I am the ghost of groovymother.com. Woooooo!

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

It only exists in an attempt to prevent linkrot. No new content will be added to this site, and links and images are liable to be broken. Check out begbie.com to find where I'm posting stuff these days.

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August 5, 2010

Achievement Unlocked 2

More fab meta silliness. ProTip: Don’t launch this if there’s anywhere you need to be in the next 30 minutes!

October 4, 2009

You’re not going to care about any of this…

… but I’ve spent a Saturday night working on this stuff, so I’m going to share.

I’ve spent the evening getting groovymother.com up and running on a new VPS box from VPSLink.

Of potential interest to other nerds is the fact that the whole shebang is now running Apache-free. The Django app that powers the site runs under the coroutine-tastic Spawning. In front of that, and serving static files, is the still-sexy nginx.

The Spawning processes are started and managed by Supervisor, which also takes care of running and monitoring the jobs that pull in feeds and grab screenshots.

All in all, a tremendously productive, if really rather sad, Saturday night.

August 24, 2009

The Snake Tweeting Its Own Tail

This evening, @cheever saw an automated retweet by @02138now of a tweet by @Sooz containing a picture of me wearing the Twitshirt of the tweet I posted last October which helped me leave Current.

He, of course, twittered about it. And I just bought his tweet as a t-shirt.

Congratulations, Twitter, for building one of the world’s leading “What t-shirt is Rod Begbie wearing right now?” systems.

August 10, 2009

You Only Live Once

Another meta Flash game. Keep refreshing the page once you’ve “finished”.

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This Is The Only Level

A worthy follow-up to “Achievement Unlocked”. One level Flash game, playable many MANY different ways.

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February 20, 2009

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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December 20, 2008

Achievement Unlocked | Armor Games

The game where unlocking achievements is the only point of the game. Hint: Clicking the Hint link gets you a “Cheater” achievement.

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October 6, 2008

January 27, 2008

Michel Gondry Re-creates His Own Trailer For "Be Kind Rewind"

Michel Gondry’s next film involved Jack Black and Mos Def recreating movies amateurishly. Here, Michel Gondry recreates that film’s trailer amateurishly. Genius!

October 15, 2007

groovymother.com response times

groovymother.com response times

Looks like switching to a hosted server is already paying off -- Response times for groovymother.com are halved on the new host.

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October 12, 2007

If you can read this…

…then my DNS-fu has worked, and you’re now hitting groovymother.com on its new server, a virtual Linux box running via Xen, hosted by VPSLink.com

For the last 6 years, all my sites have been hosted from my home, at the mercy of my (usually exceptionally-reliable) Speakeasy DSL connection. However, when the whims of BitTorrent take me, it can cause slowdowns, and virtual-server technology now means I can get root on a hosted server for less than the price of a cup of gin a day, so I’m putting my trust in a hosting company’s arms, and seeing how it works out.

(After signing up with VPSLink, I received a recommendation for Slicehost who offer similarly-priced services, so it’s good to know that switching shouldn’t be a problem if VPSLink turns out to suck balls for some reason)

April 24, 2007


Since 99% of what I write here is now in the category of “links” rather than posts, and at the prodding of Mike, I’ve added the ability to comment on links on the site.

Turned out to be about 2 new lines of code and minor templatery tweaks (Thank you Django!)

Go crazy, gang. Feedback-me-do!

April 19, 2007

"groovy mother" :: First Post!

Lummy! It’s been five years since I started writing on groovymother.com. Gonna have to spend some time this weekend doing visualizations of my post history.

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January 22, 2007

Glark.org: My Name Is Meta

My Name is Earl shouts-out to TWoP, including having their characters post to the TWoP forums. “No, I don’t think shows should do more meta jokes that cater to the online bloggers and I’m sure everyone at Television Without Pity Dot Com agrees with me.”

November 26, 2004

Quite far, it would appear.

Quite far, it would appear.

This is all Matt's fault.

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.