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This is an old page from Rod Begbie's blog.

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Entries for week beginning February 15, 2009

February 21, 2009

38 Cute Animals, 1 Cool Screen, 8 Different Uses


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Seriously, you don’t want to know how long I spent making this.


(Source: The opening credits of the current series of Survivor)

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February 20, 2009

The Crisis of Credit Visualized

One of the best explanations for the mess we currently find ourselves in.

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“F.lux makes your computer’s lighting adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.”

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Handy lightweight process-launcher-and-watcher. Features like “restart this process if it swallows too much resident memory” are going to be handy.

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rodbegbie's threequarters at master - GitHub

Probably of no interest to anybody but me, but the source code that powers groovymother.com is now publicly available on GitHub.

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February 19, 2009

My new favourite Twitterbot

My new favourite Twitterbot


February 18, 2009

My Charming Wife

Joy getting nebulizered

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February 17, 2009


Has someone already done the “In Soviet Russia, cats caption YOU!” joke?

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Amanda Palmer: On Abortion, Rape, and Humor

Amanda Palmer on her song “Oasis” being rejected for airplay by the British music media. While I could understand the “mainstream” (Radio 1, MTV, The Box) knocking it back, it’s sad to see that 6 Music, NME et al are also afeard of perceived offense.

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“13 Amps Ought To Be Enough For Anybody”

Thinking of submitting this as a proposal for a five-minute talk at the Web 2.0 Expo Ignite night. What do folks think? Sound interesting?

“13 Amps Ought To Be Enough For Anybody”: A tribute to the Great British plug!

The curse of the business traveller. You leave the comfy confines of your native habitat, and find your laptop running low on juice. “No problem!” you think, reaching for your power pack. But drat and alas! The power socket is in some crazy configuration which denies entry to your humble two-prongs.

Rod Begbie proudly dons his nationalistic hat, hurrahs a hearty “Rule Britannia”, and romps through the history of that oddest of designs, BS 1363, or “the British plug”.

As we webbies attempt to design front-ends and APIs that we hope upon hope could be used for as many as “a few” years, take a look at the choices made in the 1940s which still affect every toaster, lamp and fifty-inch-high-definition-plasma-widescreen-surround-sound-home-entertainment-system on that sceptered isle.

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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.