Music to research to – Pivot

18 09 2008

Great album by Sydney band Pivot. Who would have thought a good band would come from there!

… Matt


Music to Research to – Deerhoof

28 08 2008

This is slightly older record, but I have just fallen in love with it. It is Friend Opportunity by Deerhoof and is very schizophrenic demented pop music… maybe it suits my current mood!

… Matt

Music to research to – More Sigur Ros

11 08 2008

Since I saw Sigur Ros live the other week, I have been listening to them heaps. Particularly I have been cranking out their older album Takk. Gorgeous stuff.

… Matt

Music to Research To – Beck

20 07 2008

This week is the new Beck album, Modern Guilt. It is only brief (30 minutes) but great!

… Matt

Music to Research to – Sigur Ros

7 07 2008

This weeks album is a new one that is gorgeous, serene, music. It is the new one by Sigur Ros called Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. With Sigur Ros being from Iceland, this translates to “with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly”. Maybe it should mean “with Sigur Ros playing I can research endlessly”   🙂

Nice album cover too… a nice summery feel for a cold dark winter.

… Matt

Music to Research to – Death Cab For Cutie

3 06 2008

The new Death Cab For Cutie album, Narrow Stairs. It’s a cracker. They are here in August, so there is another night being stolen away from my PhD 🙂

Feeling motivated…

21 05 2008

I’m the opposite to Matt. I like to research in silence, no music, no radio talk. I enter a different world when I write, one of solitute and deep concentration. I tried playing music in my office a couple of times but it drove me ‘crutz’ – a new term I coined yesterday over lunch break. It abbreviates ‘crazy + nuts”. Hey, I should add it to Wikipedia!

My highlight for today was submitting a journal article to “Media International Australia”.  I worked on it for weeeeeks so it feels great to have it finished and submitted. I can happily return to my thesis now. I’ve got a few weeks left on my literature review and then I’m straight into analysing my interview data. My methodology has been drafted and I’ve received some positive feedback on it so far.

To those who think that I sound awefully motivated, I should explain that I’m soon leaving for a much needed holiday. You can question my research motivation after I return, it will be difficult to face reality after a month in Europe. Actually, there was another event the other day that motivated me towards finishing my PhD. I was able to attend a graduation ceremony of our undergraduate IT students, where quite a large number of PhD candidates were officially awarded their doctorates. Interestingly, most of them were women, which is unusual for the Faculty of Information Technology but showed that statistics are on my side! 🙂