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I'm in one of those writing funks where my writing sucks, my story is awful, why can't I construct sentences, everything sounds clunky, I hate my story, no one is going to read it anyway, I'm wasting my time, and I hate everything. Logically I know that's not true. I love the idea behind the story. It's just the execution that's pissing me off at the moment, to the point where I don't even want to look at my own writing.

At least our patients keep me amused.

Patient 1: Did you enjoy the carols?
Patient 2: No, I didn't.
Patient 1: No, neither did I.
Boss: Why? What was wrong with the carols?
Patient 1: Well, the rector has this habit of making up his own words to the songs.

I suppose my habit of singing carols backwards would be even more annoying. "Light of star, wonder of star~"

The top NSW schools of 2012, according to yesterday's Herald:

The top 20, and then some, cut for length )
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter "Slytherins for Harry")
- Firstly, as much as I complain about him, my brother can be pretty awesome. He's one of the nicest guys I've ever met and I put his self-centredness down to his age rather than a personality flaw. Which 19-year-old boy isn't self-centred? He's actually an amazingly nice guy otherwise. Hard to believe when I remember how angry he was when he was younger.

I just thought I needed to set the record straight that I do actually love my little brother. We're not biologically related, but it's honestly never felt like we were anything but. He's just my brother.

So when I say he's just been approved to get promoted on Triple J Unearthed, I am saying it with a lot of pride. It's also cool, because I actually listen to that radio station, even when I don't listen to any other radio.

- Secondly, I found Voldemort's wand on the street yesterday.

picture )

Don't worry, I had a look around and there were no children nearby, and it was on the street, so there was no one around whom it might have belonged to. So I picked it up. Having said that, if you're looking for a Voldemort Wand and if you can tell me where I found it, I'll find a way to return it. Otherwise, I'll take good care of it.

So now I'm in Slytherin House, my favourite animals are snakes, and I have Voldemort's wand. I'm not sure I want to know what that says about me. XD

On the upside, my first wand! And it's only 17 years late.

- Thirdly, HSC results are out today, and as I do every year I check where my old high school is ranked in the state. James Ruse came top again, no surprises there. Now, according to the Herald, second are our old rivals, North Sydney Girls. *shakes fist at them* Nah, good on them. They were just always the rival school to mine. And Hornsby Girls is third. According to the Telegraph, Hornsby Girls is second. I'm not sure how the different newspapers work out their rankings, but either way, all you other Old Girls of Hornsby, we can feel proud of our old school, even if we never did quite that well. :p

By faith with fortitude this brand we'll keep aflame forever~ And if you now have our old school song stuck in your heads, my work here is done. XD
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter Firefly)
Alright, so I don't get to mock my brother for flunking out in his HSC. He ended up with an ATAR score of about 86 or so? Well done, brother mine.

Meanwhile, our local radiologists (or at least their IT department) have way too much time on their hands. This is the Christmas card they sent us:

scan )

And now... I've been awake since 4:30am and I'm falling asleep on my feet. Good night all.
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Has anyone else been having trouble with LJ and Internet Explorer? My IE keeps crashing when I try to load a journal page. Thankfully I mostly use Firefox, which isn't having the same problems, but over the past week IE has been spitting the dummy with each "recent entries" page I try to load. This wasn't happening last week.

Anyway, I haven't spoken to my brother since he got his Higher School Certificate results (he was out last night and he's out again tonight), so I don't know how he went, but the school rankings are out today. The top schools in New South Wales are:

1. James Ruse (of course)
2. Baulkam Hills
3. Hornsby Girls (my old high school)

Which... O_o I didn't know Hornsby was that good! Congratulations to all the girls who did so well. And well done to the school and the teachers. It's always been a good school and I certainly enjoyed going there. *hugs her old school*

The full list of the top 100 schools in New South Wales )

The "Honour Roll" in today's Sydney Morning Herald is a list of all the students who got 90 or above in a subject (out of a possible 100). All I know is that my brother isn't on the Honour Roll, which isn't to say he did badly - he may have got 89 in all his subjects - just that he didn't get 90 or more in any of his subjects. I'll have to talk to him. Mind you, Gloria and I are waiting to mock him with glee, if he doesn't do anywhere near as well as he thinks he did, because he likes to overestimate himself quite generously, and teasing little brothers is what sisters are for.

In a few days he'll get his TAR, which I have no idea what it stands for since it was called UAI (Universities Admissions Index) when I got it, but it's the calculated number for your results that Universities use to determine whether they want to accept you or not. Mine was 92.05 (which, by the way, was one of the lower achieving marks in my year). Gloria's was 70-something; she still refuses to say. I can't wait to find out my brother's. The average TER/UAI has historically been around 50 across the state, and the average doesn't change much from year to year, so hopefully that'll give non-Australians some frame of reference. If you want to go to univeristy you generally need someting above 80 these days, although it varies depending on the university and on what course you want to do (Undergraduate Law requires about 98 at most universities; my BA required 85 at Macquarie Uni).

So, we'll see.

In the meantime, there's a bus strike on tomorrow which means I'm walking 2½ hours tomorrow. Unless I get my period, in which case I'm calling a taxi; I'm not doing that to myself again. So, off to bed now!
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HSC results came out today. That is, the results for all students completing high school in New South Wales this year, by sitting the exams for their Higher School Certificate.

My brother's just started his HSC year so next year will be his year.

Every year, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper publishes a list of the top achieving schools in the state. I think their cut-off is schools with more than 20 students sitting the exams, or something like that, so tiny schools don't get mentioned, nor private tutors, or home schooled kids. But the list includes all other high schools: public, private, selective, comprehensive, religious, non-denominational, single-sex, and co-ed.

The Herald ranks schools according to the percentage of students who scored 90 or above (out of a possible 100) in at least one subject, so schools with 100 students sitting the exams are not disadvantaged in comparison to schools with 150 students per year.

These are the top 10 schools in the state for this year:

1. James Ruse Agricultural High School (their 13th straight year at the top)
2. Baulkham Hills High School
3. North Sydney Girls High School
4. Sydney Girls High School
5. Hornsby Girls High School (*cheers and throws old school hat in air*)
6. North Sydney Boys High School
7. Sydney Boys High School
8. Sydney Grammar School
9. SCEGGS Darlinghurst
10. St. George Girls High School

For anyone who didn't see the newspaper today, 'cause my workplace subscribes to it. And now I'm going to go show my mum.

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