<gasp> End of the world, that.
Ended up going with my sister, my godfather and his nephew. We went to
the Absolut party in Rockwell, where I ran into an old friend from the
Calf Upstairs. Then we went to Cafe Havana, and I seriously, seriously
Interesting. It’s not as alien as it used to be.
No, I didn’t drink anything.
Ã£ÂƒÂÃ£Â‚Â³Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂÂ¸Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¥Â‰Â²Ã£Â‚ÂŒÃ§Â›Â®Ã£Â‚Â’Ã©Â€ÂšÃ£Â‚ÂŠÃ¦ÂŠÂœÃ£ÂÂ‘Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat went through a gap in the fence.
“Every license for Office plus Windows in Brazil – a country in which
22 million people are starving – means we have to export 60 sacks of
soybeans,” says Marcelo D’Elia Branco, coordinator of the country’s
Free Software Project and liaison between the open source community
and the national government, now headed by president Luiz InÃƒÂ¡cio
Lula da Silva. “For the right to use one copy of Office plus Windows
for one year or a year and a half, until the next upgrade, we have to
till the earth, plant, harvest, and export to the international
markets that much soy. When I explain this to farmers, they go nuts.”
Now _that’s_ a fantastic way to make the cost of software really
visible to people. Translate it into tangible stuff!
Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã§Â§ÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ°Ã£ÂÂ§Ã¥Â¯ÂÃ£Â‚Â‹Ã£ÂÂ®Ã£ÂÂŒÃ¥Â¥Â½Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ Ã£Â€Â‚ The cat likes to sleep beside me.
Went to Dr. Oposa’s 81st birthday party last night. I was surprised to
there. Turns out Dr. Oposa’s her grandfather. Small world, isn’t it?
Dr. Oposa had some dance instructors over. Had tons of fun ballroom
dancing, particularly doing the swing. I love dancing. =)
Ã¥Â½Â¼Ã¥Â¥Â³Ã£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£Â€ÂÃ£ÂÂ¾Ã£ÂÂŸÃ¥Â›Â›Ã¥ÂŒÂ¹Ã£Â‚Â‚Ã§Â”Â£Ã£Â‚Â“Ã£ÂÂ Ã£Â‚Â“Ã£ÂÂ Ã£Â€Â‚ Her cat had another four kittens.
I changed my website layout and added blurbs about Planner and some of
my other pages. =) It’s rather cute now. It should read better than
the previous design did in non-CSS browsers like w3m, links and lynx.
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This morning, I attended a PESO seminar on entrepreneurship. This
morning’s seminar was about making a good pitch to investors. The
speakers were fantastic, and
Maoi Arroyo was initially worried that people would be too afraid of
public speaking to volunteer for the pitch contest, but there were
plenty of people willing to give it a shot. I won second place with a
pitch about “Get Mad”, my anger management business idea. A number of
people approached me after the seminar to tell me I made a good pitch
and the idea’s really interesting. =)
Still, that’s not the only kind of pitch I need to be able to make.
know I can sell _ideas._ I want to learn how to recognize good
opportunities and figure out what I need to take advantage of them;
that way, I can help other people create and match opportunities.
Joey Gurango had an excellent point. If I’m going to pitch to venture
capitalists, I need to be able to think from the investor’s point of
view. I need to be able to tell people how much I need and why I need
it, what kind of profit people can look forward to, what their exit
Mmm. More things to learn.
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I’ll be teaching a Linux Express course at http://www.bluepoint.com.ph
from April 11 to 22. I had fun chatting with Engels and Magie Antonio.
Kim and Mark will also be teaching courses soon; coolness…
Ã£ÂÂ†Ã£ÂÂ¡Ã£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã¥Â¤Â§Ã¥Â¤Â‰Ã¦ÂµÂ·Ã¨Â‹Â”Ã£ÂÂŒÃ¥Â¥Â½Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ§Ã£ÂÂ‚Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã£Â€Â‚ Our cat is very fond of sea weeds.
We went to Tagaytay for the afternoon so that the dogs could swim in
the lake around Taal Volcano. Kathy pitched Patch straight into the
water so that he could learn how to swim. Although the initial shock
of cold water drove Patch quickly out, he soon discovered that he
couldn’t resist his breed’s love of water and ran back in. Lucas had a
While the two dogs gamboled in the lake with my sister watching over
them, my mother read “The Sound Of Paper” and my dad took pictures of
the brightly-colored yachts racing. I settled back with a newly-bought
sketchpad and a just-sharpened pencil. Following my desire to become a
renaissance girl (hah! just because I’m into computers doesn’t mean
I’m into only computers!), I decided to play around with art today.
After a few preliminary sketches of odd things like boats, my toes,
and a very wet Patch (not all together, thank goodness!), I
rediscovered my sense of shading in a pencil-shaded sketch of Kathy. I
smudged it with a paper napkin and it came out nicely, although I
couldn’t quite get her eyes right. After that, I used crayons to draw
a cat eyeing a fishbowl. Maybe there’s hope for me yet…
On the way back, we heard a loud crash from the back of the van. The
cooler had gotten dislodged, and Lucas poked his still-wet head around
our seat. He refused to go back. Kathy got up to move the cooler back
and secure it. As soon as her back was turned, though, Lucas clambered
into the seat! Spoiled dog! Zigzags are even less fun with a large,
_wet_ dog who uses you to brace against the twists and turns. We set
up the jumpseat, but despite all my pushing, he refused to move. I
ended up transferring there instead. Kathy spent the rest of the
return trip in the back seat and I spent it awkwardly sleeping on the
jumpseat, while Lucas enjoyed the trip stretched out on the main
seats. Really, that dog…
Ã¥Â®ÂŸÃ£ÂÂ¯Ã£Â‚ÂÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂÂšÃ£ÂÂ‹Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂŒÃ£Â‚ÂŠÃ£Â‚Â„Ã£ÂÂªÃ£ÂÂ®Ã£ÂÂ§Ã£ÂÂ™Ã£Â€Â‚ The fact is that my cat is shy.
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From http://www.dictionary.com :
Procrastination might not be the best word to advertise so
prominently on the wikiblog of personal information management
software maintainer, what with all its negative connotations. After
all, don’t we want software to help us be more productive, not less?
So what’s with planned procrastination, anyway? I renamed my
blog from the informative-but-boring “sacha chua – wiki” to the
huh?-and-slightly-less-boring “planned procrastination” on a whim. I
wanted to mention some kind of planning, but I didn’t want to project
myself as some kind of productivity guru. At least, not yet.
Besides, what’s wrong with the word “procrastination”? I joke about
being the best procrastination tool I’ve ever used. When I think about
it, though, that’s why I like it so much. Planner doesn’t force
a particular way of thinking on me. It doesn’t bury me under a list of
urgent TODOs that must! be! done! today! Planner simply lets me get
things out of my head so that I can rest assured knowing that things I
plan to do someday won’t slip through the cracks of my memory.
