~/.diary schedule


Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated. Covey quadrants - Q1 & Q3: urgent, Q1 & Q2: important
C5CFeature: Add a planner-tasks view that allows you to see all tasks whose pages match a regexp from Chat with dto on orwell.freenode.net%23emacs {{Tasks:712}} (PlannerModeCompletedTasks)
B1XTake a sample TOEFL test (FurtherStudies)
B2XFind out about the TOEFL (FurtherStudies)
B3XCheck the Internet for quickbooks (TaskPool)
B4CGet salt and vinegar potato chips from Australia {{Tasks:994}} (TripToAuAndNz)


5. Words to review for the GRE

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chary cautious wary
cloture closing device (in Parliament) to end a debate by voting
coeval of the same period coexisting
countervail counterbalance
desuetude cessation of use disuse
edacious voracious devouring
encomium warm or glowing praise eulogy panegyric
epicurean devoted to pleasure (sensuous enjoyment)
expatiate to roam wander freely
expiation ending expiring
exscind to cut out cut away
facetious humorous funny jocular
finical too fussy about food clothing etc.
foment put smth warm (to lessen the pain) (i always thought of this as fomenting rebellion)
froward intractable not willing to yield or comply stubborn
fulmination bitter protest
gaucherie socially awkward tactless behavior
hermetic sealed by fusion (don't think of mages)
imbroglio complicated and embarrassing situation
inchoate not yet fully formed rudimentary elementary
limn paint portray
lucubrate write in scholarly fashion
luculent easily understood lucid clear
macerate make or become soft by soaking in water
maladroit tactless clumsy
minatory menacing threatening
nostrum a quack remedy an untested cure
nugatory trifling/worthless
obloquy abusively detractive language sharp criticism vituperation
odium contempt dislike aversion
opprobrious showing scorn or reproach
paean song of praise or triumph
palliate lessen the severity of
panegyric formal praise eulogy
peccadillo small sin small weakness in one's character
peregrination traveling about wandering
picaresque involving clever rogues or adventurers
piquant agreeably pungent stimulating
probity uprightness incorruptibility principle
prolix tiring because too long
propinquity nearness in time or place affinity of nature
provident frugal looking to the future
puissance strength
pusillanimous cowardly craven
quotidian banal everyday
raconteur person who tells anecdotes
recidivism relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
recondite little known abstruse
recreancy cowardice a cowardly giving up
refractory stubborn unmanageable untractable
repine at be discontented with
restive refusing to move reluctant to be controlled
salubrious healthful
salutary remedial wholesome causing improvement
saturnine gloomy dark sullen morose
sedulous persevering
sententious short and pithy full of maxims/proverbs
sere make hard and without feeling
somatic of the body
turpitude wickedness shamefulness
tyro tiro beginner
virago a loud domineering woman a scold or nag
vitiate lower the quality weaken the strength

4. My schedule now

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M CS21A-B 8:30 9:30 F-227 (lecture)
M CS110-A 10:30 |11:30 CTC215
M CS21A-G 11:30 |12:30 F-228 (mis)
M CS139.3 1:30 4:30 |
W CS21A-B 8:30 9:30 F-227 (lecture)
W CS110-A 10:30 |11:30 CTC215
W CS21A-G 11:30 |12:30 F-228 (mis)
W CS139.3 1:30 2:30 .
F CS21A-B 7:30 9:30 F-227 (lab)
F CS110-A 10:30 |11:30 CTC215
F CS21A-G 11:30 |12:30 F-228 (mis)
F CS139.3 1:30 2:30 .
F CS21A-A 2:30 4:30 F-227 (lab for Dr. Sarmenta)
T CS110-B 7:30 9:00 F-227
H CS110-B 7:30 9:00 F-227
I'm trying to see if someone else can take CS110-B, so that I don't have TTh classes.

3. Sony Vaio U70

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Ooooh, pretty...

2. Thoughts on natural language processing and possible research

Hmm, needs more thought.

Wearable computing application: memory augmentation (personal information management, elderly)

problems facing wearable computing (re information extraction/retrieval):

- SPEECH-DRIVEN IMPLICIT QUERIES. A wearable computer can assist

human-human interaction by monitoring keywords in the conversation and suggesting relevant information, which will be presented in the background (visual, monophonic audio, spatially-located audio). A limited-vocabulary speaker-dependent speech engine recognizes names and keywords associated with personal information management while the wearer talks to other people. For example, the user might say, "Let me look at my schedule for Tuesday." The system will recognize "TUESDAY" and display a link for this Tuesday's schedule. The user can then key in further input or use structured voice commands to navigate through the data. To avoid confusion with the ongoing human-human conversation, human-computer interaction should be structured and clearly separate. (*Note*: I think I want to work on this for my PhD. Implicit queries for personal information management.)


used to record everything you say so that you can process it later. The speech stream from a directional microphone includes both dialogue with the wearable computer and dialogue with other entities. Online use involves limited-vocabulary speech recognition. The full speech stream can be stored on the hard disk and tagged on the fly with markers for later transcription using a large-vocabulary speech recognition engine. The post-processing of the text stream can be performed off-line and need not be real-time.


retrieval with text summarization is necessary in order to deal with information overload. Both exact and fuzzy searches need to be supported. Topics may need to be mapped using an ontology in order to take advantage of communal knowledge or search through personal information. Output needs to be summarized; browsing through a webpage to find an answer is inefficient and requires too much attention. However, explicit queries against personal data stores cannot take advantage of the redundancy of the Web, and the wearable computer will need fuzzy search capabilities. (This is hard!)

1. Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century"

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Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp.149-181.

I don't understand most of this yet.