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Krazy West Koast Travel Month [Jun. 3rd, 2006|12:39 am]
Lindsey Kuper

From the 15th-18th, I'll be in Los Angeles with much of my mom's side of the family for a combination of Father's Day celebration for my grandpa and 50th birthday party/graduation party for my aunt Laura. It's gonna be great. I had to turn down Will terror_firma's invitation to do Rails Day with him, though. It would have been cool, but I don't think my family would appreciate it very much if I spent 24 hours in the hotel room with the Book of Power while they were all at Disneyland. (Note to the Rails Day organizers for next year: Can you not put it so close to a holiday? Actually, put it on Valentine's Day. That would be okay. I mean, you already have the heart thing going on.)

The L.A. trip is just part of the Kraziness. In the morning, I'm headed north to San Juan Island with a couple of friends to run the marathon. I'm finally done with training; I did my 20-mile run last month on the 14th, and I've been tapering off since then to get ready for the race. (On April 9 and 16, I conquered my fear of crossing the river during my 15- and 16-mile runs. That felt good. Since then, I've been sticking to my own side of town. That feels good, too.)

(The first time I did this, I kept track of my training mileage on a piece of paper taped to the wall of my dorm room. The second time, I had an OpenOffice spreadsheet. This year? iCal, baby. For the record, though, I really hate how that works. You shouldn't have to have a Google account to look at my public calendars, and you shouldn't have to subscribe to them, either. All I want is a web page where my mom can go look at a nice, pretty calendar that I made from an iCal file -- and I'm not the only one. 30Boxes might do the trick, but I thought I did everything right and it still tells me I have "No events to show". Meanwhile, iCalShare apparently has to approve my calendar before I can share it. And both services seem buggy in their own ways. Come to think of it, so did OpenOffice on Gentoo. The only foolproof thing so far was the piece of paper taped to the wall. Maybe next year I'll go back to that.)

Had I decided to go to Gnomedex with Matt, this month would have been even more Krazy, but it would have cost as much as the other two trips put together, and I can't really afford it. Past attendees get a discount, but I think it should work the other way around. Past attendees are returning because they enjoyed it the first time; they already know they want to go. First-timers need to be convinced that it's not just a weekend of Chris Pirillo hero worship.


[User Picture]From: theguiterrorist
2006-06-03 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ack. CA's Mouse House, run by Team Rat.

Make sure to check your cynicism at the door.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-06 05:39 am (UTC)
Heh. It's a family get-together -- I'd better check my cynicism at the airport, actually.

I was at a thrift store the other day and saw the t-shirt from 1980 that shows Mickey flipping the bird, with the caption "HEY IRAN!" I wonder if they've thrown people out for wearing that.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-06-04 12:45 am (UTC)
Do they apply the "50% off for each boob" discounts in parallel, or in series?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-06 05:27 am (UTC)
Gawd, I love you so much.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-06-04 07:32 am (UTC)
yeah, i've really wished that googlecal had some sort of widget that would insert a read-only calendar into an existing web page. that would be nice.

i guess someone could make a ical2png gateway. that would be easy-ish, since any calendar that matters has a public ical url

fuck, if i stop hating to write code, i should just do it.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-05 12:15 am (UTC)
ical2png gateway

Yes! Well, I'd rather it be text. But, yeah.

I wanna do it. It would be nice to know if Google already has plans to do it before I start -- but I guess it wouldn't be in their interest to, because they want everyone to have an account. Then again, they could whip it out by, like, the time it takes me to finish writing this comment.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-06-05 12:36 am (UTC)
i was going to say "but it's harder to just drop text in directly to an arbitrary page", but that's old fashioned thinking. i mean, it would be hard to do to a livejournal post, but if you had a real server you could src a javascript file that inserted a calendar in the right place
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-06 05:25 am (UTC)
I don't understand. What are we doing to a LiveJournal post and why? What do you mean "if you had a real server"?

And, yeah, I don't know why it would be so much harder to drop in text -- I think it would be harder to (a) generate a PNG (b) that looked good on an arbitrary page.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-06-06 07:51 am (UTC)
maybe i got ahead of myself...

imagine joe user has some html. he wants to stick a calendar inside it, without doing much work
we could give him something like
[img src="magic_calendar_server.png?id=x"]
and he could paste that anywhere, even into a livejournal post, and it would always be up to date

but if joe wanted real text on his calendar, and he wanted this calendar to be appearing in his livejournal, well, he's just have to cut&paste it. or give us a password to edit the journal entry every time the calendar needed to change. ouch.

of course, if joe moved off of livejournal onto a server that didn't strip out "dangerous" html tags, then we could give him the *advanced* version
[script src="magic_calendar_server.js?id=x"]
that would draw a pretty, upto-date, ascii-friendly calendar right there
(i mean, except when it was syndicated in a RSS reader that strips out script tags)
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-06-16 07:50 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-29 08:40 am (UTC)
Boo! I mean, woohoo!

They're taking over the world in such a useful way!
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