Sure, a lot of self-help books tell you to stop procrastinating and
do things now. I might be one of the rare people not
bothered by the idea that I procrastinate. I keep ideas simmering on
the backburner, ready for lazy afternoons or moments of inspiration in
the bath. My procrastination is a gleeful exercise of power over my
life, making space for other unplanned things. I don’t mind putting
things off until tomorrow if there are unexpectedly wonderful things
going on today. =)
Note that this doesn’t mean I’ll put off doing things until the
absolute last minute. In fact, I enjoy doing things with time limits
as soon as I can, and I often submitted programming assignments soon
after they were given. I once majorly freaked out when one of my group
projects was delayed not because of my part (which I had finished
weeks before) but because the other group members hadn’t even started
on their documentation until the day before (or something like
For me, procrastination is simply the ability to choose what I’d like
to work on today, knowing that I can work on other things tomorrow or
the next day or the day after that. It’s not perfect, but it does give
me a happy feeling about how much I accomplish each day and excitement
about what I’m going to do tomorrow.
I’m looking for a stronger title. “productively procrastinating”?
“structured procrastination”? Something that doesn’t mention
procrastinating but still manages to express this idea? =) Any
Ã£ÂÂ“Ã£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂƒÂÃ£Â‚ÂºÃ£ÂƒÂŸÃ£Â‚Â’Ã¨Â¿Â½Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£ÂÂ‘Ã£ÂÂªÃ£ÂÂ„Ã£Â€Â‚ This cat doesn’t chase rats.
I finally managed to have dinner with Sean earlier. It turns out he
wasn’t avoiding me (heaven forbid). He had just been just buried under
work, having recently had his workday extended by an hour or so.
Dinner out was a welcome break for him, and we spent a few hours
leisurely chatting over soup and pasta at Almon Marina. I showed him
my feeble attempts at sketching and he gave me a few tips on facial
expressions. We chatted about movies and retrogaming, too. (No, we
didn’t mention the weather at all.)
We headed over to Bizu for dessert, where we ran into Aaron—an old
college friend I hadn’t seen in ages. It was a lot of fun chatting
with Aaron, and it looks like business is treating him very well
despite the demanding schedule. He juggles and is looking forward to
our show. =) As for me—the low-sugar chocolates and the positively
decadent chocolate souffle sent me into seventh heaven. I can’t
recommend that place enough.
The evening was great fun, and I look forward to meeting Sean and our
other friends soon. It’s funny… I really _do_ think meeting some
people would be more interesting than watching TV—or maybe even
working with the computer. Oooh, my hidden extrovert is showing… ;)
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I took a taxi just to make it to my 4:00 appointment at
a small dermatology clinic along Arnaiz Ave. near Park Square 1. I
made it there by 4:05. The receptionist retrieved my record, which
indeed had “Tuesday 4:00″ written on it. However, there was no
available slot, so they asked me to wait.
After finishing an entire magazine (cover to cover, including articles
on swimsuits and makeup and all of these things I’d ordinarily not
even glance at) and sketching a stool (complete with shadows from two
light sources), I looked up at the clock. Thirty minutes had passed
without a word, an apology, or even an estimate of how much longer I
would need to wait.
Eventually the middle bay cleared and I was asked to recline on the
elevated bed. I had scarcely settled in when the assistant was told to
transfer the person in the far bay to the bed I was in the process of
occupying, so I put my glasses back on, gathered my things, and moved
to the next bay.
As the assistant smeared cream on my face and wiped it off with a
sponge, she kept asking me: “Are your meds complete?” It took me a
while to realize that she was asking about my medication. I said yes.
Not that I would know if it was complete or not, but hey, we sat
through the song-and-dance yesterday and my mom bought whatever the
dermatologist was pushing. A short while later, she (or another
assistant) asked again, “Are your meds complete?” I was starting to
get really annoyed about the hard sell, but I decided that it wouldn’t
be wise to piss off people who are working on your face.
So I patiently waited… and waited… and waited… I even fell
asleep at some point. When I woke up, I heard the whir of machinery
from the next unit. After a short pause, I heard the dermatologist’s
voice from the unit near the door, giving another consultation. It was
probably the exact pitch she’d used on us last week; no questions, but
rather just a high-speed rattling-off of things one needs to buy.
I turned my head and affixed the assistant with an impatient glare.
That netted me nothing more than a perfunctory “Please wait a while.”
I tried to settle back down, but I simply couldn’t stand that kind of
service. I got up, pulled the towel headband off my hair, and stormed
off, telling them I really couldn’t wait any longer and that their
customer service could _really_ be improved. Then I left. Looking
back, I wish I’d said something stronger, but disappointment choked my
voice and I still haven’t gotten over that innate dislike of making a
I stalked through Glorietta searching for some place that would make
me feel like they valued my business. I was annoyed. No, I was more
than annoyed—I was aggravated. I felt terrible wasting all that time
better than just going to a skin clinic and having a facial, but that
place just sucked. This wasn’t the first time I’d had to wait without
explanation, and I should’ve clued in that first day and refused to go
for any more treatment there. Sheesh.
I ended up going for a really painful facial at Let’s Face It, but at
least people there smiled, attended to me promptly, and explained what
they were doing.
If I’m going to go for this entire dermatology thing, I’d like to have
a dermatologist who’ll ask me about what I eat and how I live; who’ll
find a way for me to keep eating chocolate, who’ll tell me what to do
when I have pimples the day before I expect pictures to be taken…
If I can’t have that, then I’d rather not have clear skin than put up
with customer service as bad as
Moral lesson: Customer service is very important. Keep your customers
in the loop. Don’t let them feel neglected. Care about them; make them
feel special instead of just another source of income for you.
I was thinking of heading back to
a piece of my mind, but then I passed by National Bookstore and I got
sucked in. Still.
Oh, well. Good lesson in how personally annoying bad service can be.
Ã£ÂÂ“Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¥Â†Â™Ã§ÂœÂŸÃ£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£Â‚Â’Ã¨Â¦Â‹Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£ÂÂ‘Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â‚Â‰Ã£Â€ÂÃ£ÂÂŠÃ©Â›Â»Ã¨Â©Â±Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ Ã£ÂÂ•Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£Â€Â‚ Please call us when you see the cat in this picture.
Warren also grips:
I don’t think companies in Manila understand the meaning
of “customer service”. A very good example is PLDT :). Another one is
one of the biggest bank in Manila; METROBANK. They have like 40
clients in queue and they only have 1 teller serving them. My GOD!!! I
don’t know where the Managers/Supervisors of these organizations
obtained their degree.
