Alfred Schütz and Thomas Luckmann are social scientists, probably well-known to everyone with interest in humanities and social sciences. I was just reading their book The Structures of the Life-World, that would be one on the theoretical grounds in my PhD. Their book is about forming social spaces through communication (a very rough description) and was written, technically, by Luckmann after Schütz’s death, based on Schütz’s notes and with the assistance of his widow.
I don’t love the busy and smelly tourist city of Venice, although I like its exhibitions, little lonely streets and canals in late summer afternoons. Strolling in parks away from the crowded San Marco, watching the blue skies and yellow houses, while holding his hand, made Venice more than bearable. The rationalizing goal of visiting international art exhibition suddenly turned into überkitschig movie scenery. <3
Back to black is the vibrating love song with a beautiful soul and one of my favourite songs; from the thrilling Back to Black album, sang by the great performer Amy Winehouse. Sadly, yesterday she went back to black. In memoriam, Lady Amy.
Presentation on “What makes us Tweet?” was the first public revelation of my project outside of the University. Of course I was nervous, but I was also excited and glad that I did it. It was the 3rd Ljubljana Barcamp on Friday, July 15th. Some friends, colleagues and many (online) acquaintances were there.
Tweeting has become a pretty normal activity of all, who are sympathizing with the social media, since we found it handy and beneficial for achieving our personal, emotional and social, or professional etc. goals. Since it can and should be used “on the go”, it is extensively integrated into the Everyday-Life and strongly dependent of user’ s respective situation.
The greatest enemy of a person is fear. Fear of failing, misjudge, falling, unsuccess, being unhappy. Fear of pain, illness and dying. Fear of loneliness, of being forgotten from your colleagues and friends.
Every graduate student knows (or should know), that writing PhD is just another job. It shouldn’t be (too much) drama and it must not by any chance expand in to somebody’s life-time trauma. But… There is always a but! ;)
Just now, sitting at my desk in Klagenfurt, catching this fabulous view over grey rainy town, hills and mountains, listening to the latest Episode on Diana’s podcast and reading Bangkok Post Article about Saudi woman, who defies driving ban… That highlights questions about the world, we are living in. Are we by any chance aware, that there is something out there for us Europeans, behind the European borders?
Since I’ve already posted one recipe in German language,
I guess, I would like to believe, that I owe the interwebz one in English. This one is about “buhtlji”. Buhtlji pl. (sg. is buhtelj) are jam-donuts—baked in an oven, not fried :-)
After I am getting this unpleasant feeling, that the frequency of catastrophes, serious political clashes and wars is getting extremely higher worldwide, and that a-political behaviour is flooding the small country of my origin, I am becoming extremely sad. World-weariness (sl. svetobolje, ger. Weltschmerz) is spreading over my blue spirit. But what can I do? I know that ignorance is not quite the best answer. (All though she can be such a bliss!)
Some people I meet and follow these days are not ignorant at all. But they should be.