21 April 2014:
20 April 2014:
別來無恙？I realised that I have not been updating this space for more than a month now, apart from the most recent post 'Introduction to quantum mechanics'. And within this period of time, many things have happened.
1. MCT results
Let's just say that this result was a surprise for me. For all subjects, I performed much better than expected for all subjects except history. However, this still isn't cause for celebration. It's better to be cautious than complacent.
One reason why I scored so well was probably because for chemistry and maths (and a little of bio) the topics tested were my strong ones. Therefore I would do better than usual. Sadly, that isn't the full scope of A Levels, which also means I am not that fantastic.
Another reason would be that others may still be recovering from OGL or CCA competitions. Their standards dropped but would be up again by the next exam. Which is why, I'm expecting a huge drop for my JCT results.
This is especially true if I don't study for JCTs. It comes after three weeks of June holidays. Most people would use the time to study. I would pledge to study but most likely break it. As you can tell, I have very bad self-discipline.
The same happened for MCT. I didn't study throughout most of the March holidays, only till one or two days before each paper (except for bio) did I panic and study. And actually, I 'studied' by frantically copying stuff from notes.
Please don't misunderstand: I'm not trying to indirectly boast that I could get above-average results without studying much / more than others. It is a behaviour that I am not proud of and shouldn't be linked to my results as there are other factors affecting it, such as the aforementioned two.
Conclusion: I really should buck up and study, right? Actually, I say this every time. If one were to prowl through the archives, you'd probably find this phrase (and its variants) all over various posts.
But anyway, as I tell myself now, if I continue to not study for JCTs, I'll just receive the effects of it. People who have been diligently studying and who have recovered from whatever they have would again rise over me.
2. SYF preparations
My previous post in March was about this too. From then till now, many things have changed, mainly for the better. Things are finally looking better now. Previously, I was honestly worried that we wouldn't pull through.
The set has finally arrived, after being late for more than a week or so. Which also meant that blocking was delayed for that amount of time, since blocking depends on the set. But now that it's here, we finally settled blocking!
Currently, we're focused on doing runs, runs and more runs. Which means we perfect the piece to perfection. On Saturday we had a long session where we did four runs. I finally felt the sense of the play and how it should be.
SYF is in 10 days' time. It will be my final production in JC life, and that will mark the end of my journey in drama. I don't know what to think about that and I'm currently postponing my thoughts about it to the periphery.
Actually I also wanted to talk about my spiritual views. But since religion is such a sensitive topic and I'm prone to shooting my mouth off, I've decided against it. Some of the things I say may be blunt and offensive, no matter how well-meaning I am. So I'd rather not go there.
16 April 2014:
Introduction to quantum mechanics.Amidst all the business, a few days ago I got hooked onto quantum mechanics. Although I've never exactly loved physics, quantum mechanics was intrigued me a great deal.
But no, I will not continue by elaborating on quantum mechanics in case I bore anyone reading this. I will, however, mention a thought experiement in quantum mechanics: Schrodinger's cat.
It is a thought experiment because no one has carried it out before (thankfully); and in fact I don't think it can be successfully carried out. Basically, the experiment proves that something can be dead and alive at the same time.
Sounds crazy? Pretty much all of quantum mechanics and 'modern' physics is, actually. One has to accept that the fundamental Newtonian laws and all are inadequate to appreciate how mad 'modern' physics can be.
The 'results' of the thought experiment can be linked to various other things in real life too, actually. This experiment (indirectly) shows that certain things aren't merely black or white, they may have a superposition of an in-between state.
Therefore, it'll do no one any good to adopt such a mentality that things are either X or Y, no in-between. Fact is, many things aren't like that in reality. Even in history we learn that a conflict arose due to various factors all contributing to an outbreak.
If now isn't crunch time, when is?