Headlines for Saturday:
- Backlog: Friends 00:20
- Reading paper 00:21
- Thank you, Lazy Web! - Feedrinse 01:07
- Uh oh... 01:20
- More Rails twiddling 02:17
- Deskbar applet - GNOME coolness! 02:22
- Meep! Comments lost! 02:29
- Alejandro 12:26
45 papers read.
212 papers to go.
|A||X||Work on reading paper|
|A||X||Evening: Pick up papers from AJAX|
|A||C||Morning to afternoon: Take ferry to Central Island and bliss out in some lakeside park|
|C||X||Check out livebooks : E-Mail from Harvey V. Chua|
|C||X||Lunch with Andrew|
|C||X||Get in touch with mentees|
1. Backlog: Friends: 00:20
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Random Japanese sentence: いなくなった猫はまだ見つかってない。 The missing cat has not been found yet.
2. Reading paper: 00:21
Random Japanese sentence: たとえどしゃぶりになろうとも行かなければならない。 I have to go even if it rains cats and dogs.
3. Thank you, Lazy Web! - Feedrinse: 01:07
Now, someone just needs to think about how to make this work for free...
Random Japanese sentence: うちの猫は大変海苔が好きである。 Our cat is very fond of sea weeds.
4. Uh oh...: 01:20
Must figure out where to find Fujitsu AC adapters here... Output: 16V 2.5A.
Random Japanese sentence: 彼はとても満足そうに見える。 He looks like a cat that ate the canary.
5. More Rails twiddling: 02:17
Random Japanese sentence: ねこはひなたで遊ぶのが好きだ。 Cats like playing in the sun.
6. Deskbar applet - GNOME coolness!: 02:22
Random Japanese sentence: 猫はテーブルの上で眠った。 The cat slept on the table.
7. Meep! Comments lost!: 02:29
... and if it was about my recent crisis, don't worry, I know you care... =)
Random Japanese sentence: 猫は背中を丸める。 A cat arches its back.
8. Alejandro: 12:26
Alejandro is one of the maintenance staff here. I first encountered him and his co-worker when I was practicing billiards. They joked about not wanting to play against me because I looked so serious, and thereafter I smiled at them whenever I ran into them.
Today we chatted a bit more. He asked me what I was taking and where I was from. Upon learning that I'm from the Philippines, he said a few words in Tagalog. (Aww!) He also asked if I was planning to return or stay in Canada, and I told him that I wasn't sure yet. A PhD is tempting, and so is work, but I miss my country.
He asked me what I was doing, and I told him about the reading paper
that I'm working on. "You should be outside," he said. "It's a
beautiful day. You can study until fwop," and he mimed a clock's
hands, "and then you can go dancing." He proceeded to demo salsa,
merengue, and other Latin dances. And he knew how to dance really
A Spanish teacher in his native Chile, he found upon arriving in Canada that few of his university credits would be honored and that he'd have to start all over again. He said, "Forget it," and started a pizzeria. He worked hard for six years, but it folded and he was left with a huge debt. Now he works at Graduate House to pay the bills.
I told him how even PhDs from developing coutries are often forced to give up what they had trained to do, and how many people from the Philippines go to other countries to find better opportunities but don't get further than being a domestic helper or a construction worker, much less open a pizzeria. I said, "Well, at least you have salsa..." He laughed.
Canada has its own little sorrows.
Random Japanese sentence: このようにして、おじいさんは、あたりをみまわすたびに、きれいなねこがみつかっておいていくことができなくなりました。そして知らない間に、そこにいるねこをみんな拾い上げてつれていくことになってしまいました。 So it happened that every time the very old man looked up, he saw another cat which was so pretty he could not bear to leave it, and before he knew it, he had chosen them all.
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