Monthly Archives: October 2004

Bloglines Enclosure Download

I just published my “Bloglines enclosure downloader” script.
This started as an experiment with the Bloglines service
APIs. As other applications (in particular, Doppler) continued to
advance, I put this on hold. Doppler had promised support for
Bloglines support in version 1, so I waited. Once the final
Doppler came out, I realized it wasn’t quite the way I wanted.

So, I did some more hacking on my little Perl script to create
a 340-liner that works for me and might work for others.

This script has the key features I’m looking for, in particular the automatic association with a designated folder in the Bloglines service. You don’t need to load up my script with feed URLs, just point it to a single Bloglines folder and it’ll do the rest.

The script will automatically download audio files, tag them if needed, and create an M3U-format playlist. It doesn’t yet set up the files for automatic transfer to a media player, but that can certainly be added in.

If anyone finds this useful or has ideas for changes, please let me know!

Project: Bloglines Enclosure Download

Podcasts of Interest

I’ve been finding more and more podcasts out there and listening to as many as possible on my new Zen Touch. The problem — as others have pointed out — is not having enough hours in the day to listen to all of this. In Bloglines I subscribe to about 180 feeds, but I do a lot of skimming which lets me keep up. With audio, I’ve realized I need to be more selective on the feeds I follow.

With that in mind, here are podcasts that I’ve found consistently interesting:

  • Brainwagon is Mark VandeWettering talking about a variety of tech subjects and some insight from his work at Pixar Animation Studios.
  • GeekNewsCentral is Todd Cochrane‘s site covering all sorts of technical content. One of Todd’s earlier podcasts explained his move from the early BBS days to weblogs in part because of the people and the interesting ideas that are exchanged.
  • Treo Podcast is another technical podcast, but is recorded completely on a Treo 600. Lots of good Treo tips as you’d expect.
  • MWGblog is something non-tech for a change — Michael Geoghegan giving in-depth movie reviews. This one could be bad for the bank account; I’ve already put a few DVDs on my Amazon wishlist.

CityDesk Slideshows

Having previously shown how the S5 slideshow system can be integrated with MovableType, I thought CityDesk might also be a nice integration point. CityDesk makes it easy to edit web pages and has a pretty powerful template system that would allow creation of S5-formatted output files.

Result: after an hour or two of fiddling, I created a sample CityDesk project file that, when published, creates an S5 slideshow of the content inside.

Check it out: CityDesk Slideshows

S5 and MovableType

(Updated: Corrected link to the sample presentation.)

Anil Dash from Six Apart posted instructions for implementing Eric Meyer’s S5 slideshow system with MovableType templates. This is a great example of both the simplicity of the S5 system and the power of a template-driven website.

In a couple of minutes, I implemented the technique on Cantoni.org to see how well it works (see Cantoni.org Slideshow for the result). The longer posts and images overflow the page, but it’s a quick example that shows what is possible.

Sports/Racing Blogs

There seems to be a scarcity of good quality weblogs about racing, but I just found Full Throttle which looks good. (Their RSS feed is not linked from the main page, but with a little digging I found it: Full Throttle RSS feed.)

I also found Sports Blog which is kind of a meta-weblog, bringing in reports from a bunch of authors on different sports, including racing.

I’ve made my own feed (scraped) for Jayski’s Silly Season which is a really good NASCAR source. I need to propose that they put out an RSS feed as well.