Friday, November 30, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
This anecdote is actually less of a story than it is a realisation. Mr. Atkinson had run into a student years after he had taught him (I’m guessing at like a reunion or something) and he remembered this particular student quite well, as he was apparently a bit of loose cannon who drove his teachers insane. After a brief chat, Mr. Atkinson realised that the only difference he could see in this boy was that despite being exactly the same person he used to be at school, he was now able to hide his faults.
So what the hell does this story have to do with anything? Well, with some 21sts I’ve been to so far this year resembling a high school reunion more than anything, you run into people who you haven’t seen for a couple of years. And it seems as though some people haven’t really changed much or at all, while some have actually become quite different from the way I remember them.
So I do what I do on days after a heavy night’s drinking, and ponder about this in that half-sick, half-dazed kind of state, coming up with bullshit ideas which I think are great at the time. Can people change? I mean, are we actually capable of changing?
Maybe, I really don’t know. But I did arrive to the conclusion that it’s irrelevant, to everyone but yourself. I mean whether you’ve actually changed or not, how people think of you depend on their perception of you anyway.
Here’s a diagram of the idea that I have in my mind;
If you were originally perceived being lazy, you can change your behaviour around other people so that eventually make people notice and believe that you’re a hard worker. Vice versa, your behaviour may change over time to go from a positive to negative, like from generous to selfish. And obviously if your behaviour doesn’t change much, people won’t think of you any differently. X/X’ and Y/Y’ being opposite characteristics of a personality.
I guess what really matters in the end is not only being able to recognize the faults (and the goodness!) in your own personality, but how you’re being perceived by others as well. If you’re unhappy with what people think about you, the onus is on you change that. Two ways of doing this – either you can actually change and hope for your behaviour to follow, or you can manipulate people into thinking you have qualities that you actually don’t. As for me, I’m pretty perfect so I don’t have to worry about it.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Here's one of the first shots using the new camera;
A photo of Sam taking a photo of me.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Rejoice Golden, some of your frat bro-theren over at US have come through with the goods!
*Images courtesy of http://collegehumor.com/
**I was originally going to put this on moob but my image uploader was being poo.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Every night the girls would put on their doof doof/90's music on full volume and dance away the night;
Ben had the time of his life when he managed to feel up Michael's tongue -
Fluro-night was probably the biggest Rye night. Everyone got fairly buzzed and Kyle's idea to bring 100 glowsticks turned out to be one of the greatest ideas of his life.
Some of us went half-naked this night, a few of us also got a few seconds of full-nakedness, thanks to Cam.
Ryden and Blake came down for a brief visit the evening after, ensuing another night of drinking and games.