Feed Rinse appears to do what my RSS filter has done for about two years, only better, prettier, and for money. This seems to be a recurring theme with my projects. I continue to be surprised by what people will pay for. But maybe that's a good thing.

 

Over two years ago I wrote "i don't believe there are currently any newsreaders that allow users to subscribe to an OPML file." Over a year ago, I repeated "i believe there are still no newsreaders that allow users to subscribe to an OPML file." I've mentioned this to NetNewsWire author Brent Simmons three times now. Still no subscribe-able OPML.

But now that Dave Winer mentioned the idea, it's being discussed more widely, and I expect it will be implemented by the third anniversary of when I first mentioned it. Sigh. Trickle-down idea economics. Oh well. Better late than never.

 

So far I really like the Colbert Report, so I spent five minutes altering my Daily Show RSS feed and produced a Colbert Report RSS feed.

Some day Comedy Central will have useful RSS feeds. They already have a feed for the Daily Show on their RSS page, but it points to pages with completely unnecessary popup windows, which is just bad form.

 

I discovered Dinosaur Comics today via Piehead News and I like it enough that I'd like to read it daily, so I scraped a feed.

 

I've updated the MySpace blog and comments RSS feed scripts. You can now enter pretty much any site that even references the MySpace account desired and the scripts will figure out where the appropriate blog or comments are.

I tested parsing on several different blogs, but of course, there may be others that I haven't tested and don't work. If you try something and it doesn't work, let me know what account it is so I can try to fix it.

 

As Brendan kindly pointed out in comments, MySpace has (finally) added RSS feeds for blogs, so there's no longer any need to use my MySpace feed scraping tool. Hopefully a Google search for myspace RSS will soon start returning MySpace as the top result (or at least on the first page!) rather than me. I'll try to get around to editing the tool soon so it redirects to MySpace's version of the feed, which seems to be pretty much identical.

Update: it turns out my aggregator was still showing me the previous content and MySpace's RSS feeds are a bit more limited than what I've been offering, so I might keep the tool running until they improve their own feeds.

 

In a comment to my post about the RSS filter I made, Herr Theoretiker wrote I like this feature; however, would it be possible to create a filter that *includes* certain keywords instead of *excluding* them? I want to filter out the Homestar Runner feed to only include messages with "Strongbad email" in the title. I'm always eager to make stuff people will use, and especially so when I know they intend to use it in the pursuit of Strongbad emails. So I added what Herr asked for to the RSS filter. You can now do positive (must include) and/or negative (must not include) filters.

 

In a comment to my post about Myspace RSS feeds, michael asked How bout a rss feed for comments? You can now get an RSS (2.0) feed for Myspace comments on any user profile. Enjoy.

 

Cory Doctorrow writes on boingboing:

As with last year, Slashdot's RSS server has banned the entire O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference from pulling its RSS feeds. There are about 400 geeks here running RSS readers that are pulling Slashdot's feed from behind the same IP address, as Slashdot's systems have interpreted this as one user repeatedly reloading it.

Why didn't any of those 400 geeks at the Emerging Tech conference emerge some tech (e.g. a local cache) in the past year to prevent this problem?

 

earlier today i was doing laundry and watching C-SPAN. i don't have cable at home, so when i go to do laundry at my dad's house, i take the opportunity to watch some cable, and i usually end up watching C-SPAN, which is ironically available online.

on C-SPAN today was eric brende, the author of better off: flipping the switch on technology. he talked about how a lot of "time-saving" technology actually makes us lose time because we have to spend time working to pay for it, and then we have to schedule seperate time for exercising and socializing, both of which we previously did simultaneously with whatever work the technology is now performing for us.

that all made sense to me, so i of course went home and started working on yet another web application to save myself some time. my friend jj has a new weblog on myspace.com, but myspace.com doesn't have RSS feeds. i'd like to know when jj writes something without having to waste a few minutes every day checking this page, so i wrote a script to scrape the page and make an RSS feed. i think that took me a little over an hour, so this may be a good example of where "time-saving" doesn't.

but i made it so it will work on any myspace.com weblog, so hopefully i can save someone else enough time that this was worthwhile. if you want an RSS feed of the weblog of the lead singer of weezer, for example, you can get that here. or you could just read the web page, but if you're not going to use perfectly good RSS, you might as well become amish.

 

brent simmons asked What new web services would you like to see? rogers cadenhead answered one Web service I'd like to see in every newsreader is the ability to filter an incoming feed. i've been doing this locally through a PHP script for a few months. now that i realize someone else might be interested in doing this, i've posted my RSS filter for all to use. if you've ever thought 'i wish i could filter my RSS', you'll find this handy. if you've never thought that, you'll probably wonder what i'm talking about.