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Inexpensive Explainer Videos

Inexpensive Explainer Videos

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Marketing, World Wide Web | 1 comment

I wanted to A/B test a new home page on Vogogo featuring an explainer video. Having been involved only loosely in the process before, it didn’t seem like there were many options outside of using companies that specialized in the creation of explainer videos. Unfortunately, they all seem to fancy themselves as modern day Donald Draper’s who want thousands of dollars, and months of design and review, to create just one video. A video that you have no idea how it will impact conversions until you release it into the wild, making the whole process seem rather dated compared to the rest of the web.

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Simple Django Asynchronous Processing

Simple Django Asynchronous Processing

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Programming | 0 comments

Django has several asynchronous processing options available like Celery, Chronograph and Django Tasks. They all offer lots of features but if you want something simpler, maybe just the ability to send a webhook on the submission of a form without having the user wait around for the webhook to complete (or the remote site timeout), it seems like overkill.

As a result I came up with the following simple Django asynchronous processing application. It was written to work with Django 1.3 but works with Django 1.4’s, sans the new select_for_update functionality.

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