c9: (System report)
Note: this is just being posted for me in case I need it and for those poor long-suffering google searchers who can't find this solution easily as it's pretty well-hidden!

The problem: make an event in Outlook (single event or recurring), and invite people to it. Later, your synchronization app like Google Calendar Sync syncs everything up like it always does. However, the next time you want to modify that meeting (like add another person, or cancel it) you can't, because Outlook no longer believes you're the owner!

Note: THE FIXES BELOW ARE NOT MY CODE. DON'T ASK ME HOW TO CHANGE IT PLEASE. I don't know VBA. This is just to help you get a head start if you need it, and for my own reference.


The fix! )

c9: (Banging my Head)
Sadly, it has basically left the news, but the federal government's destruction of the census has not been reversed. Not only that, but after spending months deriding the census as invasive and unnecessary, it is easy to believe that the voluntary longer survey will be ignored by many recipients, and the short census (which is still mandatory) will also be ignored and the legal requirement for it unenforced. Depressing.

A wonderful analogy appeared in the comments of this Maclean's blog posting by Aaron Wherry. Referencing the plight of Statistics Canada's many thousands of employees, the comment by a former StatsCan employee reads:

"It's like working all your life at Volvo being focused on car safety and then learning that the next model will have no seatbelts because people in focus groups find them uncomfortable."
c9: (Banging my Head)
The federal government has announced that the census - run every five years in Canada - is being changed in 2011. The change which they seem to think is minor, is to spend $30 million more to send it out to more people, but to make most of the questions optional. They say the long form on the census is too intrusive, and the government threatening jail time is inappropriate.

In Canada, 80% of the population receives a short census form, with only five questions. 20% of the population receives a long form, with many more, very detailed questions - how many bedrooms in your home, how much money do you make, how far do you commute to work, etc. The census is required - everyone must complete it. If you don't, Statistics Canada will call you, visit you, remind you, pester you, and finally if nothing else works they will actually discuss the fines and potential for jail time. Like jury duty and paying taxes, a census is something required of residents.

The questions are very detailed, but Statistics Canada is very obsessive about privacy, to the point of not releasing census data from 100 years ago! In the past decade, the Privacy Commissioner has received only three complaints about the census in total.

The census is actually very important. Everything you do, every day, involves that data. The roads you travel on, the transit system - even where the bus routes go in your neighbourhood, the schools your kids attend, the community centres you swim at, the number of Members of Parliament supporting your city... the list goes on and on. Almost all large businesses use the census data as well.

The reason it's so important is that the census is a picture of the actual population. It's not estimated, extrapolated, or guessed-at. If the long form becomes voluntary, then the most vulnerable in your community - who are known to self-report less - will be at greater risk and have fewer resources available to them. The upper middle-class and rich will end up over-represented, and this is the group which many of us fall into -- you've got a computer and high speed internet, and a job? you're probably richer than you like to think.

Anyway. This is a big problem. This affects you. If this change stands, it will actually hurt our ability to effectively and efficiently provide government services, care for our less fortunate, and even just understand where everybody lives.

"Clement’s statistical illiteracy is so profound it gives one vertigo. The notion that simply making the sample bigger can’t fix a skewed sample is something undergraduates learn in first-year classes, yet is somehow beyond the mental grasp of a senior minister of a G8 country. And the comedic benefit of watching Clement fail first-year economics is undermined by the cold realization that he fundamentally does not understand the intellectual foundations of the files that he controls. When he is cornered by his intellectual betters, moreover, Clement’s instinct is to reach for the debating-hall comforts of cheap populism."
- http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/07/16/sometimes-a-gaffe-is-more-than-a-gaffe/

Learn more:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/why-you-should-care-about-the-long-census-forms-demise/article1630413/
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/835993--siddiqui-pm-facing-revolt-over-census-change
http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/07/12/the-census-coalition/

See the actual questions from 2006: http://www12.statcan.ca/IRC/english/ccr03_005_e.htm
c9: (Banging my Head)
My iPhone stopped connecting to the wifi at home yesterday. Worked fine for months, worked while in Paris last week, worked when we got home, but then stopped. Tried resetting the phone, the wifi router, the network settings in the phone, turning off WPA, changing SSID... nothing worked. So obviously the phone has the problem.

...except when I got to work, wifi on the phone works perfectly on the work wireless network. So obviously it's the wireless router at home that has the problem.

...except that my laptops at home (1 mediacentre laptop, 1 netbook, 1 work laptop) and Vincent's iPhone all connect to it fine, and have forever.

...except that Vincent's laptop keeps losing wireless at random intervals, even when wifi is stable and fine for others. And when friends visit, their iPhones can't connect to our wifi (2 weeks ago at a party) even though it's worked in the past.

