What's on my mind?
That as I click through to read the latest 'Dilettante of the Week,' I'll find one of my own posts. Of course, that would require I start posting substantively about biblical studies again...
[Via Jim West]
From a comment rejected to my "mac facts" post earlier today:
I thought you might be interested in learning about OUR Jewish traditions which embrace the real Christ. We are the Frankist Association of America. One of our members has a new book out:While I appreciate the thought, I'm actually not all that interested, and am particularly puzzled by your comment's relationship to iPhone/Google syncing. Nonetheless, thanks for reading!
These are our teachings passed on through generations. If you can't afford the book you can see the website of one of our teachers...
A long time ago, I did a series of posts on "Math Facts and Mac Facts": weird little things I had to figure out how to do on my mac, and figured might be useful to others out there. Well, I've spent this morning doing just that, so I thought I would share what I've learned with all you out there.
Syncing Google Contacts and Calendar to Your iPhone
For a very long time, the iPhone has had the capability, through iTunes, to sync your contacts with Google Contacts. It was as simple as checking an option box in the info tab when your phones synced:
Additionally, Google introduced CalDAV support last year, meaning that you could sync iCal and your Google Calendar (instructions here, if that's all you're looking for). Therefore, you could have some version of calendar syncing on the iPhone by syncing Google Calendar to iCal, and then syncing iCal to the iPhone. This solution lacked both elegance and utility, as any event entered on the iPhone would not sync back to your Google Calendar without both syncing the phone AND running iCal to sync back to Google.
Well, if this problem has been plaguing you, fear not. Google recently announced Microsoft Exhcange Activesync support, which meant you could get over-the-air sync between your Google contacts and calendar and the iPhone. This is what I set out to enable.
The instructions for such a journey can be found here. Chances are everything will go well, as long as you pay attention (I missed the step where you're supposed to enter m.google.com as the server at first, but realized it quickly when it wasn't working). The problems I encountered had to do with keeping what contacts and calendar events I already had on the phone.
It's easy to keep what you've already got. Just don't "Delete" when given the option. The problem is then that you'll have duplicates for everything. This is apparently not an uncommon problem, particularly with the new 3.0 OS. There were a couple solutions, but I found them to be unsatisfactory kludges. I think what I came up with is simpler, albeit slightly less functional.
I wanted to have over-the-air syncing for my calendar AND I wanted my phone to be free of duplicates. I realized that continuing to sync my iPhone to iCal was pointless. iCal syncs to my Google Calendar whenever I open it, and the iPhone syncs through exchange to my Google Calendar over the air. So I turned off iCal syncing in iTunes. (Bonus tip: if you want to select which calendars to sync to the phone, go to m.google.com/sync.)
The contacts, on the other hand, proved a bit more difficult. I wanted them to continue syncing to my computer, but I also wanted Google to continue syncing them. I realized the best thing to do was to turn off over-the-air syncing and continue running contacts through iTunes.
So, summary: install the Activesync, sync calendars, but leave contacts alone. All done!
She is the most loving, awesome, fantastic person on earth, and just three weeks in I have already discovered that she is without compare on the whole entire earth. Carry on.
Comments were down (thanks, Mike!), but appear to be back up. This is the first time that Blogger has really annoyed me, as it should be working one way, but it's not. So, you can comment again (important, I know) but you have to go to a separate page.
Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, etc.) is having Arcade Fire score his latest film. I know Richard Kelly. I used to work for Richard Kelly. You know what this means? I am one step closer to touring with Arcade Fire (instrument: kazoo). And because of the magic of the internet, you are too!
P.S. The hardest word in the English language for me to spell (at least of the words I type commonly) is "separation." I nearly always mess it up. It might be messed up right now. I refuse to check.
If you do more than check my RSS feed (and why would you, honestly?) then you'll notice I've switched things up around here. It's something I've meant to do for a while. I've cleaned up the sidebar links, tried to remove inactive blogs (or blogs I simply don't read anymore), and generally worked on improving the visual quality of this site. I may have more changes in store, I may not. You'll never know!
I was updating various Facebook and Twitter things, and I came across Mike Whitenton's blog, which somehow I unsubscribed from at some point. He had a question that I'd remembered reading about before, and so now I shall answer it (or point to a link with an answer) for the whole world to see. Mike's question:
Here’s my question, especially for those of you who have (1) been through this experience, or (2) serve on admissions boards: Is my friend correct? Are second-time applicants looked at negatively because they didn’t get in the first time?
Short answer: Yes. Longer answer:
I did hear from a senior professor who has held posts at two of America’s top universities that a student who has applied, is turned down, and then applies again the next year does indeed have a strike–or two–against him or her. He didn’t presume to speak for every school everywhere, of course, but he did seem to think this was the way it was commonly done, and he is very widely connected.
So, Mike, there you go.
I want a t-shirt with this on it. Also, read this essay about the sorry state of mathematics education. I'm not a mathematician. But I wish I was. Instead, I teach test prep, and it can be soul-numbing at times.
[Via Kottke from sometime last week]
STEELE: So if it’s a cost problem, it’s easy: Get the people in a room who have the most and the most direct impact on cost, and do the deal. Do the deal. It’s not that complicated.
If it’s an access question, people don’t have access to health care, then figure out who they are, and give them access! Hello?! Am I missing something here? If my friend Trevor has access to health care, and I don’t, why do I need to overhaul the entire system so I can get access he already has? why don’t you just focus on me and get me access?
If you live in Dallas, and you value your time, do NOT get on 75 north.
With perhaps some adjustments. But it looks like a great language study schedule, and I really need something to stick to now that I'm out of school, but contemplating applying to Ph.D. programs.
I started blogging at roughly the same time as Josh, and it was his blog (among others) that introduced me to the world of biblioblogging around the time of Southeastern's conference on the ending of Mark. Alas, Blogger has lost him to Wordpress. The celebrations abound.
Josh McManaway's Son of the Fathers.
Twitter really doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I signed up to get some free software, but I haven't really used it since. In the meantime, this Slate article on single tweets is pretty interesting:
there must be a legion of Twitterers out there who sign up, tweet once, and never return. In the spirit of the great blog One Post Wonder, "a collection of blogs that have one post," we set out to find these orphaned tweets. Different people obviously have different tweet metabolisms, but we decided that any account that's been dormant for at least six months is fair game. We found several thousand of them.
- I'm married. So that's fantastic. It's also the reason I haven't been posting as much lately (well, that and the fact that we have yet to purchase an internet plan...I'll have to follow in Jim's footsteps and upgrade!)
- Doug Chaplin has returned to biblioblogging.
- The author of my favorite new math-related blog has an awesome math-related post on large numbers.
- There's a new iPhone. I will commence my jealousy.
- Just to keep my streak alive, here's the latest BSC.