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Limit does not exist

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It seems that most people (including me) have the general misconception that when doing a practice exam, let’s say a 2 hour Methods Exam 2 paper; it takes only the 2 hours required to complete the paper. This is wrong. I finished the 2007 VCAA paper in 2 hours and a reading time of 5 mins, leaving 4-5 answers incomplete. What did this mean? It meant that I had to look at the assessment report, read over it and learn how to do the questions I left out. I followed on to finish these questions.

This total process of reviewing and correcting took 2 hours. Thus, in reality, the total process of completing the exam and understanding all the concepts took 4 hours and 5 minutes. That’s two-fold the time required to finish the paper.

Sure, you could argue that correcting and reviewing can be left for the following day, but in my opinion it’s better to nail that stuff into your head while it’s fresh in your mind after manipulating it sub-consciously or consciously for 2 hours.

Moral of the story: Don’t start practice exams at 9pm!

A list of things to do before the end of year exams:

  • 36 Methods exams (1 and 2 inclusive)
  • 18 Specialist exams (1 and 2 inclusive)
  • 14 Psychology exams
  • 1 full 3 hour English exam
  • 10 Chinese SL exams
  • 10 AMFAS pieces
  • 5 Analysis pieces
  • 5 Context pieces

With a total of…
98 exams (treating each essay as an exam)

Which amounts to…
145 hours

and according to my quantum theory of connect 9000…
that’s 290 hours

Below is a visual representation of the above exams (a.k.a nerd pr0nz):

all your trees are belong to Ti-89

Best of luck to all.


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September 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm

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6 More Weeks…

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…until the English exam, and just 3 more weeks until the Chinese SL ‘kou yu’ exam.

Practice exams this week were kind of…meh. The methods MAV paper was pretty difficult, but not impossible for me. Psychology was decent, considering I haven’t put in many hours towards the subject recently. And Spesh was…well let’s not go there.

Had a great time at Crown last night with the 1 hour unlimited play for $15 at Galactic Circus…shame they locked out the Tekken 6 and SF4 machines…damn. Well the new Initial D Stage 4 was pretty sweet and Mario Kart was strangely hectic. Wasn’t expecting to bump into Kelvin and Viki (on their date?) there either. Guess we’ll try Box Hill Timeout next time.

That being said, it’s time to get my ass back into gear – especially for the upcoming two weeks which will be extremely busy. I’ll be attending TSFX lectures for pretty much every subject and then going to VATE during the first Saturday of Term 4.

I guess preparing for the oral exam should be the upmost priority for all of us doing a second language; so find a partner and get practising!

“Lost time is never found again” – Benjamin Franklin

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September 19, 2008 at 12:15 pm

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WOTLK to be released on 14th of November (Aus) + Collectors edition info

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Seems like it will be released 1 week before my Chinese SL exam. Regardless, I’m still going to the midnight launch and will probably be playing it outside of my 3 hours study per day.

Pre-ordering my collector’s edition this Thursday at Melbourne Central EB (you score a free poster by pre-ordering, just like for TBC!).

Normal price will be $60 so I’m assuming the CE will be around $80-90.

Quote from Blizzard:

We’re happy to announce that World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King will ship in standard as well as Collector’s Edition packages. The Collector’s Edition will come in a special box that contains many exclusive extras to enhance your adventure into Northrend, including:

  • World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King on DVD-ROM.
  • The Art of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, a 208-page book featuring never-before-seen images from the game.
  • An exclusive in-game pet: Frosty, the baby frost wyrm.
  • A behind-the-scenes DVD containing over an hour of developer interviews, the Wrath of the Lich King intro cinematic with director’s commentary, and more.
  • The official soundtrack CD, containing 21 epic tracks from the game, along with exclusive bonus tracks.
  • A mouse pad featuring a map of the newly opened continent of Northrend.
  • Two World of Warcraft Trading Card Game March of the Legion™ starter decks, along with two exclusive cards available only in the Collector’s Edition.

The behind-the-scenes DVD will offer developer interviews and commentary on all aspects of the creation of Wrath of the Lich King, as well as trailers and cinematics from the game, and even footage of panel discussions from BlizzCon 2007.

