I can already tell I’m going to enjoy this class. Not only is the content interesting, but so is the commentary. A Singapore-raised Ph.D. student has funny insight and eloquent words, not to mention a sense of enthusiasm that livens an 8:30 class. Here are some of the professor’s lines that I jotted down just on day one. I have intentionally removed them from their context in order to increase the humor. And yes, of course I actually was paying attention to class content as well.
- “I was born and raised in Singapore, which is why I sound like a textbook.”
- “In spite of being raised Catholic, I do not like suffering.”
- “We receive money once a fortnight, or perhaps once a month.”
- “After the class, you can talk about love, but in this class there is no love.”
- “You see how it works in Asia? That’s why I put the diameter of the earth between me and my parents.”
- “The closest thing between me and [football] is resembling the geometry of the ball.”
- “‘Do you want to buy?’ ‘Yes. Do you want to sell?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Oh, well, we should get together and do that sometime.'”