published: Aug. 2, 2016, 8:33 p.m.

Another year down

It's been WAY too long since I updated this. But, today is my birthday, so I wanted to say SOMETHING!

So, Happy Birthday to me! More to come on the topic of Of Beasts and Sages, as it's almost ...

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published: Feb. 8, 2016, 10:49 p.m.

Of Beasts and Sages

Today is 2016-02-08, the first day of the Year of the Fire Monkey, based on the Lunar calendar. Or, "Chinese New Year/Spring Festival/春節", as I tend to say.

I'm in DC now, as we had my great aunt Annie's funeral ...

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published: Jan. 8, 2016, 10:15 p.m.

Well, actually...

Russell, asked the following question on Twitter:

Is it “Well, Actually”ing to point out that someone has used the word “exponential” to mean “growing significantly”?

My response:

@freakboy3742 unless the math ACTUALLY matters, I’d ...

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published: Jan. 3, 2016, 5:23 p.m.

Backticking inline code in RST?

Is there a simple RST equivalent to doing code-esque inline formatting, like the back ticks in Markdown? As in:

Please use the requirements.txt file to install packages

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published: Jan. 2, 2016, 4:40 a.m.

Verbose: A 2015 Holiday Season retrospective

One thing I know about myself is I'm verbose. That's a warning.

I'm writing this on 2016-01-02 at 04:01:08 or 2016-01-02T10:01:08+00:00 for the timezone sticklers. The "holiday season" here in the US is wrapping up. It's been fairly shitty for ...

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published: Dec. 27, 2015, midnight


Today, my mother would've turned 72. That tells me that, according to the traditional Chinese calendar, she was born in the Year of the Goat, which is the year we're in now. I know about that sort of thing because ...

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published: Dec. 19, 2015, 3:23 p.m.

Long Hiatus

I hadn't expected to NOT post anything in such a long time. I should have something new soon.

PLENTY of ideas.

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published: Dec. 4, 2015, 11:39 p.m.

Testing: The Prelude

On 2015-12-01 I started a new role as a QA Specialist at Decisio. That means I'm doing software testing. I've started working on a presentation for my local Python user group/meetup I'm calling "Introduction to Software Testing".

I've ...

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published: Nov. 30, 2015, 8:27 p.m.

Can I still Chinese?

Translating this for Lindsey, quickly.

52?: representing - I Love 168?: representing - Whishign you 1 road (something) wind 299?: representing - Love you forever 321: representing - Deeply love you 365: representing - 365 days, every day is ...

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published: Nov. 30, 2015, 6:49 p.m.

5-Mile Bar-B-Que Diet

This is mostly for Lacey, as she, Adrienne and I were discussing our exercise routines...and the problems they may present.

So, I USED to have a routine when I lived in College Station. I lived at the ...

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published: Nov. 27, 2015, 12:39 a.m.

A Hypen can ruin EVERYTHING!

I was working through examples from Python Testing's unittest intro. I was applying them to my HelloFlask dice rolling app. I ran into trouble in the "Test discovery" section. I'd run the python -m unittest discover {testfile_name} ...

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published: Nov. 12, 2015, 9:20 p.m.

Long time, no see

So, I came home from a 3D Printing meetup and figured out how to fix the issue with leading 0s in the RegEx I'm using for my SMS-based Die Rolling project.

So, that's good news. Now I can ...

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published: Oct. 31, 2015, 11:22 p.m.

Updates are LIVE!

I'd made a bunch of updates to my blog's code over the past month or so, but hadn't pushed any of them into production. Mostly because I hadn't worked out the issue of having multiple settings files for different environments ...

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published: Oct. 31, 2015, 9:10 p.m.

High-Speed Tourist Guide to London

tl;dr: Go to St. James Park and walk the perimeter.

I'm writing this mostly for @webology, who's in London at the moment. This is based on my spending ~8 hours in London on a layover from Houston to Hong ...

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published: Oct. 31, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

Learning vs. Expertise

"In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." —Eric Hoffer via @momentumdash

This quote reminds me of the Fixed vs Growth mindset described ...

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published: Oct. 26, 2015, 10:24 p.m.

NO ONE who's not a coder knows FLOSS is Commercialized Free Labor

About two weeks ago, I spent the weekend at Innovate Houston. Sponsored by CivicX, a "civic accelerator", they focus on "for-profit and nonprofit startups that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems." The program ...

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published: Oct. 25, 2015, 9:37 p.m.

Change is coming

I'm not sure exactly what it's going to be...but SOMETHING'S going to change soon.

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published: Oct. 20, 2015, 10:02 p.m.

Updates: Busy Man Edition

I went to Innovate Houston last weekend and got a lot from it. I was looking at the issue of developing a sustainable revenue model for FLOSS, but going through their Impact Canvas (a modified Business Model Canvas) with ...

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published: Oct. 16, 2015, 10:01 p.m.


I got Markdown support added to the DEV version of this blog. Now I just have to push it into production! That'll make me MUCH more inclined to write longer posts/articles.

