Wilder Hazard

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Citeproc Nights

May 16, 2021 — Asher Wycoff

As I confessed in a post on the old blog, I used to write in Microsoft Word (the horror) and type up all my references myself. It's not that I hadn't tried reference management software, but I had hated it. Word's in-built reference manager is atrocious, of course, and while programs like Zotero are marked improvements, they nonetheless have the same GUI elements I dislike. It was somehow less onerous to type out citations in full multiple times than to type them out once across a dozen text fields and checkboxes (Author, Title, Journal, Volume, Issue...). And integrating Zotero into Word just made it one more toolbar widget I had to keep track of in an already bloated bit of legacy enterprise software.

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tags: diss

Pitching the dissertation

November 07, 2020 — Asher Wycoff

This post is a pass at giving an elevator pitch for my dissertation. I've had to come up with several of these over the past two years as I moved haltingly from proposal to actual writing, and none of them has been entirely satisfactory. The problem compounds over time, as the more I revise the more I find myself arguing against previous drafts of the abstract. The single sentence abstract has remained consistent: the dissertation is about eschatological discourses in the modern liberal tradition. The current 150-word abstract looks about this like this:

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tags: diss