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March 15, 2012

Super Morrissey Bros.

The world needs more Smiths chiptune covers.

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July 6, 2011

Nyan Cat Progress Bar

Is it wrong to consider installing Windows 7 in a VM just to try this?

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February 3, 2011

Redis documentation

Redis’s online documentation includes a functioning Redis prompt, so you can play with the example code without leaving the page. Astoundingly helpful.

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December 1, 2010

Minimalist Muppets


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October 5, 2010

A soundtrack to my walk along the Embarcadero

A soundtrack to my walk along the Embarcadero

From the "Why I love San Francisco" file. I kept pace with this guy as I walked from Dogpatch Labs to the Ferry Building!

September 21, 2010

Etch A Sketch iPad Case

Nice! I like the idea of rebooting your iPad by holding it upside down and shaking.

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September 17, 2010

Linotype: The Film

Nerdgasm! I had a fab discussion with a friend last week about the amazingness (and sheer impossibility) of the Linotype machine, so am thrilled that there’s a documentary being made about it.

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August 27, 2010

reddit's official statement on prop 19 ads

Reddit’s corporate mommy says they won’t run “Yes on Prop 19” campaign ads, because they don’t “want to benefit financially” from the pot legalization lobby. Reddit then runs the ads for free. <3

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August 19, 2010

July 5, 2010

Mogwai | Special Moves

Forthcoming live movie and album from Mogwai. The MP3s are already doing the rounds on teh torrents, and are expectedly epic. Highly recommended.

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June 14, 2010


“Add every Nicolas Cage movie to your Netflix queue with a single click”

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June 5, 2010

Good Morning! Can We Interest You In This Highly Caffeinated Drummer?

AMAZING! “This drummer is in the wrong gig.”

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May 23, 2010

Come party with Lady Gaga

Must read article by Caitlin Moran on meeting, interviewing, then visiting a Berlin sex club with, Lady Gaga. Reminiscent of mid-80’s Smash Hits – It’s that good!

“Despite the undoubted and extreme novelty of such a venue, Adrian – Gaga’s British press officer – and I give away our nationalities instantly when we comment, excitedly, “Oh my God! You can SMOKE in here.” It seems a far more thrilling prospect than… some bumming.”

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April 30, 2010


“Finally! Have the technology of today with the comfort of yesterday!”

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April 27, 2010

April 23, 2010

Muppets wedding cupcakes

Raw amazing. My life will not be complete until I get to eat a Two Snooth cupcake.

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April 6, 2010

8-Bit Dr. Horrible

If Dr Horrible was an 80’s Nintendo game. Just wonderful.

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March 31, 2010

A Turing Machine

I love, love, LOVE this. Someone has built a real-world turing machine which loads programs from an SD card, and uses a dry-erase pen to write on 35mm film leader. Gorgeous.

March 20, 2010


Exactly what you think it is.

Exactly as amazing as you think it is.

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March 18, 2010

Tribute to Famous People by Pomplamoose

The fabulous Pomplamoose have compiled their outstanding cover versions into a new album. Many examples of cover versions being better than the originals, particularly their gorgeous take on “Single Ladies”.

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Deconstructing Lady Gaga's "Telephone" Video

It fills my heart with love to see a pop star make a video _worth_ deconstructing! ♥♥♥

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March 10, 2010

1024 bits of you and me

Another amazing Kickstarter project - For every $10 you pledge, you receive a 5”x5” mini painting inspired by a word or phrase you submit. The goal: A giant installation of 1,024 such paintings.

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March 8, 2010

OK Go Rube Goldberg video: meet the makers!

Interview about the making of the OK Go video. Confirms that there was some light post-production tweaking, but for the most part, what you saw was one machine.

January 24, 2010

Chris Morris's Four Lions: a exclusive clip from the 'jihadist comedy'

Oh man, I can’t wait for this. A clip from Chris Morris’s upcoming comedy about English suicide bombers. Word from Sundance is that it’s as good as “In the Loop”.

