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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Psychic love coach?

Did you know that if you type my full name in google, you find about 174,000 sites to choose from. The first site is some dentist thing, but the third site is - "psychic love coach"... okay, how weird is that. Someone in this world with exactly the same name as me is a psychic love coach.

Anyway, Jessie has finally posted another comment on her blog. Now she has two posts. Yay. We have finally finished our 311 lab, but we still have a seminar this afternoon. I'm not sure why we have it, but I will go anyway...

Jessie is now giving herself more hugs. Shoot me if I ever get that desperate (just kidding Jessie). And by the way, thanks to all the cool people who have been giving me hugs. It makes me feel like I actually have friends.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Things I didn't know

Since it is almost nearing to the end of the year, and almost nearing to the dreaded "big 2-0" for me, I decided to write a few things that I have learnt over the past year. This will probably continue or a few posts, as I think of something else that I have learnt. Well, I'm bored. The lecture doesn't start till one, so I'm desperately trying to stay awake.

Things I have learnt:
(1) When looking for pictures for a presentation on inter-racial couples, do not just type "inter-racial" into google.
(2) A piece of paper can only be folded in half a maximum of seven times (no matter how big it is).
(3) If stuck for something to say to a little kid, compliment them on how nice their shoes are (this is from the developmental lecture with Robin) and they will be extremely happy.

Another Monday!

Do you know what the best feeling in the world is? Relief. The feeling when you know that you have finished all your assignments... *yeah* (people say I say that a lot)... and you almost look forward to exams just to get them over with so you feel that wonderful feeling of relief again...

Just handed in my last assignment for the year. And I know that the results section of my report is bad. Really bad. Jessie rang me on Sunday afternoon to tell me to include another regression analysis. Sounds fine, except that we didn't actually do this regression analysis. So we made up the "R squared" values and the correlations. Really really bad. Well, our experiment sucked anyway, so we just made up results to suit this sucky experiment. No more 311! Just hope that my tutor doesn't read this blog...

I am in G25, my home away from home. I love this dingy lab. Although it has extremely old computers, and old windows versions, and it is rather slow... it has free printing! And the room is so cosy (just kidding).

Interesting fact! In G25, the computer in the corner nearest to the blackboard, when you go into Word and type something and exit without saving, usually Word will ask you if you want to save your work. However, in this particular computer, this is what Word says "g25 is a big jerk!"... Well, I thought that it was quite funny anyway.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Jello vs jelly

This post is for Fred.

Jelly is the same thing as jello. Jello is the American way of saying jelly.

x infinity + 2!

Thursday, October 21, 2004

311 sucks

Extremely extremely pissed off right now. Jessie just rang me saying that we have to redo our whole data analysis for our psych research unit. We think that our tutor and our lecturer hate us. And we are probably right. I mean, David didn't even like our pink power point slides. But the main reason that I am pissed off is because our tutor previously told us that we didn't have to do an ANOVA... but that's what she told us we have to do now...

So now it is 3:15pm, and I may be forced to go to uni. It takes an hour to get there, so yay... *sarcastic*

And the lab report for this unit is due in on Monday. I really don't want to come to uni on the Saturday.

But the start of the day was good. I bought some jeans.

Monday, October 18, 2004


Almost about to hand in another assignment, but the printer has broken down in G25. So instead, I am typing out a new post. Everyone is getting pretty stressed, as there is only half an hour until we have to had it in, but I am strangely relaxed. Well, possibly not strangely relaxed, because I don't get stressed much...

I actually finished reasonably early (around midnight), so that's good.

Well, I think the printer isn't going to get fixed in 25 minutes, so I will go to the Biological Sciences Library to print my lovely assignment out.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Yes, me and Ling ate cat food yesterday.

It really wasn't that bad. Tasted like salted fish.

On the upside, because of this, Fred said that I am not plain anymore. And I think he's scared of Dorcas because she told me to whack him. Heh.

Friday, October 15, 2004


Today our cell is going over Fred's house to celebrate Logan's birthday. This doesn't sound strange, except that Logan is a cat. Fred said that presents for the cat are mandatory, but I never know if he is joking or not.

This year has gone really fast. Two more months until I'm in my twenties. How depressing.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

A few things to say!

1. Fred told me that I am not adventurous, and that I am plain. I took up this challenge and resolved to do something adventurous... I'm not sure what I am going to do, so I will keep you posted.

2. I told Jessie to go to my blog, and she is now giving me hugs instead of doing her developmental assignment. She is one of the weirdest people I know - she is soooo healthy! She eats "four bean mix" in a can for a snack! And she thinks that eating popcorn is unhealthy.

3. Christine just recently sent me an email "100 questions", in which the sender completes 100 questions about themselves. She wrote that I am the nicest person that she knows. It's funny how these little things make you feel so good. It made my day!

Right at this second, Jessie is now creating her own blog. Hilarious!

Monday, October 11, 2004

Well, just handed in another assignment today. It's funny to see the people there with their story of how they completed the assignment.

Meg - finished early Sunday. Would have come in on Sunday, but she had to come to uni at 9 anyway.

