70% slow-cooked disorder
About 2 weeks ago it became horribly clear I was stalled on finishing my chapter on the Hong Kong case study. I had done 3/4 of it, but i had no ideas for the final section. Days of a blank screen.
So i eventually went to the library and borrowed some of those comforting books on how to write a thesis. many of them were quite dull, but one is great ..i had read it before but had forgotten some of the good, advice...title is "writing your dissertation in 15 minutes a day" by joan bolker
it gave me the courage to leave that annoying case study and start something else...which is the rewrite of the text on P2P file-sharing i put up here a while ago... my colleague in sydney jon marshall grabbed it off the next layer and sent ut back to me with lots of questions and suggestions for developing some of the ideas further
so i moved out of my damp cold study downstairs to the kitchen table upstairs which is next to the gas heater and overlooks the garden.... and have been fiddling away with the text for about 9 days,...
the bad thing is that this piece of writing doesnt fit into my thesis so in that way it is a waste of time..but the good thing is that jon has already used part of it for a conference paper and we will have a joint paper that he will write...and then i am also maybe publishing some version of this text in a journal he will be editing or finding... and i thonk some of the research anyway will feed into my chapter on informational capitalism which i havent started thinking about yet and which needs to be written in the next 2 months
i think i will leave this chapter alone now for a week or so and get back to the thesis...but will post it half-cooked now..along with its half-cooked bibliography,,which u can find in the biblio area with the taxonomy term "peer-to-peer"
i will repost i when it is fully baked and decorated with an apple in its mouth so there is no need for anyone to actually read it unless you have an interest in P2P systems...i find it simply reassuring to post something here,,,the calm found in the act of uploading