Here’s a little Christmas treat for anyone into geography trivia: a calendar of independence anniversaries from around the world. Help yourself to a copy and impress your friends with the uselessness of things you remember with seemingly no effort.
I copied all the dates and descriptions from the List of national independence days on Wikipedia and simply reformatted the data into an iCalendar file. If you spot errors or omissions, please contribute to the original article: I have it on my watchlist.
You can leech on the file I’ve uploaded, but note that it’s slow, read-only, and will one day go offline without a warning. The other option is to download the .ics, import it to your calendar app of choice and edit it as you wish. I make no copyright claims.
A Finnish version without the explanatory description texts is also available.
An x-ray of my pelvic area, with signs of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in both hip joints. The extra bone growth, worse in the left (circled), causes friction and tear to the cartilage surrounding the rim of the socket, which is basically why I’m in need of Sock-eez™ at thirty.
Factors leading to this condition include “developmental hip abnormality together with […] activities involving recurrent motion of the legs within a supraphysiologic range” [w]. (Now why does that ring a bell?) Right now, my hopes of ever returning to courts are slim, but I’m still waiting to consult an orthopedic surgeon, hopefully within a couple of weeks.
Since Google Tasks seems an all but abandoned project, I’m once again giving Remember The Milk a chance. Memorizing relevant keyboard shortcuts and zooming in 4–5× on the page actually turns it into a pretty usable service.
Uploaded about 2,500 tracks to Google Music yesterday. Thumbs up for Ogg support, down for not providing columns for—nor even saving?—composer or performer metadata. Who should I call the ‘Artist’, Mr. Bach or Mr. Gould?