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2012…

2012 can be summed up in 3 words for me.

1. Podcast

2. Job

3. University

But of course, I’m not going to leave it into those 3 words. I want to go in depth into talking about these 3 important issues that happened in 2012. So let me go in order with how I wrote them down.

1. Podcast. The MTI Countdowns had an excellent year in 2012. It is undeniably one of the most active years on the podcast. So the questions remains, why put so much work on the MTI Countdowns in 2012? Well I have a number of factors on why I have dedicated so much work on this podcast. The main reason why I continue to do this is the hosts. If you looked at past countdowns, ex. before 2010, you would find that I hosted the majority of the podcasts. I would basically do one whenever I felt like it. I wouldn’t have any commitments and I wouldn’t have made any, because I would have needed to do a lot of work by myself to have the podcast done. With a team, we split up the work evenly and therefore workload is a lot less on me. Another benefit with hosts is that the word starts getting out that there is this podcast out there. And that leads up to another reason why I continue to do the podcast. And that reason is because of it’s popularity. Not only did we get over 6000 listens/downloads for ONE of the episodes, but we also managed to go to the number 1 spot in the pop charts (in the summer of 2012). We also constantly maintained our position in the top 500 podcasts on Podomatic. Ok so other than popularity and the help from friends, what other things made me pursue the MTI Countdowns? Well there is one last item that I would like to mention. And that is my passion for music. I love music. I think music destresses me all the time. I always like showcasing music that I love and enjoy. The podcast is a perfect way that I show this. Though I’m not a huge fan of popular (current) music, I still listen to it quite a lot because there are a few of those current songs that are catchy and good, which are mainly songs I try to add to the podcast. Ok so that’s enough of talking about the podcast. Now let me move onto my second important note of 2012.

2. Job. I got my first job this year and finally got to see what it was like having a job. Let me just say that making some money isn’t some easy shit. If it wasn’t for my union, I don’t think my boss would hire me back again for another year. Not that my boss hates me, but I think she would be able to find much better candidates than me. But with that said, I really appreciate all the lessons I learned during my first job. Whether it was knowing that big brother is always watching you or understanding that a job is harder than you think it is, I have learned so much throughout the summer 2012. Would I go back to this job again? Definitely. Would I have acted differently if I knew how the job was like? Definitely. Did I enjoy my summer? Uhh, that’s hard to answer. But this summer was definitely a memorable summer with all the ups and downs. Now before I really get fired for writing this post because I know Big Brother is always watching me, let me move onto my last point.

3. University. In the beginning of 2012, the big deal was actually worrying about getting accepted into a good program/university. That meant constantly thinking about my marks and how a 70 is a terrible grade to get. While in grade 12, everyday, I would wake up and open up my iPhone and check my university application to see whether or not I had gotten accepted or not to the program/university I wanted. In all the programs/universities I applied to, I only got rejected by 30% of them. That was much less than I thought. Actually a few of them didn’t really reject me (well few as in the ones I wanted to get into, not the ones for backup), they placed me on the wait-list. Ok so after I picked out the one I wanted (which wasn’t easy, but I had already kinda made my mind when I first got accepted to my current university), it was time to get ready for university. Well, not exactly because although my program is directly off a university curriculum, I currently go to a college. That means we do not have most of our classes in lecture halls. It also means that most of my profs actually know my name. WOW, don’t you wish your profs also could call you by name? I actually really enjoy my program right now and the people I have classes with. Many of my classmates are really excellent people to talk and socialize with! The only down part of university is the fact that our exams are very challenging. I mean it’s not much different from high school, but with university, if you end up failing the exams, then you will have to retake the whole year again (or at least for my program, some of my friends says they just get kicked out if they fail, which is even worse). But that’s a reality all my friends have to go through when they are in university. It isn’t just for my program. Overall, university so far has been an interesting experience and challenging one too! I’m prepared to go through the toughest terrains in university and as most people have to in order to get their bachelor’s degree…

Well that wraps up my 2012 highlights. I want to write more, but I honestly do not have anything else to mention other than those 3 points. 2013 is just going to be another interesting year to go through.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Ah. What a spring break!