Collector’s Edition owners will also be able to take their adventures from the computer to the tabletop with two starter packs for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game — one for themselves and one to share with a friend. In addition, Collector’s Edition owners will receive two exclusive tournament-legal World of Warcraft Trading Card Game cards to incorporate in their decks or trade with other World of Warcraft TCG players.

With the Collector’s Edition-exclusive in-game pet, Frosty the baby frost wyrm, you’ll be the envy of your guildmates and other players as you roam the expanses of Northrend.

A soundtrack CD with stirring music from the expansion pack, a beautiful coffee table book with exclusive concept art, and a Northrend-themed mouse pad round out the wealth of bonus items available in the Collector’s Edition of World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King. Head over to our Wrath of the Lich King Pre-Order page now to learn more about pricing and availability of both the Standard and the Collector’s edition.




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September 15, 2008 at 8:36 pm

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I Procrastinate, therefore I blog (v.2)

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Since posting lists is just so piss easy, requires almost no effort from my behalf and fills this page up quite nicely; I’ve decided to continue with the popular “LET’S GO MEGA HAPPY FUN FUN YEAR 12 SURPRISE TIME SUPER FUN BONANZA!” theme.

**View the original here**

So, without further ado….

“You know you’re in year 12 when…”

  1. you actually wanted the super-collider to blow up the Earth for one day so that the English SAC would be postponed
  2. you get all excited when the Education section of the Age has something which you can actually benefit from (i.e. the exams guide, or a textual analysis)
  3. you have brought your study notes into the toilet before so as to not waste any precious study time
  4. the younger kids ask why you get to go home so early, you say you get heaps of spares in year 12, and they think year 12 is awesome because of that, and you think they’re idiots because of that etc.
  5. you get that special feeling after an English SAC, which makes you feel like you wrote nothing ‘useful’ at all
  6. you get your English SAC back without a conclusion and still manage to get A+ and think, “what the fuck happened there?”
  7. your English teacher(s) become one of your best friends
  8. you think that putting up (HW) or (study) tags or any other variation in your MSN’s personal message makes you l33t…
  9. …when in fact you aren’t really studying at all and really just camping your computer, fingers ready respond to your friend’s outrageous Youtube link with “OMG Lolz pr0ns!1” or “ZOMFG sif rick roll lolol”
  10. you try and scab any vaguely useful sources of information related to any of your VCE subjects from the internet when the opportunity comes by
  11. you have a designated “study playlist” or something similar in your iTunes
  12. house activities seem even more pointless then they already are
  13. you get that awesome feeling knowing you’ve beaten your friends in a SAC..you horrible person
  14. your friend’s reaction to your smelly fart before the English SAC is “Never came poison from so sweet a place”, and it’s freaking hilarious
  15. you visit ign.com or flick through a gaming magazine, and shed a tear because you know you won’t be able to play those games until the end of the year, you silly geek!
  16. your typical daily routine consists of: sleep, do stuff at school, study – repeat.
  17. you experience so many mixed feelings approaching the end of the year; hope, relief, anxiety – none of which are truly dominant among the rest

I realise there’s a lot about English SACs on there. The reason being because it’s pretty much all that’s been on my mind this whole week, and it was our last English SAC. LAST SAC. I mean, man when’d you expect to hear that?

Yeah…I’m freaking tired as hell at the moment, just like all Thursdays; day starts at 7 in the morning and ends at 10 at night because I’m out all day.

More to come.

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September 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm

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Supercollider is under 9000 – fails to bring about ‘physics-aided apocalypse’

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There was a lot of gossip about this at the start of this week at school. For those who weren’t aware that today could have been their last day on Earth, this is the scoop from the Chicago Tribune.

“Seven times more powerful than Fermilab’s main particle collider in Batavia, the new facility will smash together intense beams of subatomic protons, producing so much energy that some theories predict it could form tiny black holes. That has led to two lawsuits—one filed in Europe, one in Hawaii—seeking to halt the project and save the planet.

The most far-out fear is that the device’s little black holes could blossom into big ones, with gravity so strong that they swallow first the collider, then the Swiss-French countryside, then the Earth as a whole. Burp.”

On a slightly more cynical note, supermassive black-hole = no more exams = no more study ∴ waste of time studying for VCE in the first place. Fucking European scientists playing with our minds!

UPDATE: If you’re reading this, you’re still alive.

Here are some pretty sweet pics of the LHC.

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September 10, 2008 at 10:05 pm

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