I was at a small conference for the first time in my life last week after only having attended much larger plant society meetings before. Small conferences are much nicer in many ways. The talks were mostly good. The ones that weren’t were because they were hard to follow mostly due to ineffective use of Powerpoint. During the poster session I actually talked to quite a few people about my poster, which was good, even though I’m not sure the story I was telling was all that great. It also drove home for me just now far I have to go to establish some sort of career in science. I’ll keep working at it, of course, and keep trying to work towards alternatives as well. Onward and upward (I hope). Now it’s back to the grind, and hopefully back to more regular and more interesting posts than this one.