Monday, February 27, 2006

Blogging from uni

Today is the first (official) day of semester 1, 2006. It is also the first time i've driven into uni from my new place. I left my house a bit before 7am to try to avoid the traffic... But in the end, though there are plenty of cars on the road, the whole trip took me under 40 minutes. So i was in at uni before 7.30. First class at 9am. One and a half hours to kill.

And I'm so tired.

But getting in early has some advantages i suppose. I got an all day park outside the law building + i had time to go organise some stuff at the sports center + i had time to get some breakfast + some extra spare time. Hence this blog.

Now if only i could think of something to write it on...

Ah i'm just going to list some random grumbles:
1. The Law UGS Office still isn't open to sell course materials. At least if it was, then i could be using this time a bit more productively.
2. I have no broadband connection at my new place. Dial-up feels incredibly slow.
3. At my new place, my dog isn't allowed to let herself out to go to the toilet yet. She shat on the floor this morning (again).
4. I'm filling in for a friend in a weekly badminton comp tonight. But it's in Kilsyth, which is about 40km too far away for my liking.
5. I just realised i don't know where the classroom for my first class is. Bleh. Maybe i should go find it...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

引越ししました

今新たな家に住んでる!まだ家をたくさん片付けないとだめだけど。下の写真は裏バルコニーから撮った。

すごいだろう?


家のまわりが本当にきれいだと思う。実際には写真ほどきれいじゃないけど。笑。

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

また試験ある

昨日試験出したばかりなのに、明日も試験ある。そして、明日のはけっこう難しそう・・。ため息。

けれども、面白いこと最近三つあった。全部久しぶりに連絡してない人からのことだ。まず、去年の今のころに知り合ったななこさんからEメールをもらった。「今、メルボルンに1年間ワーキング・ホリデーでやってきた」って。そして、ななこさんの今泊まってる場所は、俺の毎日行く法律のビルに近い!だけど、試験のせいでまだ会える暇もなく・・。

二番目は、このあいだシドニーの友達の二人から偶然の電話。「ビクトリア州に旅行してるよ!よかったら、訪問してくれる?」って。電話したとき、あいつらがBendigoっていう1時間もメルボルンから離れたところにいたけど。俺はけっこうびっくりして、試験もあったため「いや・・ちょっと」って答えようとしたけど、結局翌日に会うことに・・。それで、Bendigoじゃなく、Ballaratっていうまだ遠いところにメルボルンの友達と一緒運転して、そこで4人で召し食った。時間かかったけど、行ってほんとうよかった。

三番目は、Ballaratから帰ってきて玄関のところに靴を脱いでから、留学のBenからのハガキを見つけた!普通のメールでなにかもらうたびにいつもわくわく。しかも、久しぶりに連絡してもなく、俺はBenがどうしたのだろうって思ってた。タイミングがちょうどよかった。笑。

なんて偶然だろう・・・。「よいことは、三つで起こる」ってことわざが本当なのかな。

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Best reply from a uni lecturer ever...

If you go to Melb Uni and you haven't received this by now, I pity you. But just in case you haven't here it is up for everyone to read on my blog too.

Background: Some finance student emailed the lecturer requesting the date of the exam be changed from the 14th of Feb (to some other day) so that they wouldn't get into trouble with their other half on Valentine's Day. This is what the lecturer said:

Dear Li,

This is such an important question that I felt that it would be important to answer to all students who may be affected by the very serious predicament of an exam being held on the morning of Valentines Day.

Hence: Dear all students (and especially those who may be romantically involved with another),

In setting the exam date for corporate finance I thought long and hard about the impact of it coinciding with Valentines Day. Would exam preparation be affected by shopping for perfume, flowers or the latest Anthony Callea cd? What about young lovers who planned on meeting for an early morning latte, a sugar-coated biscotti and a sharing of the Age's Epicure section at Brunetti's? Isn't life hard enough without having all the joy of the international day of lovers taken away by some cold-hearted academic eager to finish the exam period off and get to his summer chalet in Dromana? For who was I to stand in the way of young love, for wasn't I also young once?

