Sunday, October 09, 2016

Nicky Hopkins’ Greatest Hits


  1. Blues De Luxe (Jeff Beck - Truth)
  2. Gettin In Tune (really, all over Who’s Next)
  3. Edward the Mad Shirt Grinder
  4. Loving Cup - the Glimmer Twins
  5. Drowned - The Who
  6. Edward’s Thrump Up
  7. Highland Fling
  8. Volunteers of America
  9. Baby’s House - Steve Miller

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Simple SharePoint List Item Validation Example

Sometimes SharePoint validation can be touchy. This is a simple example of ...

If you answer "Yes" then you must also complete this other field.

VPN is a choice field. VPN Justification is a single line of text.

The formula is:

=IF(VPN="Yes",LEN([VPN Justifiction])>2,TRUE)

and the User Message is:

VPN justification must be completed

Simple and effective.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Setting a Due Date

This formula worked real well as


  • a calculated default value 
  • on a date only field 
  • to set the due date to today plus two 
  • and accounting for weekends:


=Today+2+IF(OR(WEEKDAY(Today)=4,WEEKDAY(Today)=5,WEEKDAY(Today)=6),2,0)+IF(WEEKDAY(Today)=7,1,0)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Concert Venue Ratings

As a seasoned and opinionated concert goer, listing venues strengths and weaknesses seems like it would be interesting and fun. When it is all said and done, we will see if it is useful for the global good. These will be mostly venues in and around Cleveland, Ohio, my home town. The posting will expand as time permits and experience grows. These will be generous at the top - there is room for plenty of grade A venues.


Grade
 Venue
 Narrative
A
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio
The Beachland has the best vibe of any concert venue. The ballroom sounds better than it has a right to, thanks to Mike Miller. The room is too square and isn't right acoustically, but Mike gets it to sound just fine.
A
Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio
The tavern shares the vibe of the ballroom, just smaller. Both have good bars.
A-
House of Blues, Cleveland, Ohio
Great sound everywhere. OK bar (it used to be much worse). Somewhat over priced. It's a great place for a concert.
C
Agora, Cleveland, Ohio
No matter what they've done to try to improve this once great opera hall, it is a dump. Surprisingly good bathrooms. Scary hall and neighborhood. Excellent sound on the bottom. The top is more like an arena for some reason. Bad bar. The old Cleveland Agora on E21st was a dump too, but with low ceilings. They used to have shows in a smaller room here, and that was OK.
A-
Severence Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
Acoustic music sounds great here - anywhere in the hall. Amplified music rattles around and doesn't work very well. I preferred the 1960's configuration with panels on the ceiling. The seats are great. The bar is usually limited.
A
Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
This is the ideal stand-up bar venue. Small, quirky. Great bar. Things always sound OK.
A
Nighttown, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Next to jazz club in the dictionary should be a picture of this place. Surprisingly good sound, good food, good bar, good vibe.
B+
Wilberts, Cleveland, Ohio
OK sound. Quirky seating. Good food. Bar is good but have had stale beer on taps. Clean.
B
Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Nice outdoor setting. OK sound (rattles around a lot). Stupid moat in front of stage. There is a bar and food, but not much selection.
B
Blossom Music Center Peninsula, Ohio
Outdoor venue that feels more like a stadium or festival. Huge. Close in can be intense, though. OK sound that is like a festival in back. Horrible for orchestra. Concessions passible.
B-
Kent Stage, Kent, Ohio
OK sound and not too big. Poor seats. Bad bathrooms. Dumpy old movie theater.
B-
Nautica Stage, Cleveland, Ohio
Mediocre sound. Poor seats. Concessions vary. Large venue feel. Nice setting.
B-
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Usually decent sound. Huge venue with high altitude seating. Modern.
D+
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
Sound is never good pretty much anywhere. Seating usually uncomfortable (sometime very much so). Usually very weak concessions. Old school arena. The Music Hall side of the venue is seldom used anymore. It was much better.
A
Foster Theater (Rock Hall), Cleveland, Ohio
Intimate theater with great sound for smallish events. Comfortable seating. First class.
B
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Lobby, Cleveland, Ohio
Very tricky sound – usually not the best. Temporary or no seating. Fun for often memorable events.
A
Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, Tennessee
Great sound, seating and consessions. 1970’s modern facility that works and has character.
B
State Theater, Cleveland, Ohio
Mediocre sound and sight lines. Unfortunately this venue is used for a good number of musical events.
A
Allen Theater, Cleveland, Ohio
Wonderfully renovated. Great sound, comfortable seats and good sight lines. The old version of the theater was big and beat up but not a bad venue either.
B-
Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield, Ohio
Good sound everywhere. Flat floor seating with a few risers in the back. No class. Very weak bar. Interesting location.
A-
E J Thomas, Akron, Ohio
Great sound and decent seating. Multiple high balconies. Weak concession. Needs upkeep.
A-
Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Lakewood, Ohio
Large older auditorium. Decent sound and sight lines. Cramped. Feels like a high school (because it is).
A-
Mentor Performing Arts, Mentor, Ohio
Large modern auditorium. Good sound. Comfortable seats. Doesn’t feel too much like a High School (though it is).
A-
Akron Civic Auditorium, Akron, Ohio
Older auditorium with decent acoustics. Older seating. Weak concessions.
B+
Mahall’s, Lakewood, Ohio
Good sound. Garage quality seating but clean and unique. Good bar.

