The snow came to Berlin! ❄️ ❤️ Unfortunately it will disappear immediately, as next week will be warmer.
This week has been all about writing the course paper for Queer autoethnography, which I submitted tonight! I did not plan to write it all this week, I just began to sketch a bit and then flow happened. So I thought: Let’s be done with it! It’s only a pass/fail (no grade), and it’s not at my own university. So I should not spend too much time and energy on it. But let me tell you: Writing this paper was so fun! I was very engaged in my topic and really feel that I have something to contribute. And then it’s been a while since I wrote an academic essay, so it was also fun to be back in that saddle again.
I decided to write the essay in the Latex editor Overleaf, as I hinted in the post about reference managers. This demanded fixing some tech issues which I think was part of my procrastination process. I mean, how can you spend more than an hour and contact support because you want the automatic date to display in UK and not US format? But the support is good (I guess I also wanted to test that). Then the connection to Zotero broke, and the support again gave a good answer (it was not my fault) within half an hour or so.
My conclusion is simple: I love Latex! I love the cleanliness of it, the opposite to the clutter and lag of Microsoft Word, which peaked with version 5.1 – a view I’ve held since 1995 or so. Plain text. Just taste those beautiful words.
There’s still a lot I need to figure out, not least regarding templates and packages, but this was a good start.
I spent some hours today (Sunday) building a new version of my random kanji practice app. It’s so lovely to be immersed in code and then get it to work. I’ll demonstrate in another kanji writing livestream sometime soon.
I have a routine of studying some Japanese every morning before breakfast – I move directly from my bed to the desk.
On Monday I submitted some needed formalities for the affilation in Japan.
On Tuesday I started with Overleaf and then I spent most of the week writing.
I woke up sick on Wednesday, so skipped the Japanese. Took a Covid test on the street, it was negative.
On Thursday I was good again, but skipped an important meeting anyway – because it was more important to write! The meeting apparently took more than 3 hours. Good choice.
I was contacted by a researcher from the UK who studies similar stuff as I do.
The Foucault Reader
I finished it this week (bar a couple of irrelevant texts in the beginning). Good introduction! J who I had a petit déjeuner with last week suggested we have a little book club about it after he has read it too. I really appreciated this suggestion, since I often feel very alone with my readings.
- Smedjan/Svend Dahl: Den politiska covidgalenskapen måste få ett slut
Film & TV
- The Fate of the Furious/F8 (2017)
- F9 (2021)
- Olof Inc
- På spåret, E03