Hi there! I’m a web developer and musician from Chicago, living in Amsterdam.
Infrequently updated blog
Dec. 1, 2022 — Adventures in generating music via ChatGPT text prompts
Nov. 11, 2022 — Thoughts on my first machine learning project
Aug. 10, 2022 — Let websites framebust out of native apps
My main focus: Soundslice
Django web framework
I’m co-creator and former co-Benevolent Dictator For Life of the open-source Django web framework, which is used by tens of thousands of people around the world! I retired from the project in early 2014.
I co-wrote two editions of a now-outdated book about web development with Django, published by Apress and available for free online.
I founded EveryBlock, a neighborhood news and discussion site, in 2007. We sold it to msnbc.com in 2009. I worked there until mid-2012, and the site eventually got shut down by its new owners, brought back, then shut down again. :-/
I’m a guitarist who plays fingerstyle and gypsy-jazz music. I’ve been posting YouTube videos since 2007.
I play with my gypsy-jazz band throughout Amsterdam. Here’s a nicely produced video of us.
I’ve also released an album composed of some of those YouTube covers.
I also have a Soundslice channel, where I post lots of little musical ideas and lick transcriptions.
During that time, I made a name for myself as somebody who did “journalism via computer programming” — which was then a new concept. I wrote a lot about this and traveled the world giving talks about how news companies should employ programmers and use their data more effectively.
Alas, I’m no longer professionally involved in journalism, though I’m a proud subscriber to the Washington Post website — and think you should subscribe too.
My 2005 site chicagocrime.org (site no longer exists) was one of the original Google Maps mashups and was seen as influential.
It played a small part in influencing Google to release a mapping API. The New York Times named it one of the year’s best ideas. It inspired the creation of the Mashable blog. Most importantly, it helped a lot of Chicagoans get a sense of neighborhood crime.
Around the web
My Twitter account is mostly stuff about web development.
My LinkedIn profile has the professional history.
My GitHub profile has some stuff.
In the media
- “Hyperlocal” Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers (New York Times)
- Adrian’s vision for data-friendly journalists (The Guardian)
- The Man With the Golden Mashup (Chicago Tribune Magazine)
- The Mashup Man (American Journalism Review)
- The programmer as journalist (OJR)
- 40 Under 40 (Crain’s Chicago Business)
To get in touch, either use this form or email adrian [at] holovaty.com.