A while ago it was suggested that a rss feed for advogato's recentlog would be of value by dyork (I believe or was it a mozilla sidebar). Since it was not possible to put apache-dev on my server and look into adding it to mod_virgule I whipped up a perl script to download the recentlog.html, break it up into diary entries and store in a sql database. That bit seemed to work fine. However when using php to spit out the diary entries in rss form the resultant rss would not validate :-(. Something to do with unbalanced tags in diary entries. Then it looked like the server that I was hosting my site on with this project on it was going to disappear I had to take it down. When exams are over and if there seems to be interest I will put it up so others may use what I've done if it is of value or maybe people could help me understand exactly what is not quite right with the rss.xml
daniels: I hear you. There seems to be a lot of contradiction in current government policy's and actions. I work for a secondary school and am a university student (mature age). They seems to be spending all kinds of money on improving something called retention which is the percent of high school students that go onto further education. But at the same time the federal government seems hell bent on increasing the amount of money that students will have to pay upfront. This would seemingly harm retention rates.
I will never forget the interview with the treasurer in which the interviewer highlighted the fact that he didn't have to pay upfront for his degree.