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Irrational Exuberance's Third Rebirth

The first Irrational Exuberance was a WordPress blog in 2007. The second a custom Django application, and the third... is also a custom Django application. Named Sisyphus.

How to Filter Bots From Analytics


If you've ever built a homebrew analytics system and tried to get actionable insight from it, then you know the pain of filtering out automated and suspicious requests. Here are a few notes on what I've learned on filtering bots from analytics data.

IE's New Infrastructure and Writing Workflow

In this post I briefly discuss the (questionably) novel aspects of the new Sisyphus blog engine which hosts this blog.

Grocery Shopping in Japan


(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.

Don't Make Me Defend Your Claims


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.

Introducing my Japanese Kitchen


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.

Will Larson


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.

Parallel HTTP Requests in Python


Last week I was doing parallel HTTP Requests in PHP, and it seemed like a crying shame I was doing something in PHP that I had never figured out in Python. Like it often happens, it only takes a couple dozen lines to teach Python this new trick.

Dreamier Dream Server with Nginx

Upon posting my first dream server setup, it became apparent that it was less dreamy than I had thought. This article is a reworking of the earlier post, but using nginx as a frontend to an Apache2 backend. Rather than... Apache2 as a frontend to Lighttpd. It has also been pared down a bit, removing the security topics (it didn't cover them well anyway). And its more concise, as in its very much unlike this description.

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.

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