version 4.0

After a too long intermission, I finished and submitted today the draft version #4 of my thesis project. It’s very behind schedule and there are still many issues missing, but I’ll try to catch up during September. I need to catch up.

At the same time, it also showed me the importance of keep writing, closing pending issues, submitting versions, etc. It’s the way to feel that I’m moving somewhere and that I must keep moving somewhere. To the right direction, preferably.

tantlinger, the other part of the equation


Keith Tantlinger, 1919-2011

Malcolm McLean is many times quoted as the inventor of the container, without any credit given to Keith Tantlinger. But it was Tantlinger who fine-tuned McLean’s vision and engineered essential concepts that allowed the box to be used in a standardized way, kick-starting productivity boosts and universal usability of the container as the cornerstone of world trade and globalization.

Keith Tantlinger died today and there are many publications recalling his achievements and contributions. Here is Marine Insight’s one, which I’ve chosen for you.

news from the western front

Another day that I tried too much and no relevant work appears to be done. Which is not that unexpected, given that working plus studying plus all-family-gathered-and-my-brother’s-in-town is not the way things work more efficiently.

Nevertheless, I evolved in some ‘soft issues’ and hope that can help with the writing. The clock is ticking.

poster boy

In order to enrich my thesis proposal, I’m already sketching an initial research proposal poster. It should come with the objectives, the work plan, and the expected results, but that is something still moving inside the pipeline. Updates will follow soon. I hope.

america’s cup world series – 1st stop: cascais, portugal

The America’s Cup has finally arrived to Cascais, now on its circuit format. After a greyish first day, today’s races were fought under a magnificient, sunny, blue sky. Everyone is expecting a week-long competition between the two main candidates, but for this weekend, Emirates Team New Zealand beat their rivals from Oracle Racing. It’ll be a week packed with action and thank God we all know what we’ll have to focus on, right? Yes: on the New Zealander boat. Go, Kiwis!

IAME Conference 2011

The website of the IAME Conference 2011 in already on the air.  The conference will be hosted at UNECLAC Headquarters in Santiago de Chile, from October 25, 2011 to October 28, 2011.

The theme is “Shipping markets, port devolution and a changing geography of world maritime transport” and, despite the call for papers is already closed, registrations are still accepted.

I was at last year’s conference, right here in Portugal (in Carcavelos and Estoril), and it was an excellent event. This time I don’t believe I can make it, unfortunately.