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Edge Conference 2013

EdgeConf 2013 Was The Best Conference I've Ever Attended

2014-01-20 01:15:00

I do not say this lightly. I have a strong emotional bond with PyCon, and I’ve run my own conference. EdgeConf was easily the most rewarding conference experience I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of. Capturing why it was such a great time is very important to me. EdgeConf was a combation of validation, fascination, and exploration. I attended EdgeConf feeling a bit apprehensive. To me, it seemed like a Big Deal full of amazing people I would feel completely out ... more

The Narratives Around Visual Programming

2013-09-16 22:00:00

We need to train new developers, and we need to make programming approachable by more people, if only to get their attention before they dive deeper. I'm not speaking anything new hear, but I think there are some gaps in many of ... more

Plasmid 0.2.0 Released - API Stable And Tested

2013-08-07 06:08:00

Plasmid is an in-browser database and I've been working on it for a few months, talked to many people about it, and finally reached a point where I can release an API stable version.

There are two main components to ... more

Atheism Plus

2013-07-24 22:03:00

"Atheism Plus" has been making rounds for a while now.

The basic premise seems to be Atheism, plus a lot of social justice movement elements. And, completely, I support that. And I'm glad for the wide support ... more

Edge Conference 2013

Attending Edge Conference In NYC

2013-07-23 07:36:00

I've been invited to attend what looks to be an amazing event, Edge Conference.

Edge looked to be a different sort of conference, and I'm excited to see how it works.

Edge is about everyone learning ... more

Data Ownership On The Web

Owning Your Cloud Data


The most well known, yet still problematic, area of data ownership in our web-based world is all the data we keep housed "in the cloud" in the machines of the services we use every day.

Data Ownership On The Web

The Problem With Web Data


What does it mean to "own" my data in a web-based world? I don't know what this means, but we should.

Before the growing responsibilities of "The Web" is for us, owning my data meant the files sat on ... more

Scaling Down - Part 2


I'm sticking with the netbook. It took longer to make this decision than I expected, but I'm sure of it now.

What really works better are the subtle things. I grab my netbook quicker and with less thought. It weighs lses, ... more

What's Up With Me? April 2013

2013-04-07 09:03:00

What's going on with me? What am I trying to do, what have I been doing, and what should I be doing?

I've had a couple months of unexpected things coming up in my life, and its thrown the things I tried to plan for in a ... more

Scaling Down - Part 1

2013-01-02 02:51:00

I'm experimenting with a new laptop for January, and if I like it I'll be selling my previous 15 inch Thinkpad t510 and keeping the new machine: an 11.6" Acer Aspire. The change is significant, but I feel it is for the ... more

New Year's Evolutions

2013-01-02 03:26:00

I thought about having a new years resolution, but I decided against it. I thought about starting some 365 day project, but I decided against that, too. I've realized that I need to optimize for minimally impacting failure. A ... more

I Love Pocket

2012-12-09 22:45:00

Pocket is a reading list, and a far better way to track things you want to read, when you have the time, than the dozens of open tabs across multiple browsers and computers that many of us seem to be stuck in.

It is, for ... more

On Private Software

2012-11-05 23:47:00

Private software is software one writes only for themselves and never shares or intends to share. It isn't commercial, because it isn't sold or even distributed at all. It isn't open source, but it shares something in spirit. I ... more

Why I Won't Be Doing NaNoWriMo Anymore

2012-11-01 23:01:00

I looked forward to it, I planned on it, and I was prepared for it. My outlines were ready, my story was waiting. So, why am I not doing NaNoWriMo this year?

The energy and ethusiasm of NaNoWriMo is great, and I will ... more

PyCarolinas 2012 Recap

2012-10-26 17:20:00

I ran a conference.

I said it had to be done, apparently I said I'd even be the one to do it. Before I knew it, I was doing it and now its over.


All the way up to the date of our inaugural year I was feeling unprepared, afraid I was forgetting terribly ... more

I Am Worried About The Future Of Python

2012-09-23 12:00:00

Python is Great

I've been in love with the language for a decade.

I feel a connection to the community that has only grown over time, both in numbers and in awesomeness. ... more

Read Counter, An Idea

2012-08-28 21:12:00

Just a thought. We have so many tools for, essentially, ranking content.

We vote on Reddit, like on facebook, plus one on Google. We pretend this stuff is (relatively) new, but aren't they all just non-passive hit ... more

I Am Many Selves: How Many Websites Do I Need?

2012-08-28 06:20:00

I'm trying to write more lately. Part of that is trying to have a better idea what I want to do with the things I write. Blogging is something I have a lot of respect for. The voices of the world unhindered is an amazing ... more

Road To Writing

What I Want In A Website

2012-06-23 11:40:00

I have a constant problem with indecision, and perhaps double when I am dealing with anything technical. When I have to decide on some dependency for a personal project, the possibilities of deciding wrong keep me from starting ... more

Road To Writing

My Personal Essay Project

2012-06-23 10:00:00

I'm beginning something that has brewed in my head for years, in forms more and less solid from year to year. This is a project and it has no real name. It is something I need to do and something I'm very excited to put a new ... more

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Who am I?

  • Python, Django, and Javascript developer for Caktus Group
  • Vegan atheist libral feminist advocate for a better world
  • Father and husband
  • Writer and once-artist
  • Transhumanist