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A self-refreshing Google Calendar iframe

I recently had a client who wanted a shared corporate calendar (displayed on a corporate dashboard site done in Google Sites) to update whenever anyone added something to it.

Unfortunately, there's no way to push data from Google Calendar to external services, so I decided to poke around and find out how other people have resolved this. I learned that apparently most folks are ok with having the calendar refresh with a page refresh. This wouldn't do for my client.


AP is a right leaning press agency and is not to be trusted without verification (Part 1)

Something that's been on my mind for a while. Yahoo news has been my morning home page for a while, simply because it used to be an easy way to compare coverage from AP, Reuters and Agence France Presse all in one spot.

Over the past few years I've noticed trend with AP (maybe it's always been there, I don't know). Their stories, if not simply short fact pieces, lean right 95% of the time, sometimes significantly and in a distorted manner.


Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

Totally cool, but longish, video on the history of the wah pedal. Definitely worth the time to watch.

Best line in the video: Charles Pitts talking about working with Issac Hayes on "Shaft" and only staying on the G for the entire song until the very last phrase: "To me it seemed repetitious, redundant, and ridiculous. It shows you what you know." (27:52 or so). Just goes to show you that you never know where something will take you.


Installing the Webmin Historical System Statistics module on Debian 5.5.

I was looking for a lightweight, easy to use systems performance log for a Debian 5.5 server and came across Webminstats

Systats is a Webmin module that tracks cpu, memory, disk and io statistics over time.

It doesn't install without a few additions to the standard Debian install.

Of course you need Webmin installed, and then perl. Once you've installed Webmin and perl on your systems, run the following command lines (as root or sudo) in your shell BEFORE you attempt to install systat:


Bush personally approved torture

The Federal statute:

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 113C > § 2340
§ 2340. Definitions
How Current is This?
As used in this chapter—
(1) “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;
(2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—


One of our friends at ANSO on "Popping the Military's Classification Bubble"

I traveled to Afghanistan in the late fall of 2005 (limping badly due to just getting out of a walking cast due to a broken leg) to study how the Afghanistan Nongovernmental Security Organization (ANSO) collected and disseminated security information for humanitarian NGOs working in Afghanistan, (report here).



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