How did people WRITE when they couldn't LINK to ...

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published: Oct. 14, 2015, 7:47 p.m.

十面埋伏 (to be abmushed from 10 sides)

That's kind of how I feel today. LOTS of different things going on, trying to juggle them all.

In related news, I wonder if starting to actively blog during one of the more difficult periods of your life is the ...

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published: Oct. 11, 2015, 8:21 p.m.

I can't get off 上下九路

That was a Guangzhou joke.

On the plus side, I DID make a public commitment to have some code ready to demo & talk through in a month. And it seems doable, not some crazy stretch goal. So, that's a ...

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published: Oct. 9, 2015, 8:04 p.m.

Another rollercoaster

I MIGHT not be cut out for this...

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published: Oct. 8, 2015, 7:43 a.m.

The BIG problem with insomnia

The big hidden (or not?) problem with insomnia is the wasted time. I didn't sleep last night, but I wasn't PRODUCTIVE while I was TRYING to go to sleep. Now it's almost 8am and I can either ZOMBIE my way ...

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published: Oct. 7, 2015, 9:13 p.m.

Markdown --> PDF problems

My ebook is 99.9% done. But now I've run into trouble converting the Markdown into a PDF as I'd wanted.

I'll have to ask for help on this tomorrow or over the next few days. If I can't find a ...

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published: Oct. 3, 2015, 2:06 p.m.

Late Start > No Start

After a slow morning, it's time to get to work.

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published: Oct. 2, 2015, 8:45 p.m.

Another rollercoaster day

LOTS of activity today, especially in the morning. New opportunities, help from friends and future plans.

Things slowed down in the afternoon, as did my productivity. A semi-ambiguous task can do that. I couldn't QUITE get out of my own ...

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published: Sept. 30, 2015, 10:11 p.m.

A busy day

Cleared the last bit of stuff out of a storage space, contemplated multiple ideas for generating revenue in the DjangoSphere AND did some job hunting and freaking out ABOUT the job hunting.

Also spent more time than I'd planned ...

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published: Sept. 28, 2015, 7:57 p.m.

悲しみをやさしさに (Turn your sadness into kindness)

DECIDEDLY sub-optimal day today. Multiple rejections. So, I bought a homeless guy some Whataburger.

Like a BOSS.

Now, it's time for Naruto!

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published: Sept. 28, 2015, 12:53 a.m.


Home from PyTexas. SUPER-TIRED. Going to bed.

I'll probably write a long-form post on "Conference Month 2015", about DjangoCon and PyTexas. Or, maybe split it into pieces. I also REALLY need to get Markdown or RST support going here, since ...

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published: Sept. 23, 2015, 4:29 p.m.

Keep Pushing

While learning, never underestimate the value of just TRYING stuff. So long as you're taking a LOGICAL approach to it.

This is ESPECIALLY true with learning to code or learning a new coding tool. The ability to get nearly instant ...

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published: Sept. 22, 2015, 9:35 p.m.


Today had it's ups and downs. Some things worked out, some didn't. But I DID get some more code written. AND I made a pull request to fix an error I found. So, I think I'll call it a win.

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published: Sept. 21, 2015, 9:27 p.m.


Edited a view so now my posts show up in REVERSE chrono order. :-)

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published: Sept. 18, 2015, 9:25 a.m.

Today > Yesterday

Yesterday was NOT a great day. Hoping today will be much better.

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published: Sept. 16, 2015, 9:32 p.m.

#DjangoCon recap?

Based on a comment from @webology, I may start working on a DjangoCon recap/retrospective.

It's something I'd planned to do anyway. This is just a little extra 'nudge'.

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published: Sept. 16, 2015, 3:19 p.m.

Ahmed Mohamed?

I'm wondering if I should write something about the Ahmed Mohamed situation for my blog.

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published: Sept. 15, 2015, 10:32 p.m.

Things to come

I had an interesting conversation to end my involved people being uncomfortable with the TOPIC of diversity.

I should have more code-related stuff to talk about tomorrow. Things today kind of got away from me. But I DID learn ...

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published: Sept. 14, 2015, 10:25 p.m.

When will this become interesting?

I'll actually start writing some posts that will be INTERESTING to other people (I hope!) soon. Now, I'm still decompressing from DjangoCon and following up on some other things.

More news as it develops. :-)

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published: Sept. 13, 2015, 10:20 p.m.

Minor Changes and "End of an Era"

I made a few small changes to my blog, based on the first piece of "Homework" from the Django Girls Tutorial Extension.

But they'll only be visible to users who're logged in. Which, at THIS point, is only ...

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published: Sept. 12, 2015, 7:46 p.m.

Live Site? Live Bugs!

Found a bug in my blog while showing it to friend. It let ANYONE edit ANY blog post. :-(

FIXED it! :-)

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published: Sept. 11, 2015, 7:44 p.m.


I'm (mostly) home from my FIRST ever DjangoCon.

It was a great time and I'll talk more about it later. NOW, I'm tired.

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