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Headlines for Sunday:
|A||X||Reread MJ's paper|
|A||X||KMD2004: Work on integrative summary|
|A||X||@1800 GHC meeting|
|A||X||Reread Dave Kemp's paper|
|A||X||Send mom e-mail|
|A||X||Send Simon e-mail|
|A||X||Write weekly report|
|B||C||Order business cards and postcards : E-Mail from VistaPrint|
I'm munching on a special chocolate mix from Choco Sol. The slab of sun-dried, bicycle-powered and volcanic-stone-ground chocolate contains cacao, agave, amaranth, vanilla, cinnamon, ginko biloba, gotu kola, and ginseng, and is supposed to be good for memory and concentration.
I hadn't heard anything from my KMD2004 groupmates all weekend, so I was rather worried about the integrative summary that we were supposed to pass on Monday. I couldn't find any drafts on the wiki or the shared workspace. If I had to write everything from scratch by myself just to make sure that we'd get it in before the deadline, I was going to do so. They could always make it up to me for the next assignment. ;)
I wasn't looking forward to working on a Sunday night, but I hadn't had the time to work on it during the previous week. Besides, I could consider Saturday as my downtime day for the week.
I sent my groupmates e-mail telling them I was going to write the summary, and I gave them my MSN and Yahoo! instant messaging details just in case they were online on a Sunday night. I started a document on Google Docs (formerly known as Writely) and sketched the outline just like I'd blogged my way past a writer's block for my background article.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quick response of my groupmates. MJ sent me an instant message on MSN. I asked him to reformat the appendices to have consistent citation styles while I worked on the summary. Dave came online after a short while. After some trouble with the invitations, we managed to get everyone on the same page.
I set up a group chat using Bitlbee, the IM to IRC gateway that I use to chat within Emacs. We coordinated our actions using instant messaging while I fleshed out the summary. Dave couldn't work on the document right then, but he could look over my work to see where the article was going. I added some notes about the structure of the document so that we had a coherent, logical flow.
My computer crashed twice because I ran out of memory. (OpenOffice + Firefox + Emacs = not good!) Good thing I was drafting the document in Google Docs, which auto-saved the document every few seconds and allowed people to keep reading it while I rebooted.
I sketched the document and condensed my paper before fatigue set in. I left the paper in their capable hands, and I'm sure it will get done by tomorrow.
I couldn't imagine doing this without real-time collaboration tools like instant messaging and Google Docs. Imagine what it would have been like, having to e-mail documents around? It would have been such a hassle for me to keep people up to date.
Hooray for Net collaboration and awesome groupmates!
Random Emacs symbol: menu-bar-mode - Command: Toggle display of a menu bar on each frame. - Variable: Non-nil if Menu-Bar mode is enabled.
This week, I concentrated on schoolwork and got quite a lot of things done. Mark and I submitted my CAS project report and request for more funding. I wrote an essay modeling the effect of open source on developers in developing countries according to actor-network theory, and I'm relatively happy with my analysis. I'll post it after I get feedback from the professor. I also worked a little bit on my statistics assignment, although I'll probably go for the extension on that assignment. (5% reduction for an extra four days? Sold!) I worked on my research prototype too, exploring different ways to geolocate IBMers for my search engine. And I've just blogged about the integrative summary due tomorrow...
How I managed to find the time for all the other things this week, I don't know. At Tuesday's UsabilityCamp and Wednesday's Mesh planning party, I met so many cool and interesting people. I also got told that I must be the best branded student at the University of Toronto, and more than a few people remembered me as a tech evangelist. ;) I'm famous!
I read a good book, too. Robert G. Allen's book "Creating Wealth" is well-written and advises people to get into real estate, providing many concreate examples and strategies. I find "Creating Wealth" to be a better read than Robert Kiyosaki's books, like the "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" series.
I started a new hobby: jewelry-making. I had picked up beads and other materials at the Toronto Bead Fair last Sunday. On Tuesday, I made a four-stranded bracelet with faux pink rose pearls. It'll look even better once I figure out how to do knots properly. I wore the bracelet to UsabilityCamp, making the malong I wore look even more formal. I made matching earrings, too.
And Friday - Friday was fun! To celebrate Simon's 26th birthday, I conspired with his friends and family to toast him at a surprise party with cheese and champagne. I had to drop a few hints to make sure that he'd keep the evening free. His surprise and happiness was well worth the agony and excitement of anticipation. =)
Saturday was odd, though. Simon and I ran into one of those cultural crossed wires, which I'll probably blog or LJ or e-mail at some point when I understand it better. Things are better now, but I still need to think it through.
Oh, Happy Feet was a *delightful* movie. I'd watch it again. =)
Terrific week for growth, even though some of that hurt a lot...
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Random Emacs symbol: pre-command-hook - Variable: Normal hook run before each command is executed.