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14 January 2007 @ 04:01 pm
.bml reader  
There's a livejournal feed I REALLY need to subscribe to. It's a .bml, though. And despite the fact that it's a feed livejournal puts out, when I go to the place where you add feeds, it says it's not a feed it can read even though it's their own feed. I've looked online and can't find any feedreaders that will read a .bml. Can anyone suggest something I can read this with?

http://www.livejournal.com/stats/latest-img.bml
 
 
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Byron: knifeszenin4711 on January 15th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
That's just "Well Formed" XML, which basically means it's free-form information so the way the information is organized and labeled isn't according to any published spec.

Or in other words it's not an RSS feed. ".bml" likely doesn't have anything to do with what the information is but rather just the file extension LiveJournal uses (I'm gussing maybe they use Better Markup Language or something, as .bml is on all their pages (ala index.bml instead of index.html).

It's very odd they'd pass out such information without making it an actual RSS feed. They are basically saying, "nerds only please", as you'll have to know something about working with XML to make your own reader to use this. :-P

Where'd you find this link? Is there documentation on LiveJournal about it?
Fritters: FF Curse your betrayal by quebellyfritters on January 15th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'd found it laying about once in the depths of their sitemap. And I knew a site that used to have the feed set up so you could see the images and links, it was helpful as all get out. I found a lot of beautiful pictures there (and some pretty shocking NSFW stuff in the interim). But the site has taken that feature down and I still want to be able to browse through the worlds recent pohotgraphy, artwork and meme-du-jours.

So I'm pretty much screwed on this, eh?
Byron: tin man coffeezenin4711 on January 16th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
Check your email, I'm sending you a link to a quick hack I whipped up. It's image intensive as all hell, but basically it grabs that link and sends it to your browser with some extra instructions to convert it into a huge mass of images all linked to the named URL. Careful what you wish for. ;-)

Please, do NOT pass the link around ('tis why I'm emailing it). I don't want to become the clearing house for this thing.
Fritters: Gir YAY! by wilkins04fritters on January 16th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
The last place that was a clearing house for this sort of thing goes down a lot, so I totally understand!

And THANKS!!
Fritters: Jay Nodding by Frittersfritters on January 16th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
FYI, pop by in the last evenings, some of the things the Russians post are just mind-blowing!