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Entries for week beginning August 8, 2010

August 13, 2010

Manager's best friend

Teams with dogs in the workplace are more trusting and cohesive. I’m totally promoting Bacon to Chief Slobber Officer.

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August 12, 2010

What Happened to Yahoo

The answer is nothing. Nothing happened to Yahoo. It’s been chugging along in its happy little “Holy shit! Can you believe we still exist?!” bubble for almost 15 years.

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Tips On Buying Design

Fab essay by Mike Monteiro.

“It’s like buying a melon. Any sample the grocer is handing out won’t come from the melon you’re about to buy. And don’t buy on looks. To really know a melon you’ve got to squeeze it hard at the ends. Also, a melon analogy? Not my best moment. Let’s move on”

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August 11, 2010


It’s that time of year again, and for the first time, I have some skin in the game. The SxSW Panel Picker is live, and I’m whoring myself to you, my loyal blog audience, to help boost the interesting content at SxSW over the meaninglessly-businesswank seo-driven-engagement-virality-crowdsourcing new-media-douchebag bullshit.

Voting takes two minutes. Register, click on the link in your email, then vote away.

First of all, my proposed panel:

If you only upvote one panel, I implore you to make it this. Inspired-by and spiraling-off-wildly-from my Ignite talk in March, this will offer tips to engineers working with designers, designers working with engineers, and anyone else working with either.

Proposals by friends/by folks who owe me money/which I want to wangle my way onto being on:

Proposals to which I have no connection, beyond thinking they sound amazing:

And finally…

“Contextual” advertising

“Contextual” advertising

The Pandora iPhone app apparently uses the text on album art to give you "useful" advertising.

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Scottish delights at the Haven in Jamaica Plain - The Boston Globe

Review of a new Scottish restaurant in Boston. I will HAVE to go there when I’m in Boston in October. “The menu here is not light eating; at least half the items are deep-fried.”

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Scott Pilgrim for iPhone

The Scott Pilgrim books for reading on your iPhone or iPad. I’d downloaded some pirate CBRs into Comic Zeal, so it’s nice to actually pay for them!

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August 10, 2010

Netflix to Stream Films From Paramount, Lions Gate, MGM

Netfix Instant Streaming just got a whole bunch more awesomesaucier.

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August 9, 2010

Wayfare Tavern

Wayfare Tavern

Celebrating the Sloogle acquisition.

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August 8, 2010



This weekend, I got retweeted by a top chef from off the telly (after praising the creamed corn at his new restaurant)(!), and one of my all-time favourite indie musicians of all time (after buying a t-shirt from her). All hail the power of Twitter.

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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.