DIY RSS feed reads

Here’s one of the reasons to have your own permanent server: The New York Times has a daily feature called, not surprisingly, “The Daily“.  It’s a short 15-20 minute news segment, ready by 6 AM.  It’s available through Google Play Music or iTunes, but I leave for work by 6:15, and I don’t want to use up cell data downloading something that should arrive on my phone just before I leave the house.  Of course, there’s no obvious way to tell Google Play, “I know it’s there; go get it right now”.  I don’t know the iPhone experience, but I imagine it’s the same.  I want to download on my time, not on Google or Apple’s schedule.

Luckily, there’s an RSS feed for this podcast.  That, plus this simple script on my DragonFly system, means I can pull it down whenever I’m ready:

fetch -o – | grep enclosure | cut -d ‘”‘ -f2 | xargs fetch -m

So, it’s a matter of running that script, and syncing off my own local storage, on my own schedule.  FolderSync Lite will happily sync back to my phone using sftp.


Lazy Reading for 2017/02/05

You weren’t planning to do anything else today, right?  Find some headphones.

Your unrelated link of the week: Bandcamp Daily.  Curated daily presentations about a band or type of music, where the enthusiasm for any given esoteric sonic whatsit oozes through the writing and samples are there to back it up.  Of course I would like it.  Recent highlights from just the past few days: a history of doom metal; Kid Koala’s new album, and whatever this is.

Lazy Reading for 2016/12/25

Merry Christmas!  I piled up as many links as I could in the theory that many readers have the spare time for it today/tomorrow/next few days.

Your unrelated game link of the week: Lode Runner.  The whole thing in HTML5 as far as I can tell.  (via)

Your unrelated video of the week: AAAAAAAAAAAA

Lazy Reading for 2016/12/04

Dig up more on James Burke (linked below) if you can, and if you have the time.  His Connections show was a delight.

Lazy Reading for 2016/11/27

A lot of this I picked up in previous weeks, knowing that the U.S Thanksgiving holiday was going to either dry up all links or give me a crapload.

Your unrelated link of the week: The Secret World of Stuff.  (via)

Lazy Reading for 2016/11/13

Some of this is overflow from last week.


Lazy Reading for 2016/11/06

There’s got to be something surprising and/or useful for you in this week’s links; they are gloriously eclectic.

Your unrelated browser game of the week: Epitaph.  (via)


Lazy Reading for 2016/10/30

I finished this waaaay early.

Your unrelated link of the week: Take On Me, shittyfluted.  Similar to sweding, and I’m so sorry.

Lazy Reading for 2016/10/09

This week’s Lazy Reading came together in perhaps 10 minutes.

Your unrelated music video of the week: Danny Brown – When It Rain.  The music may not be what you are used to, but I like how “damaged VHS tape” is being used as a visual design choice.  (via)

Lazy Reading for 2016/10/02

Every third link is about old technology, and I swear it’s not on purpose.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: DHARBIN.  I briefly met the artist at TCAF a few years ago; he looks exactly like how he draws himself.  Here’s an affecting strip about pets and loss.

Lazy Reading for 2016/09/25

I manage to avoid a topic this week, really.  That’s good!

Lazy Reading for 2016/09/11

Happy birthday to my younger daughter.

Lazy Reading for 2016/09/04

This post fleshed out at the last minute, between road trips.


Lazy Reading for 2016/08/28

Enjoy!  I am going to have irregular network access over the next week, so this may be the only post for several days.

Lazy Reading for 2016/07/17

It’s a nerdy Lazy Reading today.  Well, nerdier than usual, I think.

Lazy Reading for 2016/07/03

Half of this was done while trapped in day 3 of a 3-day planning and training meeting at work.

Your unrelated video link of the week: Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016.  Scroll down for the videos, embedded and linked.

Lazy Reading for 2016/06/26

Did this early too, but ended up with lots of links.


Lazy Reading for 2016/06/19

I got me a retro Teasmade, so as you read this, I’m probably waking up to a fresh cup.  It’s not very practical, but it is fun.

Your unrelated video of the week: 2016 AICP Sponsor Reel.  (via)

Lazy Reading for 2016/06/12

Covering all the bases – history, UNIX, D&D, editors.  No tea links, so I guess I’m not scoring 100%.

Your unrelated link of the week: Exploring Abandoned Mines.  (via)