Take your imagination for a walk through a celebration of dreams at The Dream Festival.
Over four days the Yarra River and Birrarung Marr will come to life with giant illuminated artworks depicting the dreams and aspirations of Australians. The centrepiece of this unique public art show, these artworks will be beautifully lit at night with individual soundtracks and stories.
With live music across the weekend from some of Australia’s best new and established bands, there’s something for Dreamers of every age!
Making small talk is one of the most exhausting situations I can ever be in. In communication terms it is used as a tool to make yourself known in the social-pecking-order.
But I realized something about myself…
Whenever I go into a conversation of ‘small-talk’ (as however you wish to define it with), I seem to be 100% aware of every word that comes out from my mouth and of the other person as well. To a point where I can manipulate the communication variables in the conversation (if you get my academese). I wonder whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.
Perhaps that’s the reason why I feel that it’s exhaustive.
It’s so funny. Today in PSY2042 class, an honours psychology girl came to ask us to do a questionnaire for her study thesis. So I said yes, and when I read the explanatory statement, I wanted to giggle so badly.
It was about crying, depression and attachment state.
I did finish the questionnaire and gave my email to them to contact me if my results prove that I have some kind of depression (and judging by how my week’s been, it’s quite positive).
You have taken the east from me; you have taken the west from me,
You have taken what is before me and what is behind me;
You have taken the moon, you have taken the sun from me,
And my fear is great that you have taken God from me!”—Augusta Gregory
I’ve just gotten back from the Unigames training session for Volunteers. Seems like it’s going to be a trying time for me, doing journalistic work where I have to actively go out there and interview people. I so would prefer doing the multi-media stuff though. But if that’s where they put me, I’ll just do my best.
Apparently I have to work in the morning shifts at Central area and West area, where I’m unsure of the directions and layout. I hope there’ll be more information available though.
So now, I’ll just focus on my assignments (which reminds me I have to go to the psychology lab to do) and OCF E-nite dance/media. I’m halfway through choreographing the Ramalama Bang Bang! song, about a short 2 mins dance. I hope everyone is up to the challenge as it’s going to be fast and sharp.
So far inside me, there’s a bit of churning and lots of happenings brewing. Not sure when it’ll all come out, but I hope it’s now and not later during my exams where things are at its worst. Just gotta pray. sigh.
Studies have shown that Jurors have low comprehension of judicial instructions, which perhaps leads to some skewed jury verdicts. How can we trust the jury system then?
Some Juror Responses from an experiment carried out to investigate jurors’ comprehension of instructions and information:
-Guilt beyond reasonable doubt
"Guilt beyond reasonable doubt means there can be reasonable doubt about person’s guilt but you may still convict based on other reasons."
"[The judge] just went on and on, and on by that time I had already made up my mind before I had listened to [her]. I had made up my mind at the end of all evidence, even the closing speeches did not affect [my decision]…they just reaffirmed for myself what I had already decided I was going to find for this case."
Of course, there were some measures taken to try to improve the jury trials, but most did not actually work to a significant effect.
I like how my lecturer, Prof. Jim Ogloff puts it: Tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount and reconsider the journey and the means to accomplish it.
In communicating with the jury, we often try other strategies:
1) Buy a stronger whip 2) Whip more slowly and methodically 3) Say things like “This is the way we always have ridden this horse.” 4) Appoint a committee to study the horse 5) Arrange to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses 6) Create a training session to increase our riding ability 7) Harness several dead horses together for increased speed 8) Declare the horse is “better, faster, and cheaper” dead 9) Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position
"We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any other in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve every day men who don’t know anything and can’t read."
“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”—Michael J. Fox (1961 - ), quoted by Lorne A. Adrain in ‘The Most Important Thing I Know’