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.


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!


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.


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Stuff I Use

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

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At least 237138 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

Learning to talk good

The OSCON demographic is exceedingly well-equipped to communicate virtually. E-mail, newsgroups, blogs, IRC. But there are certain key advantages to meeting face-to-face -- like learning how to pronounce things. I now can correctly pronounce:

and my favorite:

Thursday, August 4th, 2005
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Comment from Adrian Sampson , later that day

Because I began programming by fiddling around in BASIC (where a trailing character in the variable name determines type), the $ character still means 'string' to me. So, problematically, I tend to read $foo in Perl or PHP as 'string-foo'. This is usually very embarrassing.

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