Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated. Covey quadrants - Q1 & Q3: urgent, Q1 & Q2: important
AXAsk for references for Delta Kappa Gamma world fellowship; check with Brenda re advice (2005.11.28)
BXStart looking for references for Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship : E-Mail from Brenda Fung (2005.11.23)
AXReapply for Graduate House : E-Mail from Rebecca Spagnolo (2005.10.04)
BCCall Cheryl at 416-978-0174 to ask about CALSS thing for young women; note that Tue 1-3 is right against my lab (2005.09.21)
AXAsk for a formal statement of withdrawal from previous program : E-Mail from Brenda Fung (2005.09.15 grad waiting)
BXCall 416-978-7970 to arrange a pregroup interview for the graduate student therapy group : E-Mail from Cezary Niewiadomski (2005.09.15)
AXRead lab notes : E-Mail from Peter Shepard (2005.09.02)
AXMeet Caroline : E-Mail from Peter Shepard (2005.08.23 grad)
AXE-mail Mark, cc Lorna about courses to take {{Deadline: 2005.09.16}} (2005.08.22)
AXApply for social insurance number (2005.08.22 grad)
AXApply for fee deferral (2005.08.18)
BXPick up letter from Rosebrugh 214 : E-Mail from Brenda Fung (2005.08.18 grad)
BXMeet Mark @1130 for research plan : E-Mail from Mark Chignell (2005.07.20 grad)
BXJoin Sympatico usability group meeting @1300 in BA 7256 : E-Mail from Anna Malandrino (2005.07.19 grad)
AXAsk about results from previous mobile study (2005.07.18)
BXDo usability evaluation of MSN.ca : E-Mail from Lisa M. (2005.07.18 grad)
BXJoin blogging research meeting @1530 : E-Mail from Mark Chignell (2005.07.18 grad)
BXMeet Danielle at Bahen 7132 @1100 : E-Mail from Danielle Lottridge (2005.07.18 grad)
BXPost IML overview : E-Mail from Anna Malandrino (2005.07.11 grad)
BXAsk Tita Raquel to reserve a flight (2005.06.09)
BCReply about personal information management and social communities : E-Mail from Mark Chignell (2005.06.09 FurtherStudies gradschool grad)
BXFile for NBI clearance (2005.05.23)
BXSet up meeting with Prof. Mark (2005.04.27)
BXWrite Prof. Chignell (2005.04.06)
BXPing Mark about admissions : E-Mail from Mark Chignell (2005.03.30)
BXReply to Prof. Chignell re grad school : E-Mail from Mark Chignell (2005.03.22)
BXRead about text messaging and blogging : E-Mail from Mark Chignell {{Tasks:22}} ... (2005.02.27 grad research)
BXReply about social network analysis of email : E-Mail from Mark Chignell {{Tasks:21}} (2005.02.19 grad research)
BXReply about project ideas and Vocal Village : E-Mail from Mark Chignell (2005.02.16 FurtherStudies grad gradschool)
BXReply about business model : E-Mail from Mark Chignell {{Tasks:15}} (2005.02.16 gradschool grad)
AXReply about UToronto in order to go to grad school : E-Mail from Mark Chignell (2005.01.28 FurtherStudies grad)
AXSubmit UToronto application {{Deadline: 2005.02.01 - 6 days}} - need Doc Mana's recommendation (2005.01.26)
BXReply : E-Mail from Danielle Lottridge
BXReply : E-Mail from Danielle Lottridge


6. Discovering my inner nerd

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People who've known me since childhood know that I've never been an academic geek. Who, me? Grades didn't really matter. In fact, one of my teachers once tsktsked and said he'd never seen such an underachiever in his life. (Ds. In English. Sheesh. My department chair scolded me about that.)

All of the exciting stuff in my life was extracurricular. Programming competitions didn't require straight As. Open source advocacy didn't require cum laudes. As long as I didn't get kicked out of school, I was fine.

I don't know when I started to take school more seriously, but one day I must've decided to see if I could do it. Just for kicks. And I did. I decided to enjoy my Philosophy course, and that was just wonderful. People were copying my philosophy notes. That was probably because I was typing near-transcripts of his stuff in realtime, although in retrospect, none of that turned out to be useful for anything other than recognizing his classic rants. People weren't just downloading my notes, though. They came up to me before class and asked me to explain passages. That was fun. =)

Hmm. Explaining stuff. That could be another factor, too. I moved into the dorm halfway through college. Being around other people taking the same course certainly made a difference. I loved joining group study sessions because I could test my knowledge and help people learn something new. Yeah, that was a key thing. Group study. I should write about that for the On Campus magazine; that's another key thing I want to tell students about.

