He2etic’s Horoscope Improvements

And the location of the self-destruct button is...

And the location of the self-destruct button is...

A slight improvement today. On the top right you will now see links to pages, which include content collections. Specifically, you will find lists for the ever-so-unpopular music for writing, and my growing collection of book reviews that you don’t care about!

I have also added a few new links to the bottom right hand side, including the sites for Ninja Sex Party, Harry Patridge and Egoraptor. Who is Egoraptor you ask? Well I’m just going to take the hipster route and say you’ve probably never heard about him…

But that would be obvious then, wouldn’t it? Anyway, I’ll be back later to continue polluting the internet with my unwelcomed opinion. Nap time.

Let our RSS feeds… COMBINE!

It’s been a rough morning. Work had issues and I spent the day trying to figure out how to combine multiple Twitter RSS feeds into one long stream for another blog I’m working on. Yahoo has a nice looking GUI application called Pipes that you should check out as long as you have no interest in using Twitter RSS feeds. For some reason, Pipes has a rough time retrieving them.

I found two other sites that allow you to do this. One is RSS Mix, and the other is Feed Combine over in the UK. Now, what’s the URL for Twitter feeds? That gets tricky, but there are two URLs you can check out. The two possible formulas are:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/<TWITTER USER NAME>.rss

http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=<TWITTER USER NAME>

If you’re confused, here is an example of the first and second, respectively, using the Black Library Twitter user. I’m pretty thankful for the guides and how to pages out there that helped me to figure it all out. It’s frustrating, but really gratifying when you figure out how to take greater control over your creations, both technically and artistically. It’s all too easy to accept the easy route of doing things, like just following templates or buying into the easy-to-use stuff and relinquishing control. But not Harry Patridge here… (NSFW.)