When revising IMO

This is the list of steps necessary to revise your paper that I built up when doing an independent study during my masters work.

So, when revising, read for:

1. Relevance and redundancy

2. Amount of quotes vs. use of your own words

3. Sentence structure and passive voice

4. Format, citations

The numbered steps mean I’m suggesting rereading four times. Yup. At least.

Insert spell/grammar check in whatever software you are using before these steps, maybe after, maybe both.

Now I’ll erase this list from the white board and clean up the white board!


I thought I was going to post on this more over the summer. I see that’s not working out so well. But hey, summer isn’t over. I noticed in past few days I think I’m finally feeling decompressed from the stress of the spring semester. That explains why winter break between semesters never seems long enough…since it’s been about a month since I finished up spring semester.

Writing is revising again, and again, and again

I finished a paper in an independent study over last semester. The professor congratulated me on a job well done. It was hard to do. It seemed near impossible sometimes. Especially since I picked a topic with little completed research. The point of the independent study was also so I could work on my writing.

So, I came up with a list of things to read for when revising a paper…

First read through:

relevance and redundancy

Second read through:

quoted material vs. “original” material – this is to help make sure things aren’t being missed

Third read through:

Sentence structure, passive voice, adverbs

Fourth read through:

organization, format, cites, spell check

Fifth read through:

still need to continue rereading if any large changes have been made.

*I came up with this when I was nearing the end of my editing/revising/rewriting

Being Social on the Internet

I’m reading an article* from 2001 titled the “Social Implications of the Internet” and it’s a little amazing how things have changed in a decade. The authors review literature in 5 categories: inequality, community and social capital, political participation, organizations and other economic institutions, and cultural participation/diversity. (taken from abstract which should be available on google scholar)

Now where does me blogging about this…and posting on twitter about it… fit into the research?

*For my independent study topic for this semester.

Friday afternoon…

I decide to not stop at $tarbucks cause I don’t want to deal with it being super busy or the baristas working being super stupid (this location specifically)… I decide to stop at the grocery store on the way home and get some vanilla soy coffee creamer instead since we have good coffee at home. (Nevermind I was going to get a latte at $tarbucks, not coffee.) As I pull up at grocery store I send husband a text asking if he had any requests for the grocery store….

His only serious answer was “anything I want for dinner.” Well, I got beer! Beer to try, to be specific.

Nevermind I don’t think beer is going to help me write this research proposal paper which also reviews literature from 5 other sources (at a minimum) that’s due in like 10 days. Too bad I can’t write it on beer.

Adult (College) Student

I have plans to write up a series of blog posts regarding being an adult college student. The posts would include things like good note taking tools or how to write under a deadline @ Starbucks.

One of the most important things for note-taking? Good quality pens, pencils, paper…


Going to attempt to read more books relating to American culture… since that’s my main interest… and I’m burned on reading about social policy ’cause of school.

In an attempt to do so, I picked up: Rumspringa: To Be or Not to be Amish when bookstoring recently because I realized that’s one thing I’d like to know more about.

Learning my MacBook Pro

I bought this book from Amazon. Biggest problem being that I’ve been a Windows user for years and need to know how different types of software translate between platforms. For example, I’ll be looking into more blogging software specific to the Mac platform, or I’ll continue to use Windows Live Writer and just use it in a VM of Windows. (I do recommend Windows Live Writer.) I’ve installed Blogo I think it’s called on the laptop, small amount of time to set up and the only problem is I’m unable to actually publish from the software, it will do drafts, not published posts to wordpress. You have to purchase Blogo but it does have a 21 day demo/trail period.

I’m also in the process of learning Notebook 3.0 which might be nicer than Microsoft Office OneNote for note taking. I don’t know yet. The learning curve on Notebook 3.0 seems a little steeper than one note. I’ve also looked into EverNote which is “free” in that you have to pay for a higher limit to your monthly usage. I’m using EverNote for info I want access to from either desktop, laptop, or iPhone. (Yes, EverNote has a free iPhone app.) I don’t think EverNote will work for school though. Especially when you start adding in the size of pictures/etc.

So far, the touchpad is awesome. I like how easily the laptop can be sleep’ed. It’s somewhat annoying to not have a hibernate option but that’s not a big deal. The build/form of the laptop is quite nice. It’s thinner, it’s balanced. Even holding the laptop with hand I’m not worried I might drop it. The screen is quite lovely.

