So fast, yet so slow

I can’t believe Grade 8 is ending so soon. It seems like I entered middle school not a long time ago! All good things come to an end, and so will MS. Next year. High school, together with its constant annoying hum of an impending transcript, will start.

Just exams left, and one day at school doing nothing.

Final Exam Schedule for Middle School Quarter 4, 2013-2014

Arrive at 8:00, first exam 8:15-9:15, second exam 9:30-11:00

Day 1 // English // Math

Day 2 // History // Chinese

Day 3 // English // Science

Class list for 2014-2015

Not completely sure yet, but the Homerooms will possibly be same as the Life Issues class. However, it’s possible that none of the classes have any correlation with your HR – well, you know, this is high school: Everyone has different electives.

Monday Life Issues

Evan Cheng

Rene van Steenbergen

Tuesday Life Issues

Wesley Ding

Tweety Lin

Lannie Deng

Sandy Chien

Thursday Life Issues

Evelyn Zhang

Elyssa Tsai

Debbie Chen

Sydney Lin

Leaving Next Year

Aaron Tsang

Shaun Yan

Jon Qiu

Chloe Chioy

Already left

Sherwin Zhang

Akiko Mayumi

Shannon Lin

Game Review of the Week: Infinity Blade I

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30 hour famine

[This post is for the English 0811 Wr/Gr class's blog project.]

During  April 24, 2014 5PM to April 25, 2014 11 PM, over 200 students from SMIC and other schools fasted for thirty hours. They have been raising money for three weeks for donation to World Vision, a recognized worldwide humanitarian non-profit charity.

Biometric passports

I just got a new passport, and apparently it was biometric.

Biometric passports have information about you stored in them, including your iris scan or fingerprint. 

What does this sound like to you? To me, it sounds like the Nazis keeping track of the Jews. Or maybe how they assign numbers to prisoners. Or maybe how they brand people in concentration camps.

With all our information in one database, the government can quickly and efficiently track which country you’re in and use your fingerprints. Who knows what they can do with your fingerprints?

What’s next? Are we going to get chips inserted in us in 20 years? Sounds like The Bar Code Tattoo (by Suzanne Weyn) is a prophecy starting to fulfill itself.

Flappy Bird officially removed

Flappy Bird

Sold for $99,999 on an eBay auction

The latest App Store sensation, Flappy Bird, has been taken down by the creator Dong Nguyen yesterday.

After being bombarded by insults and claims that he used bots, Dong decided to remove the game.

I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.

- Dong Nguyen, February 9, 2014

Some people have claimed that it was because of legal issues, but Dong asserts that it has nothing to do with them, but simply because it ruins his “simple life.”

It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.

I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.

- Dong Nguyen, February 8-9, 2014

He may have removed a successful project, but he will “still make games.” Ardent fans of Flappy Bird hope that someone will take on the app, but Dong said, “I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask.”

A second-hand iPhone 5 with Flappy Bird installed sells for $99,999 on an eBay auction!

Sources:

[1] https://twitter.com/dongatory

[2] http://www.ebay.com/itm/181321090752