Miscellaneous

Speedy Mass Transit Railway

I really like this video, and I think it’s a reasonably accurate reflection of how efficient the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) can be. Essentially it’s someone trying to see if they can get from one station to another faster on foot than via the MTR. In short, they don’t beat the MTR, but even then only by the sink of their teeth.

There’s a UK version of it for the tube, which has the result going the other way.

Obviously both are a bit contrived, but still a fun experiment, not that I’d want to do the running myself anytime soon.

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Hong Kong’s Tiger Tutors

Lots of people have probably heard me joking about the asian stereotype of studying all the time. If you’ve got some free time, then I’d encourage you to watch this documentary.

Admittedly it is somewhat exaggerated and of course this sort of experience isn’t universal (so don’t go around talking to everyone from HK as if they did go through all those), but certainly it’s representative of the experience of lots of people. It also gives you an idea why I dislike the tutorial system in general. It’s not that it doesn’t help people, but rather that it should be a necessary component of the education system.

All that said, having not been through this system myself, my own experiences are only peripheral.

WSDC 2013 – ESL Tab [RESULTS] [UPDATED]

Top 20 English as a Second Language speakers following the 8 preliminary rounds.

Note that this is different both to those announced at the Grand Finalas well as the subsequent list posted earlier. This is becaues a number of issues arose in the calculations of the scores and the CAP have had to continiously update this list as this information becomes integrated. This post is accurate only as of the time it was udpated {4pm 14/2/2013}

Position. Name (Country) Debates – Average
1. Diego Cepeda (Mexico) 7 – 72.667
2. Siddarth Shrikanth (India) 8 – 72.521
3. Jose de los Heros (Peru) 6 – 72.417
4. Aaron Luke (Malaysia) 6 – 72.222
5. Ariel de la Garza (Mexico) 5 – 72.000
6. Dhruva Bhat (India) 8 – 71.979
7. Shriya Suriyanarayanan (India) 4 – 71.917
8. Kaan Ülgen (Turkey) 6 – 71.722
9. Luis Enrique Zela-Koort (Peru) 7 – 71.619
10. Yerin Yang (South Korea) 6 – 71.611
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WSDC 2013 – EFL Tab [RESULTS] [UPDATED]

Top 20 English as a Foreign Language speakers following the 8 preliminary rounds.

Note that this is different both to those announced at the Grand Finalas well as the subsequent list posted earlier. This is becaues a number of issues arose in the calculations of the scores and the CAP have had to continiously update this list as this information becomes integrated. This post is accurate only as of the time it was udpated {4pm 14/2/2013}

Position. Name (Country) Debates – Average
1. Joris Broeders (Netherlands) 7 – 71.667
2. Roel Becker (Netherlands) 8 – 71.146
3. JunHyub Lee (South Korea) 4 – 70.917
4. Carrisa Tehputri (Indonesia) 8 – 70.875
5. Simonas Bartulis (Lithuania) 7 – 70.833
6. Ziva Antolin (Slovenia) 7 – 70.750
7. Jonathan Shvartz (Israel) 7 – 70.667
8. Ida Ayu Pradnya Paramita (Indonesia) 8 – 70.604
9. Bogdan Andrei Morosanu (Romania) 8 – 70.333
10. Egle Kavaliunaite (Lithuania) 6 – 70.167
10. Atakan Paksoy (Turkey) 4 – 70.167
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