Sunday, May 27, 2007

Toothpaste For Dinner RSS Feed

I used to subscribe to an RSS feed of the daily comic "Toothpaste For Dinner". Several months back, however, the comic's creator shut down the feed citing technical problems and warned against complaining and whining about it.

RSS Feed

If you're not familiar with RSS, you should check it out. The basic approach is this: for each site that you regularly visit, subscribe to the site's feed. Then, in your "feed reader", you can view updates from all your favorite sites without actually having to go to them. This is what allows me to stay current with dozens of different sites daily, with ease. This is somewhat analogous to email in that each time an article or comic is posted on the site, it will show up in your feed reader just like an email message.

There are a lot of great feed readers out there. A few that I have used include Thunderbird, Google Reader, and Newhutch. If you're new, Thunderbird may be a good start since it's actually an email interface. I particularly like Google Reader and Newshutch because they are web based and do a great job of layout out the feeds. I currently use Google Reader and can also recommend it to newbies for its ease of use and ability to add feeds for you based on your interests (who wants to get started only to have nothing to read!).


Anyway, the author of TFD no longer supports RSS. Since the comics are no longer arriving automatically and with the knowledge that he's kind of a jerk, I stopped reading. Since then I have seen a few particularly good comics that renewed me interest so I decided to build my own RSS feed.

Since I have no affiliation with the author, I accomplish this through simple web scraping. It's not ideal or elegant in any fashion but it does the job for me. You can add the feed here. I'll follow up with the details of how I did this later. It's not too complicated and only shows the current comic so don't get too excited :).

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Peanut's 20-Week Ultrasound

My parents gave us a 3D ultrasound for Easter and it was great!

Peanut at 20 weeks

We got lots of awesome shots of her and a neat video.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

More Baby Stuff...

It's a girl! We are thrilled - I can't wait to go SHOPPING but we have to wait until we have a house in which to put the things we buy :) So far, Peanut has:

  • 2 pairs of socks

  • 1 fleece snowsuit

  • 1 yellow creeper with ducks on it

  • 1 fleece jacket/pants combo with a hood with bear ears on it

So she has enough clothes to get her through 1 day :) I'll get some pictures up when I get the energy :P I swear Peanut is going through a growth spurt because I am exhausted!

The ultrasound was awesome! As far as we can tell, everything is developing perfectly and she is right on schedule (and maybe even a little ahead!) - the detail was pretty amazing - you could see fingers, toes, etc. which we expected, but they also looked at her heart chambers and the various parts of her brain! Wacky! They could even tell that she has 3 vessels in her umbilical cord (which is a good thing :)).

And, Chris, she does not have a tail :)

Next weekend we are getting a 3-d ultrasound and I cannot wait! I'll post some pictures from that once we have them - according to what I have seen and heard, we should get some pretty detailed shots of her face, hands, etc. Maybe we'll even be able to tell who she looks like!

Michael has started to read her books every night, and they've mostly been Dr. Suess. That guy must have been on some crazy drugs - seriously. Michael gets frustrated that there is no continuity between pages :) We're going to start reading her Tal, which is a book that my dad read to my sisters and I when we were little - if you haven't read it you should - great book :)

We have some names picked out and a list going - there is a poll if you're interested in voting.

That's all for now - I'll try to post more if anything interesting happens :)