|B||X||Look up Robert Epstein and strategies for creativity (2005.07.26 productivity)|
|B||X||Check planner xref|
|B||X||Join usability group meeting @1400 in BA 7256 : E-Mail from Anna Malandrino (2005.07.26 research)|
|B||X||Join Sympatico meeting @1530 at BA 8171 : E-Mail from Anna Malandrino (2005.07.26 research)|
|B||X||Join cognition study @1630 : E-Mail from RalZ Affect|
|B||X||Attend Toast IT at Metro Hall, 55 John St., 3rd floor - Toronto @1800 to 2000 from 2005.07.26|
|A||X||Follow up mailing list|
Clair passed me a link to that nifty tutorial on folding shirts. I wonder if the trick works with the long-sleeved blouses I like wearing. See, _that's_ why I post all of these personal stories online. People share useful tips and stories. =) Thanks, everyone!
It turns out I'm not the only one with laundry problems, too. Numerous people have written in with their own misadventures and tips. Here's what I've learned so far:
- Don't mix colored shirts with white ones. (Yup, I knew that. Good thing I learned it from other people's mistakes...) - Use mesh bags for socks. (My mom will bring me a few.) - If you fold your laundry right after you take it out of the dryer, you don't really need to iron your clothes.
仕事場にコンピューターを設置した。 We have equipped our office with computers.
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The Paper Planner Inbox is a good post about keeping an "inbox" section in your planner.
My index cards used to be my inbox as well as my semi-persistent storage, but now I need something with a bit more order. I really like my calendar, and if I can find a small six-ring planner with weekly forms that also have day and week goals, I'd buy it in a jiffy. I'm also interested in getting a six-ring puncher. Must find a large stationery store...
火災で全てのコンピューターデイスクが駄目になってしまった時、会社はもうお手上げの状況だった。 The company was really up shit creek when a fire destroyed all their computer discs.
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I need a Canada-based credit card for most of my purchases. I'll keep track of all of the purchases and pay it off in full each month. This is more for convenience and credit history than actual credit. Also, using a credit card for most of my transactions reduces the number of debit transactions I'll need to make at the ATM.
I need a savings account with Internet banking that either allows me to auto-debit credit card payments at the end of each month or lets me transfer the funds online. Most of my research grant will sit there. If I can get high interest, all the better.
If not, I can maintain a current account with good ATM placement and no withdrawal fees for my day-to-day cash expenses. I'm tracking cash and credit separately, so I should be able to get an idea of how much cash I'll need each week.
So, what are my options?
The Toronto Dominion Bank
Bloor & Bay Branch
77 Bloor Street West
The Bank of Nova Scotia
Bloor & Spadina Branch
332 Bloor Street West
The Royal Bank of Canada
Harbord & Spadina Branch
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
Spadina & College Branch
268 College Street
The Bank of Montreal
Bloor & St. George Branch
262 Bloor Street West
For President's Choice:
12 St. Clair Ave E Toronto, ON
Credit card (no annual fee, 18.5% interest rate)
|TD Canada Trust Green Visa||Pre-authorized payment service from Canadian banks|
|Scotiabank Student Credit Cards||Tiered moneyback promo calculated yearly. 0.25% for CAD 0 - CAD 1499.99, 0.5% for CAD 1500 to 2999.99, 1.0% for CAD 3000 and up|
|Royal Bank of Canada Student Visa Classic||.|
|CIBC Classic Card for Students||seems to require citizenship|
|Bank of Montreal Mosaik Mastercard||.|
- Free, unlimited Internet and phone transactions - Free CIBC network transactions - Free Interac direct payments - Free chequing
- Two free debits per month, CAD 1.25 fee / debit afterwards. - Bill payments CAD 1.25 plus debit fee - CAD 0 - CAD 4,999.99: 0.05% interest, CAD 5,000 and over: 0.25% interest
- Free transactions with minimum balance of CAD 2,000. - Else, CAD 1.25 monthly fee covers 12 non-teller transactions. Extra at CAD 0.25 each (including Internet banking). - Includes $500 credit limit on Scotiabank Classic Visa and no annual fee while student
- CAD 3.50 a month, 25 free debits, CAD 0.50 per additional debit - Interac fee: CAD 1.50, PLUS: CAD 3.00
- CAD 1000 minimum balance = no monthly fee for 0 to 10 transactions, CAD 0.30 for additional transactions(?) - Reapply every year for student advantage
- 2.15% interest (now 4% with balance of CAD 1000) - Automatic savings plan
- 2.4% interest - Four free Interac transactions per month, CAD 0.75 for succeeding transactions - ATM at intersection of University Ave. and Adelaide St., free transactions
- 2% interest - Free transfer to other Scotiabank services. CAD 5.00 debit fee for others.
I've decided to go with President's Choice Financial because it's a pretty good deal in terms of both offline and online banking. One of my labmates keeps her accounts there, and she's quite happy with it. Good stuff. I'll apply for a social insurance number (25 St Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 3A4), and then open a current and savings account. If I can get a credit card off them too, yay.
私はパソコンを修理してもらいました。 I had my personal computer repaired.
Charo and the others have been telling me to join the Toastmasters for the longest time. After sifting through a number of Toronto-based groups, I finally settled on Toast I.T., which meets every Tuesday a few blocks away from school. I attended my first meeting as a guest, and I had tons of fun.
For the table topics game, we had one minute to prepare and one minute to present. Topics were randomly drawn from an envelope, and people could pass if they wanted to. Everyone would vote, and the winner would have the privilege of keeping the club trophy/mascot for the meeting.
Tonight's topic: superpowers.
The table topics master started the game going. His superpowers were encyclopedic knowledge and lightning-fast computation, and he made us laugh by pointing out all of the everyday things that such superpowers would solve. At what point does buying a transit pass make more sense than buying tickets individually? How much would you need to pay for gas in order to get somewhere? How much would you have to pay in taxes? I'm sure he was thinking on his feet, but he was thinking so quickly that the words flowed as smoothly as in any well-prepared speech.
The group was surprised when I chose to rise to the challenge of public speaking. I guess most guests are terrified of speaking in front of a crowd of strangers. My superpower was the ability to win beauty contests. I wracked my brain for a good use for that and I couldn't find any, but here's sorta what I came up with: (can't remember that clearly)
I'm five feet one-fourth inch tall--and that one-fourth inch is very important, mind you. I have glasses and pimples. But it doesn't matter, because I've got a superpower. I can win any beauty contest I want. (pause) Who'd have figured? I love using my superpower to make a point... and it certainly helps me promote my projects!
Back in the Philippines, there was an IT pageant. A search for role models. (pause) The application asked for, of all things, bust size, waist and hip measurements. (pause and shrug) With my A-cup, my waist--let's not even talk about my hips--I could go right in there, win the thing... and _then_ show them that it's not how you look but what you _do_ that counts.
Much fun. =)
There was a girl who could catch and control fire, a guy who could produce gadgets from somewhere, an old man who said that a forcefield would be incredibly useful for deflecting the slings and arrows of outrageous fortunes--or rotten tomatoes and lettuces from other Toastmasters on the occasion of a really bad speech...
Good stuff! I voted for the forcefield guy because he was funny. =) The sergeant-at-arms was happy to announce that someone had won by a landslide...
... but not as happy as I was. ;) Well, that made my day. I can't wait to go to the next one!
私は父からコンピューターゲームがあたえられた。 I was given a computer game by my father.
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