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28 Aug 2017

Notes about making my own calendar for 2018

My current small calendar is far from perfect, but has immense potential and I’ve been using it for almost a year. Next year (or month?) I will print out (on very think paper) a custom-designed one.

  • It will have the holidays important for me, birthdays important for me
  • Numbered days, weeks
  • Highlighted Sat/Sun
  • Some place over the months columns for ideas and more abstract plans
  • Probably basic contact information and basic phone numbers.
    • Ha, I can print it on A3 with fold-outs and just cut it out and fold it to А4?
  • I have time to think what else.

Solutions I found in 20 minutes of Googling:

  1. Time and Date has a very customizable generator – but not customizable enough for me (ha, what a surprise.)
    1. It takes care of all the math and basic holidays
    2. I can set most colours
    3. Can’t remove ()s in day numbers
    4. I’d need to treat it as image when leaving spaces etc etc
  2. This excellent LaTeX template, with most of what I could want but not full-full-full customization
    1. Holidays, Birthdays, other events defined in separate files
      1. I can see quite a lot of opportunities to use this
    2. Colours defined during generation, but some of them hard-coded in the class file (black border colour)
    3. Class file editable — after learning some Tikz I should be able to fit it to my needs perfectly.
    4. Colours:
    5. Would need some more math and care to make it start from another month — but do I need this?
  3. Doing it via one of the two variants above, then manually editing

Should take a couple of hours, but the result will be worth it. Leaving it like this for now, but in September will take care of this.

I can also envision different calendars for different purposes, if I will need them, and this would mean the possibility to create a “backup” calendar in case I lose my main on.

We’ll see.

EDIT: I did it! Using the modified LaTeX script.With color-coded and numbered 1-week sprints, color-coded holidays in Germany and Ukraine, and birthdays of some of the people I care about. No screenshot for privacy reasons.

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