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Monday, February 13, 2012

Multiculturalism PSA, in HD!!! Yeah!

Hey guys, it's me again.
I don't really have too much work to handle right now, so I thought I'd use this golden opportunity to update my blog...
But I'm going to make this update really quick, yeah? I've got an EALD report to complete...

So anyway, I mentioned in a previous post that I had to create a PSA ( Public Service Announcement ) as my EALD assignment, right?
Well, the PSA is officially done! And it's really funny too!

And the best part is that it's in HD! Glorious HD! Haha!
Oh yeah, this represents the very FIRST High Definition video project I've ever worked on! I'm so overjoyed!!!

The overall aim of the PSA is basically to instill awareness about "multiculturalism".
PS: Believe it not, I was the script writer, producer, director and editor for the whole PSA! Oh, and I was also the cameraman for several scenes, AND I acted in certain scenes too! Whew! Talk about busy, eh?
Of course, I used Adobe After Effects CS4, good ol' Windows Movie Maker, and a new program: Sony Vegas Pro 11 ( allowed me to export my video in High Definition, HD )...

Sadly, I'm not going to post the PSA here... I don't have THAT much time!
But I CAN direct you to YouTube. I've uploaded it there, and I suggest you watch it there. Then you can enjoy it in HD 1080p.
Ethnic Diversity and You: Why Multiculturalism?
Alternatively, I DID upload the PSA on Facebook, but it's only HD 720p there. But don't worry, it's still HD, right? Haha! Whichever way you pick, I hope you enjoy the PSA! [ smiles ]

Besides that, I had one of the most "heartbreaking" moments in my college life today. Alright, I was actually exaggerating when I said "heartbreaking"! Haha!
In order to pursue my interest in Medicine, I added Biological Sciences to my AUSMAT subject list...
But... But... I had to DROP Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D! NO!!!
Gosh, I actually started to love this subject! [ sigh ] But, what can be done? My heart was literally sinking when I was filling up the "Drop subject" form in Miss Vanitha's office this afternoon.
Oh well, at least I've still got Mathematics 3C/3D! Haha! Currently learning about exponentials now...

Oh, and I also watched the movie "The Blind Side" this morning during EALD class! Well, half of it, actually. I'm going to watch the other half of it tomorrow.
We have to "analyse" the movie and write a whole report about our analysis. "The Blind Side" is based on a true story and stars Sandra Bullock.
Truth be told, when I saw the cover title for the movie, I thought it was gonna be something really sleepy and boring. But then I started watching it, and I took it all back! This movie actually turned out to be VERY interesting! I can't wait to watch the other half of the movie tomorrow...

Well, I think my post is quite long already, so I'm gonna end it here.

That's it for now...

May the Force be with you...

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Busy Week Indeed...

Hey everyone, it's me again!
Yeah, I know, I know. I've been neglecting my blog recently. Sorry about that... It's just that the past week has been rather hectic for me. A very busy week indeed...
Hey, like I've said before, college is no picnic!
Nowadays, I spend most of my computer time doing research. And uhhh, maybe using Facebook too, BUT MOSTLY doing research!

Well, it's Friday today. It's finally the end of the week, and I've got a 4-day break ahead of me ( Due to Thaipusam, students don't have to attend college next Monday and Tuesday ). So, I decided that now is the opportune time to blog, since now might be the only time I can actually update my blog before I'm swallowed up in my college work once again...

Oh, and for those of you who were observant enough, you might have noticed that the cursor on the screen has changed from the normal "Windows" pointer to the new glowing "red arrow". Yep, I've changed the cursor, just to make my blog just a little more special... [ smiles ]

Anyway, quite a lot of stuff happened this week, particularly during the last few days...

For English, the current chapter of discussion is "Multiculturalism". We had to write a summary on "The People Of Australia" - Australia's Multicultural Policy ( Which means I had to do loads of wonderful RESEARCH!!! ). Plus, we were provided with an assignment, where we have to work in groups of 3 students, and our assignment involves creating a PSA ( Public Service Anouncement ) video based on "Multiculturalism". I don't want to talk too much about it now, because it's basically still a work in progress...
Besides that, we also had to work in groups of 6 people for another activity. Our task was to read and "analyse" Julia Gillard's ( Australia's Prime Minister ) speech regarding the launch of the Australian Multicultural Council ( AMC ), and do a presentation regarding the principles and moral values contained within her speech.
Two people in my group prepared the mahjong paper, another two helped to uhh, "make the mahjong paper look nicer" by decorating it, and of course, it was up to me and the last member to present the whole thing in front of the class.
I don't know why, but I always tend to end up being the guy who speaks during most presentations. Why me? What is it about me that makes people think that I'm good at speaking during presentations???

Besides that, we had our very first Mathematics Investigation. We had to "investigate" algebraic long division. Basically, we had to learn how to solve algebraic long division problems, find the "oblique asymptote" and "vertical asymptote" of the function, and predict the graphical shape of the final function. We had to learn all this, WITHOUT the teacher's help!
"That's why it's called an investigation..." teacher said.
Well, luckily, I managed to figure it all out, even without the teacher's help... If you want, you can try to "investigate" algebraic long division yourself too. It's all on the Internet. Just don't blame if you get frustrated or anything, yeah? [ smiles ]

And as for Mathematics Specialist, the past week has been mainly about Complex Numbers, Complex Numbers, and more Complex Numbers. "Complex Numbers" is actually Chapter 2 of the syllabus, since Chapter 1: "Polar Coordinates" has already been covered in the previous week.
Given "z" is a complex number, I learned about the modulus of complex numbers ( mod z, or |z| ), the principle argument of complex numbers ( arg z ), Cartesian form of complex numbers ( x+yi, x=Re(z), y=Im(z) ), Polar form of complex numbers ( r(cos O + i sin O ), or r cis O ), "conjugates" of complex numbers, et cetera...
And believe it or not, that's just the tip of the iceberg! There's plenty more where that came from!

And yeah, I joined the Chess Club. Actually, I didn't know that there was a Chess Club in Sunway until today!
It was around 4.30pm. I was making my to the cafeteria to buy a delicious currypuff ( I was SO hungry at the time! ). I saw a few of my friends chatting together at one of the cafeteria tables. As I started to walk towards them, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye.
"Is that... Could it be? Is that a Chessboard?!?!" I thought to myself.
And yes, it turns out that I DID see a chessboard. A group of students were huddled around it, observing a Chess game in progress. Without hesitation, I quickly made my way there. And et voila, I discovered the Chess Club! The meetings are held every Friday, from 4pm until 6pm ( but members do have the flexibility to leave earlier if they have to... ).
And so, I signed up. And finally, finally, after SO many months, I managed to play Chess!!! [ smiles ]

Whew! I think my post is long enough already, so I'm gonna stop here.

I guess that's all for now...

May the Force be with you...