Designing LIFE according to architects Ted Mosby and Frank Gehry.

Designing LIFE according to architects Ted Mosby and Frank Gehry.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER QUOTES

“There are a lot of little reasons why the big things in our lives happen.”
– Ted, Season 4, Episode 22

“Look, you can’t design your life like a building. It doesn’t work that way. You just have to live it… and it’ll design itself.”
– Lily, Season 4, Episode 24

THE BUILDING AND ARCHITECT

The image shows one of my favourite architectural structures of the modern era. It’s Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. (Built 1997)

“The recent work of Frank Gehry epitomises both the folding and complexity theories without explicitly being based on either. Gehry is aware of the writings on both and respects them, but he is led more by his intuitive concerns. Nevertheless, his new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao characterises the supple, pliant, moving qualities of the one and the notions of self-organising systems and the fractal order of the other.”

Charles Jenks, “Post-Modernism and the Revenge of the Book,” in This is Not Architecture, eds. Kester Rattenbury (London and New York: Routledge, 2002), 191.

Gehry on design teams for architecture: “I collaborate with people on projects because it enriches the mix and gets you somewhere else that you wouldn’t have gotten to otherwise. When it’s really working, it is like holding hands and jumping off a cliff together.”

Barbara Isenberg and Frank Gehry, Conversations with Frank Gehry (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009), 155.

If you’re interested in Frank Gehry, I would recommend the documentary: Sketches of Frank Gehry (Sydney Pollack, 2006). It’s less than 90 minutes long and provides personal interviews with the architect about his career, creative process, and opinion on life.

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What Does It Feel Like To Write A Dissertation? … it’s like braiding hair!

What Does It Feel Like To Write A Dissertation? ... it's like braiding hair!

I like to use the analogy that writing a dissertation is like braiding hair.

Don’t be fooled if it sounds easy. This isn’t a simple three-part braid. No no, your customer (or dissertation supervisor) wants a whole hairstyle, not just the braid. You have three chapters, each is like its own braid, which then has to weaves together into one. Plus, you have your introduction and conclusion, the equivalent of styling the bangs in the front and the stray hairs in the back.

It’s also a process, a journey. You try one strand of hair here and then another there and when that doesn’t work, you undo the braid and try again with the knowledge and experience you gained in trying the first time. It’s a constant process of putting a strand of hair in and then stepping back and seeing if it works. Then if that quote, errrm…. I mean strand of hair, doesn’t fit in with the other twists and turns of the style… Then it has to be taken out. Sometimes, you finish a whole fishtail braid and just as you’re about to tie the end… You realize the fishtail style doesn’t work with the hairpins you originally chose! Time to re-try weaving the hair strands together in a French Braid.

Lastly, let’s not forget about functionality. Hairstyles not only have to look clean and well-put together, they also have to hold when put to the test. Wedding hairstyles, gymnasts’ buns, horse-riders’ braids… They all have to stand the event/physical activity. Similarly, your dissertation has to be well-written/presentable AND be defendable/rooted in a research methodology.

And at the very end, you hairspray the style with footnotes, a bibliography, a filmography, a cover page, and a table of contents… And voila! You step back and you have a dissertation hairstyle!

Study Abroad Experience on the King’s College London Website

Well ladies and gentlemen,

I am officially on the King’s College London Website for a second time. This time I was asked to write about my study abroad experience at the Sorbonne – Paris III and I even got to include some pictures!

Click here to read about my Study Abroad Experience on the King’s College London Website

5 ‘Petite’ Things About Paris

Exactly 5 months and 1 day ago I took the Eurostar from London to Paris, and naturally I voiced my enthusiasm on this blog. Well the time has come to journey back (quite literally… I am faced in the opposite direction of the train’s movement). So here are a couple things I’ve learned during my time in France:

1. As your proficiency skills in one language go up, your other languages will suffer. I would have never thought that becoming better at French would mean spelling and grammar mistakes in English, after all English is native language! But no, I was making silly typos almost every single day by the end of my stay. Bahhhhh, Alors, qu’est ce qu’on fait?

