Send in the clowns

7 Apr

Send in the Clowns

One of the most beautiful songs around… by Stephen Sondheim. This guy composed some 800 songs, but this is the only one that became a major pop hit. But to have composed that one song that can tug at the heartstrings, albeit just one, is more than enough.(Just a trivia: Sondheim originally intended to title it ‘Send in the Fools’ but decided against it cos it lacked the ring he was looking for. Thank goodness it didn’t turn out that way, or it would really be making a a fool of itself.)

Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn’t it bliss?
Don’t you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can’t move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Just when I’d stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Don’t you love farce?
My fault I fear.
I thought that you’d want what I want.
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don’t bother, they’re here.

Isn’t it rich?
Isn’t it queer,
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year.

Babra Steisand’s rendition is one of my favourites, simple and not excessively overwhelming in emotions. Sang this piece for my hmp exam recently, and it turned out to be my most memorable examination thusfar. It’s when the music filled every sinew of your heart, when it gives you the goosebumps, that you hope that moment will never cease.

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How to use the most beautiful punctuation in the world ;p

16 Mar

The semi-colon is an oft misunderstood punctuation mark. How do you use the semi-colon properly?

Read an article by Beth Hill on theeditorsblog.net: “Don’t Fear the Semicolon – It’s a Useful Writing Tool” to find out more!

Troubleshoot – LMS video

14 Mar

Hello ladies,

Some of you couldn’t open the flv file; here’s a simple solution – go to http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ and download the media player and voila, problem solved!

Btw the VLC player is worth downloading cos it can play most files windows media player can’t.

Ms Chan

This is what I mean by going over the top…

3 Mar

Have a laugh peeps :p

56 worst/best analogies of high school students

Apparently the washingtonpost held a contest in which high school teachers sent in the “worst” analogies they’d encountered in grading their students’ papers over the years. (I place “worst” in quotes because many of these actually strike me as quite witty). The top 25 of these have been circulating around the “Sandra Bullock” (”net”, get it?) recently, but I decided to post all 56 that I was able to find. Here they are, in their order of objective funniness (in my opinion):

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For March Holidays

3 Mar

Hello ladies,

Just some gentle reminders before you run free for OBS and March holidays:

  1. Podcasts for This I Believe is due this Sunday night 12nn. Don’t forget to upload your essay in pdf format along with your mp3 file (instructions in previous blog post)
  2. Peer Evaluation for TIB essay: If your name was mentioned in class today do submit a copy of your peer evaluations to me – put them in my pigeon hole and write a note telling me whose comments you want marked. For those who have done that today, your marked peer evaluation is already in my pigeon hole – go collect them yourself!
  3. Read through Julius Caesar handouts and Key Revision Notes in your book, read Key Revision Notes in your book, and attempt Passage-based question 1 or 3 or both. (you may type your answers out if you want me to see them after your holidays – it’s not compulsory though)
  4. Go to LMS and listen to “Lecture on Personal Narrative”, then respond according to Mrs Seah’s instructions.
  5. Write a first draft (yes WRITE – i changed my mind; thought it better that you all come with a full draft 1 when school reopens) on “Challenging Limits”, 500 words, type-written, font size 12. We’re doing peer evaluation in Term 2 Week 1!

I know it’s quite a bit to do, but it’s not overwhelming if you know how to pace yourself and spread things out over the week. Time management remember!

Do enjoy yourself at OBS anyway – don’t bother thinking about work when’re you there (you’ll probably be too tired to anyway), have lots of fun crawling in mud and getting roasted by solar rays, and I”ll see you roasted peeps again in two weeks 🙂

Ms Chan

Instructions for Podcast

28 Feb

General Instructions: TIB_wiki_SS[1]

Few ways to record your podcast:

  1. If you have a mic, download AUDACITY at home (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/) and record your podcast directly with the software, then export it as an MP3 file. Upload onto wikispace.
  2. If you don’t have a mic, go to any of the com labs, ask the tech staff for a headphone with mic, then record with AUDACITY (if I’m not wrong computers in COM LAB 3 have the program installed).
  3. If all else fails, record with the microsoft Sound Recorder (found in All programms > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder). The sound format is wma but you can email the file to yourself and convert it to mp3 format using Jodix freeware, downloadable here: http://www.wma-mp3.org/


Remember to upload a pdf copy of your essay along with your podcast! Have fun with listening to your own voice haha 😀

Qaddafi and his ilk

25 Feb

First we had the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, then the stepping down of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and now in Libya. And each time it’s getting bloodier and its tyrants uglier: READ ARTICLE HERE