Aaron Presley

Setting up Django on Mac OS X 10.9

It took me some time to figure out the best way to get Django going on my Mac OS X 10.9. Here is a guide to what I eventually started doing. Setup Python, pip, and virtualenvs Apple has a tendency to change the Python core at-will, so I think it’s best to follow this guide and install […]

My Backup Strategy

I’ve recently become obsessed with obtaining the perfect backup strategy. I’ve previously used Backblaze, but a few things have always prevented me from being fully satisfied. First, you only have 4 weeks to realize you’re missing something. A few months ago I noticed I had fewer pictures in my iPhoto than I used to. I don’t […]

Free IE Testing on Mac OS X

Testing IE on a Mac is always a pain. Luckily, Microsoft provides free VMs to use for testing. Those, along with VirtualBox, can create a not-horrible way to test your sites in IE. Download VirtualBox VirtualBox is an open source virtualizer that works on Mac. It was a little hard to find the DMG, but […]

Glassdoor Transparent Logo

After needing a transparent, high-quality vector or png of the Glassdoor icon, I was forced to make my own. I didn’t make it in Illustrator, so I don’t have an AI file to share. You should be able to make one pretty easily from this, though.


Since I was a kid, I’ve had a natural bent toward technology. When I learned of programming, my interest exploded in that specific category and I’ve never looked back. I still find myself wondering what I’d be doing right now had that interest been applied to some other subject. John Mayer once responded to a […]

A Good Year

A year ago I quit an awesome job. I had a lot of ideas of what would happen, and what my life would look like a year in. Some predictions were accurate; some weren’t even close. Here’s what I’ve learned: It’s okay to change your mind I had grandiose notions of how I’d be earning a […]

Deploying a Flask Project on WebFaction

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my exodus from PHP to Python. My first self-assignment was to develop a Flask project, which came easily enough. The more difficult step was deploying it to WebFaction. The below guide are the steps I took to go from 0 – site, hopefully they’ll come in useful. Assumptions This guide assumes […]

Awesome Dropdown: A jQuery Plugin

In an effort to start making some of my code public, I decided to open up one of my more recent jQuery plugins. I’m not very good at naming things, so I’m calling it Awesome Dropdown. You can view the BitBucket repo here. Here’s what it looks like: The HTML The Javascript

Being Happy

I came across this link giving 10 tip to reduce stress at your work. The first tip made me scoff: Think back through your life, what is the happiest moment in your life. … Take that photo and put it on your desk to remind you of those happy times as this will be one of the […]

Cause for the Chromebook

Last week I bought the Samsung Chromebook. A few days before, my sister was telling me that she needed something between an iPad and a laptop. The iPad was too expensive (and she couldn’t type on it very well anyway). A laptop would go mostly unused since she just browsed the internet and wrote documents. For […]

Goal Oriented

If New Years has taught me anything, it’s that it’s really, really easy to declare a new goal. It’s absurdly simple for me to feel that electric shock of motivation and make a vow for change. Where I have failed in the past, though, is when I think it only takes that one decision. It […]

A Week in San Francisco

I spent last week in San Francisco. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the place. Maybe a few parts Portland, a few parts pretentiousness, and a few parts scenery? Well, my predictions turned out to be spot-on. The Sights San Francisco is a beautiful city. Where Portland’s natural landscape typically takes center stage, […]

A Freelancer’s Daydream

A few months back, when I would picture myself freelancing, it always involved one thing: waking up whenever I wanted. I am not a morning person, and since grade-school I’ve had to wake up early so I could be in Place X at Time Y. The place and time has changed over the years, along with the […]


This section of The Onion article rang particularly powerful for me: Americans reported feelings of overwhelming disgust with whatever abhorrent bastard did this and with the world at large for ever allowing it to happen, as well as with politicians, with the NRA, and above all with their own pathetic goddamn selves, sitting in front of a […]

On Being Unknown

I’ve spent most of my life in Midland. Roughly 75% has been spent in this West Texas desert – among the mesquite trees and the heat. I’ve also been around the same people for most of that time. Walking into Starbucks on the average day, it’s more likely than not that I’ll run into someone I’ve known since childhood. If […]