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Japanese example of the day: 「はい、でも私は、ただのみっともないねこでございます」と、こねこは言いました。「だから、あなたが、どのねこが一番きれいかと、お聞きになったとき、私は何も言えませんでした。」 Oh, I'm just a very homely little cat, said the kitten, so when you asked who was the prettiest, I didn't say anything.

Tasks

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
BXMerge patch for planner-authz : E-Mail from Andrew J. Korty (2005.03.24 planner bug)
BXFind out why tasks are getting disordered when pages are saved : E-Mail from Jeremy Cowgar (2005.03.24 planner bug)
BXMerge changes to planner-trunk : E-Mail from Keith Amidon (2005.03.24 planner feature)
BXMerge Keith's changes : E-Mail from Keith Amidon (2005.03.24 planner feature)
BXMerge planner-appt bugfix, remove jeho-diary : E-Mail from Jim Ottaway (2005.03.24 planner bug)
BXSave and update files if we change the priority : E-Mail from Jeremy Cowgar (2005.03.24 planner bug)

Notes

1. MSU-IIT student wins IBM Linux Scholar Challenge

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http://news.inq7.net/infotech/index.php?index=1&story_id=31491

Filipino software developer wins IBM Linux Scholar tilt

Posted 00:33am (Mla time) Mar 24, 2005 By Erwin Lemuel Oliva INQ7.net

FILIPINO software development talent shines once again.

Jan Stevens Ancajas, a student of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, was among the grand prizewinners of the 2004 IBM Linux Scholars Challenge, INQ7.net learned Wednesday.

Ancajas was among 20 winners from all over the world in the yearly challenge hosted by the computer giant IBM.

The Filipino developer's program entry described as "Dynamic DNS solution for a campus network" was cited as one of the best software programs developed by a student.

This IBM-hosted contest solicits entries from students all over the world. Each winner will receive an IBM ThinkPad T-Series with Linux and will also have the opportunity to qualify for one of the three Summer 2005 internships at the IBM Linux Technology Center.

Wow! =D Congrats!

(Oooooh, envious...)

E-Mail from Miguel A. Paraz

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2. Geek hanging out

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Clair wrote a very nice blog entry about our fantastically geeky Tuesday and our watermelon Wednesday, so I won't repeat the details here. Incidentally, I also showed Mario and Marcelle the socks and killer boots I brought home from Japan. They went into fanboy mode. No pictures: you're going to have to meet me in person to see them!

I really, really, really, really, really enjoyed hanging out with Clair and the others these past two days. I'm glad she introduced me to Head Geekette; we had so much fun chatting about all the strangest things. Just because we're geeks doesn't mean we shouldn't have social lives. In fact, it's tons of fun hanging out with other geeks! =) I learned a lot from our discussions, and I'm looking forward to having chocolate with people again. Unfortunately, everyone's out of town right now... =(

A watermelon toast to good friends! It's fun to geek out with other people. I tweaked Clair's ~/.emacs a lot yesterday afternoon, and between fits of laughter we managed to hack in some pretty cool stuff. I'm going to steal her random tagline idea.

Here's my code:

(defun sacha/random-tagline ()
  "Return a random tagline and put it in the kill ring."
  (interactive)
  (with-current-buffer (find-file-noselect "~/.taglines")
    (goto-char (random (point-max)))
    (let ((line (buffer-substring (line-beginning-position)
                                  (line-end-position))))
      (kill-new line)
      (message line)
      line)))

(eval-after-load 'remember
  '(progn
     (defadvice remember (after sacha-tagline activate)
       "Add random tagline."
       (save-excursion
         (goto-char (point-max))
         (insert "\n\n" (sacha/random-tagline) "\n\n")))))

Next step: daily fortune...

(defvar sacha/fortune-file "/usr/share/games/fortunes/linuxcookie" "*Base file for fortune.") (defvar sacha/fortune-command "/usr/games/fortune" "The fortune executable.")

(defun sacha/fortune (&optional file)

"Return a fortune as a string." (interactive) (let ((line (shell-command-to-string (concat sacha/fortune-command " " (or file sacha/fortune-file))))) (kill-new line) (message line) line))

(setq planner-day-page-template

(lambda () (insert "

Japanese example of the day: " (sacha/random-tagline)))) "

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3. Difficult choices

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UToronto is offering me admission. An interesting startup is recruiting me. Choices are always difficult.

I would like to defer my U of T admission a few months--a sem at most--and try out the startup. Having my cake and eating it too. I'm excited about the opportunities. I want to learn about the business side of things. I want to see a startup try to get all the way to shipping a product. I'm looking forward to picking their brains. Lawrence and Luis have worked on other startups before, and they've been quite successful. I want to learn why. I also want to put together a little investment kitty I can use for myself in the future. I think the business experience will enrich my research work and make me even more valuable to the department.

I was going to post a long entry thinking through some other factors, but posting it as I had originally written it would be doing a grave disservice to my mother. Initially I was frustrated by her lack of enthusiasm and her skepticism (although not straight disapproval). Silly me, of course! Not only is my mom a very savvy business person who's just reminding me to do due diligence (and indeed I will e-mail the former companies of the guys heading the startup), but she's also my mom, and although she's not entirely keen on the idea of my being away, she knows it's a selfish feeling and won't let that stop me from going.

Conclusion: I have an ubercool mom who is handling all of these things far, far better than other moms can be expected to.

I really, really love her.

So I'll check this thing out. If the guys pass whatever tests I can think of _and_ the UToronto people say OK, then I'll sign up with them for a stint. If not, I'll head over to Canada so that I can get started right away and come home soon.

I lurv my mom.

1匹の猫を別とすれば家は空っぽだった。 The house was empty except for a cat.

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4. Edwin's comment on financial literacy

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edwin of technobiography said:

Hi Sacha,

Many of us, like me, have a lot to learn about financial literacy. I'm reading up on financial literacy through Francisco Colayco's book (Pera mo Palaguin mo) and Larry Gamboa's book (Think Rich, Pinoy!). Good read, very applicable to us Filipinos.

Gabby and I had a little discussion in January. Take a look: Cashflow! - Edutainment in a box

Yeah, I heard about Cashflow! I'd like to play it. Anyone have one of those and a free afternoon? We could also have a Monopoly party. I was never very good at Monopoly (and in fact usually found games a drag), but that doesn't mean I can't learn to be good at it. =D

E-Mail from Richi's server

猫は夕食に魚にありつくとわくわくする。 My cat is thrilled with joy when she gets fish for dinner.

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