My wonderful husband and I are going to go do our anniversary thing where we spend the night in a fancy room in the Best Western (where we got married), have breakfast dinner at Denny’s, and then watch a bunch of Food Network.
I feel like ass, of course, because it’s August and the semester is just dragging on and on and on and I just want to crawl into a hole and not be seen for like half a year, but hopefully I won’t ruin our good night.
(I don’t think I did?)
Yes, you read that correctly: this is my 12-year anniversary of blogging.
That’s a lot of blogging, yo. 4,384 blogs, to be exact.
And I’m still not halfway through this blogging project.
Anyway. There’s not too much to say about anything this anniversary. Same old nonsense. I haven’t actually posted since like July, anyway, so I’m sure that by the time you read this we’ll be closer to the 13-year anniversary than to this one.
HEY GUESS WHAT
Nate and I are celebrating our one-year anniversary today! We went back to the Best Western we got married at and spent the night in one of their nicest rooms.
I love him so much. I love him just as much as I did when we got married (or even more, if that’s even possible). I hope this is the first out of many, many anniversaries for us.
Do you want to know what my wonderful husband did for our anniversary? He wrote a bunch of things he loves about me or things he loves doing with me on these little strips of paper, then hid them all over the house for me to find. It was supposed to be a thing where I discover them slowly over time, but we both wanted me to find all of them as quickly as possible, haha, so that’s what I’ve been doing.
I love this man so much, you have no idea.
So I’ve been blogging for 11 years now! At the rate I’ve been posting blogs lately, you might get to see this by year 12, but hey.
11 years ain’t bad.
But it’s not special enough to have anything more than just one post acknowledging it, so that’s that.
Holy crap, Nate and I have been married for six months today!
I know that’s nowhere near a “long time,” but for someone who never thought they’d get married because they never thought they could meet someone who they could completely accept and could feel completely comfortable around, six months is a long time.
I hope it’s the start of a very, very long marriage.
I love you, Nate.
So today marks two years since Nate and I met in person, and do you want to know what he did?
These ran all the way up the stairs to our condo (we’re the only ones that use that set of stairs) to a note on the door saying how happy he was that we were together and how he wanted to be with me for the rest of my life.
Do I have an amazing husband or what?
I have no idea what I did to deserve him, but I’m so glad to have him.
Today is August 26, 2016.
My first day at the University of Idaho was August 26, 2006.
Today marks 10 years since I started my post-secondary education. If you’d asked me in 2006 what I thought I’d be doing in 10 years, I certainly wouldn’t have answered, “just finishing up school!” Hell, when I first started college, my goal was to get out as fast as possible. Grad school? Sounded like a waste of time. Why would I want to spend more time in school?
That was the plan: get out as fast as possible. And while I usually hate it when things don’t go according to plan, I am actually quite happy with how my educational path has carved its way through the past 10 years. I mean, I’ve gotten five degrees in a decade. That’s not too shabby.
- 2008: B.S., psychology
- 2009: B.S., philosophy
- 2011: M.A., psychology
- 2014: B.S., mathematics
- 2016: M.S., statistics
I also like how each one of these degrees has had some part in making me realize what I really, really enjoy and want to do with my life (teaching stats). No part of the past decade of education was wasted (except for maybe that business calculus class. Screw that class, man). That’s a good feeling.
ALSO, I have zero debt. Zero. This is because of my parents. My dad paid for everything for my first round of undergrad (3 years), then let me stay at his place rent-free during my second round of undergrad (2 years). My mom has paid for all my moving-around-the-continent costs and let me live rent-free with her in Arizona while I worked to save up money to eventually go back to school. That’s pretty amazing. Thanks, mom and dad.
So yeah. I figured a post acknowledging 10 years of college/grad school was needed, because 10 years is a long damn time to be doing anything.
Today marks one year since Nate and I have “officially” been together (that is, it’s been one year since our second date and since we decided we were actually factually dating).
That’s pretty damn exciting. The longest relationship I’ve had prior to this has been about 8 months, and I’ve never had a relationship that felt so stable and happy and full of trust and love.
Here’s hoping this is the first of many, many, many years together! I love you, Nate.
Ahoy, faithful readers! (All two of you)
Today is May 1st, meaning it’s time to celebrate yet another blogging anniversary.
Eigenblogger is now nine years old, which means that I’m entering my tenth year of blogging.
How sad is that?
