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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.

This Spartan Life

You can be FPS-illiterate like I am and still be fascinated by This Spartan Life, a talk show staged inside the Halo multiplayer game world. Guest and host (and "camerapeople") attempt to have a cogent conversation while running around trying not to get shot by interlopers. Right now there's one episode posted, divided into six segments, including interviews with filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh and multimedia innovator Bob Stein. The Stein segment is my favorite for its combination of substance, humor, and visual antics.

A surreal viewing experience and a nice introduction to the world of machinima.

Friday, August 19th, 2005

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