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Reading paper progress:
37 papers read today.
100 papers read total.
158 papers to go.
Not all of the papers are related, but still... good work!

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@0830 Write to people from rails
AC@0915 Work on reading paper
AX@1000 Eaton Centre - Get passport picture, black OR white T-shirt, T-shirt transfer paper - worry about where to find printer later
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@1400 ISIC appointment at GSU
AX@1630 Work on reading paper
AX@1630-1715 Talk to Sam about residence assistantship
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
AC@1800 Wall-climbing with Graduate House people
BC@1800-2000 Attend Toast IT at Metro Hall, 55 John St., 3rd floor - Toronto Q2 from 2006.04.18

1. How to wear a malong: 00:42

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Someone came upon my webpages while looking for ways to wear a malong, one of the traditional Filipino costumes. It's really simple - just a tube of cloth - but incredibly versatile. Although a number of creative ways to use a malong are featured in a traditional dance called (unsurprisingly) the malong-malong, I haven't been able to find a good Web reference that gives step-by-step instructions on how to wear a malong. I may just build a malong site this summer, after sewing that pretty blue/green batik cloth into a spring/summer malong.

Here are a number of ways to wear a malong as a full-length skirt. The easiest way to wear a malong around your waist would be to flatten the tube and wrap it around your waist, tucking it in at the end. My malong is ankle-length when worn like that, which probably goes to show that I'm exactly the typical Filipino's height.

Alternatively, you can step into the tube and fold the malong inwards until it's the height you want. Then:

  • draw it to one side and wrap that one around tightly, tucking in the other end with or without pleating. To pleat, you wrap part of it tightly and then fold the excess back and forth with a little bit of overlap (like making a paper fan, except with less overlap), then tucking this bulky part into the tight inner part.


  • stand in the middle and use your elbows to keep the front side of the malong close to your waist while you tie the excess ends into a knot (or a double knot), or


  • draw it forward and backward, then use your elbows to keep the inside part of the malong close to your body as you fold the excess ends to one side and tie a knot

Or you can make something up. =)

I tend to like pleating over a tight wrap because pleating gives you some freedom of movement. If I knot the malong, I prefer to knot it at the side so that it has more of a shape, although middle-knotted malongs go nicely with certain tops.

I should post pictures sometime - maybe three weeks from now, when things quiet down a bit (end of term cramming)...

I've also figured out how to wear it as a dress that reminds people of India or togas. It's interestingly cultural and gets a lot of comments (although I'm not sure how many of those are being politically sensitive) although it's probably not kosher (safety pins?!). For that one, you step into the tube and pin it under one arm, then take the excess and drape it over the opposite shoulder, pinning it to the front side and adding a large brooch.

I also experimented with using garters to hold up a tube dress (wrap the tube around you, fold it in front, fold a little bit back, tuck the excess under that fold, fold the top part in a bit to secure, then clip on the garters like dress straps). White garters with metal fasteners looked incongruous. Black or beaded garters with black fasteners might do the trick.

And yes, I know, I should just post pictures so that you know what I'm talking about, but I'm technically not supposed to be up this late documenting part of my cultural heritage... =)

Besides, isn't it just _so_ cool that malongs are one of the acceptable skirt-like garments that guys can wear? ;)

More malong tips would be very much appreciated. If my blue/green malong goes well, I'll probably shift more of my wardrobe to malongs. (I can't sew a balintawak or a Maria Clara!) People can chalk it up to my being charmingly quirky/nationalistic/exotic/weird...

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2. Going dark: 01:01

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If I don't post a lot between now and May 1, it's probably because I'm either (a) cramming my reading paper, or (b) in Montreal and away from my network connection. Please don't worry about me.

If you need to get in touch with me while I'm away, e-mail me to get my cellphone number (ends in 22). I get charged for minutes (even incoming!) at 5c for evening/weekend minutes and 40c for other minutes, so either send me text messages or make sure it's important. =) I'll _try_ to check my e-mail once in a while, but I'm not going to spend hours on the Net instead of exploring Montreal.

Over and out.

3. Coder glut in Canada: 01:07

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Then again, things like Life After the Bubble Burst are worth thinking about.

Must remember: it's all about being the right person, in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things...

4. Amazing: 01:36

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One of the things I love about meeting other people is that they are just mind-bogglingly inspiring. And it's not that I'm a few years younger than they are, even, because they were doing much cooler things at even younger ages.

What can I bring to the table? Nothing, really - no mad technical skills, no business savvy, no crazy coding war stories. I have only that passion, that great desire to learn and to be of some use to the world.

Not a bad place to start...

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5. Fruit and crab salad: 15:00

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I remembered having a rather nice Asian salad that included mandarin oranges, so I decided to see what mixing fruits into a salad would be like. I peeled and chopped half an orange and one kiwi into bite-sized bits, then sprinkled them onto a bed of romaine lettuce. I cubed two crab sticks to add protein and a touch of saltiness. After tasting it, I decided it lacked a little something, so I made a quick vinaigrette by shaking balsamic vinegar, pepper, and olive oil in a small jar.

That wasn't a bad lunch, although I suspect it might be better if I used mandarin oranges instead of navel oranges, and if I could think of a more Asian dressing...

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6. Geek: 23:10

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All I can say is... geek! ;)

And to think Marcelle keeps trying to deny his geekiness. Attending a _blogging_ summit? Heh. ;)

Wish I could've been there. Mumble, mumble...

And I think I'm going to have to have a good long talk with Ranulf sometime soon.

Random Japanese sentence: 猫は暗いところでも目が見える。 Cats can see in the dark.

7. Stretch...: 23:44

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... Much work done today, so I don't feel guilty about blogging and catching up on my e-mail before I go to bed.
Reading paper progress:
37 papers read today.
100 papers read total.
158 papers to go.
Not all of the papers are related, but still... good work!

See, this is what I should've been doing throughout the term instead of during one mad sprint near the end, but it really also just gelled together. =) Enterprise social bookmarking. That's what I'm into. Mark should be happy. The vast majority of the papers I've read come from peer-reviewed journals, and they're all over the place - collaborative filtering, cooperation, community, social navigation...


I'm _so_ glad I'm okay with reading on a computer, and that I'm not stuck on some low-refresh CRT. A 10" display makes for _really_ _bad_ _scrolling_, but it's something. In an ideal world, I suppose I'd have a huge monitor just for things like this - but hey...

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Random Japanese sentence: 私たちは猫を飼っています。私たちはみなその猫が好きです。 We have a cat. We are all fond of the cat.

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