AMITIAE - Monday 24 February 2014

Cassandra: MotoGP Season and Apple's Calendar

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By Graham K. Rogers


I took some time this evening to update my calendar for the next few months with data from the MotoGP site following an update to the 2014 calendar. The Brazilian MotoGP has been removed from the schedule and the Aragon MotoGP has moved to the weekend of 26th-28th September.

I always use a specific colour for the MotoGP schedules in Apple's Calendar so that there is a clear contrast with the Formula One schedule which I will enter later. Last year there were too many date clashes, although in most cases I managed to compensate by watching the Moto3 and Moto2 races live, before switching to the Formula One race.

I would catch the MotoGP race later (and perhaps run the other two races again too) as I use the MotoGP Video Pass. It is not cheap at €139.95, but helps keep my temper when the TV signal fails in the rain or there is an extended snooker broadcast.

This year as well as the dates, I am taking advantage of the maps feature: entering either the circuit or city in the Location section of a new entry. This brings up a small map thumbnail with coordinates below. Clicking on the mini map opens Apple's Maps utility at the right location.

Although I used to attend such races years ago when I lived in the UK - Silverstone, Nurburgring, Monza, Hockenheim and others - the only races I have been to here are at the small Nakhon Chaisri circuit, miles out into the countryside on the 4042 road.

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.



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