ANYWAY. I have two main goals for this upcoming tenth year–one completely non-blog-related and the other very blog-related:
- Goal 1: Defend my thesis before May 1st. I’d like to be able to say that I got 5 degrees (6 if you count the high school diploma) in the span of 10 years.
- Goal 2: Actually post these damn blogs more frequently…say, once a week at least. For some reason, there are a few people who read this nonsense. I’d like to stop annoying the hell out of them with my erratic posting habits.
Though really…of those two goals, which do you think is more likely? For me, at least.
I’ll have a super awesome stats-filled party post for my 10 year anniversary, but for now…WOO NINE YEARS!
I feel bad for not doing anything for my 8 year anniversary. So here’s some crap:
- Total number of words over the past year (May to May): 99,463
- Average number of words per sentence: 12.09 (in general, I write like 27-word sentences, but I think they average out with all my one-word survey responses and my filler text such as “YO!” and “Anyway.” and “Weird.”
- Gunning Fog Index: 8.25 (so you need about 8.25 years of formal education to understand my blathering, apparently)
I don’t know why in the hell I started this blog in May. I guess I wasn’t thinking that this would always be the busiest month of the year.
Anyway. Thanks again for reading, all you loyal followers! And thanks for all your comments, Matt!
That’s right, I’ve been blogging for eight years now.
That’s 2,923 days (counting today).
I was hoping to do something cool for today, but I’m obscenely busy and didn’t manage to plan anything.
But there will be later anniversaries, I’m sure. Number 10 will be big, I promise!
Thanks for reading, y’all, I appreciate it. :D
CRAP I just realized that my 8-year blogging anniversary is happening in like 45 days. What should I do, anything special?
I was actually thinking of doing a week of vlogs, but I’m an ugly buttface and no one wants to see that AND the basement’s always filthy and no one wants to see that AND that’s like the week before finals or something and I’ll be in too much of a panic to be entertaining.
Heck, I’m not even entertaining now and it’s spring break!
When I started blogging seven years ago, I would never have guessed I would still be doing it in 2013. Never, ever, EVER would have guessed.
Hell, I started it on a whim.
And yet here we are.
I haven’t planned anything ‘cause I’ve been crazy busy and I only remembered that this was my anniversary about an hour ago.
So instead I’d like to thank all my loyal followers, both long-time (MATT!) and newer. I don’t understand why you follow, but I certainly appreciate that you do. Feel free to leave comments. I love comments. I promise I’ll be better about replying to them once this psycho semester is over.
I’d also like to thank Aneel and E’raina who were the two who peer-pressured me into blogging in the first place. Doing so has been very cathartic at times and at other times has just let me get out all the sludge that builds up in my brain to make room for semi-normal thought.
20 more years to go!
My blog from May 1, 2006:
“Alrightythen! I finally got a MySpace*. People will now find it easier to stalk me. Anyways, since I’m obsessive-compulsive, I had to start this on the 1st of a Month–I wanted to start this a week or so ago, but NO–that would be in the middle of April. I’m tired now and I want to go to bed, but NO–that would mean I would have to wait another month to start.
Anyway, it’s all good. I’ll be here posting my thoughts every day. At least, that’s what I want to do.
The odds of it happening?
Oh, silly little high-schooler. If only you knew.
Yes, the internet has been putting up with my daily drivel for six years now. Scary stuff, huh? Haha, I should actually blame Aneel and E’raina for this…they’re the ones that peer-pressured me into getting a MySpace and starting a blog. DO YOU SEE WHAT YOU’VE DONE?!
Anyway, yay! I’ve spent the past two weeks or so going through each and every one of my posts to create a nice large data set. Because I spent so long doing it, I thought it only fitting that I not confine my statistical exploration of my blogs to one night (tonight). Therefore, I will give you six days (one for each year I’ve been blogging) of stats/blogging insanity guaranteed to either interest you or make you wonder why the hell you even read this. Or both. Or neither. Maybe it’ll give you cheese. The possibilities? Endless.
This is what’s going down in the Big Week o’ Blog Stats Celebration:
- Wednesday: Comparisons by blog category
- Thursday: Mean word comparisons by weekday, month, and year
- Friday: The use and frequency of images and surveys
- Saturday: Common words and topics
- Sunday: Overall trends: Gunning Fog Index and word count
- Monday: The best blogs
Excited? I am! Any excuse to do some recreational stats.
