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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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OSCON 2007, Day 2 addendum: FOSCON

robot I was able to stop by Holocene this evening for the first half of FOSCON III: Really Radical Ruby. Those crazy kids. The event was sponsored by SQKWZR, which the two founding scientists/emcees claimed was fake -- but you know they're just saying that to keep people from stealing their ideas.

I saw five 10-minute-ish lightning talks before I had to leave and get my beauty rest. Here's the gist. My apologies in advance to anyone whose presentation details, name, or affiliation I bungle:

Plus: free pizza, O'Reilly book giveaways, and beer.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
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Comment from Jason Hull , 3 weeks later

Hi. The Lego Mindstorms robot was ours. The person who programmed it is Eric Pugh.

Comment from Paul , 3 weeks later

Hi Jason, thanks for the info. That was one cool demo!

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