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January 13, 2010

January 11, 2010

BBC News - Reporter breaks an 'unbreakable' mobile phone at CES

Wonderful wonderful wonderful.

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December 26, 2009

/tæˈtu/ | Discover Magazine

My lexicographer friend Steve’s amazing wordnerd tattoo.

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December 24, 2009

Shadow Percussion Project

One of my all-time favourite things: A high-school percussion group performing DJ Shadow’s “Building Steam With a Grain of Salt” live.

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December 4, 2009

Unhenged: A Coverville Tribute to Spinal Tap

I love Love LOVE the Coverville podcast, and here’s the Spinal Tap tribute album they’ve compiled.

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November 24, 2009

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

This just makes me so, so happy!

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September 29, 2009


“I had a wonderful dream! A dream of a cocktail of meat! Specifically, a full English fried breakfast served in a cocktail glass made of bacon.”

I want to go to there.

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July 20, 2009


Twice-weekly podcast of themed collections of cover versions of songs. HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS SOONER?

Things that are ace about it: 1) The whole songs are played without being talked over. 2) Even if you don’t know the originals, you get a mixed bag of styles of music, and will discover new artists 3) The iTunes version syncs program notes and artwork to your iPhone and uses chapters so you can skip dreadful songs. In summary: AMAZINGNESS!

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July 6, 2009

One & Other

A fantastically brilliant, stupid, and downright British arts project. Every hour, a different Briton stands on the “Fourth Plinth” in London’s Trafalgar Square and does whatever they want. The live webcam is somewhere between fascinating and deathly dull. In summary: Amazing.

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June 5, 2009

three frames

Three movie frames, looped.

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May 27, 2009

Panic Sale!

Them Panic lads know how to make compelling advertising.

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April 25, 2009

BBC NEWS | Runaway bull's supermarket sweep

Some great CCTV footage. The china shop must have closed early.

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February 21, 2009

38 Cute Animals, 1 Cool Screen, 8 Different Uses


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February 6, 2009

Do the Cocomotion with me

Do the Cocomotion with me

Did I mention that Slide has a hot chocolate maker?

February 5, 2009

Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit

Barack Obama recorded an audiobook of Dreams of My Father, which means he says the words of the people in his life. Including Ray, who swore. Which means we have an MP3 of our president saying “You ain’t my bitch, nigga.”

This? Is awesome.

January 15, 2009

jQuery SWFObject Plugin

Quite handy in its own right, but make sure and hit play to hear the “JQuery SWFObject Plugin” theme song.

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January 14, 2009

House of Bendie

Bespoke hoodies(!) Not cheap, but wicked awesome. Might save my pennies up for one.

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December 16, 2008

What's In The Box? | Vermillion Lies

One of my favourite music-geek-thrills is hearing a support act at a concert, being wicked impressed, and buying their CD from the merch table afterwards. Vermillion Lies supported Amanda Palmer last night, and were ace in a quirky discordant silly folkpop kind of way. You can download their latest album for free here. Give ‘em a listen, whydontcha?

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October 29, 2008

JSSpeccy: A ZX Spectrum emulator in Javascript

Officially the best thing in the entire history of the internet today.

October 27, 2008


Echoing Andy Baio’s advice on Twitter: “If you have an iPhone, go install RjDj Single (it’s free), pop in your headphones, start it up, and go back to whatever you were doing.” S’bloody AMAZING!

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October 21, 2008

Stay Puft French Bulldog

Amazing! And, perhaps, an example of why The Terrorists hate our freedoms.

January 17, 2008

BBC - Press Office - Ashes To Ashes

Ashes to Ashes (the 80’s Life on Mars follow-up) is starting the first week of February, and everything about it sounds bloody AMAZING.

“What’s been your favourite scene to film?” “That would have to be when we were on a speed boat going under Tower Bridge carrying machine guns. Say no more.”

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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.