california dreamin’


I had the pleasure of spending the last few days in California, first doing a workshop at UCLA and then conducting one of my antiwar protest surveys in San Francisco. Some fun stuff:

  • I did a lot of what people recommended around UCLA. Gabriel recommended Loteria Grill at the Farmer’s Market on Fairfax. I didn’t do the chilaquiles because they had the carnitas con salsa morita special (pork with mole sauce + avocado) that was phenomenal. I also took many buses and walked much through many neighborhoods.
  • UCLA has a very exciting bunch of graduate students doing political comparative research and I had a lot of great discussions in the “P237 workshop,” hosted by Michael Mann. Shout out to Wesley, Angela, Rob and everyone else who showed up.
  • The big question from Bill Roy about my work: So, if you are showing that movements work according to network theory’s predictions, then what’s so special about social movements?
  • The Kobe beef ravioli at Palomino is outstanding.
  • The UCLA Fowler museum has a number of great shows right now on textiles, photography in Africa, and European silver work.
  • “Is this bloggable?” will get you chuckles in certain circles at UCLA these days.
  • I know Jeremy loves Giant Robot, so he should love the Japan-o-cute Hotel Tomo in San Francisco.
  • The SF Moma has a knock out great show by art super-duper-art-star Olafur Eliasson. There were many, many other wonderful works, including an extensive exhibit of Joseph Cornell’s work, probably the best I’ve seen outside the Art Institute of Chicago. Coolest item from the Eliasson: the “frozen car” (Your mobile expectations). They keep it in a giant freezer and you need a jacket to go in there.
  • Actual discussion while I surveying during the San Francisco antiwar protest: “Who is doing this survey?” “My name is Fabio Rojas, from Indiana…” “Hold on, are you the grad skool rulz guy?” Special thanks to Laura, Dan, Amy & Alec for helping out on the survey.

That’s it for now. Have a fun Sunday.


Written by fabiorojas

October 28, 2007 at 5:10 pm

Posted in fabio, fun, social movements

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  1. I’m sure Fabio’s response to the Grad School Rulz query was: yes I am. And what are you doing wasting time on this protest? Get back to work!



    October 29, 2007 at 11:54 am

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