Headlines for Monday:

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
A_Follow up with EWB
A_Call Simon about events
C_Make social proxy for dogear/blog activity : /home/sacha/notebook/research/quotes

1. Full day!: 01:22

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I woke up early to check if anyone I knew was online, and I had a nice chat with Marcelle. I fell asleep waiting for Dominique to come back online, though, and I had such a vivid dream that I didn't wake up until an hour or so later - by which time even my mom was starting to feel like she was talking to cyberspace... =)

Anyway, it was such a nice chat that I didn't mind being late to the clothing show held at Exhibition Place. Quinn and I eventually made it there at around 12, and we browsed for an hour or so. I bought a bracelet and two necklaces, all made of shell. I thought they might go nicely with my ethnic stuff. I didn't really find anything else that particularly struck my fancy, as tiered skirts are getting a _little_ too popular for my tastes. I might shift back to nicely colored skirts, and of course I like wearing stuff from home. I wore the red malong as a skirt today, matching it with a colorful abaniko fan. (Thanks, Mom!)

That's why I was late to the Ruby meeting. =) That was cool, too! As soon as he saw me, Austin said, "You know Steve Perelgut!" (He's one of my mentors from IBM, and a totally totally cool person. The fact that he reads me blog (Hi Stephen!) has nothing to do with the gushiness of the previous statement. =) ) Austin shared what he'd learned from the Ruby code jam (lesson 1: be better prepared!), particularly the effectiveness and _fun_ of pair programming. It worked out really well because Ruby novices were paired up with Ruby veterans, but the Ruby novices were also good at other aspects that the Ruby geeks might not have learned about. In this case, they were porting an archiving library to Ruby. =) Good stuff.

We also had a fun chat about how people can learn to read and write code. Apparently, I _am_ really weird in that I rather enjoy reading code... =)

Jed and Quinn were there too, although they dropped in and out of the conversation, as I fangirled a bit about Ruby and got some interesting tips. Should check out the Water framework for testing web applications, although that might need Windows. Also, Austin suggested SVG + PDF for my graph outputs. Whee!

Jed mentioned a samba jam at an art gallery on Queen Street West. In keeping with my plan to get to know a wide variety of people and experience more than what I'd ordinarily get just hanging out with computer geeks and talking about computers, I decided to go. It was tons and tons of fun! I told them I had no sense of rhythm and that I'd be perfectly happy just listening and taking pictures, but Jed wouldn't take no for an answer. Heck, he didn't even ask if I wanted to join. Instead, he held up two instruments and asked which one I'd like to play. <laugh> I opted for a small drum, and I found myself picking up the rhythm thanks to the coaching of people around me.

A photographer wandered in, too, so I adopted her. Marie had just joined a camera club and was thrilled to stumble across such a cool event. I gave her the tips my dad shared with me about using long exposures and lower ISO speeds to capture dramatic action, and she had a lot of fun exploring that, too. =)

I made it back for coffee time at Graduate House. I had so much fun catching up with Sam. She wants to do really cool things with accessibility, and she's in a terrific position to do so! I'm also really excited about her application to be an RA for the dorm. I think she'd be a terrific one. I told her about what's cool in my life: the Delta Kappa Gamma fellowship, my research up at IBM, the thrill of introducing people to other people... She nodded and told me how much she enjoyed that too. When I learned that she hadn't yet read Tipping Point, I ran upstairs to grab my copy. I lent it to her, pointing out the section on Connectors and adding a note about context. I'm also going to have to get myself a hardcover (if I can find it!) of Love is the Killer App, which is another thing that she will _so_ be able to identify with. (Thank you, Maoi, for introducing me to that book!)

Afterwards, I had a wonderfully geeky chat about computer science and assorted things with Mike and Joe. In particular, Joe's overlapping clustering algorithms _might_ be fun to run against tag clouds, social networks, and other cool things. I need to show Mark a sample and see how we can ask for suitably anonymized data...

Happy girl. Full day. Great fun. =) Lots of interesting people!

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Random Japanese sentence: ペルシャ猫に関連した古いお話があります。 There is a classic story related about a Persian cat.

2. Connecting people: 01:40

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Revisiting a website comment from Francis, I realized that I should get him plugged into our cool geek network in the Philippines. So I e-mailed a couple of friends, and here's what Francis said:
 *explodes with glee*

Thanks Ate! That just made my day. I can't wait to get to learn from real geeks (I've been missing out on so much...*sigh*).

("Ate" = older sister, also used as a term of respect)

He then went on to describe the .NET coding he's doing as part of his internship. Winston mentioned the rapid start training program that his company does so that new grads can be brought up to speed on open source. =) That sounds like a great way to get into fun and interesting work! winston.karma++.

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3. Welcome to the blogosphere, Winston! - OSS entrepreneurship in the Philippines: 01:44

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Check out Winston Damarillo's blog and talk about open source entrepreneurship in the Philippines. =)

Random Japanese sentence: 猫は夜のほうがはるかによく見える。 A cat can see much better at night.