Friday, March 30, 2007

Love not Change or Judge

Maggie shared something in prayer meeting today that really spoke to me. She said that God wants us to love people, not to change them. God said love thy neighbour, not change thy neighbour. Too often we try to do God's job, when all we need to do is love them with God's love. No wonder we feel frustrated and over-burdened!

Neither should we feel disappointed when people don't reciprocate, because we are just doing what God asked us to do. Why should we expect gratitude when He got none from the Jews?

My flip-over calendar has been stuck at 17 Jan. A bit lazy perhaps, but I haven't really felt the need to move on from what it says. It still speaks to me:
"God has a great race for you to run. Under His care you will go where you've never been and serve in ways you've never dreamed. But you have to drop some stuff. How can you share grace if you are full of guilt?"

Lastly, just as we should not try to change people but let God change them, we should not judge people, lest we be judged. You should know that this is a pet peeve of mine. I really dislike it when people second-guess people's intentions or talk about people behind their back. Simply put, these people could just as easily be doing the same behind mine. Besides, the Bible says to build one another up, not tear each other down!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Cerebral conversation

Had this intriguing discussion over dinner at Jack's Place. Explained to her the solution the "more coffee or more tea" conundrum, but she said that what her mind told her made my mathematical proof incredible.

Our conclusion?
That theory has its place as absolute but only in a set of given conditions. Unfortunately, in the practical and arbitrary world, there rarely exists such conditions. As such it is almost impossible to achieve cause and effect results.
Some examples include human error in doctors misdiagnosing illnesses. Symptoms may present themselves overwhelmingly as that of a particular illness but due to certain conditions not made known to the doctor, have been misconstrued as something else. It isn't really the doctor's fault, as he applied medical theory to his best ability, but the fact is the patient is still ill and unhappy. The doctor has to keep applying theory after theory to get the right result. This is an example of the dissonance between the lab conditions and practical conditions.

Moreover, this is also observable psychologically. I might be able to tell a person the right thing to do from my third-person view. But the person may feel differently. No one's at fault here. The person is right because he cannot feel objectively because of his emotions and how he feels. I am right because I feel it is the best thing to do in his situation, though I do not have to deal with the conflicting emotions he has. Empathy goes some way to helping him appreciate the appropriate and objective solution.

Jasmine, could you embellish these points?

Maths teasers

There are two cups of equal capacity, with equal volumes of coffee and tea respectively. I take a full teaspoon of coffee and add it to the cup with tea. I then give it a good stir. Then I take a teaspoon of this mixture and add this to the cup of coffee.
Is there now more tea in the coffee, or more coffee in the tea?


Imagine that there is a metal band around the Earth that fits snugly such that there is no gap between the Earth and the band. Assume that the Earth is a perfect sphere.
I snip off the band and lengthen it by adding a 10-metre strip. I then adjust the band back in place, thereby ensuring that te gap between the band and the Earth is uniform all around. How big is the gap?


SMS 94566789 with your answers. Prizes for right answers and explanations, unless of course I've already told you the solution.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Drinking Hoedown!

The other day while playing golf I had a lot to drink
As I reached the first tee I could barely think
I hit the ball really hard, the guy is barely alive
Which just goes to prove, if you drink, don't drive

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Shoplifting Hoedown!

The other day I stole something it really was a sin
It was a little revolver made of gelatin
It was really a bad idea, something I should've slept on
'Cos I was arrested for carrying a congealed weapon


Shopping the correct way can be such a bore
I have to steal everything when I go in a store
Not to look and take things can be really hard
Bus it guess I shouldn't 'cos I am a security guard

Friday, March 23, 2007

Psalm 23

Be blessed with Psalm 23!

Psalm 23 - - EXPLAINED

The Lord is my Shepherd
That's Relationship!

I shall not want
That's Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
That's Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters.
That's Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul
That's Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness.
That's Guidance!

For His name sake
That's Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
That's Testing!

I will fear no evil.
That's Protection!

For Thou art with me
That's Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me,
That's Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
That's Hope!

Thou anointest my head with oil,
That's Consecration!

My cup runneth over.
That's Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
That's Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.
That's Security!

That's Eternity!

Test Time


Check out my schedules for next week. Overwhelming.

Mon: Text Types Mock Test 1
Tue: Ratio & Proportion Teaching Skills presentation
Wed: Geometry Test (Ch 4-7)
Thu: Text Types Mock Test 2
Thu: Driving Final Theory Test

I don't even know how to prioritise!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Strange English

1. "Verb" is a noun.
2. Is there another word for synonym?
3. Why is "monosyllabic" such a long word?
4. Why does "cleave" mean both split apart and stick together?
5. Why doesn't "onomatopoeia" sound like what it is?
6. Why isn't "palindrome" spelt the same way backwards?
7. Why do overlook and oversee mean different things?
8. What is another word for thesaurus?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Letters from Iwo Jima

Even better than Flags of Our Fathers, which I didn't really connect with.
The sheer desperation of the Japanese, officers and men alike, drove them to communal suicide. Our hero, Saigo, watches on horrified, as he ponders what is the best way to die. Some are not afforded the same luxury of choice.
What is your enemy really like? They are just like you, actually. They fear who's on the other side, they fear death, they fear not seeing their family again.
In the end, we realise the whole pointlessness of war and the futility of suicide, but we understand why in our world, people prefer these abhorrences to the alternatives of compromise and losing face.

Plot: This is the story of the battle of Iwo Jima, between the United States and Japan, during World War II, as told from the perspective of two good friends serving in the Japanese forces, who watch helplessly throughout various battles as their comrades are killed.