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Crystal McKenzie
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Crystal McKenzie

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Merry Holidays! I'm just doing some travelling, and my usual alarm/reports are updating me periodically about the weather... but because of the often-delayed reports, I'm wondering how to tell if my location has been updated. Could this info please be included along with the date and time of the report?

(Also, I noticed my latest weather update is sixteen hours old... thought I should report that to you too, while I'm here, since that's a bit troublesome.)
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Hi +Crystal McKenzie, I'm thinking of a way to redesign the weather part of the app to make sure it is more reliably fetched from the web. Please stay tuned for a future update. And thanks a lot for the help and feedback.
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Weather bug: confirmed. My 6pm weather update today (Monday the 8th) through AlarmPad gave what says is tomorrow's 6pm forecast. At least for the sky conditions; couldn't confirm temperatures today because they're so close. However, the range of temperatures given in Alarm Pad corresponds to tomorrow's range, rather than today's.
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Hi +Crystal McKenzie , I updated the app to better display fresh weather data. Hopefully this time it will remain consistent all the time. Thanks!
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Weather bug report:  I've been trying to figure out a pattern to help pin down why the weather is so completely wrong sometimes.

I think it may be mostly happening with late-day reports, after the time that the report starts giving tomorrow's forecast instead of the forecast for the rest of today.  The part that's "completely wrong" is the current conditions.  For example, it's a clear and beautiful day today, and the weather has been reported fine all day, until this evening when it suddenly started claiming "The weather now: rain."  When it went on to tell me that tomorrow's forecast included rain in the evening, bells went off: maybe it's getting confused by telling me what the weather will be like at the current time, but on tomorrow's date?

Or maybe it's just a really bad source of weather.  When I first noticed the problem, I tried turning off the auto location detection in case that was the problem, but nothing changed.  Then I checked whether maybe the report was for a different city/town of Windsor.  Then I checked whether maybe the latitude/longitude signs were wrong.  Nothing seemed to line up... except this possible time of day, different day thing.

Any chance that's what's happening?  Anyone else notice wonky weather?  (I have alarms going off six times a day just for the purpose of telling me the weather, so, well, maybe I'm a little crazy but it puts me in a good position to notice when something's off. :P)
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Thank you for directing me to the source of forecasts. That will definitely help when I see troubles again. :) I will report back at that time.
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This diagram speaks for itself, so I almost decided not to comment on it... but then a song lyric came to mind that I've decided is relevant enough:
♪~ And all you touch and all you see... is all your life will ever be... ~♪
--Breathe, Pink Floyd
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Hmm, why was my profile pic in such low resolution? This is much better.

Hey! I just noticed that I'm wearing a Summerfolk necklace in my picture! I miss that necklace... I have no idea where it is. :(
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Okay, for whatever reason, I can't find any info about this issue I'm having with the Google+ emails: they don't have any links in them! All the words that should be links are missing entirely. Does anyone else have this issue?

I'm using Gmail in Chrome, so one would think there shouldn't be an incompatibilities. I checked my firewall records, and the content is not being blocked. "Show original" seems to be just fine, so it seems Gmail is to blame... so I reported it as a bug through Gmail, but I haven't had a response (and that was weeks ago).

I can't seem to find any webpages mentioning this either, and I've tried a few dozen ways to search for it. Does that really mean I'm the only person experiencing this? It's extremely irritating.
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Found another extension that actually seems to do what I want, without buggering up the Gmail links or Reader's ability to Share (which was another bug I just realized was probably caused by the old extension, since it now works):

Whee! Maybe I'll start using G+ more now. (Here's hoping that's not a Very Bad Thing.)

EDIT: ...Shoooot. It seems the notifier is still there in Google Search. Then again, I think that had reappeared for the other extension too. EDIT2: Yes, yes it did... the problem is, the extensions work on but not Oh well.

