It's been a long while since my last "real" blog entry...so let me give you a little update on what's been going on. I've been trying to finish writing my dissertation, called "Topics in type IIA flux compactifications", while still keeping up with some of my research projects. Those include finding finite temperature deformations (black holes) to the solutions we found in our last paper, searching for de Sitter vacua and inflation in our toroidal IIA orientifold models. Besides that I've been applying for postdoc positions which turns out to be a long and frustrating undertaking :) I will defend my thesis on May 9th and then spend the rest of the summer trying to finish some of the above-mentioned projects and also figuring out what I'm going to do afterwards.
One option that I particularly like would be CECS Valdivia in Chile, which is beautifully located on the coast 800 km south of Santiago de Chile. I like the idea of living and working in a spanish-speaking country for a while. En route, I could pay a visit to my friends from Hannover, Alexandra de Castro and Leonardo Quevedo who are back in Caracas, Venezuela. I would also like to visit friends and family in Germany over the summer, e.g. my brother who just moved to Munich.
By the way, at the time of writing there is a SWAT team outside of RLM, the physics building, tending to an ongoing aggravated robbery on the 11th floor. Crazy! And last night, my car got broken into in front of my house and my navigator got stolen!