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.

Pile o'Tags

Stuff I Use

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

Spam Report

At least 236507 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

Blog flair backlash

It's now official: right-minded people hate those little "Blog me, digg me, add me to your feed baby!" icons attached to blog posts. References:

http://www.37signals.com/svn/posts/93-its-the-content-not-the-icons
http://mezzoblue.com/archives/2006/10/10/mooching_20/
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000587.html

Maybe I'm part of the problem. I avoid the Nascar-style decorations, but I do have text links at the bottom of each post that cover three such sites. My links are tasteful, of course -- no icons, just gray text. Faster than a bookmarklet, even, since you can use them right from the front page of the blog. But I do feel mixed about them.

For the next version of my blog (coming Real Soon Now), one of my goals is to reduce the total number of links on a page. I took one stab at this by filtering my tag cloud (it only shows tags that have been used four or more times), but more drastic steps are needed.

Dynamically-generated content definitely carries its own special design risks. It's easy for an end user of blogging software to be enticed by the idea that with a single plugin they can add 23 bookmarking icons to EVERY post they've ever made -- even if that is, objectively, a terrible idea.

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
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1 comment

Comment from Jared Kuolt , 1 week later

I thought it was just me that hated those icons. Thanks for the links.

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