I'm in the middle of revising a chapter into a job talk, and I recently decided to look over the conference paper that I pulled out of the chapter last March to see if I'd made any really nice revisions there that I might want to incorporate.
And yes, I made some nice revisions. The thing is, I've already made most of them in the job talk, too. I mean, word for word, I'm revising in exactly the same way that I did last time.
It's a little freaky. But it's strangely comforting at the same time--like I have some kind of coherent aesthetic vision or something. (Or I just make the same awkward phrasing mistakes again and again?)