Alvin Pastore

One Good Shepherd


and counting..


Sheffield, UK


PhD researcher @ The University Of Sheffield

Don’t tell me how educated you are,
tell me how much you traveled.

The Prophet Mohammed


a good shepherd’s thoughts


Finally, yesterday 16th of August 2017 at about 10 to midday I submitted my PhD Thesis. Needless to say, I am very proud of this achievement. The amount of time and effort dedicated to this project put everything else into perspective. Research is a great path, which can sometimes reveal itself as a steep mountain to climb, but the feeling when reaching the summit is unmatched.

I am now waiting for the Viva (oral exam) which should be scheduled in a couple of months time. This pause gives me the time to hunt for my next job and to pursue those personal projects which I had to set aside during the final stages of my thesis write-up.

The other great news is that I am perfectly on track with the one-book-a-month club, for which I applied in January (last blog post, sigh). These are the books I read:

I warmly suggest all of these as I found them inspiring, stimulating and thought-provoking. You can also notice how I am alternating fiction to nonfiction, to keep my interest high by creating a sort of “cliffhanger” for my next book.

A small update on my photography Instagram page, MindAperture. I am very happy with the quality of my photos but I am always striving to improve and to learn new techniques. I am glad I almost reached 1K followers and that most of these are real followers and not robots or paid subscribers. Instagram is crawling with fakes and scammers and I am thinking about writing a script to check whether my followers are real and report/block the ones who are not. Might give it a go now that I have some spare time.


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Travel only with thy equals or thy betters;
if there are none, travel alone.



Who is The Shepherd?

My name is Alvin and I am an Italian born learner.

I am interested in a broad variety of topics.

I am currently working on a multi-perspective topic called Neuroeconomics. It involves studying human behaviour in uncertain situations from different points of view. Psychological, Economic and Neuroscientific.

I cannot live without music. It is impossible to give a comprehensive list of genres therefore I will point you to my tagcloud.

I read a lot, mostly scientific papers, but I don’t dislike a good novel once in a while.

I love movies. I have a discrete collection (~140 titles), but I am always looking for new – or old – pearls to add.

I enjoy football, a lot. The company, the competition, learning tricks, using tricks, the passion, the commitment, the hits taken, the hits given, the victories, the defeats.

I had many teachers in my life. Some were in school, in university. Others were somewhere else, along my path. Some are still there and some are not anymore. Some are yet to be met. To all of them I say thank you.

Social Shepherd

The real thing is not reaching,
the real thing is the journey.