There are many different methods of generating a PDF in Python (and therefore, Django), that I have been exploring over the past few days for a project. After looking through these, this is the one I found the easiest. First, install the base requirement of wkhtmltopdf. On Ubuntu, this is easy: On Windows, OS/X, and […]Read more "Python 3 / Django: Generating a PDF from Markdown or HTML"
It has been a while since I blogged (obviously), and for the the few of you who actually read this nonsense, you know I blog for no person other than myself. Thanks for reading, mom and dad! (I kid, because I’m pretty sure they don’t actually read this.) That may seems egotistical – no, wait, […]Read more "I haven’t blogged in a while so: here we go. 40 years on this planet!"
A former co-worker uploaded this panaroma of the CDnow data center in Fort Washington. This data center holds a spcial place in my heart, as it was the first “proper” data center I ever had access to. Prior to that, I’d been running servers (mainly AIX and SGI Iris Indigos) out of offices on Penn’s […]Read more "The CDnow Data Center, Circa 2000"
So I must share this; my mom’s cousin Gordon is kind of a genius. I felt this passage from his blog was particularly cogent: The science of natural selection concerns the features of replicating entities which affect their differential fitness—their reproductive success in a competitive environment. To understand the evolution of religion, we must consider […]Read more "My Cousin Gordon on Science and Religion"
I have used jQuery UI for quite some time now, including the wonderful Datepicker. However, I just recently starting using a lot of the options and methods available, and thought I would show an example of how extendable it really is. Check out this jQuery: Then, place the text input element into the HTML: Let’s […]Read more "jQuery UI is Awesome: Datepicker Functionality Explained Easily"
I helped host the Philly Women in Technology Summit during Philly Tech Week. In this video clip, I was interviewed by WomenCentric, a global directory of women professionals, about the role reversal I felt being the only male at a 200 attendee technology conference: Diversity on a tech team always means better ideas, better solutions, […]Read more "Interview About the Women In Tech Summit; A Y-Chromosome Perspective"
SOPA and PIPA were recently shelved, but not defeated, and their international cousin ACTA is still gaining momentum. Find out why the fight is not yet over, as well as a back in intellectual property and how they apply to technology. On Thursday, February 23rd, 2012, PANMA had a lively discussions about this topic.Read more "PANMA Event: 2/23/3012: SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, etc: the Future of IP on the Web"
Cory Doctorow held a lecture and Q&A Session on November 17th, 2011 at The Wharton School in Jon M. Huntsman Hall. It was open to the general public. Cory’s Biography: Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of Tor Teens/HarperCollins […]Read more "Cory Doctorow’s Talk & Discussion at The Wharton School, November 17th, 2011"
Philadelphia has an amazing, diverse and ever-active tech-creative community. Web designers, graphic artists, developers, videographers, content strategists, people in marketing, social media and game development all find a home here. There’s so much going on, it’s easy to miss things you’d like to know about, and here’s your chance to find out what is happening […]Read more "PANMA Event: 10/20/2011: #whywelovephilly: The Awesome Philly Tech Scene!"
Note: Silverlight Required for video! On Friday, August 5th, I was lucky enough to give a presentation to Wharton faculty and staff as part of the TechFast series. It was an exploration and history of Virtual Worlds entitled: The Magic Circle: Realistic Expectations for Virtual Worlds. The talk covered a lot of history, and a […]Read more "TechFast Presentation: The Magic Circle, Realistic Expectations for Virtual Worlds"