Matt Perry

I was Grist's chief nerd.

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 …

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

Today we're introducing the first iteration of a new blog design on Grist.org

Grist is now on WordPress

Notice anything different on Grist.org 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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