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by Glenn Franxman, Django Developer / Stunt Programmer.

Economy versus Broadband -- Fight!

posted: 2008-07-07 23:04:35

I wonder how much of a correlation there is between the health of the economy and broadband penetration.
Does anyone downgrade from broadband to dialup? What if I had to choose?

I'd probably give up magazines and video rentals. That'd save gas on trips to the bookstore and expenditures on media, but it would also increase the value of my existing broadband making it even harder to give up later. I'd hire a sitter less often. I'd cancel my VOIP phone service. I'd eat out less often.

If it got so bad as to come down between my motorcycle and broadband, I think that the motorcycle would win, but for purely emotional reasons.

Broadband has gotten so integral to life that I find giving it up almost unimaginable. But at the same time, if we were in a true recession, wouldn't it be viewed as a luxury given the existence of low-cost and free alternatives?

What would or wouldn't you give up before broadband?

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A note from the author is using a fluid layout based upon work by Dave Reeder. I'm trying to take CSS a little more seriously; but I'm having a hard time because of all of the bad syntax, browser compatibility hacks, and non-fluid layouts. If any of the other technology I used were like CSS, I'd have to set myself on fire and jump off of a cliff.

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Reversed publishing with Django

posted: 2008-06-25 15:41:21

>>> from django.core.template import *
>>> c = Context( { 'ctnt': 'this is a test' } )
>>> t = Template( """ {{ ctnt|slice:"::-1" }} """ )
>>> t.render( c )
' tset a si siht '


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Designer Clouds

posted: 2008-06-01 23:34:54

Designer Clouds --

This paves the way for all sorts of interesting guerrilla art installations. I wonder if they've tried adding dyes to the foam, or combining smaller 'clouds' into larger works.

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Books from my childhood

posted: 2008-05-03 05:26:28

Books that I remember from my childhood:

The Perpetual Learning Machine - a gift from my grandmother.
The Great Brain series - borrowed from Brian Rudolph as a kid.
The Mad Scientists Club - bought through a grade school book club.
The Funk & Wagnel Encyclopedias of animals and insects - my parents picked these ...

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Test driving DropBox

posted: 2008-05-01 01:03:00

Just got my DropBox account set up. For those not familiar, it is versioned storage that you can just mount on any of your machines. Instant synchronization, and versioning. Behind the scenes I think it is just svn, macfuse, and growl, but having such a simple interface is very nice ...

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Twitter versus RSS Smackdown

posted: 2008-04-20 00:40:25

I have been in the RSS camp for many years. Originally, I really panned twitter. Then I joked that pownce was the new twitter, and eventually that twitter was the new twitter. But lately I've been embracing twitter, though mostly as a travel tool. This got me thinking... Media companies ...

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Me too! Me too! Me Too!

posted: 2008-04-18 08:33:28

DangerMouse-2:~ gfranxman$ history|awk '{a[$2]++} END{for(i in a){printf "%5d\t%s\n",a[i],i}}'|sort -rn 102 vi 58 ls 56 python 47 cd 43 ssh 28 curl 22 date 18 crontab 12 cat 8 ifconfig$ history|awk '{a[$2]++} END{for(i in a){printf "%5d\t%s\n",a[i],i}}'|sort -rn 175 vi 65 nosetests 39 python 31 ls 28 export 26 cd 25 ...

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Google App Engine

posted: 2008-04-08 13:25:12

Wow! Google just announced Google App Engine which will allow users to host their python applications on their server infrastructure similar to Amazon's EC2 services, but in a more straight-forward manner. The timing is perfect, as I am in the middle of evaluating virtualized hosting for our newspaper websites. The ...

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Visual demonstration of traffic waves

posted: 2008-04-06 21:41:28

I suspect people don't trust simulations of traffic as being real enough. And infographics can be a little too cutesy sometimes. I like this video because it is a real world test, but it demonstrates the phenomena so well that is feels like a simulation. Zombie Feynman would be proud!

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