Well, I've done a few posts about how I have been working excessively lately, so I could not even access Buzznet if I wanted to because I was swamped with SO MUCH work. Coincidentally, when Buzznet was better, I started getting more free time and my work panned out properly, so I now have a list of tasks I can take on systematically. I thought I'd put up a post of the actual working process which I needed to put in place these past 3 months, and since I'm Home now, I can take pictures. I'm finally on a sort of break this week. I'm back home and with my family (only my youngest 2 siblings and my parents and gran) but I need to work anyway. I have a whole bunch of tasks that I need to complete, and if I take time off, I will never finish them.
Anyway, I've set up a mini workstation in my room, on the floor. We have tables, yes, but I feel so comfortable doing my work on the floor. I've put down a new rug and mat that my aunt bought for me from a handicraft exhibition and laid out my material.
I usually need to have data physically in front of me to analyse it, so in cases where the data seems to tell me a story that I cannot make sense of while on the computer, I need to put it down on sheets of paper. I have to look at the data for trends and write reports on it.
My laptop - my uncle bought me a new Vaio with windows 8 on it! It is so pretty, and it's made like one of those Apple laptops, but I'm not an apple fan. :P
It took some time to get used to since the settings are here and there, and I was initially frustrated with it because I could not make changes as easily as I could, but now that I have a hang of it, I like it and even feel uncomfortable on other versions. I've been doing a lot of work on it, so I'm glad I've got it.
He also bought me a Michel Foucault finger puppet cum magnet from the "Unemployed Philosopher's Guild". It's from the US. I had asked him to check whether he could get a certain book by Foucault, but it was really expensive, so I think I will just buy it here in India. I did download the e-book, and started reading Discipline and Punish.
I've also read a number of other articles and journals for all the research references I need to make. Those have been exceptionally thrilling since I have the 'field' story of it all and can criticise what the newspapers print. So that's really nice.
Now that I'm home, I'm reading Bertrand Russell's "Unarmed Victory" which is his take on the Cuban crisis and the Sino-Indian war (China vs. India) and he comments on the use of Nuclear Power and his correspondence with relevant government figures. That's how I know that my holiday is going well - when I read a good book.
In other news, I've been getting mixed signals from the ex about how he's made a mistake. A friend of mine went through a break up too. Apparently mine is following the same pattern as hers, and in the end she learned that it was not worth it. I don't know what to make of all this. :/ So that's been a personal issue that also kept me off the internet for a while.
ANYWAY! HOLIDAYS! YEAY!