Archive for January, 2010

How I met YOUR MOTHER

January 29, 2010

Is a great sitcom/rom-com/drama-dey. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it is awesome.

I know, I know, I’m years behind everyone else. Which is why playing catch-up and watching it till midnight for the past two days might not have been such a good idea, what with all the KI IS proposals due next week and all that.

But really now, we all secretly know that work hurried out at the last minute is legendary.

Right? Riiiiiiiight?

The Disadvatages of an Elite Education: link

January 23, 2010

This is an excellent article. It is long, but so very important that the busiest of you, the ones with all the extracurricular activities and studying to bolster your college applications, read it.

Also, I promise that it is an easy, readable, thoroughly entertaining but also thought-provoking read. Read it, and consider what it means.

What it means to be a student and to pursue an education, and what you wish to learn through your education. Think about the purpose of education, the goal that you set your sights on and strain towards. Think about lofty goals and passionate ambition; beyond a career, job security, status, and wealth, there is charity, compassion for fellow men, zeal for the improvement of society. In short, an urge not to own the world, but to change it.

HaitchThree

January 21, 2010

Aaaaaaand back from the first real H3 lesson.

H3 Chemistry: Fascinating content, Semi-engaging lecturer, and godawful far away. Fortunately, it is nothing compared to NTU. If Bishan/home were the familiar, central parts of a city like Singapore, Bukit Timah would be the rural vegetable-growing hinterlands of Johor. And NTU would be situated in a remote backwater like an exiled, scandal-stricken politician on a pacific island.

H3 aside, today is the third week of school, which is pretty real quick, what with all the exams and KI papers to write. Also, it marks three weeks to Take5/Chinese New Year weekend. So, we can all look forward to a long break for rest and relaxation, while living dying in the here and now. By the looks of things, nearly everyone will be well on their way to being a desiccated corpse by the time that long weekend comes along. The lucky ones having been long dead and plodding along in school a la zombified automatons.

Does anyone STILL care about Ris Low?

January 16, 2010

Take a look at this article by The Canadian Press. And this one that appeared in My Paper (我报).

Right.

Now, the question is, why on earth does anybody still care about Ris Low? Was it a slow news day in Singapore? Perhaps, but is there any conceivable reason for The Canadian Press to bother writing their article? Clearly, this reflects the nadir of journalism and the apex of the wasteful drain of attention that celebrity is.

“I think that Singaporeans speak the way I do,” Low said. “I don’t see anything wrong in speaking like this because I don’t speak with a slang.”

“Maybe I do sometimes, but not with a slang slang.”

Aaaaand, who cares?

Internet news may be a new arena unconstrained by the usual limitations of print journalism such as column length or page space, but apparently we would love to use this to report utter inanity. Because we can.  Clearly, sizable tracts of Singapore news are dedicated to similar gossip and general wastes of time, labour, and intelligence, but that is a topic for another day. For now, and for lack of a better choice of words, I can only say :

Seriously Canada, wtf?

MATH.

January 15, 2010

To-do-list:

Math Focus Group Test

Hell yeah, remedial lessons > studying.

Not.

Good thing I feel that  P(passing)=1 is highly likely. Since P(studying)=0, P(passing∩studying)=0, passing and studying are independent events. In other words, WHO CARES IT’S THE WEEKEND.

Recovery

January 11, 2010

I’m in the midst of deleting Warcraft III as I write this. Unfortunately, complete understanding and appreciation of this statement is impossible without having first appreciated the enormous sinkhole Gaming can be for what is often termed Free Time.

Free Time is in fact something that most people possess; this is despite contrary protests made by numerous students. Although many students do desire more Free Time, they often forget that they possess it in abundance, as it is usually masked by sinkholes such as the above-mentioned Gaming.

Although highly discouraged, the full effects of Gaming Time Sinkhole and Free Time Possession can only be experienced by firsthand delving into Gaming (no, Bejewelled, Diner Dash, and Minesweeper are not games) and then withdrawing cold turkey. The subject will then experience the condition known as Free Time Recovery.

For many recovering sufferers, Free Time Recovery is often initially disorienting. Anecdotal evidence has shown that subjects finds themselves at a loss for stretches of time during this period, ranging from one to four, or, in extreme cases, eight or more hours at a time. However, many overcome this obstacle and are able to return to full functioning. This is usually accompanied by Reading, Exercise, Work, Music, Hobbies, or a number of other less common activities, that are commonly referred to as Having A Life.

That said, it should be noted that Free Time Recovery from Gaming Time Sinkhole is not 100% successful. The greatest failure rate occurs within the first two weeks, whereby sufferers have the greatest tendencies to relapse. This might be remedied by Pseudo-Having-A-Life assisted by friends and family.

A prime avenue of assisted Life-Having for recovering students is School. School, especially on the last first-day-of-it, can include elements such as J2 Homecoming. This usually involves meeting other students that might not have been encountered over the last month, although it might feel much longer than that. Students will typically regale each other with tales of their exploits during the holidays and generally try to have a good time while actively not learning anything in school.

Other elements include sharing sentiments similar to “Oh Gawds we’re going on 18 and we can even approach the point of describing ourselves as old oh GAAAAAAAAAWD whatever shall we do” and “OH HI FRIEND now that it’s your birthday and you’re 18, you’re automatically an adult but more importantly you can buy booze and magically acquire the ability to drive”.

Unfortunately, this is sometimes accompanied by “Oh hell it’s J2 year; hi there sorry can’t  chat need to go study”, which can be a tremendous setback for the Life-Seeking Recovering Gamer.

Of course, the Recovering Gamer can eventually wean himself off the need to Pseudo-Seek-A-Life, because he will notice that his newly acquired Free Time has been replaced with Discipline and Necessary Studying, accompanied with Training is fun and More Socially Acceptable Pasttimes. This is usually successful when the Recovering Gamer has crossed the two week withdrawal “hump” and has been actively Seeking-A-Life during the two week period.