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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Where I'm From

In English, we had to write a poem modelled on the poem Where I'm From, by George Ella Lyon. I'm not so sure about how mine turned out, but here it is anyway;

I am from Mouse Trap,
from Monopoly and Rummikub Junior.
I am from the oranges that fell off the tree.
(Brown, mouldy,
the birds got to them first.)
I am from the Bird of Paradise,
the Bottle Brush
whose vibrant colours I remember
through a sea of browns and greens.

I'm from Vegemite and hermit crabs,
               from Teniah and James.
I'm from don't leave that in the car
               and only if that doesn't make a mess,
from watch your head, Fred.
I'm from oops, you think I'm in love,
               see my ride out of the sunset
               on your colour TV screen.

I'm from Barbie dolls and Tonka trucks,
Sesame Street and Play School.
From the dogs that lived across the street,
              Tom was small and Jerry was big
the band-aids we stuck on and ripped off my Dad.
In my closet was a shoe box
spilling ancient birthday cards
a mingle of not-yet-forgotten voices
reminding me of a time I never remembered.
I am from these moments -
chocolate broken before opened -
still tastes the same in the end.

I hope you enjoyed that.

Oh, and here's a link to the original, if you love procrastination as much as I do, or if you're just interested:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Doctor Who Review No.1

Today is the day of the third episode in Season 6 of Doctor Who, so I thought it would be fitting to provide my thoughts on the first two episodes today. This is a review of the plot and everything that I thought so, serious spoliers if you haven't seen them yet!!

The first episode, Let's Kill Hitler, was purely amazing. The reveal that Amy and Rory's childhood friend, Mels was in fact their daughter, Melody was completely mind blowing and unexpected. I realise that we never saw her before, because in a way, it hadn't happened yet, but I still didn't quite like the fact that this was the first time we ever saw her.
I also love the connection between the fact that River could not regenerate in The Silence in the Library because she used up all her regenerations bringing the Doctor back to life. Even though I had never thought of that before, haha. I was a little confused as to why she decided to go to the library at the end of the episode, though. Was it meant to have just been tying it together that she ends up there? Or are we meant to think that the Doctor lead her there with the diary?
Those antibodies were the funniest things. They were exactly like that annoyingly helpful paperclip from Microsoft Word ages ago. They were nice about killing you. One of my favourite quotes: "You will feel a slight tingling sensation, followed by death."
Rory just becomes more cute with every single episode. The bit where Amy thinks he's gay and then suddenly realises is amazing. His bewilderment about being in the same room as Hitler: "Shut up, Hitler!"
The whole scene between River and the Doctor where they get one step of each other in every little movement that they do is great cinematography.

The next episode, Night Terrors, was honestly a bit of a disappointment. I know it was a filler episode, but it did not even refer to the plot once. Also, I felt like it had been done before. It reminded me a whole lot of Fear Her. It wasn't exactly the same. But the whole child is possesed by/is an alien. The fact that they are really scared and they don't feel like their parents are there for them. Also, the child collects people and puts them in drawings/a made up world in their cupboard. The parent comes through in the end and everyone is saved.
I loved Fear Her so much, it was sad to see all these similarities between it and episode just a few seasons down the road. Despite that, the way the episode was done was quite clever. I like the creepiness of the house and how everything being wood suddenly made sense in the end.
Favourite quote: "Come on Alex! Are you crazy? We can't open the cupboard! Right, that settles it. Going to open the cupboard."
This song was creepy, but I liked it:
Tick, tock, goes the clock, and what things shall we see?
Tick, tock, until the day, that thou shall marry me.
Tick, tock, goes the clock, and all the years they fly.
Tick, tock, and all too soon, you and I must die.
Tick, tock, goes the clock, we laughed at fate and mourned her.
Tick, tock, goes the clock, even for the Doc…
Tick, tock, goes the clock, he cradled and he rocked her.
Tick, tock, goes the clock, even for the Doctor.

And that's what I thought. Can't wait for tonight!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Year 12

It has been two weeks since I officially became a yr12 student, which is still not quite sinking in. I remember when I was in yr7 thinking that the yr12s were the coolest people ever and I just couldn't wait to be one of them. And now it's actually here and it's a little surreal and totally not how I imagined it.

The classes that I have to take are nothing like the ones that I would be taking in Australia, but at least for some of them, I'm glad I have to take them. Because I would never have thought of taking them and they are quite interesting.

First is Maths class, Trigonometry/Advanced Topics. Which means for the first half of the year we do trig and for the second half, we do a whole bunch of stuff like statistics and I can't remember what else. I'm pretty good at trig, so I think it will be okay.

Next is Spanish 2. Despite the fact that I'm not really good at learning languages, I'm actually enjoying learning Spanish. It's kind of easy. I'm not sure how level 2 will go. But it seems fun so far. Besides all the random Spanish songs that we have to sing every class.

After that is AP English. (AP stands for Advanced Placement which means Uni-level class.) I really like English, so this is a good class for me. Not only that, but we are focusing a lot on different types of people and pyschology-related things. So I'm really excited for the rest of the year.

Then we have Physics. If I had it my way, I would be taking no science at all. I would rather take Maths than Science. Because in Maths, it's just maths, no deceptions. In Science it takes maths and applies it everywhere in sneaky ways. But so far, I get everything, so it's okayish. Only good thing is that we get to go to a theme park for an excursion.

After that is AP Comparative Government and Economics. The title says it all: blah, blah, blah. But it's required that yr12s take a gov/econ class. And there was no way I was taking one that just focused on America. So far, it's pretty interesting. But we haven't really started anything in depth. So I'm worried.

Last is World History. Which I would love to be taking, if it wasn't normally a yr9 class. Because here in America, you can have absolutely any grade level in any class. So if you miss that one class that you were meant to take, you have to make it up. Not only does the class feel super awkward, but normally being a yr9 class, first year in high school, it's designed to lead them through every single step of the way. Such an annoying thing to experience as a yr12. But it'll be good to learn some other history besides American and Australia.

Next post: Review of Doctor Who episodes.