levity: (Hogfather)
I don't like statistics. Any fondness I've had for any form of math was all because of the sheer common-senseness of it, because once you grasp the basic you're all set to go, and so I don't like statistics for the same reason I don't like calculus: you have to go through every single possible case before you can be let off the leash, and there's no way to check your answers without resorting to brute force.

I don't mind PI100, and not just because we're finishing a week early. What I mind is the rest of the world being shocked, shocked, that Jose Rizal could be anything apart from a paragon of virtue sent from heaven to save the Philippines from those nasty Spaniards.* Heroes? Are people, just like everyone else, sometimes flawed and sometimes weak and sometimes arrogant and sometimes downright pains in the neck. They just did something, one thing, worth remembering and debating about a hundred years hence. That's all. Rant over.


*Unrelated side note: why is the Filipino for Spanish/Spaniards Kastila? The non-Castilians would be insulted.


When the room temperature is higher than your average body temperature, is when indiscriminate use of the air-conditioner can be, if not justified, at least sympathized with.
levity: (Hogfather)
I don't like statistics. Any fondness I've had for any form of math was all because of the sheer common-senseness of it, because once you grasp the basic you're all set to go, and so I don't like statistics for the same reason I don't like calculus: you have to go through every single possible case before you can be let off the leash, and there's no way to check your answers without resorting to brute force.

I don't mind PI100, and not just because we're finishing a week early. What I mind is the rest of the world being shocked, shocked, that Jose Rizal could be anything apart from a paragon of virtue sent from heaven to save the Philippines from those nasty Spaniards.* Heroes? Are people, just like everyone else, sometimes flawed and sometimes weak and sometimes arrogant and sometimes downright pains in the neck. They just did something, one thing, worth remembering and debating about a hundred years hence. That's all. Rant over.


*Unrelated side note: why is the Filipino for Spanish/Spaniards Kastila? The non-Castilians would be insulted.


When the room temperature is higher than your average body temperature, is when indiscriminate use of the air-conditioner can be, if not justified, at least sympathized with.

worth it.

Mar. 19th, 2010 11:50 pm
levity: (the best thing)
No sane man would agree to sign a thousand books and be hugged ten thousand times in the span of five hours. Well, no sane person would spend two thousand pesos and wait five hours just for the chance to meet one of their favorite authors, especially if they had an exam the next day. At least our hands aren't going to be begging us to cut them off, but still.

No sane man would sign books till long after the air conditioners were turned off and the mall the signing was in began going to sleep.

Thank goodness Mr. Gaiman is maybe one of the most patient people in the world, in addition to being insane in just the right way. Thank you, and if you ever find yourself with too much time on your hands drop by and we'll give you the grand walking tour of Manila and you will probably be squished like you have never been squished before.

---

94.5 out of 100 is not a bad score for a BioLab exam, considering the previous day was spent at a book signing. That's all.

Well, no, it isn't all. Our diorama is the best diorama ever known to man, even in the absence of three-dimensional normal fish, our manta ray stayed cooperative, we spent BioLec time watching X-Men 2, at hindi na nakabitay yung sea turtle. Also, Diosdado Macapagal also has a mole.

And, dear Calculus: I understand that you are necessary, that the lessons you impart are part of the things we ought to know, the same way you ought to know that reptiles re not amphibians no matter what class you are teaching. That doesn't mean I have to like you. I don't. But iMed and Sir Mong make you occasionally awesome.

---

Belated happy birthday, Mother. :D

worth it.

Mar. 19th, 2010 11:50 pm
levity: (the best thing)
No sane man would agree to sign a thousand books and be hugged ten thousand times in the span of five hours. Well, no sane person would spend two thousand pesos and wait five hours just for the chance to meet one of their favorite authors, especially if they had an exam the next day. At least our hands aren't going to be begging us to cut them off, but still.

No sane man would sign books till long after the air conditioners were turned off and the mall the signing was in began going to sleep.

Thank goodness Mr. Gaiman is maybe one of the most patient people in the world, in addition to being insane in just the right way. Thank you, and if you ever find yourself with too much time on your hands drop by and we'll give you the grand walking tour of Manila and you will probably be squished like you have never been squished before.

