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Google Doodles (Nov 2011) November 29, 2011

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You can now view all the Google Doodles in chronological order by hitting “I’m feeling lucky” without typing in anything.

So I’ve decided to list the few doodles of this month that I particularly liked.

Edmond Halley's 355th Birthday

Nov 08, 2011 Edmond Halley’s 355th Birthday – (UK)

Lola Mora's 145th Birthday

Nov 17, 2011 Lola Mora’s 145th Birthday – (Argentina)

Mikhail Lomonosov's 300th Birthday

Nov 19, 2011 Mikhail Lomonosov’s 300th Birthday – (Russia)

Why don’t I ever get to see these nice designs? Why are they country-specific? WHY D:

 

 

Right after A levels… November 24, 2011

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I shall sort out my sova notes and actually put up some writing assignments I did throughout these 2 years.

trees and lemonade October 29, 2011

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Some things I did this month, while bored.

 

This is some part of Angkor Wat that I copied out off my folder of photos. I don’t know why but the blue/brown combination really appeals to me.

 

And this was what I could get of a jug of iced lemon tea before my hungry and thirsty friends polished it off. I like restaurants that let you draw on the tables.

“More in need” of your time?! August 30, 2011

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It’s just unfair that you give time to those who aren’t even willing to work hard. They only have themselves to blame for not putting in consistent effort to do well since the very beginning. And now instead of reaping what they sow, and failing, they’re getting extra tuition. While students like me who genuinely are interested to learn out-of-syllabus stuff are not only not nurtured, but shoved into a corner and repressed. What kind of education system is this? Meritocracy? Who are you trying to kid! What’s with the ‘my-time-is-for-E/S/U-students-only’ attitude? I’m sure even if I get straight U’s for Prelims you wouldn’t care! But will I fail that badly? No. Because (not bragging but) I’m a conscientious, hardworking student, and as much as I spend 72h/week doing coursework, I still find time to keep up with my other subjects. Even if it means studying on public transport. Even if it means eating with one hand and punching calculator buttons with the other. Even if it means there are things I don’t understand WHICH WILL FOREVER REMAIN THAT WAY because you’re unwilling to part with some time.

In fact, even if by some miracle they score an A for A levels, they’ll only be thankful for your help in getting that A. But by then they’ll be so sick of the subject, they won’t even consider pursuing it, whether it be Math/Physics/Chemistry/etc. (Okay maybe a bit of math because it’s compulsory modules in uni.) There you have failed as a teacher. Where in that do you see children being inspired to learn? I don’t, because to me they’re just chasing papers.

So think on that while you work yourself sick, giving consults to students who desperately turn up for the sake of their exam grades. These are students who just are flailing around, hoping to hit some magical formula to help them pass. These are students who don’t even bother preparing sufficiently before consults so they at least know what phenyl ethanoate is. These are students who are, apparently, according to you, “more in need” of your time.

I have never been more disappointed and disillusioned with the education system than I am now.

Musings at 2354 May 17, 2011

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Marvin droned,

Now the world has gone to bed,
Darkness won’t engulf my head,
I can see by infrared,
How I hate the night.

He paused to gather the artistic and emotional strength to tackle the next verse.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
Try to count electric sheep,
Sweet dream wishes you can keep,
How I hate the night.

– Life, the universe and everything, chapter 31, by Douglas Adams.