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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
ACUToronto Engg Juggling Club @1730 to 1930, basement of Sanford Fleming from 2005.07.20
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
AXHelp Lisa with data analysis @1000 : E-Mail from Lisa M. (2005.07.20 research)
BXMeet Mark @1130 for research plan : E-Mail from Mark Chignell (2005.07.20 grad)
BXAttend IML meeting @1600 in 8171, Vanessa will be presenting : E-Mail from Anna Malandrino (2005.07.20 iml)
BXFind a Toastmasters club nearby
BXProfile the lab and figure out where I fit in (2005.07.20 research)
BXWrite Dr. Gwizdka asking for a meeting (2005.07.20 research)
BCPrint a copy of the customization paper (2005.07.20 research)
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
BXCheck out http://www.ttcrider.ca
BXFind a juggling shop (2005.07.20 MoveToCanada)
BXAdd GNA to message filters (2005.07.20 planner)
BXMake note heading face less greedy : E-Mail from Michael Olson (2005.07.20 planner bug)
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
BCGo to Goodwill's 50% sale - http://www.goodwill.on.ca (2005.07.20 shopping)
BCCheck out DANCING ON KING 79 King E.

Notes

1. CiteULike: Social bookmarking for scientists and researchers

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Following on the heels of popular social bookmarking services such as del.icio.us and Furl is CiteULike, a service specifically geared toward scientists and researchers. It's perfect for keeping track of pages you've read and will read, and it can even import and export BibTeX records for easy use with your document typesetting system. Way, way cool. Thanks to Alvin Chin for telling me about this!

(See, talking to your research labmates is a Good Idea.)

私はパソコンを修理させました。 I had my personal computer repaired.

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2. More thoughts about home

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ka edong is right. we do what we can. but coming back to the philippines? i dunno. opportunities are not as plenty in the philippines as in, say, the us, canada, australia or japan. especially in my field (chemistry). how am i expected to do science if i have to think what i'll eat tomorrow? and what of instrument and equipment? i only want to do science, and where ever there is an opportunity, i'll go there. your desire to help the philippines by going back is great. i admire that. tell me that again after five years, and i'll admire you more. -

I've heard some people can do six months in one country and six months in the other. In fact, it works quite well: skip winter, skip really hot summers... If you're important enough to a lab or company that they'll let you do that, or you run your own business, then that's very doable.

Sometimes it's not about exploring the limits of what you can do for yourself, but rather finding out how you can improve as many people's lives as possible. In the process of finding out how to apply what you know to people's lives, you might find that you can go farther and faster than you imagined.

I like computer science, but I don't want only to do computer science. I want to help people learn life management and communication skills, and technology is just a way for me to do that.

Let's use a better example. You'd think biotechnology would be something needing millions of dollars in lab equipment, right? But technopreneur Maoi Arroyo's not in some comfy lab in MIT or Cambridge. She's out there, jumpstarting the Philippine biotech industry by helping people commercialize their discoveries--while remaining hooked into the global scene, jetsetting and making deals with people overseas. Not bad for someone in her twenties.

But technology and science are different, you might argue. Science is a pursuit of knowledge for knowledge's sake. Let's look at Kendra Castillo, taking up her master's in environmental management at UP. She may not have the supersensitive equipment or the finegrained meteorological data available in other countries, but there are _real_ questions still addressable by the lab she joined. The lack of resources forces her to be more resourceful and inventive. It's frustrating to deal with incomplete data and broken equipment, but that only opens up more questions to tackle through research.

The only limits are those we set ourselves. Sure, the Philippines may not have given us much. It may not give us opportunities to be highly paid for doing exactly what we do. But the secret to success is realizing that we _make_ our opportunities. We determine our future.

I want to make the Philippines better and I am willing to devote time and effort to doing this. Just words for now. I'm naive and idealistic, perhaps. But I know older, more accomplished people who are doing just that. They're bridging the divide through their efforts. They care about nationbuilding. Through their initiatives, they create jobs and wealth and _meaning_ for people who are just waiting for opportunities to come their way.

It's not too late to discover how you can make a difference. All you have to do is try.

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コンピュータは非常に複雑な仕事を瞬時にすることができる。 Computers are capable of doing very complicated work in a split second.

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