Research deadlines

27 October 2006: IJHCS special issue on Collaborative and Social Aspects of Software Development E-Mail from Stephen Perelgut


Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated.
A_Blog about trip to Philippines?
A_Draft outline for Time Management with Planner
B_Formation of Social Networks in Social Software Applications, due 2006.06.21 : E-Mail from Andrea Wiggins
B_Workshop on knowledge collaboration in software development. CFP deadline 2006.06.23 : E-Mail from Cheryl Morris
C_Consider user assistance magazine : E-Mail from Mark Chignell
APFlesh out part 1 of personal wiki article (2005.12.30)
CCWrite about (2006.12.31)
BCWrite essay for Paterson competition {{Deadline: 2006.01.27}} (2006.01.07)
AXWrite outline for article about personal wikis (2005.12.29)
A_Write about groupwork
A_Write about writing fanmail
A_Write about homelessness and cats
A_Write about teaching assistantship
BPWrite about passion
B_Blog about Japanese greetings in Microsoft Word
B_+write about e-mail overload and editing messages
B_+write about e-mail overload and search
B_+write an article for Freshmeat
B_+write about foreign husbands and Filipina success : E-Mail from Irine Yu
B_+write +planner guide for GTD
B_Respond to and
B_Write about programs for USB drives
B_Write about Filipinas
B_iblog: Write about BlogMe, a nifty bookmarklet that picks up a lot of metadata. Kinda like remember for the Web.
B_Building a secure future : E-Mail from Harvey Chua
C_Write about my ideal future
C_+write about managing appointments and birthday reminders in Planner : E-Mail from Edgar Gonçalves
C_Write article on planner-timeclock
C_Write article on planner-sort-tasks-key-function : E-Mail from Seth Falcon
C_+write article for campus newsletter : E-Mail from Circe B. Concepcion
B_Write about wikis and critical mass (2005.06.27 TaskPool writing)
AX+write: pick a topic for reading course paper (2005.12.16)
BXReply about free writing lessons : E-Mail from Don Marti (2005.11.13)
BXWrite article about tweaking task input (2005.10.31)
AX@0630-0730 +write about e-mail overload and using tasks - 641 words (2005.10.27)
AXWrite about blogging and personal knowledge management (2005.10.06 research writing)
AXWrite Travis a guide for networking (2005.09.19)
AXWrite a proposal for an upcoming Linux Journal issue (2005.09.18)
BXWrite about call-centers : E-Mail from Richi's server (2005.09.16)
AXWrite thank-you note to Jill (2005.09.07 social writing)
AXWrite diyplanner introduction {{Deadline: 2005.08.28}} : E-Mail from Douglas Johnston (2005.08.22 writing)
AXWrite about informational interviewing (2005.08.20)
AXRip apart Specops excuse (2005.08.18)
BXWrite about Mom and Clair's shopping day - 1530 to 2300, wow! : Chat with :harveychua0208 on (2005.08.16 writing)
BCBlog about user passion, Ruby on Rails, 37signals, and Creating Passionate Users (2005.08.16 writing)
AXWrite article for On Campus (2005.07.23 writing)
AXDraft outline for first column for On Campus {{Deadline: 2005.07.25}} : E-Mail from Melba Jean Valdez-Bernad (2005.07.21 writing)
BXSubmit short story for Doorbell prompt : E-Mail to (2005.07.12 writing)
BXWrite about book notes wiki idea (2005.06.18 writing)
BXWrite announcement for Software Freedom Day plans : SFD Philippines - SFD (2005.06.17 sfd writing)
BXRead the 50 writing tools (2005.06.17 writing)
AXRevise Linux Journal draft, adding a paragraph about mainstream personal information managers (2005.06.05)
AXMake text files friendlier : E-Mail from Dominique Cimafranca (2005.06.05)
BXTake a screenshot of Planner : ../writing/private.taming-the-todo (2005.06.05)
ACWrite about how people use their TODO lists : E-Mail from Dominique Cimafranca (2005.06.05)
BXWrite about the Hipster PDA for mph (2005.06.03)
BXWrite Planner section for Taming the Todo : ../personal/taming-the-todo (2005.06.02)
BCMake screenshots for taming the todo (2005.06.02)
BXWrite an introduction for mph (2005.06.01)
BXMake outline for taming the todo (2005.05.30)
BXReply about Away Agila : E-Mail from joey alarilla (2005.05.25)
AXSend Don a detailed outline for Taming the TODO : E-Mail from Don Marti (2005.05.19)
BCWrite Banaue article for dad (2005.05.12)
BXReflect on software support for keeping in touch (2005.05.06)
BXReflect on age and kids (2005.05.03)
BXCome up with outline for Linux Journal article : E-Mail from Don Marti (2005.04.19)
BCRevise translation essay : E-Mail from Eric Pareja (2005.02.14)
BCUpdate localization essay : E-Mail from Dominique Cimafranca (2005.01.14 dominique oss writing)
BXWrite about Pera Mo, Palaguin Mo (writing finance)
BXWrite about the Mapa Family Book of Virtues, which is organized by virtue and by person
BC30min Update localization essay : E-Mail from Dominique Cimafranca (dominique oss writing)
CCRewrite kids version of cellphone : (writing dominique)


