I some how made the 8h05 even though I did the special AAD exercise. At work I spend a bit of time making notes… (more…)
Archive for February, 2008
I allow myself to sleep in for about 30 minutes. Not sure if this was ultimately useful or not, but it worked out.
At work there are major technical difficulties and every network resource I need is unavailable for several hours. This is not upsetting since it’s completely out of my control.
I come home a bit early and enjoy some extra family time. I do most of the clean-up, and now it’s evening. A quick phone call from Hell passes on some interesting news, as these calls often do.
Heike´s got the really early shift at her job, so I get with her.
Inbox: Sheetmusic from friends, an invitation to a meeting with “Stipendienstelle” and a canceld AT class.
9.00 Out to finally get more earth and pots for our grown plants. The Flat really gets messy, and on the top the vacuumcleaner breaks, but I can fix it. At the end, happy plants in the flat everywhere, and some more expenses I didn´t expect.
Reading: “Literature Review as creative Inquiry”
Heike arrives home at 2, sits down at the table and says: Finally weekend, now I have two days to really do what I like..
And what does this woman like? Well, guess, working on the homepage. Wonderfull, like and need come togehter.
Afternoon search for jobs for the next months, specially June. I write one application to a security company I already worked with and sign several for tomorrow.
Than a long meeting with Denis regarding the Autumn Program.
There will be two separate issues, local based Integration Project with Music and direct Cultural exchange between neighbours, and a more experiemntal program with lectures, workshops, concerts, Dialogues to investigate the very root of unity and diversity; and how they come togehter. Dialogue is one way.
So, there are still steps to make. The first is to contact the local EU-comisson, than to write a concept. That´s the easy part. The tricky part comes when we get the financial support, its time for nuts and bolts. Flights, Hotels, Seminar areas, Flyers, Announcements etc. Tourmanagement and Promotion to use Professional Terms.
23.15 Home again.
Back to the PC. Then somewhen at 1.30 to sleep
Today’s JFTD choice was dissatisfying. Too “small” of a job. This was due to my failure to notice anything “larger” that needed doing. So – a reminder. I need to take this business of noticing more seriously.
At work – more forward progress on the task I didn’t want to take on. I enjoy organizing, scheduling and meeting. I don’t enjoy the grunt work involved in actually getting the project to completion. This project, then, presents a balanced mix between what I like and what I dislike.
Music for the day – more Kronos. I did not connect with Steve Reich’s music when I was first introduced to it at age 20. Some of this was due to my own prejudices, some of it was due to the circumstances of the introduction. Some music really doesn’t work in 5 minute excerpts under fluorescent lights at 10:00 AM. And then, one day in 1999, I heard Different Trains. Whoosh!
… this would be the last day of February… but every so often… they give us a break.
Alarm at 06:15. Rise with P. Breakfast and other preparations. Drop P at school.
From there to the new-bank-project. Arrive at 08:10 and dive straight in at the deep end: by tomorrow I need to have ETL jobs in place to load credit risk parameter estimations into the main repository. Tough stuff, especially since I am pretty much clueless, a new environment, a new ballgame, no time for pussyfooting, pondering & philosophizing. At the same time phone calls and emails from the old-bank-project, asking me to come in for some trouble shooting. Work until 13:00. Break for lunch. Then continue working until 20:00 pm. So, what’s new?
Post Circle Meeting report for last Tuesday…
Beginning the day with some quiet housework, cleaning for the guests tonight. Afterwards there was a strange unknown struggle in front of the morning routine. I really liked to drop it and didn´t feel able to do anything, but then I held in front of me my friends arround the globe and just did nothing, as much as I could, and that changed the day I guess. In contray to yesterday I did not try to control my mind, but to direct the actions of my body. So instead of entering in a discussion with my thoughts in front of the PC for example, I “simply” told my hands to stay where they are and do the necessary work rather than having a quick click at that artist or checking the inbox every 30seconds. It was somehow a similar approach to the AT class on Tuesday, a gentle reminder, a good thought a the right time. It has a strong effect all through the day.
Until 11 in the morning I was bussy in the flat, I went out to buy some earth and pots for our grown plants. Then to the city to check offers of different mobil- companies.
Reading for the Tram-ways: A. Montuori, “Creative Inquiry: from instrumental knowing to love of knowledge”
A delight for every student who has to fight with current approaches to scholarship.
Dinner in an Arab-Bistro, Schaschlik, hm…
Home again. The Webmail from the gcv has some problems. Heike is contacting the serviceline and of course making updates on the site and we both work on our profile. The latley arrived digital camera with 16mb gives us some possibilites for profilephotos and experiemts with the photosoftware.
15.30 Practice. two short breaks in between, 17.55 done.
18.20 First guest arrives.
Meeting with the Media Anthropology group. We play a card game at the beginning, its called Bang. The Wild West is the secenario. It has some, from an culture anthropological point of view, strange suggestive points. For example, you can gain one live-point by drinking beer.
Then Talking. Aims for the Semester:
To produce three good programs for the radio
To improve in the process of producing them and in coordination
To offer the possibility for new people to participate
and, to prepare for autumn where we´ll ask for financial support for our work.
Good, clear aims. Possible and most of it is again own innitiative and willingness to work.
21.35 Guests leave.
A short night walk with Heike, then cleaning ending the day.
The Hill Country, Texas, usA.
I have a mal de tête, affecting my sight and slowing time to a crawl.
I rose at 8:10. This pretty much destroyed my chance at the morning sitting, so this is delayed until my lunch hour. In the meantime, I take care of some issues, write a midterm for the graduate class, and begin packing for the trip tomorrow during some on-hold moments on the phone.
Also, a collaborator seems to be a bit hostile, and being a bit foggy on the facts as to where their and my expertise lies. There is nothing as dangerous as a little knowledge (I speak, alas, from experience).
The day is so beautiful that the campus is relatively deserted, though the could be after effects of an apparently very large party after the Obama rally.
Otherwise, it’s a usual teaching day for me. Until I return to home at night, when intense packing, bill sending, and attending to other necessary preparatory activities before our weekend travel to the Phoenix area to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
I may not be able to post until Monday.
My external life has been anything but regular this past week, despite my good faith efforts: there have been many unanticipated “opportunities” manifesting. A friend also noted that my major woes have, without exception, been related to fluids.
A day off, as it unfolded through the hours.
I got up at 5.00 and after the a shower went straight to some warmup on the guitar. As I intended to do the morning exercise I felt to weak and went to bed again for an hour. Work on the PC, contacting the Sauzipf organizers again, further colloboration with my boss, the goverment, but somehow my attention is constantly drawn away and as it gets evening I´m left with a headache and no more energy, so, early to bed.
A long day. I’ve taken an initiative at work for a project I don’t want to do. I suppose it will “build character”. So today was the kickoff meeting for the project. I don’t want to do it, but it is screaming to be done. So, better to engage with it intentionally.
Listening to: various recordings by the Kronos Quartet.
I post to an online forum. Reading what I have written, it is clear to me that I have spent a lot of time reading the writings of one particular English Guitarist. I practically can’t escape from certain turns of phrase and elements of style.
Zen in the evening. A good talk on Students and Teachers.
Later in the evening, addressing an area of fiscal responsibility. Late in the evening is not a good time for this, and if I want to have any chance of understanding it, I really should do it earlier in the day.