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Entries for week beginning April 9, 2006

April 15, 2006

Akismet for Movable Type

The hugely-successful Akismet anti-comment-spam plugin for Wordpress has been ported to MT.

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April 14, 2006


Remake of the classic PC game, Another World. Bastard tough, but awesome fun, as I recall.

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Category:Exploding animals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Best! Wikipedia category! Evah! Everything you need to know about Bat Bombs, Anti-tank Dogs and the Oregon Exploding Whale. Suck it, Brittanica!

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Elias Torres » hCalendar + Google Calendar Reminders

Greasemonkey script which finds hCal microformats embedded in webpages (such as Upcoming.org) and allows you to add events to your Google Calendar with one click.

April 13, 2006

If you can read this… J’ACCUSE!

There is a sign posted on Inman Street in Cambridge which has bothered me for some time. Inman Street is a one-way thoroughfare, and this notice is bolted to a lamppost on the sidewalk facing away from oncoming traffic:

If You Can Read This, You're Biking The Wrong Way

I have read this sign regularly, and am frankly offended by the suggestion it makes. Never once have I been biking the wrong way whilst reading it. I am usually on foot when I read this sign.

(Now, while I imagine the argument could be made that biking without a bicycle is the wrong way to bike, I prefer to think that I am merely biking in an unconventional manner, and not one which which the city should admonish me for. There are almost no reported incidents of biking accidents where neither party was on a bicycle at the time.)

Indeed, by posting this photographic record of the notice in question to the Internet, I have embroiled you, gentle reader. Just by reading the wording in that photo, you now stand accused by the City of Cambridge of biking the wrong way. How does that make you feel?

Worse still, a young, impressionable cyclist could be idly passing by, stop to look over their shoulder and catch a glimpse of this placard. Now the City has forever branded them as Wrong Way Bikers—To say nothing of those who are safety-conscious, have rear-view mirrors attached to their bikes, and whose mirror-reading skills are par-excellence. Such smart folks should surely be encouraged to cycle these dangerous streets.

So to save these spurious allegations from flying forth from such signage, and to ensure that no Cantabrigian shall ever feel falsely persecuted again, I propose the following:

If you can read this, blah blah blah blah

A vast improvement, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Mr. Beast by Mogwai on Rhapsody

Example Rhapsody album link. Follow this, and you can hear one of my favourite albums of the year so far.

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O'Reilly Radar > Rhapsody Distributes Their Music

Rhapsody try to keep themselves relevant — You can now listen to 25 full tracks without even signing up. So I could link to an album, and you could legally listen to the whole thing in your browser for free. Will this lead to thousands of folk linking to Rhapsody?

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Google Calendar

The stuff of rumours no more. The integrated iCal search is nice — I was able to add the Red Sox schedule as an overlay to my calendar with very little thought.

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April 12, 2006


Jeepers, this is a cool hack. VT100-emulator running in Javascript over AJAX to allow you to remote-control a server over HTTP.

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mozdev.org - tamperdata: index

A Firefox extension that allows you to tweak your HTTP (and HTTPS) requests and responses in real-time. I used to use the Achilles proxy for this, back in the day.

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Nintendo DS Download Stations

Take your DS along to a suitably set-up store and wirelessly download free game demos. What an obvious, yet brilliant, way to drive traffic to bricks’n’mortar game retailers.

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MONEY Magazine's Best Jobs: Software engineer

Apparently, I have the “Best Job in America”. Can’t say that I disagree with that statement. Good software engineers should be able to find jobs they love, or at the very least, jobs they hate that pay staggeringly well.

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April 10, 2006

Boston WTF | web technology forum

And we’re live… Tracking the goings-on of the newly-reinvigorated Boston-area tech community. I’m the resident curmudgeon. “Objectivism through extremes”, that is our catchphrase.

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b3ta.com: If 24 was real...

Without the Whatever Technology, 24 would be a lot slower…

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1986 World Series Game 6 Re-Enacted in RBI Baseball

“It gets through Buckner” in an 8-bit NES stylee.

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ABC Gets 'Lost' on Broadband - Zap2it

ABC to stream a handful of shows online with advertising. I’d be curious to find out how this affects iTunes sales, and US BitTorrent downloads.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.