4. Emacs in the news: 20:13 (2007.11.08#1)

I am not happy. Well, mock-unhappy. I'm fine, but mock-peeved.

The December 2007 issue of the Linux Journal has an article on turning Emacs into a PIM using Org, and I didn't write it.

Okay, I *am* happy that somebody else is getting the message out, but STILL. <laugh> I had a lot of fun writing the Emacs and Planner article for Linux Journal before, and I wish I'd made the time to write another article. It's a good article, though.

NOTE TO SELF: That's it, I'm waking up *really* early in the morning to work on the book.

I may have a non-Emacs article idea or two in my blog. For example, I now have two years of personal financial data in Ledger, and I've done some cool things with Gnuplot. I can write that one up.

Also, timeclocking. I should be able to make pretty graphs from Org, too. Hmmm. That sounds like something that would be fun to hack.

Then there are little tips, too.

And there's analyzing Facebook data and making a Flashcard application, again in Emacs.

<steeples fingers> Hmmmm. How to squeeze more writing time into my day... <taptaptap>

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Random Emacs symbol: gnus-emphasis-underline-italic - Face: Face used for displaying underlined italic emphasized text (_/word/_).

3. I'm going to write a book!: 17:33 (2007.09.18#1)

My book proposal has been approved. I'm going to write an Emacs book! I plan to work on it during evenings and weekends over the next year. I've tried not to make my schedule too optimistic considering I don't have a good feel of my workload. If I finish it earlier than planned—before my birthday, if possible—then that would be awesome.

=D Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I'm going to be a properly published author!

Random Emacs symbol: eshell-wait-for-process - Function: Wait until PROC has successfully completed.

2. E-mail interview oddness: 12:03 (2006.09.18#1)

I received an e-mail interview from a Philippine-based popular IT magazine, and something about the interview made me think about how e-mail interviews are conducted. I've copied the letter here sans identifying details. I plan to write articles in the future, so this reflection will help me remember tips for when I'm the one conducting an e-mail interview. You can find my comments below.

Dear Ms. Chua,

Good afternoon. I am XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, a writer for XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. I am writing an article for the magazine XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, where the story will focus on Filipino teenagers and the cyberspace. I plan to angle the story on the general behavior of Pinoy teens online as well as that of the parents on the idea of their kids linking up to the cyberspace. I also hope that my interview with you will help in shedding light to teens and the MMORPG industry.

I have below a set of questions; pardon me for this, but may I request for your answers by Tuesday morning? I hope that it will be alright with you.

If you have any questions or objections/clarifications, you can text me at XXXX-XXX-XXXX. Thank you for having the time to read my letter. Have a nice day.


Generally, how do Filipino teenagers see the Internet? Is going online a more common phenomenon among teenage Filipinos? Do they prefer this more than other types of media like TV or radio? How so?

With only a small percentage of the local household owning computers, as well as going online through cafes and getting connected are still expensive for some, is linking up to the cyberspace a difficult affair for Pinoy teens? What do you think should parents as well as the government do about this?

Should chatting, Instant Messaging, or joining social network services like Friendster be allowed to teens? How so? Should parents allow their teens to build relationships =96 platonic and/or romantic - online? Again, how so?

How about blogging, should teenagers go for this online trend? What do you think is its appeal to Filipino teenagers?

