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Setting environment variables in a Python virtualenv from a .env file

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:14:56 +0000

Lately, I’ve gotten into the practice of storing configuration in environment variables and keeping those in a .env file in the root of my project directory. This file contains simple environment variable assignment and is used by Heroku and Docker. However making sure these environment variables get set for any command being run in the […]

Music for early March

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 23:24:11 +0000

Eskorbuto While in Mexico City, I went to “El Chopo”, a punk street market and got an Eskorbuto patch. It made me excited to listen to this band. Smino – S!CK S!CK S!CK EP Smino is a Chicago (via St. Louis) rapper performing March 2 as part of “The Come Up” series. Watercolor Paintings – […]

Upgrading Homebrew-installed Postgres 9.3 to 9.5

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:14:53 +0000

I didn’t read the instructions when I let PostgreSQL get upgraded from 9.3 to 9.5 with brew upgrade. This is what I had to do to migrate my data after I had already upgraded: # Switch back to the previous version of postgres, postgis brew switch postgres 9.3.5_1 brew switch postgis 2.1.4_1 # Start the […]


Sat, 07 Nov 2015 19:54:26 +0000

I played three different shows, with three different bands in 48 hours. So different playing for a handful of folks below the Loyola Red Line, in a crowded basement and on a giant stage. It was a hectic weekend, but ultimately, after the dust settled, I feel lucky to get to do all this.

Property tax increases and renters

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 18:56:57 +0000

There’s been a lot of coverage of the mayor’s property tax increase, and some provisions to reduce the burden on low-to-moderate income homeowners. My first thought went to renters, though:

In-real-life data visualization of Chicago Budget

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:18:25 +0000

Originally from: .@ChicagosMayor, this just doesn't look right to me. And by right, I mean just. #WhoStoleOurMoney #ChiBudget2016 — Sarah-Ji (@sarahdashji) September 22, 2015

New Music for Early August

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:15:54 +0000

Janelle Monáe + Wondaland Records – Hell You Talmbout This references a bonus track off of Monae’s 2013 release, I think. Mick Jenkins – Wave[s] Mother Cyborg – Tough Femme Mix Aye Nako – White Noise Here’s a Pitchfork review of the track. From the review: Dixon elaborated on the song, saying it’s about how […]

Programmatically reshaping data

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:09:24 +0000

Yesterday at work, my coworker needed to reshape a data table, from CSV. The data was a time series, with one row per date. He wanted to reshape the data so there was one row per day of the year with a column for the desired variable for each year. He observed that there were […]

CPS School Budgets

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:39:00 +0000

On Monday, July 13, 2015, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released preliminary spending plans for the 2015-2016 school year. Many schools face significant budget cups. We made a simple [news app to let users explore how different school budgets changed]( Additional coverage: * [CPS Budget: Deep Cuts For Neighborhood Schools, Cash Infusion For Charters]( (DNAinfo Chicago) […]