Monthly Archives: May 2008

another step toward the orgtheory happy meal

Drek has started his own line of blog-related merchandise. I’d been wondering what the cause was of that strange spike in Cafe Press’s stock.

see you tonight in wiiland

Don’t forget that the Mario Kart Wii Party is tonight at 8pm EDT. We’ll be on iChat, which connects with AIM, and don’t forget that you have to add each of our IDs to your Mario Kart system. Last minute additions are welcome, so there is still time to make that impulse buy.

tenure and public sociology

There have been several posts lately about public sociology and the tenure process, including newsocprof and thepublicandtheprivate and, most recently RadioFreeNewport. All are written by young scholars. The general tone of these remarks is either to worry about the impact of public sociology on getting tenure, or to decry older sociologists who tell younger sociologists […]

overheard (not exactly “the rules” edition – or, “paging foucault” – central square)

man: what are you doing tonight? woman:  I’m meeting a friend in harvard square for dinner. man: is this a date? woman:  no, it’s that guy I told you about, the one who is just way too sane for me.  he’s really cute, but I just can’t imagine dating someone that is so together. man:  you […]

invasive species

There was a lot more interest than I would have expected in my brief mention of my problem figuring out what to do with five bags of garlic mustard. The update is that I put off dealing with the problem while I finished grading, and then the bags started to leak. Most of it turned […]

apparently, this is stuck in the eighties week for jeremy on scatterplot

Coming on the heels of my revelation of my secret hobby project: The newspaper from the small town where I grew up (Manson, Iowa) apparently is now offering back issues on CD-ROM. Someone a few years behind me in school bought it and e-mailed me an article from 1984 with this headline: Here I am:

two addictions, both named blue monster

Four days ago, I decided to close my blog. Be warned, fellow bloggers, it is incredibly hard to quit. I’ve never felt more motivated to blog than I have the past four days, and so I’m wimping out on my cold turkey approach and going for the blogger “patch,” a post on scatterplot (I hope […]

the popularity of no war

This comes from my colleague Philip Cohen. Besides the straightforward interest, I am proud to say that, at least as a camper at Farm and Wilderness, I could (and did) recite all of “Alice’s Restaurant” from memory.

they need to be made to make sense

I spent this morning at a very interesting seminar sponsored by UNC’s terrific Center for Genomics and Society. The speaker was talking about potential “breakthroughs” in the genetics of psychiatric conditions using Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS). More on my thoughts on genetics a different time, but I was struck by an interesting set of comments.

on question wording and push polls

For the past few years I have been placing questions on some statewide (North Carolina) polls on various areas, including human rights and collective bargaining for NC state employees. The last two were my own polls, carried out by Public Policy Polling under contract to me.

people are changing their minds about homosexuality

Shamus’s post on attitudes toward same-sex marriage couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, as I have been working with Bob Andersen at the University of Toronto to analyze attitudes toward homosexuality, and the first of our two forthcoming articles has just been made available on the Public Opinion Quarterly website. It should be […]

my secret hobby project revealed

I don’t mean to presume that you care, but some people are curious. If you are, here goes:

husband gets the glory

Since there were no sociologists in attendance at the Kathleen Edwards show in Madison (I’m looking at you, OW), I’m going to have to bring the goods to you in the following video. This particular song may be a little too Canadian for everyone except Ken–if so, please click over to the Cheapest Key video–but […]

sorry if i spammed you

You’d think that I have hung out in the parking lot behind the internets long enough to know better, but when I signed up for a new bookmarking/link sharing tool that a friend of mine recommended, I unwittingly sent invitations out to my entire address book. It is the first time I have made such […]

dino world!

This weekend, while the blog was self-absorbed in a lull, we were out filling our brains with knowledge about every 4-year-old’s favorite creatures: dinosaurs. It was a very special day, because we even got to bring along Kid’s Friend, who knows everything there is to know about the dinos. Among the things we learned yesterday: […]


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