For those of you wondering exactly what's going on, this entry is being posted over IRC from a bot. This explains, to a certain extent, the funky formatting, as well as why I keep deleting the posts.
It's an extension of a program written by a co-conspirator, sbp: He wrote it for his own interface, and I've spent all afternoon converting it to work with the Atom API.
Of course, that included dealing with Digest Authentication. Which, amazingly enough, is broken in urllib2 on LJ pending a two line patch that's the first hit for python digest authentication.