Headlines for Thursday:

  1. Bookmarklet for the Toronto Public Library 08:18
  2. CookOrDie: Bacon, eggs and toast 08:40
  3. The malong and other fragments of Philippine culture 10:53
  4. Philippine fashion 12:11
  5. Research report: Schedule 14:53



1. Bookmarklet for the Toronto Public Library: 08:18

Thanks to Simon Ditner for this totally cool bookmarklet!

Did Dan mention the bookmarklet creator compatible with the TPL? This will suck up ISBN numbers on a page (i.e. Amazon), and search the TPL catalog: Library Lookup bookmarklet

Created from: http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/stories/2002/12/11/librarylookupGenerator.html

(Awwww, he reads my blog! ^_^)

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2. CookOrDie: Bacon, eggs and toast: 08:40

I think I've figured out a neat way to store bacon. If you roll slices up individually and loosely pack them into a plastic container, they're easy to break off even when frozen. I think it's because you minimize the contact points between each slice, whereas freezing it as an entire slab requires you to hack parts off. To unroll, microwave the bacon until soft (30 seconds?), unwind, and cook as normal.

This means that I can have bacon and eggs for breakfast practically any time I want, which *might* not be a good thing. <laugh>

In other news, lunch today will be some kind of cold chickpea salad. I soaked the chickpeas yesterday and then boiled them in my rice cooker while having breakfast. They turned out nicely cooked, and I didn't even have to pay attention to them. Neat.

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3. The malong and other fragments of Philippine culture: 10:53

One of the good things about Canada is that I can wear funky ethnic outfits. I invariably get complimented whether I'm at a geek get-together or a fashion boutique. I stand out in a crowd. It gives people something to talk to me about, which has led to quite a few interesting conversations. This is great when I'm among strangers, as I don't have to chat people up - people come to me!

My favorite ethnic outfit is the malong, a tubular piece of cloth frequently embellished with batik designs or embroidery. I love it for its versatility. Not only can it go from casual to formal and back again, but I can also make it a skirt or a dress or a bag with just the strategic repositioning of safety pins.

This malong:

  1. Slip into the malong's tube and hold it so that the extra part is to your right.
  2. Loop the extra part behind and over your right arm.
  3. Fasten the part to both sides of the tube using a safety pin.
  4. Pin the fold to the opposite side.

Granted, I'm making things up as I go along. I don't even have the vocabulary to describe what I'm doing. <laugh> I'll just have to record a video sometime.

I've seen only one other person wear a malong regularly, and she was one of the hippest dressers in Ateneo de Manila University. I have three full malongs and two skirt-type malongs, which could probably double as short dresses in a pinch. I want more!

Promoting traditional Filipino costumes is one of my little crusades. I think we don't give our culture enough credit, and we don't have nearly as much fun wearing traditional outfits as we could. I love wearing my terno, and wish I had a more casual version that I could wear during summer. I'd wear a Maria Clara if I had one, full skirt and all. I would love to wear the Ifugao belt with the cute pompoms and the tapis with intricate weaving. And I want to discover all the other costumes that have sprung out of the multifaceted culture of an archipelago.

I'd also love to have suits with ethnic accents, whether it's in terms of materials (I miss my barong dress!) or embellishments such as weaving or embroidery. Does anyone know a fashion designer in touch with the Filipina soul? I can't afford an entire wardrobe of custom-made suits, but I don't mind slowly accumulating pieces of quality. (Very slowly, given my graduate student budget!) I want to promote Philippine culture, and this will be a lifelong endeavor.

I'm Filipina, and I want people to know it. I want people to think of Filipinas as not just domestic helpers or nurses or potential wives. I want them to think of Philippine culture as not just Western-aping blandness but rather something richly textured. My body is my billboard, and I want to be a walking advertisement for what is beautiful about my home.

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4. Philippine fashion: 12:11

What would it take to convince, say, someone like Pitoy Moreno to transform Filipino clothing from formal wear to everyday wear?

He dresses the First Ladies in fabulous ternos. What about the common tao?

I wonder what can I do to get in touch with him and to convince him to give it a try. Hmm. Something to work on every now and then...

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5. Research report: Schedule: 14:53

I like these one-on-one meetings. I find myself in the zone, asking questions and figuring things out. I had another good meeting with Mark Chignell, my research supervisor. This time, we worked on my research plan. I'm happy with the result, and I think IBM will be happy as well. We'll do a historical pseudo-experiment looking at factors that may have affected the adoption of social computing across subgroups within IBM. I'll see how I can visualize the data.

Some considerations:

Mark will be in Japan from January to mid-March, and again from April to June. Options for masteral exam:

I'll be able to make it to June convocation, and I might have a few months of vacation before real work.
I'll be under stress because of the tight schedule, and I probably couldn't take spring classes.
Less stress from schedule, can take additional courses in spring, more time around tech scene here.
Need to renew my visa, which is not a bad thing. I'll miss the June convocation, and will need to make it to November convocation instead. If I find myself working in Canada, then I can still probably graduate with pomp and circumstance. ;) My parents won't like winter, though, but hey... If I'm not working in Canada, then no pictures or ceremony. Oh well, s'okay. Must check fellowship.

Here's the March schedule:

August Resume my commute to IBM. (Waah!) Find as many sources of data as I can.
September Data analysis. Start applying theoretical framework to IBM as a whole.
October CASCON. Start on subpopulation analysis.
November Analyze technology diffusion across subpopulations through interviews.
December Write up research.
January Vacation in the Philippines!
February Write up research.
March Possible date for exam because Mark will be in town?
April Pass thesis just in time for June Convocation
June Graduate
July Vacation
August Vacation
September Work

Here's the August schedule:

August Resume my commute to IBM. (Waah!) Find as many sources of data as I can.
September Data analysis. Start applying theoretical framework to IBM as a whole.
October CASCON. Apply theoretical framework to IBM as a whole.
November Analyze technology diffusion across subpopulations through interviews.
December Analyze technology diffusion across subpopulations through interviews.
January Vacation in the Philippines!
February Write up research.
March Write up research. Paper 1 (thesis).
April Study #2: case study of Dogear
June Study dogear adoption.
July Write up research.
August Write up research. Paper 2 (dogear case study).
September Review papers. Exam.
October Something happens.
November Graduate
December Work?

Whichever schedule we choose, my next action is to hunt for as many data sources as I can and figure out how to mash them up. I need to decide which schedule to follow before I go on my Christmas vacation, because I'll probably renew my US visa then. (That is, unless I can renew my visa from Canada.)

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