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January 17, 2011


Hypnotic generative art.

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July 7, 2010

Multiuser Sketchpad

Canvas+Websockets+node.js == tens of people drawing on the same board. The “Time to Penis” is ridiculously short. (On my first go, I wrote “hello world”. Within 30 seconds, someone had made a smiley face of the ‘o’, and someone else was in the middle of turning the ‘h’ into a cock.)


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June 24, 2010


Browser VNC client, implemented plugin-free in JavaScript using HTML5 websockets and canvas. I love this future.

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May 28, 2010


Holy crap, this is a cunning hack! Renders (some) SWFs in browser without the Flash plugin, using Canvas and JavaScript. Works (albeit somewhat slowly) on iPhones and iPads. Gonna be interesting to see if Adobe buy this up.

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December 9, 2009

Another World JS

Olde Amiga-era tough-as-balls platformer, implemented in JavaScript with canvas.

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February 25, 2009

cufón: fonts for the people

Now this is lovely — convert fonts into VML, then seamlessly replace text on webpages. Like sIFR, but without the horrendous hassle of needing to do things with Flash.

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February 13, 2009

Bespin: A new Mozilla Labs experimental extensible code editor using Canvas

An attempt to create an in-browser lightweight IDE. This is interesting for a bunch of reasons: Hardcore use of <canvas>, a goal of creating SubEthaEdit style realtime collaboration, and if nothing else, creating a genuinely decent-looking web-based text editor.

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October 27, 2008

typeface.js -- Rendering text with Javascript, <canvas>, and VML

Amazingly clever piece of hackery. Embed fonts seamlessly in your pages in a manner that works with all released major browsers (including iPhone), but degrades gracefully. Need to do some playing with this…

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May 8, 2008


John Resig has ported the Processing visualization language to JavaScript, using the <canvas> tag. John is officially one of the most scary-smart people I know.

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.