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Entries for week beginning October 14, 2007

October 20, 2007

Massachusetts Land Records

Search the complete land-history records (mortgages and deeds) for Massachusetts. Find out how badly your friends and family are in debt!

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October 19, 2007


An old hack, rediscovered: Change the “00 READY” message on HP printers. I used variants of this at uni (“00 RAEDY” and “PAPER UPSIDE DOWN” were favourites of mine), and at AnagramOfPanties (in those glorious bubble days, I ran a script which displayed the current stock price on printers).

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3 Fantasy Twitterers: Replies to @CathleenRitt

If you could follow any three possible twitterers, who would you choose? I’d go for @yooouuuk, @sjobs and @bez.

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October 18, 2007

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Official Website

Comedy Central has launched a complete archive of The Daily Show since Jon Stewart took over in 1999. It’s a wee bit wonky (I haven’t had much luck searching for old “Even Stephven” segments), but promising.

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OK/Cancel : Please cancel my Google

This is ace. A random blog entry on OK/Cancel is coming up as the number one hit on Google for “cancel google”. Observe the comments thread, and fear for humanity.

“pollyanna209 wrote: help get google off my computer you have no right pushing google without permission from me i pay the bill for comcast and i want internet explorer back this is rude of you people!”

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October 17, 2007

Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters | The Onion

“For a majority of likely voters, meaningless bullshit will be the most important factor in deciding who they will vote for in 2008.”

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October 16, 2007

This License Key Rated R for Strong Coarse Language

The problems with randomly creating strings… “It turns out that one day in the not-too-distant future, our random number generator gets filthy. On that day, one out of every 128 licenses generated will start with the F-bomb.”

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Twitter: Oauth

Blaine at Twitter has implemented OAuth authentication, the first (I believe) live implementation on the web. I hope to have this rolled into Twadget in the next week or two, so I can stop asking for usernames and passwords.

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Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon

CD Purchase: John Lennon - Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon

October 15, 2007

The Elements of Style Illustrated

Grammatical pedantry combined with a cute picture of a basset hound on the cover? IT’S LIKE THEY’RE INSIDE MY HEAD!

Threadless T-Shirts - Hoody Sale! 25 Dollars for 24 Hours!! TUESDAY ONLY!

Perfectly-timed sale — It’s getting a bit nippy out! Threadless hoodies are dropping from $40 to $25 for one day only. I’m currently deciding which ones I MUST HAVE!

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Bloc 11 Cafe - The Vault

Bloc 11 Cafe - The Vault

The building used to be a bank -- one of the vaults is now a small room with tables & chairs. Didn't test the wi-fi access from there, though.

Bloc 11 Cafe mug

Bloc 11 Cafe mug

Diesel Fuel from the new cafe in Union Square.

People Getting Punched Just Before Eating (SNL Digital Short)

I’m mildly ashamed of just how funny I found this. “BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS”

groovymother.com response times

groovymother.com response times

Looks like switching to a hosted server is already paying off -- Response times for groovymother.com are halved on the new host.

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The Information Freeway :: A map of the planet

Very nifty Google Maps-like tiled-and-draggable front-end to the Open Street Map data. I was surprised how detailed the data was for my neighbourhood, but I guess I shouldn’t have been, given the high geek-density round here.

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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.