Amalgamated Feed

When online web services don’t play nice together, doves cry.

Right now they’re bawling their eyes out over the glitchiness between Bloglines and del.icio.us. I don’t know how it all began (and it began weeks ago) — perhaps an overly eager spider got itself throttled — but the end result is that most user feeds from del.icio.us don’t work very well anymore. Luckily, that’s what my inbox is for. However, in trying to fix and/or workaround the problem, I turned to yet another third party web app: feedburner.

In the process, I’ve ended up with a single, amalgamated feed that mixes this weblog, my del.icio.us feed, and even my flickr photos. It is here. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while; preferably rolling my own system but there’s no accounting for the combination of laziness and feedburner’s ease of use. I’ve railed about the decentralization of personal information and content on the web before, so this amalgamation is useful to me. Of course, the catch is that those various third party feeds are now being combined by yet another third party application, so it doesn’t solve the problem that my content is dependent on their services. For now, though, it’s a good stopgap. Useful too.

So if you’re so inclined, point the ole’ news reader to http://feeds.feedburner.com/n0wak. If you do then you might see further evidence as to why Guitar Hero, despite its many frustrations, was my game of 2005. I still play it a lot and my pinkie still hurts a lot. It is possibly the game of decade.

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