Google Calendar

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For all my friends with Gmail accounts, Google launched Google Calendar sometime last night.  I figured those who already have Gmail accounts would find this most useful because they don't have to set up a new account, as all you need to do is log into calendar.google.com and use your Gmail username and password.  30 Boxes still has more functionality, but it is mainly stuff that most people will probably not use.  I'm sure Google will roll out more features in the months to come.  You can set up events, public and private, and invite people to those events.  And it is easy to do.  I may talk more about Google Calendar later when I've had more time to play with it, but right now I've got things to do.

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Stick

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The FedEx commercial that ran during the Super Bowl was probably my favorite. This post also lets me experiment with including video hosted on Google Video.

The Weekend Report and 30 Boxes

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I’m doing the Weekend Report on WLCA now. I’m only making it to WLCA on Fridays now, but Sunday nights I compile some of the weekend’s more important news, entertainment news, give a small review of SNL, and read off the top 5 movies at the box office. I’m trying to keep the reports between 2 and 3 minutes and have been successful thus far. I’d like to implement more sound effects, soundbites, and music into the report in order to spice it up a bit. So far it has been just me talking, and I know that can get boring. I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to really make these reports pop. Hopefully this coming Sunday I’ll be able to create something that is much better.

I found a great online calendar that uses AJAX called 30 Boxes. It seems to be a calendar program I’ll actually use, and it has a great, easy-to-use interface. It has a great “buddy” method of adding other 30 Boxes users and integrating your calendar with theirs while still giving you the option to only view your own calendar, or only view their calendar. You can also invite people to events on your calendar. I tried Airset, and while it can send you text messages to remind you of events, I simply don’t like the interface. 30 Boxes will be rolling out even more features in the weeks to come.

Google Local listens to users

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I sent an e-mail to Google on October 18, about how many of their directions at maps.google.com from my home to St. Louis include McKinley Bridge, which has been closed since October 30, 2001.  I received a response today:

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We apologize for our delayed
response. We’ve been busy improving your experience on Google by joining
Google Maps and Google Local as a unified property, now called Google
Local. We’ve forwarded the information you’ve provided us with about
McKinley Bridge to the appropriate department. We’re constantly working to
improve Google Local, and we appreciate your support.

That said, if you haven’t yet used the Google Local Help Center, we
encourage you to visit in the future. You can browse the Help Center by
topic or search for an answer to a specific question. You’ll also find a
quick way to send us additional questions or comments. To check it out,
please visit the Help Center at http://local.google.com/support

Regards,
The Google Team

It’s nice to see that they are working to fix things.  This is one of the reasons I’m a huge supporter of all things Google, even though it does appear they are growing to Microsoft-like proportions.

Happy Halloween

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It’s October 31.  It’s Halloween.  Have a happy one.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. 

The first post

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Well, it looks like I got me a Golden Ticket to WordPress.com. I can’t believe I’m doing this. Adding more to my plate probably isn’t the smartest thing to do, but I figure I can update this whenever I feel like it. I started a much better blog called Gluthole that is taking up a lot of my time right now, and the time of the others involved. I will post things here that I wouldn’t post at Gluthole.  Gluthole is not a personal blog.

This blog is predominantly to keep my friends updated on what’s going on with all my activities. I was using MySpace, but I’ve grown to hate that site more and more with each passing day. I’ll talk about Gluthole, The Radio (a pirate radio station I’m involved in with some friends), school, life, and basically whatever I want. There will be a lot of complaining on this site. Probably some whining to. Oh well. It’s my blog.