Facebook Events on a GMail Calendar

April 27th, 2010

Adding your Facebook events on Google Calendar. This will copy any event you’re “Attending” on Facebook to you Google Calendar.

On Facebook, on the left-hand side, click on “Events”.

On the page that loads, scroll down to the bottom, click on “Export Events” and copy that URL.

Open up Google Calendar. Under “other Calendars” on the left click on “Add”. Choose “Add by URL. Paste the FB URL in there. Choose “Add Calendar”.

In about 5-10 minutes the events will start showing up and after that any events you accept on FB will automatically flow to Google Calendar.

Ads are Evil

November 17th, 2009

When I interviewed at my current job (many many years ago) one of the interviewers asked me what I thought about ads. I told her I thought ads were evil, but a necessary evil. I still stand by that statement. Though I’m trying to modify how evil I think they are.
It’s hard to work with ads everyday and still believe they’re evil. They don’t seem evil. I work hard to make them work.. therefore if they’re evil I’m an evil minion. It’s not a comfortable place to be. **

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When branding works

August 4th, 2006

We went out of town last weekend. On the drive I saw a billboard like the one on the left.
This simple billboard communicated a whole mess of information. In two words and one logo. There were no pictures of hamburgers, fries, shakes or anything else. Just the logo. But from this simple communication I knew they were just off the next exit.
This has got to be the cleanest execution of a branding message ever.

Keeping in touch

August 2nd, 2006

Is it just me.. or does anyone else find this hot?
I’m only troubled that it’ll probably take years before this shows up as something you can actually use. *sigh*
Ohh, found sexy video demo on youtube.

NPR: iPods Edge Out Home Stereo Systems

May 3rd, 2006

I heard this yesterday on NPR: NPR: iPods Edge Out Home Stereo Systems
My first thought yesterday was “it was inevitable”.
My second thought (on rethinking this today) is “it’s still inevitable.. but I think their story is misleading”.
The story says that “the popularity of digital music players … is reshaping the home-stereo business.” I can agree with that opinion. To support this opinion they cite the Consumer Electronics Association which places “the value of shipments of digital-music players” at $3.7 billion and [the value of shipements of] “traditional home stereo[s]” at $1.2 billion. This clearly shows that digital-music players seem to have outsold home stereos.
The problem is that it’s not an either-or situation.

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Innovate or die

May 3rd, 2006

“The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”
– William Pollard.

Tripping down memory lane…

May 1st, 2006

Somethings really don’t change. I pulled up the homepage for the web design company I ran from 1997-2001 on the “Internet Way Back Machine“. I was one of the very few web designers in Montana from 1997-2001 (when I relocated to California)
Anyway, back in the day I was a cheeky young college student (and then College instructor) with visions of the Internet infiltrating our lives. In between mochas at the local coffee shop and “Foundations of Logic” I wrote up this article in an attempt to attract web design contracts.

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Tinkering with Typepad (Movable Type)

April 14th, 2006

Guy Kawasaki over at Signum sine tinnitu wrote:

Blogging technology is a piece of cake. TypePad powers my blog, and this product is very well done.

The only two things that I can’t find are:
* An automatically-generated table of contents. “Recent posts” only puts up the last ten posts. I need something that will go back to the very beginning.
* I want to do a “Dear Abby” column in which people post questions, and I answer. These can’t be comments tied to a specific post because they would get buried. I’d like to create an archive of questions and answers that people can search. I looked at a couple of Wiki products, but I didn’t have the mental energy to adapt them to my needs.

I think I know the answer to the first thing.

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April 12th, 2006

I want an online Calendar.
Currently I use a paper calendar and the calendar in Outlook. I don’t print my outlook calendar. I just use it for the reminders and for inviting people to my meetings. It’s a work thing. Work standardized on Outlook so who am I to argue?
The paper calendar is convenient because I can take it into all of my meetings.. When someone says something is “launching on May 7″ I can flip through the calendar and remind them that May 7 is a Sunday. I can add notes about what happened that day “new section launched on {some site} at 9:30 am” so that later on when someone asks why the traffic patterns changed, I’ll have a note to trigger the memory.
I don’t see either one of these calendars going away but I have additional, personal, calendaring needs. There are tons of calendaring sites. I want to do a comparison of these to see how they fit my needs. First I have to define my perfect online calendar.

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Online Photo Editing

April 7th, 2006

Online Photo Editing