Friday, April 28, 2006

now I hate Accounting II

The exams are over! Well, I still have one more but I have already S/Ued it so I'm gonna forget about it for now.

I can't help but feel that the someone up above is playing a fool with me the past week. On Monday I got the email from the IRO that I was rejected for the Summer Studies thing. I had kind of expected that coming because I had not heard from them since I sent in my application. So, I wasn't that disappointed.

Then they called me up on Tuesday saying that there was a vacancy! I thought Eddie would be ahead of me in the waiting list since he had a higher GPA. I accepted their offer immediately and called him to check with him. Turns out he didn't get to go. What a pity. Must be his recommendation form. Now I get to go Hong Kong. Alone.

Anyway I had to finish up all the online applications that day even though I had a bloody IT paper the following day. What the heck, going overseas is more important man!

So it was settled and I was content. I readied for intensive mugging for Accounting II. Then the IRO sent me some email informing me I had to hand in some other documents as well. For some time there I was really afraid I won't get to go because of that. I guess it's all the exam stress that's causing me paranoia.

The past two days I really mugged like I have never mugged before... It was probably the first time I've managed to keep my concentration for so long. Usually I would start surfing stupid websites or play stupid games after 45 mins of studying. But for the two days, I was truly one with Hansen and Mowen. Well, the fact that I hardly studied it during the entire exam period was also a major contributing factor. Surprisingly, I felt well-prepared at the end.

At about an hour before the paper, I received a message from my groupmate about our Accounting II project that he had just went to retrieve. fuck. C+. My mind just turned blank and I was stunned for a long time. I was hoping he was joking but something also told me he wasn't. I went into the exam hall still feeling stunned. The main paper was too unbalanced by the way. The calculations were too damn easy and the writing portion took up a large portion. Everyone scores on the calculations while I would be stuck in the rut with my less than stellar writing ability and poor handwriting. Add this together with the C+ for the project? Sigh.

Now I know there will be a lot of people who would probably think I am overreacting. I don't know, maybe I am. But it is like 20% down the drain. Moreover, I knew about it just an hour before the exam itself. I couldn't imagine how much more I needed to catch up in the main paper. I can't be blamed for still being shocked.

It is also because I seriously cannot believe that all the bloody effort we put into it was just worth a mere C+, or 2.5 on a scale of 5. That's just passing man. No offense but it's usually a grade for people who don't understand what they are doing. After reading through the comments by the grader, it almost seemed like we deserved it. Now I dislike whoever graded it. By the way, the grader also commented on poor English on our part. WTF. Ok, there were one or two sentences we overlooked during editing but that's a couple of sentences out of the entire report! And how dare the grader deem "and rightly so" as bad English? Just google for it. It shouldn't be that bad if google can find 2,640,000 search results for it. Correct me if I am wrong but I don't think the most pedantic English teacher will call that grammatically incorrect.

Also I don't think we were any worse in our understanding of the materials. Our biggest mistake was that we were handicapped by the lack of certain information about the company we worked on. I still think we deserve a B at the least - and rightly so.

Sorry for the long rant. If you stuck it through, good for you. You will make a good listener. And maybe everyone will start complaining to you because you will listen. Or at least they think so.

I'm trying hard to figure which of the following is worse:
When you didn't try for something or when you tried but didn't get it?

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

more lame shit

Today's such a bad day.

The people at the International Relations Office suddenly became very vague about the criteria for the HK summer studies program. They stated in the email that it was based on first-come-first-serve basis and if there are excess applicants, it would be based on academic merit. On second thought, I realised that these two can't co-exist. If there are excess applicants, would it be first-come-first-serve or academic merit?

That's the problem now. I've heard that there is overwhelming demand for these vacancies and that they were going to stick to first-come-first-serve. That would be horrible. I had an Econs paper in the morning and there was no way in hell I could be one of the first 15 to submit my documents. Besides, they stated they would use academic merit.

Damn, there goes my chance of going Hong Kong for my vacation. They'd better use academic merit or the strength of the recommendation form as criteria or I'd be quite pissed.

Speaking about Econs, I couldn't finish a 12 mark question. Everyone else seemed to be able to. I have doubts about my answer for the first question too. Sigh, there goes all hopes of an A. 2 papers down and still 4 more to go. It'd be at least 3 weeks before I get to taste freedom.

