A technique called ‘power-focus’. True story!
Just learnt about Adam Yauch, aka MCA, death. I’ve always liked Beastie Boys and listened to it a lot, sharing this craving mainly with my brother. I had read MCA was fighting ilness, but all this seems too unreal.
Adam Yauch, aka MCA, 1964-2012. R.I.P.
Sex Pistols, it was 1977
Sub-mission accomplished! I’ve just submitted my thesis project. If everything goes well, I should have my project viva (I think I can call it that: it will be the public presentation and discussion of the thesis project) scheduled still for 2011.
Now it’s time for a not-that-big breath and start preparing the presentation.
Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991)
The great Miles Davis died twenty years ago. Here we were in 1964, Davis playing in Milan with Hancock, Shorter, Carter, and Williams.
LCD Soundsystem, ‘All My Friends’
«(…) You spent the first five years trying to get with the plan
And the next five years trying to be with your friends again (…)»
Unfortunately, you’re talking about something else than the thesis, aren’t you, James?
‘Yeah, the trees, those useless trees produce the air that I am breathing,
Yeah, the trees, those useless trees; they never said that you were leaving.’
Pulp, ‘The Trees’
It’s a place I always come back, I always went back, I always stop by. And I always remember too much of these trees. But they’re there. They’re gone again. And I don’t feel like doing like Jarvis sings at the end. I won’t go & tell it to the trees. Yeah.
In 2007, I was granted a three-month internship at UNCTAD – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, in Geneva, during which I should write my master’s thesis. In order to help me keeping track of time and sharing my days with friends & strangers, I decided to start a blog. Now that I’m beginning my PhD research, I thought about commiting the same mistake.
At this point, I’m still working on my research proposal and no definitive topic is set. Nevertheless, the thrust area will be ports and maritime transport, and the starting point is “Port Competition: Drivers and Boundaries of Integration for Shipping Lines and Terminal Operators”. Let’s see how this develops.
This blog is intended to serve as a diary of my research and day-to-day life during the forthcoming months. I’ll try to update it regularly and to post information about the progresses, doubts, and questions of my work. I will also post the nitty-gritty of living, working and looking at the Atlantic from the westernmost country of mainland Europe (and hopefully, from some other countries I’ll visit along the way). I don’t intend to lie.
My e-mail address is somewhere at the top-right corner of the blog and all messages are most welcome. Have fun.