Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

A little bit of geek heaven

I’m in California this week for work, my company is American and our HQ is here. We have an annual trip out here for a conference which more often than not means sitting in a windowless room listening to people talk.

But today was different.

Today was a little bit of geek heaven, today (at my suggestion incidentally) we had one of the co-authors of Freakonomics speak to us. He was pretty funny guy, with some great stories (monkey prostitution and male hand washing behaviour for starters) with a subtle lesson behind them. He shared a bunch of these for 60 minutes or so.

Then we got his book for free and he signed it for me.

Then he joined us for small dinner, just 7 or 8 of us and him.

I know for most of you this probably isn’t very exciting, but for me this is pretty darn cool. I had a long chat with him about football and the economics behind it, plus whether a child’s name can determine how successful they are in life.

Sometimes there truly are perks to this job.

9 Comments

  1. Of all the things in the world you could have talked to him about………

  2. Thats pretty cool. It’s fun to speak to anyone who is a guru in their field, regardless of what that field is.

    Out of interest, how successful will Olivia be then?

  3. He’d be a fascinating guy to have dinner with: I’m suitably jealous!

  4. Lucky you, my kids love his book. Essential A level Economics reading.

  5. Great blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am taking your feeds also

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