Headlines for Thursday:


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
AX@0900-1100 Study for MIE1407F from 2005.09.29 (mie1407f)
AX@1100-1200 Attend lecture in MP134 from 2005.09.29 (mie1407f)
BC@1200-1300 GSI lunch at student services lounge
BX@1300-1500 Attend TATP: Evaluating written work in science and engineering, Robarts 4048-4049 (teaching)
BX@1820-1855 Exercise: Basic step drop-in class at Field House from 2005.09.29
A_Check out http://dmarti.spikesource.com/recommended_reading.htm
A_Reapply for Graduate House : E-Mail from Rebecca Spagnolo (2005.09.29 grad TaskPool)
B_Track down original paper by Mark Granovetter on weak ties (TaskPool)
B_Register for ecomxpo (TaskPool)
B_Join Young Entrepreneurs' Network (TaskPool)
B_Rewrite planner-cyclic-create-task-maybe to call planner-update-task or whatever; fix tasks with plan pages : E-Mail from Aurelien (2005.09.29 planner bug TaskPool)
B_Figure out why emacs-wiki example tags are no longer being followed (2005.09.29 planner TaskPool)
B_Check out Ted Nelson's Literary Machines : E-Mail from Joe Corneli (2005.09.29 reading TaskPool)
B_Set up accounts for Mark and Shen : E-Mail from Alvin Chin (TaskPool)
C_Check out http://jangelo.i.ph/blogs/jangelo/?item=be-a-hit-blogger-overnight
C_Comment on globalization
C_Check out http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2005/09/26.html#a1308


1. More about lectures

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Today's class in Engineering Psychology and Human Performance was a lot more engaging. Prof. Milgram walked us through a typical problem, and there were plenty of opportunities for class interaction.

I talked to Prof. Milgram after the class, thanking him for the exercise. I told him about my difficulties with lectures, and he knows that I'm tring all sorts of tricks to keep myself tuned in. I told him how I need to be writing, doing things, explaining things, trying things out...

Today's new trick: mentally repeating, "I love lectures. I love lectures." Didn't really work. Ah well.

2. Not joining the Rotary Club

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Frank Adamo suggested joining the Rotary Club or the Rotaract Club, so I filled out the online application form for the Rotary Club of Toronto.

They politely suggested that I check out the Rotaract Club at the University of Toronto because I'm still young and unaccomplished (that is, I haven't yet completed my education and I'm not working full-time). I wrote them asking if I could attend as a guest anyway, and they said they don't allow guests because then there would be no reason to pay membership. They also pointed out that I probably won't be able to afford the rates unless I have a full-time job.

I can't afford their rates, and I'm not going to make joining them one of my financial goals. $175 per quarter + $30 per week is a whole lot of water systems for villages, hot meals for the homeless, books for kids... I'll focus on making the most of Toastmasters (I'd like to participate at higher levels). I'm also looking for a foundation that helps the homeless get back on track. Does anyone have a favorite Toronto-based charity that does that kind of work?

3. Synchronicity

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Life happens when you open yourself to unexpected things.

Today I talked to James, Greenpeace volunteer in front of Graduate House. I mentioned Greenpeace's initiatives to publicize the staggering volumes of E-waste each year. James told me about http://www.rebootcanada.ca , a non-profit foundation that provides hardware, training and support to charities and people with needs.

I like what they're doing. Pity they're Microsoft-sponsored, though; I don't suppose they'll let me get away with volunteering to teach open source software...

Today I also chatted with Mike Chi. See, I was reading the paper in the 5th floor common area when he asked me if he could read the sections I finished. I couldn't help but overhear and get drawn into a conversation he had with someone who was visiting Grad House. After the conversation, we swapped names and courses. I told him I'm taking my master's in HCI, and he was, like, "No way." Turned out that he's also from HCI, but part of a different lab. We chatted about memory aids and PIM, del.icious and flickr, lots of other cool things...

Anyway, he told me he's taking this awesome course on computer-supportive collaborative work, which sounds exactly like what I should be getting into. It conflicts with the MIE class I'm taking, though. Tough decisions! Really tough decisions! I want to take it up. I need to make sure I'm not past the deadline yet, and I need to run it by Mark tomorrow morning to see what he thinks.

I like this. Meeting totally random strangers is like opening a treasure box...