Aliens

After having enjoyed both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, naturally Netflix decided that I should watch more Alien movies. I remember fondly watching Aliens and the glee with which my mother enjoyed watching this movie, repeatedly. It’s probably one of the many reasons why watching this movie once again, felt so familiar.

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Five Metal Shop’s Calendar Project 2020 For Bujo & Journaling

This week, when it came time to figure out which notebooks I would use for journaling and planning, I came upon a wrapped calendar from Five Metal Shop. It was wrapped in a custom Tyvek bag. I looked at the sample and found it very interesting. The paper was like tracing paper, making the 366p calendar not very thick.

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Here’s to 2020 in a Cyberpunky Way

Happy New Year. Let’s just hope 2020 isn’t as dark as 2019 or/and not as dark as Cyberpunk 2020. Getting to my private class from work at 6pm on the 31st took an extra 30 minutes and this was heading out of the city. I can’t imagine how bad traffic and public transportation must have been like. It sounded bad already at around 4pm. We just ate a shitload of snacks and had some pink champagne.

Star Wars Marathon

I’m rewatching episodes 1 to 6 to hopefully erase the terribleness of the latest, recently completed trilogy. To think that ep 1 is fairly good compared to Rise of the Skywalker lmao. Rise of the Skywalker? WTF. Don’t even get me started. Angry Joe’s 2h28 rant on it was cathartic in a way.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Max Level & Onwards (1.07)

A few weeks ago, I hit the max level of 50 in AC: Odyssey. At that point I was still not done with the main quest, but I’ve done so many side quests, gone around and visited many places that it was kind of a given. I have to say that whenever you hit the level cap in any game, it’s kind of sad, because there’s no longer any point in getting XP. Ubisoft promised players extra ability points for accumulating XP even after they hit level 50 once they increase the level cap. This happened last week with update 1.07.

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Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Last week, I went to one of the gaming stores situated at the Taipei Main Station underground mall. They’re all in the same area, and I usually park around the entrance of Y13. I preordered the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game, as I wanted to make sure to have a copy for the weekend. It was scheduled to be released on Friday.

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Institutionalized Organizational Inefficiency in Schools 

It’s always difficult and realize how inefficient some schools are, especially ones that you work at. Once you come across more organized schools, it’s a lot easier to make the comparison. It can be quite shocking how inefficiently run most schools are. I’ve also come across something quite balking. Schools that penalize hard workers. This is something very difficult to understand. Part of the problem when you work hard is that you make others look bad. This can especially be true when owners or others are lazy. 

There’s a problem when the people running the schools aren’t business people or educators. They just do what they think is best. This often comes from trying to deal with problems with short term thinking. There are plenty of ways of making schools grow. Only idiots don’t apply these short term measures, which generally end up hurting the school in the long term. It’s surprising how many times I’ve come across this in schools in Taiwan. 

Once you get through the lies, the “giving face” BS, you’re left with the cold hard truth, and from what I’ve seen recently, it’s not looking good. 

I’ve started working in a really big kindergarten school recently. They’ve got their school really organized in some facets. They know that the graduation show is a giant advert, so they run it like the army, ensuring that everything goes according to plan. My contribution to all this is quite minimal, as it should be. The managers know this and everything is already prepared for you. 

Smaller schools are generally a hit and miss affair. I’ve worked at some where it’s great, until something changes, like a new teaching director or a new owner. Others start off good and end up circling the drain, due to short term thinking and planning. When it comes time to the “graduation event”, smaller schools generally rely on their English teachers to come up with everything. I’ve come up with plays, songs, and more BS to placate the management. The result is never the best due to lack of time, resources, competence and organization from the owners. 

Ultimately, smaller schools need to look at bigger schools to see how more professional organizations go about running their businesses. There’s a reason why they grow even more.