Sunday, April 14, 2013

Master Thesis (3)

I know, I know: time flies. It's been a month since my last thesis update and again, a lot has changed. For better or worse? I believe that it will turn out better!

Free time? Playing around with the SMIO program's logo...

Initially, we intended to study the automotive industry. More precisely, they hybrid bus: it is a really complex and innovative product, targeting a niche market and making use of very new sounded like the perfect product to focus on regarding our project: 


After promising contacts in Germany, we had to give up our intentions. Indeed, we have a deadline by the end of April, so we had to collect data as early as possible...and this organization was taking its time and it did not seem like we were going to interview them before 2014!

As a matter of fact, we are now most likely to use secondary data (a raw transcript of a meeting) from another industry: electrical powerplants. More specifically, an organization is developing a new steam turbine. So we stay into complicated engineering stuff :) Obviously, our chapter I (intro) and chapter II (methodology) had to be changed for the most of it...and we go on with chapter IV (empirics) and chapter V (analysis)! Quite challenging!

Since a few weeks, we know the official deadlines
- to hand-in the final version of the thesis: May 27th;
- the seminars will take place for 3 days from: June 3rd;
- the Farewell Ceremony (graduation day) will be on: June 12th.

...and then I'll sleep for a month!

More seriously, I look forward another break into our schedule (8.00 - 17.30 daily). Easter was too short! Hopefully, I have some friends coming soon and then my parents will come for a week in june before mid-summer. I guess it will be weird to not 'have to work' after these intense weeks...I gotta find something else to do by then!

Friday, April 5, 2013

LKPG HA HA! @ Arenabolaget

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.” ― Audrey Hepburn
Laugh brings happiness and relieves stress. That's what LKPG HA HA! intends to do. Linköping's comedy club, created in 2008, introduces comedians on the Backstage of the Konsert och Kongress. Three Thursday nights in Fall (with Messiah Hallberg, Soran Ismail and Ann Westin in 2012) and three Thursday nights in Spring. With some friends, we went to the show last night  (April 4th), which was partly in English, with Al Pitcher from New Zealand.

Al Pitcher

This Kiwi revolutionized the comedy scene in Sweden since he moved here a few years ago. His life as a foreigner led him to joke about all surprising Swedish customs, such as the fika, fy fan, "tackar tackar", etc. Have a look for yourself.

His Fika Tour all over Sweden was a great success. Yesterday, felt like the show I saw was unique: very spontaneous and playing around with the audience a lot.
“Heckle is the funniest thing ever. I was talking about this before the show tonight, that it’s important to have that moment, that one-off event, that feeling that this is only happening tonight,” he explains
The atmosphere was really chill-ax, nice music during the break and people having drinks at the bar... Good times!

Pontus Ströbaek
James McKay, Adeel Faqih,
Pontus Ströbaek & Ben Kearsley
Prior to his show, Ben Kearsley, the usual LKPG HA HA!'s host, invited other comedians on stage. Adeel Faqih, Swedish with Indian origins, made fun of his own day-to-day life in Sweden. He made fun of the "chai tea", explaining that it literrally means tea-tea as chai is the word for tea in many countries... Even though it was in Swedish, I could understand most of it! Then, James McKay, an Englishman, came on stage for a short while, joked about his life in Stockholm and wondered why there was always a picture of the farmer on egg boxes in Sweden. Eventually, Pontus Ströbaek, another Swede, came on stage and... got naked! He said that people laugh when they're surprised. He might have ended chocking a few of them though!

Al Pitcher
As part of his new tour, Påtår (meaning a coffee refill), Al Pitcher was warmly welcome on stage by the audience. Of course, he told jokes about the culture clash he lives everyday in Sweden. He also made fun of Swedish hockey; Ryanair; his two-years old son about whom he sometimes feels like  he's a hobbit on crack; and the two Australian girls in the front row. Using the audience to such extent proves how last night was unique. He ended his hour-long show by desperately inviting people to be friends with him on Facebook! Lots of laugh which put a smile on our faces for the next hours :)

The next show of LKPG HA HA! is on May 2nd, with Jesper Rönndahl. Winner of the Stand-up Championships of Norra Brunn in 2007, he his famous in Sweden for being in the Comedy Fight Club in 2009 and presenting Extra Extra since 2012 on SVT (tv) and on the radio. Some of his sketches can be seen in funny videos on Youtube. There will be other comedians (Henrik Blomqvist, Christina Nordhager and Thomas Eriksson) which Ben Kearsley will introduce before the big show. Check him out!