Get all your video subscriptions in one place with RSS

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One feed to rule them all

As we all know, YouTube is becoming increasingly hostile to independent voices, in large part because of extreme political bias but also because they don't want to pay smaller channels who bring them less ad revenue. And if that's how they want to play it, then fine, the smaller channels and their audiences will just move to greener pastures and YouTube will remain the platform of choice for bottom-of-the-barrel normie garbage. Everybody wins! Except for one problem; while it's great that there are now multiple viable competitors to YouTube's dominance, it's also inconvenient having to check multiple different sites just to keep up with all your favorite channels.

Enter RSS, which I wrote about more in my last article but in summary is a simple way to get updates from practically anywhere on the web in a reader of your choosing. As I mentioned toward the end, finding a site's feed isn't always easy, but this article is here to help, at least with the more popular video sites. So let's get started!

YouTube is probably the hardest, but also the most popular so we'll deal with them first. The URL format is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzZpgppwC_XQMe8lFiI77-Q and usually the ID is at the end of the URL for the channel's page Sometimes this isn't the case though, so the easiest solution is to use a tool like the one at https://commentpicker.com/youtube-channel-id.php to get it for you. If you want to get technical, you can just search for "channel_id" in the page's source code, which you can see by pressing F12 and searching with Ctrl+F.

For Odysee/LBRY, official RSS support has not yet been added unfortunately (the relevant GitHub issue is here) but in the meantime there's a nice third-party tool which provides feeds in the format https://lbryfeed.melroy.org/channel/odysee/ComputingForever It's worth checking out their README too as there are multiple other options depending on your exact preferences.

With Gab TV it couldn't be easier, as there are feed buttons just below the normal "Subscribe" button on each channel's page. If you're curious, the URL is something like https://tv.gab.com/channel/thomasmoresoc/feed/rss with the channel ID being the same as in the URL of the channel's page.

It's much the same story for PeerTube instances, as you just click "Subscribe via RSS" at the bottom of the channel's "Subscribe" menu. Again, for those curious this uses a format like https://videos.lukesmith.xyz/feeds/videos.xml?videoChannelId=2 (note that the domain will vary depending on what instance you're using. Also, you'd need to know the channel ID, so this isn't very useful.)

On BitChute (which in lowercase without spacing is the worst domain name ever) the format is https://www.bitchute.com/feeds/rss/channel/corbettreport/ Note that you want the username of the channel's owner, not it's ID.

As for Rumble, well they don't have RSS so you're stuck using a feed generator, though given the absolute boomer-tier content on their homepage I doubt it would actually be of use to most of their users anyway. >_> Well, it looks like they have a decent API so if you wanted to you could scrape https://rumble.com/api/v0/Media.Channels.mrss?_p=APIKey&channel=DineshDsouza&criteria=sort=views and parse whatever is the output of that as needed to generate an RSS feed. Maybe I'll write a script for that; if I do I'll update this post and put it in the Goodies section of this site.

Well there you have it! With a good RSS reader, you're now ready to setup a one-stop spot for all your video needs. Next up, we'll be doing some more in-depth reviews of popular RSS readers and services. If you don't see instructions for your favorite platform, do let me know over on Gab or in the comments once I revamp this blog. Adios!

What are RSS feeds?

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tl;dr

  • RSS Feeds let you subscribe to your favorite sites
  • To use them you'll need an RSS reader
  • You can get a simple one here and add this link to subscribe to this blog

There's a lot that's wrong with the Internet today, not least black-box recommendation algorithms, egregious violations of privacy, blatant censorship, and domination by a corrupt media. Amidst all this chaos though, there is a technology that gives readers a simpler way to keep up with their favorite sites, and so much more. RSS feeds are simple files on the web that contain brief summaries and links to a site's most recent articles, for which you'll need an RSS reader, so let's go over a few.

One popular option is to use an online service rather than a traditional desktop program, since after all you'll be reading the articles in your browser anyway, and it can be cumbersome to switch back and forth between an external program. Of these, probably the most popular are Feedly, The Old Reader, and Inoreader, of which you can find more in-depth reviews here. If you're feeling ambitious, you can even host your own such service with Tiny Tiny RSS. These services often offer things like more advanced curation and recommendation, social features, and extensibility via API's and IFTTT integration. There are also browser extensions such as FeedBro if you just want a simple reader in your browser, and Thunderbird users already have an RSS reader built right in. Some other standalone desktop programs for Linux include LifeRea and Akregator, though there's not any I'd really recommend for Windows other than Thunderbird. And last but not least, for all you CLI lovers there's NewsBoat with a keyboard-driven text interface and all the extensibility you'd expect on the UNIX shell.

