The blogging has been nil the last two days because of ye olde Midwest Politice Science Association conference in Chicago. M.Bro and I drove down Thursday afternoon (after swimming with D.Kap - see post to follow) for my Friday afternoon panel. I presented a paper called blah, blah, market-cakes. You don't care about any of that.
The trip did give rise to a number of questions that I now pose to you, my readers:
1) Are building copyrighted? And if so, does the Marina Condo Association get royalties whenever a copy of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is sold?
2) Is there such a thing as a "spring handbag"? Was I in the wrong for giggling at my wife when she said she wanted to look for one?
3) Am I an irresponsible academic for thinking every paper other than mine (and, sometimes, mine too) is boring as all get out? I feel like I have an academic responsibility to find other people's work interesting, but I just can't muster up any enthusiasm for it.
4) Do you think that publishing companies staff their conference booths with young, attractive women on purpose? "Hello, nerd - I'm the hottest woman you've ever talked to. Would you like 300 copies of this book about the Iranian nuclear program? How about if I show you a little cleavage? 400?"
5) Who blesses the pope when he sneezes? Isn't that kind of presumptuous? I mean - he's the pope, and you're going to bless him?