_wotd; this can only be because they don't know about wordoftheday, which is the same thing, but with inline definitions.

Update: Added redmeat_rss and webster_wotd and space_com
Update: ...and memepool2

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23 Responses:

  1. holywar says:

    how about the uss clueless at http://www.denbeste.nu? it's all mac-bashing and pro-war, but it's well reasoned mac-bashing and pro-war.

  2. icis_machine says:

    is this taking over the former friendsfriends fascination?

  3. bdu says:

    thanks for the tomtomorrow blog, I've wanted that for awhile...

  4. merovingian says:

    Brilliant! Many big thanks!

  5. fo0bar says:

    This really isn't something that could be put into a LJ, but I have a perl script that slurps the stories from google news and puts them in an RSS feed at http://googlenews.74d.com/rss/

  6. insomnia says:

    How about the latest Red Meat? I can't seem to find a good feed for it out there...

    Another one I thought would be cool to do awhile back would be the Event Details section of The Squid Sheet... it's an HTMLized version of The Squid List.

  7. naturalborn says:

    You didn't make it scrape the dates on porn store clerk stories, so they all came in as today.

    Also, it missed the first half of it, since that blog is actually split among pages, and may extend to a third page eventually.

    • jwz says:

      You didn't make it scrape the dates on porn store clerk stories, so they all came in as today.

      LJ doesn't care what date you put in the RSS file: it dates them by when it notices them, so when you add a new RSS feed to LJ, all the entries in it always show up at once.

      Also, it missed the first half of it, since that blog is actually split among pages, and may extend to a third page eventually.

      My script is polling all the entries. However, I'm only putting the most recent 15 items into any of the generated RSS files, so that they don't grow without bounds.

  8. retrodiva1 says:

    "BTW, I notice that a lot of people are subscribed to dictionary_wotd; this can only be because they don't know about wordoftheday, which is the same thing, but with inline definitions."

    Or because they don't know about http://www.webster.com ' s word-of-the day that comes to you via e-mail so you don't have to check your friend's list 5x times a day. It has a far more comprehensive explanation of how to use the word and history than dictionary.com.

    • insomnia says:

      The nice thing about having RSS feeds instead of email notifications is that they you can have all this potentially interesting but not vital information be displayed for you in a brief form, all at once, and only when you have the time to read it. You can stick all of these kinds of RSS feeds into a custom friends list for syndicated feeds, keeping it seperate from the rest of your friends too...

      It's zero maintenance once you set it up, and it doesn't tend to compete for your attention with important email or with your other LJ friends.

    • evan says:

      I like <lj user=wordoftheday> because of the discussion by LiveJournal users. :)

    • jwz says:

      I added <lj user="webster_wotd">, so now there are two different words of the day...

  9. ijon says:

    Hey, thanks! The Straight Dope! Good feed. You rock.

  10. crasch says:

    Thanks! These are great.

    http://www.flutterby.com -- Sex, tech, linux, politics.
    http://www.lileks.com -- one of the best humorists
    http://gnxp.blogspot.com -- Gene Expression, human biodiversity

  11. justinmm2 says:

    hi jamie,

    i, too, am a fan of shaver's diary :) while i haven't personally been able to try it, straw looks like it might be of some use to you. unfortunately, i haven't been able to try it myself, for all i have is a red hat 8 box, and its python setup is COMPLETELY incompatible with the layout straw is expecting. i've put a tremendous amount of energy into it, but i just can't get it (still trying, though...). if you have a debian machine handy, though, it might be worth trying, as i believe that is what the developer uses.

    good luck!
    -justin

  12. nothings says:

    What's up with <lj user="pornclrkstories">? 56 posts total now; Mr. Cheekbones has been posted 4 times.

    • jwz says:

      I was fixing some bugs in the generated RSS.

      Every time there's even a single character change,
      LJ reposts the entry, because LJ is dumb.

  13. rpkrajewski says:

    Add the cheesegrater page to the list of default URLs, so its users won't have to check for updates.

  14. bytehead says:

    Today APOD has started their own RSS feed. Competition? I don't think so. They offer thumbnails that click to the page, but the descriptions are limited to 32 characters or thereabout.

    Keep up the good work!

    • jwz says:

      Well I'm glad they finally did -- I'd love to take it off my server, it's one of my pages with the highest hits -- but geez, their feed sucks. Those thumbs are too small to even tell what they are.