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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.

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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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bitbucket, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, Markdown, Mercurial, OS X, Python, Review Board, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, Ubuntu Linux

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Jabberwocky 2.0 (BETA)

'Twas google/ig, and the odeos
Did skype and quimble in engrade:
All simpy were the buzzingos,
And the feedpaths carbonmade.

"Beware the Frapprflock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Yubnub bird, and shun
The del.icio.us Offertrax!"

He took his orkut sword in hand:
Long time the slawesome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Numsum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in schtuffish thought he stood,
The Frapprflock, with eyes of flame,
Came gliffling through the elggy wood,
And blurbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The zurpal blade went tikitac!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went listsomething back.

"And, has thou slain the Frapprflock?
Come to my arms, my beeplet boy!
O tractis day! Polloo! Webjay!'
He yorzled in his joy.

'Twas google/ig, and the odeos
Did skype and quimble in engrade:
All simpy were the buzzingos,
And the feedpaths carbonmade.


(Thanks to Read/WriteWeb for the list of lists of Web 2.0 sites. No guarantee as to actual Web 2.0-ness is expressed or implied. Web 2.0 may not exist. Reality may be an illusion. Apologies to the author of Jabberwocky 1.0, Lewis Carroll, although I'm pretty sure he's dead.)

Saturday, May 20th, 2006
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