Now, it used to be that you could easily find a site's feed with a bright orange button like this rss logo but unfortunately nowadays you'll often have to dig a little deeper. Thankfully there are addons like the aptly-named RSS Subscription Extension for Chromium-based browsers and Awesome RSS for Firefox which will try to find the feed for you. Otherwise, a good starting point would be to try "example.com/feed", "example.com/index.xml", "example.com/rss.xml", or "example.com/atom.xml". If you really want to get your hands dirty, you could try searching through the website's RSS, but at that point you might just need to find an RSS feed generator, or write one yourself if you know how.

So you may be asking, if RSS is so great, how come it's so unheard of/unused? Well the simple answer would be that there's no money in it, and a lot of people are now accustomed to using social media for much the same thing, but RSS isn't entirely without blame. For one thing, the name is stupid, and can even stand for two different things: Really Simple Syndication, and Rich Site Summary. Its sister format, Atom, isn't any better, and the icon does absolutely nothing to convey what it means. Also, no one has an RSS reader by default, so all most users will ever see is meaningless garbled XML data. In fact, with no potential for monetization, and a tiny userbase, it's not surprising that some websites don't have feeds at all. Still, the technology itself is a very nice and simple way for keeping up with your favorite sites, and its usefulness as a sort of crude API for web developers will keep it alive even long after Facebook and Twitter are gone. Google Reader is dead, but long live RSS!

First video upload (finally) and 180 on site update

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Hello dear readers! So uh, looks like I'm hardly the only one interested in attending a based college this year, because St. Mary's got about 150% the normal amount of applications this year! Which means they had to be a lot more selective now, and I didn't make it in. :( Also I kind put all my eggs in one basket so now I don't really have much of a backup plan other than to work for the next year I guess and maybe take some classes at the community college. So that's the bad news, but the good news is I get to keep this site up at least a little longer.

In other news, I finally uploaded that video I mentioned last month! Real life got in the way between now and then, and I still don't have a 1337 intro, but it's past time, so sit back and enjoy!

New Video Series and Plans Going Forward

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Hello dear readers! (Do I even have readers? :P )

It's been a while since my last post, and for a couple of reasons I've been kind of stalling on writing actual content now that I've got this site set up, but more on that later. Anyway, the main reason for this new post is that tomorrow afternoon I'm starting a new video series (on YouTube and Odysee at first, may expand to other platforms later) that'll basically be me screwing around in games like Elite: Dangerous, Satisfactory, Minecraft, Kerbal Space Program, etc. I know there's literally thousands of gayming channels out there already, but the main reason I'm doing this is because I think it will help with my stutter. I think the best way to describe it is basically that though my mind is racing at 1000mph, I can't put my thoughts into words fast enough, and I talk really fast too, so I'm always having to "buffer" like a video on a bad connection as I try to verbalize my thoughts. I really just need to take a moment to slow down lol, but remembering to do that all the time for something as basic as just talking isn't easy, so I hope being on camera will help to serve as a little reminder in the back of my mind to do that.

Anyway, now for some site news. Basically I'm going to college (a really based one) at the end of August, and I'll be expected to actually do stuff in the real world and as such won't be able to maintain this blog so it's going offline. (If that sounds absolutely horrible to you, then you probably have an anime profile pic and as such your opinion does not matter.) But no seriously, for the last several years I've been min-maxing my skill set with 10 haxxing, and 2 of pretty much everything else, and spending two years almost completely offline sounds awesome actually. I'll probably finally start putting up some Linux-related articles on here until then, but after that you'll have to use the Internet Archive to read stuff on here (and I promise I'll have made a fully working backup on there). This site should be back online by Summer 2023, and hopefully I'll be a little older and wiser and the quality of my writings will reflect that. Then I'll also finally get started on that second politics blog! (The one that "Murica" is a placeholder for on the homepage.)

As for the lack of content thus far, well, basically I setup this site last summer, and had a dumb little placeholder homepage for several months until earlier this year as I was procrastinating on school and wasting time in the now-defunct Heck Off Commie! Discord (thanks furries). Then in February I had the idea for my current homepage (and the blog theme should pretty soon reflect it) and worked on that for about a month, but still posted no actual content. Since then I've been trying to focus on IRL stuff, and though I'm not quite where I want to be I think it's time that I get on with my life and do the things that I want to do (getting a job, helping with the garden, getting in shape, blowing myself up making Cherenkov radiation) and hopefully some of that productivity will spill over into school. And if not, it's not like I'd be any worse off than I am now lol.

Well that's all for now folks. See you tomorrow!