E-Scribe : a programmer’s blog

About Me

PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.

Book

I co-wrote "Python Web Development with Django". It was the first book to cover the long-awaited Django 1.0. Published by Addison-Wesley and still in print!

Colophon

Built using Django, served with gunicorn and nginx. The database is SQLite. Hosted on a FreeBSD VPS at Johncompanies.com. Comment-spam protection by Akismet.

Elsewhere

Pile o'Tags

Stuff I Use

Bitbucket, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

Spam Report

At least 236562 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

Mining Monday: Random Shakespeare

Each time you visit the randomly selected Shakespearean sonnet page, you'll see one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. If you don't like the one you get... reload! There's also a search box so that you can narrow the possibilities down to, say, the two sonnets in which he uses the word "snow".

The page is currently the #4 hit on Google for the phrase "Shakespearean sonnet." It's a little sad that so many of the substantive web pages on Shakespeare's poetry don't rank higher than my cheap parlor trick!

Monday, October 17th, 2005
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