My major achievement this week was collecting enough data for my thesis. The usability tests weren't as scary as I thought they would be, and starting with friendlies certainly helped my confidence. It may not have been the best of experiment designs and I might get raked over the coals by my thesis committee later, but at least it's done. I'm thrilled about that!
I'm also thrilled about the interest interview I had this week with a team from IBM. We'll see how that works out. =D
And I still managed to find time to write an article on Emacs mail productivity tips for LinuxWorld! Not bad. It took me a total of two and a half hours to write the article. I don't remember how much time it took me to develop the configuration I described, though. It was tons of fun!
I attended a money management seminar and found that I was on the right track. I've read so many personal finance books that the usual advice is, well, usual, but it was great hearing all sorts of useful tips from the other students.
On the personal note, I met W's extended family at a birthday party. I had a wonderful conversation with his brother's father-in-law about technology and then about finance. I'm still a little shy around them. They're probably also wondering how to relate to me. Hmm.
I also reconnected with my mom and dad, and might be flying to the Philippines soon. That may mean cancelling my Mesh session and missing Toronto Technology Week, but family comes first.
Life is good. This week was very productive, but I also had time to connect with people and pursue my interests. Being able to talk to people about stuff—my interest interview, thoughts about life—made everything much more fun, and even a difficult conversation resulted in some useful insights.
Next week, I plan to:
- Analyze my data
- Do more interest and job interviews, figure out my options
- Schedule my trip to the Philippines
- ... and for my creative side, I want to shoot and upload some portraits.
Random Emacs symbol: sacha/planner-markup-tasks - Function: Mark up tasks as a table.