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1. ACM

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I went to Ateneo early this morning, fully intending to just say hi and then go back home to revamp the network. Doc Mana somehow managed to talk me into joining the students for the morning contest, and I'm very glad I did so.

Yes, Eric and I lost. We solved only three problems compared to the four problems Allan, Mark and Miguel solved. Knowing how rusty I am, knowing how uncertain the dynamics were, it was a no-win kind of thing--but I went and joined it anyway, just for kicks.

I think it turned out really well.

I think we all won.

Winning isn't just a matter of points. It's not a matter of beating someone or keeping your reputation intact or whatever. It's nothing like that at all.

So, yes, the next generation beat me. Yes, they had one additional person, but that doesn't make their achievement any less cool. Heck, if you're going to go for absolute ranking, Eric solved more problems than I did. I solved one on my own and made a passable attempt at another; he solved two problems completely.

Someone just looking at the numbers will not understand why I enjoyed that contest so much. I loved it, every single moment of it: from scribbling tentative solutions and working through them with a pen, frowning at stubborn bugs... Yes, even until the last few minutes when I was, like, gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

It was fun.

「いいえ、ぼくです!、ぼくです!、ぼくです!」百匹のねこ、千匹のねこ、 百万匹、一億、一兆匹のねこがいいました。どのねこも自分が一番美しいとお もっていたのです。 No, I am! I am! I am! Cried hundreds and thousands and millions and billions and trillions of voices, for each cat thought itself the prettiest. [M]

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2. Dermatologists

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I find it difficult to trust dermatologists.

I mean, really. Now there's a good business opportunity: captive self-selected audience, little real differentiation between goods but artifically different prices, branding _all_ _over_ but no ingredients list or anything that can help you go for generics instead...

And you get to tap into one of the seven deadly sins, too.

I don't know. Maybe it's just a mild but healthy distrust of situations where you end up buying from the same person giving you advice.

Unfortunately, I don't know if we count any dermatologists among our family friends. I'd feel more comfortable with someone who saw me as more than a walk-in customer.

イヌとは対照的に、ネコはごく最近になって飼いならされたものである。 In contrast to the dog, the cat has become domesticated only in recent times.

3. Pitching Your Idea (to the supplier of your funds). A free workshop.

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Pitching Your Idea (to the supplier of your funds). A free workshop.
April 2, Ateneo, 8am-12noon

This is #5 of a series of free workshops.


  1. Writing an abbreviated business plan
  2. Market validation
  3. Proposed solution(product/service)
  4. Team Bios
  5. Financial Projections
  6. Communication skills
  7. Mastering the elevator pitch
  8. Quick dry run with volunteers

Ateneo De Manila University.
Visit this site: http://followtheprocess.blogspot.com for the actual venue in Ateneo.

Resource Speaker: Joey Gurango, Webworks OS


Visit this site: http://followtheprocess.blogspot.com for the actual venue in Ateneo.

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その猫は私のそばで寝るのが好きだ。 The cat likes to sleep beside me.

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     crashes, usually just before saving a massive project.  Easily cured by
     UNIX.  See also MS-DOS, IBM-DOS, DR-DOS.
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