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SQLAlchemy – MYSQL has gone away

January 2, 2013


So this bug bit me on the arse and it took me so long to track down the necessary bits of information needed to fix it that I think it’s worth sharing the hard won wisdom. The Problem When using SQLAlchemy with MYSQL for your python webapp, you encounter one or several of these error […]

An Ubuntu subscription service

July 28, 2012


The idea: A way for OSS devs to get paid. First the problem. OSS is great, but it’s always welcome if people can get a bit of money for their work. Some people try to live off it, others just pay for hosting. But the software is provided for free. You don’t want to pay […]

Github for Science: A Concept

July 4, 2012


So coding and science have a rocky relationship. Scientists write programs to do all sorts of things: control experiments, process data, visualize it, store it in databases, solve maths problems, and more. But scientists are not software architects. Nor are they often terribly good project managers. What this means is that code that is crucial […]

Why all of science should use Python

July 3, 2012


Bit of a nerdy one today, and not one relating to anything in particular. It’s just that over the past months i’ve become increasingly obsessed with the Python programming language. It’s just beautiful – I’m not going to go into much details as they can be found on, but in short python can be […]

Why I hate LaTeX [Rant warning]

June 13, 2012


I hate latex. And when i say that, i really mean hate. It makes me rant and rave and foam at the mouth in anger. Where to begin – it just ridiculous I don’t even know where to start. So let’s start with my experience with latex. Let me be up front: have have never […]

Optimized Boids II : pyglet [Updated]

February 4, 2012


tl;dr – code now availalbe on github I previously posted an optimized version of Craig Reynolds flocking algorithm. Nothing very fancy – simply adding a way to store the boid objects in a grid data structure which makes looking up the distances between boids much faster. I felt the need to do this because there […]

Facebook’s Biggest Un-Secret: Your apps are watching you!

May 13, 2011


So – it turns out Facebook is hiring PR firms to highlight Google’s privacy violations “for the common good” – and not at all to draw attention away from its own practices (Pot, meet kettle, as they say.) So now seems a good time to flag an issue that’s been nagging me since I started […]