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1. fsedu : 16:47

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Content is also important for the parts of the project, such as the Consumables database,and we are planning on having certain courses ourselves.

Peter minten has also proposed a set of courses that he wants to provide

2. Engels and Magie : 16:55

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Engels: From time to time, I return to my first love--electronics. I sometimes long for the excitement of competitive swimming and always enjoy GIMP lessons from my seven-year old daughter, Psylocke.

Magie: Aside from managing the operations of the Bluepoint Foundation, I work on my Judo when time permits. I also look forward to weekend sound trips with my unica hija.

Engels: Maj and I were blockmates at the College of Engineering in UP Diliman. We were together since our freshman year.

3. Blogging timezone annoyance

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I am sufficiently annoyed. Does anyone know of a blogging host or system that supports comments, author-defined or user-defined timezones, RSS publishing and categories?

4. Love It or Leave It

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From Bruce Eckel's blog, this post:
How many people in our profession really love what they do? My perception is very skewed because I meet the people that read books and make the effort to come out to seminars and conferences. There are a significant number of people who never leave the home-office loop but still read books and magazines and struggle with new concepts, discussing them with co-workers. And there are those mythical unseen creatures, of whom I've only met when giving a presentation inside a company (usually a larger company, since it's a good place to hide) so that the effort is limited to walking from the cubicle to the auditorium. I recognize them because they ask questions that amount to "why should I learn anything new?" They don't want to read or struggle with new concepts because it is uncomfortable (It makes your brain hurt a little, which I think means you're growing new neurons. Think of it as an investment against dementia in later life). If you've seen the movie "Office Space," you know them \x{2013} that wonderful character who was fired years ago, but keeps coming into work, keeps getting his cubicle moved and made smaller, and keeps wondering where his stapler is. I'm not worried about offending him (yes, him, because as my girlfriend keeps wondering about, we seem to be an unusally male-dominated field) because he doesn't read and so he won't read this. But I don't think this is a person who is part of our profession, but rather someone who just exists in our profession. And probably because, long ago, someone said "get into programming, it pays well."

I am similarly lucky, I suppose. My friends are geeks; when they're into something, they're into it. I occasionally spot some indecision and indifference among my students, and I try to help them see the relevance of CS and how fun it can be.

Passion is essential.

5. Design patterns study group

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I met the design pattern experts-to-be earlier, and I find that I'm starting to become more comfortable with silence. I'm learning to use silence to get people to participate more. =) It was fun; a few questions here and there where a lecture might have elicited none... Room for improvement: prepare lots of vivid examples?
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