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April 21, 2006

Bits and Bobs

I upgraded Movable Type to version 3.2. At present I'm still moderating comments, because I'm not fond of captchas and KittenAuth is not yet sufficiently reliable. But otherwise it's a considerable improvement, though not without the normal set of trouble that always attends upgrades of this program.

Steven tried to get me to join up with a complex online life management program so that I could use the shared calendars feature. After struggling for a little while, we went over to Google Calendar. 15 minutes later, we had a selection of seven family calendars imported from iCal and subscriptions to a couple of public ones (eg Waltham Forest School Term Dates), with easy sharing and intuitive date entry. Tip for Google Calendar: edit your custom view to display "next 3 weeks" and then make it your default view. Result: a sensible day by day view that shows about 10 items per day with start times.

Myspace continues apace, with the fabulous Last Night's Fun and the Demon Barbers both having spaces, and tracks for download, now. From MySpace I learnt that Jim Moray will be launching his new album on Wednesday night at the burlesque club Madame Jojo's. Google Calendar, meanwhile, helpfully let us know we're quadruple booked.

We'd recommend Belgian CenterParcs; much like UK CenterParcs, but with better beer. And our weekend was cheaper than it would have been in the UK, but we had the villa for an extra day because they book Friday-Tuesday over Easter weekend. Other differences from UK CenterParcs were the brilliant indoor pirate play area Discovery Bay (Arrrr!), that children are allowed in the spa and sauna (though ours were too loud honestly, and we stuck to the (rare) Brit-friendly swimwear allowed sessions), and mayo or satesaus on the chips.

Posted by Alison Scott at April 21, 2006 07:52 PM


I misread, and spent a moment wondering what sort of dinosaur a satesaurus was, and whether I'd like it on chips. (Probably like a chicken, and probably yes.)

Posted by: Damien Warman at April 22, 2006 04:56 AM

I'd be tempted by Google Calendar, but last I checked it doesn't do replication. I couldn't live without my calendar on my phone/PDA. Thankfully Yahoo Calendar does both.

Posted by: Andrew Ducker at April 22, 2006 11:36 AM

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