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.

Elsewhere

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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 236604 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

30 posts tagged "design"

Aesthetics and computation
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
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The iPhone keyboard doesn't suck
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
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iPod touch: one week down, one week to go
Monday, February 25th, 2008
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Color names in JSON format
Sunday, May 6th, 2007
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The anti-desktop movement
Friday, March 16th, 2007
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Kerning DreamHost
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
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Widescreen as Tallscreen
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
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Software for determining image similarity?
Friday, September 15th, 2006
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Technology wanted: FFE
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
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Why the python.org redesign is good
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
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Python.org redesign launches
Monday, March 6th, 2006
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Baby steps with Ajax
Monday, February 27th, 2006
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Sort tables with sorttable.js
Monday, February 20th, 2006
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The Million Beta Homepage
Monday, February 6th, 2006
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Digg vs. Reddit vs. Me
Monday, February 6th, 2006
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The Blue Sky anti-massacree movement
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
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Palm TX: First Impressions
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
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Evolving a new keyboard
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
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Big. Green. Similar.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
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Tantek on CSS hacks
Monday, November 28th, 2005
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Web 2.0 imitates satire
Monday, November 21st, 2005
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Beware of the "just"
Monday, November 21st, 2005
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SourceForge prettifying
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
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Dear Section508.gov webmaster
Monday, November 14th, 2005
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Blog Usability Showdown: Me vs. Jakob Nielsen
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
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sIFR: Smart Flash typography
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

A List Apart 4.0
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
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NetGrowler
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
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Open Laszlo
Friday, August 5th, 2005
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The support experience
Sunday, July 3rd, 2005
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