In 1965, when I was nineteen, Louisiana was at war with itself, as some of its citizens marched for the right to just be, while others struggled with their consciences in a messy reaction to the civil rights movement. Ultimately, I'm proud to say, Louisiana's citizens, black and white, chose the right side of history.

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PyTem implements a "Python-Server-Pages"-like template engine for Python 3+. The PyTem application is,

  • small -- a single python file.
  • simple -- you can learn the syntax of templates and/or the PyTem API in just a few minutes.
  • hackable -- readable source code, so feel free to adapt it to your own python project.

PyTem's current status is "Alpha", but it is being used for real work on a daily basis.

PyTem can run as a standalone program from the command line, or can be imported into another Python 3 program and used via a small/simple API.

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The afternoon before I leave New Orleans, I arrive at the Maple Leaf minutes after three, the start time of Nancy Harris's Sunday readings, but there's no sign of poetry. For the moment the poets have joined the football fans. The Saints are playing the Giants in the Super Dome, it's All Saints Day,...

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Katrina was a man-made, not a natural disaster. If that statement doesn’t fit your comfortable idea of the catastrophe , then I direct you to the many articles on the subject, like this one written on the storm’s fifth anniversary by Time Magazine.

In New Orleans we love to complain about Katri...

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What you hear in New Orleans is like no other city’s sounds. Thanks to the Internet, you can listen to life in New Orleans wherever you happen to be.

According to the latest Census Bureau estimate, the current population of New Orleans is just under 379,000, yet we have three public stations.

Th...

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(My apologies to the hard core: I’ve chosen accessibility over strict accuracy in an attempt to address an audience beyond the computer intelligentsia.)

When I was at Westdale Junior High School in Baton Rouge in 1960, I came across The Boys Book of Electronics, which had a chapter on “Giant E...

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(Mardi Gras Sunday, February 15th)

We had a epic "Sunday Gras": the Thoth parade going past our house was three hours of outrageousness. My kind of parade watching: sit on the sidewalk outside your home in a comfortable chair with easy access to good drinks and good food, surrounded by good peopl...

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You're writing a novel. One of your characters is not right. Let's call her Sara. You can feel it, but you're not sure what's wrong. Sara's dialog doesn't sound like her. She's doing things that don't make sense. Is she who you thought she was?

Does any of this sound familiar? Do you have questio...

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The publication party for the Maple Leaf Rag V was held at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans on August 10th. The auspiciousness of the evening being a "Super Moon" surprised no one.

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Most of us write software in environments with ridiculous deadlines. We don't have time to investigate every new thing. My purpose in this article is convince you that Function Programming + Immutable Data + Massive Parallelism (which I will henceforth abbreviate as FIMP, is not just another ne...

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It's that time. I'm finished with today's work, flailing away at what might become a novel, or making a weekly commit of Groovy or Javascript poetry to my now one-day-a-week employer's repository, or pausing for a while in my reading, or weed whacking, or...

What's next?

Today's particular possi...

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Katrina accelerated the deterioration already underway before the storm. The city already had hundred year old water mains and sewers in a bad state. It's a fine old tradition here that things that are not visible do not receive attention.

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The War Of Art

The book is The War Of Art, by Steven Pressfield, not to be confused with The Art Of War, a completely (!) different book.

This small volume was recommended by an author/speaker at the Santa Barbara Writer's conference. One of the ridiculously successful authors at this year's conference menti...

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