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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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.

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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September 4, 2008

Django 1.0 release notes

Django hits the big One Point Oh. Congratulations to all involved. I hope to have groovymother switched over to 1.0 this weekend.

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August 18, 2008

BackwardsIncompatibleChanges - Django

Suspect I will be referring to this a lot over the next week or so as I bring my blog code up to snuff with the impending Django 1.0 release. (Currently have 95% working, but the hackedup comments code will take a bit more work…)

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October 24, 2007

Good Feedkeeping

I made a couple of tweaks to my Atom feed earlier this week, which regular readers should be made aware of:

  1. In the spirits of saving duplicity, my main feed no longer contains my Flickr photos. If you still want to follow my photos, you should either subscribe to my Flickr photostream feed, or add me as a contact on Flickr and subscribe to your Photos from your contacts feed.
  2. Finally addressing frequent requests, there is now a link within my link posts to the original item—that link being the mini screenshot. Should save you having to click through to my site.

You may now carry on about your business.

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May 8, 2007

SourceForge.net: Detail: 1643943 - strptime %U broken

The bug that was fixed in Python 2.5.1 which caused permalinks in my blog to break this afternoon, cause I was working around it.

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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!

February 26, 2007

hackdiary: Taking automated webpage screenshots with embedded Mozilla

Now in place on groovymother.com — My links should now be illustrated with dinky thumbnails.

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January 7, 2007

Do The Write Thing

Comments are now live once more. Nothing fancy like OpenID or whatnot, but enough so you can tell me where to stick it.

Theoretically, I could enable comments on posted links, rather than just posts. Anyone got any interest in that?

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January 4, 2007

The B-List: Django tips: Hacking FreeComment

HOWTO hook Akismet (the anti-comment-spam service) into Django’s built-in commenting. I think I should have commenting for groovymother live by the weekend.

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December 31, 2006

“Project threequarters” is live

“Project threequarters” is live

Just launched my rebuilt and redesigned blog. It's still a bit on the brittle side, but I'm really happy with it as a first step.

The not-particularly-secret Diary of…

If you’re reading this, then I’ve thrown the switch. After almost five years on Movable Type, I’ve shifted over to some homespun blogging software (which I’ve codenamed threequarters)

The reason for this? Over the last few years, the MovableType “community” has pretty much dried up. While there are still a few souls pushing out plugins, they’re of decreasing quality and usefulness. When you only know enough Perl to be dangerous, hacking around in code to fix the authors’ bugs isn’t much fun, and prevented me from really building anything myself.

So here I am on a site powered by the lovely Django framework. There’s less than 500 lines of my code (templates excepted) powering the whole thing, and very little copying and/or pasting. Finally, I can do crazy things like including my Flickr photos in-line with my main blog entries, all cross-referenced by tags. Madness, I know!

It’s all still a little rough round the edges. There’s probably some Unicode screwups, images might not show up correctly, and I’ve yet to think about comments. But at least now I understand the programming language, and can fix all those things.

Happy new year, everyone!

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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.