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Google Calendar: now with piece-of-paper-taped-to-wall functionality! [Nov. 15th, 2006|11:56 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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Five months ago, I wondered why it was so hard to have a web page with a calendar on it. After looking around online yesterday for a free, public iCal web viewer and still not being able to find a decent one, I went back to check if Google Calendar had implemented what I was looking for yet. Turns out they had.

So, check it out: what I was supposed to do, and what I actually did. Beautiful. (You can even do some query string voodoo to get both calendars on the same page. Unfortunately, all the events are the same color.)

Sweet! A way for people to look at calendars without having to log in anywhere, and without having to fire up a third-party iCal viewer. I can think of all kinds of ways we can use this.

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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-16 09:12 am (UTC)
But can it give me the Hebrew and Chinese dates?
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2006-11-16 09:31 am (UTC)
Sounds like a Firefox plugin waiting to happen!

(locate everything that looks like a date and replace it with ones from some other calendar? It could be extensible with different non-Gregorian calendars! We'd need, at least, Hebrew, Chinese, the Islamic moon-based one, Julian, Dischordian...)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-16 03:33 pm (UTC)

Heh.

You boys have fun with that.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-16 04:19 pm (UTC)
Elvish, too! Its not a proper geek toy unless it has Elvish function built in!
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-11-16 06:21 pm (UTC)
I NEED MY EVENTS IN DISCORDIAN.

By the way, do you have plans for Boomtime, the 35th of The Aftermath, in the Year of Our Lady of Discord 3172 ?
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-17 07:17 am (UTC)
You know, through a series of coincidences, I am thinking about Discordianism again.
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[User Picture]From: timthepenguin
2006-11-16 09:40 pm (UTC)
The Discordian calendar sounds like a Linux app/plugin waiting to happen, what with ddate already being there.
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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2006-11-16 01:10 pm (UTC)
Real power users already have iCal running. ;)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-16 04:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not worried about real power users; they'll find a way to look at an iCal feed. I'm worried about everyone else.

But that's kind of a larger question. I ran Linux for three years. During that time, (Mozilla and then) Firefox was the most polished desktop app I used. I would do just about anything to not have to leave Firefox, and, by and large, that attitude has stayed with me even though I switched to OS X a year ago. Does that make me less of a "power user"?
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-16 04:19 pm (UTC)
Yes. A real power user would be using lynx.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-16 04:20 pm (UTC)
Or possibly Amaya, which of course is the only standards compatible browser.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-16 08:32 pm (UTC)
I used Amaya once. Once.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-17 01:31 am (UTC)
Well, "Amaya" means "without Maya", and as we discussed, you like Maya.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-11-16 06:22 pm (UTC)
I second this. My linux desktop is firefox, gvim, terminal, muine, and gaim... and I hate gaim.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-16 08:41 pm (UTC)
Yep. When I was in school: Firefox, Terminal, emacs. Maybe OpenOffice or xpdf if I was doing homework. When I was out of school, um, pretty much Firefox.

I might switch back to Linux when I'm in school again. It makes it harder to goof off.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-17 01:27 am (UTC)
What do you have against gaim?

Unless you are saying you don't like im in general.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-11-17 06:29 am (UTC)
I love IM. IM is a major component of most of my friendships. I've fallen in love over IM.

But gaim is about minimal. It's UI is clunky, it biffs wrong, checking status messages is tedious, and the shortcut keys are mapped to some standard that is incompatible with my habits.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-17 06:59 am (UTC)
What version are you using?
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-11-17 07:03 am (UTC)
I'll have to check, it's either 2.0.0+beta4-4 or 2.0.0+beta5-1
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-17 07:18 am (UTC)
Shit, this conversation is getting too boring and technical, even for me.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-16 04:21 pm (UTC)
I don't think that program is in my apt-cache. Which means it doesn't exist.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-17 07:35 am (UTC)
I've noticed two things:

1. This is the most boring post this month, and it still has lots and lots of responses.

2. The more entries are posted, the more responses show up. I have been thinking that the way to get more comments is to post less, so as not to overwhelm people. But perhaps the real strategy is to make your journal THE MAIN EVENT.

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-17 08:01 am (UTC)
This is the most boring post this month, and it still has lots and lots of responses.

Well, half of them are you. Maybe you love being bored.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-17 08:03 am (UTC)
Would that explain the hours I spend looking through the U-Line catalog, admiring cardboard boxes and plastic bags?
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-11-17 06:52 pm (UTC)
The way to get more comments is to directly address, in your post, many LJ users from whom you want comments. They'll be scanning your post, and they'll be like "Ooh! Me!" and hit Post Comment.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-17 07:25 pm (UTC)
I am going to test your theory. Check my livejournal soon! You might even be mentioned!
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