2. Quiche is one of the most delicious foods on the planet. Bahhhh….. Voilà.

3.  Being a nanny is a great way to socialize and learn about the country’s culture. You’d be surprised how much you can learn about the population by observing how children are raised. Bon… bahhh, on prend une goûte après l’école. Un petit Pomme-pot et une tartine avec Nutella pour toi aussi? 

4. They say bahhhhh….. a lot. The best way to learn a foreign language is to pick up the little sounds in between words. Believe me, it will do wonders for your accent. Je te promis.

5.  Living in Pars is HARD. And disheartening some times. You might get your phone stole. You will get whistled at and harassed. No matter how well you speak French, people will treat you like a foreigner. The metro will stop at random times. Your Internet will not work. You will live in small spaces. You will not have a gym near your apartment. Nothing will be open on Sunday and Monday and anything administration-related will never be open.  Don’t get me wrong; it’s a wonderful city. But to survive, you have to willing to struggle. To fight for what you want. Paris n’est pas la ville que tu as vue dans le film d’Amélie Poulin. Désolé.   

That being said, I would still recommend the experience to everyone. After all, the city does grow on you. You’ll crave a baguette as you walk down the cobblestone roads. Children will have the most adorable names. You will randomly decide to go the Musée d’Orsay on a Thursday night. And the French Countryside is absolutely lovely for a weekend escape.  

Bon… bahhh… voilà ! Une vite réflexion pendant que je prend le train à Londres. En gros, j’adore France et je suis impatiente d’améliorer mon français de plus. Peut-être c’est un peu difficile, mais avec les amies sympas ce serait une bonne expérience. 

Les Dents De La Mer (Speilberg, 1975)

Les Dents De La Mer (Speilberg, 1975)

Le succès immense du Les Dents De La Mer a commencé l’idée du blockbuster et la sortie pendant l’été. Avant l’époque de la nouvelle Hollywood qui avait la stratégie d’avoir un petit budget et production indépendante avec la possibilité de gagner l’argent comme : Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider, The Graduate and Midnight Cowbay. Ce films était plus aventures avec les thèmes de violence et sexualité. Par rapport, Spielberg se concentre sur films avec une narration pour toute la famille. Et après les premiers succès, ces films va avoir un grand budget. Ce important de note ca en regardant les effet spéciaux parce ca représente le deux points extrêmes de Hollywood entre la fin des années 60 et les années 70. À l’un côté, il y a les productions indépendants avec moins budget mais un petit chance de réussir au box-office, et à l’autre côté il y a des films avec un grande budget qui sont publié comme un spectacle, plein de marketing avant la sortie. Ce modèle a plus de risque mais la possibilité d’avoir un réussit immense au box-office. Spielberg a commencé avec les moyenne budgets, mais très vide va faire des films avec un plus grande budget.

Selon Box Office Mojo…

Les Dents De La Mer :

  • Budget 7 million
  • Recettes Nationales : 260 million

Jurassic Park :

  • Budget de 63 million
  • Recettes Nationales : 357 million

EUROSTAR.

Right now, as I write, I am on the Eurostar from London to Paris. This appears to be mundane to some. Businessmen with little suitcases that have four wheels and side rolling capabilities. Mothers with colouring books for the regular weekend trip with the family. But for me – with my three giant suitcases – this trip is anything but mundane. Not only is this my first time taking the Eurostar, but it’s also a one-way ticket to living in Paris.

I have wanted this since I was 13 – when I took my first French class. At the time, everyone said I was making a mistake and that Spanish was the more practical language for Southern Californians. But I knew I was going places – quite physically, I wanted to leave the country. And well, to all those that told me it was silly to learn French, I say…

Bonjour, je m’appelle Violeta et je suis une étudiante à la Sorbonne maintenant après deux ans à Londres.  J’ai appendu le français parce que c’était mon rêve d’habiter en France. Et voilà, avec persistance, il est possible. Donc, si vous voulez quelque chois, c’est votre responsabilité de prendre l’initiative. Comme il y a déjà beaucoup de gens qui sont prêts de vous dire que votre idée est stupide, impossible, ou impraticable.