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My 2015 – By the Numbers

There are any number of numbers that have been used to quantify the experience of 2015, including how much average temperatures rose, stock market tickers, amount of money spent by SuperPACs, number of people displaced from Syria, total human population on Earth, instances and casualties of mass- and police-shootings—plus happier statistics that aren’t necessarily kept such as weddings, child-births, mitzvahs, and the like. Here are some numbers about my year.

1 – article submission recommended for publication
1 – wedding ceremonies overseen
2 – academic book reviews (published or accepted for publication)
2 – academic papers presented based on my dissertation research
3 – abstracts accepted for academic papers [one was presented in 2015, two 2016]
3 – ultimate frisbee leagues participated in
8 – jobs applied for this year [January applications not counted]
—0 – number of job interviews received
9 – states visited [drive-throughs not counted]
9 – ideal number of bagels to shape using a half-batch of my base recipe
18 – discrete sections in the body of my dissertation [I think this is the final tally after a change about a month ago]
53 – books read above and beyond an immediate academic purpose
—8 – original languages
—7 – non-fiction books
—5 – nobel prize winners
—4 – female authors
69 – blog posts published

As usual, these numbers mean nothing, anything, and everything. There are other metrics, but they are proprietary of NUDEAN-inc, a private analytics company. A NUDEAN spokesperson is cagey when asked to share the areas of life quantified while keeping the actual numbers secret, leading one to speculate that the data is only being haphazardly recorded. Whether this situation is a product of gross incompetence or because many aspects of human life cannot or should not be quantified is a judgement left to the reader.