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Spiritless Writing

The scientist in me went into seclusion to finish the doctoral thesis and promised to kill everybody who interferes with it. So the artsy guy in me has a free hand until the end of October. So, from now on (until the end of October) you will have to read about completely spiritless things like my dresses, skirts and make up. Don’t get me wrong! I’m not sewing them right now – I am virtually writing non-stop – I’ve sewn A LOT over the years. So, guys, get some popcorn and coke. It’ll take a lot of time.

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I sold my own creation!

A couple of years ago, I went to my favorite fabric store and bought a piece of wonderful silk organza. As it was directly after the birth of my son, I decided to sew a dress for the “after I’ve lost a lot of weight” time. So I cut a really nice dress in vintage style. I did sew a beautiful dress and I did lose some weight but not a lot. The dress wouldn’t fit… I decided to be patient and to hide the dress in the closet until “after I’ve lost a lot of weight”.
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The Fairy-Tale Dress

Everybody has to have a hobby or else this energy could become really destructive. I have got quite a lot of energy that I have to use peacefully. Considering the effect that a slow mechanical work produces onto the nervous system, such an amount of energy is just screaming for something productive. That is exactly why my favorite hobby is sewing: with a little bit of time and effort you can create a piece that no one has but everybody wants.
I started out as a very primitive skirt-seamstress but in a couple of years I grew into a pretty good tailor. Nevertheless, my projects never lasted longer than a week, depending on the complexity of the cut and the character of the fabric (Oh, yes, they DO have characters and sometimes very mean!). My first long-term project though was my very first combination of sewing and stitching/ embellishing. It took me 1.5 months (!) to complete it but I still love it even almost 4 years later.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet my favorite dress:

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The Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

I have been to a lot of conferences over the past years, some of them being really comfy workshops for a very closed community and others being huge machineries with thousands of participants and attendees. My first international conference was a mixture of a closed community and attendees from all over the world. The name of the conference is Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing and in 2011 it was organized by the Stanford University in Palo Alto. This conference has a reputation for very strict peer-reviewing, therefore, my boss was against my applying there with the topic of my current project. He didn’t want to take chances with our common work, so I decided to apply on my own with the topic of my MA thesis. As it was not work-related, I also could not get the funding from the DFG in case I got accepted. So I also applied for a conference grant at the Academic Staff development and eventually won it.
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New Year’s Celebration

We had to stay at home for the New Year’s celebration. The little predator got sick, and was roaring at us all the time threatening to employ his favorite cartoon characters if we did not stop trying to feed him. Thus, the family council decided not to invite any guests and not to become guests ourselves, so that our dear friends and family stay safe and sound for the beginning of the 2014. I guess it’s not polite to spread infections at the New Year’s Eve.image(3)

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