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It’s Not a Hacakthon! The Texas Turnout News Event


Note: When I first started to arrange this event in June, I was working as the Director of Technology at the Texas Tribune. I departed that post at the end of July. The event was on August 26-28, and I wanted to keep helping out because I was so excited. These are my personal thoughts

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Classics, code

Deploying CLTK modules on Heroku


Note: this is a technical post for all 3 people who might want to know about this subject. I’m guessing that people who need this information already know how to use CLTK locally but have less experience deploying software on platforms, and I’ve written it with that in mind. TL;DR: Use a post_compile hook, and

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Classics, code

Interlude: Rewriting My VergilBot with Owls


In the last month I’ve been a little distracted from my Ovid project, because I realized my Vergilbot was going to finish tweeting the Aeneid on Sunday, June 4 and I figured I should do something interesting with it after it finished. So, I’d had this idea for a while that I wanted to use the sortes

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Classics, data, IA

If You Want Something Done, Part 1: Getting Ovid into JSON


A couple of weeks ago, I was complaining about the lack of APIs for Classics authors that weren’t Vergil. And I knew, in my heart of hearts, what that meant. I’ve known for quite a while that when anyone says, “Someone should really do/make/code X thing…” the only answer is, “Yes, you should do that, because nobody

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