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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
I have been working all day (OK, not the two hours I spent in bed this morning battling a migraine) on this practice job talk I have to give tomorrow, and I absolutely hate it. The theory is decent. It's an interesting topic. I actually like the topic a lot. But the evidence consists of qualitative case studies, only two of which are complete so far (they're very complicated AND in a foreign language), and so the evidence just seems... wishy-washy. The dissertation examines a difficult-to-readily-observe process, and everything is just do doggone subtle that it's hard to communicate why it's significant. Grr.
Why, oh why didn't I choose the other dissertation topic, the one with lots of data and lots of regressions? The one with easily quantifiable and explainable results? Why, oh why do I always go for the topics that require so much interpretation, so much reading, so much WORK?