Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Chapter 2 Wordle

The long-awaited Chapter 2 wordle. The larger the word, the more frequently I used it in the chapter. So it looks like this one is a lot about toughness.
There's still no good way to make the image bigger. Just click on it if you want to see it larger.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Tired of Writing

I apologize for my lapse in posting as of late. For the moment I’ll blame it on my recent poor health and the fact that I am just plain tired of writing. All day every day, I sit here staring at my dissertation, which stares back at me from the computer screen. What I want to say is on the tip of my tongue, but I can’t come up with a way to write it down. It tends to leave me too burned out blog, but I’ll try to do better, I promise.

One thing I’ve been meaning to post about is a Christmas gift I received from Rob’s brother and his wife, who live in Texas. Here, take a look at it:

When I first opened up the candle, I must admit that I was hesitant to smell it. Much to my surprise though, it actually smelled quite nice. The problem lies in the fact that the label clearly says "monkey" and the photograph is clearly of a chimpanzee.


I have half a mind to write the company and respectfully point out their error. Perhaps also mentioning that even 6th graders know the difference between a monkey and an ape. The jury is still out as to whether college students can get it right.

Thanks for the great gift, Andy and Kim!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Chapter 1 Wordle

I recently stumbled across this really cool website called “Wordle,” where you can paste in text and generate a “word cloud.” For someone who loves words as much as I do, this is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Here is a wordle I made of Chapter 1 of my dissertation. You can click on the image to make it bigger.