January 2010

Growing up, I was never too much into economics; I simply never thought it would affect my day to day life. Well, of course the economic collapse happened, and all the response. And during this all, I became incredibly interested, becoming a bit of a junkie, an amateur economics nerd–I love reading about the stuff, watching TV coverage, listening to podcasts, etc. Lately I came across this amazing video about the opposing philosophies of two economists, John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek.

It’s put together by the guys at econstories.tv, and performed by Snakes. They do a really good job. Not that I’m much of a Keynesian, but  I do feel like they gave Hayek the last word, and I would have loved to hear John’s retort. But it is an absolutely outstanding introduction with some amazing rhymes like “I have a plan any fool can understand. The advice real simple–boost aggregate demand” and “The place you should study isn’t the bust, it’s the boom that should make you feel leery, that’s the thrust of my theory.” Anyway, I encourage everyone to check it out, it’s pretty bad-ass.

Inspired by the video, I made a quick little diddy.

And I have to give a shout out to my favorite podcast, NPR’s Planet Money, simply because it does such a solid job making this all approachable. I encourage anyone at all interested to check it out.

I moved recently, and am slowly getting my new apartment together. Of course, part of that is rediscovering all this  stuff that had been tucked away. I found some art from a comics project I was working on over 5 years ago called Astronaut Go! Here’s a quick pic from it:

The comic started when I lived in Boston. The apartment the main character lived in was very directly based on the one I had lived in then. I ditched the project because, even though I loved it, after getting about 16 pages in, I realized my research was badly done, and would take a lot of fudging to make the intricacies of the story come off naturally. I never got around to reworking it. One day I would love to scan in the rest of the comics pages. Anyway, just found it, thought I’d put it up.