April 21, 2006


April 21, 2006 - Categories: philippines

I love it when I have an idea, and then stumble across its implementation! I blogged (2005.03.23#3) about an anger management place that would let you throw plates and other fun fragile things against walls, and Marcelle’s just described it!

The Tacsiyapo Wall

In the same floating restaurant, there was this place called the
Tacsiyapo Wall, where people threw plates and other stuff at the walls
to release their anger. There were loads of marks on the wall,
indicating people you might want to throw at but instead take your
frustrations out on the wall. The price was about 45 bucks a plate.

From “mother-in-law” to “corrupt politicans” to “ex-girlfriends”, it
was pretty amusing to see people yell “Tacsiyapo!!!” then promptly
toss a plate at the wall.

For those with bigger issues that plates couldn’t settle, televisions
are also available to chuck at the wall for 1,300 bucks each.


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Random Japanese sentence: その猫は部屋の中へ逃げ込んだ。 The cat ran away into the room.

Reading paper

April 21, 2006 - Categories: research

Just finished the first part of my reading course paper: Personal Knowledge Management for Web Bookmarks. 33 references, 4 pages of
actual text – that was some summarizing! <laugh> And it’s still nowhere near comprehensive…

Next step: Sharing!

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All kitted out with U of T logowear

April 21, 2006 - Categories: clothing

It’s a good thing that the campus bookstore had a sale on clothing and
other school items, as I needed to pick up a few things. I don’t mind
advertising things I like, and the university has been very good to
me. Besides, it’s a great way to start conversation at the CHI
conference I’m going to next week.

I splurged on a pink-and-white zip-up hoodie with “University of
Toronto” written across the zippered front. It was expensive, but I’ll
get more wear out of it than out of the T-shirts, at least while I’m
in a temperate country.

And I picked up a corduroy miniskirt, too! Why does U of T have small
corduroy miniskirts with the school name on them?

We really should have cute IML T-shirts. I’d wear an IML baby-tee. The
Google shirt I’m wearing right now fits quite nicely.

Anyway, I have to plan my backpack for next week’s trip. I’m bringing
cookies. When I went to Cambridge, I made it through a week with my
backpack, but I ended up leaving my plastic containers behind. Maybe I
can just wrap up the plastic containers nicely and give them a tin
each. David and Jonathan are Cool People, and definitely deserve
cookies. =)

I _might_ bring the red malong if I have space. It’s very versatile,
and I’d love to wear it at least once just to bring a little flavor to
the conference.

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Random Japanese sentence: 猫はじゅうたんをひっかき始めた。 The cat started scratching to scratch the carpet.

I’m toast

April 21, 2006 - Categories: Uncategorized

Or, well, rather, I’ve finished almost all the toast, and all the
cream cheese in the lab fridge. Which is half-okay because I brought
the cream cheese anyway, but I’m lucky my research supervisor’s okay
with my eating his flax bread when I need to nibble on something. I
promise to buy flax bread for the lab sometime. =)

My lab is wonderful.

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Random Japanese sentence: 猫は夕食に魚にありつくとわくわくする。 My cat is thrilled with joy when she gets fish for dinner. Neko wa yuushoku ni sakana ni aritsuku to waku waku suru.