December 30, 2003

Get-together yesterday

December 30, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized


– The sharp staccato clacks of stiletto boots on polished tile
– The animated chatter of friends long not met
– The buzz of a crowded mall even on a Monday afternoon
– The clatter of pins knocked down by a bowling ball inexpertly sent down the lane; more often, though, the steady rolling that accompanies a gutter ball
– The blare of an arcade basketball machine counting down the seconds, the clang of balls bouncing off the rim, the swish of a rimless throw, the indistinct blur of points and misses lost in the intensity of the game
– A quick, friendly “You’re good” mumbled by an onlooker
– The rustling of a crowd gathered around the Dance Maniax game
– The whoosh of the MRT on the commute home


Sweat trails down my forehead as I start my fourth game of arcade
basketball. I’m slowly figuring out a technique: how and when to
breathe, how to spin the ball to dispel the excess force I put in due
to excitement, how to adjust my direction or velocity. The rewarding
swish of several consecutive baskets thrills me. For a confirmed
computer science geek who was never fond of basketball in school, this
is a discovery – I may not have been as bad at hand-eye coordination
as I thought.

Breathe. Ignore form. Ignore time. Nothing exists but this ball and
the basket. I don’t need to impress anyone by jumping or twisting or
pitching the ball with a certain style; I just need to relax, breathe,
and let the ball go. Slow down. Better to have a few balls go in than
have many attempts fail. Learn control. As I become accustomed to the
game I will be able to go faster. Till then, better to learn how to
control the ball.

I go to the arcades for physical exercise. Dance Dance Revolution for
agility: this gives my feet a workout I can’t match elsewhere. Dance
Maniax for fun and for more coordination: buffering future moves.
Basketball is a recent addition, discovered recently when I saw Eric
playing and – competitive streak! – I challenged him.

One of the most euphoric moments I had was right after a particularly
strenuous DDR and basketball session. I was so tired, I found it only
natural to speak slowly and in a low voice – although I shifted into a
childishly high voice from time to time. That was fun. I felt
profoundly relaxed.

Stuff for Kathy

December 30, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Making of a Flight Attendant 10,000 23-27 Feb 2004
20% of the course should be paid 3 working days before the training

Smarter indexing

December 30, 2003 - Categories: emacs

Check out ../emacs/emacs-wiki/planner-experimental.el‘s advice for
emacs-wiki-generate-index and the new function planner-generate-index
for smarter indexing of day pages. To see the results, check out the


Unanswered mail hack

December 30, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

I’m having a hard time keeping track of mail I’ve already answered.
To better keep track of my mail, I think I will split off my personal
mail into several groups:

– mail.misc
– mail.misc.archive for mail I’ve already answered and for my replies; threads I consider complete
– mail.misc.noanswer for mail I want to archive but don’t need to answer
– mail.misc.all, a virtual group that lets me see and search through all the mail

All personal mail will be dumped into mail.misc.


ANSI manipulation in Perl

December 30, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

You can go to specified (x,y) positions, clear the screen, and output
colors by using modules from CPAN. Under Windows, you can do this by
installing the Win32::Console::ANSI, Term::ANSIColor, and
Term::ANSIScreen modules. For more information about these modules, check out

To learn more about CPAN and how to install modules, check out


Dominique’s moblog

December 30, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Dominique looks like he’s having tons of fun
with his moblog. Envy! Nice to have quick pictures like that.

Took the MBTI again – still an INTJ

December 30, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Your Type is INTJ

Strength of the preferences %

Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging
11 78 11 11

– slightly expressed introvert
– very expressed intuitive personality
– slightly expressed thinking personality
– slightly expressed judging personality