Here’s to six more years (at least)!
*YES, I started out on MySpace. Give me a break, it was the thing back in 2006, you know it was.
So in a little less than a month I’ll be hitting yet another blogging milestone: SIX YEARS!
While years four and five were full of fun stats, pics, analyses, Wordles and the like, I think year six will have even more.
I’m going to go through each and every blog so that I can have data from every single day (not just every month, like I had done for last year). There are a few things I’d like to examine:
1. Do I have a statistically higher wordcount on any particular day(s)?
2. Using the Gunning Fog Index as a gauge, how does my blog readability change over the course of the last six years?
3. Have I been adding more images to my blog posts overall as time has progressed?
4. Do my blogs change in terms of length/complexity/readability based on the time of the year?
5. And a bunch of stuff I can’t remember now.
Hello ladies and gents. There is something special about today’s blog.
Today is my 2,000th blog!
This means it’s been 2,000 days since May 1st, 2006. That simultaneously sounds so long and yet so short.
In modest celebration (“modest” meaning “not extravagant;” all my crap’s packed up and I’m sitting in a hotel waiting to go home tomorrow and thus haven’t really had time to make a huge celebration blog), I’m going to list my top 20 blog titles and top 20 blogs. Because that’s kind of what I do.
Top 20 Titles (yes, most of these are stupid puns. Deal.)
- Are the bulbs of mercury at the bottom of thermometers collectively known as H.G. Wells?
- I just realized I’m illiterate and now I cacng apbtrtht kd thactgs
- Do physical comedians suffer from post-dramatic jest disorder?
- Circular reasoning works because circular reasoning works because circular reasoning works…
- Do philosophy departments have Causal Fridays?
- My new position at the PepsiCo factory isn’t the greatest job in the world, but I’m making Dew
- Waiter! There’s a tachyon in my—oh wait, there it goes, never mind.
- Is a theorem about pickles called a dill lemma?
- I am 95% confident that the population parameter ‘love’ falls between you and me
- If you want to eat an apple pie, you must first consume the universe
- Yo blog title, I’mma let you finish, but this entry holds one of the best blogs of all time
- I used to teach a failing fly-tying class until I realized my efforts were all for knot.
- I used to work at a bridal shop specializing in headdresses. My work there was to know a veil.
- Hammer Time is the fifth dimension
- How much fit would an index fit if the index indexed fit?
- Is Superman’s costume considered his strong suit?
- Silly Rabbit…Trix are for Magicians
- This just in: geophagists across the globe are biting the dust!
- Some Days I Miss My Sanity. Other Days I’m Just a Toaster.
- Waiter! There’s an infinite loop in my Waiter! There’s an infinite loop in my Waiter!…
Top 20 Blogs
- The Second Continental Chatroom – This is probably the only halfway funny thing I’ve ever written. Fueled by Chips Ahoy, baby. Fueled by Chips Ahoy.
- Claudia the Angry Blogger Presents: Yet Another Rant against Pretty Much Everything – This blog started as like three paragraphs and ballooned to a full-on “I hate change, especially on the internet” rant. It makes me happy.
- U Can’t Prove This – I’m really not sure how I managed to rewrite U Can’t Touch This while under the incredible stress of a 25-credit finals week, but here it is.
- HOT DAMN, Tukey Sandwiches! – I think the “pun to normal content” ratio is at its most ridiculous in this blog.
- Multicollinearity: The Silent Killer – If you don’t talk to your kid about near linear dependence, who will?
- A STATELY CHALLENGE – Because my first draft of the US without reference to a map is hilarious.
- My new position at the PepsiCo factory isn’t the greatest job in the world, but I’m making Dew – Philosophy of science stuff.
- Damn this infernal 95 character limit! I have witty things to say in my titles! This is crap! – Bashing Microsoft ’07: a happy pastime of mine.
- Pi vs. e – Alternate title: “R has two subsequent heart attacks.”
- Blameworthiness and the Anonymous Judge: An Analysis of FML Categories – My hypothesis was supported! WOO! I’d also like to expand this study at some point.
- If a blog falls in the forest… – Because of the Pokemon card.
- Gordon Freeman: A Case Study – Because of Gordon Freeman.
- Apple stores are goddamn scary – In terms of frightening corporate power, Apple is still < Google, but both should be watched carefully.
- An analysis of statewise uniform population density (according to Craigslist) – More stats fun.