I'd like to find out if I've got an inner nerd. Might not be a good idea to do that because I might end up kicking myself over the stuff I missed before! <grin> But what's done is done, and I haven't done too badly either. Graduate school's a second chance to see if I've actually got it in me to slog through textbooks and keep everything organized. Now that I've got a personal opinion of myself to live up to (and scholarships I'd like to apply for or retain!), having fun studying certainly makes more sense.

I was really worried about statistics. See, the last time I did an ANOVA test was in high school, and I wasn't really paying attention then. I'd never used Minitab (or even other statistical packages), but after experimenting, Googling, and asking classmates for help, I figured out how to import data and produce a couple of graphs. I explored the features of the software and found a couple of useful functions. I also asked my lab partner and the teaching assistant to teach me how to interpret two-way ANOVA results. Crash course in statistics! =) I feel confident about that part now. Next: learn about human factors and read some of the suggested references so that I can use their insights in the report.

You know, this studying thing can be kinda fun... =)

5. Text messaging

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My preliminary goal for the research project is to develop services for text messaging, drawing inspiration from successful initiatives in the Philippines while adapting to the Canadian context.

Text messaging is extremely popular in the Philippines because of its convenience and low cost. Availability of low-cost prepaid units and inefficiency of landline providers result in high market penetration for the cellphone. Ringtones, games and screensavers provide significant revenue and plentiful advertising opportunities for telecom companies and content providers. Value-added services through text messaging are also popular, and our infrastructure makes it easy for content providers to make a new service available.

WAP and GPRS are also increasingly popular. Just today, my friends and I browsed a prominent news site for breaking news about the latest political scandal. (Various groups are calling for the president to resign, etc.) Specialized feeds provide news on shopping, sports, and other popular topics. These services are advertised in mainstream media.

Of course, the primary use of texting is still communicating with other people. Jokes, quotes, ASCII art teddy bears and even mock-animated figures are passed around and carefully stored for future forwarding. Text makes it easier for many people to communicate despite noise, shyness or disability. Indeed, one of the first ads promoting text messaging showed a couple communicating through text. When they finally met, they used sign language.

A number of foreigners who've gotten used to texting in the Philippines wonder why it hasn't really caught on in other countries. If it fits the research group's goals, I can work on:

- tracking the changing attitudes and abilities of a group of users as

they start using cellphones to text each other

- prototyping value-added services available through text messaging

(push: announcements, quotes, reminders, etc.; pull: queries; interaction)

(On the other hand, if everyone wants to focus on blogs, I can do that too. =) Blogs and communities are lots of fun.)

洋子はコンピューターを買えない。 Yoko is unable to buy a computer.

4. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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> Congratulations!
> Is there a good time for us to talk?
>> Hi Mark,
>> For your information. We will issue an admission offer to Sandra.
>> Please let us know if she is joining us in May, or in September.
>>> Hi Brenda, This is just to advise you that the A&P Committee has
>>> approved Sandra Chua's admission to the M.A.Sc. program.


E-Mail from Mark Chignell

イヌとは対照的に、ネコはごく最近になって飼いならされたものである。 In contrast to the dog, the cat has become domesticated only in recent times.

3. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Hi Sacha,

I just talked to the grad office. They were waiting for me to give my approval, oops. :) An offer letter should be going out to you shortly.


Mark Chignell wants me there by mid-May!

We will have a watermelon party later. Yay yay yay yay yay!

E-Mail from Mark Chignell

2. Daniel S. Weld: Personalization

K. Gajos, R. Hoffmann and D. Weld, "Improving User Interface Personalization" UIST 2004, Santa Fe, NM, October 2004.

D. Weld, C. Anderson, P. Domingos, O. Etzioni, T. Lau, K. Gajos, and S. Wolfman, "Automatically Personalizing User Interfaces" IJCAI-03, 2003.

C. Anderson, P. Domingos and D. Weld, "Web Site Personalizers for Mobile Devices" (IJCAI-01 Workshop on Intelligent Techniques for Web Personalization)

C. Anderson, P. Domingos and D. Weld, "Adaptive Web Navigation for Wireless Devices" (IJCAI 2001)

C. Anderson, P. Domingos and D. Weld, "Personalizing Web Sites for Mobile Users" (WWW10)

Selected Publications by Daniel S. Weld

1. Very useful PIM research blog

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