November 22, 2003

Testing the new remember: does it really work?

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

If it works, I should see a timestamp above.


And now, testing the reverse-chronological bloggy nature of it all

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

For more goodness!

I think there’s too much whitespace.

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Fixed the whitespace problem with planner links.

November 22, 2003 - Categories: emacs

More elegantly fixed the whitespace problem

November 22, 2003 - Categories: emacs

Now allowing planner-annotation-functions to return t which means no annotation.

Official maintainer

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

I am now the official maintainer of
remember.el, another fine module
authored by John Wiegley. I’ve been using it
to maintain this wikiblog. In fact, this entry is written in a Remember buffer.

Check out my notes at RememberEl

Debian problems

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Looks like some Debian machines were cracked.
According to forcer:

– master (Bug Tracking System)
– murphy (mailing lists)
– gluck (web, cvs)
– klecker (security, non-us, web search, www-master)

Spiffy new website look

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Stolen shamelessly from John Wiegley

Tasks from notes

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

On day pages, a task created from a note should contain a reference to
the note. However, only one task should be created on that day page.

On plan pages, a task created from a note should contain a reference
to the note. Two tasks will be created – one on the plan page and one
on the day page. The plan page task will refer to the day page while
the day page refers to the plan page. Updating the day page task
should update the plan page task as well. This presents a problem, as
the link text might disappear when we copy or move the task. We should
test this.

link text handling

November 22, 2003 - Categories: emacs

Oh, blast. I think there’s no easy way to handle tasks created from
notes, at least not if it’s in the parens. A better way would be to
make it a separate annotation.


Standalone trackback

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Must ask Richi very nicely about this.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Neil Ongkingko is looking for the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, paper or electronic

Book notes for programming contest history

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

– organize by year
– mike line number
– neil no indententation
– curriculum now used, but spread over several months
– kicked out of rooms
– teaching without computers
– games that kept us going
– contact ma’am sonia (ask Mario)
– chipi will make a yahoogroup
– decide on
– slightly like a textbook. what programs were significant.
– neil: maybe we have too many goals. if it’s a textbook, why not just buy an algorithms book?
– mike: book about the problems.
– jerome: how was this problem important to our learning?
– mike: chaos theory
– strategies
– good insight on how to design problems
– what to do when you’re a judge
– experience when the SEARCC was hosted here
– judges did not make the problems, no description for error checking, input wrong, judges not aware of the contest specs
– if you’re are organizer, make sure that the judges are those who made the problems and that they’re aware of how the contests should go
– shifting into the different contests: micromouse
– per year
– how we learned as a group, on a year-to-year basis
– what happened to you, personally, in that year
– write all the stories first, then find a theme
– what we’ve done as a group to evolve with the times
– time, stack no longer big issues: manual recursion!
– paradigm shifts
– our approach complemented by real-time events that have bene happening to us – people who couldn’t compete any more, etc.
– what have we been doing. we’ve all been coming back. if you’re interested in this (contests), from any standpoint, then this might be something you’re interested in.
– they have something in common.
– we’re really into analyzing how to make something work, and we actually have something that we can call our own.
– permutation algorithm thing
– 5 years later: I proved it! It works!
– Roman numerals brute force
– not having the books
– language limitations of QBASIC
– just tell stories and we’ll see what comes out of it
– little side stories
– india: cards
– pictures
– pisay. all of the years, covered yung pisay
– whatever outcome that helps you further in life
– breakdown personally of experiences, breakthrough, pictures, whatever else.
– outline within 1 to 2 weeks
– storybook with puzzles in between
– fairly deep analysis
– keep things on the light side
– is this a sign that we’re getting old?
– mike: I can no longer be at this level
– we’ve actually achieved quite a lot at this point and we want to share quite a bit.
– comparing ourselves to the international teams, we still need a bit more insight. but we’re on the other side already. backchannel. we have to share it somehow.
– lots of title suggestions

At last! The jigsaw puzzle’s mounted!

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

The thing that took 16+ hours of my life is now properly mounted on
illustration board – nicely centered, too, as if I’d planned the whole
thing – and I mounted it all by myself! Yay! Wahoo!

(Of course, would probably never have finished it had it not been for
the efforts of Jerome Punzalan and
Dominique Cimafranca, who also spent
around 16 hours of their lives on the thing.)


I feel appropriately into puzzles and crafts. I still have an
almost-full can of craft adhesive – I’m tempted to go get more

Getting the hang of slides

November 22, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

I’m starting to get the hang of <gasp> lecturing – I can prepare
slides and talk. I find I’m much more comfortable when I have little
exercises for the students to do.