I’m so sad that spring break is now over for us. This was actually one of my best spring breaks I have ever had. Why? Because I did a lot of things and received many things that I have always wanted! Everything from crossing the international border for the first time with my friends without any parental supervision and receiving my super awesome HD Radio, there has been quite a lot of fun fun fun this break.

What comes after the break? Stress, stress, stress. I’m getting worried about getting back our math quiz back, even though it is a quiz… Along with that, I’m worried about an upcoming test about population in my world issues class. School is really catching up and ruining my fun fun fun… Seriously it really is… Senior year in high school is so tough because colleges and unis are looking through your GPA and SAT scores (don’t ask me what my score was cuz I really don’t wanna talk about it :P).

My doctor is already telling me that the stress that I’m producing is damaging my heart, therefore causing it to have problems. Nothing too severe though, just a faster heart rate. It beats the fastest when a teacher is handing out a test back or an important assignment. I always get more worried about getting it back instead of actually doing the test or assignment. Most of the time, I hate talking about a quiz or test the minute you finish it because I don’t not want to know what I did wrong. Usually when a teacher begins to talk about it, I end up failing that test or quiz for no apparent reason. It’s just a bad jinx for me. D:

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What is a mark?

Is a mark supposed to represent how smart a student is? Or is it supposed to symbolize the hard work that person has put in? Many people argue that the marks are supposed to represent both, which is why when colleges/universities decide on admissions, they will look at a person’s GPA (and not just their SAT/ACT mark). However, I believe marks are only a representation of how smart the person is. For colleges/universities to look at our GPA is just as fair as doing an IQ test to see if your set to get admission to that college/university. Now why does hard work not get counted into our GPA? That’s simple, if you think about a kid who tries hard in school but can’t seem to grasp the concept of a subject (mainly in the maths and sciences), do you think hard work will pay off? Nope. Here’s a great example. The kid who sits beside me in math class. Everyday, he gets out his notes and pretends (well not really), but he writes the notes off the textbook and determines that is enough. I would perceive that he is lacking the knowledge in math and probably in life, because he thinks that writing notes is more important than listening to the teacher. This is an excellent example of how dumb kids can’t get high marks, no matter how much they try. His current GPA in math is 1.45. No jokes. It may be because he messed up his first quiz, but that’s only because his studying methods are questionable.

So why don’t colleges/universities do it? Why don’t they just make up an IQ test for admissions? Why do they look at your GPA and SAT/ACT scores? That’s a question for the admission folks to answer. I believe they need to look at the ways of grading the GPA, if their gonna use it. Teachers (talking mostly about those in the maths and sciences specifically) need to understand that tests/quizes aren’t the only forms of determining a person’s GPA score. There are many other forms of assessments like projects, presentations, etc. Those usually help those who are dumb, but want to try, a chance to score a higher GPA (because of their hard work). They shouldn’t be penalized for studying hard (even though their ways of studying is pretty questionable).

All I want people to know is that in the real world, we don’t grade people through doing tests/quizes. They do not determine whether you can do the job or not. Many like MANY jobs require social skills, which can’t be gained through tests and quizes, however, in group projects and assignments, they can help you gain the required social skills in the workplace. My chemistry teacher said this, though I find that really hypocritical, since we only had one project in the entire course. Everything else was assessed through a test, quiz or lab test. It is good, that he understands that test taking isn’t a good way to educate folks like me.

So, question remains, are we able to change the policies of schools across the world and how colleges/universities look at GPAs? Maybe. But we need to start with educating those math and science teachers and telling them that tests and quizes aren’t the only ways to grade a person.

BACKKKKKKK!!!

Wow. I’m finally back writing w/e I want on WordPress again 🙂 exams were shit like total shit and I’m off to a fresh start now. D: will be writing more random stuff in the coming weeks, don’t really have anything in my mind right now. Hopefully I will by the end of this week, which is when I hope I’ll be able to release a formal blog again!

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Deactivation!

Hey guys, as time draws closer, I’ll be deactivating a lot of my things, but not my blog. However, I will be cutting down on the number of blogs I’ll write onto WordPress so…. Yea!

