Keystroke Logging

This is an aggregation of words I typed out twice or more over the past week and a tally of their usage. I installed logKext to log keystrokes and parsed the text with a basic Processing program. It’s an interesting view of recurring linguistic themes decontextualized from correspondence, homework, Web navigation, and other instantiations of natural language on a laptop. Some of these words immediately bring to mind the occasion of their use. “Omega,” for instance, is the name of a retreat center I visited last weekend. There are also many words from a dossier I just wrote for another class. Others I don’t recall using at all—ambient electronic communication, in retrospect. Even more intriguing to me are the navigational cues visible in the pre-processed text file. And this is the point of departure for another project . . .

Word List
Already: 2; Arduino: 2; By: 4; CD: 2; CO2: 3; Center: 2; Culture: 2; Daemon: 4; Design: 3; Disc: 2; Do: 2; Fri: 4; GPS: 4; Gas: 2; Have: 2; Here: 3; Holy: 7; I: 18; I’ll: 4; I’m: 7; It: 2; Jason: 2; Living: 2; MD: 10; Media: 4; MiniDisc: 12; Nature: 2; New: 5; Oct: 8; October: 2; Omega: 4; Our: 2; Photograph: 2; Recording: 2; Saturday: 3; Sony: 2; Still: 2; Thanks: 2; The: 9; Thu: 2; V: 5; Warner: 2; We: 2; Wed: 2; With: 4; York: 6; You: 5; a: 59; able: 2; about: 4; add: 2; address: 2; again: 4; all: 7; along: 3; also: 6; amount: 4; an: 10; analog: 5; and: 70; any: 4; appreciate: 2; are: 9; around: 3; as: 13; assignment: 2; at: 15; attend: 2; audio: 5; back: 4; be: 12; been: 2; between: 5; both: 2; but: 7; by: 24; can: 5; case: 2; complex: 2; compression: 2; conference: 2; confirm: 2; could: 4; data: 4; day: 2; dear: 2; devised: 2; direct: 2; disc: 6; do: 5; doesn’t: 2; don’t: 2; dossier: 2; early: 2; else: 2; end: 4; experience: 2; field: 3; first: 3; fit: 3; follow: 2; for: 36; form: 2; format: 2; from: 8; gave: 2; generation: 2; get: 3; going: 2; good: 9; got: 2; great: 2; happy: 2; has: 8; have: 9; having: 2; help: 4; her: 3; hope: 4; how: 5; if: 7; in: 27; including: 3; information: 3; interested: 3; into: 4; is: 30; it: 19; it’s: 3; its: 3; just: 3; keep: 2; know: 5; light: 3; like: 3; logged: 4; longer: 3; looking: 2; lot: 2; made: 4; many: 2; material: 2; may: 4; me: 8; media: 3; meet: 3; meeting: 2; memory: 2; method: 2; might: 2; mind: 2; minutes: 2; more: 2; most: 2; music: 3; my: 6; need: 8; new: 4; next: 2; no: 3; not: 10; occurs: 2; of: 93; off: 2; on: 17; one: 2; or: 5; order: 3; original: 3; other: 2; others: 3; out: 5; over: 7; part: 2; past: 2; performance: 2; power: 2; primary: 2; project: 4; public: 3; published: 2; range: 2; really: 2; recorder: 2; recording: 3; relationship: 4; requires: 2; research: 3; ride: 2; see: 3; send: 2; sensor: 3; set: 2; sharing: 2; should: 4; slide: 2; so: 6; some: 7; something: 2; sound: 7; sounds: 2; source: 2; spectrum: 2; starting: 4; staying: 2; still: 3; such: 3; sure: 3; talk: 2; technology: 3; than: 2; that: 17; that’s: 3; the: 133; their: 3; then: 2; theory: 2; there: 2; these: 3; things: 2; think: 4; this: 14; to: 79; today: 2; try: 2; two: 3; up: 13; use: 3; using: 2; very: 2; visible: 2; voltage: 3; vs.: 2; was: 12; wasn’t: 2; way: 3; we: 5; weekend: 10; well: 3; what: 8; which: 3; while: 2; will: 6; with: 25; within: 3; without: 3; work: 4; worked: 2; working: 3; would: 4; x: 2; you: 33; you’re: 3; your: 9.