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 236325 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

76 posts tagged "fun"

Quora questions I've seen enough of
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
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Teaching Non-programmers what Programming is Like
Saturday, March 5th, 2016
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dpaste.com spot check
Saturday, December 20th, 2014
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Chess via iPod
Monday, May 11th, 2009
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Hello from BarCampBoston
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
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To Infinity Ultra and Beyond
Sunday, October 26th, 2008
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Pocket Django
Saturday, May 17th, 2008
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Python one-liner of the day
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
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History lesson
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
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The original Lego Star Wars
Monday, March 31st, 2008
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A weather site in six (declarative) lines
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
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The Language I Will Kind of Learn in 2008: Smalltalk
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
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World's ugliest Django app
Monday, January 21st, 2008
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Developer meeting braindump 2007-09-20
Friday, September 21st, 2007
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Developer meeting braindump 2007-08-09
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
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Developer meeting braindump 2007-07-12
Friday, July 13th, 2007
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Developer meeting braindump
Thursday, June 28th, 2007
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Django.June wrapup
Sunday, June 17th, 2007
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6 comments

The Palm Foleo
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
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Twittered
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
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DjangoKit
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
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6 comments

Podcasting Antipatterns
Sunday, April 1st, 2007
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Library of 1000 scammy spams
Saturday, March 10th, 2007
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Kerning DreamHost
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
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1 comment

Neat Python hack: infix operators
Sunday, February 25th, 2007
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iPhone, youPhone, weallPhone
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
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More unexpanded spam macros
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
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99-byte Python quicksort
Friday, December 15th, 2006
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11 comments

STFU
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
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Reverse game: Codegolf edition
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
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Blog flair backlash
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
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1 comment

Alpha Romeo Romeo Romeo
Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
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Software for determining image similarity?
Friday, September 15th, 2006
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5 comments

Obsolescence
Thursday, September 14th, 2006
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Best OSCON 2006 -- er, 2005 -- photo
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
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Spot the forgery
Friday, July 21st, 2006
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Web developer evolution
Sunday, May 21st, 2006
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Jabberwocky 2.0 (BETA)
Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Stupid eBay tricks
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
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Technology wanted: FFE
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
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4 comments

USB Art
Monday, March 20th, 2006
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The Million Beta Homepage
Monday, February 6th, 2006
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The Blue Sky anti-massacree movement
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
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My Palm TX runs Windows 98
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
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4 comments

Let's play a game: BASIC vs. Ruby vs. Python vs. PHP
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
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Unclear on the concept, installment #7,423
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
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Best feature of the new MacBook Pro
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
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4 comments

Google Earth for OS X
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
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Selling beat-up stuff on eBay
Sunday, January 8th, 2006
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How to say you're sorry
Saturday, December 31st, 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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Figlet Captcha
Monday, December 5th, 2005
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Brainbenched
Monday, November 28th, 2005
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BASIC Computer Games
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
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Web 2.0 imitates satire
Monday, November 21st, 2005
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Ubuntu, I buntu, we all buntu
Thursday, November 17th, 2005
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Dear Section508.gov webmaster
Monday, November 14th, 2005
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Mining Monday: embarrassing Google searches
Monday, October 31st, 2005
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Mining Monday: the 419
Monday, October 24th, 2005
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Product idea: Single-speaker iPod station
Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
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Useless script: View180
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
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Mining Monday: Random Shakespeare
Monday, October 17th, 2005
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Mining Monday: Ungreek
Monday, October 10th, 2005
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Kaypro model numbers
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
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Hizzitachi
Saturday, September 17th, 2005
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Fun with link farms
Monday, September 5th, 2005
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Project idea: G5-style Mini
Sunday, August 28th, 2005
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My Brace Style Is Unstoppable
Monday, August 22nd, 2005

This Spartan Life
Friday, August 19th, 2005

Hard life for hardware
Monday, August 15th, 2005
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A Ruby happening
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
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Learning to talk good
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
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OSCON Playtime
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
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Everything on Rails
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
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Happy indeed
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
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