You know how I sometimes use this blog to complain about sociology? Well, at this conference today, I saw multiple very good talks by recent-Ph.D. sociologists. The moral of the story being that just because some quarters of the discipline may sometimes drive me to despair, there is much going on to be enthusiastic about. (Meanwhile, if you are enthusiastic about the developments that drive me to despair, you have your own things to be enthusiastic about in sociology, so there, we're all winners.)
A conversation at dinner with the woman sitting next to me:
Her: "You know, your name seems really familiar."
"Well, um, do you use Stata?"
"Yes, yes! Thank you, by the way."
I mean, it's either that or this blog. Why else would a random social scientist know who I am?