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hi sleep

June 21st, 2007 1 comment

I don’t think I slept last night. That is, I remember lying awake in bed at 1 am, and I found myself awake at 6am, thinking about what I thought was an International Law question, except it turned out to be a Real Property problem…… I don’t remember going to sleep, but maybe I was drifting in semi-consciousness.

Never been so stressed out about exams since primary school (in Red China), and I’m sure the cup of espresso an hour before going to bed didn’t help either.

Did international law exam this morning – next (and last) is personal tax next Tuesday. Enthusiastically looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

[Transformers countdown removed]

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OED, ODE?

June 13th, 2007 2 comments

I’ve been conned.

For months, I’ve been using the Oxford Dictionary of English on Oxford Reference Online site as my primary online dictionary resource – it’s a subscription-only service, so I’ve been accessing it through the University of Sydney library site.

All this time, I’d thought that this was the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) – although the funny word order was a bit suspicious – because this was the link that shows up in the “Linguistics” section of the library’s online resources catalogue.

As it turns out, the Oxford Dictionary of English (ODE) is not the Oxford English Dictionary, which in fact has a separate site. Despite the similarity in name, the ODE is a tiny one volume dictionary, and very very different from the dozen volume OED. I finally clued in when I couldn’t find anything like etymology or quotations in the ODE.

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Makes me proud to be Australian (and Chinese)

June 7th, 2007 No comments

Chinese maths test

Saw this on a Maths-orientated facebook group (called “I want to be your derivative so I can lie tangent to your curves”, or something like that). It’s a question for a university entrance exam, and the difficulty of it prompted the BBC to lament the quality of Maths education in Britain: article here, especially when compared with the standard of questions asked at a similar level in Britain.

Well, it ain’t that hard, is it? High school 3D trig, not very hard for anyone who’s gone through 3 unit Maths. It’s no surprise that everyone in China can do this easily, of course, but reading the BBC article and the facebook comments seems to suggest that this wouldn’t be the case in Britain or the US. It makes me proud of Australia’s education system, despite what everyone says about “responding to a text”.

Unlike (it seems) the Americans or the Brits, we somehow manage to turn out students who, at the end of year 12, are able to derive sec(x) and draw pentagons on an Argand diagram, and at the same time know the meaning of “paradigm” and can spell weltanschauung two tries out of three. But unlike the Chinese, these same students are not brainwashed into doublethink. Oh, and plus, these Chinese students would know nothing about complex numbers or integral calculus.

(On a patriotic note) go Australia! New South Wales! *waves flag*

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How much are you learning?

June 5th, 2007 No comments

So many ways to procrastinate, so much notes to be done. Just today, I’ve learnt the following in lieu of doing my real property notes:

  • Sydney Uni’s northern cloisters in the main quad were never completed due to lack of funding (duh, should’ve been obvious…)
  • RSS is cool.
  • This is the truth.
  • I have an Adobe Acrobat 6.0 CD in my laptop packaging.
  • My laptop has contracted serious (and probably expensive) monitor disease.

Yesterday was June 4, by the way. 18 years since the day when Nothing Happened in China.

Got 50% in the BnP knowledge quiz. *cries*. must study harder.

But I got an 85% in my international law class test, bringing my average so far to 82.5%, so now I’m even more complacent about the upcoming exams. *must study*

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Graduated!

June 2nd, 2007 4 comments

Bear and medal

Finally graduated from Commerce! The graduation ceremony was on Firday 1 June. Amazingly (given the way they charge you exorbitant prices for everything) the food was for free! Ran around taking lots of photos. Fortunate to have friends come along and celebrate (Collin, Bobby, Enoch). Went out for drinks afterwards, and had dinner with parents.

Saw the Sydney Uni mace and staff for the first time, looking very heavy and authentic. Not so authentic was the bloke in the Chancellor‘s robes. Not that I’m complaining. It was Governor Marie Bashir’s first day as Chancellor, and she probably had more important things to do – like signing laws.

Tripped on the way down from the dais, thus fulfilling Belinda’s prediction. Comic relief of the whole ceremoney -_-”

Received two complimentary transcripts with my certificate, adding to the other 3 I’d bought 2 weeks ago which are sitting idle and will be out of date in about a month.

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