There are a lot of websites out there that allow musicians to make profiles. One crucial aspect, common to all of these sites, is the ability to post upcoming shows. With musicians using multiple music promotion sites (along with their own website) it is very inconvenient to update shows on each individually. A GIGS Feed allows show schedules to be published in one place and subscribed to by any number of other services, the way RSS works for news and blogs.
GIGS (Gig Information Getting Syndicated) is an XML based markup language that I created after running into this issue of updating shows in multiple locations for my own bands. GIGS is also a sweet recursive backronym
Every number is the answer to something.
I've always been an armchair math geek and I've thought that numbers are interesting. After looking at all the interesting things that people have taken stats and made calculations about I figured I'd make a collection of facts based on their numerical answer. It turned out to be pretty interesting, especially once I allowed people to submit their own facts. I have the groundwork laid for a simple API for this, if I wanted to make that available in the future.
Last.fm Fan Finder
Fans of artists similar to your band should be fans of your band, right? Last.fm Fan Finder helps find users who are listening to artists similar to your band, but aren't listening to you.
The Last.fm Fan Finder started as an excuse to play around with the Last.fm API
and provide a helpful resource to fellow musicians. It just made sense to me that if fans could be recommended new artists, artists should be recommended new fans. This seems like a much better system than the blind carpet bombing that happens on MySpace. I ended up making use of the PHP Last.fm API
for this project, which was a great help.
Dinosaurs Eat Everybody Wiki
The Dinosaurs Eat Everybody Wiki was mainly started as a way for me to play with MediaWiki
, the wiki software that Wikipedia is built on. It turned into a cool collection of inside jokes among friends, a good documentation of hilarious ideas, and a great resource for beer pong rules.
Team Hamster Hat
Team Hamster Hat is the brainchild of me and my buddy Jeff Abell. Back in college we ran a website called The Voice of Reason that was full of amusing (though probably not as amusing as we thought) commentary and articles about weird topics like Dutch ovens and Tony Little. As time went on The Voice faded out of existence but our spark for letting people know what they think was never extinguished. Spurred by an excuse to buy things off TV and play with them, the seeds for Team Hamster Hat were sown. After months of periodic discussion the site began to take shape and was launched in 2008 with the goal of being informative, yet stupid.
Twitter is interesting. It's pretty stupid, but also pretty fun and it has a great API to program against. One day I was in the mood to do something weird so I decided to set up a Twitter account for my friends' dog (a pug). Later I decided it would be fun to automate his posts (which consist of random dog noises), so I started playing around with Twitter and a few hours later, pugpugpug was up and running. It's a totally pointless little project, but it still amuses me.
Recently I've been posting more projects to Github, so that might be more up to date than this site.