Malthus in RSS

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Over the past few weeks, I've been deriving low-level geeky pleasure from the fact that the US Census Bureau has an RSS feed for their US and World estimated population clocks. Everytime I check Bloglines, the US is a few thousand people closer to the 300 million mark.

Now, if only this were somehow useful information.

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rss is awesome

Especially full-text feeds. They're the full-textiest.

Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

Fine. Have it your way.

But now, of course, my lj readership is most likely going to get all in a tizzy when lj both decides everything in my feed is new, and decides to ignore the PubDate and just plaster all of them in a row.

I wouldn't hate on lj nearly as much if it handled simple things like RSS in a graceful fashion.