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Welcome to Doodlecat, where we enjoy the pleasures of life (with a slight bias towards the outdoors). This page is regularly updated with news and views plus information about any additions or changes to the various parts of the site. It acts as Doodlecat’s Blog too, so the odd rant considered opinion may pop up from time to time.

I would love to be able to say that Doodlecat is all my own work, but it isn’t. Much of the outdoors content is courtesy of the splendid people who participate in the annual TGO Challenge (there is a section entirely devoted to this unique event) and many others.

To help in tracking down that elusive morsel on Doodlecat, the search facility under the title bar above is tailored to help you find it, either on this home page (Doodlecat's Blog) all the rest of the site (Main Site) or – if all else fails - the internet!

So have a rummage around the old cat basket and enjoy your time with us!

Monday, December 20, 2010

I need a geek!

Keen observers will have noticed that the "Recently updated outdoor sites" list at the top right hand corner of this page has disappeared. This is because Blogrolling, the service that I was using to to show the ten most recently updated sites on my blogroll, is no more. To tell the truth it never recovered from being hacked a year or two ago - the rewritten code never functioned as well as the original and in the end the links were just randomised to display any ten whenever the page was loaded or refreshed.

I don't want to resort to one those lists of links that stretch endlessly down the page for two reasons. Inevitably a large chunk of them have either not been updated in months or no longer exist, and more than ten links would spoil the page layout.

What I want to do is have a list together with a bit of code that displays only the ten with the most recent content. Possibly the sites' RSS feeds would provide the data - but how to use it?

Could such a system be powered by Google Reader for example? I don't know. I've had a go at this and got into a bit of a muddle.

My motto in life is "If at first you don't succeed - give up", so I'm breaking my own rule by having another crack at it. Any great ideas technowizards? Keep 'em simple - I am a very simple soul, as Miss W will confirm.



Blogger James said...

Perhaps you could do what you want using Yahoo pipes to combine the feeds together to give you a single feed - like: http://lifehacker.com/software/feeds/geek-to-live--create-your-master-%20feed-with-yahoo-pipes-235726.php%20target=
(disclaimer, I've not actually read that page, but it looked ok)

it's slightly complicated because you want the x most recent blogs with postings rather than the x most recent postings. Hopefully it can do that for you. Apologies if this proves to be a blind alley.

December 20, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Thanks very much for that, James. I'd not come across this tool before. I've just been through the tutorial for Pipes. Seems a pretty nifty tool for streaming news items from diverse sources to one site.

Not sure if it will do quite what I was thinking of, but it could well lead to a rather more sophisticated alternative to the old 'Blogrolling' powered list. Ta.

December 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Finally, I think we're there. Google's Reader now allows what they call "clips" from a public folder to be placed on your website with a little bit of javascript which is generated for you.

The end result is a dynamic feed of the latest updated sites from your blogroll.

Not quite perfect, as I have to accept Google's styling for the moment, but pretty neat all the same :-)

January 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM  

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