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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.


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!


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Rob Curley, Newspaperman of the Future

I find Rob Curley interesting for many reasons:

So where is this Rob Curley? Well, about two months ago he moved to Naples, Florida to work at NaplesNews.com, taking a few Kansans with him. Little did he know that he'd almost immediately get the challenge of covering Hurricane Wilma. On Monday, Poynter Online (which had previously covered Curley's move) ran a "What They Did" story detailing Naplesnews.com's adaptations to the extreme circumstances. Among other things the site established a special storm edition, which Curley talks about in this MP3 interview.

Earlier this evening I listened to a Paul Graham talk in which he gave a grim prognosis to media outlets unable to learn from the bottom-up world of blogs and open source. Curley gets it. The entities heretofore known as "newspapers" are not long for this world in their traditional form. But they're not going to just get obliterated by a stochastic cloud of blogs as some believe. No, there's a way for coherent media companies to survive; Rob Curley is demonstrating the way forward right now, to those who are paying attention.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

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