---

94.5 out of 100 is not a bad score for a BioLab exam, considering the previous day was spent at a book signing. That's all.

Well, no, it isn't all. Our diorama is the best diorama ever known to man, even in the absence of three-dimensional normal fish, our manta ray stayed cooperative, we spent BioLec time watching X-Men 2, at hindi na nakabitay yung sea turtle. Also, Diosdado Macapagal also has a mole.

And, dear Calculus: I understand that you are necessary, that the lessons you impart are part of the things we ought to know, the same way you ought to know that reptiles re not amphibians no matter what class you are teaching. That doesn't mean I have to like you. I don't. But iMed and Sir Mong make you occasionally awesome.

---

Belated happy birthday, Mother. :D
levity: (good omens)
I love elections. I have a grand total of four calendars, one notepad, one Volunteer's ID, and too many flyers to count even if you wanted to so that your grand total would actually be a grand total. I wish they'd had the foresight to hand out fans as well, but yeah. Moral of the story: if someone gives you a notepad, you take it, no matter whose picture is on the cover. Especially if it's free. Especially especially if the paper is nice.

---

Apparently I cannot be inspirational to save my life. Neither can I outline a speech that has not yet been written, even if I'm the one who's supposed to be writing it.

---

Dear Calculus,

Yes, I'm passing. Yes, you're bearable. Yes, had I been two years younger classes would have annoyed me lots but since I'm not classes are just part of what makes Intarmed Intarmed. No, I still don't like you. Especially now that it's integrals time.
levity: (good omens)
I love elections. I have a grand total of four calendars, one notepad, one Volunteer's ID, and too many flyers to count even if you wanted to so that your grand total would actually be a grand total. I wish they'd had the foresight to hand out fans as well, but yeah. Moral of the story: if someone gives you a notepad, you take it, no matter whose picture is on the cover. Especially if it's free. Especially especially if the paper is nice.

---

Apparently I cannot be inspirational to save my life. Neither can I outline a speech that has not yet been written, even if I'm the one who's supposed to be writing it.

---

Dear Calculus,

Yes, I'm passing. Yes, you're bearable. Yes, had I been two years younger classes would have annoyed me lots but since I'm not classes are just part of what makes Intarmed Intarmed. No, I still don't like you. Especially now that it's integrals time.
levity: (Dragonair.)
Calculus is the only branch of mathematics where the theorems aren't made to be followed, and where there is no way of finding out if you did something right without having to resort to brute force.
levity: (Dragonair.)
Calculus is the only branch of mathematics where the theorems aren't made to be followed, and where there is no way of finding out if you did something right without having to resort to brute force.
levity: (going down swinging)
Dear Calculus,

Why we have to deal with conic sections together when we both know that they won't be coming up later on is a complete mystery to me. This is not me being uncooperative. Well, it is, a bit, but if conic sections ruined your morning break and Mulan for you you would be uncooperative, too. That was a general-public you, not a specific you, but maybe if you watched Disney movies once in a while you could stand a chance at shedding the complete monster image you've developed over the years.

Okay, thinking that anything can help you shred your complete monster image is being overly optimistic, but at this point in your career anything should be worth taking a shot at. They're certainly enjoyable movies.

---

Dear GMA,

You could at the very least pretend to show outrage at the slaughter of 57 people in election-related violence, especially considering the fact that they were your allies. The fact that the people most likely to be behind said slaughter are also your allies is beside the point. So is the fact that both suspects and victims belong to political dynasties and have their own private armies. Honestly, outrage from the UN, the US, and the EU should have been hint enough.

Tell you the truth, at first I thought saying "the massacre of 57 people is bad" would reek of redundancy, but considering the way you and your bleeding government reacted, apparently not.
levity: (going down swinging)
Dear Calculus,

Why we have to deal with conic sections together when we both know that they won't be coming up later on is a complete mystery to me. This is not me being uncooperative. Well, it is, a bit, but if conic sections ruined your morning break and Mulan for you you would be uncooperative, too. That was a general-public you, not a specific you, but maybe if you watched Disney movies once in a while you could stand a chance at shedding the complete monster image you've developed over the years.

