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Oct. 5th, 2012 11:03 pm
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Erm, stealth posting? I only got on the interwebs to download Fiona Trust v Privalov, I swear!

My classes have a habit of sneaking up on me. Probably because they're all in the later half of the week, so just as I'm patting myself on the back for making it to Wednesday... I realise I have a class on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with limited time in between and of course, the reading for them had to be done last week. I should start thinking of the middle of the week (when I have one day without classes) as my weekend instead; it'd help me be better prepared.

Ok, back to reading for shipping AND revising for conflicts midterm. Then sleep. It'd be a colossal irony to have finished revising FINALLY and then be too tired to do the midterm.

Reading week next week! I actually have papers due (and reading to catch up on) but still, it'd be nice to have a break from routine. Plus: going to watch Waiting for Godot!

midterms

Oct. 2nd, 2012 12:15 pm
lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse)
Just out of *conflicts class, a classmate commented that this class was confusing and I was thinking, it's not so bad, I think I get it. But that's likely me having a case of "if you think you understand conflicts, you don't" kind of deal. At least it's preventing me from panicking about conflicts midterm on Saturday. It's a take-home exam. Well, I say take-home exam. The question's released online and you have to submit the answer within 2 hours so I guess everyone's sitting at home working in front of the computer. We're allowed to use any written materials. Much scope for cheating? I guess, if you got an expert to do the work for you or collaborate (prof's email sort of mentioned DON'T COLLABORATE - did it need saying?) with friends, but given the way so many of my classmates are less than 100% firm about concepts discussed, it'd be the blind leading the blind...?

I've managed to discuss with workplace to let me use a classroom for that precious 2 hours to work on the midterm. Advantage: don't have to travel to workplace afterwards, just send off answer and continue working! Reminder to self: bring earplugs as workplace has thin walls. Disadvantage: must make up missed work on Monday evening.

The other midterm that I'm reserving my panic for is corporate law. My mind blanks out when I have to answer a hypothetical question, so my job is to practise that (answering, I mean, not blanking out).

Also how much do I love my kindle? Because I have nearly all my reading on it. Disadvantage of using it to read cases is you can't scan ahead so you have to read every page. Not that that's a bad thing...

*commercial conflict of laws
lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (ponyo being pulled)
Finally, banking paper done. Wrote it through the week and Sunday. I had a good start but I think it petered out in the middle and limped to an undignified finish. And that was just the content. Then had a tiny freakout when the online system for uploading the paper did not work (realised whilst waiting for computer to re-start - I thought it was my computer acting up - that I could just email the prof). And so, emailed. Done.

So done, ready for next one? I was thinking that I'd like to do something with guarantors and guarantees because I'm passionate about the idiocy of guarantors, but today's topic on instruments of credit is pretty intriguing. Maybe only because the case I was reading is so hilarious.

It's this lovely case of Equitable Trust v Dawson Partners (1927), at a time when Jakarta was still known as Batavia, involving a load of what was to be quality vanilla beans (which turned out to have been stolen - what sweet-smelling theft, right?) but was really just a load of junk plus some beans to fake the buyers. Who were not faked, wanted their money back and hence the case. The nub of the matter concerned the mistranslation of a stipulation of a "certificate of quality to be issued by experts who are sworn brokers" into "...expert who is sworn broker" (mistranslation committed by HSBC). It's hilarious to read. Almost as good as the case where some airheads tried to argue that a jet-ski was a ship.

Next to work on is conflicts reading (and problem set), because another group is presenting on the problem. I'm pretty amused at how the prof intimidated everyone into not using Powerpoint slides by expressing distaste for them and subtly (?) jeering at those who require slides. Yay? I don't like slides that much myself because of what I consider to be blatant misuse of slides as some sort of vaudeville show. Though the biggest problem is the really, really irritatingly tiny font some people use, because isn't the point of Powerpoint to make things clear for your audience? Gah.

Also CLS midterm (I was this close to wanting to smack the prof with a goldfish). Also corporate law midterm. And conflicts midterm. (Latter two are next week, but best to start studying now.) And always, shipping cases. I try to get through a few each day.
lloll4: erhu (erhu)
Never mind the Eighth Amendment, I think it's cruel and unusual punishment to make me read Roper v Simmons again.

***

Was grumbling to a classmate that this might be only(!) the third week of the term, but it felt more like it's the sixth. On second thought, not exactly that. The term still feels new, though it is of course ageing fast as everyone gets increasingly frazzled since we're all knuckling down to the meat of the courses. No, it does feel like the third week (as I'm still stumbling over clueless first-years in the library, not to mention the remnants of student orientation activities). Only it also feels like each week is about 10 days long.

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Broke the 6th string on my guzheng while practising yesterday. Damn.
lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (ponyo hands and feet)
Spoke too fast last night. Turned up for classes to find that all was well; it was only because the dratted TA had a problem accessing the school system to deliver such important stuff as the required reading list to a section of the class (aka, the JD part of it), which has now been sent by email. Gah.

Classes so far: commercial conflict of laws, corporate law, banking law, comparative legal systems, shipping and admiralty law )
lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (ponyo hands and feet)
Exams over!

Actually they were over on Monday, but I was running some errands that had been delayed and other stuff... and also getting over moments of panic about flunking everything. Especially after I realised I wrote down the Evidence Act when I meant the Interpretation Act. Just one thing, but enough to make me paranoid about how many other mistakes I undoubtedly made. >__< School is a self-esteem killer.

Other things of note:

1) I study best from my own notes, if only because (a) I understand my own thought patterns and therefore remember stuff faster; and (b) I need to write stuff down to remember it.

2) Exam panic. I've never had exam panic until this time round. Anthropologically speaking, it's a fascinating look at what idiots human beings can be. You can barely write, let alone reason, and time loses all meaning, only when you finally(!) look at your watch about 10 mins have passed. V. weird.

3) I could still flunk everything. Don't take it for granted that you'll pass, self; that way lies madness. Or not flunk, but turn in such mediocre grades that really, I should just find a job instead. Part of this is paranoia speaking. Part of it is not.

4) *surveys stack of textbooks* Is it really possible I've read ALL of them?
lloll4: erhu (erhu)
Once upon a time, it was an article of faith that the common law was not made but had always existed. Like Plato's Forms, the law was perfect and pre-existing; mortals only saw shadows on a wall. Once in a while, a judge [who functioned much like an oracle] would declare what he thought he discerned to be 'The Law'. This was subject to clarification by a higher court which presumably could see better...

- Walter Woon, "The Doctrine of Judicial Precedent", The Singapore Legal System.

ETA: As for why I posted that, I just thought it was rather adorable to be reminded of Plato's Forms at this junction, considering how painstakingly tedious the article is.

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I never thought I could say I've been doing too much reading, but I've been doing too much reading. (Undergrad experience not applicable as undergrads are generally believed - with good reason - to be at least slightly dotty.)

I really, really want to make a bracelet. This is not as crazy as it sounds. I passed by this shop earlier that was selling earrings cheap. I saw this long dangling pair that would look rather silly as earrings, but would look pretty if turned into a bracelet. Work of the moment to buy those earrings. But the bracelet...

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