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Entries for week beginning May 25, 2008

May 31, 2008

Read at Work

Classic literature, camouflaged for reading at your desk. About the only time I’ve liked Flash’s full screen view for anything other than video watching.

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The Question of Global Warming

Outstanding and thoughtful article by Freeman Dyson.

May 30, 2008

Techdirt: Web 2.0 Buzzword Bingo

“To be useful across different types of social media, profiles and reputation have to be localized and linked to the context of the conversation. In this way, thought leaders emerge within and across communities based on their specific expertise and contributions.” Obviously.

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Songs in A&E

CD Purchase: Spiritualized - Songs in A&E

Young Team (Remastered)

CD Purchase: Mogwai - Young Team (Remastered)

The classic Mogwai album remastered with an extra disc of rarities and live tracks.

I first bought Young Team in 1997 (since I was a fan of the Glasgow lo-fi scene of the time), but I completely failed to "get" Mogwai (where the hell are the tunes and lyrics‽), and gave the CD away to someone. After seeing them live downstairs at The Middle East a few years later, (This was just after they'd sold "Blur are Shite" t-shirts at T in the Park, so I was wearing a homemade "Mogwai are Pish" one), it completely clicked, and I now love them with a passion unbridled.

If you don't already have a copy, splash out on this two disc set.

Safari EP

CD Purchase: The Breeders - Safari EP

TypePad AntiSpam

SixApart launch an Akismet-compatible anti-comment-spam system, with a GPL’d open-source backend available for customized installs. I’ve tweaked my blog to run it, so we’ll see how it does.

Man Allegedly Bilks E-trade, Schwab of $50,000 by Collecting Lots of Free 'Micro-Deposits'

Man opens thousands of checking accounts, then links them to E*Trade, who verify each by sending sub-dollar deposits. The richard-pryor-in-superman-3 attack in action.

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Guitar Hero: On Tour: R.I.P. Guitar Hero (2005-2008)

Activision stares down that delicate “So bad it’s good” line, before pissing all over it. “Wiggle wiggle wiggle YEAH!”

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May 28, 2008

chumby > london tube status

Even though I don’t live in London, I like having this pop up on my Chumby. It’s just a nice way to feel ambiently connected to the UK.

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Break Up the Memcache Dog Pile

Good tips on how to use memcache in a way that doesn’t put a huge strain on your database every time the cache expires.

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May 27, 2008

COLOURlovers :: Patterns

ColourLovers has a new (to me) section collecting tileable patterns. Some gorgeous designs here — just the thing for your wallpaper.

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May 26, 2008


The last.fm music visualizer just upped the awesome a tad. I love the “posters” showing your artist preferences over time.

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Suggested advertising slogan for Boston: Avoid “the impossible dream” with this contraceptive pill.

(Alternative slogan for lovers of mildy obscure late 80’s British pop: Avoid increasing “the plastic population” with this pill.)

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Music Catch

Gentle quick and fun flash game, with lovely piano accompaniment.

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May 25, 2008

Weezer, "Pork and Beans"

The YouTubiest video ever, with helpful links to the original videos.

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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.