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Jun 01

In the Poetry unit, I learned many things about such as how to induce humor in every topic with excessive and vague slang. For example, in Frau Freud, there is no sizeable story, but just a ten-word sentence with as much penis slang stuffed inside as possible. I also learned how to use comedic build-up, as seen in Sick, where a girl claims she has diseases, getting more and more serious and fatal per line, until the big drop when she realizes its Saturday, and ignores all that she has previously said. But humor can be used to criticize society as well, such as in This Be The Verse, where the author criticizes parents for “adding some extra [mistakes], just for you”, while also using coarse language like “They fuck you up, you Mum and Dad”, and at the end of the poem the author directly questions the existence of humanity, contributing to another point of humor. However, one point I’d still like to learn is which humor to use at which point, because at times I’m confused to use which type of humor on which subject, and often I use it wrong and get backlash from the audience. I missed the SMART goal of getting homework done on time by an AU, because I still took too much time procrastinating instead of doing work, and thus I couldn’t finish the work on time. I also believe I’ve failed the SAL in many categories, especially the responsibility part, because I was unable to take responsibility for my own learning, and that also impacted my attitude towards learning, developing a Fun First, Work Later and laissez-faire attitude towards assignments. In the future I wish to fix my deteriorating work standard and develop a more pro-active stance on learning.

Feb 07

In Asia-and-the-World class we started to learn about political systems, and many of the pupils in the class are currently hyped about democracy and constitutional monarchies while not really understanding the inefficiencies of both of them, whilst condemning all forms of autocracy without truly giving any thought about the benefits of it.

 

As a starter, democracy is a failure. As the first attempt at a centrist populist society, it now is overshadowed by its more successful counterpart, republicanism, and has reason to be so. In a hypothetical democracy, everyone is to vote and help shape the nation. But it finally turns into a bottomless oblivion of infinitely excessive bureaucracy where a civilian’s task in the morning hours is to check the morning news for what’s next on the polling list and to drive to the nearest polling station to vote for today’s decision of marginal importance. In a few weeks the public will grow tired of this cycle of political torment and decide simply not to go. From here it’s simply a matter of 3 possible paths to take.

 

  1. Give the people more political education to give them opinions to vote about:

To give the public opinions to vote about is similar to arming a divided nation. In a utopic and theoretical world of perfectionist origins, this is no problem. People will talk it out and will resolve issues peacefully. But in our world of radical ideological hardliners violence will be prevalent in a state where everyone has their own opinion and is taught that their opinion matters. Giving the people more political education is simply not an effective solution.

  1. Force people to vote:

Forcing unwilling people to vote is the equivalent of giving tired students 4 surveys on a Friday afternoon. How will the results accurately represent the thoughts of the people if the people don’t want to share their thoughts? This is the dystopian utopia, where everyone is told that they’re doing something good for the nation, while being forced to do it. It’s not dissimilar from a tyranny by majority.

  1. Don’t do anything about it:

If nothing is done about the vote participation decrease, the government will slowly lose supporters and voters until a small minority of politically active extremists exert their democratically legal influence over the nation.

 

From process of elimination, democracy simply doesn’t appeal for a real-world situation.

 

 

The second political system that is fundamentally flawed is a constitutional monarchy.

A constitutional monarchy is a system where a republican or democratic (better republican, because two wrongs don’t make a right) government is in control of a nation but there is a royal family as a figurehead. In some nations, the cost maintaining the figurehead is like pocket money compared to their GDP, while in most kingdoms, such as the UK and the Netherlands, the average spending is higher than 1% of their national GDP. A constitutional monarchy is a system where it is fundamentally a republic but the government spending millions of pounds on a figurehead with no power or use whatsoever. A popular figurehead will increase political popularity and support but it is quite over-done when a country (for example, the UK) spending 3% of its GDP on a figurehead family which spends it on lavish trips around the world while not doing anything for the country. It’s simply not worth it to spend 60 million pounds a year on a diverse hierarchy of bishops and dukes that have no power and no ability to produce something for the nation except dissolve parliament, which is similar to the delete all button. To conclude, a constitutional monarchy is a republic with the government willingly spending 60 million pounds on a delete all button that could be pressed by accident.

Feb 04

Collaboration was a large factor for the Grade 9 IDU Project as many of the tasks were unable to be completed without insight from other peers. My collaboration was rated as Needs Improvement, as I lack the sharing and speaking parts of the collaboration strands, and my head was always in the cloud, thinking about unrelated topics.

My strengths as a team member was that I had decent ideas and I usually had a very nice plan of what to do.

I need to work on being a reliable team member when in discussions. I also need to stop creating ludicrous plans with slim chances of even being considered by the board, never mind being implemented (such as my idea of removing Sodexo).

A norm that was easy to implement was the norm of finishing tasks on time, because our plan was simple and needed little planning on our side.

A norm that was hard to implement was the norm of staying on task, as many of us deviated from the plan multiple times in one sitting.

Collaboration is valuable when a task cannot be done with one person only.

They might have different opinions and there will be conflicts, and resolving them is no easy manner.

Compromise is not always the best fashion as it leaves both parties disgruntled and will remove essential elements of one plan to comply with the demands of the other, and vice versa. The best way is to find the issues in both plans and compare, and pick the one that is best.

Jun 06

Ignite Personalize

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Inspration: Tim Minchin created a song to make the people happier about their surroundings.

I would also want to make people happy and stop whining about too much homework. I hope I can make them stop.

The piano is slightly challenging, but I can overcome it.

Jun 04

Some interesting things I learned about are: when life give you lemons you make lemonade, and if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. This helped me understand how to finish work with good quality when conditions were deteriorating. For example, when I had “technical problems” with my computer, I successfully found another medium to do my work: stop motion. Completing this project, I realized that leveling up could open new paths to success while staying stubbornly on one way could lead to failure. However, a big question I still have is, how we build empathy is we are all affected?

Phase One was about the SDGs, learning about change, surveying people and collecting data. I was partially successful in collecting data, as the online survey had lots of helpful answers but due to the sensitivity face-to-face surveys did not bear much fruit. According to my data, most people were aware of the government watching them, but didn’t care about it.

Phase Two was about MLA formatted essay writing and prediction modeling. The MLA essay was arduous, as there were steps we had never learned before, but the model was less demanding, as we all had firm foundations in modeling.

Phase Three was the call to action video. This was the most demanding step of the project, as I had to do stop motion, the most tedious type of medium offered, and recording the audio was much easier, as every time I recorded I had to edit the length of each scene to fit the syllables.

Feb 18

https://isbtube.isb.bj.edu.cn/video/Ignite-Week-Express-It-Bard-and-Brawl-/457267a5a5dca2de261a518c0207228a

For this Ignite Express It I decided to focus on Collaboration, as Collaboration is important for future world events, such as preparing for a project, creating a space station, and such. I need to grow in this because through time I was getting less and less fond of collaboration.

I used collaboration in this project as when you have to make a fight scene, both have to collaborate to make it perfect. The puncher punches, and naps (or not), and the receiver will have to react accordingly and nap (or not). This concept is called action and reaction.

I enjoyed learning about Jiujitsu and Muay Thai this project because I get to touch base on martial arts I haven’t learned before. This skill will benefit me in the future because if people decide to bully me or bully my friend I can always intervene. Overall, I have grown in collaboration, creativity and overall strength, because I collaborated well with my fighting partner(s), I created a fight scene from scratch, and I also learnt martial arts.