I read most of this dissertation in Kansas and on flights to and fro. But before mailing it off to its whipsmart author with my comments, I found a whippet nearby. I'm telling you, the whippet knows when a dissertation is around.
(Also, KR: there's one of the boots you were asking about awhile back.)
Go here for last year's installment, and at the bottom of that are the previous disses in the series. CGD, you are on deck!