New Year’s = A New beginning.

New Year Day to me is usually a way to erase the bad memories of the past and refresh it with something better. We like to call those New Year’s resolutions. However, like you and me know, they normally don’t last for more than a week. Some even less than a day. There are a few who can carry it out for a month, but there’s only a tiny few who can carry it for the entire year. Let’s be honest to ourselves. We can’t keep a New Year’s resolution and therefore there’s no point in starting one. Unless your extremely serious about it, though I doubt it, don’t make a New Year’s resolution. Make one during the year. If you get into trouble, move on. But move on with the knowledge that you made this mistake and therefore will try your best to not make it again. If it’s something else like exercising to lose that 10 pounds, have someone encourage you to do it. Chances are, if there’s someone telling you to do something, you are a lot more likely to do it. It’s hard to tell yourself to do this and that without anyone helping you out. Trust me, writing this blog is one of the things I really have to constantly remind myself to do. I know writing this blog is extremely optional, but I know writing it will help voice my opinions and help with my English. However, there are those days where I just forget about it and tend to ignore it for a while. Same for losing weight. Unless your doing it everyday, chances are, you’re gonna get lazy and not start working out. It’s really human nature to be lazy. Of course there are those who are workaholics, however a majority of the people in this world are lazy. It’s ok. I mean what can you do about what nature does to your body? But remember you may one day regret not doing that workout you promised yourself to do. I certainly worked my ass off after a harsh visit to the doctor’s… That was like 2 years ago. Now I visit my doctor every month… Which is excessive for a teenager… But whenever I end up going, I can’t control myself to either workout more because my body is really unhealthy or stop my craving for coffee because my caffeine is terribly bad for your body too. I love my latte’s and double creme/sugar.

Again, don’t make a New Year’s resolution unless your certainly sure you are going to able to keep it. Let’s face it, after a week of telling yourself to workout, your gonna get lazy and stop. Let’s be honest with ourselves and just make one throughout the year.

Oh and Happy New Year. 🙂 the world ain’t gonna end folks. It’s like that stupid pastor guy who said the world was gonna end like sometime during this 2011…

Party hard, but make sure to have a designated driver if your gonna drink at the party! Remember a lot of public buses are offering free bus service tonight, so those who can’t afford the taxi or a designated driver, the public buses are definitely an option!

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Wait…..?

I’m kinda unsure what to really talk about in this post. However, in life, especially in English, you will have write articles with complete BS because you haven’t studied for the subject and writing an essay is only possible through BSing over your work.

BSing your work is actually not a hard thing to do. Actually what I’m doing right now is BSing my work. Well not my work but my blog post. This is because I’m currently surrounded by my friends who are extremely into The Big Bang Theory, which is a show I don’t really watch and I don’t wanna get into a habit of watching. I mean it’s probably a good show, but I don’t wanna become an addict on TV shows, like I already am with COPS and Family Guy 🙂

Anyway, BSing is a really easy thing to do and it’s especially great thing to do when you have no idea what to talk about. Plus you can get a good mark 🙂

LOL AT&T just dropped their bid to buy T-Mobile!!! OMGGGGOSH

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Christmas is around the corner…. OR IS IT…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…………. Everyone knows that song…. And it gets played a lot during the Christmas time. But the questions is, is it really the most wonderful time of the year?

Christmas is all about meeting friends and spending time with loved ones and for the little ones, it’s all about getting gifts from Santa. Because Santa Claus is a real person who works at your local Walmart or shopping center. And you get to take pictures with him there. But what about the children who do not get a gift from Santa? Who are these children? These children are ones who live in your neighborhood. These children do not have a gift for Christmas not because Santa was too busy to give a gift for them, it’s because in life, nothing comes free without any work. These children expect to receive a gift without doing much, except for being good and nice. That’s not enough for today’s society. Being good and nice won’t get you much, except maybe a few friends that talk to you on occasion. Children need to learn how cruel life can be. Christmas is a time for fun and good times, but not every family will be able to get this gift of Christmas. Stuffing a bus with toys or running toy drives won’t really do much, because these gifts will be given to the children who are extremely poor, AKA in homeless shelters because their moms/dads are drug addicts. What about those families who have lost their job in this cruel economy? Do the kids from these families get a gift from these donations? Nope. We think that the middle class families can really support themselves. But seeing how the American economy is, there are a lot of children from in the middle class families who do not get to have a wonderful Christmas time, with gifts. These middle class families who just lost their jobs in this terrible economy should really be taken into attention. Sure, those kids who live in homeless shelters need help too, but we can’t forget those families who actually supported the economy. These middle class families are now suffering because they recently been hit with this terrible recession and these children are gonna suffer with the parents.

