Headlines for Tuesday:

  1. planner-appt (135 words)
  2. Emacs and Google Calendar; writing for a moving target (219 words)
  3. Switched to PCFinancial for savings (170 words)
  4. Can't type (90 words)
  5. okay, so what's involved in this trapeze thing? (123 words)


Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated.
BX@13:00 Call re start date : E-Mail from Jane Reid
AXWrite letter to Wayne
AX@09:30 10:00 Configure my system to use planner-appt.el (WickedCoolEmacs)
AX@10:00 10:30 Think about Emacs (WickedCoolEmacs)
AX@10:00 Verify IELTS examination date
AX@10:45 11:00 Revise outline (WickedCoolEmacs)
AX@15:00 Renew SIN at Dufferin Mall
AX@15:30 Deposit checks at CIBC near Bloor and Dufferin
CX@19:30 21:30 Trapeze classes
AXScan important documents
AXMake pretty Halloween card for Mom
AXJane Reid - Note about name for CPP


@19:30 21:30 # Trapeze classes



1. planner-appt: 09:44

Now that I've taken a closer look at it, I can see that planner-appt's much cooler than the little hacks I'd been using to keep track of my schedule. I'm still not sure if I need a separate schedule section, because I've gotten used to managing my appointments in my task list. It's nice to know that the option is there, though, and I like how color-coding makes it easy to see which appointments are past and which ones are coming up.

Here's my config for planner-appt.el:

;;;_+ Appointments
(require 'planner-appt)
(setq planner-appt-update-appts-on-save-flag t)
(setq planner-appt-sort-schedule-on-update-flag t)
(setq planner-appt-schedule-cyclic-behavior 'future)
(setq planner-appt-task-use-appointments-section-flag t)

I wonder how I can go about exporting my appointments... <muse>

Random Emacs symbol: x-uses-old-gtk-dialog - Function: Return t if the old Gtk+ file selection dialog is used.

2. Emacs and Google Calendar; writing for a moving target: 10:29

While searching for Emacs calendar sync, I came across Bill Clementson's post on Emacs and Google Calendars. He showed how to use the Emacs Client for Google Services to add items to the Google calendar and to the local diary file at the same time. I might look into that.

The WickedCoolEmacs book may take a little more work than expected. I want to include not only what's already out there, but what logically makes sense to include—and that might take some hacking on my part as well. With a little over a year to go before my deadline, I'm sure that Emacs will also move quite a bit. I think the best thing to do is to divide my outline into:

  • Built-in packages that I have personal experience with
  • External packages I have personal experience with
  • Built-in packages I need to learn about
  • External packages I need to learn about
  • Built-in packages I need to tinker with
  • External packages I need to tinker with
  • Stuff I have to write from scratch

If I can get all the low-hanging fruit during my first pass, then I can go back and re-edit the chapters to include more.

Random Emacs symbol: ebnf-print-directory - Command: Generate and print a PostScript syntactic chart image of DIRECTORY.

3. Switched to PCFinancial for savings: 13:03

I sent a void check to PCFinancial to set up a link between PCFinancial and TD. I followed up on the phone today, and the link was created. Now I can transfer funds between my PCFinancial accounts and my TD checking account.

This means I can move all the money I formerly had in my TD savings account into my PCFinancial savings account without dealing with checks. I don't mind a hold on funds if they're going straight into my savings account. I can also transfer funds from PCFinancial to TD in order to pay off my credit card without having to go to the bank and deposit a check myself.

I need to follow up with PC in six months to get shorter holds on my deposits, which I could have set up last year if I thought about it.

Slowly figuring this out. It doesn't hurt that PC upped its savings rate to 4.25%. =)

Random Emacs symbol: gnus-summary-low-ticked - Face: Face used for low interest ticked articles.

4. Can't type: 22:07

my palms are wide awake and revolting. just came back from trapeze lessons. lots of fun. have a long way to go. good teacher—very supportive. odd that i like this more than krav. good practice in facing terror and working through it. looking forward to developing calluses. skin shiny.

kudos to w- for coming with me to help me feel safe, and to j- for giving it a shot.

next week, work on calluses.

Random Emacs symbol: compilation-setup - Function: Prepare the buffer for the compilation parsing commands to work.

5. okay, so what's involved in this trapeze thing?: 22:13

i like watching the other students. i would like to be able to do the kinds of stuff they do, someday. or at least simple things that look elegant. and i want to develop upper-body and core strength, coordination, and a terrific story. ;)

so, what do i need?

gah. all of the above.

maybe i'll go to trapeze once a week and spend two to three times a week working on core and strength. the jungle gym near the house will help me develop calluses, at least until it freezes over. i need to do more crunches and pushups, too, until i can eventually graduate to chin-ups.

we have a plan.

Random Emacs symbol: custom-initialize-safe-set - Function: Like `custom-initialize-set', but catches errors.


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