Headlines for Wednesday:

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@0900 Talk to Mark
AXCatch up with my mail
AXRegister for MeSH
AXBlog about Linux Caffe
AXWrite to Andrew
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
AXWork on paper!

1. Stretched: 01:37

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I'm starting to feel a little stretched. Too many nights with too little sleep, too many blog entries that are just reports instead of reflections, too many way cool things happening both here and back in the Philippines.

Too much fire and not enough water or earth.

I need time to recenter and find my peace before plunging into all the tech stuff this weekend. I'll just find a park or walk down to the lake and bliss out.

Having time to decompress, to digest things that have been going on, to think about where I'm going and whether that's right - that's really important to me. Right now I think I'm going in the right direction, but I don't want to sustain sugar rushes for too long.

I think I'll cancel my Wednesday plans. I'd like to slow down and let the universe speak.

Random Japanese sentence: ネコはエジプト人によって飼い慣らされたものである。 Cats were domesticated by the Egyptians.

2. BBC World Documentary on free and open source software in developing countries: 15:45

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Seen on the Toronto Linux Users Group mailing list:

From the announcement:

"Coming Soon: The Code Breakers – a BBC World Documentary on FOSS and Development

A two-part documentary, "Code Breakers" will be aired on BBC World TV starting on 10 May 2006. Code Breakers investigates how poor countries are using FOSS applications for development, and includes stories and interviews from around the world."

And most importantly, to go along with the FOSS theme, they state:

"Following its ten transmissions on BBC World the documentary will be available copyright-free for broadcast throughout the world."


E-Mail from Jason Shein

3. Books at the Linux Caffe: 16:05

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I'll be writing another blog post about the Linux Caffe, but here's a list of the books they have along the windows and on shelves.
  • Rembrandt
  • Pattern Recognition (Sklansky, not Gibson)
  • Am I Too Loud? Memoirs of an Accompanist
  • Fletch
  • A New Kind of Science (Wolfram!)
  • Physical Geology
  • The Secret Language of Birthdays
  • Munschworks
  • Van Gogh
  • Wicked Cool Java
  • My Job Went to India (And All I Got Was This Lousy Book)
  • GIMP Essential Reference
  • Programming Perl
  • Learning Perl
  • Perl in a Nutshell
  • XML
  • DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web
  • Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference
  • Genetic Algorithms in Engineering and Computer Science
  • Exim: The Mail Transfer Agent
  • UNIX Security
  • Essential CVS
  • Wbe Proxy Servers
  • Switching in IP Networks
  • Effective C++
  • Effective STL
  • Java Threads
  • Common LISPcraft
  • programming.java: An Introduction to Programming Using Java
  • XML Data Management
  • Java Digital Signal Processing
  • SNMP- SNMPv2, SNMPv3, and RMON 1 and 2
  • Maximum Security: A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Internet Site and Network
  • Python: Essential Reference
  • Writing GNU Emacs Extensions
  • CGI Programming with Perl
  • Practical Internet Groupware
  • An Introduction to Distributed Algorithms
  • MySQL & mSQLL
  • The C++ Standard Library
  • Understanding SOAP
  • Building Wireless Community Networks
  • Write Great Code
  • Project Cool: Guide to XML for Web Designers
  • Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing
  • Python Developer's Handbook
  • HTML
  • FreeBSD
  • Information Anxiety 2
  • Design Patterns
  • Berkeley DB
  • Applied Software Project Management
  • Networks and Netwars
  • SGML
  • Confessions of Teenage Hackers
  • Database: A Primer
  • Building Internet Firewalls
  • Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets and Solutions
  • Freeware Encryption and Security Programs
  • Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference
  • Malware: Fighting Malicious Code
  • Practical Unix & Internet Security
  • IP Routing Primer
  • Hacking Linux Ex posed
  • Shell Scripting Recipes
  • Perl/Tk Pocket Reference
  • Running Weblogs with Slash
  • Programming ColdFusion

4. Linux Caffe: 16:25

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I'm sitting in the Linux Caffe working over a wireless connection, having just polished off another cup of their excellent hot chocolate. And it's not just any hot chocolate, mind you. It's open source and version-controlled through an internal Subversion repository.

It's really a geek haven. Computer books fill the windows and the shelves. Laptops are out, open, and plugged in. Assorted penguin buttons are on sale.

It's a great place to run into people. On the way in, I chatted with a biologist who's working on bringing the ideas of open source to genome research. I'm sitting across a geekette with mad AIX skills. David, the proprietor, is always fun to chat with about everything from the local geek scene to the latest chocolate concoctions.

I think I've found a good home for my get-togethers. I want to get to know a lot of people, and I want them to get to know each other, too. It's difficult to entertain at the Graduate House because of the security restrictions and the way our suite is laid out; I don't have enough space to entertain. Hosting get-togethers at the Linux Caffe promotes something I believe in, offers people more variety and choice, and makes it easier for me to focus on people.

Let's make that happen. Next Friday, I'll have a get-together here. I hope to eventually turn that into a lecture series, so that I get to learn about interesting things from very interesting people. Perfect... =)

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