Headlines for Sunday:


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@1000-1100 Q3 Buy butter and rolled oats
AX@1300-1600 Q3 Bake cookies for Thanksgiving potluck
AX@1600-1630 Q1 Household chores: clean the bathroom


1. Garlic

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My garlic comes from Manila, Philippines. Couldn't help but smile a little. =)

(Would you believe the cost of butter here?! Sheesh.)

2. Bookstores

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Folks in the Tokyo Linux Users Group are talking about where to find English-version O'Reilly books. Seeing familiar names flash by--Kinokuniya, Yurindo, even Book 1st--I suddenly miss Japan and that fellowship between strangers browsing through the tiny English section of bookstores... Now I know that I didn't just pass through. I wasn't just a tourist. Even if it was just for six months, I really did live there.

Canada still feels a little unreal to me. Sometimes I have a hard time believing that I'm really halfway around the world. The chain bookstores are comfortably familiar: books, a cafe, shelves of music and video. When I step into Chapters, it's like stepping into Powerbooks or Fully Booked in Metro Manila--I'm home.

But when I step into one of those little bookstores, then I know I really am a stranger in a strange land. They have specialized bookstores here. Science fiction and fantasy. New age and spiritualism. Used and rare books.

It's hard to care about megabookstores; they're the same the world over. But someday I'll grow to be as fond of these little bookstores as I am of the bookstores in Japan, and then I'll know I'm not just passing through Canada; I live here, even just for a while.

3. Turkey thanksgiving and Planner evangelization

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It took me _two hours_ to finish dinner. Not because I had heaps and heaps of turkey, but because halfway through what had been a very quiet dinner, I got into a lively discussion with the person seated across me.

It all started with me mentioning Google Desktop and how much I wanted to tinker around with stuff like that. Google Desktop sparked Danilo's interest, and he asked if I used it. I told him I couldn't because it's Windows-only. We then got into a friendly debate about open source and piracy. (I think piracy is evil not because it hurts big companies but because it makes people too lazy to look for good open source alternatives, which means open source developers have fewer users and supporters.) Then, as all extended discussions with me tend to become, I ended up talking about Emacs and Planner...

Somewhere along the way, Danilo asked me if I thought Planner could be good for _everyone._ I told him Planner didn't have to fit _everyone._ It just had to fit one person at a time. =) Viva open source!

I can't help it! I get really, really excited about personal information management, and it _just_ so happened that Danilo and Carlos were frustrated with the way they're managing their tasks and schedules, and I have so much fun finding or tailoring tools to fit people, and... <blush> ... and I talk too much when I'm excited about something. I was practically bouncing up and down. To think that I hadn't even gotten to dessert, so I couldn't blame it on a sugar rush!

Everyone else finished dinner and left; we were still there chatting about personal information management. First the other chairs were put away. Then the residence assistants asked if they could remove the tablecloth. Then they asked us to put away the table and the chairs eventually. By the time Blago came in to set the coffee tables for the next event, I knew it was time to gulp down the rest of my meal. <laugh&ght;

Mike Tsang was just laughing at me throughout the whole thing. He knew I'd end up talking about Emacs and Planner at some point. <grin>

Danilo plans the way I do at the moment: scheduled tasks. He was really frustrated by the lack of commercial tools that allow you to properly schedule tasks onto a calendar. I can't wait to show him Planner. I hope it can fit him perfectly. =) I haven't run into any other tool that really supports the kind of planning I do, and I'm still trying to figure out how to support it on paper. But Planner is so cool!

Carlos is a paper person, so maybe the D*I*Y Planner stuff will be useful for him. His main problem right now is that his calendar doesn't give him enough space to do things, and he's spread things out over three different calendars. I wonder what mix of forms would be good for him...

Wheee! Really, we're onto something _really_ cool here with Planner and insane personalization... I _really_ _really_ want to get these ideas out into the rest of the world. Universal hyperlinking. Extreme customization. Zero-distraction work. And lots and lots and lots of fun. =D

4. Chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies

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From cooks.com: <blockquote> CHOCO - CHIP OATMEAL COOKIES

- 1 1/4 c. butter, softened - 3/4 c. brown sugar, firmly packed - 1/2 c. granulated sugar - 1 egg - 1 tsp. vanilla - 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour - 1 tsp. baking soda - 1 tsp. salt - 3 c. Quick or Old Fashioned Quaker Oats, uncooked - 1 (12 oz.) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate pieces - 3/4 c. nuts, chopped

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add combined flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until thoroughly blended. Stir in oats; chocolate pieces and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack. </blockquote>

Not quite Kathy's recipe, but it'll do in a pinch.

Worked out quite well. Made two batches.

The next seven days

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% Breakfast Twice-baked potato and bacon
% Lunch -
% Dinner Turkey thanksgiving dinner