Finding duplicate records in a books to prisoners database application

December 9th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

High on my list of neglected tech. projects is the Testament books to prisoners database web application.  This is the database program that projects like the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project use to track packages sent and returned and books requested in the hopes avoiding delays in delivering books to incarcerated people and to provide […]

Django: Querying data from the Python shell

April 13th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I needed to get some stats for some research that we’re doing and was happy to see that you can use Django and the python shell to query testament data in a way that’s database independent.  It’s a little unintuitive if you’re thinking in SQL mode, but it is usable and super-helpful.  I wanted to […]

Pages vision

December 6th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

A college student who is working with Pages as part of one of their classes asked me what I thought the organization’s long term vision was.  It was a good question, and this is what I responded with, though I feel like it’s just a starting point > What is Pages long term vision? > […]

cash rules everything around me

November 30th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m soliciting funds again.  This time, to support a project that I work closely with called the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project (  We send free reading material to people incarcerated in juvenile facilities, prisons, and jails throughout the Midwest, Florida, and Arizona.  Our primary means of support is  through the donation of books and […]

Jail Book Group

July 8th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m trying to be better about posting what I’ve been doing lately.  Last night, the book group I’m facilitating through Pages and New Leaf New Life in the “therapeutic” block of the local jail met for the second time and we picked the book that we’re going to read, A Walk in the Woods by […]

Defiance, Ohio Audio Files

December 24th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I finally posted audio files from the recent Defiance, Ohio record The Fear, The Fear, The Fear to the web.  After seeing how El-Iqaa distributed his recent release as well as the encouragement of others, I decided to make the audio available as both a free download of 128Kbps or Ogg/Vorbis files on as […]


April 11th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

So I’m still pretty transfixed on the population growth map from the New York Times that I wrote about a while ago.  I came across these two maps that were pretty damn intriguing.  One is of prison proliferation over the last century, and one is about privatized prisons and immigration enforcement.  It’s amazing all the […]

craft night for boxcar prom @ microcosm hq (nw corner of 3rd + rodgers). 4p.

March 29th, 2007 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

hey y’all! come help make prom decorations so we can make the bluebird look sweeeet! this is the biggest fundraiser of the year for both boxcar and pages, so we really need your help! details- – 4pm on sunday (we’ll go for hours, so show up whenever you can) – sparky’s house/microcosm headquarters (north-west corner […]

boxcar technology wg project ideas

December 18th, 2006 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

Mass inventory edit feature to Boxcar inventory.  This would allow user to change inventory details for multiple inventory entries all at once. Essentially this would allow you to change everything that you can in the inventory edit form. Barcode-based inventory entry Integrate POS and inventory Make pages card catalog/inventory electronic

bloomington veteran resources

December 14th, 2006 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Someone wrote pages asking for literature for veterans.  He said that incarcerated vets are pretty neglected by the government/military.  So, I’m trying to collect contact info for veterans groups so I can ask them about getting literature to make available to incarcerated people through pages. IU Office of Veterans Affairs Georgann Wilson 812.856.1985 […]