I am completely in love with my latest indispensable personal
information management tool:
A 3×5 deck of plain (unruled) index cards.
Seriously. A 3×5 deck of plain index cards and a writing implement
like a black gel pen, a black 0.5 Pilot Hi-Techpoint (which just gives
me a great feeling) or a Mongol #2 pencil is my geek survival kit.
I can write temporary notes on index cards. It’s random-access, so I
can flip through things. The plastic neatly holds business cards and
folded pieces of paper. If I need to give people information, I can
write on new 3×5 cards and give the cards to them—they’re tougher
than paper, so they won’t get lost or crumpled as easily.
I lurv my index cards.
E-Mail to plug’s chit-chat list
Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£Â‚Â‚Ã£ÂÂ†Ã¥Â°Â‘Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂ§Ã£ÂƒÂˆÃ£ÂƒÂ©Ã£ÂƒÂƒÃ£Â‚Â¯Ã£ÂÂ«Ã£ÂÂ²Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£Â‚ÂŒÃ£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ†Ã£ÂÂ«Ã£ÂÂªÃ£ÂÂ£Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat came near being run over by a truck.
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/opensources/book/brian.html has a good explanation of the differences between popular open source licenses.
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From Jan Alonzo:
I think the reason why I mentioned “Planning the Unplanned” is because we plan
(and prioritize) the stuff we want to do for the day, analyse it, and see how
much “procrastination time” we have for that day. By looking at your tasks,
you kinda think “Oh I’ve got a bit of _space_ here, let’s read some email.
That sort of thing. Well, at least, that’s how I think anyway :-).
Hehehe. M-x plan. I like it as a title for your blog. Very appropriate :D
From Gerd Flaig:
How do you like the term ‘agile planning’?
From Paul Lussier:
Just read your blog on procrastination. It might amuse you to know
that I coined the term (with my best friend Celeste) “Productive
Procrastination” over 15 years ago! :)
I’m sure we weren’t the first to come up with, what with me being one
of the wholly most un-original people on this planet. But Celeste and
I would constantly “help” each other “productively procrastinate” on a
regular basis. The definition of “Productive Procrastination” is:
The avoidance of doing something mostly uninteresting by doing
something else which also legitimately needs to be accomplished, but
probably not nearly as urgently as that task which you are
attempting to avoid.
Often times this would be in the form of studying for one class in
order to avoid studying for another. Or working on a CS project which
was due soon, but not nearly as soon as the impending calculus exam :)
Just today infact, I avoided building 2 Windows laptops by figuring
out how to extend planner! I’m sure you get the point…
I’ve recently (in the past year or so) come across another term for my
Shaving the Yak
as defined here:
So, you have my vote in favor of using “Productive Procrastination” as
your wiki title :)
Hey, that sounds like structured procrastination, mentioned by an
essay I read a year ago or so…
Mmkay, let’s try “productively procrastinating”. (Title of the day!)
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http://360.yahoo.com is yet another social networking service, this
time from Yahoo. I’d rather not spam everyone I know (we’re all on far
too many social networks as it were), so… anyone who wants to link
up can just invite me or e-mail me or use the ever-so-handy comment
form below. =)
Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã¥Â°ÂÃ©Â³Â¥Ã£ÂÂ«Ã¥Â¿ÂÃ£ÂÂ³Ã¥Â¯Â„Ã£ÂÂ£Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat crept toward the bird.
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lack of training
Why do clients get Adphoto?
what do we need to train: (materials)
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I couldn’t help but respond to the Philippine Open Source Conference
2005 thread on PLUG when I saw the posts mentioning embedded Linux.
It’s… amazing, really, to see how people are interested in it. =) So
I went on a trip down memory lane…
I can speak on developing for the iPAQ; my code is still
in the bootloader, and I played around with programming small apps for
it. (You can get a small CGI-capable web server or Python and have
tons of fun hacking in class.) I haven’t touched it in three years,
though. It’s been a while. If someone has made a more recent
contribution, I’d gladly step aside. Besides, (cross my fingers!) I
may be out of the country by the time of the conference.
Still, if I’m in the country and no one else is up for it, then I can
talk about having Linux in Your Pocket.
* * * flashback * * *
You know, that was the title of my _very_ first Linux-related talk at
Linux10 Philippines in 2001… I presented to just _one_ person, as he
was the only one in the room at the time my talk was supposed to
start. He was an IT journalist, so it wasn’t totally wasted. After the
talk, I peeked out and found all these people who apparently had
wanted to hear the talk, but were too shy to go in while I was
Incidentally, Linux on the iPAQ was _the_ thing that got me into
development. My first public CVS access, my first instance of getting
sent hardware (Jamey Hicks totally rocks)…
I’m going to stop now before I get all misty-eyed.
Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã¦ÂžÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã©Â–Â“Ã£ÂÂ«Ã©ÂšÂ Ã£Â‚ÂŒÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat hid among the branches.
Zakame said on PLUG:
Same here. Personally I was amused at the sight of them: actually, I was
more interested on the (pleasant sight of the) pretty girls inviting
everyone to sign up to MSDN. I did sign up (which shows my soft spot
;p), and I was expecting the reply mail confirming it. It never
Hmmm. Maybe I should go in my Japanese schoolgirl outfit (or my
kimono, or some other costume ;) ) and convince people to try out
World domination one geek at a time! Mwahahahahahaha!
E-Mail to Philippine Linux Users’ Group Mailing List
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My day started with lunch with Nishida, a Japanese businessman setting up the Philippine subsidiary of MSI Corporation. MSI was my host company during my internship, and I’m greatly obliged to them for the opportunity to see how the Japanese software industry worked. I was nervously thinking of what they might want assistance with, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was a social call. We met at the lobby of Shangri-la Makati and walked to Zen for (unsurprisingly) a Japanese lunch.
I had fun chatting with him in Japanese. He said he must’ve been to
all the Japanese restaurants in the area, and he proceeded to list
them. They were just imitations, he said, but they were much cheaper
than food in Japan so he wasn’t unhappy. He had some problems figuring
out the bento box system at Zen, so I tried to explain how it worked,
and I also asked for the Japanese menu. (Good thing my mom and I
peeked at the Japanese menu a week or two ago!)
We then chatted about life in a foreign country. I told him how I’d
quickly made friends through free conversations with volunteers,
technical conferences, and nomikais (informal get-togethers). He’s
been in the Philippines for over seven months but has been having
problems making Filipino friends. Although he went to a few karaoke
bars (you know the Japanese and their karaoke), he didn’t really get
to know people there. As he said, women there just hit on you because
they want to marry a Japanese guy. I laughed and told him I have a
wonderful boyfriend; he doesn’t need to worry about me. He has a
Filipina assistant who sometimes teaches him about Filipino culture
(what to do and what not to do), but they can’t hang out because they
work together. All the other people he knows are Japanese, so they
chat in Japanese. As a result, he doesn’t really feel comfortable
chatting in English.
