At the end of November I attended my first ever conference for the Evangelical Theological Society and then also for the Society of Biblical Literature. At ETS I presented a paper called “The Man-woman Shaped Hole in the Heart of Creation.”
UPDATE: As the commenter below points out, this post is very out of date. I make suggestions regarding specific services (SugarSync) that are no longer valid (since SugarSync no longer has a free plan). Nonetheless, the general advice I give is still valid. That is, it’s important to sync and backup, it’s important for it to be set and forget, etc. In my case, using Office365 is a good option. It’s not free but it does a good job of syncing and backing up and storage comes with a subscription to Office, which I’m guessing most people will now have. If you beg to differ, or if you have other suggestions, please let us know in the comments.
I’m not going to go through all the reasons for backing up your dissertation. I’m sure you are aware of the risks and, in fact, I’m sure you are using some form of backup to safeguard against the loss of your dissertation. You might be backing up versions of your dissertation to a thumb drive or you might be emailing yourself a copy at the end of every day.
In this post I’d like to suggest that there are some easy and free ways to do a better job of backing up your dissertation. I won’t go through all the options. Instead I will suggest one system that I used, explain the basic features it has that I think every backup system should have and then point you to some other options in case you would find one of those more interesting.
That’s right, we’ve gone from “Crafty Compton” to “Sweet Swingle.”
We have a new document assistant at TEDS and a new document assistant means changes to our dissertation and research paper template. You can download the latest version in the same place as always (https://www.toddjana.com/dissertation-template-download/
Important! Do Not Try to Update a Document in Progress
Please note, if you are in the middle of your dissertation or other research project, do not try to update your file by putting it in a new template. I’m not sure of any good way to simply update a document to the new template. As far as I know, you must make all the changes that I made when I updated the template. That’s the bad news. The good news is…
The Dissertation Cliff
Ever since the elections everyone’s talking about the fiscal cliff. So we all know the economic dangers facing us in the new year. But did you know there is also such a thing as a dissertation cliff?
I didn’t. And I fell right off of it.
What in the Wordle?
I’m a big fan of Wordles. Wordles are graphic representations of the frequency of words in any text (on a web page or in a document). The graphic above is a Wordle of my entire dissertation. Larger words appear more frequently than smaller words. You can actually get an idea of what my dissertation is like by looking over the Wordle. Click on the graphic above to view a larger version of the final Wordle or click through to see a gallery of all my dissertation Wordles.
There are a few people in this world–you find your whackos everywhere–that have said they would like to read my dissertation. So for those few people, most of them classmates from Trinity who have either a professional interest or a kind heart, I am including a link to The Righteousness and Survival of the Seed in all of its expansively condensed glory.
Click through to read the abstract or find out where you can get more of that Genesis goodness. Oh, and click here to see my gallery of Wordles.