Saturday, December 17, 2005

How to add NYC Parking Holidays to MS Outlook

2006 is right around the corner and it's time to update your calendar.
If you like me own a car in New York City and are a slave to alternate side parking, then you want a tip on those great days when it is officially suspended. Meanwhile I often use Microsoft Outlook's calendar feature to remind myself of many events.

So here, I present the ingredients you need to simply add the official 2006 NYC alternate parking calendar to MS Outlook.

In windows, open Notepad.

Then open this directory from Notepad:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\1033

Edit this file

Append this blob of text and save it (don't worry about blank lines):

[NYC Parking] 45
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/01/01
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/01/02
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/01/10
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/01/11
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/01/12
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/01/16
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/01/29
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/02/12
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/02/13
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/02/20
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/03/01
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/03/14
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/04/13
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/04/14
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/04/19
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/04/20
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/04/21
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/05/25
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/05/29
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/06/02
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/06/03
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/07/04
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/08/15
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/09/04
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/09/23
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/09/24
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/10/02
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/10/07
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/10/08
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/10/09
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/10/14
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/10/15
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/10/22
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/10/23
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/10/24
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/11/01
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/11/07
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/11/10
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/11/11
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/11/23
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/12/08
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/12/25
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/12/30
NYC Parking Holiday, 2006/12/31
NYC Parking Holiday, 2007/01/01

Now go to this URL and follow the instructions on how to use Outlook's feature to add new holidays to your calendar. Follow the step in the instructions called "Add the new dates to the calendar." You will see that you have a new holiday called "NY Parking".

This link gives better directions on editing your custom Outlook holidays.

And there you have it.

Important: Check the official NYC site for more info on Alternate Side Parking, because it sometimes other days for weather and other reasons.

Notes: This definitely works for me in Outlook 2003, but you may have different results in other versions of Outlook. I checked my conversion of the calendar to the Outlook format, but if I did make an error, please do not forward me any parking tickets. There is enough information on the official NYC parking site for you to verify my work yourself. This information does not help you if you do not have a car, and if you do have one, it does not help you if you never park it in New York City.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Just an update: my wife has started a theater company called Katharis. I recently helped her deploy their new website.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

OK, here's a Thanksgiving puzzle. What's wrong with this picture? And, No, I did not use Photoshop.

If you figure it out, post a comment. If you think it is way cool, email my blog link to every human being you know.

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This photo was taken during Thanksgiving. The camera's flash made this common object quite compelling. What is it?
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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Some poor soul deposited a bit more than their correspondance in this SOHO mailbox. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


I know you were wondering about that previous post.
Actually, I left the last sentence in for the cryptic self-referential effect.

(OK, that's not the same kind of self-reference I used in the other post. In that post I used something more like these very sentences.)


Ah, I didn’t know you liked the show Everwood.
We have tossed some advanced videos here at work.

We watched "Million $ Baby" last night.
It absolutely sucked.
I called it "Rockette".
I kept a tally of clichés observed during the movie.
Just made tally marks, no recorded details.
Got up to 22.
Kept me busy.

Morgan Freeman's narration put me in such a haze where I wondered if Tom Hanks or perhaps a penguin would appear any second.

Speaking of his Penguin movie, you'd find this interesting. It seems it wasn't translated from the French.
I also heard that Morgan has no personal interest in the creatures.

Speaking of clichés, here's a search engine for them.

Guess I shoulda put all this on my blog.


Thursday, August 04, 2005

Here's a Bookmarklet which will move you from an IMDB movie description page to a search for the same in the New York Public Library. It's also an experiment for me to put something useful here on this blog. It works in recent versions of Firefox and IE.

Just drag the link below to your bookmark or link toolbar of your web browser and click on it when you are at IMDB viewing a movie. Try it out and send me results - if you know how to find me.


Monday, April 25, 2005

Ok, here's another one. Catgut? It's that string stuff that we had in tennis rackets which we often found in the back of the gargage. It was on old guitars. But is it made of CAT? YUCK!

The answer is no. If you believe this source.
Catgut or Gut, cord made from the intestines of various animals (especially sheep and horses, but not cats). The membrane is chemically treated, and slender strands are woven together into cords of great strength, which are used for stringing musical instruments such as the violin and the harp.

Friday, April 22, 2005

"Hail the size of grapefruit".

Today a co-worker reminded me of this phrase which I had heard on the radio just this week.

It is such a cliche, but is it true?

Well, a simple web search found this information about hail the size of grapefruit.

This quote explains all:
Smaller hail tends to fall in large batches near the heart of a storm. Larger stones, which are fewer in number, typically get centrifuged toward the edge of a storm. The biggest hailstones are aggregates of smaller stones, which gives them a spiky, irregular shape.
They do exist. You can see these photos.