I have a backup wifi router I'll try, but ARGH. The whole point of this exercise was better more reliable internet and less electricity usage. My blood pressure is ridiculous over this.
c9: (Banging my Head)
It's happening on all sorts of sites, not just this Microsoft one, but their approach creates a perfect screenshot for why the whole world has gone insane.



http://blogs.technet.com/mslcommunity/archive/2009/03/16/get-on-the-bus.aspx

Mummies

Nov. 13th, 2008 08:19 pm
c9: (Cam Laughing)
I saw The Mummy and The Mummy Returns several years ago and greatly enjoyed them -- understanding they were ridiculous, etc. But they turned my crank fairly well.

I'm currently watching The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Oh. My. GOD it is ridiculous.So far beyond. I can't even describe. It's amusing, but I'm really not buying it even slightly as much as the previous ones. Which is too bad, because it could have been fun.

As Roger Ebert says:

Moviegoers who knowingly buy a ticket for "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" are going to get exactly what they expect: There is a mummy, a tomb, a dragon and an emperor. And the movie about them is all that it could be. If you think "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" sounds like a waste of time, don't waste yours.
It's true!
c9: (Clock Tower)
Two -- *two!* -- expired cans of Diet Pepsi the other day. I'd forgotten Diet Pepsi expires, and then they just threw their awful taste in my face! Or mouth! Or something!

I've been struggling with how to describe the taste of expired Diet Pepsi. I think I've settled on tonic water mixed with soda water mixed with PC cola. Or something like that. I like PC cola though, so I need something better there, and less excessive than dishwater or sewage. Hmmm.
c9: (Politics)
I have been shaking my head in wonder at the behaviour of the federal government recently -- constantly attacking Ontario's recently-reelected-with-a-majority government, whining about their choices in the budget, etc -- and I really couldn't figure it out. Most blog posts seemed to indicate similar questions, usually along the lines of "What's Harper's game?"

Sadly, the game is just that he's a child, says Paul Wells. This makes a lot more sense than thinking he's out to govern Ontario by press conference, I think.
c9: (Banging my Head)
OK seriously people, somebody needs to fix the internet.

Outlook: must contain work events, also contains reminders as to what I or we are up to in evenings and on weekends.

SkillsWeb*: must contain teaching events and "not available to teach today" indicators.

Google Calendar: must contain my travel-to-teach events, so that everyone can see where I am and when.

I can make SkillsWeb write to Outlook. I can make Google write to Outlook. But I can't make Outlook write to anything else without spending money on synch tools. I dislike this option because I'm cheap.

Argh!


* ASP instructor resource system we use at work. I wrote the front end, another guy wrote the back end. Now maintained by a third guy, while I just write demands for it. It's aging somewhat gracefully, thank god.
c9: (Roomba)
Early August: we kill Roomba by accident Roomba fails at 2.5 years old, which is not completely uncommon for older Roombas.

Mid August: I order replacement Roomba through out-of-warranty program.

Late August: iRobot tells me that it's backordered, no expected delivery date yet.

Early September: house is getting pretty messy, and sweeping is no fun.

Mid September: I start half-heartedly bidding on Roombas on eBay, never at a high enough price to win.

Yesterday: Within minutes, I win a Roomba for less than $100 (crazy), and iRobot emails me to tell me that my new Roomba will be shipped within a couple days (Murphy's Law).

*sigh* Anyone interested in buying a slightly used Roomba? I'll give a good price! They really are awesome -- that's why I've now spent about $450 on three. (New ones are $300-$400 in Canada)
c9: (Default)
Radio: "U2's Bono and The Edge are working on music for, get this, Spiderman The Musical. That's great news! (long pause) ...for Spiderman fans."[Poll #969385]

Really Gay

Jan. 25th, 2007 08:38 am
c9: (Towel)
Courtesy of Ernie*: What do all these artists have in common?

  • Elton John (listed twice)
  • kd lang
  • Scissor Sisters
  • The Indigo Girls
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Rufus Wainwright

...obviously the answer is they're popular, well-adjusted (well maybe not Elton), and OK for your kids to listen to. Well, maybe not these people's kids. But whatever.

What I wonder about is these artists who appear on the same list:
  • The Doors
  • Metallica
  • John Mayer (probably due to this blog post)
  • Barry Manilow
  • Eminmen (a Freudian slip if I ever read one)
  • Nirvana
  • The Killers
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Panic! at the Disco

* Ernie's blog appears on LJ at [profile] lilyellowdiffer.
c9: (Earth)
Weather reports...

