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Entries for week beginning October 12, 2008

October 18, 2008

The Things He Carried

Great piece on the “security theatre” at airports that inconvenience travellers, but do nothing to improve security. Particularly enjoy the author going through screening wearing a “beer belly”, but having his bottle of water confiscated.

How to Get an Official Nintendo Seal of Quality

“Works extra good when blown-on”

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October 16, 2008

Everything your grandparents need to know about the analog/digital switchover

Courtesy of “Talkshow with Spike Feresten”, which is apparently still on the air. Who knew?

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Lexical Analysis of 2008 US Presidential and Vice-Presidiential Debates - Who's the Windbag?

All manner of interesting statistics and visualizations drawn out of the presidential debate transcripts.

Bring It Down

CD Purchase: Madder Rose - Bring It Down

22 Dreams

CD Purchase: Paul Weller - 22 Dreams

Kind of Blue

CD Purchase: Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

The Hawk Is Howling

CD Purchase: Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling


CD Purchase: Justice - †

October 15, 2008

How Nate Silver Went From Forecasting Baseball Games to Forecasting Elections

Great profile in New York Magazine of Nate Silver and the sterling work he’s been doing at fivethirtyeight.com. Got to love anyone who can make a living from a combination of baseball, politics and obsessive number-crunching.

October 14, 2008

Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research

Spoiler: OpenID usability SUCKS MASSIVE DONKEY COCKS IN HELL FOREVER. The mental model is completely broken. Its one use that I can see: an open backend for “Login to this site with your foo.com account” style buttons

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There Is Nothing Left to Lose

CD Purchase: Foo Fighters - There Is Nothing Left to Lose



The x-rays of my teeth, displayed on the hyper-fancy computerised x-ray-o-matic software at my new dentist's office. This monitor is expressly positioned above the chair so patients can see what's going on.

Upside Down Dogs

Dogs, which are upside-down. Duh.

Tarvuism - The official international internet website for the Tarvuist faith

Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Popper’s follow-up project to “Look Around You”, a religion and series of religious shows for Adult Swim. Say Hebbo to Tarvuism.

2D Boy: World of Goo

Stonking little indie game, finally officially released. Filled with bizarreness and imagination, I’ve been having a blast with it.

October 13, 2008

1st and 3rd

1st and 3rd

The parking restrictions in our neighbourhood have changed from every week to the 1st & 3rd weeks of the month. I think this is a good thing and will make it easier to park, though I am cautious of getting more parking tickets through mixing up weeks.

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October 12, 2008

ThinkGeek :: Pac-Man Hoodie

I might need to own this.

PayPal phishes itself

PayPal phishes itself

A genuine email I received from PayPal directs the user to "SECURE.UNINITIALIZED.REAL.ERROR.COM", an apparently common problem.

Oh, if I were only less scrupulous, I'm sure I could get the funding to purchase error.com

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Antisocial: a Javascript demo

Amazing bit of JavaScript hackery. The demo itself is cute and funny, but make sure to play with the demotool.

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Is Sarah Palin as racist as her supporters?

Unashamed racist waiting in line outside a Sarah Palin rally. McCain/Palin may not be being outwardly racist themselves, but they’re certainly creating an atmosphere where racists feel comfortable sharing their abhorent views.

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The Unicode Snowman I mentioned yesterday gets even better — Thanks to Punycode, you can access it at http://☃.net/!

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Beautiful animation of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Since breaking the search box on groovymother a couple of weeks ago, I’ve spotted a lot of XSS attempts in my logs. The phrase “a912rtag9” in particular seems to appear a lot, and it looks like it’s a bot spidering search boxes across the internet. Anyone know its origin? UPDATED TO ADD: Looks like it’s Yahoo’s Slurp Bot making these requests! Also, the Googlebot is searching for “a912rtag6”. (And yes, I’ve verified the IP addresses) How odd!

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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.