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He’s Got Guns And Butter On One Of His Guns…

August 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments
Books · Just For Fun

Part of what makes writing interesting is that, by being in a public forum, I come into contact with people whom I might not meet otherwise. (Perhaps this is less a function of writing and more a function of being a chick on the Internet.) A few weeks ago I got an interesting email (and perhaps a Facebook friending, I can’t remember) from Peter Leeson, an economics professor at George Mason University. If you aren’t aware, Pete is the author of a new book entitled The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates. As one who is generally intrigued by the “Economics is Everywhere” concept, I appreciate the approach that the book takes. I haven’t read it yet- it’s one of those “in the queue to put on my makeshift iPhone Kindle” items- but you can read a review that Ed Glaeser did in the NYT here. (Titled Aaaargh-onomics, which I suppose is acceptably cute.)

So why did I just give a shameless plug for Pete’s book? For the record, his email wasn’t a solicitation in any way, and I don’t think I would have responded favorably had it been framed as such. The email said that he read the post I had about the tattoo on my hand and wanted to share something that he thought I would appreciate. Normally, that would be a statement that I’m not sure I would want to follow up on- it is the Internet, after all- but behold:

Yes, Prof. Leeson has a supply and demand diagram tattooed on his right bicep. He said he got it when he was a teenager, which I think makes it even better- who knows when he is 18 that he wants to devote his life to such a nerdy pursuit? (Note to Pete: Apologies if I’ve outed you to any of your students. 🙂 ) I think I can guess with a fair amount of confidence that, as an undergraduate at George Mason, he got all of the econ ladies. (Ladyconomists, if you will.) I was so amused that I told this story to a friend of mine from high school, who responded with “He’s got guns and butter on one of his guns.” Not technically true, but close enough to be awesome…

I did write back to suggest that he submit a photo of his body art to Discover magazine’s science tattoo emporium. (If you follow that link you will see that nerdy people can be quite creative.) The gallery is pretty entertaining, and it ranks up there with a photo that a Facebook friend posted on my wall:

I keep feeling like I know the girl that is second from the left. (Sara, is that you?)

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toby Segaran // Aug 5, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    A cursory glance through the linked blog reveals no “computer science” tattoos 🙁 Has anyone ever seen such a thing?

  • 2 econgirl // Aug 5, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I have not…perhaps an armband in binary or something? Hint hint…I’ve always viewed you as a trendsetter… 🙂

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