Okay, thinking that anything can help you shred your complete monster image is being overly optimistic, but at this point in your career anything should be worth taking a shot at. They're certainly enjoyable movies.

---

Dear GMA,

You could at the very least pretend to show outrage at the slaughter of 57 people in election-related violence, especially considering the fact that they were your allies. The fact that the people most likely to be behind said slaughter are also your allies is beside the point. So is the fact that both suspects and victims belong to political dynasties and have their own private armies. Honestly, outrage from the UN, the US, and the EU should have been hint enough.

Tell you the truth, at first I thought saying "the massacre of 57 people is bad" would reek of redundancy, but considering the way you and your bleeding government reacted, apparently not.
levity: (Pokemon.)
Why is it that at the start of every sem the fact that UP is government-run hits me (and possibly all its other students as well) in the face?

Oh, right. Enrollment.

---

Dear Calculus,

The only thing that's going through my mind right now is, Dammit, not you again.

Okay, not really, but it's a fairly accurate summary of all of the things that are. Let's be honest with each other: when we first met, on the first day of my last year of high school, I wasn't sure I'd like you. You were definitely erring on the side of not liking me, for which I cannot blame you. If I were you I would probably not like me either. Nevertheless we decided to give each other a chance, which, as you may recall, ended in disaster. Complete and total disaster. I did not fail majorly in any way (all right, maybe I did, once), and neither did you, but as any teenager in a relationship can tell you, it's the little things that count.

I was, if not glad, then at least relieved, when the time to say goodbye started rolling around, and no doubt you felt something of the sort as well, if only because having to put up with such a stubbornly mediocre student every day for ten months would have tired anyone out. I knew the day would come when we would have to meet again, and I knew we were both hoping that things would work out better when that day came.

But for goodness' sakes, did that day have to come so soon?

They say it's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. When it comes to you, I'm sure I'll end up doing the former.

levity: (Pokemon.)
Why is it that at the start of every sem the fact that UP is government-run hits me (and possibly all its other students as well) in the face?

Oh, right. Enrollment.

---

Dear Calculus,

The only thing that's going through my mind right now is, Dammit, not you again.

Okay, not really, but it's a fairly accurate summary of all of the things that are. Let's be honest with each other: when we first met, on the first day of my last year of high school, I wasn't sure I'd like you. You were definitely erring on the side of not liking me, for which I cannot blame you. If I were you I would probably not like me either. Nevertheless we decided to give each other a chance, which, as you may recall, ended in disaster. Complete and total disaster. I did not fail majorly in any way (all right, maybe I did, once), and neither did you, but as any teenager in a relationship can tell you, it's the little things that count.

I was, if not glad, then at least relieved, when the time to say goodbye started rolling around, and no doubt you felt something of the sort as well, if only because having to put up with such a stubbornly mediocre student every day for ten months would have tired anyone out. I knew the day would come when we would have to meet again, and I knew we were both hoping that things would work out better when that day came.

But for goodness' sakes, did that day have to come so soon?

They say it's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. When it comes to you, I'm sure I'll end up doing the former.

levity: (Pokemon.)

Thank you Alexeis for the program. XD

Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words, and sometimes a thousand pictures can't beat just being there, especially if the thereness of everything was in the music, and especially if you had just finished taking a math exam that didn't make you feel like an idiot.

And because I have no words for the music, the voices, the leaving home after six and wondering if I was going to be late and getting sick of relishing my luck not to run into any traffic due to the long waiting time, the late-night dinners with old classmates and new classmates no matter how sick you ought to be at seeing their faces, the laughter, the misadventures of the automatic curtains, the city of Manila at night, and because the pictures are all on someone else's camera, I will stop talking now.



levity: (Pokemon.)

Thank you Alexeis for the program. XD

Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words, and sometimes a thousand pictures can't beat just being there, especially if the thereness of everything was in the music, and especially if you had just finished taking a math exam that didn't make you feel like an idiot.

