Who knows, yes, says the chimp, you will get whatever your heart desires ... simply settle for second.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Rails of fun ...

So, I've been looking to broaden my web based horizons as it were to incorporate more of an "open sourced" community based paradigm of development.  I'm classically an asp.net c# die hard to the core (still a big fan, by the way), but simply cannot ignore the fact that the back end expense of running IIS / Windows Server 2003 (soon to be Longhorn) is a major hurdle for most startups trying to get an idea to production.  So I've been doing quite a bit of work / learning of Ruby on Rails.  This along with good ol' PHP, XML, mySQL, <insert web acronym here>, etc ad infinitum seems to be a very viable solution to the often times cost prohibitive .Net Framework.  I've heard quite a bit of static over the last 8 months or so concerning Ruby, but haven't had the same experiences with it personally.  Not having done any commercial work with it (yet), I haven't had much of a chance to put it through the ringer but I'm confident that if sights like Odeo can sustain a happy existence then it will be good enough for anything I can cook up.  Here's to the agile web!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

One and all...

Hello out there in blog reading land.  Not been up to much around here except for oh working, 11 credit hours of school, studying, working, living, ugh ...  breathe ... must breathe.  So that explains the notable absence of a podcast.  Although as I'm typing this I am listening to something I found on Ioda today from a group called Sunset Rubdown.  I haven't downloaded a ton from there but thought I'd give their charts feature a try and download the top charted artist.  To my surprise it is actually very good.  Not surprised that it's rather quirky and very indie, but I really like it.  I don't know much about this artist other than this is a 2006 full length release.  As I wrote that I decided to take a quick trip to google which led me to a wikipedia page.  Here's the quote from there: 

Sunset Rubdown is an indie rock band based in Montreal, Canada. It began as a solo project of Spencer Krug, of Wolf Parade fame, who released the Sunset Rubdown debut Snake's Got a Leg in July 2005. Eventually, the group expanded to include Camilla Wynn Ingr of Pony Up!, Jordan Robson-Cramer of XY Lover, and Michael Doerksen. This new line-up released its first collabarative effort, the band's second LP, Shut Up I Am Dreaming, in May 2006.

Seems there's not much to be said for a direct website but there is a myspace (isn't there always?) at www.myspace.com/sunsetrubdown  That's all for now, but hey if you check out and buy the album I just contributed to your song loving adventures so this turned out to be a good productive post! 

Sunday, September 03, 2006

When Geeks Get Angry