Tuesday, August 30, 2005

One thing Google is good for

So I'm not really a big Google fan. But you gotta pay respect when respect is due. And Google earth is freaking... mindblowing!! Using satellite technology + (fill in some technical sounding name here), Google has been able to create this free downloadable software that allows you to get a 3D view of the Earth. My tutor in my Intro Media tute showed this to us and 14 jaws dropped to the floor. Seriously. All you gotta do is go to Google, type in 'Google Earth' in the search box and click on the first link that comes up. Download the stuff and voila! This brings a whole new meaning to 'globe trekking'. Criticisms: They discriminate against dial-up people. Yes, we still exist. Can't download it into your comp if you don't got no broadband. Jeez.

Anyways, the past 2 weeks have been more busy than usual. Had 3 essays due- one on the 25th and two on the 29th. You know, I gotta hand it to myself. In a way, I'm actually cutting out the procrastination. Normally, I would be rushing and typing up both essays the night before the essays are due, when there are two essays due on the same day. But this time around, I was only rushing and typing up one essay. Ha! Progress...

Besides that I was also helping out a friend who needed ushers for her play. Yeap. MUDfest is around. It's a bi-annual arts festival that celebrates all kinds of art, be it theatre, experimental, musicals... la-di-da. Melbourne Uni Diversity Festival. Good stuff. Expensive stuff. On average, one ticket costs about $10. So multiply that by 6... You get $60. Eeek. Anyhow, figured that I could cut costs if I volunteer to be an usher. So yay. Paid off. Presented with 'thank you' flowers as well. Who'd have thunk it? <---- Someone mentioned it's been a while since I used that. So there. Lol.

I was thinking, student/amatuer productions are, in a way, more fun to watch than professional ones. I mean, you get to see what people your age is coming up with and some of the concepts are pretty darn cool. Very intimidating too. It's quite sad larh.. The way Malaysia places so much emphasis on academia. I mean, it's not to say that we're all rolling around the hay, pissed drunk all the time. But think about it. The Medicine faculty over here even have their own theatre club. The Med Revue runs every year and this year it was a sell-out in fact. Damn funny larh.. What they do is they come up with a bunch of skits and one main story and the whole thing runs for about 2 and a half hours. So, those Doctor-wannabes aren't all nerds and do have lives afterall. Lol. Here's a quote from a skit in this year's Med Revue that's just ball busting.

"I used to wear pants this size." (This tall, gangly guy says while exhibiting this massive pair of jeans. Look like it's about some kinda diet.)

"Until someone told me you could get them in a smaller size." (DOH!)

Ahahahhahahahhaahahhaha. I'm starting to crack up again.

Anyways, I have started approaching referee's to vouch that I'll be an excellent candidate for an exchange program. UC Berkeley is my number one choice, UCLA second and probably University of Pennsylvania as the third. Wahahah. I just remembered... Seth Green comes from Pennsylvania. Okay, confirm that as my third choice. Oh yeah. I think I should have introduced something at the start of the paragraph. I am hoping to be able to do an exchange in USA from Semester 2 2006. That'll be August 2006 onwards.

And today was my first day volunteering with the After School Program at Carlton Primary School which is very, very near where I stay. It's quite a different environment from Tumble Tots. For starters, most kids there are at least 5. And it's very culturally diverse. And a lot of them don't come from a very financially rich background. Public housing area actually. We've got kids from all kinds of backgrounds. Mostly Muslim. But yeah well... Kids will be kids. They still cry when they don't get something done their way. Or in Mitchell's case (this kid who's probably around 4 and can look like a total angel), curse. Seriously, he called his sister a bitch. Jesus Christ.. But apparently he has the tendency to get rowdy. Apparently he "don't get to see his mum alot." And that's all my supervisor said. Sad. Will be volunteering on Tuesdays and Wednesdays cause that's the only time I can make.

Hmmmm. So that's how my time was spent. Oooo yeah. Sept 28. Switchfoot playing in Melbourne. Guess who's going to be there? :) And if you guys say something stupid like, "Australians?" or "People?", aiyoohhhhhhh....

There's tons of stuff that I wanna watch. Movies, plays and DVDs. But there doesn't seem to be enough time in a day. Or at least I should stop waking up at 10.

Oooo. I think I finally understand that I can't bake cookies for nuts while over here. They go in looking fine. And come out looking like this.

It's like a whole bunch of depressed chocolate chips decided to commit suicide. Sigh.