September 2009


I have a shiny new hard drive with more than 12 times the storage capacity of the old one – and the old one had two OS installed whereas the new one has more or less only one.
No more shifting data on various USB sticks when I need to run an update (which I had to do because I lacked the space). Everything is so new and tidy on this empty hard drive (tidy because most of my data are still on the old one).
And thanks to the wonderful My Best Friend who did most of the work – everything works excellent!

Oh my goodness, time goes by so quickly. I know that at least half my posts in the Ivory Tower category state that, but somehow I am still not getting used to the fact.

So much to do and so little time!

The chapter is progressing in slow and tiny steps, but at least it is. I still pause sometimes and wonder if everything fits together, but then tell myself that I should not worry about the sections order as that is something I really can work on when I am revising the whole thing. Now it is merely about writing useful content.

Writing status:

  1. Intro needs revision, of course, but only after the chapter is done
  2. DK and K done so far, will need revision
  3. Explain D and O need a lot of revision, but done content wise
  4. Explain strategy okay so far, will need revision when chapter is progressing
  5. D
  6. Construct discipline 1 desperately needs revision
  7. Construct discipline 2
  8. Old Suggestions
  9. Side note 1
  10. Side note 2
  11. My construct
  12. Emp.
  13. My suggestion

And only 13 days to got from which I will spend some at my parents house, the office, and two conferences. I am so happy that my presentation is all set up and ready to go. No nightshifter needed for that one, which feels so responsible and grown-up 😉

Aim for this week:

Write D (today, tomorrow), write Old Suggestions (Tue) and start on working Construct discipline 2. And then head off to the conferences. Oh my goodness. And the chapter is due in 13 days!

I have to hand in a version that shows at least the bones, their arrangement, and some muscular flesh on it. I do not need flab; flab is for the revision procress after the first commentary comes back. But therefor it needs to be done.

My head is spinning – so much too read, so much to write – and yesterday I did not complete the tasks I wanted to. Therefore not much idling around the blogosphere today but straight to my file.

As mentioned before we went to see the exhibition “Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model” which is displayed at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin.
90 years after Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in Weimar three museums – the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Bauhaus Archive – jointly present the so far largest Bauhaus exhibition ever.

And indeed it is a very rich exhibition with lots of interesting and beautiful objects. The 18 rooms were structured in a chronological order, focusing on different aspects such as the situation after WWI, the interaction with other avant-garde centers, architecture etc.

“While previous exhibitions on the Bauhaus were grouped according to its workshops, Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model chooses the perspective of the history of its development, embedding the objects into their respective contexts.”

I wish we could have stayed longer and absorbed every detail and watched every video they showed. And I fell in love with this beautiful lamp. (Santa, this is a hint! It does not need to be an original, though, as that is too expensive.)

The exhibit will close on October 4th and I highly recommend visiting it. And for those on the other side of the ocean: The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the MOMA which will display it from November 8th, 2009 until January 18th, 2010.

Breakfast – check
Coffee – check
Grocery shopping at the farmer’s market – check
Sorting laundry – check

Working on The Important Chapter – starting now. So not in the mood. Where did all my energy from last week go? And there are so many untouched library books that I cannot keep longer and need to read as soon and quickly as possible. Unfortunately they are not for the sections that I want to write today. Multi-tasking skills, why did you vanish?

Goal for today: revise no. 2 and no. 3, start working on no. 4 and 5

from an exiting weekend, back at the desk. Thursday and Friday I was really productive and wrote or revised five entire pages on The Important Chapter. Now this little subsection is not mere bones anymore, it even has some (muscular) flesh and – even better – some flab on the bones. That felt really really good. No idea if there was is a correlation between my writing process and being off-line entirely ;-)

In the evenings I met with friends which was so nice – and included lots of delicious food.

The weekend was spent in Berlin: on Saturday we went to the demonstration “Freiheit statt Angst” (“Freedom not Fear – stop Surveillance Mania”). The weather was pleasant and it was a nice and interesting walk through Berlin Mitte. There were so many T-shirts and posters with great slogans which are difficult to translate – the play on words would often just get lost.

On Sunday we went to the exhibition “Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model” (about which I will write a separate post) before we headed home. As usual I thought that there is so much to explore in this vivid city which we have not done yet. And one reason is the guilt that academia installs in one’s brain – feeling guilty if you leave the desk for a weekend without having finished your thesis.

I start to panic. Times goes by so fast and this chapter still is so not in shape. The more I read, the more I realize how little I know. And if a couple of years ago I knew what I know now my thesis would be completely different.

Ok, back to work.

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