Christmas is a time to give. Not just to those who are homeless.

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A plea to the cell phone companies.

LTE. What does that stand for? 3GPP Long Term Evolution. We know it for its commercials on TV that Verizon and AT&T constantly hosts. They tell us that LTE is a completely faster network for those using smartphones, reaching up to speeds of 150 megabits/second. That’s a gallzion times faster than my crappy Internet. But really, what can we benefit out of LTE? Now if your not a techy guy, you would not give a crap about this LTE thing. However, most of y’all would want LTE. This blog entry is to talk about how Verizon or any of the other carriers should make the plans of LTE cheaper so more Americans can use this wonderful piece of technology. Seriously. I don’t wanna be asking to much out of the cell phone companies but I do wanna see more unlimited data plans being cheaper. Sprint currently offers their unlimited data plan, in which they market as a truly unlimited plan. I agree with 100% of what they are saying about the unlimitedness, but let’s take a look at the price of the plan shall we? 79.99 a month. Let’s just say 80, so we won’t get confused by their little marketing ploy. If we signed a 2 year contract with Sprint, how much do you think the average person will be paying in total for their “unlimited” plan? Let’s see, 80*24= 1920. So $1920 bucks. Oh wait! I forgot something! TAXES! Assuming there is no additional fees, which Sprint obviously will be charging you every month like 911 service, we’ll pretend to be living in the state of New York and the sales tax there is 4%. So let’s do the math again. Adding 4% tax will make the 80 bucks be more like $83.20. 83.2*24= 1996.8. That’s $2000. Actually probably a bit more, if you add in the surcharges and depending on which state you live in. So we’ll just roughly assume its 2000 bucks for a perfect 2 year contract. For unlimited data. That’s too much. Way too much. And not to mention Sprint doesn’t have LTE service yet, though they plan to release it very soon. So cell phone companies, if you get to read this. Please. I mean please. Make all the unlimited data plans cheaper. 50 bucks a month? Including talk and text. And please allow us use to LTE networks!

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Diversity, what a lie.

America is a place where everyone says we’re diverse and accepting towards other cultures and beliefs, but is that really true? Does this country really try to accept different cultures? Nope, not really. Actually not at all. Which is ok to a degree. For example, there was an issue when a high school in California banned students from wearing patriotic American clothes on Cinco De Mayo, which in my opinion, is totally absurd. You should be able to show your pride on any given day and not allowing these students from showing their pride on May 5 is just plain stupid. We don’t live in Mexico….

However, another type of anti diversity in this country is the fact that many people this nation doesn’t accept cultures especially the Muslim culture. Now I understand what they try to do to our country, but as a nation, we shouldn’t be keeping all of them hostage. It’s a very small minority of the Muslim people who actually think about destroying the American society. A majority of them are actually really happy that they get to live in a wonderful country like America and not in a country like Iraq or Saudi Arabia, where people are treated very differently (especially women). However there are still millions of ignorant Americans out there, talking bullcrap about the Muslim people and what they believe in. Now, I do not tolerate the ignorant things these people are saying but I do some what understand why they do it. It’s like Jewish people hating against Germans. It’s understandable. But if America wants to be a place where we accept different cultures, then we need to learn to tolerate people of all cultures. This is why I always like to judge people by their personality, not by their race. Sure I sometimes like to organize people from school, like whether their Hispanic, Caucasian or Black, but all my friends are just nice people. I don’t hang out with them because they are white or black, I hang out with them because they are nice people.

America, smarten up. Stop being ignorant towards people of different cultures.

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