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I'm Ryan Lowe, a Software Engineering graduate living in Ottawa, Canada. I like agile software development and Ruby on Rails.
I write this blog in Canadian English and don't use a spell checker. Typos happen.
» Full-time Ruby on Rails freelancer
» Full-time with Rails since May 2005
» Former committer for RadRails (now Aptana)
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3. Layered Genealogy family history research
4. foos for foosball scoring
5. fanconcert for music fans (on hold)
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My ultimate goal for FanConcert is for it to be a place where anyone can look up any musical artist for any show, album, information, etc on earth. I don't want FanConcert to be biased towards any certain genre, only North America or to only signed artists.
FanConcert will go where its users go. If a lot of FanConcert users like electronic music then there will be a lot of that information in FanConcert because that's what people are submitting. If a lot of Brazilians use FanConcert, then there will be a lot of Brazilian artists and tour dates.
That's not a bias on FanConcert's part -- it's the users serving themselves and each other. FanConcert just facilitates it but it also facilitates cross-genre and cross-culture user preferences. Someone can keep track of all of the different styles and nationalities of music that they like, all in one place.
I want FanConcert to work for any place on earth. Language is a huge barrier to that, I know. Language/translation will be a big hurdle to get over but it's definitely high on my wishlist. I think it will really differentiate FanConcert from just about any other website out there. Map and venue-wise, there's no reason why FanConcert can't have early support and so it does.
Myself and a few other people have been adding international venues and tour dates and I think it's going pretty well. Google Maps has limited support for anywhere but Canada, US, UK and Japan but I'm betting that will change in the near future ... and FanConcert will benefit.
I expect FanConcert's users to keep me honest about internationalization (I18N) and keep pushing me to include I18N features. I look forward to FanConcert being multilingual and serving as many music fans as possible equally.Posted at September 25, 2005 at 01:42 AM EST
Last updated September 25, 2005 at 01:42 AM EST