Monday, 5 August 2013

Journal(5/8/13) It's not daily anymore... I am feeling guiltyTAT

It rained cats and dogs today. For the first time, I was woken up by the extremely loud noise made by rain. It's kind of hilarious that Singapore is so COLD(I mean it), when the mainland China is 40 degrees +.
Now I can finally watch my families suffer from hot weather. HAHA! VERY FUNNY!

Out SS PT group got full marks for our PT. Yeah! 4 of us were really delighted. Putting effort into something and subsequently getting back rewards are such joy!

CCA has been more interesting nowadays, even though every session is still very tiring and gets me sleepy all the time. We are currently working on B-Dazzled, which is a competition for show choir groups to attend. The choreography is extraordinarily tough as there are a lot of steps for me to remember and BTW, my body somehow does not coordinate well. Anyway, everything is in progress and I can see that everybody is improving each time we have rehearsals.

Besides, we may have oversea trip to USA of our CCA next year!!! I have been there before, but what I am really looking forward to is the musical elements in the trip. I heard that we would have a chance to watch the best show choir group's performance and even getting a chance to record in the studio. It sounded tremendously fun! I am feeling grateful for what I am having now.

In short, things are going pretty well--------except for the essay, first time finding something so hard to write about. Is it because the easier the topic sounds like, the more difficult to make it interesting?
= =

CrystalXD

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Daily Journal (17/7/13)

Ah! About 20 hours later I'll be having my Chinese oral exam. Well, relax~ 

I am quite relaxed now. I don't know why. Anyway, let it be.

Today was pretty much a "SCREW-UP-EVERYTHING" day. No exaggeration at all. In the morning, I didn't finish the Physics practical well and due to carelessness and unpreparedness, I think I will probably get a D or lower than that. I was extremely frustrated...... Let's not talk about this.

I suddenly started to miss my old school in China. The good and not so good memories flash back in my mind. 

Wish River and me luck tomrrow!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Daily Journal (16/7/13)

Today I saw a very interesting poster,
Did you find anything interesting? 
Well, it obviously just looks like a color blindness test, but if you observe the picture carefully, you will find that they are just simply colourful dots, arranging randomly. ( Please don't doubt this because I actually checked about it online and this poster is just a fooling trick! )

However, when I first saw this picture, I checked again and again as I didn't spot any numbers in the colourful circle. Then I started to worry if I had colour blindness. But at the end, I found out that this poster was actually a joke.

Why would I always stick to the common sense and never raise up new ideas spontaneously? The only thing that doesn't change is change itself. What kind of person will I become if I do not learn to doubt on old ideas and investigate on my own? A person like that can never succeed because he/she is only able to follow what they are told. 
I must start training myself to think, positively. Yeah, starting today!

Crystal's visual text analysis


Image:At the centre of the picture, a man is holding an umbrella, which is made of the national flags of different countries. The umbrella protects the Earth from the damage of various weapons such as nuclear weapons and bombs. A lot of people surround the man, wearing distinct traditional costumes. They are also helping the man to hold the umbrella. A woman holds a sign of" no war please". Above the umbrella is a terrible environment while below is a peaceful environment.


Linguistic feature:
The sign of "no war, please".

Layout:
The poster clearly shows the difference between above and below the umbrella.

Textual:
No textual picture

Color:
Use black, yellow and red colors, which are really strong colours. This shows how terrible the situation can be without the protection of the "world" umbrella. The painter uses blue, green and white, which represent peace and friendship to display the Earth under protection.


PACC:
Purpose: To ask countries to stop fighting with each other and work together to create a better place for all organisms.
Audience: Everyone around the world
Context: People with different nationalities protect the Earth from the damage of wars and weapons by working together.
Culture: Every year aroung the world, billions of people died due to the endless wars. More and more people voice out their objections towards the wars. Countries must take note of people's opinions before picking up the fight!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Daily Journal (2013/7/15)

Yesterday, I heard of the news that Cory Monteith, the guy who played "Finn" in "Glee" was found dead in Vancouver hotel room. He was only 31 years old! I was so sad and shocked as he seemed to just appear in the Glee TV show not long before and I was telling my mother that he was one of my favourite actors in the show. I couldn't believe it, totally! 

The police suspected that he died of overdose of drugs. By now, they are still investigating on the case and I really want to know what happened to the talented guy. I felt so sorry for his family, his friends and everyone who loved him (including myself). 

On Tweeter, a bunch of people mourned him. I wanted to type something but found myself speechless to his death. I really wished that this news wasn't true and next week we 'll still see him in "Glee". Sadly, it doesn't seem like an April Fool's joke at all.

I remembered the song "Marry Me" covered by glee club and in that music video he was once so lively and cute. How could somebody pass away so suddenly? Death is so cruel that seperates loved ones apart.

Quoted from Tweeter, "Cory didn't die, he just took the midnight train going anywhere."
So please, everyone who reads this, smile, laugh, love and cherish, because we truly never know what you got until it's gone.
RIP Cory.

Crystal's ILL(3D printer)

Sources: http://edition.cnn.com/TECH/specials/make-create-innovate/3d-printing/?hpt=hp_inthenews

What I did:

Watch the presentation

Look for more information about 3D Printer

What I 've learnt:

This presentation shows the audience how 3D Printers work and What achievements have already been  made and the goals of 3D Printer in the future.

3D Printer will lead to an enormous industrial revolution. It builds up the products layers by layers instead of following the traditional manufacturing method.

With 3D Printer, people no long have to go out to shop or wait for the delivery from shopping websites. All we need is just a computer and the 3D Printer. We can print whatever we want, even houses and human organs.

New words:
Intricate: complicated

Jigsaw:  a puzzle consisting of a picture printed on cardboard or wood and cut into various pieces of different shapes that have to be fitted together.

prototypes: First version of the device or vehicle

hydrogel: a gel which the liquid component is water.



Sunday, 14 July 2013

Crystal's ILL

What I did:
Watch the news video about Edward Snowden On CNN

Read the passage below 

What I 've learnt:
Snowden has become the biggest nightmare of US government since he is holding the evidence of America spying on almost everyone in the world, ignoring our rights of privacy. This will be a very serious issuse especially in a country like America, that condemns other countries for human rights.

I was really impressed by the words he said to the public (at least for now I think he is doing all these for justice):
"I did what I believed right and began a campaign to correct this wrongdoing. I did not seek to enrich myself. I did not seek to sell US secrets. I did not partner with any foreign government to guarantee my safety. Instead, I took what I knew to the public, so what affects all of us can be discussed by all of us in the light of day, and I asked the world for justice," he said.

I felt grateful to this man, for being brave enough to voice out the secrets and protecting our rights. He betrayed his country. Moreover he might be never able to see his family again as he had become one of the American most WANTED criminals and he will get caught once he stepped foot on his homeland again. 

His behaviour is really great but if I am him, I won't have the courage to let go everything I own and be the criminal of my country. And that's why I adore him so much. He is doing something that most ordinary people couldn't think of doing.  There are some people suspecting that he might be a spy from other countries. Nobody knows who is telling the truth, but I think one should be praised as long as he is doing good for a large majority of human beings. 

His story is quite interesting for me and it makes me consider what kind of person I want to be in the future. I will keep track on his news.

I have also learnt some new words:
1. asylum: Protect offered by foreign countries when a criminal escapes to that country
2. surveillance: Keep an eye on ...
3. circumstance: situation
The website:http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/14/politics/nsa-leak-greenwald/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
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