August 19, 2007

A lazy weekend

The weekend was rather calm, because I had some visitors, which gave me good excuse not to work. Never mind, before this gap Dan and I manage to record a podcast of us chatting about our project and our subject and, of course there was the URSS meeting on poster creation and presentation.

The Podcast first: Despite some attempts to write a script we decided that anything written down seemed to hinder any flow of conversation, so we ended up to improvise in the RAW radio. Also the idea to record the whole show as one piece was dismissed quite readily, after we discovered how hard it is to ask rhetorical questions without giggling. It was our luck that some postgraduate RAW member introduced us into the art of editing recorded material, which allowed us to work on more manageable time frames. This did not prevent the feeling of real unease, when I listen to my own voice on the radio, but it helped to cut out the most ridiculous parts of my answers. People who do this more often must get used to the feeling, otherwise it should drive them mad; unless they are hyper confident of course. Additionally the whole thing gave me the idea to maybe host a radio show next academic year, but my plans are not quite ripe enough to go public, yet. In conclusion the Podcast gave me the sense of achievement which was necessary not to see the week as a failure.

The URSS meeting offered brilliant food, as always, plus some good advice on posters. It did, however, not give us any guidance on how to overcome artistic differences, which Dan and I had developed by the time we thought on where to place the title. So far it is the middle, even though Dan still completely dismisses my idea to design the poster like a mind map. I really do not understand why he does not like the whole concepts of mind maps, but never mind.

For next week there is some pressure building up; the idea was to have everything finished by Wednesday, which would include the poster, report and most importantly a piece of writing which covers both, Dan’s and my work.

It will be challenging, so we have set us different level of targets. The minimal target is to write a conclusive piece on the Bologna process, its history and most importantly whether and to what extend it has led to a marketisation of European higher education; a Medium target is to finish the report as well plus our poster and all our hopes would be come true if we would additionally write a large text that takes British and German concepts of higher education into consideration, as well.

These are defiantly a fine set of goals, which is the reason for me looking forward for the last lap of the project.


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