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The Madness Blog

The purpose of this blog is to give an account of my adventures during my stay in Shanghai, China.


Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Thu, June 05, 2008 12:07:30


Woke at
7.30 a.m. Morning routine.

Went out
the door at 9 a.m., crossed the garden and the construction site outside, walk
up to number 16, took the elevator to the 11th floor, went into
apartment 1102 and sat down.

plan was to read through the paper one more time and catch everything we had
missed over the weekend. Today should be the last day of work.

In an
effort to increase efficiency, the girls started reading through the paper,
while I wrote an executive summary. It soon turned out that this was a bad
idea. Not only did we suddenly have three different documents with various
degree of corrections made, but lots of time was spent arguing over which word
to use and where to put the comma rather than focusing on finding actual
mistakes. We agreed to proceed together on one computer.

I began reading
out loud and stopped only for lunch and the occasional Snickers. When reading
it aloud it was easier for us to pick up on sentence structure errors as well. At
8.30 p.m. my head was about to explode and my eyes red from staring into the
screen all day. We had yet to read through the strategy, but after a call to
the copy place where we learned that it would only take about three hours to
print the paper, we decided that we had plenty of time and could pick it up
again in the morning.

I returned
to the apartment and tried not to speak. Never before have I been more tired of
my own voice. I relaxed for a bit in the darkness and solitude of my room. In
bed a little past 11 p.m., but had no chance of falling asleep. I kept going
over the SWOT-analysis in my head, wondering what the purpose of the
double-weighted SWOT was. Needless to say, I have been scarred from the last
couple of days.


Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Thu, June 05, 2008 11:44:30


Woke at
7.30 a.m. Morning routine.

Met the
girls at Bettina’s at 9 a.m. and got to work. We still had half the analysis
and the strategy to go through today. The level of detail that we had
implemented was followed also today.

We went out
for lunch around noon. I went up to Kowloon Ice-house and ordered from there.
As I sat waiting for my food, I couldn’t help be amused by the interesting choice
of music in the restaurant. A selection of traditional American Christmas songs
came blasting out of the speakers as if they were the latest chart toppers.
They are bonkers, these Chinese.

After another pleasant lunch in a garden pavilion,
we returned to our computers and continued working. Through, hard work, perseverance
and vast quantities of sugar, we managed to go through the rest of the paper and
called it a day around 9 p.m.

Over the
last 50 hours we had trimmed the paper by cutting away over 4000 words and tightening
the language to near perfection. Every source has been identified and quotes

I returned
to my room, had myself a beer and relaxed a little with an Episode of Boston
Legal. In bed at 11 p.m.


Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Thu, June 05, 2008 11:27:53


Woke at
7.30 a.m. Morning routine.

Went over
to Bettinas at 9 a.m. and immediately got to work. We continued where we left
off last night. With an almost disturbing attention for detail, we went through
chapter after chapter, word for word, comma for comma.

At 1 p.m.
we went out for lunch. Beautiful and warm weather outside so we decided to sit
in one of the pavilions in the garden outside our building.

working after the break. Went for a walk around 4 p.m. to get some air. We
stocked up on sweets and chocolates and went back to work. I think the sugar
messed us up a bit, because silly things suddenly became very funny. Updating
ones msn-heading developed into a science and a source of great amusement in
the group. Despite the dreary work and long hours, everyone was determined to
make the paper as good as possible and very few arguments erupted.Blog Image

Finally, at
11 p.m. we called it a day. I went back
to my room and collapsed on the bed, but were for some reason unable to sleep. Lay
twisting and turning for some time, but eventually I fell asleep.


Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Thu, June 05, 2008 11:15:38


Woke at 7
a.m. Morning routine.

At a
quarter to nine, I was in a taxi bound for the tailor-market for the last time.
The market was deserted so early in the morning, but it was open and all my
things were ready for me. My linen blazer and my two vests had to be adjusted,
but I asked to have them delivered to me so that I wouldn’t have to come back.
I had brought with me a Troll that I had gotten a few months ago at a Peppe’s
Norwegians only meeting. They were ecstatic when I told them that this would
help them attract Scandinavian customers and immediately put it on display in
the shop. I said good-bye to them and left the market.

A little
past 10 a.m. I arrived at Bettina’s to find all the girls there and ready to
work. We started on page one and went through the paper step by step and in
extreme detail. Had lunch around 1 p.m. Continued working. Around 4 p.m. we
went for a walk around the block. Went back and continued working. Around 7
p.m. we ordered dinner from Sherpas. Continued working after dinner.

At 10 p.m.,
after 12 hours work, we called it a day. Nothing more productive could come out
of our minds today anyway.

I went back
to the apartment and was in bed before 11 p.m.


Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Thu, June 05, 2008 10:52:46

supervision session

Woke at 8
a.m. Morning routine.

As we had
our last session with our supervisor today, we had decided not to meet up in
the morning, but rather take it from whatever happens at the meeting. So,
before leaving the house, I sat for a while catching up on some newspapers and
crushing some puny Aztec civilization with my vastly superior army. Had some
lunch and wrote a little on the executive summary before heading off to meet
the supervisor at 4 p.m.

It turned
out to be a rather positive meeting. Our supervisor was far less negative than
she was last time and even commended some of the work we had done. Clearly, we
still had some work to do, but she felt we were on the right path, if only we
could tighten it a bit. She gave us a long list of suggestions and a printed
out version with detailed commentary. In addition to the feedback we got from
the Swedish group, we have many good suggestions and ideas we need to look
closer at.

Astrid and
I were back in the apartment at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. we left once more for spinning
class. We didn’t really want to go today, but we did anyway – hoping that we’d
feel better after the class. As it turned out I felt terrible after the class. I
was utterly exhausted, probably even more so than the first time. I am glad
there is a short walk from the gym to our apartment as it helps me regain
control of myself.

I watched
an episode of Boston Legal (great, great show by the way) and went to bed at 11


Shanghai 2007 - 2008 Posted on Thu, June 05, 2008 10:52:11

of findings

Up bright
and early. Morning routine.

Sat down at
my desk and started working. I looked over the presentation I had made and
familiarized myself with it.

At noon, I
headed off to campus to hear the presentations. In turn, every group gave a
presentation off their projects and how far they had gotten. Naturally, this
took some time. No one had timed their presentations, but what was supposed to
be a 15 minute presentation soon developed into an hour long presentation and discussion.
It took nearly four hours before finally it was my turn. I gave what I believed
to be a short presentation, but was informed afterwards that I had talked for
half an hour.

presentation went relatively smoothly and Astrid and I were more than able to
answer all questions afterwards.

Around 5
p.m., all groups had presented their findings and we were let go with a warning
from our supervisor to use the next week well.

Roger, Hanne, Gigi, Alex, Frode and I went over to a Mexican restaurant by the
main gates to the university. Sat for a while, feeling relieved that we were
one step closer to completion.

Frode and I
took a taxi back to Linping. I got off by the post office, went in and got
myself some boxes for shipping. Relatively big boxes and apparently I can put
up to 20 kg in them and ship them home for around 1000rmb each. I walked down
Linping rd from the post office and stopped by the dvd-store. They had just
gotten the latest season of Boston Legal in stock, so naturally I had to get
that. Went back to the apartment and watched a couple of episodes.

Didn’t do
anymore work today. Time passed easily enough anyway. I went to bed around 11