From Amitai's blog

October 10, 2005

MT thwarts my attempted cleverness

On a pointer from J$, I edited my blog.case.edu "index" template to pull RSS from my real blog and generate links to my most recent posts. But when I write new posts, the links on this index page don't update. I guess the RSS pulling happens once -- at template regeneration time -- and not, as I'd hoped, at page load time (or a server-load-friendly approximation thereof).

All the more reason to read my real blog directly in the feed reader of your choice.

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Incidentally, my feed reader of choice is rss2email. RSS news items have authors, titles, dates, and bodies (assuming they're nice full feeds and not the sucky kind that gives you a sentence or two). All of which maps nicely to email, which happens to be a type of information we're all quite experienced at processing in large volumes. Why go hunting for a separate RSS reader I like -- and learn a new set of information-processing habits -- when I can apply my email client of choice to the problem? It's so easy to delete threads I don't care about, which is generally most of them, that I'm able to follow a couple hundred feeds. (Really!)

rss2email also makes a handy gateway from RSS feeds (which savvy users grok) to mailing lists (which everyone's parents already understand). I use it in this capacity, too, for my blog and photos.

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