 
 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SharePoint Double Encoding Space in URL to %2520 - An Easy Solution

I got bit by SharePoint double-encoding a %20 (space) in a list name when I tried to rename a customized display form used in that list.

Now, mind you, these are two things I always avoid - spaces in list names and customized forms. But I inherited these, and then I proceeded to muck it up with the rename. The result was that links on tasks that went back to the list were double encoded - the % in %20 becomes an incredibly insidious %25, which is just a horrible thing in a web browser.

Now you might want to try some simple workaround or fix, like a redirect or something, but touching that %25 is real hard. I found a great solution using jQuery to rewrite the URLs. I did not try this but it seemed like it would work.

I found that if I renamed the list without any characters to encode, the links were all fixed.

Next I wanted to put the list back to the original name. This turned out to be impossible. No matter how I did this, SharePoint was nice enough to double encode the thing and make it %2520.

So the answer is to permanently change the URL for the list to not have any encoded characters (spaces, etc.). If need be, you could do some sort of redirect for anything with the old name, but this is largely unnecessary as SharePoint really does a good job with fixing all the URLS (just as it broke some of them).

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Multiple Mouse Pointers

We can use touch, mouse, keyboard, voice control, and even various camera based controls that Microsoft and Sony have introduced, and I have used MIDI devices since the 80's, but there is a missing feature on our computers. What if I want to use TWO mice and have TWO pointers?

I'm not sure if there are analogous missing features for other inputs, but just think about the mouse. I use two mice most of the time (much of my waking hours). I got used to using a left hand mouse when I was having back and neck issues years ago. We often have two or more screens. But there is only one pointer.

Someone needs to think of ways to separate the inputs - much like touch vs. mouse, only going a lot further.

With MIDI, there were always multiple inputs available either on the same channel, a separate channel, or globally. You can use a couple keyboards, a breath controller, etc. to control whatever device is set to listen. The 32 year old Musical Instrument Digital Interface specification for serial data streamed at low speed was an example of how the problem could be solved.

Why is nobody working on this?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Opening Form in a Popup from a Link

I know I figured this out more than once (who knows, there may be another version on THIS blog somewhere). That, and there are multiple ways to do this. It should also be noted that sometimes this is a bad idea and won't work right, so think about how it might not work and test it!

Take yer link:

http://yadayada.com/qa/_layouts/listform.aspx?PageType=8&ListId={F06E16DD-3D2B-4022-8E76-495BAAED3DDC}&RootFolder=

and transform it into:

javascript:OpenPopUpPage('http://yadayada.com/qa/_layouts/listform.aspx?PageType=8&ListId={F06E16DD-3D2B-4022-8E76-495BAAED3DDC}&RootFolder=&IsDlg=1')

Bingo!