Change calendar that clicking on calendar.google.com creates events on

I often use the calendar.google.com interface to quickly add events. However, I was frustrated as sometimes I want to quickly add events to a calendar that was not my default calendar (the one that is automatically created for you when you first use google calendar).

The key is to make sure that the only visible calendar is the calendar you wish to add events to. The use case below: I’m using a calendar for “time tracking” to see roughly what I’m spending time on and block out what I plan to spend time on.

Screenshot from 2017-11-27 04-47-34

If you view any other calendar (that is, more than one calendar is  displayed), then google calendar reverts back to adding events to the “default calendar”.

Screenshot from 2017-11-27 04-49-51

 

Two articles I first read, before I realized that I don’t need to change my default calendar (I was searching for “change calendar google adds to by default”) in order to change the calendar clicking on the website adds to.

https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/6965/how-can-i-change-my-default-main-calendar-in-google-calendar

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/calendar/desktop-computer/mac/suggest-new-feature/user-interface-and-views/QC677YHArmE

 

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/calendar/desktop-computer/mac/suggest-new-feature/user-interface-and-views/QC677YHArmE

copy and pasting to/from vim with middle click (on ubuntu linux)

I used to have this very clunky way of copying and pasting from/to vim. All these tutorials online would have these “settings” you could add to .vimrc that were supposed to make it possible to “yank to a special register” or something, but I could never get them to work. So instead I would

:set nonu (get rid of line numbers)
:set mouse=c (allow for a cursor to select text)
Use mouse, highlight section,  shift-ctrl-c
Then ctrl-v somewhere else.

At some point I was looking over a friend’s shoulder and discovered a much better way. The key is to install a different version of vim.

sudo apt remove vim
sudo apt install vim-gnome

Now, I keep my mouse mode in

:set mouse=a

Then highlight text using the usual vim commands (shift-v and then any of the movement keys, such as “w” and “h” etc.)

Finally middle-click to paste the text elsewhere.

If you’re getting the beginning of text cut off when you paste into vim, make sure you’re in “mouse=a” and not “mouse=c” mode. In the latter, text will paste, but some of it will get cut off.

URL shortcut for accessing IEEE Xplore / other journals via Harvard and MIT Libraries

It was a little annoying to figure out how to login to IEEE Xplore using Harvard Libraries access.

(At MIT, so long as you are on “MIT SECURE” wireless network, you can go to http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/home.jsp and you will be automatically logged in under MIT Libraries).

The best method I found is that, after the domain name, but before the rest of the path, add in

.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu

For MIT Libraries, the equivalent is
libproxy.mit.edu

For instance, to access an IEEE Xplore article, I would put that snipped after the “.org” and before the forward slash.

Original URL
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/7487538

New URL (HARVARD)

http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/abstract/document/7487538/

New URL (MIT)

http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.libproxy.mit.edu/abstract/document/7487538/

 

The URL will redirect you to login using your HarvardKey or MIT Kerberos if you’re using the libraries access for the first time.

dot grid paper, update (1 cm)

In short:

Find the inkscape source, and an example page (in PDF) you can print, at github.

github.com/nouyang: Dot Grid Paper

preview

preview_tiled_dotgrid

 

example notebooks

just stapling ~15 pages together at the top. the issue I found is not being able to tell which way the notebook flipped, and it being hard to flip through pages fast. Also, at 15 pages, I started accumulating “notebooks” really fast, and it wasn’t always very obvious the chronological order. The idea was to detach them, three hole punch, and stick them into a binder. I haven’t gotten around to that yet, and probably won’t ever since the semester is almost over…

tiled_notebook

using manila folders I found lying around, and a somewhat-industrial stapler across ~25 pages. i haven’t used this enough to think about pros and cons.

the overall con, though, is that now my notes are spread across five different notebooks…

tiled_notebook_2

before & after comparisontiled_paper_before_after

 

in detail

i reformatted to properly use clones and the clone tile factory in inkscape; and additionally, I decided on a different formatting for the “darker” lines (before, they evenly divided the page into 4 sections vertically).

Using the clone factory I thus just have two sizes of dots: small and large. And I can change opacity, color, size, stroke, etc. for *all* dots just by choosing editing those two “source” dots. If you’re having trouble finding them, just click on any dot and “shift+d” to find the source dot.

inkscape_tile_factor dot_grid_tile_factory

double-sided

pdftk tiled_clones_30.pdf tiled_clones_30.pdf output merged.pdf

printing notes

Print at high resolution (600×600 or greater), and the only b&w printers tend to have aliasing effects — and old toner cartridges tend to produce blemishes across the pages. Print with “no scale / no shrink to fit”.

Basically, if you find a working setup, print a good chunk of pages, becase it might be annoying to setup the “grayness” and “size of dot” and other values for the printer again; or maybe the printer in a few weeks will just put random blotches everywhere.

 

example notebooks

just stapling ~15 pages together at the top. the issue I found is not being able to tell which way the notebook flipped, and it being hard to flip through pages fast. Also, at 15 pages, I started accumulating “notebooks” really fast, and it wasn’t always very obvious the chronological order. The idea was to detach them, three hole punch, and stick them into a binder. I haven’t gotten around to that yet, and probably won’t ever since the semester is almost over…

tiled_notebook

using manila folders I found lying around, and a somewhat-industrial stapler across ~25 pages. i haven’t used this enough to think about pros and cons.

the overall con, though, is that now my notes are spread across five different notebooks…

tiled_notebook_2

before & after comparisontiled_paper_before_after

challah in boston

29 Jan 2018 edit: I can confirm that, despite JP Licks being an ice cream store, the one in Harvard Square does indeed stock challah, and it’s the sweet and dense one that I like!

harvest co-op in central square used to (for many years) stock a type of challah i really enjoyed, up until the end of 2016.

but for a long while, they haven’t stocked it. i even went so far as to ask when it comes in (wed afternoon), but never saw it again.

it’s this very dense and sweet type of challah, and pulls apart nicely (though still produces lots of crumbs like all challah, and probably all baked goods). i don’t particularly like non-sweet challah.

i finally decided to look up what i had and where else i might find it. inspired by a recent trip to NYC (brooklyn, to visit my awesome cousins). there i found in every corner store some challah — specifically “egg challah” and “raisin challah”. I knew it was the right kind when I saw that the second ingredient, right after flour, was sugar. :]

after some digging in my google chats history… i found this

challah

which i then cross-referenced against “best challah in boston“. although the text is illegible in my picture, the brand / logo was easily recognizable as the first name in the list:

http://cherylannsbakery.com

logo

 

now, i need to find it in another store. ideally somewhere conveniently located — there’s one next to the target near union square, i guess. also, ideally, not $7 a loaf… the challah in NYC, while not as tasty, was $4. which is good considering that i can go through three loaves in three days. (it’s less dense, aka less moist. it’s probably just as sweet though).

challah_nyc

now, challah dipped into a cup of chai… heaven.