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Entries for week beginning September 14, 2008

September 20, 2008

Introducing the Django Debug Toolbar - SWiK

YES! The best feature of Symfony lovingly ripped off for Django.

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September 19, 2008

A couple of test videos recorded on my Kodak Zi6

I’m not sure if I’m happy with the quality or not. Without some kind of image stabilization, they’re fairly unwatchable. I’ll spend some more time playing over the weekend.

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Me right, now.

Me right, now.

For the Me, right now pool.

Ver rules:

Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

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Zi6 Test - HD, 60fps, Makeshift Tripod

Another Zi6 test. This time, in 60fps mode, and leaning on a parking meter to try and keep it steady. Still a bit jiggly, but better than nothing.

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Zi6 Test - HD, walking down the street

A quick test of my new Kodak Zi6 Pocket Video Camera -- http://rdbgb.us/zi6 -- made walking down the street near Current HQ.

Summary: Lovely high quality video, but unwatchably shaky.

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The story behind the Palin e-mail hacking

The first media post I’ve seen which comes anywhere close to accurately describing Anonymous. I was heartily amused by the references to hackers being “loosely-affiliated with an anti-Scientology group” yesterday.

September 18, 2008

DjangoCon 2008 Keynote: Cal Henderson

Cal Henderson on “Why I Hate Django”. At last, someone willing to stand up and publicly state the “All serious programming language inventors have BEARDS!” theory. (Some seriously useful performance thoughts mixed in amongst the bile and kittens)

September 17, 2008


CD Purchase: The Verve - Forth

Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Dig)

CD Purchase: Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Dig)

September 15, 2008

Current + Twitter = Hack the Debate

A little project that’s been going on here at Current Towers - During the presidential debates, we’ll be diving into Twitter and putting the *real* debate up on national TV in real(ish) time. (And who’s that handsome avatar halfway through the promo…?)

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Ahh good ol’ Tricky Dick. #current

Ahh good ol’ Tricky Dick. #current

Screenshot from the Current TV Hack the Debate promo. (Words put into my mouth by persons unknown).

Current will be screening the US presidential debates live on TV, with relevant tweets overlaid in real(-ish) time. It promises to be a hell of an experiment (not least for our broadcast team!) First debate: Friday September 26th.

Penny Arcade! - Consensus

A pretty accurate representation of the Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld Microsoft ads.

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Fitbit - Automatically Track Your Fitness and Sleep

Personal data monitor, tracking your exercise and sleep, not dissimilar to ye olde Sportsbrain pedometer which I loved so. I’ve already pre-ordered one.

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September 14, 2008

Everybody's Wrong About Burn After Reading

Great post by Linda Holmes about the critics’ reaction to “Burn After Reading”.

Bob & Kelly

Bob & Kelly

I'm presently encouraging Joy to try drinking coffee, and as part of that, today introduced her to "latté names"

Ridley gets dressed-up

Ridley gets dressed-up

…and our dogs breathe a sigh of relief that they don't make doggie costumes in fat-basset sizes!

Bacon in South Park

Bacon in South Park

Enjoying running round and barking at the other dogs. Loudly.

Ridley the Pug

Ridley the Pug

Tara Hunt's adorable new pug. His tongue seems to be too big for his mouth, so is always sticking out to the side.



Clyde was taking a leak, then decided he needed to sniff something across the sidewalk. Sadly, he's old, so stopping wasn't an option, thus this attractive lumbering pattern.

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.