I leverage synergies.

As per the latest in thought leadership, we must refocus on identifying holistic synergies and productizing them for untapped markets. Specifically, synergies which can be strategically leveraged to cross-pollinate innovation across organizational silos. Each silo must own its vertical to allow for unfettered horizontal growth and for the development of streamlined efficiencies by bubbling up organically.

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Installing pylibmc on Heroku

Installing pylibmc on Heroku is pretty simple once you account for one small, undocumented gotcha.

Introducing Ansible into Legacy Projects

When you start looking at tutorials and guides for a configuration management tool like Ansible, most of them show how to get started or provide a great picture of what a nice complete set up looks like. That's great if you're trying to figure out the basics or start building a new project, but it leaves open the question of how to start applying these tools - and concepts - to existing projects. This is a story on how to do that.

Meet Django Organizations

Useful open-source projects start by first scratching your own itch, then scratching it again, and yet again. One of our own itches has been setting up group based user systems for applications, and the way we scratched it was by creating Django-organizations.

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Python wrapper for the Geocod.io geocoding and bulk geocoding API
RVA Data
Slow attempt at getting Richmond, VA's city data accessible.
RVA Connect
Site for tracking events and coworking/event spaces I created.
Django Addendum
A Django app for creating editable microcopy anywhere in your site.
Django helpers for working with ElasticSearch and Haystack
Django Organizations
A Django app for adding multi-user group management.


This is Ben Lopatin's hypertext media home. Principal and co-founder at Wellfire Interactive, a DC-based web development firm. We design and build custom web applications and web sites. I build the engines behind those sites.

You should probably contact us if you're keen on building a solid web-application or designing a new site without seven layers of account managers.