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

Spam Report

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

Fun with link farms

I've really started to get fed up with link farms, spam blogs, and other wastes of cyberspace that merely exist to trick naive users into a few AdSense clicks. Luckily, many of these sites are not very well constructed and so it's possible to have some fun at their expense.

At some point I'd like to organize a competition where people submit screenshots and URLs from dopey sites that can be made to embarrass themselves. Here's my submission (via my link redirector, to prevent any transfer of Google juice).

Monday, September 5th, 2005
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Comment from Paul , 21 weeks later

The site now seems to be gone. I should have saved a screen grab!

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