I got back my Torts assignment today– rather pissed off at the result to be honest. I got 77%, but in reading the teacher’s comments, I lost points on the same part multiple times– it was a section of the New South Wales Civil Liability act, section 30(1). I just somehow overlooked mentioning it. I always had it in the back of my head, but somehow, that key part didn’t make it onto the paper.
To be fair, I guess a 77 is still a distinction grade, but it pisses me off because I didn’t lose marks because of something I didn’t know– I lost marks because of something I knew about but for whatever reason didn’t actually write into the paper. Sigh. You know what they say about hindsight, right?
I’m finding it kind of annoying to care about marks so much. I guess this is all entirely new to me– to be honest, when I was doing my undergrad, I didn’t give a flying damn what my grades were, so long as I passed. It probably has something to do with how much money and opportunity is on the line here, but I really feel like I’m fighting something important.
It’s hard, though, to find that work-life balance. There’s a lot of stuff on my plate and it’s honestly really hard at a certain point to squeeze those extra marks out. I find myself having episodes of burnout, sometimes manifesting as extreme procrastination– for example, in the past few weeks, I’ve managed to watch all 140+ episodes of an anime called Eyeshield 21.
I haven’t been to kickboxing in about two weeks. There’s something slightly not-right about my right wrist. Probably sprained it partly because it hurts at certain angles. It’s nothing serious, I’m certain I’ll be fine with another two or three weeks of recovery time. It is kinda discouraging, because I was looking forward to fighting against [Ironman] in a tournament match. He’s a beginner, but he’s incredibly athletic and has an huge weight, cardio and reach advantage over me. Uh… doesn’t sound too good for me right?
In the meantime, I’m still cycling as always, and I’ve changed my technique a bit. Now, instead of rocking the bike on high gear to get up mountains, I’m using a lower gear spinning technique. I’m also riding with a mask on, which, on the plus side filtering out all the crap in the road air, makes it significantly harder for me to breathe. I hope that by the time I get back to Kicksoc, I’ll just take a few sessions to get my arms back in the habit, and that my overal core cardio will have been improoved.
Kicksoc isn’t a really high priority on my list lately though, on account of all the work I’ve had to do for school. Physically, the amount of energy that Kicksoc takes out of my system is simply too much– on top of the daily 20km commute, it just makes it impossible to study on nights with Kicksoc because all i want to do is eat, shower and sleep.
I went to the Baduk club today. Instead of just going for an hour, I went to an early alternate class for torts, so that I could go to Baduk for the full afternoon. I got to play two games against the president– without handicaps, I won both of my games against him by a good 30 or so points, so he’s probably somewhere in the ballpark of 11 or 12kyu. Our second game was pretty damn fun, because I was getting into all these super-high risk ko wars. I suppose they wouldn’t be high risk if I’d think all my moves through in advance, right?
I think I definately enjoy playing human opponents in person more than I do playing them online. It’s one thing to just see the opponent online not moving for several seconds as the clock ticks away because you’ve played a particularly confounding move. It’s entirely different (and delicious) in person when you get to see their expression when you try something out of the blue that seems to make no sense, but later leads to a nice trick reversal.
I remember from playing [SiB] that it was extremely hard to read his intentions while playing a game– it’s true that he is almost 7kyu higher than me, so that might seem obvious– but I mean, when he’s playing, the conversation we’re having is almost completely disconnected from the game, as if he uses one half of his brain to deal with each. I’d like to develop that, I think. I think I play baduk way too much like a game of poker– I’m trying to mislead my opponents through certain emphasis or behaviour on my part that will make my trick reversals easier. That likely won’t work on people who have stronger technical ability though. It is, however, a fun edge to have in person that isn’t available to me in online formats.
I’m running for a position of representative on the Faculty Board. Basically, I’d be the representative for the Juris Doctors (if elected). My nominee statement is as follows:
Nominee Statement for Faculty Board — JD Representative
I can give you all the generic talk about how communication is important and all that, but frankly, you’re JDs and I don’t need to baby you. You are a cohort of mature students who have perspectives of the world that our undergrad peers do not. This starting point is what distinguishes the JD experience; it’s what I’m here to represent, as one of your colleagues, on your behalf. What you need to know: I’m a “global citizen” who has worked with government, unions, NGOs, educators, and students across three continents. I expect a lot from students and UNSW, but that’s because you can always expect a lot from me. I don’t always have all the answers, but I do have the competency, the dedication, and the grit to hear you and represent us.
Our voices warrant an audience. My candidacy is our opportunity.