Things I need to do:

1. find IM software I like or just get used to Adium

2. settle on blogging software and see if I like it more than LiveWriter

3. run through the tutorial/user guide on Notebook 3.0

4. Set up Spaces more/better for usage at school. The native multi-desktop support is lovely. Especially for a laptop.

5. Make sure I know how to properly uninstall apps on the laptop.

6. See what my options are with my Canon Rebel digital camera and the laptop.

7. Probably other things I can’t think of right now.

News from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America newsletter

I’m glad to see this. It’s a new site from AAFA.  But again, as usual, I question how many people will actually see the site?I know about it because I get emails/newsletters from AAFA. Someone without asthma or allergies probably doesn’t. And people without asthma or allergies need to know about dangers of allergies and asthma.

Basics from the site:

Asthma basics

Asthma is a chronic disease — that means, once you have it, you’ll most likely have it for life. It’s not your fault.

Asthma affects the airways of the lungs and causes them to become swollen and irritated. Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be treated. That’s important. If asthma is not managed, symptoms can worsen and lead to limitations on your activities, missed days of work, and future asthma episodes — even if your asthma is mild.

And still, there needs to be a way to get asthma awareness to college campuses. And May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. I’ll have to keep up with that. I’m not sure it’s worth trying to get an “event” scheduled on my campus since May is finals and end of semester and graduate and omg for many! Wish I was graduating!


I’d must rather finish reading this book and continue with this book, than read this* book.

Also, my opinion of E.E.Knight increased after we found his Livejournal. Not because it’s Livejournal but because of the content! Like he’s willing to post negative reviews about his books. That speaks volumes.
*must be read for the class I’m taking this summer. It’s a required class. I’m figuring taking it within 5 weeks instead of a full fall semester will drive me insane a little less. I’m probably wrong.

How do I not have a “books” category?! How has this gone on for this long?! Did I already have a books category or did I not pay enough attention to WordPress? hmm.


I got my copy of the American Sociological Review yesterday. I subscribed to it when I got my membership to the ASA. That’s American Sociological Association. I feel like a nerd because I’m happy I got a magazine that’s full of sociological papers and articles. There’s even a few articles that look interesting to me. There’s nothing wrong with feeling like a nerd either! I’m glad I got everything – the membership and the subscription – at student rates.

Dropped a class

I had to drop a class. I hate dropping a class. But when the professor is not actually a professor and can’t teach… it can become necessary. The good news is I have more time for everything else now. The bad news is I still have to take statistics later on.

It bugs me the school doesn’t seem to care that they are only providing warm bodies to lead classes, and not actually providing professors. Wonder if this would have happened for a more popular degree plan?

Yea. I know. It’s cryptic. *shrug*

My brain on life

Today I went to a class I didn’t need to go to… as in there was no class today. Instead of getting annoyed and going home I decided to see my advisor about adding a minor degree to my education/degree plan/etc. Then, for shits and giggles, I decided to see what it would take to get a double major instead. It turns out, potentially, in theory, unofficially, it won’t really take any extra work. Like the worst part would be 1 extra semester and taking 2 advanced writing classes. Of course this is unofficial. I have to decide and then go talk to advisors again.

But, the other part. Rounding up, I need less than 40 hours to graduate from my bachelors. If I double major then that would be less than 40 hours for 2 bachelors. Yes, two. Of those 40 hours, 15 can go towards the masters I want to take. (They call it fast-tracking.) I have started this semester saying I’m a junior and don’t know how long I’ll be a junior to I’ll be graduating in two years, and that is WITH the masters.

Add this onto the rest of my plans for life (our plans) and I (we) can be married in 2010-2011. In theory that’s two years of paying on credit cards. We could be looking at houses or in a house in 2012. I can now have answers to questions like: When are you getting married? When are you graduating? When..? When…? When…?

My brains is threatening to implode. I’ve gone from not being sure how long I’ll be in school (read as: I’ll be in school forever!) to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel AND knowing it’s not the oncoming train.

To do: Besides not let my brain implode, or explode, of course. Go over the degree plans, and actually think about this on my own time. Then talk to both advisors for both degrees. Confirm that all the information I have is correct.


I’m taking a psych class about sexuality. One bit of information we just covered is Freud. Part of going over Freud is discussing the Oedipus Complex. It’s based on the Greek character of Oedipus. I should point out I’ve read the play Oedipus and I’m familiar with this literature character. According to Freud Oedipus desired his mother and therefore killed his father so he might take his mother for himself.

This annoys me. In the play Oedipus killed an unidentified man who he found out, much later on, was his father. He desired his mother as he would desire a woman. He didn’t know the woman was his mother. After he found out he killed his father and was “with” his mother… he blinded himself.

This is the first time I’ve heard the Oedipus Complex defined from the psych perspective and not from the literature perspective… at least in this detail. Freud is crazy. :p

Oh, and if I happen to be misunderstanding this, feel free to find a source and correct me.