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  • 12:07:57 am on October 8, 2008 | 1 | # |
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    Teacher training has been quite enjoyable so far. I’m beginning to realize just how much atmosphere counts in a class (perhaps especially so for foreign language ones, or classes conducted in a foreign language, for that matter). I surprise myself at how actively I participate in the discussions.
    The subject matter is of course interesting, in that it requires you to really take a close look at the language and how you can facilitate acquisition. It’s an application of everything we’ve been discussing in 180, actually. If only I could get this credited as 181. It should count for more than six units already, even, if it were.
    I’m really looking forward to the coming sessions. I find myself almost wishing they won’t let me miss next Sunday. Heh. But I just now sent an email asking for permission anyway. We’ll see.


  • 04:40:44 pm on October 7, 2008 | 1 | # |
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    Bought a notepad and a pen today. The notepad looks neat, with its supot-brown cover. The backboard could’ve been stiffer, but I like it, overall. The pen is smaller than normal ones and retractable, and the ink thickness is just about perfect. It has that writing texture (if you could call it that) that I look for in pens, too. Mmm, stationery. It’s been a while since I bought school supplies that I couldn’t wait to use. Joy.

  • 10:05:42 pm on September 30, 2008 | 0 | # |
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    A man holding a signboard gets on the crowded bus. His voice is loud, louder than the conductor’s, and he hustles the passengers along much as the conductor normally would. He settles in and then:

    “Nais ko lang pong ipamalita na may news black out po. Ako po’y isang guro ng electronics, at may nadiskubre po ako na ikinagalit ng mga propesor ng Mathematics at Engineering. Baligtad po ang sign ng mga atom. Ang positibo po ay negatibo. Ang nakadiskubre po kasi ng electrons na si Alessandro Volta ay nagkamali sa paglalagay ng sign.”

    And so on.

    He gets off a few stops later, but not before reminding us: “Tandaan po natin, flat ang mundo!” He then holds up his signboard as we drive past him.

    The entire bus is silent for perhaps a couple of seconds, and then the bemused murmurs begin.

  • 12:05:06 am on September 17, 2008 | 0 | # |
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    Witness the egotism:

    Jung Explorer Test

    Actualized type: INTP
    (who you are)
    Introverted (I) 77.42% Extroverted (E) 22.58%
    Intuitive (N) 54.84% Sensing (S) 45.16%
    Thinking (T) 70.83% Feeling (F) 29.17%
    Perceiving (P) 54.84% Judging (J) 45.16%

    Preferred type: INTP
    (who you prefer to be)
    Introverted (I) 70% Extroverted (E) 30%
    Intuitive (N) 53.13% Sensing (S) 46.88%
    Thinking (T) 70% Feeling (F) 30%
    Perceiving (P) 58.06% Judging (J) 41.94%

    Attraction type: INTP
    (who you are attracted to)
    Introverted (I) 74.07% Extroverted (E) 25.93%
    Intuitive (N) 63.33% Sensing (S) 36.67%
    Thinking (T) 72% Feeling (F) 28%
    Perceiving (P) 62.96% Judging (J) 37.04%

    Ahaha. I call it.. a healthy self-assurance. *nods*

  • 12:44:21 am on September 10, 2008 | 0 | # |
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    Interesting talk today by the director of the Goethe Institut. He talked about Hermann Hesse and the general ideas or themes in his works. Not having a background in Germanistik, he chose instead to talk about the author subjectively. He had a slide show — with literal, old-school slides! — of pictures of his youth and what must’ve been pictures from his travels. Himself a Christian who had close contact with other religions, and with a bit of resemblance to Hesse in his prime to boot, I guess the choice was a no-brainer.
    All in all, it was lovely and insightful. Shame that it must’ve simply gone over most people’s heads, considering what seemed like half the people in attendance weren’t German majors. As for the students that did understand German, I’m not too sure a lot would be inclined to appreciate his abstractions.
    Hesse is probably best discovered during one’s teens, since he’s all about change and experience and finding oneself. And this, I guess, is pretty much why Steppenwolf was so popular in the Sixties, America’s puberty.

  • 04:17:19 pm on September 8, 2008 | 1 | # |
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    I love the way you can speculate on how the Spanish ‘seguro’ evolved into the Tagalog ‘siguro’. Seguro=definite, certain, secure; siguro=possibly, likely, perhaps. It speaks of misunderstandings arising from broken promises, intentional or not. Or perhaps of cynicism, and the bitter humor of Filipino resignation.

  • 01:45:21 am on September 8, 2008 | 0 | # |

    Hmmm. Daily hmms. Interesting, if I could keep it up. Semi-regular hmms? Would be a good habit to develop. I seem to have gotten the hang of taking notes. Or at least, making note of thoughts. Now, if only there were a way to have easy access to note-taking implements. Carry a tickler around?

  • 01:44:34 am on September 8, 2008 | 0 | # |
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    I’ve been sleeping at odd hours again all week, then waking at unfair hours. Why has this week been more thinky?

  • 01:31:00 am on September 8, 2008 | 0 | # |

    First draft: get it out on paper, such that you: two, three, five days into the future, would know what you meant to say.
    Edit: make it clear, make it exact, make sure it makes sense, such that a stranger, or you: two, three, five years into the future, would know what you mean.

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