Sometimes, someone says something in a recording, and you can actually hear, over the sound of their voice, Apu saying, ‘Just between you and me, smashed hat.’
there are people in this world who get copies of ethnographies signed. And that makes me super happy.
Spent all day transcribing interviews with a health care professional and veteran of HIV/AIDS care specifically, about the history, evolution, and social roots of policy towards the disease. It is probably no wonder I cannot sleep.
Health policy is (a) depressing, and (b)filled with words it’s hard to type fast. ’Co-pay’ does not just roll out of my fingers, and ‘MediCare’ and ‘MedicAid’ are awful.
Yes, I am seriously getting faster on this touch-type nonsense, as well as mastering moving the time around on my iTunes.
Social sciences are an amazing but kind of inherently fucked idea, you know? Because we all agree that they can never actually be sciences as we understand them, but we also all agree that it’s fundamentally important to try to treat and think about them as such, because of the virtues that that nature of thought brings to a discipline. But at the same time, the variety of information that social scientists deal with, and the kind of thinking they’re required to do is just mind-mindbogglingly unsuited to scientific thought. And it’s this amazing system of double think, compromise, innovative rationalization, and utter bullshit - and at the end, despite all of that, they’re still some of the most important ways we can struggle to understand ourselves and our world. These incredibly vital hierarchies of thought are houses of cards built on sand in a stiff wind, and it all just barely works.
Ever put an unfamiliar foodstuff in your mouth and just think, “Wow. I have no idea what that tasted like and I have no idea if I liked it,”?
Transcribing the portion of a meeting where it is stated that getting transcription done will be very important, so that they can start writing:
A wild guilt trip appears!
Just when I think I’m hitting my stride with this transcription thing, everybody starts stammering.