But life is still good, because I have all these lame videos to cheer me up.
Enjoy! (in order of hilarity)

Korean Clock Lady

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Some people have too much money

And I want to be one of them.

Look at this crazy DELL PC (link and pic from engadget).

This thing costs a f***ing US$10,000!

It has FOUR, yes, FOUR graphics cards. WTF? I'd be happy if I get one of the four they have inside. They total up to 2 gigs of RAM just on the card. I don't even have 1 gig of RAM in my entire system.

And it even has a physics accelerator. First time I've heard of it.

Well I thought it might make this PC transform into some robot and defy the laws of physics by flying around or something. But it only accelerates the physics calculation in 3D games.

It has a 30" widescreen monitor too... Sigh...

Gotta go clean up my drool now.

Saturday, April 8, 2006

The Fortune-telling Media Player

I was surfing through some blogs and I came across this very interesting meme. I never knew the mp3 player software sitting on my desktop can be an advanced version of a magic 8-ball!
Instructions: Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud, and press play. Use the song title as the answer to the question. NO CHEATING.
Just couldn't resist so here's mine:

How does the world see me?
吃你煮的鱼 by 南拳妈妈
Huh? This doesn't make a lot of sense. I want to eat the fish everyone cooks? The world wants to eat the fish I cook?

Will I have a happy life?
That I Would Be Good by Alanis Morrisette
"That I would be good even if I lost sanity/That I would be good/Whether with or without you" Sounds like a life of happiness with some self-deception :)

What do my friends really think of me?
流浪地图 by 孙燕姿
Somone enlighten me.

Do people secretly lust after me?
Good People by Jack Johnson
"Where'd all the good people go?" I guess that's a no.

How can I make myself happy?
My Girl by Temptations
Ah... finally something that makes perfect logical sense as an answer. But I have no girl.

What should I do with my life?
Big Big World by Emillia
I should spend the rest of my life checking out the big big world out there.

Will I ever have children?
Milk And Toast And Honey by Roxette
I usually skip breakfast so this gotta be for my future kids.

What is some good advice for me?
40 Kinds Of Sadness by Ryan Cabrera
Who would advise someone to get depressed?

How will I be remembered?
Beauty And The Beast by Celine Dion with Peabo Bryson
The inherent randomness in this game is mocking me.

What is my signature dancing song?
Collide by Howie Day
How true, I'd probably collide into someone during the dance.

What do I think my current theme song is?
飘移(头文字 D 主题曲) by 周杰伦
This song actually doesn't make much sense. Or I can't make much sense of it because it's all mumbling. So... my life doesn't make sense?

What song will play at my funeral?
Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader
I'd be back to haunt people by dancing on top of my grave in the middle of the night.

What type of men/women do I like?
Men: My Favorite Game by The Cardigans
Err.. It's kind of true I got to know a lot of my friends through the games we play. But the lyrics speak a totally different story lol.
Women: One Last Breath by Creed
Yup, I only like women with one last breath left in them. Then we can go dance on top her grave in the moonlight.

What is my day going to be like?
Take Me Away by Lifehouse
Will I get kidnapped or something?

Lousy answers... I'm gonna change my media player software.

By the way, has anyone seen this? Bunch of stupid Singaporeans climbing up some obscure mountain in Japan to look for legendary Karate master and hermit...

"My sons, you must climb up the Ee-wa-ki Sua in Jit Pun and seek out my old Shifu Mr Miyagi. He will teach you the Jue Shi Wu Gong™ of our Ee-wa-ki Karate Style. Then you will be the Wu Ling Meng Zhu and lead a rebellion to defeat the PAP in the upcoming elections" *
coughs* *dies*

Sunday, April 2, 2006

The beautiful game

I love this commercial. It just makes basketball way cooler with its slow-motion shots and music. Simply beautiful.

I don't know if you caught this guy's description of the NUS forum on politics (It was tomorrow-ed). But if you haven't, it is a good read. For those who are turned off by SM Goh's blatant use of the HDB upgrading programme as threat, here's a link to a petition.

It's less than a fortnight to the exams but rather than thinking about the exams, I'm thinking about what to do after the exams... Anyway, it's really high time to chao mug liao. I hope I make better use of the time available this time round.

So... good luck and best wishes to all preparing for your exams!