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I was self-medicating by writing code last night and added a part to my aggregated blog that lets me see all of the entries posted on this date from previous years. But it only goes back a couple years to the point that I started aggregating everything this way. Everything else is still on my old Typepad blog, going way back to 1999. I think I'm going to import those over this week, and may try to import all my Flickr photos too while I'm at it.  I also fixed some problems that my duct-tape system has with reading certain feeds... hence the 76 entries that got imported yesterday.  There's one problem left, which I haven't been able to figure out yet... I get an unknown error (-32) when trying to fetch some RSS feeds (Facebook in particular).  Anyone ever heard of that?  Anyway, I think I'm getting into my end-of-the-year reflective mode a bit.  It's been a crazy year.  Higher highs, lower lows, double downs, and even some folding.  Bear with me.

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That sounds like the system I'm forever trying to write and rewrite. Have you got code in a postable, readable form?

I do... I just gave it to Rick Webb, but it's pretty messy and has a bunch of junk in it that's evolved over several years. I think it would be easier to build from scratch than untangle from me. It's basically just fetch plus an RSS parser plus a table of entries.

Yeah, we were actually thinking of cleaning it up and convincing Buster to let us offer it as a service or code for people. I think it's a pretty common need. Tumblr sort of does it, but not historically.

I've considered doing that a couple times too. There are so many little things that can sorta do this... Bloglines, Google Reader, Yahoo Pipes, a million feed aggregators, etc... but none of them does it just how I want it done. And how I want it done is usually not just how I other people want it done. So everyone's got a different answer.

But if you want some help cleaning it up and finding a way to release the code, I'd be happy to help. I definitely am not proud of my code... I wouldn't expect anyone to hire me based on that noodle-y mess. So I keep it hidden.

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