I am currently in Baltimore to man (woman?) an exhibit booth at the Council for Economic Education’s annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference. This means a number of things:
- I am both cheap and disinclined to plan, so I stuffed an exhibit booth (table, technically) of stuff into my car and drove down from Boston.
- I put the audiobook of P.J. O’Rourke’s take on The Wealth of Nations on my iPhone before I left Boston with only the best of intentions, but I ended up engaging in vehicular karaoke for 7 hours instead.
- I have no idea where I should be eating while I’m here- I feel like I should have consulted Tyler Cowen on the matter.
Anyway, if you are at the conference and reading this, you should definitely stop by the exhibit hall! I have stickers and candy, but, surprisingly enough, no windowless van, though I can offer you a ride in a blue convertible. For the rest of you, I will share a couple of selections from my nerd playlist. First up is a song that I am convinced is a tribute to my obsession with correlation versus causation:
You have no idea how much I wish that the “Making sense of it all; Take a whole lot of concentration” lyric had “instrumentation” in place of “concentration.” And yes, I get that at some points the lyrics veer toward levels of accuracy commensurate with Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic,” but you have to admit that “But if your heading to the grave
you don’t blame the hearse” makes for an excellent discussion starter.
The second is of course the soundtrack from this:
My fairly insightful cousin pointed out that this seems like something I would do, which is probably true except for the fact that it’s unclear whether I even have a job to quit in a typical sense. (I can tell that you’re now picturing me making an “I quit” video in my office for myself.) Aside from that, i do think it’s a good song, even if it’s not directly economics-related…I mean, sneaking in a rhyme of Anakin with mannequin has got to be last decade’s version of Nirvana’s mosquito/libido masterpiece. And if you want to get all up in your economics about it, it should be noted that nerds are now wondering whether the song is going to chart on Billboard as a result of the video:
— Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) October 2, 2013
It’s nice to be reminded that I’m not alone in the world. Also, the more I think about it, the more I am sad that Effect and Cause is not better suited for interpretive dance.