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Milestones

Recently, I hit a few milestones with this blog that I would like to acknowledge.

I had just under 11k hits on this blog for the month of August 2014. That was the first time I had gone over 10k, period, and I almost made it to 11k.

A few days ago, I noticed I had passed the 100k mark for hits on this blog as the sum for this past twelve months. I’ve ignored this blog a bit for the past few months, while I started up a company and worked to complete my dissertation, so I was even more amazed at the numbers.

Last, but not least, this week, <tamingdata /> is five years old.

I must say, I feel so humbled and grateful that all of you are willing to give this blog your time and attention.

“Thank you”, from the bottom of my heart.

How Almost Every TV Show Plays Out

Have you ever wanted to write for TV? You have? Well, the infographic below will help you in your plot development.

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Are you surprised by anything you read?

I am surprised by how few plot lines there really are.

What Have I Been Up To? Dissertation Writing…Sort of…

I hope to post regularly this semester, but I hope to finish my dissertation completely this semester as well. Between the two choices, I may have to set aside this blog a bit while I analyze, write, research, and revise (repeat).

Here are some comics to make you smile on a Monday. I think these apply to any writing task, not just the dissertation or thesis.

PhD Comics: Thesis Writing
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PhD Comics: Our Thesis
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PhD Comics: Finished Thesis
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I very much relate to this one below, especially the coffee part.

PhD Comics: Blood Sweat Tears Coffee
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: Writing Your Thesis Outline
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PhD Comics: Your Thesis Title
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PhD Comics: The Thesis Repulsor Field
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This is me, below. I hate to admit that, but it is.

PhD Comics: Why? Why???
[Source: PhD Comics.]

And, this gem below is me, too. (Insert a friend or roommate, though, not a boyfriend or spouse.)

PhD Comics: You Have Started Writing, Haven't You?
[Source: PhD Comics.]

Last but not least, The Thesis Committee, below. I’ve posted this one before, but it is so wonderful I want to post it again.

PhD Comics: The Thesis Committee
[Source: PhD Comics.]

How do you procrastinate when you write? I mean any writing…a blog, a paper, a news article, a letter to someone, or, a thesis or dissertation.

I think I am past the “dread” stage, and I hope I am past the worst of the procrastination stage. I want to finish and start the next phase of life. This has been a wonderful journey, but it is time to move on.

And now, I’ll stop writing this blog post as a form of productive procrastination, and get back to the dissertation writing.

Have a great day!

What is Sexual Harassment? And, Kudos to Gentlemen Everywhere

Are you a guy, wondering what women consider harassment? Are you a female and you struggle to put into words something that is almost invisible?

This poster does a great job of explaining every day examples of harassment. The author includes examples for men as to how they can react to shut down other men, and how men can be an ally — e.g., a “gentleman” — to their girlfriends, wives, mothers, and friends.

From RobotHugs:

TRIGGER WARNING: This comic discusses harassment, sexism, rape culture, and toxic attitudes towards women and femmefolk. It includes examples of slurs, harassment, and quotes from sexual offenders.

This is the longest comic I’ve ever done and it’s a monster and it took me forever and I never want to draw again.

Harassment by RobotHugs.com

Women: do you agree or disagree with any scenarios presented in this poster? What do you think about the authors’ advice to men on how to be an ally of women?

Men: did this provide examples to you of harassment and what it looks like? Do you agree or disagree with the advice on how to be an ally to women?

[Source: Robot Hugs.]

A Guide to Cooking and Baking Substitutions

Yesterday I was baking muffins, and I realized I had no baking soda. Neither did I have baking powder and cream of tartar. So, the substitutions listed here would not have helped me very much — I still had to make a quick grocery store trip.

May the cooking gods land on your side with this handy guide for substituting one thing for another when baking or cooking.

This for That: A Guide to Cooking and Baking Substitutions

Are there any substitutions that surprised you?

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