With grim resolve, steely determination, a stiff upper lip, a hand of fate, a nose for trouble, a tennis elbow and an eye for detail I put forward my claim on behalf of the lovestruck to the Grand Poobah of exam timetabling: "He who must not be named but who enjoys setting exams for large classes late in the exam period so as to frustrate lecturers incharge". In his infinite wisdom he replied:

"But Sean, what of our students of Italian, Chinese or Brazilian origin? For surely you know that in ancient Rome it was the festival of Lupercus, the god of fertility that was celebrated by young lovers on the 15th (not the 14th) of February. In China, Valentines day is superceded by "The Night of Sevens" (being the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calender) and in Brazil, June 12th marks the date of celebrating "Dia dos Namorados" (lit. "Day of the enamored", or "Boyfriend's/Girlfriend's Day"). Surely my friend, you are not suggesting that we alienate young lovers from each of these other important members of the university community?" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine's_Day

So, with head bowed and with great contrition I apologised to "He-who-must-not etc" for interrupting his musings on whether to set the next lot of the exams under the clocks at Flinders Street Station, in the Great Southern Stand at the MCG or in the roundabout on the corner of Elizabeth street and Royal Parade and returned to my office. Students, and (specifically Li) know this: I fought law and the law won, you have to know when to hold and know when to fold them, love is a battlefield. Now it is up to you to put it behind you, to show that true love can't be beaten by a three hour exam, even with an additional 15 minutes reading time.

Study hard friends.
Dr Sean "No-problem-too-small-(apparently)" Pinder

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Another reason to procrastinate

I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of class for the summer semester already. Although i must say, i feel like i've actually learnt something from this subject (Evidence & Proof) unlike the previous one i took (Legal Ethics) - haha yeah, maybe lawyers don't have ethics. Speaking of which, i have an exam starting tomorrow for ethics. Not good.

On a lighter note, i was looking through the frequently asked questions posted by my lecturer and realised that he'd actually posted some of the comments that people wrote from last semester. For those of you who go to Melbourne Uni, that's the quality of teaching sheets we all (mindlessly) fill out every semester. I thought it was quite funny how brutally honest some people were. These are my three favourite quotes (remember, the survey is done in the last or second last class of every subject):


3. "Jeremy is a pretty good teacher but he did blab on about things, e.g. Powerpoint and his textbook"


2. "I don't know what this subject is about."


1. "Jeremy is a space cadet but still not a bad teacher"


To be fair though, the vast majority of comments were very positive, and i pity those people who did not enjoy the subject as i honestly think it's been one of the best law subjects i've taken so far.

Oh and also, I got a letter today from the faculty of economics, so it looks like i will be tutoring (intro microeconomics) in first semester. Only have a few tutorials allocated to me at the moment - but hopefully that will let me actually get to know the classes better. Downside of that is, it looks like my trip to Sydney is a bit screwed up now. The compulsory training day for tutoring is right in the middle of my planned holiday...

Monday, February 06, 2006

Car crashes

Following the spat of accidents involving cars, other cars, and work mates recently, today something rather ironic thing happened. On the way home after my evidence class i was driving along the freeway wondering what would happen if there was a collision during peak time. More to the point, i was wondering if someone would try to stop following a collision. I just got to see both.

As is often the case in the afternoon, you can be travelling quite quickly down the Eastern Freeway only to realise that the cars about 50 metres ahead are only going half your speed because of congestion near one of the exits. Thus the accident. Some little Mitsubishi Lancer clipped the car in front of them (because they didn't slow down in time i guess), and then proceeded to slam on their brakes to the point of skidding around rather dangerously - they managed to get their tyres to smoke haha. Needless to say, it caused quite a bit of mayhem behind them. I was in the lane beside the accident so i couldn't really see if the cars behind hit too - but i'd imagine there was some collateral damage... What i do know is, i got the whole right lane to myself after that because nobody else was coming thru haha. Lucky i was too lazy to try to overtake the car infront of me... It's nice to be reminded you're only mortal.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

疲れた~

今日久しぶりにバドミントンの練習に行ってきました!実はCNYのため、Southbankで花火を見に行く予定あったけど、結局そのかわりなんか運動したらいいなと思って練習に行くことに。だけどDonvaleっていうスタジアムでバドミントンをはじめてやってたし、正直に3ヶ月ぐらいまじめのバドミントンをやってないので、思ったより下手なんだなぁ。たぶん、最近テニスを結構やってるのも影響あるかもしれない。だって、トピックどおりに俺は相当疲れてるけど、なんとすっきりした、今。こんな大変な運動って長い間ぜんぜんやってないんで、行ってよかった。

ふーん・・、あまり意味なしですまん。

以上。

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

A moment of insight

It dawned on me a little while back that there are a lot of people i know that i don't know properly. 'Know' meaning 'have been acquainted with for a long time; and see and talk to reasonably frequently'. After making some effort to rectify that a little since then, i feel like i've found a whole heap of new friends. It's been a most uplifting experience. It's like meeting someone new who you get along really well with - but then also somehow having that sense of comfortableness with eachother from having memories and a friendship from before. At least for that's how it is for me - not quite sure what they think haha.

And it's sort of weird too. I've been having my eyes opened to a lot of common place 'ordinary' things lately - and as soon as i start lapsing back into the repetitive and the mundane, something else seems to open up in front of me. Quite bizzare really. But i'm not complaining (^^)

Seems like the start of a really interesting year for me. Fingers crossed.