Do I Smell Burning?

Mostly technical things, by Kristian Glass

The Most Efficient Django Test

Everyone loves superlatives, especially when I’m the one who gets to choose the efficiency metric so they’re probably not even hyperbole…!

It’s six lines long, and exercises your settings, your URL config, and potentially even much more!

My Django Project Template

I made a Django project template.

First things first: I don’t think you should use my Django project template for your Django projects. In fact, much like with dotfiles, I don’t think you should ever just use someone else’s template. In the spirit of Yes Minister’s irregular verbs: “I make careful and opinionated curations, you make poor choices, they add pointless bloat”.

What can be useful though, is using them for inspiration and ideas, and I definitely think mine has some things worth taking.

Let Toys Be Toys

This is one of my favourite flow charts:

Image by Kristen Myers Design/Paranoid Shiksa Feminista.

In case you can’t see that, it says: “How to tell if a toy is for boys or girls: a guide. Do you operate the toy with your genitalia? If yes, this toy is not for children. If no, this toy is for either girls or boys”.

Och Spelar Lite DotA

I’ve struggled to enjoy most computer games for a while. Valve’s Dota 2 is one of the few that I can. It’s most enjoyable when played with friends, so here’s my shameless attempt to convince you to join me.

Pipeline 2015

Pipeline is a one-day not-for-profit ‘unconference’ event focused on Continuous Delivery”

I was at Pipeline 2015 and it was excellent. Great talks, great people. My particular favourites (taken from the Pipeline Vimeo channel):

Go Read All the Stross

Ok I haven’t read everything by Charles Stross but everything I have read has been awesome and I’d recommend it highly.

I guess I’d describe a lot of it as “accessible hard sci-fi”, where the technology isn’t just “magic science” (like much of Star Wars and Star Trek), but its consequences and impact are considered and explored.