Okay, so it only took 10 days to figure out how to get my AEA talk on the Internet. For those of you who aren’t already aware, I was in Atlanta last week to give a humor talk at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association. Some random facts and observations about my trip, which went from Cambridge to Atlanta to Alabama to Cleveland(ish) to Buffalo and back to Cambridge:
- I decided to drive from Cambridge to Atlanta starting at 11pm on a Friday night. It took 17 hours and involved a quick nap in a Target parking lot in Charlottesville, VA.
- There are a lot more vanity license plates in the South than there are in New England.
- I took the MARTA from my friend’s house to the hotel one day, and I was the only white person in my train car. I did not feel as out of place during this ride as I did among other economists at the convention.
- A liability release is required to go on a tour of the Talladega speedway. (That’s how you know the tour is AWESOME. =P)
- Alabama football is insane. (Roll tide, roll.) People in Alabama are really nice.
- Starbucks do in fact exist in West Virginia, but so do anti-evolution billboards. (No really- picture the graphic of the progression from monkey to human with the circle and the slash.)
- Kimmelweck rolls do not travel well, but it might be worth moving to western New York just so I can go to Wegman’s on a regular basis.
In summary: my trip was fun, and my talk was fun. The latter was in large part due to the fact that we drew quite a crowd:
(Update: I put this photo up on my Facebook page here so that you can tag yourselves if you are feeling so inclined.)
Anyway, back to the video. It’s in three parts so it’s YouTube friendly (it’s a little under 20 minutes total but I couldn’t get a good break point near the 10 minute mark), and because it’s my first time doing this it’s a little like watching Bambi try to walk for the first time. If you keep up with the site you will have seen some of this before, but it was appropriate for the audience since most of them didn’t know anything about me or what I do. (Also, some of the jokes are more econ-specific than is appropriate for a random audience.) Hope you enjoy!
(Update: You can see the full video in one piece here if you prefer. As with the YouTube version, the sound is a little out of sync, but unfortunately I can’t seem to figure out how to fix that. Hopefully I can do better next year!)