What dangers do these services pose to the Filipino teen? How about the other malicious elements lurking the cyberspace?

What makes MMORPGs very popular among teens? How do these affect teenagers? Should parents let their kids go for online gaming?

Should teenagers pursue their entrepreneurial spirits online? How is it helpful to teenagers?

How do you think can the Internet help teenagers become responsible adults? What should parents do to ensure this happens?

How often are you online? What do usually do when online?

I like journalists. Journalists have a hard job. They always need stories, and they're always chasing deadlines. They never have enough time. I love helping journalists as much as I can, pinging them when I hear about something interesting. I've even taken a few hours to review articles and provide additional information and stories.

There's something about this e-mail interview that distracts me from replying to it, though. I started happily replying to a couple of questions, but then I trailed off. The interview felt wrong.

What gave me that feeling? The questions were too generic and too broad. There's nothing of me in it, nothing to show how I would bring a unique perspective on the issue. I felt like filler material that can be dropped in to help the writer meet the word count. This didn't make me too keen to spend a lot of time imparting pearls of wisdom, not that I had any in the first place. ;) This kind of shortcut-taking also made me wary of cut-and-paste quoting, which would require me to think in terms of soundbites and could lead to me being quoted out of context.

One way this e-mail interview could have been better is if it focused on one or two key points, mentioning my background and showing how I'm relevant to the issue. The entire e-mail was about the writer and what the writer wanted, and I didn't feel like my participation was at all that I didn't matter as long as the quotes came from somewhere. It felt like a totally generic e-mail. Had the e-mail opened with a note about how the writer found my blog or a personal referral from a friend, talked a little bit about why the writer wanted my perspective, and asked a couple of questions that tapped into my interests, then I would've probably spent more time and energy answering those questions than I did writing this blog post. As it stands, it gives me the feeling of doing someone else's homework, y'know?

I like journalists a lot. I've been tapped for quick quotes before, and I've always risen to the occasion with helpful thoughts and summaries. I hate to be unhelpful, but this e-mail interview doesn't make me feel good. I have great personal stories to share about how blogging can be an incredibly good thing (I have no end of examples for that!) and how people should be encouraged to explore their entrepreneurial sides online (like my laptop ad campaign), but I don't want to be just filler, just a short line in a grab-bag of quotes.

<sigh> Is it a matter of just getting my ego stroked? I don't think it's just that. I won't say anything just for the sake of saying something. If I'm going to say something and be quoted for it, I want it to be based on personal experience. I want to be able to stand by it. I'm not going to wave my hands and generalize about entrepreneurship for teenagers, even though I think it's a terrific thing. I'd rather tell my story of taking a crazy idea and running with it, or stories like that of Gary King, who started a Web business when he was in high school and managed to talk his way into a Web 2.0 conference even though the student tickets were sold out. I don't want to say dry facts that anyone could say. I want to tell stories.

I'll give this issue some time first. If I happen to blog a story related to the questions the writer asked, then I'll send a link along. If not, well... it'll be the first time I've said no to a journalist. <sigh> Ah, those important little things.

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1. The Mapa Family Book of Virtues: 22:57 (2005.05.11:1)

Commissioner Dondi Mapa shared a beautiful idea with us at the first blogging summit last Saturday, 2005.05.07. The Mapa Family Book of Virtues is a collection of anecdotes about the members of their extended family, organized according to the people involved as well as by the virtues the stories illustrated. Currently a private blog updated by Dondi Mapa every so often, it has drawn comments and contributions from close friends of the Mapas. Eventually it might even be privately published as a book for the Mapa family and their friends.

I've never seen it, but I think it'd be a wonderful idea. My family has plenty of stories and it would be nice for other people to read about things like my dad's love affair with the Banaue Rice Terraces and my mom's forays into writing and pottery. I know _I_ would like to read those stories.

Blogs don't have to be temporal entries about, say, eating suman. They can be timeless, insightful, meaningful entries, like letters we can read through in the twilight of our lives to remember who and what we were and appreciate even more what we've become.

コンピュータを物色して歩いたあげく、デイヴィドより200ドル安い値段で手に入れた。 I shopped around for my computer and ended up paying $200 less than David.

(Must make sure that these things survive until said twilight, then. ;) Am nowhere near it right now.)

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