~/.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
AXTranslate messages (JapanProject)
AXDeploy project (JapanProject)
AXFinish update (JapanProject)
AXFinish delete (JapanProject)
AXGet toggle to work (JapanProject)
A1XPack my clothes
A2XPack all the electronics except for my laptop
A3XPack the books
A4XPut aside clothes for tomorrow
A5XPack overnight bag for tomorrow evening and Wednesday
BXGet messages to display again (JapanProject)
BXWrite report (JapanProject)
BXMake sure admin accounts can always be used (JapanProject)
BXExternalize all the messages (JapanProject)
BXTest current system (JapanProject)
BXTranslate menus (JapanProject)
B1XCheck out repose DOT cx/dump/img_3377.jpg : Chat%20with%20resolve%20on%20leguin.freenode.net
B2XReply: E-Mail%20from%20sf
B3XCall Arlyne
B4XSend helpful tips on surviving in college: E-Mail%20from%20Alden%20Alipin (TaskPool)
B5XPrint UOregon stuff (FurtherStudies)
BXForward to Dominique, reply: E-Mail%20from%20cornelio%20molina
B7XReply: E-Mail%20from%20Harvey%20Chua (TaskPool)
B8XRefresh my timelog
B12XCheck out One Candle Schoolhouse: E-Mail%20from%20Dominique%20Cimafranca

2. Page rank and thoughts on online popularity: 21:08

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Warning: this entry not expected to be coherent. Following one of my software mantras, I will get this entry out the door first, _then_ worry about making my ideas neat. I normally try to be more coherent, but today I also need to pack, so I don't have the time to make this shorter.

(It's true. Short, clear entries take longer to write.)

I just got mail from dlpusa.com, a Philippine e-commerce site. They offered a link exchange, citing their PageRank of 6 and Alexa traffic rank of 196,446.

I'm linking to them as a matter of course in this blog entry, but I don't think I'll take them up on the link exchange offer. I don't want to inflict advertising on my planner pages. Except for Google text ads, maybe. =)

Anyway, that made me curious, so I checked my Google PageRank through the handy non-toolbar-dependent calculator at http://www.top25web.com/pagerank.php . It turns out that http://sacha.sachachua.com has a pagerank of 5/10 .

I don't know if PageRank is all that useful for me. People generally stumble upon my site looking for very specific things, like planner.el or my history notes. (Odd, that.) Or they're my friends/family and read my blog in order to find out what's going on in my life. (Whoops.) Or they're looking for their own name, and I have a higher pagerank than they do.

Most of my URL posts are now over at http://del.icio.us/sachac . del.icio.us is cool. You should try it out. I post links here when I feel the need for commentary, but del.icio.us is good for fire-and-forget as well as social bookmarking.

Actually, what I need is something that'll put a mention in both del.icio.us and the URL... Hmm. That'd make a nice remember module.

Anyway, my ego can take the idea that I'm probably just an entry in people's RSS aggregators. ;) You know, the kind of thing you subscribe to one day, and then are too lazy to remove. Hehehe. I'll try not to overload your inbox, then, and I'll try to use meaningful subjects.

Hmm. What is this blog for?

- Not online popularity in itself. That's silly.

- Personal memory. Seriously. It's not your fault that M-x remember is

bound to a convenient shortcut (F9 r SPC on this machine), but that's the reason you suffer through all the strangest emacs-lisp snippets and commentary on mail that's not actually viewable on the Net anyway.

- Projects I feel deserve more attention. Please check them out. Also,

please tell me about similar stuff I can learn about and link to.

- The occasional rambling pseudo-essay, like this one. I hope to achieve

http://www.paulgraham.org -like coherence at some point in time. I hope said point is before my death.

- Emacs Lisp code. Shell scripts. Random hacks. Geeky stuff.

- Occasionally, my personal life. Sorry if that freaks you out. =)

If you tell me what you like, I'll write more about it.

So going back to the very first thing... What sites would I like to link to?

- Thought-provoking questions. Preferably stuff that'll provide me

with procrastination fodder, causing me to go off on a wild tangent as I figure out what I think about the issue (and thus avoid having to think about the packing I have to do later)...

- Nifty hacks.

- Insightful blogs. Interesting ideas. Blogs that show an awareness of

a universe outside the author's close circle of friends. That sort of thing.

- Stuff that looks like it should be in my blog, but isn't.

- Yours. I'm curious about the intersection of interests.


Drop me a note?


1. Draft: Surviving College: 20:21

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I received a note from Fr. Alden, the principal of Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos (San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Philippines). He gives my SurvivingComputerScience talk notes to students who are about to take up computer science. (Awwwww... =) ) He's planning to give practical college survival tips to senior high school students. Here's what I came up with on the train home.

- Know where you're going. Even before you attend your first day of

classes, think about what you'd like to do and whom you'd like to be when you graduate. Attend career talks for seniors even if you're just a freshman. Find out what kind of job you want and what you need to learn in order to do it. You can change your plan, but it's important that you have one.

- Love what you're doing. If you know where you're going and you love

what you're doing, studying will be much easier. Find something you're passionate about. The sooner you find this, the more you'll enjoy your studies and the more you'll be able to do.

- Ask questions. Don't be afraid of looking stupid. Your classmates

might know more than you do now, but they started with nothing. They learned by asking questions. If you don't want to ask questions in class, write your questions down. This is important because questions are very easy to forget. Write them down so that you can talk to your teacher after class. Your teachers are there to help you. Ask questions.

- Review. While listening to the lecture, it's easy to believe you

understand everything. Don't be fooled. Go over your notes again. Try to solve problems without looking at the answers. Try to explain whatever you're studying to your friends or to your family. If you can't explain it in your own words, you need to think about it more.

- Make mistakes. Don't be afraid of failing. Your teachers need to

know when you're having problems with the lessons. It's better to do badly than to pass without understanding anything. This also means don't cheat. Cheating makes you think you can do things when you can't. Worse, it makes you think you _can't_ do something without cheating, when you actually can (with a little more work).

- Take risks. College is the best time to make mistakes and learn from

them. Whenever you run into a problem, think about that problem. Why did it happen? What can you do to solve it? What can you do to make sure it doesn't happen again?

- Go for more. College gives you whatever you want to get out of it.

If you just wait for people to spoonfeed you, you won't get much. Don't turn off your brain when you leave the classroom. Don't limit yourself to the syllabus. Learn. Your teachers know more than they can teach in class. Your classmates know a lot, sometimes more than the teachers do. You can also learn many things on your own. You have to take that first step.

College is whatever you want college to be.

Do you have tips to share? I'd love to hear from you. Please use the feedback form at the bottom of this page, or write me e-mail at sacha@sachachua.com . Thanks!