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Writing Custom Contexts for Django

07/01/2007

Writing custom contexts for Django is a powerful way to extend generic templates, or to simply avoid writing repetitive code when you need the same content to be available to a number of templates. They are also fantastically simple to use

Cleaning up erlang_markdown

10/10/2009

After some additional work, erlang_markdown is cleaning up fairly well into a usable package. At this point, pretty much all of Markdown should be implemented outside of the alternative header syntax.

Reading "The Nudist on the Late Shift" in 2008

Today I finished reading Po Bronson's "The Nudist on the Late Shift." Its an interesting look at a wide swathe of different players in the Silicon Valley internet bubble. Well, to be more precise, in the first Silicon Valley internet bubble. Looking at the state of Valley entrepreneurship today, almost ten years later, much of what Bronson has to say is still intensely relevant.

ReST, Textile and HTML in Markdown

07/01/2008

Recently I have run into a few situations where I really wanted to avoid Markdown messing with segments of text, and there isn't a completely intuitive way to deal with that by default, so I put together a quick solution. And.. while I was at it I added some support for rendering Textile and ReST from within Markdown as well.

Paper Review of "A Transaction Model"

Here is my first attempt at putting together some thoughts on a computer science paper, in this case Jim Gray's A Transaction Model from 1980. It is an excellent paper which pushed me to think about my current work project in a broader light, and also inspired some ideas about potential future side-projects to experiment with.

Extending Classes in Cappuccino

09/07/2008

A brief look at a simple example of extending the CPTextField class in Cappuccino. Breaks down the extension process into six steps, walking through them with the example.

Is the JVM the "next assembly"? I hope not. (repost)

06/04/2007

This is the new home of an old entry from the now defunct original incarnation of *Irrational Exuberance*. These entries are almost two years old, and haven't necessarily aged well, but maybe that's a good thing. (The original title of this was "Is Java the "next assembly"?". A year or two it was pointed out that JVM is more appropriate than Java. Better late than never, right?)

Syntax Highlighting with MarkDown, and a pinch of Automagick for Django

07/14/2007

It can be a bit awkward to implement MarkDown and Code Syntax highlighting together in your Django applications. But making them play nicely together doesn't have to be a hassle. Beyond that, its about time to teach your Django blog to automagickly create MarkDown references for you. If only it would stop begging at the dinner table...

Designing My Future Home

12/29/2007

Isn't it one of the great dreams of humans to design and build your own home? Well. I had a few ideas this morning and decided to put together a sketch.

Haiku for an April

04/20/2008

A few haiku with the overall polish and depth of an hour. Also some pictures from this past weekend, mostly of nature.

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