You feel at ease in a crowd NO (I get somewhat claustrophobic)
You rapidly get involved in social life at a new workplace YES
You spend your leisure time actively socializing with a group of people, attending parties, shopping, etc. YES (holding parties, even, but it is a rather small group of friends. No, we don’t go shopping.)
Direct-contact group discussions stimulate you and give you energy YES
The more people you speak to, the better you feel YES (Particularly if I answer their questions)
You are usually the first to react to a sudden event: the telephone ringing or unexpected question YES
It is easy for you to communicate in social situations YES (If in a geek context)
You enjoy having a wide circle of acquaintances YES (Again, geek context)
You enjoy being at the center of events in which other people are directly involved YES (hehehehe)
You get pleasure from solitary walks YES (Nice and calming)
After prolonged socializing you feel you need to get away and be alone YES (Unless it’s a geek thing)
You prefer to spend your leisure time alone, within a narrow circle of friends or relaxing in a tranquil family atmosphere YES (Narrow circle of friends at home)
You are able to cut yourself off from the bustle of everyday life YES
You are more of a listener than a speaker YES
You prefer meeting in small groups to interaction with lots of people YES
You usually place yourself nearer to the side than in the center of the room YES (all the better to quietly hack on the computer)
You prefer to isolate yourself from outside noises YES
You find it difficult to speak loudly YES (and slowly)
As a rule, current preoccupations worry you more than your future plans NO
You tend to rely on your experience rather than on theoretical alternatives NO
You prefer to act immediately rather than speculate about various options YES
Your desk, workbench etc. is usually neat and orderly NO
You have difficulty understanding the notion of “an approximate decision” NO
It’s essential for you to try things with your own hands NO (I’m fine with not doing lots of things)
When solving a problem you would rather follow a familiar approach than seek a new one NO
When considering a situation you pay more attention to the current situation and less to a possible sequence of events NO
You feel more comfortable sticking to conventional ways NO
You easily see the general principle behind specific occurrences YES
You are always looking for opportunities YES
You often spend time thinking of how things could be improved YES
You easily perceive various ways in which events could develop YES
You are more interested in a general idea than in the details of its realization YES
You easily understand new theoretical principles YES
You find it hard to be engaged in an activity that requires your continuous attention NO
You are more inclined to experiment than to follow familiar approaches YES
You are eager to know how things work YES
You find it difficult to talk about your feelings YES
It’s difficult to get you excited or make you lose your temper YES (well, the lose-your-temper part; I get excited easily)
You trust reason rather than feelings YES
You value justice higher than mercy NO
You think that almost everything can be analyzed YES
Objective criticism is always useful in any activity YES
You tend to be unbiased even if this might endanger your good relations with people YES
You try to stand firmly by your principles YES (Emacs! ;) )
You consider the scientific approach to be the best YES
You tend to sympathize with other people YES
You are easily affected by strong emotions NO
You readily help people while asking nothing in return YES
You willingly involve yourself in matters which engage your sympathies YES
You feel involved when watching TV soaps NO
You easily empathize with the concerns of other people YES
Your actions are frequently influenced by emotions YES
You feel that the world is founded on compassion YES
In a debate, you strive to achieve mutual agreement YES
You do your best to complete a task on time YES
It is in your nature to assume responsibility NO
You usually plan your actions in advance YES
You like to keep a check on how things are progressing YES
You take pleasure in putting things in order NO
You are consistent in your habits YES
You are almost never late for your appointments YES
You know how to put every minute of your time to good purpose YES
You like giving instructions YES
You are inclined to rely more on improvisation than on careful planning YES (whoops, used to be NO, but then we tried cooking again)
Deadlines seem to you to be of relative rather than absolute importance YES
You think that everything in the world is relative YES
A thirst for adventure is something close to your heart NO
The process of searching for solution is more important to you than the solution itself YES
You avoid being bound by obligations YES
You often do jobs in a hurry NO
You believe the best decision is one which can be easily changed YES
Strict observance of the established rules is likely to prevent attaining a good outcome YES

Four variations on sukiyaki beef

December 30, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized


– Sweetly brown sukiyaki broth
– Soft, bland, a childhood memory: tofu
– A faint buzzing in my head: the sake in the soups and sauces
– Tangy rawness: partially caramelized onions

Martin helped me experiment with 500g of sukiyaki-style beef. In
retrospect, this was a bit too much beef – no choice as it was frozen
solid when we began, so had to defrost the whole thing.

Mostly variations on sauteing beef with onions and adding different
kinds of sauce.

Okay, although suspect too much sake was used as feel vague buzzing in

Migs Paraz gives CompSAt free space

December 30, 2003 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Oooh, that’s really nice of him. =)

E-Mail from Cha Gascon

TLA migration to 04 archive

December 30, 2003 - Categories: emacs
cd ~/notebook/emacs/emacs-wiki/
tla register-archive [email protected] ~/notebook/arch/
tla my-default-archive [email protected]
tla make-archive -l [email protected]
tla tag [email protected]/emacs-wiki--sacha--1.0 emacs-wiki--sacha--1.0
tla cacherev

Here I use -l to make sure my archive is http-gettable, then tag the
old file over to the new one, then cache the old revisions to make
this run faster.

To update to Damien’s tree, just:

tla star-merge [email protected]/emacs-wiki--dev--1.0