Posts Tagged ‘writing’

My Thesis Graffiti

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Ran the draft of my entire PhD thesis through Wordle. This is what it spat out

Thesis Graffiti - White Background Version

Graffiti of my Thesis - White Background Version

Graffiti of my Thesis

Graffiti of my Thesis - Black Background Version

There are a few LaTeX objects which have bypassed my quick and ugly regex filter. However, I believe the graffiti gives a rather nice snapshot on what all I have been dwiddling in the past 5 years or so.

I am planning to do another one (in a white background) and put it in back inner cover of the thesis (or as an appendix). Suggestions and comments will be appreciated.

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Writing Angst

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2008 at 12:06 am
Creative Angst

Creative Angst

To identify concepts of which I have either crisp or blurry mental models and put it down in paper, coherently and with loss of completeness is appearing to be a very hard process for me. I am struggling badly at the moment. The picture is courtesy my attempt to learn inkscape (to prepare illustrations for the thesis) and also an expression of my current emotional condition.

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The Chocolate Method and its Caveats

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2008 at 11:40 pm

Chocolate Method was derived from the Martini method suggested here

The rule is that whenever I write a paragraph towards the thesis, I earn a bite into a chocolate bar. The goal is to get to 12 paragraphs per day, so that I can get a full chocolate.

Caveat 1: I find that my paragraphs are getting progressively smaller and unnecessarily broken down at the middle.

I also had set a time out. That is the counter is reset every day. First reward happens if I reach 6 para (the reward being the 5 Rupee wala Diary Milk), and if I reach 12 para I can buy any chocolate of my choice.

Caveat 2: Faulty counter, which refuses to flush out the increments from previous days.