Of course, I offered to switch to English so that he could practice.
He declined, saying he was just so relieved to find a Filipino who can
talk to him in Japanese. I told him a lot of people learn Japanese
because of anime, and offered to help him look for friendship circles
and other things like that.
We also chatted about cultural misadventures. Food was, as always, a
source of great humor, from balut (which we both can’t stand) to
chicharon (which he found absolutely horrific—how can anyone eat that
sort of stuff? I just grin). He told me about this morning’s phone
call. When he called up the house to confirm our lunch, of course he
asked for “Chua-san”—I always used my last name in Japan, following
convention. My dad answered the phone, and it took some back-and-forth
and a bit of panicking on Nishida’s end before my dad realized the
call was for me. Heh. That’s also why I tend to call guys by their
first names instead of by their last names, even if that _is_ their
(You can ask Ernest about the very first time I called him up. See,
his nickname was not only “Baello” (his last name), but he also had
the same name as his father_, so I couldn’t just ask for “Ernest”…
To be safe, I specified his _full_ name instead. That made his mom laugh.)
Anyway. We’ll take care of introducing Nishida to some other people
and taking him out to see some places; it’s the least I can do to
repay my obligations to the volunteers who helped me so much in Japan.
I wish Dominique was there. They’d probably have gotten along very
well. My mom might have fun chatting with him, too; she’ll know how to
make him feel relaxed. Tita Raquel, definitely. I wonder who else
among our friends can help the poor guy… =)
Ã£Â€ÂŒÃ£ÂÂÃ£Â‚ÂŒÃ£ÂÂ§Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂÂŠÃ£ÂÂ¾Ã£ÂÂˆÃ£ÂÂ«Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ“Ã£Â‚Â’Ã¤Â¸Â€Ã¥ÂŒÂ¹Ã£ÂÂ¨Ã£ÂÂ£Ã£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂ‚Ã£ÂÂ’Ã£Â‚ÂˆÃ£ÂÂ†Ã£Â€ÂÃ£ÂÂ¨Ã£Â€ÂÃ£ÂÂŠÃ£ÂÂ˜Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ•Ã£Â‚Â“Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ¾Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ “I will get you a cat, my dear,” said the very old man.
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I went for my first pottery lesson today! I joined my mom for pottery
lessons at the Pettyjohn-Mendoza pottery studio in Greenbelt.
Wonderful, wonderful people. While I learned how to shape clay,
I had a lot of fun chatting with the Pettyjohns.
I made two cats: Scaredy-cat and Catnap. I formed Scaredy-cat by
pinching out a shape As for Catnap, well… I just smoothed away stuff
that didn’t look like a cat. It wasn’t perfect, but it looked somewhat
recognizable. I like clay more than I like pencil. I have a hard time
sketching the shape of a cat in pencil, but I remember what a cat feels
I also made a coil pot, a surfer, and a weird eye bowl.
Maybe I’ll keep Scaredy-cat and Catnap. We’ll check next week when the
pieces are a bit drier. I’ll bring a camera next time so that you can
see them. =)
Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã¦ÂÂ•Ã£Â‚Â‰Ã£ÂÂˆÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£ÂƒÂÃ£Â‚ÂºÃ£ÂƒÂŸÃ£Â‚Â’Ã¥Â¼Â•Ã£ÂÂÃ¨Â£Â‚Ã£ÂÂÃ¥Â§Â‹Ã£Â‚ÂÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat began to tear at the mouse it caught.
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My mom and I are out clubbing.
Well, we’re at Pipers on C. Palanca St. in Ayala, and we’re waiting
for the stand-up comedy show to start. If it’s nice, I’m probably
going to look into attending a comedy workshop. Good for public
speaking practice. ;)
Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã¦Â¤Â…Ã¥ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã¤Â¸ÂŠÃ£ÂÂ«Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ¾Ã£ÂÂ™Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£Â€ÂÃ¦Â¤Â…Ã¥ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã¤Â¸Â‹Ã£ÂÂ«Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ¾Ã£ÂÂ™Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£Â€Â‚ Is the cat on the chair or under the chair?
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A stray mention in #emacs led me to
http://www.math.washington.edu/~palmieri/Emacs/ , which has Emacs Lisp
code for lightning completion and highlight completion. Both are
pretty interesting, and I wonder how I can put them to good use.
Ã§Â§ÂÃ£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂÂ“Ã£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¤Â¸Â–Ã¨Â©Â±Ã£Â‚Â’Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂªÃ£ÂÂ‘Ã£Â‚ÂŒÃ£ÂÂ°Ã£ÂÂªÃ£Â‚Â‰Ã£ÂÂªÃ£ÂÂ„Ã£Â€Â‚ I have to look after this cat.
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Celine was having terrible problems with her network connection.
Initially I thought it was because Quickbooks couldn’t handle the
cascaded switch configuration, but with packet loss of over 50% and
only two hosts connected to the switch, it didn’t seem to be a
resource problem. The high packet loss meant that Quickbooks was
practically unusable. When I took my laptop down to the lobby for
diagnostics, I couldn’t even ping the server. The tester lit up the
lines in the right order, although one of the cables didn’t have a
working pin 1.
After some poking around, I threw my hands up and crimped one of the
spare cables according to the standards. (Good thing we had spares!)
Lo and behold! It worked! I should leave a wiring diagram in Jun’s
Does anyone have a 110 punch tool for terminating wall mounts? I
expected the wall mounts to be self-terminating like the patch panels
in the dorm, but that wasn’t the case. PC Express carries wall mounts,
but not the tool for terminating them—go figure!
Ã£ÂÂŠÃ£ÂÂ—Ã£Â‚ÂƒÃ£ÂÂ¹Ã£Â‚ÂŠÃ£ÂÂ®Ã¤ÂºÂºÃ£ÂÂ¯Ã£Â€ÂÃ£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ¤Ã£Â‚Â‚Ã£ÂÂ®Ã§Â§Â˜Ã¥Â¯Â†Ã£Â‚Â’Ã£ÂÂ°Ã£ÂÂÃ£Â‚ÂÃ£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂ£Ã£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂˆÃ£ÂÂ¯Ã¤Â»Â–Ã¤ÂºÂºÃ£ÂÂ®Ã¥ÂˆÂ©Ã£ÂÂŒÃ¦Â„Â›Ã£Â‚Â’Ã¥Â†Â’Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã£Â€Â‚ A talkative person is always letting the cat out of the bag and jeopardizing the interests of others.
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and why code based on your imagination when you can rip
off someone else’s code for free (free as in free beer)?
