Eight years ago I wrote the IAM community software that BME still uses, which, as dated as it is now, was pretty cutting edge at the time and contained many features long before they hit mainstream community sites. Back in 2000 when it was put together, I wanted a tool to allow myself to maintain a blog, but being a DIY sort of person, I chose to write my own tool instead of going with blogger or livejournal. I patched on multi-user functionality as an off-hand idea, never thinking it would take off. Take off it did, so over the next few months I quickly added new functions like instant messaging and the other bits needed to transform it from a blogging tool, to a multi-user blogging tool, to a true community site.
I’m now looking at creating a new community site (which has nothing to do with body modification), and I was thinking about WordPress, which also went from a blogging system to a multi-user blogging system (ie. WordPress MU which powers WordPress.org). I’m very excited about “BuddyPress“, a mod of WordPress MU that’s got a number of added components to transform it into a community site (which could also have a community generated content magazine integrated, community generated photo galleries, and so on — if this had been around eight years ago, my life would have been much easier). It’s still in pre-release, but I don’t anticipate launching until 2009 anyway… The site I’m working on is a low-fi site optimized for extremely high latency and low bandwidth connections, so I think the WP/BP engine could be ideal as it can be so thoroughly themed and modified. Anyway, if my help is useful, I might get involved with them on a developer level to give myself a head start…
I played the Devo song Girl U Want at true 100% on Expert in Rock Band… Surprisingly this places me at about #102 in the world rankings. That’s not bad of course, but I like that even when you can play a song perfectly the game is still on — it’s not as if I’m first. At “perfect” it becomes about really hitting the timing perfectly, and having a strategy about using your bonus power (which doubles your score for a moment, so you need to time it at the highest scoring parts of the song). The top player in the world is still about 3,000 points above me I think.