- I’ve been waiting years for this – I remember being SO HAPPY when I opened the M&Ms package.
- Piece of Pi – More song parody! More math!
- Are the bulbs of mercury at the bottom of thermometers collectively known as H.G. Wells? – I really don’t know why I like this blog, I just do. Hippos.
- In This Blog: My Data Look like a Napkin Swan – Because of the uncanny and hilarious resemblance.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is like a bad drug trip – It is! Seriously!
- Waiter! There’s a hippo in my Taco Grande! – Ye olde rant against pants. One of my early blogs.
Yay for 2,000 blogs. Here’s to 2,000 more, eh?
30-Day Meme – Day 21: A recipe.
YAY, a recipe! Cooking = win. Here’s one from the internet and one of my own.
1. Internet recipe
This makes a phenomenal breakfast/anytime bread. Super easy to make and crumbly as hell, this bread has a really good texture to it that adds to the sweet (but not overly so) taste. The only problem is that it goes moldy quite quickly if you try to stretch its life for more than five or six days.
2. Claudia recipe
You know I have to plug my Tukey sandwiches again (even though I just did), made and named in honor of the brilliant John Tukey. Because nothing says “you’re an awesome statistician” like a punny sandwich.
It happened before Facebook. It happened before YouTube. It happened before the iPhone. It happened before Wi-Fi became widespread.
But the news of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center spread across the country probably faster than any of us could have imagined.
I remember waking up that morning to go to school. My mom already had the news on. It was shortly after the first tower had been hit, and as such there was still a great amount of confusion amongst the news reporters about what exactly had happened. Yes, the tower had been hit by a plane, but there was still speculation regarding whether it was an accident.
I personally remember thinking that’s all it was as I packed up my stuff to walk to school (8th grade). I think my most distinct memory of the day was when I first got on campus a little bit later. Students were rushing into the building, parents exiting the parking lot quickly. I saw my friend Amy, also in a hurry, pass me on her bike.
“What’s going on?” I asked.
“The second tower just got hit,” she said. “Big news. Everyone’s talking about it.”
I really don’t remember much else from that day. School didn’t happen, that’s for sure; every TV in every classroom was on, every pair of eyes in every grade watching silently as the events unfolded.
School didn’t happen for the rest of the week, either.
I think if I had been a few years older I would have remembered more. I actually remember September 11, 2002 more vividly because of how afraid everyone was about a similar even occurring on the one-year anniversary.
I guess there’s really not much I can say that hasn’t been said by anyone else today. I hope all those killed (yes, ALL those killed), both on that day and from events resulting from that day, rest in peace.
That is all.
Hey, guess what? Today marks my 1-year anniversary on WordPress after freeing my blogs from the tyranny of MySpace.
Number of views
Scrabble Letter Values and the QWERTY Keyboard
TWSB: Well, it certainly would make the cartographer’s job easier…
Some pretty funny stuff
Claudia’s 365 Days of Music – A Review
An analysis of statewise uniform population density (according to Craigslist)
Top search engine terms
“scrabble letter breakdown”
“scrabble letter values”
“le seul mot juste”
Here’s to another year!
Well, it’s that time of the year. The anniversary of my blog. But this isn’t any regular anniversary.
This is five years.
That’s right. I started blogging five years ago on May 1st, 2006.
At one blog per day, that’s 1,826 blogs. Doesn’t seem like that many when put like that, in my opinion, but there you go.
Anyway. Here are the last five years of my life as put down on paper (note: that’s a 7” thick binder):
- The last five years of my life weigh a total of 10.4 pounds and stacks up a little bit shorter than a Red Bull
- Total word count: 479,955
- Total number of pages (1.25” margins, 10-point Times New Roman): 1,552
- Year with the longest daily entries: May 2007 – May 2008
- Number of people who actually care about these stats apart from myself: 0
Whatever. It’s my blog, I can post what I want!
And you know what I want. Stats!
Here’s a month-by-month line graph of word count:
Here’s one of the Gunning Fox Index rating of each month:
And one of the average number of words per sentence for each month:
A Wordle cloud for all the blogs:
A Wordle cloud for all the titles:
I was hoping to have transferred all the “friends only” blogs from MySpace by today (they didn’t automatically transfer when I moved to WordPress, so I’ve been doing it by hand), but that unfortunately wasn’t possible. They’ll all be here soon, though.