And because I have no words for the music, the voices, the leaving home after six and wondering if I was going to be late and getting sick of relishing my luck not to run into any traffic due to the long waiting time, the late-night dinners with old classmates and new classmates no matter how sick you ought to be at seeing their faces, the laughter, the misadventures of the automatic curtains, the city of Manila at night, and because the pictures are all on someone else's camera, I will stop talking now.



levity: (Pokemon.)
I'm going to fail. Okay, not really. I'm going to take the finals. There are worse things to be than to be taking the Math 17 finals, but that's okay, since I'm done with that term paper draft and I'm done with those exams and after this week I will never have to do algebra again. Ever. I am free, or at any rate shortly will be.

Besides, there's failing, and there's failing happy, prepared to fail, and with ten solid hours of sleep behind you.

levity: (Pokemon.)
I'm going to fail. Okay, not really. I'm going to take the finals. There are worse things to be than to be taking the Math 17 finals, but that's okay, since I'm done with that term paper draft and I'm done with those exams and after this week I will never have to do algebra again. Ever. I am free, or at any rate shortly will be.

Besides, there's failing, and there's failing happy, prepared to fail, and with ten solid hours of sleep behind you.

levity: (how do they rise up?)
My pens choose the worst times to run out of ink.

So before our math dep ex, we went to the food court and ate, I learned that McDonald's sold coffee and gave away four creamers for every cup you bought, and I did not scribble trig identities on tissue paper napkins. This math dep ex went better than the last one, kahit na sigurado akong may ginawa akong kababalaghan, kasi lagi naman. Then again, everything is better than the last dep ex. The last dep ex was harder than the UPCAT itself.

Kung iniisip mo na dapat pala lagi nalang kumakain bago mag-dep ex, sasabihin ko na sa iyo ngayon: post hoc ang tawag diyan.

---

And by the way, dear ladies and gentlemen of iMed 2016: naliligo ako. Hindi lang naman ang pagligo ang umaapekto sa fingernails ng isang tao. Just so you know. XD

---

When dusk falls Manila is brilliant.

Okay, not really. When dusk falls Manila is still the dirty crowded stinky city it was in the daytime, only with less light to see the dirt by, and upon reading that sentence up there anyone who has ever set foot in Manila will no doubt start looking for the number of the local mental hospital. But when dusk falls and the streetlights that happen to be working at the moment start turning on and maybe it starts to rain a bit and the air turns from polluted and stultifying to just plain polluted and you have just escaped from a math departmental exam, Manila can be bearable. And sometimes bearable can be confused with brilliant, especially when said math departmental exam is taken into account.



Got every slow dance saved.

levity: (how do they rise up?)
My pens choose the worst times to run out of ink.

So before our math dep ex, we went to the food court and ate, I learned that McDonald's sold coffee and gave away four creamers for every cup you bought, and I did not scribble trig identities on tissue paper napkins. This math dep ex went better than the last one, kahit na sigurado akong may ginawa akong kababalaghan, kasi lagi naman. Then again, everything is better than the last dep ex. The last dep ex was harder than the UPCAT itself.

Kung iniisip mo na dapat pala lagi nalang kumakain bago mag-dep ex, sasabihin ko na sa iyo ngayon: post hoc ang tawag diyan.

---

And by the way, dear ladies and gentlemen of iMed 2016: naliligo ako. Hindi lang naman ang pagligo ang umaapekto sa fingernails ng isang tao. Just so you know. XD

---

When dusk falls Manila is brilliant.

Okay, not really. When dusk falls Manila is still the dirty crowded stinky city it was in the daytime, only with less light to see the dirt by, and upon reading that sentence up there anyone who has ever set foot in Manila will no doubt start looking for the number of the local mental hospital. But when dusk falls and the streetlights that happen to be working at the moment start turning on and maybe it starts to rain a bit and the air turns from polluted and stultifying to just plain polluted and you have just escaped from a math departmental exam, Manila can be bearable. And sometimes bearable can be confused with brilliant, especially when said math departmental exam is taken into account.



Got every slow dance saved.

levity: (Puck)



The problem is if they don't love you back. XD

levity: (Puck)



The problem is if they don't love you back. XD

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