Help Disecting Global Posts Widget

Well, after a couple hours trying to hardcode the recent global posts widget into a page template, I was finally successful in getting the feed to display! :slight_smile: I could use some help, however, in modifying how it displays ...

The feed is using the details configured in the widget admin. This makes sense, but I need to use different defaults for where I have it displaying (not in a sidebar). For instance, how can I make it show only the last three posts, instead of the seven set for the widget in the admin? And how can I change the title/content character count?

Also, can I change the style locally? The text seems to be picking up the style of the page instead of how it the widget appears in the sidebar widget.

Is this even possible, or am I asking too much? Hope I'm even making sense...