Headlines for Monday:

  1. Whew! Midterms done (74 words)
  2. More cramming (271 words)
  3. Timing (76 words)
  4. On the other hand... (71 words)

Work on research


{{Due: 2006.10.16 - *TODAY*}} - 2006.10.19 CASCON 2006
{{Due: 2006.10.17 - 1 day}} #B Technology showcase
{{Due: 2006.10.17 - 1 day}} #A Enterprise 2.0 panel
{{Due: 2006.10.17 - 1 day}} #B Hack night
{{Due: 2006.10.18 - 2 days}} CAS alumni party - wear little black dress? <impish grin>
{{Due: 2006.10.21 - 5 days}} #A Ice cream night, 7 PM Graduate House
{{Due: 2006.10.23 - 7 days}} #A DemoCamp: Livin' la Vida Emacs, 6 - 8 PM at MaRS
{{Due: 2006.10.26 - 10 days}} FSOSS symposium



1. Whew! Midterms done: 19:48

I'm not too happy with my performance on the midterms, but there's no use worrying about it now. I'm surviving this crazy month!

I'm so tempted to write down each milestone on index cards just for the visceral satisfaction of tearing them up once I'm finished with them.

Ah, what the heck. I have plenty of index cards. MWAHAHA! Let me write down "MIE1402 Midterm" just so that I can tear it up! ;)

2. More cramming: 20:30

I realized that I'd forgotten Alvin's poster in the lab, so I trekked back there to pick it up. The walk wasn't a total waste, though. I breezed through some 400 blog posts (out of 1200 or so) from IBM's blogs in October.

More cramming to follow. I need to work on my KMD2004 requirements. Then I need to work on adapting the dogear tagclouding code so that we can make tagcloud T-shirts. After I finish that, I can quickly sort out my CASCON schedule so that I know how crazy tomorrow will be. Fortunately, I don't have to present anything at either Wednesday's workshop or Thursday's panel. I just have to show up and be interesting.

After I survive this, I'm treating myself to a musical! (And *then* there's DemoCamp to pull off...)

During times like this, I wish Simon lived closer downtown. <laugh> Then I'd have some company while cramming, and a steady supply of hot chocolate. Speaking of hot chocolate - we tried the spiced hot chocolate from Soma last Sunday. I followed the instructions, whisking it over low heat until it was smooth. It was terrific, although tsokolate eh from Tsoko.Nut was still much better.

Anyway. Little breaks are good for sanity. Maybe we'll hook up the headsets later so that we could be doing things separately but still prompt each other to relax. My cellphone plan has unlimited incoming anyway, and he can use his home line to call for free. I guess Canada's telecom pricing was *just* right after all...

Random Emacs symbol: w3m-halfdump-command-arguments - Variable: Arguments passed to the w3m command to run "halfdump".

3. Timing: 21:33

Wow. This timing thing is freaky. It's *fun* to dash off a few quick estimates of how long something will take me, do the task, and find myself almost right on the mark.

I don't know if that means I'm getting better at estimating how long I'll take to finish something, or if work expands to fit available time. ;)

Random Emacs symbol: whitespace-toggle-leading-check - Command: Toggle the check for leading space in the local buffer.

4. On the other hand...: 22:10

On the other hand, it's great when something takes you a third of the time you thought it would! =)

It took me 30 minutes to summarize an article in 494 words. I had read the article before, though, and knew what the key points were. 16 words a minute means my bottleneck is thinking, not typing... <laugh>

Random Emacs symbol: eshell-error-handle - Variable: *The index of the standard error handle.

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