Jessie - finished at 9 o'clock Sunday night. Decided that she didn't like what she had written, so she started all over again and worked all night.

Ben - worked all through the night. I think this is a common occurence.

Dorcas - didn't see her today. Hope that means that she finished on Sunday and handed it in early!

Tegan - didn't look like she had any trouble doing it, only that her word count was high.

Me - finished early Monday morning... got a few hours sleep, woke up at 6am to go to uni and hand it in.

So there it is - the many faces of a psychology student.

Oh, and Howard won. Congratulations.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

I just went to vote today. First time ever. Big moment here peoples. Suppressed the urge to do a 'donkey' vote (where you don't fill the ballots in correctly)... I hardly remember who I put as number one anyway. I guess I am one of the many people who don't really care who gets into power - whichever party gets in, my lifestyle won't change anyway...

So all in all, I won't get a $50 fine for not voting. That's great.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Do you know how lucky you are?

I'm not sure if the following statements are true, but it is a really interesting article. I got this as a forward ages ago, so some of the statistics may have changed.

If we could shrink the earth's population to precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:

There would be:
- 57 Asians
- 21 Europeans
- 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
- 8 Africans
- 52 would be female
- 48 would be male
- 70 would be non-white
- 30 would be white
- 70 would be non-Christian
- 30 would be Christian
- 89 would be heterosexual
- 11 would be homosexual
- 6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6
would be from the United States.
- 80 would live in substandard housing
- 70 would be unable to read
- 50 would suffer from malnutrition
- 1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
- (yes, only 1) would have a college education
- 1 would own a computer

The following is also something to ponder...

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness... you
are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness
of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of
starvation... you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death...you are more blessed than three
billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in
a dish some place ... you are among the top 8% of the world's

If your parents are still alive and still married... you are very
rare, even in the United States and Canada.

If you can read this message you are more
blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read
at all.

Someone once said:

What goes around comes around
Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Sing like nobody's listening.

And again, thank you guys for the hugs!! 310!! Take that Angie!!!

Another assignment...

Hey, I am in G25 right now, trying to get myself to do my social assignment:

Everyone is prejudiced - it's just a matter of when and where. Evaluate this proposition.

To anybody reading this (yes, all two of you)... it's true. Everyone is prejudiced (in my opinion and in many top psychologists' opinion).

Here is a passage from my introduction: "Since the 1940s, prejudices toward ethnic and religious groups have declined sharply. However, this may be due to a newer, more subtle form of prejudice, rather than the traditional blatant form of prejudice (Coenders, Scheepers, Sniderman, & Verberk, 2001). A great number of studies have revealed that prejudice and stereotypes can operate without the conscious intent or awareness of social perceivers (Devine, 2001)." Please don't copy this passage - not only is it cheating, it is also not very good, so chances are, you will not get a good mark.

It's nearly cell time and I haven't printed out the study yet... will do it soon.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Social Psychology

Mei En is a champ!!!
'nuff said.

I have finally started to read my textbook for social psychology. I realised that it is quite easy to read, as well as being rather interesting.

It's quite funny too.

Susan T. Fiske (from Social Beings)
"To illustrate social psychology at work, try this exercise. Take a clean sheet of paper, and fold it in half the long way. Now open it up, and fold one top corner down to meet the centre crease. Then fold down the other top corner the same way. Now fold the paper in half again along the centre crease. Fold one of the long sides backward to the outside of the crease, making another fold parallel to the central one. Flip the paper over and repeat this last step on the other side. What is this shape? What does it look like?

If you are like most readers, you have probably read this far and not done what I just asked you to do; you are reading on ahead to see if it is really necessary to put the book down, find a piece of paper, think through each instruction, fold the paper, and so on. No one will know whether you do it or not, so why bother until you find out if you really have to? You are especially unlikely to have followed these instructions if you are sitting someplace where others can see you.

Now try a thought experiment: Compare your reactions to those of students in my social psychology classes. In large and small classes alike, to a person, they all obediently take their pristine course syllabus, fold it in half, fold down the top corners, and construct... what? A paper airplane.

I never quite have the nerve to ask my students too take off their shoes and put them on their desks, or to stand up and face the back of the classroom and wave at the projection booth, but I suspect that if I did, they would probably comply. Why? Would they normally take off their shoes and put them on the desk in front of them? Would they normally fold their syllabus into a paper airplane? Then, why do they do it, semester after semester, year after year? Because I ask them to. But that's not the only reason. They comply because everyone else does. And why did you not fold the paper airplane when I asked you to? Because your professor is not standing over you, in person and in authority. (If you did do it, you are a remarkably cooperative and active learner; congratulations!) In the classroom -- as opposed to your room, the library, the lounge, or wherever you are reading this -- two simultaneous forms of social pressure occur: the professor's request and other people going along with it."

If you have actually gotten to the end of reading this, I congratulate you. And wow, 250 hugs... I do feel special!!

Friday, October 01, 2004


Guess who has finally finished her abnormal assignment?

Well, I finished much later than predicted... but I still finished before the due date! So good luck to the rest of the people who are still slogging away..

And thanks for the hugs guys, made me feel special!