Blog of Rob Galanakis (@techartistsorg)

Archive for March, 2014

What if Carl Sagan were a hack?

I was watching the first episode of Cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson talked some about how stellar of a scientists Carl Sagan was and what an impact Carl had on Neil personally. Carl’s abilities were important for his advocacy, because a) it lent him credibility, and b) it allowed...

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Planet Mars, the simple feed aggregator

In December, I spent some time polishing up a new fork of the old PlanetPlanet Python feed aggregator, named Planet Mars: https://github.com/rgalanakis/planet-mars . I chose the name to contrast it with Planet Venus, a successful PlanetPlanet fork. My goal for Planet Mars is to make it as simple as possible,...

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Why I love blogging

I started to write a post about how I missed multithreading and speed going from C# to Python. I ended up realizing the service we built which inspired the post was poorly designed and took far more effort than it should have. The speed and multithreading of C# made...

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Configuration in Host the Docs

With Host the Docs, I chose to eschew configuration files and use a sphinx-style “conf.py” approach (I have previously written about how I like this approach). If a conf.py file is found, it is used for configuration, allowing it to override default configuration options. I also allow configuration through...

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“What did you learn?”

When something bad happens to someone (firing, demotion, bad review, big failure), it’s natural for managers to ask that person “what did you learn?“* Unfortunately the answer is rarely what a manager wants to hear, and it’s also largely useless.** Asking the question phrases it as the employee’s problem,...

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Introducing Host The Docs

A month or so ago I created Host the Docs, and it’s been quietly running at work some success, so I figure it’s time to talk about it. The code is on GitHub at https://github.com/rgalanakis/hostthedocs, and here’s a description from the readme: Host the Docs is a simple way...

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Who is using PyPy?

I brought up the idea of using PyPy for an internal service we are building at work, and was asked what actual projects are using PyPy? I had no answer and couldn’t find one. Are there are well known projects using PyPy? Do you know of anyone that is...

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Being amazed by software development

I am continually amazed by the state of software development. I am amazed at how broken things seem to be, and I’m amazed at what powerful tools we have to fix things. A few weeks ago, I struggled to find a documentation hosting solution. We have an internal version...

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