I code because I want to. Often, there simply isn’t anything else out
there that does exactly what I want, or it’ll be too much trouble
sifting through thousands of applications to find that one perfect
match. I code for fun, to explore my thoughts and to write them down
in a form computers and people can understand.
Instead of locking up the source code beyond customization or forcing
me to rewrite everything from scratch, open source gives me a
fantastic jumping-off point for my own applications. Open source helps
me be more creative by letting me quickly get to the interesting part,
playing with concepts without having to write my own framework or
scaffolding. At the same time, reading other people’s code teaches me
so much about how people solve similar problems and use available
tools. Their code inspires me to do better.
Open source development is like standing on the shoulders of giants,
and that’s one of the reasons why I’m so thankful to the open source
community for all the help they’ve given me over the years.
Ã¥Â½Â¼Ã£Â‚Â‰Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂŒÃ¦ÂœÂ¨Ã£ÂÂ«Ã§Â™Â»Ã£ÂÂ£Ã£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã£ÂÂ®Ã£Â‚Â’Ã¨Â¦Â‹Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ They saw a cat climbing up the tree.
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I had a nice long chat with Ranulf Goss about
life, the universe, and everything. I think it’s absolutely wonderful
that he wants to inspire people to go into independent game
development here in the Philippines, and I wish him lots of luck. I’m
looking forward to our Subic trip this weekend, too! =)
Ã§Â§ÂÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£ÂÂ¡Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£Â‚Â’Ã£ÂƒÂŸÃ£ÂƒÂŸÃ£ÂÂ¨Ã£ÂÂªÃ£ÂÂšÃ£ÂÂ‘Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ We named the cat Mimi.
Update 2013-04-28: Fixed Japanese encoding error by re-copying from examples.
is an insightful blog post on personalizing a planner. It inspires me
to do something similar with my Planner. =)
彼は猫のように四つんばいにはった. He crept on all fours like a cat.
I went to Philippine Science High School to register for the national
alumni association and designate a proxy for the elections on
Saturday. I’ll be in Subic with Ranulf and a few other friends, so I
gave Ma’am Chupungco proxy powers. Although Aris Roberto does not
enjoy universal confidence, I’m glad that at least he cares about
these issues enough to raise our awareness—and he did manage to get
several of us batch 99ers out of the woodwork. There’s something to be
said about that.
Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂŒÃ£ÂÂ®Ã£ÂÂ³Ã£Â‚Â’Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat arched its back and stretched.
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flpsed is a WYSIWYG Postscript editor. To edit pdfs, install xpdf, then: ps2pdf, flpsed, pdftops. Interesting…
oh man, how do you keep a life so organized? ya know i
love emacs and lisp but i’m bogging down on planner. :-(
i guess i like spontainity and surprises! :-)
Some people look at my website and think I’m organized. I have no idea
what gives them that impression. Maybe it’s the color-coded task list.
Yes, yes, that must be it.
Regular readers will notice, however, that I procrastinate as much as
anyone else. Just check my website tomorrow and see which tasks still
aren’t done. ;) In fact, if you look at the linked pages, you’ll find
lots of tasks I haven’t even scheduled.
I guess I procrastinate in an organized manner. ;) Planner lets me do
that. It doesn’t guilt-trip me into productivity or nag me to do
things. Rather, it helps me keep track of the things I’d like to
eventually get around to doing, and it occasionally reminds me that I
should do some of those things soon.
Planner makes working fun. I love seeing crossed-off tasks on my
Planner. When I break things down into tiny little pieces and cross
them off my list, it feels good. On the other hand, if I don’t manage
to cross off anything on my list, that means I had either made
progress on at least one task or had fun doing something unexpected. <grin>
I love surprises, too. Today I had lunch with Clair and Madj at
Greenbelt. Totally unplanned—actually, I was just planning to sleep
in—but totally, totally fun. Then my mom and I went to a wedding in
Alabang, and that was surprisingly wonderful and sweet… =)
E-Mail from Richi’s server
Ã§Â§Â˜Ã¥Â¯Â†Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£Â‚Â‚Ã£ÂÂ†Ã£ÂÂ™Ã£ÂÂ£Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£Â‚ÂŠÃ§ÂŸÂ¥Ã£Â‚ÂŒÃ¦Â¸Â¡Ã£ÂÂ£Ã£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã£Â‚ÂˆÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat is well out of the bag.
I hate commuting. I spent an hour in a bus that crawled through Makati
and eventually broke down before the Makati Stock Exchange. Instead of
hiking all the way to the MRT destination or hopping onto another
agonizingly slow bus, I decided to take a taxi. Expensive, but more
comfortable. I don’t really trust taxis, though. Good thing this one
Because of that transportation mishap (I really thought I could take
the bus), I ended up being slightly late. Good thing I called their
landline, as Aris left his phone at home.
Might help him. Would rather his company found a way to keep the
schedule or work with the constraints, but if push comes to shove,
I’ll help him out because he’s my friend. =)
Ã£ÂƒÂ†Ã£ÂƒÂ¼Ã£ÂƒÂ–Ã£ÂƒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¤Â¸Â‹Ã£ÂÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã©Â»Â’Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂŒÃ£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ Under the table was a black cat.
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Had a wonderful chat with Ranulf and Marcelle.
Ã£ÂƒÂ•Ã£ÂƒÂ©Ã£ÂƒÂ³Ã£Â‚Â¹Ã¨ÂªÂžÃ£ÂÂ®Ã¯Â¼Â£Ã¯Â¼Â¨Ã¯Â¼Â¡Ã¯Â¼Â´Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã¨Â‹Â±Ã¨ÂªÂžÃ£ÂÂ®Ã¯Â¼Â£Ã¯Â¼Â¡Ã¯Â¼Â´Ã£Â‚Â’Ã¦Â„ÂÃ¥Â‘Â³Ã£ÂÂ™Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã£Â€Â‚ The French word `chat’ means `cat’
We went to Subic last weekend. It was tons of fun. =) I’m really glad
I had an opportunity to spend more time with Diane, and I’m also
really glad I got to know Jac more. Dominique was absolutely wonderful
(and well-behaved). Ranulf and Marcelle were cool, too. <grin>
Yay yay yay yay!
Ã§Â§ÂÃ£ÂÂ¯Ã£Â€ÂÃ¤Â¾Â‹Ã£ÂÂˆÃ£ÂÂ°Ã£Â€ÂÃ§ÂŒÂ«Ã£Â‚Â„Ã§ÂŠÂ¬Ã£ÂÂ®Ã£Â‚ÂˆÃ£ÂÂ†Ã£ÂÂªÃ¥Â‹Â•Ã§Â‰Â©Ã£ÂÂŒÃ¥Â¥Â½Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ§Ã£ÂÂ™Ã£Â€Â‚ I like animals, for example, a cat or a dog.
