April 20th, 2006

happy girl

a waste of time.

A quick reply to 'misc', who wrote in my guestbook, "I think it's even more hilarious that Law students came up with SNAIL and SLUGs. Makes one wonder what they really do in university."

What law students (okay, 'we', but only for the purposes of this entry) do in university? Gee, I don't know, but it must be REALLY hard if we had to go through an interview and a written test to get here.

No, seriously now. I'd think that a person who has the balls to leave a message like that should have the guts too to leave a real name, but I am sometimes too optimistic about the human race for my own good. To be quite frank I don't know how the SNAIL thing came about; I only knew of its existence when a friend from Arts told me about it. For SLUGs though, pray tell, why would a reasonable law student label himself a 'Snobbish Law Undergraduate'? If there's supposed to be a flow of logic here, I'm totally not seeing it.

(An aside: Yeah, I know, it's totally ridiculous that I actually know what the acronyms stand for. It's even more ridiculous that I keep using the word 'reasonable'. Damn the stupid objective 'reasonable man' test. Ugh.)

Let's do a bit of a comparison. On the one hand, you have the obviously biased "report" that read more like something written by JC students who name-drop like mad in hopes of impressing their Project Work tutors about the alleged 'elitism' of the law faculty; on the other hand, you have a few law students (whoever they are, I have no idea) who reacted against the law-library-being-taken-over-by-calculators-and-graph-papers-during-exam-period fiasco, which should be a legitimate grievance to any reasonable (there I go again) person, by coming up with that SNAIL Act thing which, incidentally, reads almost like a real statute! The latter is tongue-in-cheek, even a form of creative diversion, while the former is...a real report?

And why are we the targets here? The last I checked, Medicine is even more exclusive and removed from the whole NUS environment. If 'misc' had actually bothered to read the 'report' in question, he/she would at least have halfway understood where all the rage was (and perhaps is) coming from. I mean, come on, I wasn't the only person to write a bitchy rebuttal to that report; I got the link from a fellow law student's blog and found it so funny that I had to write something about it.

Then again, what do I care? I'm only a part of the law faculty because my name is in its register.

But I really did think that the SNAIL(s?) Act was funny. Especially that bit about how the person who drafted it had to take out some exceptions or something because they were unconstitutional. And it was obviously meant as a joke while the report...well, not so much. HAHA.

Okay, I've wasted enough time over the past few days trying to study but finding ten million other ways to distract myself, so I'm going to stop typing now.

Before that though, I'M SO SCREWED. I took 5 days to finish reading that short Fuller piece. Oh my god. I need to die. Now.

(That reminds me. I haven't answered Khai's SMS.)

"Postmodernism maintains only that there can be no independent standard for determining which of many rival interpretations of an event is the true one." Is it completely retarded that it's only NOW that I understand why Julian Barnes has been described as 'postmodernist'? My favourite writer, and I didn't really get it. I'm such an ass.

Yale sent me a very nice rejection letter. It came in a thin envelope, as expected. Actually I checked the decision online weeks ago but kind of forgot about it until the letter arrived today. The only thing I'm upset about is that the amount of money I spent could've been spent on books or DVDs or new clothes. Hmm.

I wasn't sure if we were supposed to do the online feedback thing like last semester (i.e. if you didn't do it you'd get your results later than those who did it) but I did it anyway 'cause I was bored. It made me realise how much TSH rocks and how I'm actually quite thankful that the legal theory exam consists of two compulsory essay questions. It'd save me the time I would otherwise spend on agonising over which question is the lesser of two evils. Sometimes, it's really better to be left without a choice.

There are many emails which I haven't answered. I think I mentioned that I'm bad at emails and SMSes.

Okay I really have to stop typing now.

happy girl

um yeah.

(Adding a new entry because Diaryland's 'edit/delete entries' page takes forever to load.)

To 'misc' again: Okay, to be quite honest, I couldn't care any less about law. I know better than anyone that sometimes, one's faculty of choice isn't as much of a fact as it is a severe lapse in judgement, and so it follows that labels like 'law student' and 'Arts student' are pretty much meaningless. Some like being labelled a 'law student' because it makes them feel important, but really, the prestige wears off really quickly, especially after you realise that nobody really gives a damn. I wasn't trying to say that law students are 'better' than Arts students simply because they're in law; I'd be damned before I said something like that, because I know it's totally untrue. If I could do it all over again, I would've chosen another route - namely, the Arts route.

I would defend law students (even those I don't particularly care for) when presumptuous people are writing biased and stupid 'reports' about us, or when people appear to be taking the piss for no rhyme or reason - your first message sounded like you were taking the piss. I'm sorry if you weren't but it came off as slightly hostile and I had to react.

Lastly, you're right. Not all law students have the potential to become lawyers. Some have the potential to become judges, others academics. And then there are people like me who'd be eternally happy to be rid of law, law school and the profession for good once we graduate (I don't think I need to point out the assumption I'm making here). In fact, I'm pretty sure that something went wrong with the admission system somewhere when they added my name to the list of successful applicants.

Well, basically, I don't care to continue this argument/discussion/you-leaving-messages-in-my-guestbook, me-replying-by-adding-new-entry anymore. People can think what they want about law students (but not when they try to pass it off as an academic "report"). It's not like the image of the law profession hasn't been slung through enough shit via the media. Let's just call it a truce, eh?

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Right, since I'm already writing this entry.

I'm sleepy and VM downloaded so I'm happy. I'm reading David Hume now and I'm wonderng why he writes things like "'tis" and "betwixt" when the publication year of his book is supposed 1969. Yeah it's probably a reprint.

I don't quite get this argument he made which I'm trying to read now though. He's saying that morals are independent of reason, that morals are merely perceptions and nothing more. Since we try so hard to inculcate morality in human beings, it means that morality naturally has influence on human passions and actions. And since morals have an influence on our actions and affections, morals then cannot be derived from reason because reason "can never have any such influence". Hence, the rules of morality are not conclusions of our reason.

Um, okay. So if the rules of morality are not conclusions of our reason, it means that they are the conclusions of our actions and passions...which are informed by morality? So which came first: the chicken or the egg? If you perceive something to be good or bad or right or wrong, it means...what the hell does that mean?!?!

Maybe I should go on reading. Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.

Drastic change of subject. American Idol. I have to say that I've never hated a contestant as much as I hate Kellie Fucking Pickler. She needs to shut up and either stop putting on that dumb-ass act or get some education. The people in America (henceforth "America") who are voting for her are absolutely STUPID. She was easily the WORST of the 7, singing faster than the bloody orchestra and everything, and even worse than Ace whom I could barely stand (dude, boybands are, like, so passe) and was she anywhere NEAR the bottom 3? Of course not, because AMERICA IS STUPID. Having to endure her stupid antics and retarded comments along the lines of "What's a 'ballsy'?" and "What's a 'minx'? Oh I'm a naught minK?" is enough to make my IQ drop about 50%. And worst of all? SIMON LIKES HER. Oh my god. How disgusting is that? He must have some weird fetish for blond farmer girls or something.

I really, REALLY like the Korean couple in Lost though. It must be an Asian thing. However that works.