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  1. Weekly review (612 words)



1. Weekly review: 15:17

I really enjoyed the Ottawa Linux Symposium because of the hallway conversations and the afterparties that I attended. The conference itself wasn't a good fit with my interests because I haven't done low-level programming in a while, but the people were awesome. Again, special thanks go to Don Marti and Simon Law for introducing me to such interesting people!

The OLS may have made me realize that I'm probably not going to be a kernel hacker in this lifetime, but it did inspire me to check out a fresh tree of Emacs and re-subscribe to the mailing lists. I also checked out a Ruby on Rails open-source contact relationship management system, and I'm looking forward to figuring out its design and either contributing to that project or using it as a launchpad for my own. Hooray open source!

I've decided to keep hacking on Emacs for a number of reasons. First, it's fun. Second, it's what everyone else mentions when they introduce me, so it still has some geek cachet. Third, it exposes me to the crazy things power users do in the userspace, and maybe I can take those ideas and spread them to a wider audience by writing about the hacks that people have made for their Emacs. So yes, I am going to keep being an Emacs hacker. I might even work on becoming more of one.

I did the touristy thing too, of course. I took pictures of the guards in their bright red uniforms and funky hats, and of the architecture and statues around the National Gallery. The pics are all on my Facebook account under pictures. (One of these days, I'll get Flickr export working again.)

Somehow I managed to still find time to work on my thesis. I talked to my supervisor (finally!) on Friday morning, and he gave me advice on how to handle some of the sections that had been challenging me. My first draft is up on the wiki and I've put it together in a linear document. The next thing I have to do is to add to my review of related literature, and I can do that while my supervisor reviews the first draft. The end is in sight!

I also spent some of the week planning an upcoming trip to Somers, New York, for an IBM conference on collaboration. A long, hard look at my schedule and my budget showed me that it probably wasn't the best thing to do at the time. Figuring out how to get around Somers without a car and paying for everything out of my own budget—more stress than I need right now! I was frustrated, but I channelled that frustration into looking for brilliant ways to make the most of the situation. I came up with terrific ideas! =) I can't wait to make those ideas reality. I love my life! Being able to tap my frustration and use it to drive creativity totally rocks.

I picked up a Table Topics game, too, and I'm looking forward to using that at tea. =)

Next week, I plan to read and review at least 20 additional papers and to write 15 more pages for my review of related research. For my personal geeking out, I want to deploy and modify that CRM on Rails system I just downloaded. As for other people - I want to catch up with some people who pinged me while I was away in Ottawa. A good friend's birthday is coming up soon, and I'm looking forward to celebrating it with him and with our other friends!

Random Emacs symbol: gnus-methods-using - Function: Find all methods that have FEATURE.


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