Because Xmas is fast approaching and love is in the air, I'm feeling particularly generous tonight to feed you with random blog contributions. Do you remember back in 1994 “I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes, love is all around me and so the feeling grows ... " *EWWW* now but I admit that I certainly did not feel like *ew* back then. C'mon the mid 90s for girls of my age WAS wet wet wet’s Love Is All Around. I remember feeling faint when Robert, a guy I had a crush on, belted out this number with a guitar on stage. I’ve always had a thing for guys with guitars. Read: HAD a thing. *Laugh out loud* I think every girl enjoys a romantic comedy every now and then. I was checking out the website of Love Actually, great show, funny I loved it ‘cos it was the only decent show which kept me company for 2 hours when I was in the air for like forever on my way to the Big Apple. Above is a treat for some of my friends who are into, not guitar playing boys but charming English boys complete with the shit accent. *duck* Colin Firth.
Words of wisdom from Oscar Wilde to people who believe that their distinctions somehow guarantee them success: "I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Don't degrade me into the position of giving you useful information. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. "
Inspired by a friend's post, I decided to share one of my all time fav shot taken from a plane courtesy of Flora, the budding photographer. I've always been fascinated by clouds, as a child and even now. One of the reasons why I prefer buses to underground trains is because I can stare at the clouds when I'm in a bus. In Latin, Cumulus means "heap" These clouds usually look like heaps of cotton balls or whipped cream. I can't make up my mind as to whether these clouds pictured above are classified as Cumulus or Cirrus. Cirrus means "curl" and they are high wispy clouds made of ice. It is said that even in summer cirrus clouds are made of ice as it is cold high above the earth. Any cloud experts? *Update* These clouds do not look like high clouds and are certainly not wispy. I hereby conclude that they are of the cumulus type.
(Left) One of our presentation slides. Grant sat in for our presentation for one of our assessments on the "content analysis" of newspaper stories (both local and foreign) of Nguyen Tuong Van, the Australian of Vietnamese descent who was executed on Friday 02 Dec 05. Among other stuf, We looked at how sensationalized the media reports were / are down under. Nguyen's execution coincided with the United States marking a grim milestone with its 1000th execution that took place in North Carolina. Many of us argued why is it that Singapore was made out to be a 1st world country with 3rd world laws when the United States, one of Australia's key allies AND a first world one at that, still carries out Capital punishment. It was an interesting research project, similar to one we did last year on the Russian school siege. Grant was one of the 2 lecturers who arrived frm RMIT Uni in Melbourne to take us for a Comms Research module for the last intensive 2.5 wks. Grant is a good lecturer who succeeds in keeping us all engaged in his lecture by sharing his family blogs and sarcastic humor. In response to one of my classmates, to whether we should research just print media or both electronic and print for an assignment, he responded, "for the sake of your sanity pls ..."