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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
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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
BCAttend circus practice at 1300 Gerrard St E @1900 to 2100 from 2005.08.10 (TaskPool)
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BXAsk Brenda about letter of employment
BXAsk Jill about SSS or TIN


1. Bubblegum and string

I finished my first hack for Melody's indie music review blog. She's thrilled by the fact that the sidebars automatically pick up her reviewed music. We're moving the blog to a new Linux server next week. I'll probably redo the hack so that I can make it more elegant. Right now it's just bubblegum and string...

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2. Primitive anti-spam

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I've just added primitive anti-spam to the comment form. =) That way, I don't have to wade through lots of spam just to get to your insights. Keep writing! =)

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3. Domain registrar suggestions

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Thanks to everyone who sent me suggestions for a good domain name service! Now to check out the list... I'm going to give myself a domain name on Friday, as a happy-birthday gift to myself. =) Gideon Strauss
EasyDNS Florian Lanthaler, $25 per domain Michael Olson, Albertus
FreeDNS Michael Olson Vinod Kurup Albertus, $14 per domain hoop
E-webcore Jose Miguel O. Bautista

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4. Lifehack: Put your keys near the door

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After spending half an hour looking all over my room for my keycard, I've seen the wisdom of having One Place for Things. Now my keys go into the plastic wall-pockets hanging by the door. This doesn't prevent me from walking out without them, though, but the tips on 43folders: Remember Your Keys certainly help!

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5. Moments with my mom

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Mom said:

Neko is missing you so much that it wanted to cuddle up even with me. I was having lunch yesterday when she approached me, then jumped (ever so gently) on my lap. I put my hands up, but later decided to touch her. she just accepted that. then that was a little too much for me, so I stopped stroking her back, and she decided that was enough - she jumped out of my lap - again without scratching me. hmmmm... Neko and I are making progress.

there's hope for Neko yet. =). there's hope for me, too. =)

Awwww... Upon hearing that this is my fourth day with adobo in one form or another:

you better learn to cook something other than adobo. You can cook tapa. just get a thin slice of beef. marinate it in vinegar (white), soy sauce and garlic. cook the beef in the marinade, and when when almost done (before the marinade dries up completely), take out the marinade. fry the beef briefly, then put back the marinade, with onion slices , (round), cook just very, very briefly and that's it. The sauce is yummy, and can flavor your rice. You don't need a lot of vinegar and soy sauce, just enough to make the beef tender. Make sure the cut of the beef is across the grain. Here, you can buy beef slices really for "bistek" (which is Filipino for beef steak).=)

I love my mom. =)

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6. Spread the light. Banish the darkness.

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From Manolo Quezon's blog.

An invitation. SPREAD THE LIGHT. BANISH THE DARKNESS August 20, 2005 at exactly 6:00 pm.

When an ordinary citizen steals, would an "I am sorry" be enough? When an ordinary citizen lies, would an "I am sorry" be enough? When an ordinary citizen cheats, would an "I am sorry" be enough?

Ask yourself: If you are an employee and your employer catches you cheating, lying and stealing — will an "I am sorry" be sufficient or a "lapse of judgment" be accepted? Or would you stand to lose your job?

What is our country coming to if we hold ordinary Filipinos to higher and stricter standards than we hold the highest official of the land?

This is not to say that the President of the Philippines is guilty of all that she is being accused of. It is only to say two different standards of rules - one for the powerful and one for the powerless — cannot exist if ours is to be a truly democratic and pluralistic society.

This is not the country we want. And so perhaps it is time we do something about it.

If you believe, as we do, that it is time for ordinary Filipinos to stand up and be counted in the fight for TRUTH — as well as for Transparency, for Responsibility, for Unity, for Trust and for Hope — then join us in a simple demonstration of our collective sentiments.

On August 20, Saturday, at exactly 6pm, take a few moments to light a candle in demonstration of our collective effort to take this country back from all who have not been true to it and to all of us ordinary citizens - and to be the first step in bringing about the light that will banish the darkness that hovers over our land!

Spread the light. Banish the darkness. August 20, 2005 at exactly 6:00pm.

Transparency. Responsibility. Unity. Trust. Hope.

For me, it isn't a question of who's going to replace Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It's a question of whether we're going to ask the question in the first place, or whether we're going to close our eyes.

I may not be in the Philippines right now, but I hope to come home someday.

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