I have been involved in the development and fine tuning of Co-Academic activities concept paper for quite some time. I was among the youngest when I started. The group was quite small back then and it is a fact that I have always been intimidated by my colleagues. Older and more experienced in many ways.
During one of my early meetings I was sitting across the table to a senior teacher. In one of our heated discussion on how we should go about one of the activities. She blurted out “the audacity of the young one” at me. It sounded harsh in the beginning but her face had a smile. For context, I was explaining to my colleagues on why we shouldn’t follow her direction for a competition.
At that time it was shocking. But as time passes by I realise it should have been the opposite, it should have been a proud moment. I have done what many wouldn’t do. To respectfully disagree when the situation demands for it. And I believe that is why there was a smile accompanying the words.
I believe that was why I was included in the discussion, to be candid and to be frank when the ideals seems to be too lofty. To introduce fresh ideas. To simplify and to make it easy for adoption.
My younger colleagues may have heard this story from me before, it is all but a reminder that they too have ideas that may be worth more than mine.
One of the first few things we need to learn before we start delving into debates or arguments is logical fallacies. A good debater need to develop the ability to recognize logical fallacies and not be pulled into it.
If you see someone, basing their arguments on a fallacy. Side step!
Let’s start with a few logical fallacies
1. Ad Hominem The worst type, a personal attack, because someone likes something, is affliated with another person, comes from a place then he/she is deemed something else regardless of the truth.
2. Equivocation Using an ambiguous term, or a word which have several meanings. Then proceeding not to clarify which meaning is intended.
3. Appeal To Pity Using pity to mislead and sway your opponent. It often appears as an emotional manipulation.
4. Slippery Slope Claiming that through a series of small events, a bigger impact/event will happen. Essentialy messing around with the probability.
5. Circular Reasoning When a person repeats the same argument that they have already assumed without coming to a new conclusion. A is true because B is true; B is true because A is true.
Let me stop here, obviously there are more fallacies, but we’ll cover those on another day.
Was excited about the supermoon today as most ppl would be, but more important errands had to be done and i was only able to take pictures of it at 9.30pm.. almost at the end of it and that was after the heavy cloud subsided. So after taking 75 photos of it, this is the only 1 that is good enough. Till we meet again in 18 years.
Had a whole episode of gps craze when I was in Jerek, mainly due to my obsession of thinking of places to travel to. Contributed some tracklogs to malsingmaps and then masmaps, then it went down a notch especially after I got married and the split of malsingmaps to malfreemaps.
Now its back up again, but in another form. Now at my current school, I’m the go-to guy if u want to ask anything about GPS. My colleague at school bought a new gps unit by the name of Lark, it came with iGO installed but the seller told him that it could also use garmin. So I was left with the task of finding out how to install it, after 3 days of tinkering with it, I have managed to make Garmin run on it, but the way to turn it on is still not ideal as there is too many steps to turn it on. What would be cool if turning it on only involves one button!
So that’s my latest craze, and it only have fueled me to again get my dream gadget, a CarPC….
So till next time, adieu :devil:
p/s: infos about how to install garmin on a wince devices are available at gpspassion.com and gpsunderground.com, I will not entertain questions about it as I’m no expert.
Have been pretty busy these few weeks, I took over the job of mentoring my school’s robotic teams. Previously they were looked after by the PK KO, but he was transferred to another school and as I was one of the mentors last year, I took over his job this year. But to make it all sound more crazy, I’m mentoring 5 teams this year! as opposed to just 2 last year.
It has been hard work for me, staying back after school everyday, I only go back home at around 5.30pm. But truth to be told I enjoy it, playing with those lego kits reminds me of my childhood, even though when I was a child I only had a small set. But true enough it does bring out the creative side of you 😀