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1. Did my dishes, went to the circus festival: 01:59

Kathy would've loved the Toronto International Circus Festival. =D Poisters, diabolists, jugglers, unicyclists, etc. Cool stuff!

Also, I managed to get all of my dishes done in record time. The usual order - glassware, cutlery, saucers + bowls + plates - works perfectly with a double sink and would probably have worked even better with the triple sink like the one in Linux Caffe. =) Kudos to my mom for teaching me how to wash dishes effectively. We had this entire assembly line thing going with my sisters and me: prerinse, soap, rinse. Prerinsing with a dishcloth totally works because then soaping is ridiculously easy. Also, Corelle dishes dry practically interesting. It is t3h c00l.

Random Japanese sentence: 彼女がドアを開けるやいなや猫が走り出た。 No sooner had she opened the door than a cat ran out.

2. Hot chocolate day: 19:12

It took me two hours to commute to work this morning. I needed to be there because my planner only had "@1300-1330 CAS workshop" on it - no details, no call-in number, nothing. I didn't even know who might have information.

When I got to IBM, the sheer silence of CAS just descended on me. I felt so isolated.

One of the reasons why I'm hardly ever in the Interactive Media Lab in the University of Toronto is that it's just so quiet. The room I work in has a small window near the ceiling. John Chattoe works in the same room, and Mark Chignell is of course in the next office. I feel okay with interrupting Mark every so often when I need a social break from my work, but still... Also, having to prepare lunch using a microwave instead of cooking something quickly - not quite as much fun! <laugh>

The working environment at the Centre for Advanced Studies is similar, although I feel even more isolated. The centre uses an open layout to encourage students to interact with each other, but we hardly ever talk. Maybe it's because I missed the CAS party last time. Maybe it's because I haven't joined any of the sports groups. I don't know.

So there I was, tired from my commute, feeling rather oppressed by the silence and lack of social interaction, really craving VPN (the ability to connect from outside IBM), and going through blog posts just to recapture that sense of IBM as a human organization.

And sniffling. Quietly. Over a cup of hot chocolate. (Fortunately, CAS had restocked hot chocolate over the weekend. Hooray for small miracles!)

I really appreciate how Quinn Fung joined me for lunch even though she wasn't particularly hungry, and how Laurie Dillon-Schalk called me up to check on me when she found out I was having a hot chocloate day.

Today I realized a few more things:

  • Long commutes totally don't work for me. This probably also rules out on-site consulting, which was one of the career options I had been considering.
  • I like social interaction. I don't mind working longer hours if I can look up and talk to people, bounce ideas off them, celebrate something, gripe about something, whatever. It seems to be easier for me to keep on task when other people are around.

Made a few minor tweaks to my research proposal. So far, so good. Getting closer.

Random Japanese sentence: 大まかに言って、犬は猫より忠実だ。 Broadly speaking, dogs are more faithful than cats.

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