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Entries for week beginning May 6, 2007

May 11, 2007

Acceptable.tv - Kosbees

Not to be confused in any way with the sued-by-Bill-Cosby animated shorts “House of Cosbys”. Obviously.

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Violet UML Editor : easy to use, completely free

Free open-source simple UML editor that plugs-into Eclipse. Recommended by co-workers.

May 10, 2007

Skywalkers in Korea Cross Han Solo

Someone deserves an award for the headline. “They came from all over the world, poles in hand, and feet ready to inch more than half a mile across a high wire strung over the Han River”

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BBC - Eurovision 2007 - Home

Only two short days until Eurovision 2007. Once again, I’ll be downloading this off of torrents and trying to avoid spoilers until me & the missus have had time to sit through it. Not fancying Scooch’s chances much, it must be said.

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Stanley Road

CD Purchase: Paul Weller - Stanley Road

May 9, 2007

Live Earth: Spinal Tap to Reunite for Live Earth Concert

New 15-minute Spinal Tap film to help promote the “Live Earth” concerts in July. “6%”

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CD Purchase: Björk - Volta

Apple - Trailers - Ratatouille

9 minute preview clip of the upcoming Pixar flick. The 720p version looks *stunning*.

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NoSquint: Firefox Extension

Superb Firefox extension, which remembers which sites you had to change the text-zoom level for. This should be baked into Firefox by default, if you ask me.

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"Psychic" Uri Geller sued after trying to remove critical YouTube clip | CNET News.com

Hooray for the EFF. Or frankly anyone who sues that bullshit artist.

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Capturing for posterity my scribblings from a mailing list discussion:

The “You can’t have 2 women deliver a baby in 9 months” metaphor always bugged me, because there’s no room for changing scope in that (You can’t opt to just birth the torso in 5 months, then add the head and limbs at a later date).

My preferred metaphor for explaining the mythical man month is that of getting a piano up a narrow stairwell. One person trying on their own would take ages, and there’s a high risk of failure. Two or three can probably get it done reasonably quickly. But if you try to get eighty people to do it, they’ll spend ages arguing about how to go about it, get in each others’ way, and in the end, two or three of the more productive ones will probably do most of the heavy lifting while the others stand around.

I usually illustrate this point with a shot of Laurel & Hardy from their 1932 classic The Music Box

(A quick Google shows that I nicked this metaphor from this blog comment.)

May 8, 2007

Joost - Please invite me!

If you haven’t received a Joost invite from anyone yet, you can sign up here. (Warning: It’s not really worth it)

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SourceForge.net: Detail: 1643943 - strptime %U broken

The bug that was fixed in Python 2.5.1 which caused permalinks in my blog to break this afternoon, cause I was working around it.

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ongoing · OpenID at Work

Sun are launching their own OpenID server, and plan to use it to allow other sites to authenticate users as “Sun employees”.

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Freedom to Tinker » You Can Own an Integer Too - Get Yours Here

If any of you bastards *dare* to post “12 6F 5A CF BD 5F 55 00 B8 60 C8 42 49 59 FC AB” elsewhere on the web, I’ll sue you, you hear?

Flickr: The Atrocious Apostrophe's Pool

Grocer’s apostrophe spotting’s.

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SOX & Dawgs » Red Sox Love

Remy and Orsillo lose their shit in the announcers’ booth, as Manny pets Batshit Tavarez. “Sometimes, you just want to fix your friend’s hair.”

May 7, 2007

Wild Wood

CD Purchase: Paul Weller - Wild Wood


Open-source distributed filesystem from Brad Fitzpatrick. Looks to be as wicked-cool and game-changing as memcached.

TechBlog: "Free Public WiFi"? Not!

Spotted this SSID appear as an ad-hoc wifi network here at [RhymesWithNose]. Guessed it was some nasty malware — turns out to be “viral”, but not in that way!

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Overloaded: The Singles Collection

CD Purchase: Sugababes - Overloaded: The Singles Collection

May 6, 2007


Plugin for Apple Mail which allows you to quickly tag/file/act-on your emails with a couple of keystrokes. I’d been looking for something like this for a while.

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Sox caught by surprise by Rocket - Extra Bases

I remember Joy explaining to me who Roger Clemens was when he got a standing ovation as a Yankee at Fenway after announcing his “retirement” in 2003. Four years later, he’s back with the Yankees again! S’gonna make the next Sox/Yankees series all the sweeter!

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Popjustice: Sending shockwaves through the pop charts

Advertising agency creates their own girl group with the express purpose of pimping their clients’ products. Impressively cynical, even for an ad agency! (The BBC have said they won’t play the single any more)

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Twitter Launches Mobile Interface

Minimal web interface for mobile devices.

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How Credit-Card Data Went Out Wireless Door - WSJ.com

The TJX credit-card hack originated from a poorly set-up wireless network at a Marshall’s store in Minnesota.

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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.