Matt Perry

Matt Perry was Grist's Technology Director and chief nerd from 2008 to 2012.

  • How we build stuff at Grist

    This is an introduction to how we build our web products here at Grist.  I hope you find it interesting whether you work at Grist, are just curious, or want to decipher some of the jargon involved.

  • The hardware formerly known as Grist

    Today at Grist we celebrate the end of our transition from our co-located infrastructure to the cloud.

  • CanopyEngine and algorithmic news at Grist

    As he explained today, when executive editor Scott Rosenberg first arrived at Grist, he searched the web in vain for an environmental equivalent to TechCrunch (or its robotic cousin, TechMeme) … in other words, a near-realtime, link/expert driven news site …

  • New blog design today on, plus a nerdy rant about iterative design — with diagrams!

    Today we’re introducing the first iteration of a new blog design on

  • Grist is now on WordPress

    Notice anything different on today?  I hope that the answer is “no”! Even though  you may not see any overt changes, today was relaunch day at Grist.  We turned off our old site, and turned on a new, WordPress-based version. …

  • The News Smashup: 4 examples of a news app sub-genre

    After attending one of Twitter’s developer teatimes here in Seattle and having various other Twitter API related experiences recently (more on that soon), it’s becoming a bit obvious that there’s a rapidly-emerging subspecies of news app coming into being.  This …

  • Otto, Nacin at Grist

    Last week we were lucky enough to play host to two members of the WordPress core team last week here in our offices in Seattle.  If you ever get the chance to work with/learn from Otto (@otto42) and Nacin (@nacin) …

  • Please try IronCache — a memcached extension for ExpressionEngine

    IronCache is an extension for the ExpressionEngine CMS that boosts performance for high traffic sites by using memcached

  • Grist Hackathon Hangover Report

    We just completed our first news hackathon afternoon.  The purpose of the event was to give everyone at Grist the opportunity to try out new tools and ways of working together.  The specific challenge of the day:  given 4 hours, …