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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)
» I also have a few Rails side-projects in development:
1. wheretogoinTO.com Toronto nightlife
2. Hey Heads Up! TODO list and sharing
3. Layered Genealogy family history research
4. foos for foosball scoring
5. fanconcert for music fans (on hold)
Hiring Rails developers? I can telecommute by the hour from Ottawa, Canada
»» Email: rails AT ryanlowe DOT ca
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Derek Lowe's (Ryan's older brother) words at Ryan's funeral
firstname.lastname@example.org no more
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Sarcastic Dictionary (Part 1 of Many)
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Risky Business? My Take on Early Alphas
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# The Senators PPV Mess
Even though the Senators are, to put it nicely, a little on the inconsistent side this year I'm still a hardcore fan. I've seen every game they've played this season...
...except for one: Senators at Detroit last week. Why? It was a pay per view game. I have the Rogers sports package at about $25/month, which includes NHL Centre Ice, so I can watch any game in the league...
...or so I thought: the package does not include these pay per view games. There are four more in 2007, including a Leafs(!) game.
Why would I pay 10-odd dollars a game ABOVE $25/month? It doesn't make any sense to me. Sens fans: Do NOT pay for these games. The more you pay for, the more there will be next season. I've heard they want 8-10 next year. Vote with your wallets.
As if that weren't bad enough, the pay per view game in Detroit isn't on the NHL on Google Video site which is supposed to have all NHL games a few days after they are played. They've already made their money, let us watch the game now. This makes a seriously lame situation with PPV that much lamer.
C'mon NHL and the Senators, get your shit together. You're not going to get more fans (and more money) by giving the finger to your base. I don't care about ad-free games, I just want to watch my team.
# 5 Things you probably don’t know about me
I was tagged by Dan McWeeney, a great guy I met at SAP TechEd '06. Here goes:
1. In elementary school I was a pretty big band geek. I even went to a week-long York Region band camp (of sorts) which culminated in performances for our parents and on Centre Island in Toronto. Not just once, but twice! - in grades 7 and 8. Nothing wrong with a week off school in May, that's for sure. Until grade 10 I played baritone (BC), trombone and trumpet.
2. I've never broken a bone but I've sprained both of my ankles. *knock knock*. I have no allergies. In grade 13/OAC I was in the hospital for a week because of complications with mono, missed my brother's wedding and couldn't play football that year.
3. I'm becoming a big history buff but I've always watched a lot of documentaries. I'll often drive around Ottawa, checking out historical places.
4. I really enjoy watching cooking shows but I don't cook. But until recently I did not have a subscription to The Food Network.
5. I attended 12 semesters of university because I switched programs late: from Computer Engineering to Software Engineering. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. That time spanned seven fall semesters and I attended five engineering frosh weeks (only one as a frosh of course). I did 6 co-op work terms instead of the usual 4.
# Ruby and Rails at Ottawa BarCamp
This past Saturday was BarCamp2 in Ottawa, an unconference. The sessions I attended were great -- Austin Hill talking about funding startups and someone from Adobe talking about Flex.
I wanted to talk about Ruby and Rails so I put a 20-minute "Ruby/Rails Roundtable" discussion in the timetable. It was very unstructured: people would ask questions and others would answer. It seemed to work pretty well. We ended up talking about things like REST, external authentication services (like the ones from Google and Yahoo) and if Rails could deal with very small projects. We ended up going the full 40 minutes for the block, and it seemed like there was still more to talk about...
...so I put another "Ruby/Rails Roundtable" discussion in the timetable, this time in a quieter back room area (the "Meeting Room"). I took better notes at this one and made a list of some of the things we talked about:
1. The new Rails deployment Book by Ezra Zygmuntowicz
It seemed like the response from these technical Ruby and Rails talks was very positive. We should definitely do more of these in Ottawa -- it was really nice to share ideas. The Ruby, and especially Rails, communities move so quickly it's hard for one person to keep up!