Am I there yet?

6 10 2008

The past two months saw the Goat meticulously chewing over her collected data, one of the reasons she’s been somewhat quiet on the blogging paddock. All the conserved energy resulted in a chapter of more than 30 000 words, divided into the following five main themes:

Theme 1. The past and present of Czech animation

Theme 2. Advancements in animation technology

Theme 3. Political censorship in Czech animation

Theme 4. Economic management of animation studios

Theme 5. Future of Czech animation


The last section of the chapter discusses the confluence of these themes and highlights their relationships in a visual diagram. Instead of waiting until the full chapter is drafted to obtain some feedback from my supervisor, I have been forwarding him drafts of each theme during my writing. That way any suggestions provided at the start can be implemented throughout the rest of the chapter and my stress levels are kept under control knowing that my chapter is shaping up. 

Today, I was able to read the Data Analysis chapter in one sitting and made notes regarding any minor changes or additions to the text. So am I there yet? Hopefully by the end of this week, I’ll be able to celebrate the completion of my chapter, maybe with a cake or something healthier like a carrot J

My Methodology chapter is next on my list, it’s at least 80% finished and I should be able to complete it within the next week. It’s also great that my supervisor has already read the Methodology chapter a couple of times so I know I’m on the right track and no huge changes are required.

Is the light at the end of the research tunnel getting brighter or what?

Happy goating,



The Goat in Me

12 05 2008

Animals, just like humans, are known for particular personality traits. The question is what animal can you relate to based on the characteristics they display. A few years ago, I gave this question a serious thought. Over and over again, I searched for that one animal that would behave like me. And that’s how I arrived at a goat. It’s hardly surprising really since I was actually born as Capricorn. Zodiac descriptions of Capricorns relate to mountain goats in an uncanny way:  known to be ambitious, motivated and determined, steadfast and task oriented. But there’s a lot more to goats.




Goats are typically quite difficult to handle and hard to train, you can’t just stop them from doing goat things because you can’t stop being who they are. Never push on a goat’s forehead – they like to push back but someone can get hurt.

They can be both playful and violent. Competitive aggressiveness in goats is not an unknown trait. I think I inherited this one from my Spartan upbringing, constantly fighting my two older brothers to win my place in the ‘herd’.


The beautiful skill about goats is that they LOVE to climb. Already as baby goats, they climb on their family members. I used to climb on my uncle each time I saw him – God bless soul! He was so patient with me. And so my earliest memories are those of climbing. As a child, I spent school holidays climbing trees with boys in the neighborhood. The good thing about digital divide – we had no computers to stop us from climbing!


Goats have no fear of heights and their daring attitude can scare you. That’s why I look at my PhD as a metaphoric journey to Mt. Everest. I’m constantly climbing, one step at a time and I’m enjoying the challenge. They say nothing stops a mountain goat from reaching the top. In fact, if you ever want to give your goat a gift, give them something to climb on. Even a pile of wood will do.


The other obvious behavior you notice about goats is that they’re always chewing. I look at this as a metaphoric representation of various analytical tendencies. Like goats, I simply like to ‘chew things over’, meaning to explore the issues that need some ‘taking apart’.


And lastly, goats are herd animals. They love to have a friend. Don’t leave them alone.