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I am ultra-grateful to Jijo Sevilla (jijo AT free.net.ph) for my mail
and DNS. He’s ubercool. He says:
You can help by referring my managed hosting services to anyone you may
come by who may benefit from outsourcing web (Zope/Plone/
email and mailing list hosting services. My pricing is competitive,
AFAIK, and should be great for SMEs. I don’t do website development, but
have a partner (Sparkplug Studios) who does.
E-Mail from Federico Sevilla III
Ã¯Â¼Â¡ Ã¯Â½Â“Ã¯Â½ÂÃ¯Â½ÂÃ¯Â½Â” Ã¯Â½ÂÃ¯Â½Â† Ã¯Â½Â“Ã¯Â½ÂˆÃ¯Â½Â•Ã¯Â½Â”Ã¢ÂˆÂ’Ã¯Â½Â…Ã¯Â½Â™Ã¯Â½Â… Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£Â€ÂÃ£ÂÂ¾Ã£ÂÂŸÃ§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ®Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂÃ£Â‚Â€Ã£Â‚ÂŠÃ£ÂÂ¨Ã£Â‚Â‚Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£Â‚ÂÃ£Â‚ÂŒÃ£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã£Â€Â‚Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã¯Â¼Â‘Ã¥ÂºÂ¦Ã£ÂÂ«Ã¯Â¼Â’Ã£Â€ÂœÃ¯Â¼Â“Ã¥ÂˆÂ†Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã¥Â¯ÂÃ£ÂÂªÃ£ÂÂ„Ã§Â™Â–Ã£ÂÂŒÃ£ÂÂ‚Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£Â‚Â‰Ã£ÂÂ Ã£Â€Â‚ “A spot of shut-eye” is also called a cat nap because a cat is in the habit of sleeping only a few minutes at a time.
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describe how to mount your Gmail account as a filesystem under Linux.
Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂÂ˜Ã£Â‚Â…Ã£ÂÂ†Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â‚Â“Ã£Â‚Â’Ã£ÂÂ²Ã£ÂÂ£Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£ÂÂÃ¥Â§Â‹Ã£Â‚ÂÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat started scratching to scratch the carpet.
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43 folders is collecting neat Post-it hacks. I love using Post-it notes to
organize my articles and presentations, writing down keywords on individual
notes and rearranging them until they make sense. I like using thin strips
for keywords and larger notes for storyboards. I like being able to see everything
at a glance and rearrange things without having to navigate using a keyboard or a
mouse. Post-it notes are a great way to put together impromptu presentations, too.
Just stick them onto the back of a folder and peel them off as you discuss the points;
that way, you don’t forget to discuss anything. Great stuff! I should add a pack to my
Geek Survival Kit (a pack of 3×5 index cards and a black gel pen).
Ã©Â¬Â¼Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ¬Ã©Â–Â“Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¦Â´Â—Ã¦Â¿Â¯Ã£Â€Â‚ When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
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|Start||May 7, ’05 9:00a|
|End||May 7, ’05 3:00p|
|Location||Private Room, Oakwood Premier|
Mensa Philippines is an emerging national Mensa under the auspices of
Mensa International Ltd. The society has over 100,000 members in over
80 countries worldwide. R. Buckminster Fuller, actress / archer Geena
Davis, comedian John Cleese (Monty Python), Scott Adams (Dilbert),
Matt Groening (Simpsons), Jean Auel (Clan of the Cave Bear) and
science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov are some of the more prominent
While we don’t have tests that you can take at home, there are many
practice tests available on the Internet. You will find tests, puzzles
and other Mensa resources at:
The sole criterion for membership in Mensa, is to score within the top
2 percent (98th percentile and up) on an accepted and properly
supervised qualifying test.
Mensa will be holding just such a qualifying session on SATURDAY, 07
MAY 2005 at the Private Room, OAKWOOD Premier, Glorietta 4, Ayala
The qualifier is a culture-fair test of the type that is often
referred to as “abstract reasoning”. It does NOT test for math or
language skills. While there is no strict time-limit, most people will
finish in an hour or two. You may register and START your test anytime
between 9:00 A.M. and 3 P.M.
YOU will ONLY need to BRING a valid ID (with photo) and the testing
fee of P400 (or the discounted P150 rate for UNDER-GRAD students). We
would also appreciate it if you could verify your postal address and
Pre-registration requires NO pre-payment. Payments will only be
received at the testing venue itself. Providing us with your name and
contact info beforehand simply allows us to be better prepared to
accommodate you. Pre-registrants may choose their time slot and will
have preference over walk-in test-takers.
The identities of the those who take the test as well as any results
are strictly confidential. The results will be mailed to you within a
month or so. If you don’t quite make the cut this time around (we all
have off days), you may re-take the qualifying test after 6 months.
Follow this link for more information regarding Mensa’s qualifying
For further inquiries
E-Mail: email@example.com (Subject: May 07 Oakwood Test)
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: May 07 Oakwood Test)
Pre-registration will close a week before the test. Note that Mensa is
manned exclusively by volunteers, so an immediate response may not be
possible. We will get back to you as promptly as we can.
Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂŒÃ£Â‚Â½Ã£ÂƒÂ•Ã£Â‚Â¡Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¤Â¸ÂŠÃ£ÂÂ«Ã¥Â¯ÂÃ£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã£Â€Â‚ A cat is lying on the sofa.
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(defun sacha/emacs-wiki-markup-string (string) "Mark up STRING according to `emacs-wiki-publishing-rules'. No header or footer is added." (let ((emacs-wiki-project emacs-wiki-current-project)) (with-temp-buffer (emacs-wiki-mode) (insert string) (let ((emacs-wiki-publishing-header "") (emacs-wiki-publishing-footer "")) (emacs-wiki-replace-markup)) (buffer-string))))
Ã£ÂÂ†Ã£ÂÂ¡Ã£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã¥ÂÂ°Ã¦Â‰Â€Ã£ÂÂ«Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ¾Ã£ÂÂ™Ã£Â€Â‚ Our cat is in the kitchen.
(defun sacha/planner-add-recent () "Add the current note to the list of recent entries, trimmed at 10." (interactive) (let* ((info (planner-current-note-info)) (url (concat "http://sacha.free.net.ph/notebook/wiki/" (emacs-wiki-published-name (planner-note-page info)) "#" (planner-note-anchor info)))) (when info (with-current-buffer (find-file-noselect "/home/sacha/notebook/wiki/include/footer.inc.php") (goto-char (point-min)) (when (re-search-forward "--recent--" nil t) (save-restriction (narrow-to-region (1+ (line-end-position)) (progn (re-search-forward "--end of recent--" nil t) (line-beginning-position))) (goto-char (point-min)) (insert "" (planner-note-title info) "
\n") (forward-line 10) (delete-region (point) (point-max)) (save-buffer)))))))
Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£Â‚ÂÃ£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ†Ã£ÂÂªÃ£ÂƒÂÃ£Â‚Â³Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂƒÂˆÃ£ÂƒÂ©Ã£ÂƒÂƒÃ£Â‚Â¯Ã£ÂÂ«Ã£ÂÂ²Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£Â‚ÂŒÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The poor cat was run over by a truck.
