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.
Visuals are always intertwined with festivals. Be it the Petronas adverts that we eagerly await for every year, our need to decorate our houses or a simple poster wishing Happy Holidays.
This year I took up the task of creating a Hari Raya Poster for my alumni. Not an easy task to begin with, but I my tried my best. So I looked for inspirations and managed to edit a poster I found on the internet into this.
But of course the first attempt would always garner a lot of comments, with one striking comment requesting a jawi or arabic version of the poster. Easier said than done, but hey I’m a guy who like to tinker. So I made two more version of the said poster.
Obviously it wouldn’t satisfy everyone but comments were heavily leaning on the jawi version of it. So I found a nicer jawi writing for Salam Aidilfitri and it lead to another version of it.
This gained more comments, and there were critics who requested more changes. But after 24 hours of editing and moving things around I didn’t really want to change anything anymore. So finally, we came to this version which was used by my alumni.
You probably thought all of that took seconds to finish but in reality, it took more than a day to realize. Reminder, am not a professional graphic designer so please be kind with your comments :p
because there is a great fulfillment that comes
in working with boys
because We wanted to be sculptors,
and We can do so,
by shaping lives for the future.
because We wanted to be artists,
and We can do so,
by painting dreams for children.
because We wanted to be musicians,
and We can,
in giving inspiration to children.
because We wanted to be historians,
and We can
in having recorded something
for the lives of great men to come.
because We wanted to be poets,
and We can
in writing impressive passages of mankind.
because of the reward
We receive when a child's frown turns to smiles,
or when he/she says, "Now We understand."
because of the personal growth We receive each day
as We venture out on a quest
for knowledge and techniques
to help our students understand.
for it is in this where We can see the worthwhile
and true fulfillment of living.
Originally a poem entitled “I teach” , was done as a choral speech during my KPLI days. Credit to the original poet.
A lot of people have intuited that in the future we will be forced to live indoors, it spawned generations of preppers.
The reason for it have all seemed to be along the lines of war, man made catastrophes. Some have pitched biological warfares. Now it seems the reason would be a pandemic. Not so exciting as a zombie apocalypse, but it certainly is dangerous enough to force us into our homes.
My out take from all of this hits closer to home, I am an educator and I have always believed that we should prepare our kids for the future. When all of this occurred, we could immediately see how people with (medical) skills are in high demand. Through the ages it has always been so. But more so now that its is people who can make things, who can create, defend, heal… These are the people that matters. So what should we do?
Skills, that is what we should do. Focus on creating a generation with hands on skills. Through our TVET programmes. We have to realise that knowing how to sing won’t get food on the table. We can’t all offer conveyancing services, but those who can build those buildings, who can automate said buildings, these are the people that will always be in demand.
Let us not say anymore that TVET is a last choice. It should be our first choice in creating a future ready generation.
I am truly honoured to be one of the recipients for Pegawai Teknikal Cemerlang (Ko-Akademik) this year. Couldn’t have done it without support from fellow teachers. Every competition hinges on the team that handles it not just me alone. Thank you for a great year.
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.