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.


  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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