Ã£ÂÂ‚Ã£ÂÂªÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£ÂÂ¯Ã©Â»Â’Ã£ÂÂ„Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂŒÃ¥Â¥Â½Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ§Ã£ÂÂ™Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£Â€Â‚ Do you like a black cat?
http://www.google.com.ph ‘s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button has changed
from “Maganda ang Kutob Ko” to “Heto na ang pinakahinahanap-hanap
Announcing planner-el-3.29, available at
http://sacha.free.net.ph/notebook/emacs/sacha-stable.tar.gz and deb
http://sacha.free.net.ph/notebook/emacs/planner/ . =)
|Summary||Synchronize with sacha AT free.net.ph—main/planner—dev—1.0—patch-380|
dryice/33-38, dev/365-379, jeho/50-60, johnsu01/0-3
E-Mail to emacs-wiki-discuss
Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂƒÂÃ£Â‚ÂºÃ£ÂƒÂŸÃ£Â‚Â’Ã¦ÂÂ•Ã£ÂÂ¾Ã£ÂÂˆÃ£ÂÂ¾Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat caught the rats.
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Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã¦ÂžÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã©Â–Â“Ã£ÂÂ«Ã©ÂšÂ Ã£Â‚ÂŒÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat hid among the branches.
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<comfrey_> i spent most of this past weekend reading the elisp manual because planner.el is sucking me in
Watched King Arthur, Ring 2 (not worth watching), Ranma, and My Little
Bride with Marcelle, Grace, Ranulf, Peppy, and Sean at my house. It
was a lot of fun hanging out with them. My Little Bride was so cute!
Ã¥Â¦Â»Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã§Â‹Â¬Ã§ÂœÂ¼Ã£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£Â‚Â’Ã¨Â¦Â‹Ã£ÂÂ¦Ã¨ÂºÂ«Ã©ÂœÂ‡Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ My wife shuddered at the sight of a one-eyed cat.
From April 28, 2005 to May 1, 2005, Banaue will hold the 8th Imbayah
Cultural Festival: “Breaking the Cultural Barriers: Meeting the
Challenges of the Times.” “Imbayah” comes from the word “bayah,” which
means “rice wine.” It is Banaue’s grandest celebration, marking the
elevation of a common family to nobility. In modern times, this
community festival showcases the best in Banaue’s cultural heritage,
drawing tourists from all over the Philippines and around the world to
see Ifugao sing, dance, and play traditional games dressed in full
The cultural festival is preceded by 9 nights of merry-making, dancing
and chanting at the Market Plaza. The Imbayah will be officially
kicked off with an opening ritual or “Baki” to be held on April 28 at
1:00 PM in the Market Plaza, followed by a concert at the ICS gym. On
April 29, a dancing parade will be held starting at 7:30 on the ICS
grounds. An agro-industrial fair will be held at the newly-constructed
Municipal Market Building, followed by musical competition, a variety
show, and a street party. April 30 opens with a street dancing contest
at 7:30 at the LGU Extension Office in Ilogue, ethnic games and craft
competitions, and various races to be held at the Market Plaza. At
7:00 on May 1, hiking enthusiasts can tackle the Bannawor trail. This
will be followed by more competitions and the closing ceremony.
Visitors are invited to come experience Banaue at its best. For more
information, contact Jerry U. Dalipog, municipal mayor of Banaue.
(or get in touch with me or my dad.)
All pages in an assignment should have your name in the upper left
corner and the page number in the upper right corner. I suppose I
should draft things in oowriter, but I’ll repost it as HTML and text
Ã§Â§ÂÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£ÂÂ¡Ã£ÂÂŒÃ¤Â¼Â‘Ã¦ÂšÂ‡Ã£Â‚Â’Ã£ÂÂ¨Ã£ÂÂ£Ã£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂ„Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã©Â–Â“Ã£Â€ÂÃ¨Â¿Â‘Ã¦Â‰Â€Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¤ÂºÂºÃ£ÂÂŒÃ§Â§ÂÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£ÂÂ¡Ã£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¤Â¸Â–Ã¨Â©Â±Ã£Â‚Â’Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂ¦Ã£ÂÂÃ£Â‚ÂŒÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ While we were on holiday, a neighbor took care of our cat.
IndexCards written today:
|Boredom prevention device||My boredom prevention device is a pack of index cards. Whenever I find myself with unexpected free time, I scribble down a thought or two. This leaves me with no excuse for not writing. I like it more than a notebook because I can easily rearrange topics. Besides, the size of an index card encourages me to write, while a notebook intimidates me with all that blank space. Small notebooks are hard to write on, but index cards can be separated from the pack for easy scribbling. I like them a lot.|
|Contingency plans||If I don’t go to UToronto this year, I can: continue my MA Education in Ateneo, join infoweapons for two years, learn theater and assorted things, and/or explore other scholarships.|
|Hipster PDA||That’s a fancy name for what I’m using now. 2″ fold-back clips are a bit too big. The handles extend past the card if I anchor it at the bottom, so I anchor it near the right side instead. Still have to find a way to attach a pen to this thing. Found 3″x5″ organizer refills, and the month template looks like it will be very handy. The day template could help me with time logging. I’ve added 20 2″x3″ sticky notes to the card before my reflections and a bunch of blank cards to the end, just in case. Brilliant idea: I should add song lyrics to my pad…|
|Taxi||I always feel nervous when taxis take “shortcuts” through unfamiliar streets. Long routes make me wonder how far off we go. Small, crowded streets make me feel especially anxious. I guess it’s because I don’t trust cab drivers not to try to take advantage of me.|
Ã£ÂÂÃ£ÂÂ®Ã§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã©Â£Â›Ã£ÂÂ³Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£Â‚ÂÃ£ÂÂ†Ã£ÂÂ¨Ã£ÂÂ—Ã£ÂÂ¦Ã¤Â½ÂŽÃ£ÂÂÃ¨ÂºÂ«Ã¦Â§Â‹Ã£ÂÂˆÃ£ÂÂŸÃ£Â€Â‚ The cat crouched down ready to jump.
