Thursday, August 19, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
One good evidence that Shakespeare is racist is indeed from the play, Merchant of Venice, the play I myelf am analysing in school now. I looked at the facts.
- The only villians in this play are Jews.
- Shylock is portrayed as a stereotypical Jew.
- All the unfortunate stuff happens to him.
- In the end, he is converted to Christianity, and this is seen as a good thing.
- At no point does he say anti-semitism is bad.
This leads us to two conclusions.
- Shakespeare was satirising anti-semitism, in a unfunny way.
- Shakespeare was a racist.
So in the end, I think he was blatantly anti-semitic, no matter how good a playwright he was. I guess racism lies even in the greatest of mankind.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
How nice it felt to run freely around the entire field, as if it were my second home, with no restrictions, regulations as to when and where I can swing and throw. Coach taught us a batting technique today. I was unable to get it at first but with a little tuning, I excelled at it.
The irony of today was that, there was supposed to be a swimming test today. It had been already delayed for a week due to rain and it rained again. Aww. What a waste. It kept raining lightly until training. Cool.
My right shoulder ached a little but training got rid of it. After releasing a month of physical tension, I feel free and refreshed. I've gotta go work now. Seeya.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I used to have several superstitions regarding luck. For instance,
1. Doing well in Term 1 makes you do badly in Term 2. Then you do well in Term 3, and you do badly in the EOYs.
2. Thinking the opposite of the desired outcome produces the desired outcome.
3. Listening to Chinese Songs will make your skin oily.
Some of them are really ridiculous and I do not wish to post it here for the world to see but, you get what I mean. What really compelled me to believe in these is that, they did work. Evey year, I do badly for Term 1. Then I do well for Term 2. Then I do badly for Term 3. And so on. Whenever I thought of the opposite of my desired outcome, I actually got the desired outcome. Well, most of the time.
However, I have come to reality and realised that these are mere superstitions. They are not my principles. Never, my guiding light. Instead they were mere psyhological effects. For example, if I believe that I will do badly in Term 2 when I did well for Term 1, my semi-conscious state will cause me to perform poorly for the Term due to my belief. The thought of the opposite outcome was merely a random pattern.
In life, no matter what you do, if you put your effort and sweat and confidence in it, you will most likely succeed. Life does not have regulations. There is no such thing as bad luck after good luck. I should have realised that 3 months ago. I really should.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I was flipping through the Straits Times recently and came across a "Courts" Computer Sales advertisement page. I briefly sailed my eyes through it and gaped at what was staring back at me.
An HP laptop with Intel Core i7 coupled with a 2GB RAM and 500 GB HDD Drive, only for $1499.
An Acer Desktop with Intel Core i5 coupled with a 4GB RAM and 320 GB HDD Drive, on sale for $800.
Those were just a few of the unbelievable prices of these specs. My very own 2 year-old personal laptop was only armed with a Core 2 Duo Processor and a 250 GB HDD Drive. And I bought it for $1499. The same price as the HP laptop mentioned above.
Amazed at the advancement of technology in just 2 years, I briefly surfed the web and came across even more amazing specs.
A 27 - inch Apple iMac. Intel Core i7. 4GB RAM. Nvidia GeForce. and best of all, 1TB hard drive. What more can I say. I once marvelled at my own PC, thinking that it was the best of both worlds in terms of price and specs. Look what happens 2 years later. They've even come up with a 1TB hard drive for a Mac ! Totally Awesome.