April 23rd, 2004


Governmental Feeds

For work, was poking around at the EEOC website after picking up traffic on a key agency decision yesterday from the syndication bl_regs, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the EEOC has its own RSS, now coming onto my biz journal here via goveeoc.

We've got third-party syndicated traffic for the White House and Supreme Court, together with a small but growing collection of straight feeds from several representatives in the House. NASA has a few coming in here, and the National Weather Service delivers weather alerts for each state (e.g., nws_tx). Then there is an earthquake watch at govearthquakes and an atlantic hurricane feed awaiting the 2004 season over at govhurricanesat. Plus a ragtrag group of state-level RSS feeds, with Utah pretty much leading that pack.

But all in all, other than the pile of syndications out there for the 2004 election campaigns, the government itself has rather little, all things considered. Nice to see this EEOC feed. Personally, I want one from the IRS and/or Treasury, from the DOL, from the SEC, from the House and Senate, from the courts, and a host of others that I track daily for my business. Meanwhile, for the few out there with any similar biz interests, at least it's starting to trickle in.

Things you should be reading...

badnewshugh: Bad News Hughes--the blog of Patrick Hughes. About six months ago, one of his posts (Uncle Patrick's Advice to Children) made the rounds on boingboing, metafilter and fark. He's still just as funny:
Just in case any hippies end up here by accident, I'd like to say a few things about your sham alternative-medicine hokum: Herbs don't cure shit. Herbs go in quiche, yes. They are not medicine. Sure, cavemen used herbs to try and cure shit, but that was before we had science and stuff. Your commie, repellant herbs and garnishes might've been in common medicinal use for 2000 years or whatever, but the average lifespan for people living during those 2000 years was, like, 15. I mean, I have nothing against the Indians, and think them getting shafted so much and stuff sucks, but they tried to cure shit with Echinacea... And, ah... Well... They died. I'm sorry, and I'm not happy about it, but it's true.

badnews_reviews: Hughes' review site. Here's a sample:
For the past couple of years film snobs have been jizzing all over Goodbye, South, Goodbye director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, because he’s from Taiwan and makes movies that are really slow. Well, near as I can tell, he’s good, and deserves your jizz. If you’ve ever wondered what a remake of Mean Streets would be like if it was set out in the sticks of China and Ozu directed it with Terence Malick doing cinematography, now you have your answer, I guess. (Please note that people who can’t handle really slow movies are stupid and worthy of neither friendship nor food.)

ajc_living The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's weekday living section. This is a screenscrape of their weekday living section, for which the bastards are requiring registration.

Other sections, if you'd like to add the feeds to LJ:

All of these, including ajc_living will spam your friends list with about ten entries at about 7:00 AM Eastern.

margaretchoblog Margaret Cho's blog.

parryshen The blog of Parry Shen, lead actor in Better Luck Tomorrow

Baltimore Sun Shines on Syndication

Five years ago I moved from Frederick, Maryland, to marry into trying to convert to being Texan. But I still keep and eye on how the Orioles and Ravens are doing, and every now and then I'll even poke around the web to catch up on what's going on back in my old haunts. The Baltimore Sun now makes that as easy as reading my friends page with baltisunlocal. For anyone who looks to the Sun for more than local Maryland news, check out a full array of RSS feeds over at http://www.baltimoresun.com/services/site/bal-blogxml.htmlstory.