District championships

I had the opportunity to photograph the Class 5 District 3 championship a few weeks ago in Troy, Mo. Here are a few photos:

Timberland huddles before the Class 5 District 3 championship game against Troy at Troy Buchanan High School in Troy, Mo., on March 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
Timberland huddles before the Class 5 District 3 championship game against Troy at Troy Buchanan High School in Troy, Mo., on March 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

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Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog. It’s been several years since I’ve actively maintained a blog, so we’ll see how this goes. There’s no real theme, besides some photography and software development posts, but hopefully it’ll become more focused as content goes up.

I’m going to bring a few posts over from my old blog and repost them here. I’ll also start with a few photography posts and updates. This may also become a home for updates on our wedding plans. We’ll see where it goes.

Thanks for reading!

Building a digital newspaper machine

Click here for a video of the finished product running.

Awhile back, a friend of mine, Nate Papes, ran across Scott Walker, director of enterprise and investigation at Alabama Media Group, who had retrofitted a newspaper machine to display newspaper front pages digitally. (Update March 13, 2016: This link is dead; it appears Walker removed the post.) We talked about creating our own, but never followed through.

A few years later, Nate found a New York Times newspaper machine in a Joplin, Mo., junkyard and began to work on his own machine. I offered to write the software to make the box run since Walker’s was written for a Macintosh and we both were toying with Raspberry Pi computers. In the end, Nate kept his box as original to the Times box as possible and I wrote the software to run as JavaScript in the browser and pull the pages down.

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Diving into Django, jail data

My weekend project is to dive into Django. I get the concept and have been it in action, but I’ve never actually worked with it directly. It’ll be part of my jail project, which is going very well. (An amazing number of people go to jail daily in Greene County, Mo.)

My goal is a “dashboard” of jail statistics of frequent flyers, latest people booked along with some fun, and interesting, statistics of eye color, hair color, etc.

For example, right now in my 1,798-row data set there are:

  • 824 brown eyes
  • 499 blue eyes
  • 278 hazel eyes
  • 179 green eyes
  • 5 black eyes
  • 3 grey eye
  • 10 unknown or not specified eye color

Useful? Probably not in reporting, but certainly interesting for readers.

Major League Cardinals play Springfield Cardinals

It’s not often that you have the opportunity to photograph the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals in Springfield, Mo. On Monday, April 2, the St. Louis Cardinals traveled down to Hammons Field to take on their Double-A Springfield affiliate team.While the entire team didn’t travel because of the quick turnaround to Wednesday’s state-side MLB opening game in Miami, fan favorites and some Springfield Cardinals alumni made the trip such as Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter, David Freese and Matt Holliday.The coaching staff, including first year manager Mike Matheny and hitting coach Mark McGwire, also made the trip.

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