Saturday, June 27, 2009

You are not alone

Tribute to Micheal Joseph Jackson, King of Pop and one of my most favourite artists.

News of his death reached me in the early morning of Friday, where it is reported in the radio stations. A legendary artist, the guy who defined music in his heydays of the 80's has passed away. I started listening to his songs, the more famous ones such as "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" after listening to it on the radio (I didn't brought my Mp3 that day, it was fate) and started to love it.

I always wonder if he had a happy life. Becuase of his fortunes and talents many people are taking advantage of him, causing him to owe money even after his death. Through further reading, it seems that he was "not willing to grow" and stay as a child forever. Other than that, from my mum I heard that he was in Malaysia in 1996, I am only 4 at that time. But I really wish that I was there!

He is a legendary music icon, a restless soul, a extraordinary individual... did he found peace in the afterlife? But if you don't, rest assured that you are not alone, because millions of fans worldwide remembers you forever.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

eXam eXempted

Due to me down with dengue fever, I missed out many papers in the midterms, in fact I have two subjects with marks only in my report card.
Seeing the faces of my friends when given his/her results. There are happy faces "Wow, I can't believe I passed!", dejected faces "Oh, fail-liao", Surprised faces "Wow, an A1!" , angry faces " Shit, how can I do this question wrong?!", begging faces "Teacher, one mark more-lah..." and the poker face "Hah? OK-loh..."
The seience papers and add.maths are quite hard this time, dunno it was my luck or unluck for not sitting this exam. We tend to do great in practices at school and at home, but in exams we tend to do mistakes, miscalculate (blame your fat fingers, not the calculator), or forgot the steps/facts completely. Our answers also need to comply with a marking scheme, so even if the answer has the same meaning as the one in the scheme, if the words aren't identical no marks given. This is true especially for Science papers.
Exam results should not be used as a benchmark for academic achievements, and does not signify one's intelligence. But until we can find a better way to assess understanding of knowledge in students, I'm afraid we need to stick to pen and paper (and the marking scheme)for a long while yet.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

How to Clone a Perfect Blonde

In my read list this mid-year holiday, I picked up this book at a really mega sale at Endah Parade, along with 3 other books each RM5 only, one of them is "The Twilight Watch" by Sergei Lukyanenko (also recommended good read).

This title reveals to us how to make fantasies come true, such as teleporting and cloning and having a domestic robot. The one I liked most is the chapter about teleporting because it involves thereotical physics (my favourite). However, the explanation isn't as beginner-friendly but somehow I kind of understood maybe because I've already read up on that field for quite some time.

Anyone interested?