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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Electronic Engineering

image I’m studying electronic engineering, so I get to play around with resistances and circuits and tiny electrical components in class.

I don’t really like electrical engineering though, so the practical classes are often quite daunting and stressful for me. All the wires, the cables, the mess! And the circuits are so damned hard to understand.

But what’s really terrible about the electronic practical classes is the roll that chance plays in deciding your success or failure. You could connect the whole circuit properly, after checking and double checking all your calculations and all the values, and yet there’s no guarantee that your circuit will function.

You never know if you’ll be able to get the correct results, all for completely random reasons: Perhaps there’s something wrong with the circuit board, maybe one of the components is faulty, could be that there’s a problem with the power source, perhaps one of the goddamn wires is broken. Maybe you’re just cursed.

It does however, tend to look quite technical and clever when you take a picture of it, so there is a plus side to it.image

Electronics: it’s not all bad.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chalkboards and Lecturers

imageAt the university I go to, they use blackboards. It’s old school but It gives the classroom a very academic and scholarly feel. It also coats my shiny iPhone and black school bag with chalk after every class, but that’s beside the point.
Dealing with so much chalk, the lecturers get chalk smudges on their clothes, hands, and sometimes their face. This too, adds to the scholarly feel of studying at my university.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Clever glasses and toilets

image Hello everyone,

I have a pair of glasses that I put on every once in a while when I want to look scientific and intellectual. When you put on spectacles, you instantly look more sophisticated and very very intelligent. This is a fact. A Scientifically proven fact. SCIENTIFICALLY proven, do you hear me?

Of course, if I told you this while wearing glasses, you’d believe me instantly, because wearing glasses instantly gives the wearer a +6 credibility bonus attribute.

My glasses are not corrective at all. They don’t help me see; in fact, sometimes they get cloudy and actually make it harder to see. But it’s an absolutely essential part of my costume whenever I need to give a speech. It’s especially useful for all the times when I’m not thoroughly prepared, and then I have to resort to spewing bullshit statistics without any proof whatsoever that no one would ever believe if I wasn’t wearing glasses. Plus, when you furrow your brow a bit, and then make a slight frowning face and make slight “hmmmm” noises, it adds to the effect and makes you look like you’re very deep in thought, perhaps pondering something profoundly intellectual. This trick is not difficult to master; just pretend you’re trying to poop. Really, it’s the same facial expression.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hari Raya at the Beach

Current location
At home, room number 1403
Now listening to
Lagu-lagu Raya – Suasana di Hari Raya
Mood
Slight Aidilfitri mood, mostly tired, very much happy.
Last meal
Freshly baked homemade cupcakes
Other Activities
Formulating a strategy to efficiently clean up the mess from baking the said homemade cupcakes.
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Salam Aidilfitri
(I’ve always been looking for an excuse to use some fancy font like this)

And of course,
maaf zahir batin 
The first week at the IUT has come and gone, and I’m glad to say, I survived! This is definitely a good thing, because now I can continue to write on my blog and keep all of you entertained with my amusing stories.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Class begins tomorrow.

image It’s 9.20 a.m., Sunday, and the view from my window shows dark skies, perhaps foreshadowing the dreary gloom that begins tomorrow: Class!
I’m not looking forward to it. I’m not looking forward to the five times a week uphill trudge to the campus. I’m not looking forward to homework, and tutorial classes and practical work.
I look forward only to next weekend.
At least, from now on, the weekends will be more significant, and there’ll be something to look forward to each week, which is a break from the monotony of constant repose, I suppose.
See, there is a silver lining to every cloud (as pictured, top left corner)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wigs, corn rows, dyes and straighetning irons.

image This post starts off with a self picture of me. No, it’s not because I’ve run out of ideas; I have plenty of those I tell you, Plenty!

Today, I insist on telling you a story. Ever since I was in school, I’ve always wanted to keep long hair. That wasn’t allowed in school, but I did it anyway! And then I had my hair cut off by the teachers and also generated a disciplinary report so thick, it almost broke the school budget because they had to buy so many log books.

Finally after SPM I was free from the constraints of all those rules that they make just to mess with us, and I let my hair grow out a little bit in the few months of idle bliss. During this period, I put truck loads of chemicals in my hair and abused it so badly that if it had been a person, I’d have been sent to prison for life. But, having purple hair even if it was only for a month was totally worth it.