19 April 2011

Bit and pieces

I'm working on my writing, my thesis I should just say, but I realise as I work on it how much there is to do and think about and how this little bit that I am working on is just small part of a larger... story? Mural? Narrative? You choose the metaphor. I am working through comments from my supervisors and, for the first time, really getting it. This will last a day, perhaps, and I will be back in the wilderness, but for now, I feel like I am making progress.

Progress looks like this: I need to theorise dominance in interaction. How do I do that in a paragraph or two? Where do I look? Ah, gender in language probably has a lot about dominance. Yes, yes, it does and it starts to bleed into critical discourse analysis, which I need to address briefly but step away from because it's not what I'm really interested in. Institutional power is not dominance. Well it is: they're related, here's how they're related, but I'm interested in someone calling someone else human garbage. That's not exactly a question of institutional power. Here's how I'm going to use it and where my research is going to take these ideas. Full stop.

This it the process of writing that I need to work on.

Things I'm thankful for today:
  • Wife and kids in the morning
  • Copier code in library
  • Sunny day
  • Painless (80%-ish) ride on bike for first time since operation
  • Chicken for dinner
  • www.hunter-gather.com 
  • A wide open future
  • My standing (stand-up? Not sure what term we're using) desk
  • Party at friends on Friday
  • Three day weekend
  • Not caring about three day weekends because I love working
  • 8:30, when everyone has gone to bed and the house is quiet
  • The garden
  • Playing in the garden with kids
  • Porridge
  • Low carb, low calorie skillet (like Denny's, only healthy)
  • Memories of bike rides in Shibata, Japan
  • The prospect of more bike rides in Japan
  • Unsweetened lemonade
  • Starbucks card
  • James Blake
  • Baby coming sooner rather than later
  • Homoeostasis
  • Apples
  • iMean last week
  • Hot sauces, all of them
  • Milton Keynes in the Spring
  • Convergence 
  • But never without some divergence
  • Agreement with wife on a key life issue
Good to make a list every so often, I think, even if it is dominated by food. I used to make these lists all the time. I should to it more often.