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July 18, 2016
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Finding Dory

Finding Dory. The sequel to Pixar’s much-acclaimed Finding Nemo. In this story, Dory tries to find her parents in spite of her awful memory problem. Marlin and Nemo go along and they all make new friends in the process.

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May 1, 2016
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Captain America 3: Civil War


The UN decides that the Avengers are more “vigilantes” than “heroes,” operating outside the law to the detriment of the general public, and the Avengers are given an ultimatum – sign the Sokovia Accord, which will basically make them subject to a governing panel, or retire. Tony Stark heads the group that opts to sign, whilst Steve Rogers leads the group that opposes it. Meanwhile, Bucky is being hunted down after he’s accused of bombing a UN meeting. When he’s found, Steve naturally leaps to his defence, which triggers the “war” between the heroes.

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April 10, 2016
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30 Days of Bible Lettering – 1

Doing the A-Z Blogging Challenge is not a good idea anymore since I tend to be tremendously busy in April nowadays. I discovered that there’s a “30 Days of Bible Lettering” thing happening on Instagram so that’s what I’m doing instead!

This is the first week’s worth:

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I’m much better at doing things digitally nowadays, it seems… I need more practice with regular pens and paint!

 

March 15, 2016
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Zootopia

Judy Hopps is Zootopia’s first ever rabbit police officer, and she wants to change the world (as many fictional protagonists do). But Judy finds it hard to have an impact amongst her bigger and more intimidating colleagues, and she gets assigned to menial parking duty. She meets a smooth-talking con-artist by the name of Nick Wilde and soon both Judy and Nick find themselves entangled in the midst of a mystery of missing Zootopia citizens…

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March 11, 2016
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Sports vs. Games

I’ve long wondered why I didn’t mind sports but I hate games (icebreakers, party games, that sort of thing). The other day I was talking about it with a colleague and then it hit me: sports generally reward the winners, party games mostly aim to punish the losers.

When you play a sport, you’re trying to win. When you play a party game, most of the time you’re trying really hard not to lose. There’s a world of difference there.

Since my teenage years, I’ve never been totally comfortable with game forfeits. I find my laughter at the “funny” things people are forced to do as punishment decreasing every year. Ha-ha, ok, funny, but we didn’t need to do this, I think. I’ve always hated it when people call me “unsporting” for not wanting or liking to play games. But it’s hard to explain to people that “I don’t mind losing, but I don’t want to be humiliated or embarrassed in public.” It’s often said that you should praise people in public but criticise in private. The basic idea behind that is that as far as possible, you don’t want to embarrass people or turn them off (from listening to you). It’s also just basic human psychology. So I don’t see why it has to be the reverse with things like party games.

“Motivation through rewards, not fear” is entirely preferable to me and I try to apply that with my students. (The sad thing is, I often have to use the “if you don’t do XYZ, marks will be deducted” simply because 90% of them don’t bother to read the assignment briefs and won’t fulfill requirements unless threatened with loss of marks.) I don’t like to punish people in class. If you get an answer wrong, nothing happens to you. I even try not to shoot down answers in class – especially those that voluntarily attempted it – with a harsh “no, that’s wrong.” If any part of the answer is somewhat right, I’ll point it out. The last thing I want is for the students to be afraid to try to answer because they don’t want to be embarrassed in class. Do unto others as you would have them do to you. I always hated being embarrassed in public so why would I want to inflict that on other people when I have control of the situation?

As it is literally the goal of most party games to single someone out for a punishment, it’s no wonder that I detest them. The words “we’ll be playing games later” are enough to send me running. They trigger a “fight or flight” instinct in me and as I’m no fighter, I start desperately looking for ways out or wondering if I can ensconce myself in the washroom the entire time. Obviously I can’t do either one so the result is me being on edge throughout the entire game(s), and instead of relaxing me it just makes me tense up.

But I will happily do something like bowling – even though my track record with that is extremely erratic (I’ve had high-scoring games but more often I end up with about 50-something points out of the possible 300. haha). Why? Because even if I lose, even if my score is the worst of the group, nothing will happen to me. I just have a bad score. There’s no “dance around on one foot” or “imitate an elephant”-type of stuff involved.