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Today, at around 4pm PST (0 UTC), will be the annual Earth-Sol Perihelion.
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Today at 10:08pm PST (20071222T060800Z) is the Southern Solstice.

About a year ago, as an exercise in learning the iCal data format, I hand built an ICS file that contains the days and times of all the Solar Ephemeris events, that is, the Solstices, Equinoxes, Perihelions, and Aphelions, from 1990 to 2020.

If you are running Outlook or Mac iCal, you can import it by clicking on or importing from this link.

If you are using Google Calendar put "Solar Ephemeris" in the gcal search box and hit the "Search Public Calendars" and add it to your calendar set.
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Google Calendar has broken the display of events that span midnight again.

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I've figured out, I think, how to run my calendar locally, inside my laptop, and still share it on Google Calendar. It's really rubegoldbergian.

I'm probably going to use Evolution for now. Unless someone can give me a compelling reason to use the two different-but-same(!) calendar apps, Sunbird and Lightning.

  • Maybe GCalDaemon?
    • It's a neat design. It speaks gdata out, and listens on a local port to speak iCalDAV.
    • But I have to be online to use it. Hard to work "disconnected".
    • It requires Java. Yuck!
    • It requires Java 1.5 or later, and gij on FC6 is 1.4.2
    • So I'm not going to use it
  • Maybe the Google SoC project creating a gdata plugin for Evolution?
    • But it's not ready yet.
  • So the solution right now is...
    • get a free ScheduleWorld account
    • config ScheduleWorld to sync to gcal, it knows how
    • install SyncML for Evolution
    • configure that to sync with ScheduleWorld via the SyncML protocol
    • Profit!

That I have to do this at all annoys me, it should be unnecessary. Google should just run iCal, iCalDAV, and SyncML services for their calendar and mail apps. Then all the ordinary folks with Outlook, Outlook Express, assorted other PIMs, assorted PDAs, smartphones, and not-so-smartphones would Just Work.

The GData protocol is pretty neat, but almost nothing uses it, and conviencing the Google's competition to use it, and convincing all the various makers of smartphones and PDAs to use it, is just a non-starter.
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Google Calendar has fixed the annoyance in their UI, where if something spans over midnight, it doesn't appear in the hourly scheduling grid.


Thanks, Google.
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  • FooCamp, 6/22-6/24
  • OSCon, 7/23-7/27
  • New England Bi Camp, 7/13-7/16
  • SPCC Paradise, 8/28-9/3
  • PolyCamp NW, 8/10-8/12
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I'm most probably going to go at least one day to each of these:
  • University StreetFair, May 19-20
  • Folklife, May 25-28
  • Fremont Fair, Jun 16-17
  • Bite of Seattle, July 20-22
  • Capitol Hill Block Party, July 27-28
  • Ballard SeaFoodFest, July 28-29
  • Bumbershoot, Sept 1-3

If anyone of y'all wants to visit Seattle this summer, the weekend of one of our summer parties is a Good Time to do it.
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I've been extended an invitation to Foo Camp.

It's the same weekend as Pride in Seattle.

D*mn it!
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Get it via Google Calendar here

You can also get an iCal file here, or a remind file here.

I generated that iCal file myself using a Perl script while reading the iCalendar RFC. Please see if it imports properly into your favorite calendar applications. If it doesn't, let me know.

The events are zero length, so your app might default them to one hour length. Google appears to do this. This is in violation of the RFC, but so many people screw that up, that there is probably no hope of getting all the apps to do it right.


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