Okay, so automated feed inclusion was messy and overbearing. However, some experiments in controlled feeds were much nicer. I put the feeds I wanted into my Google Reader account, looked through them, and tagged a few to share (very easy to do). Then I hooked up a reader to just that shared page using a different module and got much nicer results.
Now I will let the test site run a while to make sure things stay clean, but what I'm getting at is if any of you create a similar page of favorites, I will create a reader for them here for everyone to share too. I can walk you through the process or write a how-to if there is any interest.
Tomorrow I will turn on my tagged feeds and you can all see what I'm talking about a bit better.