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The U.P. Law Internet & Society Program will be hosting the first
Philippine blogging summit entitled Ã¢Â€ÂœiBlogÃ¢Â€Â on May 7, 2005 Saturday
from 9 am to 5 pm at the UP NISMED, UP Campus. This is a FREE event
but registration at the iBlog website (http://www.iblogph.org) is
This will be a whole-day conference featuring CICT Commissioner Dondi
Mapa, The Sassy Lawyer, Yugatech, Dean Alfar, the PCIJ Bloggers and
See you folks at iBlog!
I guess I’ll take the Mensa test in the morning or something like that…
E-Mail from Janette Toral
Ã¥Â•ÂÃ©Â¡ÂŒÃ£ÂÂ¯Ã¨ÂªÂ°Ã£ÂÂŒÃ§ÂŒÂ«Ã£ÂÂ«Ã©ÂˆÂ´Ã£Â‚Â’Ã£ÂÂ¤Ã£ÂÂ‘Ã£Â‚Â‹Ã£ÂÂ‹Ã£ÂÂ Ã£Â€Â‚ The question is who will bell the cat.
Being able to quickly see my schedule for two months totally, totally
rocks. My iPAQ didn’t have the screenspace for something like that,
but my 3×5″ pack of index cards with some inserts from an organizer.
In particular, aforementioned monthly templates make planning
get-togethers so much easier. I can print index cards for these too,
but then it’d be a hassle to design the template and print it
back-to-back. Anyway, this totally rocks.
(I also had another epiphany earlier: we’re actually planning
gimmicks! We have a social life! We have a barkada! Nifty. Now I just
need to make sure I keep in touch with other people I know, too…)
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I’m looking for a daily or weekly source of writing prompts. I’d like
prompts that tend toward self-discovery rather than fiction, and I’m
considering using http://www.diarist.net/spark for everyday or every-other-day
The “If…” Project: Tough questions each month to make writers reach
deep within and really examine our thoughts, our memories, our values,
That sounds really good, but the website isn’t functional. I remember
seeing the If book before, but I haven’t seen it lately and I don’t
know if Dominique can find a copy. Then again, judging from the Amazon page on If, it looks like it contains a lot of fluffy questions as well. I guess you can’t be serious all of the time. =)
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>> Hi Mark, >> For your information. We will issue an admission offer to Sandra. >> Please let us know if she is joining us in May, or in September.
>>> Hi Brenda, This is just to advise you that the A&P Committee has >>> approved Sandra Chua's admission to the M.A.Sc. program.
E-Mail from Mark Chignell
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I’m setting up Linux on the Sony Vaio U1 so that I can use it as well
as my Lifebook. I’ve decided to give Fedora Core 3 a try instead of
just net-booting and installing Debian like last time. Besides, I
couldn’t find my handy-dandy one-disk Debian net install image.
Fedora Core’s net-install support lags far behind Debian’s. I don’t
know if it’s even possible to start the installation process using
boot/root floppies, so you really need to either burn a CD or set up
pxelinux. Fortunately, I’d set up a DHCP and TFTP server on my
Lifebook before, so I knew it could be done.
After some trouble getting the Vaio to acquire the DHCP address and
pick up the boot files, I was relieved to see the familiar text
dialog-based installation screen. I’m currently waiting for the 71MB
stage2.img file to download. There are no progress indicators, and I’m
getting rather nervous. I can’t seem to drop to a shell to find out
how far along the installation is.
I like the Debian net install far more. Plenty of progress indicators
keep you in the loop so that you’re not worried about interrupted
network connections or sudden hangs. Come to think of it, going for
Debian instead will make it far easier for me to migrate my
Bah. So much for Fedora Core. ;)
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In response to Neil Santos’ rant about computer science education:
What a pity it is that you’ve never had a good teacher. A good teacher can help you grow immensely. I’ve had great teachers, and they really changed my life. Let me share with you some things I’ve learned from them and why I’m crazy about computer science.
When you meet a lot of brilliant people, you’ll quickly realize that technical skills do not guarantee people skills and vice versa. One of the best ways to meet brilliant people is through open source. Look at Richard Stallman: undoubtedly a genius, but his personality rubs a lot of people the wrong way. (He’s really cool, though.) On the other hand, there are people who combine both technical know-how with passion and great communication skills; these are the teachers who can change your life.
I owe so much to the teachers I’ve learned from inside and outside the classroom. The best teachers I’ve had taught me that I’m not limited to the classroom. They helped me gain the confidence to try things on my own. They showed me things I didn’t know about and might not have discovered on my own. They questioned my assumptions and challenged me to do better. I remember when I was in first year college and I was slacking off in subjects like English; it was my computer science
teacher who told me that I should pay attention to details!
My teachers really helped me deal with my insecurities about our curriculum. I always kept my eye on schools abroad, and because I was already working on open source in college, I could see how people my age were doing really fantastic things like maintaining the Linux kernel or writing their own operating systems. My teachers helped me take advanced classes and get into extracurricular projects and
competitions. When I started working on things on my own, they gave me encouragement and great recommendations.
I’ve heard many, many stories about teachers who aren’t as good as the ones I had, though. Most teachers don’t seem to care about their students or their subjects. I want to help change that.
Computer science changes every day. The accelerating pace may make you think that it’s impossible to keep up. The truth is, as things get faster and faster, a strong foundation becomes more and more important.
That’s what I’d like to think I teach. I do not teach how to program in Java or C++ or Perl. I teach people how to _think_, how to break a problem down into solvable parts, how to learn more and more and more. My job is not to pour information into passive students, but rather I am here to show them the basics and then challenge them, make them hungry for more, guide them through questions and hints. I don’t know everything, but I love sharing whatever I know, and I love learning new things from students and the world.
I messed up a lot as a beginning teacher, too. There were days when the explanations I prepared the night before didn’t work and everyone was just confused. There were days when I’d just get so frustrated with my inability to express something or to convince people that copying isn’t going to teach them as much as actually sticking it out and solving the problem. But still, there were days when I’d see students get that Aha! moment, and that made things worthwhile.
I enjoy computer science so much that I cannot think of _not_ teaching it. I want to get other people hooked. I want people to fall in love with learning and problem-solving. I want people to discover that they too are capable of mental wizardry; that they too can make the computer dance to their tune. I want to be a fantastic teacher. In order to do that, I’m working on not only getting the theoretical and practical background to share with my students, but also learning how to teach and teach well.
Let me tell you that computer science education doesn’t have to be like what you’re suffering. I know it can be good, and I want to make it even better.
What does this mean for you, now, while you’re taking up your degree at Adamson University?
Well, if you can’t do anything about your teachers right now, you have many ways of coping. Open source gives you an opportunity to test your knowledge and make a difference world-wide. Even as a student, you can work on really cool things! Come hang out with us, too. We can challenge you. We can help you stay enthusiastic and passionate about computers. When are you usually free?
Don’t panic. =)
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