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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.

Company Culture and Managing Freedoms

In management we often find ourselves balancing the freedoms of the few against the freedoms of the many. This is, as you might imagine, a tricky business.

You Only Learn the First Time

11/06/2008

It's easy to get caught in the cycle of programming language acquisition or library re-implentation circuit. I'm here to propose a better way for spending our programming time to create more useful projects, and to become more versatile programmers.

Bad Ideas and Regular Expressions in Templates

11/05/2008

A meandering story about creating a simple if-else derivative template tag that matches arbitrary values against regular expressions instead of matching boolean values.

A Year Later, Home From Japan

08/09/2008

As many of you (if anyone actually reads these) already know, I am back from Japan. Here are a few thoughts about returning back to America.

Replicating receive-after in an Erlang gen_server

12/13/2009

Very brief post on how to reproduce the behavior of receive-after in an Erlang gen_server. Useful for recurring tasks.

Slack and Hope for Middle Management

08/25/2012

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.

Irrational Exuberance's Fourth Coming

03/24/2014

After a couple years with the old look, I took some time over the weekend and moved the blog over to Bootstrap.

Using Automator to Scale Images Horizontally

09/22/2008

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.

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