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Don't Make Me Defend Your Claims

03/31/2011

Recently I grabbed Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" and found it a reasonable discussion to the topic. My one enduring frustration is that it is damningly faint on evidence.

Will Larson

08/10/1985

I'm a developer and I write a little bit. If you're curious about learning more about me, this is a good place to start.

Creating my Dream Server for Django

Recently I redid my server to have a solid Django serving atmosphere: apache2, Python 2.5, memcached, lighttpd for serving static media. These are the cleaned up and formatted notes I used to guide myself through the installation process on my 256 meg SliceHost slice.

Introducing my Japanese Kitchen

10/21/2007

A quick overview of the kitchen in my apartment. It has accumulated two decades worth of stuff... but still doesn't have a rice cooker. Damn.

Grocery Shopping in Japan

10/19/2007

(This entry contains a number of pictures and may load a bit slowly on some connections.) I spend a lot of my day thinking about the next meal. In conjunction with that I do a lot of grocery shopping. Here is an annotated pictorial of my groceries.

Python Default Parameter Value Gotchas

09/11/2010

Knowing when default parameter values are initialized can save you some pain. A lot of pain. A whole, whole lot of pain.

Using PyFacebook without the Facebook middleware

I've been working on a Facebook application with a couple of friends recently. We decided to use PyFacebook library, but there was a brief period of intense confusion on my part about how to use the PyFacebook library without the included middleware. I worked through it, though, and this article has some advice on how you can do the same.

A Django Middleware for Google Analytics (repost)

06/14/2007

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. This article looks at implementing a Django middleware that injects Googlel Analytics tracking into pages.

Full-Text Search in CouchDB Using... CouchDB

12/08/2008

I spent a bit of time this past Sunday trying to figure out implementing a full-text search in CouchDB, without relying upon a secondary library like Lucene or Solr. In a very read way, I succeeded, but in an equally real way the success may not be particularly helpful in most situations.

Time to Load Redis Snapshots

08/23/2010

Here are some quick notes on the time to load Redis snapshots, perhaps useful when investigating Redis as an architectural component.

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