Posts tagged ‘calendar’

Reviving an old calendar script

Sometimes things work out better than you had any reason to hope. My older son’s swim season just started, which means it’s time to enter his meet schedule into my calendar. Given that all the team parents have smartphones, and all the teachers and administrators have laptops with coordinated calendar software, you’d think we’d be…


TextExpander date snippets via bash

You have, presumably seen this post by David Sparks, in which he provides a bunch of TextExpander snippets for showing dates and times in different formats, some of which involve calendrical calculations. That’s a combination of topics I simply cannot resist commenting on. First, if you download his snippet collection and double-click on the file,…


What’s really great about Fantastical

This morning I was listening to the most recent episode of Back To Work, and Merlin’s discussion of Fantastical reminded me that I’ve been meaning to write for months about why it’s so good. Merlin’s description actually came damned close to making this post redundant, but there’s still one important thing he left out.1 Everyone…


Why I like DST

I know I’ve said some of this before, but if bloggers didn’t repeat themselves where would their content come from? I like Daylight Saving Time, and the advantages it brings more than make up for the slight disruption in my schedule. In fact, the most annoying thing to me about the DST changeovers is hearing…


Sunday inaugurations

I promise this blog isn’t going to be all calendars, all the time, but I saw a NY Times story yesterday about President Obama’s private swearing-in ceremony in the White House. The official swearing-in of Mr. Obama, 51, was just the seventh time in history that a president was sworn in privately before the public…


Hanukkah and Thanksgiving

You may have noticed that when some seemingly odd calendar coincidence occurs, people on Twitter start saying and retweeting the most amazingly dumb things. Like There are 5 Fridays, 5 @TheSaturdays and 5 Sunday this October, won’t be again for another 823 years!! :)— Una Healy (@UnaTheSats) Tue Oct 5 2010 5:33 PM CDT or…


The Fantastical experiment is over

Like everyone else in the known universe, I installed the new Fantastical for iOS on my iPhone a couple of days ago. This morning I deleted it. I was skeptical of Fantastical’s value on the iPhone right from the start. Its main claim to fame on the Mac is its natural language interface for entering…


Friday the 13th frequency

Yesterday was Friday the 13th. This may have passed you by if you’re an adult in full possession of your faculties, because you don’t go looking for calendrical coincidences. But because this was the third Friday the 13th of the year, this one got a little more attention than usual. As you might expect, there…


iCloud and calendar alarms

When I’ve complained about iCloud in the past, it was because iCloud—or one of the apps that sync via iCloud—had failed to do what it was supposed to. In one case, I ended up with duplicate calendar entries; in another, some Address Book contacts refused to appear on my iPhone. Today I’m going to complain…


Paper calendars with pcal

I’m sure almost everyone reading this uses some form of electronic calendar, and for good reason. A calendar on your computer can be changed at will, never getting cluttered with scratched-out appointments that got rescheduled. And when it’s synced with your phone, you always have an up-to-date version in your pocket or purse. But sometimes…