Maybe I should just keep up with my notifications... or click and look at them and resist being distracted by them...
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You'd think theoretical physics would be immune to the "instrument breaking" issue... but the real truth is, brains break. And then they go FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUU.

I'm also noticing a lot of time is spent oscillating between "Oh hey, this makes sense!" and "Wait, no it doesn't."
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' You'd think theoretical physics would be immune to the "instrument breaking" issue... but the real truth is, brains break. And then they go FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUU. '

Voted funniest quote of 2011!
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I'd been sending bug reports on this, but I just got another clue today so I took a screen shot.

This is my 9 o'clock alarm, which is just supposed to be a "time & weather update"... but the display shows my morning wake up message from earlier in the say. And it showed math dismiss, which I only use to get out of bed. The actual "ringing" was normal for this time, though, by its music & message & not using gradual increase of volume.

The new clue: although this was its first ring, it thought I had snoozed the max number of times already. This means it's not just using the previous alarm settings, but the actual last way the most recent alarm rang (I had maxed my snoozes this morning).

This happens randomly, but frequently. If I had any snoozes left, I would've been able to snooze this and the next ring would've been normal for this alarm.
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Hi +Crystal McKenzie , I couldn't actually reproduce this but I made some changes that attempt to address it. Hopefully it won't happen again.

I also temporarily added the date and time of the last weather update at the bottom of the "weather screen". It's not pretty but it should help you see how updated the weather info is.

Please keep me posted. Thanks!
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Every once in awhile, I wonder what it would be like to start using Google+ regularly.  I fear it's just another can of worms I don't have time to explore.  I don't want to disconnect it entirely, because I'm sure it has some value to me, or will, someday.

I do know: that day is not today. /goes back under rock
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Like most social networks, you get what you put into it. Joining communities is a good way to get interacting.
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The visible part of this comic made me smile; the hover-over text made me giggle. The combination made me share it.
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Who the in the are u commenting hover not I maybe u
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Wow. This post is inspiring me to start putting up photos, even if one at a time, just to start joining (and initiating) conversations.

I do have a question, though, about protection of my work: what is the minimal-effort way to watermark or otherwise-mark my work? Or should I just reduce resolution enough that it isn't worth taking, but still can be seen well enough?
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Took a few minutes and wrote this photoblog post this morning about G+. I have noticed lately that quite a few seem to be saying something along the lines of "nobody comments on my photos", but there is a reason for that and I thought that I would address that and maybe give out some advice on how to make G+ better for you in your photography experience!
Getting the most out of G+ for your photography experience. Yesterday I posted a thread over on my G+ ( which is here by the way ) about hopw G+ has literally become my ph...
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Whoa: this! THIS! (Or go up a level and find whatever other list seems intriguing to you.)

I knew there would be an easy way somehow. Now I just need a few hundred hours to go through the list and find the ones I want to keep seeing in my stream...

Or something. I don't know what I'm going to do with G+ but I'm totally in awe of the potential.
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Writer, Thinker, Lover of Nature, Fan of the Letter Q.
Hi, my name is Crystal, but online I call myself Qrystal, so I can more easily find myself.  Ooo, interesting: redefine myself so I can find myself!  I'm not yet sure I'm entirely found, but I feel less lost the more I write, and so I will continue.
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Grad Student in theoretical physics, Writer, Thinker, Lover of Nature
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    Grad Student in theoretical physics (research only), 2012 - present
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    mother, 2012 - present
  • University of Windsor
    Grad Student in theoretical physics (research & teaching), 2003 - 2011
  • Canada's Wonderland (SkyRider & JetScream)
    at SkyRider and JetScream (summer job), 1997 - 1997
  • Charity Bingo
    runner (summer job), 1998 - 1998
  • The Fudgery in Jasper, Alberta
    sales (summer job), 2000 - 2000
  • Chateau Jasper
    housekeeping (summer job), 2000 - 2000
  • University of Windsor
    undergraduate teaching assistant in math, computer science, 1999 - 2003
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