Monthly Archives: Agustus 2009

FB, A Fad to Fade Out?

goldboxAll is not gold that glitters! That’s what an old proverb says. This might fit a personal case of mine at FB when the other day a text message appeared on my cell’s screen. The sender wanted to add my account to his (or could it be her) list as a friend at FB. But annoyingly (s)he required me to load my FB album with scads of my personal photos!! What a requirement! Though I realised that a friendship could be established online by any grounds (including those of photos) but to load my FB album with scads of my personal photos as the friendship requirement for me is too much to ask even if my album was already loaded with my photos!

Am I trying to say that FB is of no use at all?? For sure I’m not. Because I believe that every cloud has silver lining. And I also realise that the mature and more honest users of FB are growing in number day in day out. However, it is a solid fact that so many users of FB still use the network to establish improper relationships through dishonest revealment or intention like the real experience I told above.

Does FB give rise to adverse effects to some?? Well, it is kinda hard to reply. Only if you are too much addicted to the network, it may cause some adverseness to you and for people around you! But fortunately that kinda addiction problem will not happen to me. I don’t know why it is hard for me to get addicted to a network like that of FB. Perhaps I had long bought into a perception that a network like FB still teems with fakers and pharisees. Whatever it took shape, the network has never been so lustrous to me though it is said that the popularity of the network is skyrocketing. I still find that blogging is still more lustrous than FB. The benefits gained from blogging still attract me more than those gained from FB. And I still stick to a blind judgement that only the pushovers and the also-rans who opt for FB over blogging… :mrgreen: Besides we don’t know how long FB will linger. It could be that FB is just a fad like Friendster which peaked before FB rises to fame. But look now the culminating FB  managed to push down FS to a near vanishing point! At least that’s what is happening in Indonesia.  Will history repeat itself?? Will FB just be another FS to fade out in a year or two?? We’ll wait and see…

However, once again, the rise and fall of this FB will not affect me, since if I have time to kill online I will not waste my time on farting about with FB! Of course I do have a FB account, but to me, the only some fun I see is when I succeed in finding my long lost friends. Beyond that matter I wonder why is it hard for me to see any??

The American English Teacher Who Failed To Understand The Word “Vixen”

smarter_5thTo tell the truth, I like quiz programmes like this “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” which is aired by StarWorld every Wednesday night. Yet it was the first time last Wednesday night I watched this quiz show. How come I missed all the tensions on each episode previously? Simple! Movie channels, National Geographic or even Animal Planet used to tarnish the lustre of this show! 😛 And it happened when those fave channels of mine altogether failed to show the best programmes so I had to switch the channels around before eventually I stumbled upon this show.

The night’s episode was on wedding. A female high school English teacher arrived at the show wearing a wedding gown and she claimed she just got married only three hours earlier! She wanted to go on with her wedding party as soon as she’s finished the game. She brought her new husband too into the show though her husband could only sit back as a spectator. The game eventually rolled and she selected the subjects one after another.

When she arrived at the 1st grade Animal Science, this was the part that astounded me! The question was actually of no bother and she breezed it through with a few thousand dollars already in her pocket by correctly answering the question. It went like this:

“Which one below is the female pig?”

a) Vixen.
b) Mare.
c) Sow.

She answered correctly by singling out “sow”. But the odd part came afterwards when the host unwittingly asked a question to the English teacher if she knew what is a vixen. Astonishingly she failed to answer one! Of course she had a good excuse implying that the question was labelled as “Animal Science” instead  of “English” but to me, the word ‘vixen’ is a word of basic English vocabulary!! And I think lots of 5th grader or even lower (especially in countries where English is a primary or official language) have recognised the word ‘vixen’ (a female fox) . I bet lots of you who are reading this article have been familiar with the word ‘vixen’ too.

As the conclusion of this article…. to all of you, my fellow non-English speakers, is it relieving to find that an English teacher from an English speaking country is not necessarily smarter than us the non-English native speakers a fifth grader (at English)?? :mrgreen:


The English teacher managed to answer correctly only two questions without the aid of the 5th graders. One of them is the question above while the other is the 1st grade English! The World Geography question on which continent is Danube river located was the one which delivered the coup de grâce to her!