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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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Web 2.0 imitates satire

Over on the Well, in a what-is-this-web-2.0-thing-anyway topic, I posted:

I've been thinking about starting a joke social networking/sharing site called "huester" where you can post your favorite colors, tag them, make RSS feeds of them...

Within a couple hours Jeffrey had posted a link to colorcombos.com. It's a site that lets you post your favorite color combinations, tag them, make RSS feeds of them... The only thing it's missing is friending.

Half an hour later Laura posted a link to colr.org. Tags, RSS feeds, and Ajax! They get bonus points for Ajax. And for omitting that last vowel.

Monday, November 21st, 2005
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