Advanced theory test question

I passed my advanced theory test for driving at Bukit Batok Driving Centre. I got all questions right.

Question, what do you do when placed in a situation where there is an old man still crossing the road after the green man has turned red?

Options:

  1. Sound your horn at the pedestrian to hurry him.
  2. Rev your engine at the pedestrian to hurry him.
  3. Be patient and wait till he finished crossing the road.

My favorite question.

I failed my driving final theory exams

“Fail” was flashed on my screen. A second ago, I was still feeling confident of getting at least 45 out of 50 (a pass). What went wrong? Why? Is the system borked?

Three years ago, I took the same test and I passed it before; now I failed.

In the next couple of minutes I ponder over my failure, I encountered sadness, regret, anger, shame, and then eventual acceptance. I even tried to find myself reasons of the failure and started to ridicule the way the questions are set and so on. Then it struck me what exactly I was doing; it’s the thing I dislike others to do. I have started to find avenues to blame my misfortune to make myself feel better. It seemed irrational and I’m ashamed to have had thoughts of finding objects of blame.

Shortly my internal struggled ended. I accepted I failed. Will try again.

My UOL results are out

My academic results are out. I did better than I expected this year. I am quite surprised by the results. I have rather low expectations this time and thought I may do badly for my “software engineering, algorithm design and analysis” class because I do not really understand what I learnt. For “data communications and enterprise networking”, I spend most of the time scribbling and chose to do those questions that require a lot of writing. The results made me quite happy at this hour. The red ones are the results for this year:

unit code title marks
cis102 mathematics for computing 80.0
cis108 information systems: foundations of e-business 61.0
cis109 intro to java & object-oriented program 78.0
cis110 introduction to computing and the internet 74.0
cis209 database systems 79.0
cis212 programming: advanced topics and techniques 80.0
cis222 data communications and enterprise networking 69.0
cis226 software engineering, algorithm design and analysis 63.0

I think they moderated the results or something.

It’s exam time

I haven’t been blogging for a while as it’s exam period. It’s also been busy busy at 24seven. The new product which name you will never guess right.

Today’s paper is on programming, it’s (so-call) advanced concepts. Honestly the whole course’s been a mess but never mind that. I did 3 questions on Java, 2 question on SML and 1 question on Prolog. The Java questions are quite easy. Most of what I studied came out. I planned to do 3 questions out of the 5 Java questions and it went well.

What caught me in a surprise is Prolog which is quite hard, especially the last question which was basically some professor wanting to read some opinion. If I were a computing journalist, I probably choose that question.

SML isn’t that hard. What I studied came out, what I didn’t study I chose not to do. And I quickly went home and I try to see if the average function I wrote work in SML. And it did:

[code lang=”ocaml”]fun average x =
let
fun sum [] = 0.0
| sum (h::t) = h + sum t;
fun count [] = 0.0
| count (h::t) = 1.0 + count t;
in
sum x / count x
end;[/code]

I wrote this function very neatly on the paper. I never had so much sense of achievement writing an SML function.

An alternate way of writing would be probably:

[code lang=”ocaml”]fun average x = foldl op+ 0.0 x / real (length x);[/code]

You gotta love foldl sometimes.

Tomorrow’s paper is database. I probably won’t do too well for that. Lots of memorizing to do and my memory’s failing me.

Here’s another excuse to eat chocolate

Eating chocolate could improve the brain’s ability to do maths, a new study gives chocolate lovers more excuse to stay with their diet.

How eating chocolate can help improve your maths

Mental arithmetic became easier after volunteers had been given large amounts of compounds found in chocolate, called flavanols, in a hot cocoa drink.

They were also less likely to feel tired or mentally drained, the findings, presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference in Brighton show.

Prof David Kennedy, director of the brain, performance and nutrition research centre at Northumbria University, and a co-author of the study, said that chocolate could be beneficial for mentally challenging tasks.

The findings suggest students who binge on chocolate when revising for exams may gain a real benefit from doing so.

The findings also show that the volunteers did not get as tired doing the calculations if they had been given the cocoa drink, despite being asked to do them over and over for an hour.

The researchers gave the volunteers a total of 500mg of flavanol. Although the amount was too great to be found naturally in the diet, researchers said that people should ensure that they have lots of flavanols, also found in fruit and vegetables, on a regular basis.

Emma Wightman, one of the study’s lead researchers, said: “You can get bars of chocolate that have 100mg of flavanol, and we are also going to look at the effect of lower doses of flavanol on the brain.”

Dark chocolate contains higher quantaties of the chemical than plain or milk chocolate.

Prof Kennedy added: “The amount that you are giving is more than in the diet but there is quite a lot of evidence that general amounts are protective against declining function and that kind of thing.

“The more fruit and vegetables and things that are high in polyphenols the better that is for your brain in the long run.” (Source: Telegraph)

I love dark chocolates, love the rich cocoa aroma.

Arrested: 52 year old impersonates son in exam

This is pretty funny. A 52 year old impersonating his son in an examination. He was caught.

Dad impersonating son in exam arrested

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) — A 54-year-old Japanese father was arrested after he tried to help his son pass an exam by impersonating the young man and taking the test for him, police said Thursday.

The father, who was not named, put on glasses and straightened his hair to look more like the picture on his son’s identity card, said Masaaki Nakamori, a police official in the Nara prefecture in western Japan.

But as he took the test while trying to make sure the examiners didn’t get a good look at him, one official noticed that the man looked much older than the picture on the card, Nakamori said.

Police expect to charge the man with forging official documents. (Source: CNN)

Weird.

I passed the PHP thingy

Today I went for the Zend PHP 5 Certification and passed. Uzyn did it an hour half earlier and he passed too. I slept so little this morning just so I can read this PHP exam study guide. And before I enter the test all I can claim is that I finished the book.

Before we took this PHP 5 cert exam, there was one other guy who did it in this center. I reach there on time:

Me: Afternoon, I have a test at 3 for PHP.
Front desk: PHP?
Me: Exam 200-500.
FD: You taking CCNA?
Me: Nah… The one by Zend.

I tell you she was absolutely clueless. I almost fell asleep doing the questions. I found myself sinking lower and lower into my seat. There was no one in the room, just me and seventy questions.

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I probably can’t discuss the PHP exam questions but let’s just say the questions are kinda strange. It’s just not what you would expect. I expected the test to be more about explaining the code kinda thing but that almost didn’t appear at all. CCNA questions are a lot better and open internet (open book) too.

I finished the 70 questions and thinking I would fail. I clicked on the End Exam button, closed my eyes and all that my mind could think about is this red-colored ‘Fail’ word to be displayed.

It didn’t.

Yahoo company logo

(Yahoo!)

The certificate would come next month. Congrats to Uzyn too!

Listed on PHP Yellow Pages already, that was fast!

Zen Certified Engineer

I will be available for PHP web development works in Singapore.

Last paper! Sakae Sushi anyone?

Tomorrow’s my last examination paper. Maybe I should go have Sakae Sushi:

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