a script for extracting Google Ngram data

What is The Google Ngram Viewer is a database browser used to chart the relative frequency of words or phrases. The data source is the Google Books database (sort of) and the graphic engine is Google Charts. It’s cool. It’s pretty. It’s hard to use for academic work because […]

Classic Shell Scripting: the history of is a frequently used in introductory CompSci courses to get students to rethink how they imagine data. The classic puzzle is expressed as: “Given a text file and an integer K, you are to print the K most common words in the file (and the number of their occurrences) […]

Catastrophic Frequencies

A longitudinal study of keyword frequencies in Section A of the New York Times between 2001 and 2008 supported the hypothesized typologies of catastrophic myths. Patterns of occurrence are consistent between natural and man-made disasters, and suggest a relationship between U.S. political elections and modern myth-creation that is worthy of further investigation.

Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide (2007)

Cooper, Mendel (April 29 2007) Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide: An in-depth exploration of the art of shell scripting, Version 4.3. Retrieved from This tutorial assumes no previous knowledge of scripting or programming, but progresses rapidly toward an intermediate/advanced level of instruction . . . all the while sneaking in little […]

Chmod Notes

This site has useful documentation on the use of chmod and permissions on unix servers. http://www.web-ho

UNIX commands

I just tried to install MoinMoin wiki. No dice. I’ll try WikiRootry and may come back to MoinMoin if there’s no luck there either. The Installation Directions for MoinMoin just SUCK. Not for the rookie, IMHO. Useful commands I’ve dug up in the process: gunzip = for .gz files (1) […]

Transition To Blosxom Started

It looks like I’ve got Blosxom installed on (AKA Blosxom is set-up, running, and reading the style-sheets. The layout’s been converted, though it’ll probably be re-designed later. I’ve begun the conversion of posts from Blogger to Blosxom and old posts will start appearing here as that conversion progresses. […]

Back In The Day: The BBS

Some people develop an emotional attachment to technology. For some guys it’s their trucks, when I was 12 it was the BBS. I was looking around for some old software from the Pre-Netscape era when I pulled up a May 2002 article titled When 300 baud was the bomb. Yeah. That’ s what […]