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Genetic Programming: A Novel Failure

The second entry in the Biased Intro to Computer Science series. Here we take a look at genetic programming, the bastard little brother of genetic algorithms.

BeepBeep, CouchDB and a Trivial Blog

This next installment in the Introduction to BeepBeep series takes a look at pairing CouchDB with BeepBeep to begin consolidating the necessary toolkit to construct plausible web applications.

A Python-Markdown Extension for Embedding Graphviz


I use Markdown for most of my online writing, and also as the format for most of my personal notes. Since I also use Graphviz quite frequently, adding an extension to handle both seemed like a reasonable next step.

Hosting a Paper Reading Group

Once again we're experimenting with a paper reading group for our engineering team, this time with more success than previously, albeit in an unintended direction.

Overview of Using Django on the Google App Engine

A look at the advantages and disadvantages of using Django with the Google App Engine. Touches on the GAE platform itself, as well as looking at areas where ported Django projects will have to be adapted to the App Engine's unique environment.

Recurring Events and Message Passing

This article looks at a couple of approaches for implementing systems with recurring events using message-passing based concurrency (Erlang and Clojure are used in code snippets). In particular it looks at the ping-pong, circle, coordinator and gossip approaches to distributed communication.

Money or Meaning: Spending Our Wealth of Time


We don't know how long we'll live, but we do know our time is limited, and life could be thought of as our endeavor to optimize the economics of our time. Yet, much like the current financial debacle, often the attempt to optimize ends poorly.

Using Automator to Scale Images Horizontally


With ten minutes before bed and 35 megs of images to scale, I had my first encounter with Automator. It was a good encounter, and I heartily recommend it to others for--at minimum--batch scaling images.

A Photo Album with Python and PIL


I wanted to do a fairly mindless little scripting project after spending too much time on well documented and maintained code. It's important to let your hair down sometimes. In this project I use Python and the Python Imaging Library to create a simple photo album.

Slack and Hope for Middle Management


Sometimes working in middle management feels like being trapped purgatory between making policy and making software. Tom DeMarco's Slack paints a much rosier picture.

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