The client wants a blog block in the footer of every page. I got it to work by hard coding it no problem, but then I needed to use a custom view to meet their design needs, so I created a view.php and view.css in /blocks/rss_displayer/templates/bullet_date/ but by using the following code below, it won't render with my custom view.
$rd = BlockType::getByHandle('rss_displayer');
$rd->controller->itemsToDisplay = '2';
$rd->controller->url = 'http://blog.alfredapp.com/feed/'; //just using this URL for testing purposes
I've tried a million different things in the $rd->render part, but it either just shows the default view or gives me a file not found error.
Just for fun, I created a rss_displayer block the "old fashioned" way and when I went to use a custom template, my "Bullet Date" template was in the drop down and displayed like I wanted.