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Headlines for Friday:

  1. Woke up early today (147 words)
  2. Coming to terms with diagrams (40 words)
  3. Company titles (55 words)
  4. Good karma for blogging (83 words)
  5. Tech evangelist (51 words)


    Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated.
    AX@0930 Work on proposal - something to send to Julie
    AXGet wireless to work
    BXPick up another set of US and Intl stamps
    AXTransfer old research proposal to Mac
    AXDraw diagram for new system
    AXCopy structure from old proposal
    AXFind Luanne Freund's paper
    AXDescribe diffusion case
    AX@1200 Meet Mark re research plan
    AXAdd research papers: diffusion tracking, mashups, metasearch
    AXMock up interface
    AXAdd more details to research methodology
    AXAdd search process diagram
    AXAdd progress summary table
    AXAdd step-by-step description of interface
    CX@1630-1700 Chat on #emacs
    AXFormat progress report according to CAS form
    BX@1900 Hang out with Jed - maybe go for a walk?


1. Woke up early today: 11:16

These strange things called "mornings" are actually pretty interesting. ;)

In an effort to reset my sleep cycle, I slept at 11:30 PM last night - or tried to, at least. After tossing and turning for a while (darn cough!), I eventually managed to sleep.

Worked out great. I woke up for some unknown reason at 4. Went back to sleep, woke up at 7:30. Managed to get myself out of bed without too much fuss. Had a leisurely breakfast and another run-through of my goals. Headed to the lab to work on my research proposal.

It's kinda odd that I spend more time revising my proposal than actually doing research. There's something a little wrong there. Must work on research more.

... After I clear the rest of the hurdles on my horizon...

Random Emacs symbol: type-break-interval - Variable: *Number of seconds between scheduled typing breaks.

2. Coming to terms with diagrams: 15:35

I added more diagrams to my research plan. I'm starting to get the hang of drawing diagrams. What do you know - they *can* actually make things clearer after all...

Random Emacs symbol: w3m-int-to-char - Function: Return the argument unchanged.

3. Company titles: 15:46

Filling out another event registration form... Hmm. Maybe I should be the CTO of Adphoto. ;) Let me ask my mom... That might involve a little more work than occasionally resetting passwords or checking out website hosts. >laugh>

Random Emacs symbol: calendar-interval - Function: The number of months difference between MON1, YR1 and MON2, YR2.

4. Good karma for blogging: 16:31

From the Emacs channel on

jdavidboyd: sachac: I check your feed everyday.  You have one of the few
            blogs that I read.  Always interesting. [16:24]
jdavidboyd: sachac: No un-necessary modesty please.  You write well, and it
            is a pleasure to read your blog.  Your enthusiasm for what you
            are doing is great, as well.  Hopefully, you won't stop anytime

Awwww... =)

Chat with :jdavidboyd on

Random Emacs symbol: processes - Group: Process, subshell, compilation, and job control support.

5. Tech evangelist: 17:10

jordanb_ of #emacs pointed out that I'm among the top Google hits for "tech evangelist". Heh. =)

I should work on ending up on searches for technology evangelist and technical evangelist, too.

Chat with :jordanb_ on

Random Emacs symbol: nnoo-define-skeleton - Macro: Define all required backend functions for BACKEND.


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