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Entries for week beginning December 10, 2006

December 16, 2006

Finally powered by Django

Simon Willison’s shifted his blog onto a Django-based platform. I think I might have a crack at this myself — The limitations of MovableType (not least the fact that I don’t know Perl terribly well) keep biting me these days. Could be fun to roll-my-own (and a good project for my week off work).

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TuneGlue | Relationship Explorer

Yet another Flash musicmap explorer. This one’s from EMI and uses Last.fm relationship data.

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Amazon Customers Vote: Wii & PS3

Amazon are rather sensibly randomly distributing the chance to buy a Wii or PS3 from them. Sign up before midnight tomorrow for a shot at getting one.

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Basset Belly Balancing

Basset Belly Balancing

Bacon makes himself comfortable, perched atop my ample gut.

December 15, 2006

Jamglue - Remixing for the Masses

Interesting Y-Combinator startup which offers a web-based frontend for mixing audio, with the social twist of being able to remix others’ mixes.

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FLV Online Converter - vixy.net

Very handy — Paste in a YouTube URL and download the video clip as an avi, mov or mp4 file.

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Abusing Amazon images

Good to know — How Amazon image URLs are constructed.

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WII Mod WII: Mii Transfer Station

Smart people have worked out how to download/upload Miis from/to the Wiimote over Bluetooth, and set up a forum for Celebrity Mii trading.

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December 14, 2006

Schneier on Security: Real-World Passwords

Bruce Schneier breaks down the password data gathered by a MySpace phishing attack. Notable fact: When the site insists upon including letters and numbers in the password, folks just append “1” to their usual password. (And, in my experience, when forced to change their password every few months, just cycle the number)

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Boston Red Sox : News : Sox unveil Matsuzaka

The negotiations are finally over: Dice-K will be wearing Number 18 on the mound at Fenway come April. A snip at $102m

December 13, 2006

iTunes sales are NOT plummeting! Press credibility, on the other hand . . .

Tsk. I should have known better than to link to an Orlowski post on The Reg.

Google Patents

It’s a bit wonky on its first night out, but this new Patent search from Google is pretty powerful, indexing the full text of all the patents. Only appears to hold granted patents though, not applications.

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CD Purchase: Melora Creager - Perplexions

Solo album from the main driver behind Rasputina.

Collaborative filtering made easy

Dirt simple implementation of Slope One collaborative filtering algorithm in 40 lines of Python.

macosxhints.com - Take iSight snapshots during invalid login attempts

Nice security hack to find anyone trying to get into your laptop.

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Are You Ready for Obama? - New York Times Blog

Barack Obama puts “all the doubts to rest” and makes his announcement.

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December 12, 2006

Flickr Christmas Easter Egg

Add a note that says “ho ho ho hat” or “ho ho ho beard” to any of your photos on Flickr to Christmas them up!

Pop! Justice: 100% Solid Pop Music

CD Purchase: Various Artists - Pop! Justice: 100% Solid Pop Music

Someone to Drive You Home

CD Purchase: Long Blondes - Someone to Drive You Home

The Trip Vol.2: Navigated By Tom Middleton

CD Purchase: Tom Middleton - The Trip Vol.2: Navigated By Tom Middleton

Junk Shop Discotheque

CD Purchase: Helen Love - Junk Shop Discotheque

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Deluxe Edition CD + DVD)

CD Purchase: The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Deluxe Edition CD + DVD)

Justin Mason: Happy Software Prole » Threadless deals with plagiarism

Threadless published a t-shirt yesterday which turns out to be a rip-off of some street-art. Justin’s tracking how it develops.

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iTunes sales 'collapsing' | The Register

Has the novelty of digital downloads for music worn off?

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ridiculous_fish » Blog Archive » Logos

Logo Quiz — Can you tell the Digital Audio logos from the ones for Haircare?

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December 11, 2006

Threadless: ‘An item in your cart is running out!’ email

Threadless:  ‘An item in your cart is running out!’ email

What a brilliant piece of customer service from Threadless.

As their 30-day $10-a-shirt sale has been going on, I've been occasionally chucking shirts I fancy into my cart, with an intent to go back on the last day of the sale and buy in bulk to save on shipping costs.

This evening, I got an email that one of the shirts in my cart was close to selling out. That gave me enough time to go back to their site and checkout.

A win-win all round, then. I got my shirt, and they got a sale. Nice work Threadless chaps!

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Le mètre cube de sperme. Participez!

A French artist wishes to gather and display 1000 litres of chilled spunk/spooge/love porridge. Sign up for your free “donation kit”. No, really.

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December 10, 2006

BBC NEWS | UK | 5.5m Britons opt to live abroad

About 10% of British citizens live outside the UK. /me waves from the U.S. of Stateside.

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DVD Audio Ripper

Handy utility for ripping (stereo) music DVDs as MP3s.

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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.