Calendar Girl

February 8, 2008 at 2:27 am | Posted in Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on Calendar Girl
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365 Reasons (you are loved) is a personal christmas gift I made last year for a certain someone.  It is a daily reminder of why they are wonderful.It is often said that love is best taken one day at a time, especially with days in the calendar like Valentine’s coming up.  So with all the added pressure to make one day all the more worthwhile, it can sometimes be easy to forget how important every day can be; each itself another opportunity to discover yourself or another.  It’s a great big world full of other people doing other things, and sometimes the things you’d really want to do can slip past.  (That’s at least one of the reasons I started writing for a blog to explore a community I knew very little about in actuality).

The problem of missing your favorite band or some art show you would have attended if only you (or someone else you know) had heard about it is very real, even in this media saturated environment.  There isn’t usually enough time to write about every event that bears notice in this blog.  Fortunately there is Google Calendar.

I’ve been toying around with combining our fantastic events list on Upcoming, the events posted on Facebook we find, and some of those little known happenings that only get printed on flyers in the right part of town.  I’ve found the features of Google Calendar to be indispensable in the process, since it even allows these events to be displayed publicly.    Google e-mails the daily agenda via e-mail, giving our readers a good subscribe option, along with the RSS feeds and iCal integration.  Better yet, our readers can even submit events to the calendar that we couldn’t find, making for a true community based organization.

If that all sounds like newspeak to you: I’d like to invite our readers to try out this experiment for themselves.  I’d have already added the calendar publicly on this website if our host would let it (and we will almost as soon as we transfer the site), if only because this calendar feature is a potential killer app.  After all, it’s rather easy to find something to do, but much harder to set time aside for the unknown.  Will you join us?  Maybe this calendar will help us figure out that daily query.


Links with Your Coffee Sunday

November 18, 2007 at 5:03 pm | Posted in Coffee links, Matthew Hurst, stl | Comments Off on Links with Your Coffee Sunday
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Sunday remains a day of the week that peple take to civic matters, and civic content becomes prevelant of Sunday morning talk shows, expanded commentary and analysis in our newspapers, and for some in their places of worship.  No matter how use your civicly minded time, we thought we’d pass along this useful map our friends at the Wash U Peace Coalition (who you might remember from a student protest demonstration we mentioned previously). 

It might be of limited use based on your political affiliation, but whether you support the organizations visually organized here at least you’ll know where they are.   This easily bookmarkable collection of varied activism organziations and elected representative’s offices is an impressive use of Google maps for all your Sunday morning civics over a cup of coffee.

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