A while back, I found a bash framework called Bash-it. I extend it's functionality and created a simple installer wizard. I've added a few of my personal scripts in as well. Basically, I wanted a quick and easy way to install my personal home directory configurations. It's a continual work in progress. Check it out or Forkit @ My Github
Today I took a road-trip on my bike for a total of 40 miles to and from work. The photo below shows where I tried to take a shortcut through the trails running next to NASA, only to find that they dead-end. Boo! Backtracking cost me 5 miles of extra biking.
I created a nice commandline utility a while back for automating the process of creating a Django project template. Since doing so, Django 1.4 arrived which added similar functionality but my script takes project creation a step further.
What is so cool about my script:
- A commandline wizard with pretty colors!
- Bash autocomplete command called mkdjango (like mkdir but for Django)
- Pick from the 4 of the most common server setups which will auto generate the configuration files needed.
- Use your own project template (if mine isn't good enough!)
pip install Django-base
Check it out or fork-it @ Github
Last weekend, I took my very first trip to SoCAL to attend Coachella; the most amazing music festival of them all.
Here is a list of musical artists I saw this year:
50 Cent, Andrew Bird, AVICII, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, BoomBoomBoomBand (RedBull Speakeasy), Calvin Harris, DJ Shadow, Dr Dre, Eminem, Florence and the Machine, Flying Lotus, Frank Ocean, Girl Talk, Godspeed, Gotye, The Hives, Justice, Kendrick Lamar, M83, Miike Snow, Radiohead, SBTRKT, Snoop Dogg, Swedish House Mafia, Tupoc hologram, Warren G, Wiz Khalifa, & a few others that I can't recall.
Pro Tips for next year:
- Get a campground for drinking, eating, and hanging out. Who wants to pay $10-14 for beer and food inside?!!
- Rent a condo b/c if you sweat like all of the other smelly campers you will want to take a shower (at least I hope you would). Also it's nice to sleep in a real bed and not a blowup bed or worse, the ground. Glad we made the choice of getting a condo this year.
- Bring your own TP (if you go the route of camping). Does this point really require detail?
- Buy some walking shoes with tons of padding. You will be walking around for 6-12 hours at a time. I made the mistake of walking around in my Vibrams sock shoes which has zero padding. Don't make that mistake or you will regret it, like I did.
Check out my Gallery: Coachella 2012 Gallery
Django on Mac OS X (10.7+) is completely easy right? I decided to put together this tutorial since sometimes it can be a pain to get things like MySQL, mysql-python, and python PIL imaging library installed properly.
1. Install Xcode which can be found on the Mac App Store.
This step might take a while so be prepared Xcode is 1GB+.
2. Install a database of your choice:
MySQL can be downloaded HERE
Be prepared to click through layers of links and community registration nag. Very Lame MySQL! Also take note that MySQL will be a pain to setup and should be avoided at all cost!
First issue: MySQL's installer is so ghetto that it does not SymLink it's own executable to /usr/bin/ for commandline usage. Gee thanks MySQL installer! So here is the command to do this manually:
sudo ln -s /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql /usr/bin/mysql sudo ln -s /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqladmin /usr/bin/mysqladmin
You can download postgres HERE (no link trickery or registration nag).
Also check out postgresapp HERE. Start, stop, and launch postgres as a standalone app.
PostgresSQL comes with an awesome installer and will even install PostGIS if needed.
Wait... that's it? Yep, it just works. Moving on..
3. Install Python libraries.
First lets start with python's imaging library but before we can install it, we'll need to download, build, and install a couple prerequisites.
curl -O http://www.ijg.org/files/jpegsrc.v8c.tar.gz tar -xvzf jpegsrc.v8c.tar.gz cd jpeg-8c ./confgure make sudo make install
curl -O http://ftp.igh.cnrs.fr/pub/nongnu/freetype/freetype-2.4.5.tar.gz tar -xvzf freetype-2.4.5.tar.gz cd freetype-2.4.5 ./configure make sudo make install
Next lets install PIP, a Python package management tool.
sudo python easy_install pip
Lets also install VirtualEnv, a dependency manager for python related projects.
pip install pil virtualenv
Python Imaging (PIL) and Django
pip install pil django
Note: This might also be a good time to consider using virtualenv so that project specific libraries will be isolated within the project directory and not globally installed.
Since you chose to use Postgres, you can clearly skip this part!
Before starting, we must first set an environment variable or this library will fail!
In some cases it my be helpful to place the mysql bin directory on your path
Now you can install via pip install
pip install mysql-python
Still having problems? Lets try to install from source HERE
Download and unpack mysql-python:
tar -xvzf MySQL-python-x.x.x.tar.gz cd MySQL-python-x.x.x
Make sure to change the mysql_config variable under site.cfg to point to:
If the above path does not work try a path like this:
Now lets try to install
python setup.py install
Lastly, check that mysql-python did in fact install correctly.
python -c "import MySQLdb"
pip install psycopg2
Wait... that's all I need to do for postgres? Glad you chose to switch?
Note: If experiencing any password or permission denied errors when connecting to Postgres, ensure that the lines below exist in your pg_hba.conf (obviously you would want to make this a little more secure in a production environment)
/Library/PostgreSQL/x.x/data/pg_hba.conf # "local" is for Unix domain socket connections only local all all trust # IPv4 local connections: host all all 127.0.0.1/32 trust # IPv6 local connections:</code> host all all ::1/128 trust
And that is it. enjoy!