...for Charlottetown, PEI: freezing cold
...for Cam's head and stomach: pained and uncomfortable
...for the condo: unsold
...for the condo's carpet: pukey
...for condo resident Lucky: on thin ice
...for Vincent: frustrated
c9: (Default)
With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] oldnewthing, I present Questions The Explainer Never Answered.

A sampling:
  • What comes after 999 trillion?
  • Why is grilled chicken tasting increasingly rubbery and odd?
  • Hello ... Could you tell me if there's been any kind of medical discovery in the last 30 years besides DNA.

There are some truly awesome questions in there. Also some truly certifiable people asking questions in the world.

43°

Jul. 14th, 2006 08:09 am
c9: (Default)
It's going to be 43° here tomorrow. 43°. And what did we decide to do? Go to Canada's Wonderland* of course. We are going to melt. Suggestions for things to bring that are not going to be a nuisance every time we get on the rollercoasters, since that's the primary goal for the trip?


* "Paramount Canada's Wonderland" is the actual name of the park, though Paramount sold it so it will be somebody else's Canada's Wonderland soon. Basically I wanted to specify that the "Canada's" portion is not just me condescending to my American friends. I do that, just not right now.

Update: An opportunity to condescend** presents itself quickly. That's 43° Celsius.

** ...and I mean condescend in the nicest way of course.
c9: (Contrails)
Snakes On A Plane early audition tape. Not all great, but cute.
c9: (Default)
I have never before today felt positive emotions toward any FoxNews host. Wow. Unfreakinbelievable. Not entirely work safe, unless you can close your office door.

FoxNews vs. the "God Hates Fags" gang

FoxNews host: [this channel] "is full of insane people like you!"
Crazy old bat: "bimbo!"

1-2-3-biblefight!


Edit: thanks [profile] juandaveed!
c9: (Explosion)
As a bit of an update to my previous post on oil industry flacks claiming a scientific debate that doesn't actually exist: The Wall Street Journal published a piece yesterday that has been called "a hit piece on Gore Movie." The WSJ is behind a subscriber wall, but here's the full ThinkProgress post about it:

WSJ Hit Piece on Gore Movie Relies on Grievously Flawed Study

In today’s Wall Street Journal, prominent climate skeptic Richard Lindzen tries to make the case that “There Is No ‘Consensus’ On Global Warming.” Most of the article is, typically, invective against Al Gore and his movie, An Inconvenient Truth.

Lindzen does acknowledge that thousands of scientists from 120 countries have agreed, through the extraordinarily rigorous International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) process, that human activity is driving global warming. He also acknowledges that this consensus was recently confirmed by a report prepared for Congress by the National Academy of Scientists.

Here is Lindzen’s only substantive response:

More recently, a study in the journal Science by the social scientist Nancy [sic — Naomi] Oreskes claimed that a search of the ISI Web of Knowledge Database for the years 1993 to 2003 under the key words “global climate change” produced 928 articles, all of whose abstracts supported what she referred to as the consensus view. A British social scientist, Benny Peiser, checked her procedure and found that only 913 of the 928 articles had abstracts at all, and that only 13 of the remaining 913 explicitly endorsed the so-called consensus view. Several actually opposed it.

Peiser’s work – and Lindzen’s reliance on it — is an embarrassment. Here’s why:

1. Peizer misunderstands the point of Oreskes study. The point was not that every article about climate change explicitly endorsed the IPCC conclusions. The point is that if there was real uncertainty there would be “substantive disagreement in the scientific community” that would be reflected in peer reviewed literature. There wasn’t.

2. Peiser didn’t find any peer reviewed studies that oppose the scientific consensus. Peiser claimed that 34 papers “reject or doubt” the consensus view. Tim Lambert got Peiser to send him the abstracts of those 34 papers. The vast majority of these papers express no doubt whatsoever about the consensus view. Only one paper, by the Association of Petroleum Geologists, cited by Peiser actually rejects the consensus view and it “does not appear to have been peer reviewed outside that Association.”

Peiser has admitted that his work included errors. But ultimately, it doesn’t make a difference. The point of activity like this isn’t to be right, it’s simply to provide fodder to people like Lindzen to create the appearance of uncertainty.


The best way to win an argument is to ignore the argument and make up your own rules. This happens time and again in politics. Don't like a tax that applies to only multimillionaires, and affects less than 1% of the population? Call it a "death tax" and act like it applies to struggling farms and orphan children. Don't like government limits on pollution and industry in general? Claim that the overwhelming, almost unanimous scientific peer-reviewed opnion on global warming's causes is just half of a non-existent large debate, and that no decisions should be made at all.

The world is so frustrating. Why are people so evil?

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