October 12, 2006

The Constant Connector

October 12, 2006 - Categories: connecting

I spent some time reviewing all of my blog posts that contained the keyword “networking”. I think you’ll find the results useful. =) Check out the Constant Connector page for a preview of what just might become a topic-focused blog!

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Random Emacs symbol: tramp-find-ls-command – Function: Finds an `ls’ command which groks the `-n’ option, returning nil if failed.

Meeting minutes from KMD2004

October 12, 2006 - Categories: conference

Started 2:20 PM

Ended 3:00 PM

Attendance: Dave Kemp, Sacha Chua

SACHA: Set up wiki, e-mail everyone by tonight, post minutes

Week 7 (Oct 24) point form up on the wiki, maybe even a summary if you’re feeling really nice
Oct 26* 2:00 meeting run through 5-minute presentations, think about introduction and *depending on symposium
Nov 7 Seriously work on integrative summary, people should be mostly done with their backgrounder articles
Nov 14 submit backgrounder article and integrative summary
Afterwards write intervention piece

Random Emacs symbol: pcomplete-match-end – Function: Return position of end of text matched by last search.

Emacs: Quick way to collect references

October 12, 2006 - Categories: emacs, pimpmyemacs
(defvar sacha/planner-collector-buffer nil "Buffer for collecting links.")
(defun sacha/planner-collect-reference ()
  (let ((text (sacha/yank-blog-reference-for-summary)))
    (with-current-buffer sacha/planner-collector-buffer
      (insert text))))

(defun sacha/planner-collect-reference ()
  (let ((text (buffer-substring (line-beginning-position)
                                (1+ (line-end-position)))))
    (with-current-buffer sacha/planner-collector-buffer
      (insert text))))

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Emacs and a British voice

October 12, 2006 - Categories: emacs, pimpmyemacs

There’s something about deep, deep cultural programming. Anything
spoken with a British accent just sounds infinitely cool. Everyone
uses the default voice for Asterisk and all of that – an American

You want to install festvox-rablpc16k or festvox-rablpc8k in addition
to all the usual things you need for emacspeak. You’ll also need
espeakf from CVS.

cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@espeakf.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/espeakf login
cvs -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous@espeakf.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/espeakf co -P espeakf
cd espeakf
sudo make install

One of these lines is responsible for setting up espeakf. I just can’t
be bothered with figuring out which. ;) Probably the dtk-program line.

(setq dtk-program "/usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/emacspeak/servers/espeakf.pl")
(setenv "DTK_TCL" dtk-program)
(setenv "DTK_PROGRAM" dtk-program)

Then add this to your /etc/festival.scm:

(set! voice_default 'voice_rab_diphone)

Yummy British accent goodness.

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October 12, 2006 - Categories: -Uncategorized

I love looking back at the day and knowing that I finished everything
I set out to do. I can get rid of so much stress simply by keeping my
horizon in mind, choosing the one or two things that could make the
most difference in my life right now, and doing those things.

Today, I got my MIE assignment out of the way. It won’t be due for
another 6 days, but it’s one of the things with high importance and a
hard deadline. The sooner I finished it, the sooner I could
concentrate on other requirements that might have softer deadlines.

If my task list looks scarily detailed, just wait until you see my
time log. ;) I find it handy to account for as much of my time as
possible while still blocking in treats to reward myself with and time
to relax. Today, I rewarded myself by organizing a small get-together
for tomorrow night. I’ll need something to look forward to! First snow
today, and lots of work to be done at IBM tomorrow…

… but today was good, and it’s nice having the feeling that things
are more or less under control.

I’m still probably going to do more than one headless-chicken
impressions over the next few weeks. I’ve taken on quite a set of
challenges. I have no idea if I can really pull all of it off, or how
gracefully I can drop things if nevessary. But just as I force myself
to speak before I’m 100% ready, I’m going to step up and do things
even though I’m not sure how it will all work out. I’m going to jump,
and grow my wings on the way down!

One day at a time becomes one week at a time becomes one year at a
time becomes one life at a time. =) Things are going well.

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