After a refreshing holiday respite, Ben is back with his amazing autistic friend Andrew to talk about his latest creative endeavor. Andrew shares the deets on the contents of and inspiration behind his latest zine, “An Actually Autistic Window on Economics.” After the definition formalities have concluded, the masters of “stream of consciousness” type conversation, Ben and Andrew, talk about EVs, the perils of Twitter, the building blocks of accounting, child labor, instant coffee, TicketMaster, Lucas Pope’s game “Papers Please,” and and the John Hughes classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” They close the show by discussing weather or not the video games industry is recession-proof.
00:00:21 - Chairs, Stools, and the Poang twins start the show! 00:03:03 - Pandemic globalization stories and which word is scarier, economy or economics? 00:06:40 - The definition of this week’s word, and marketing brushless power master cars 00:10:00 - Etymology, ecology, economics, exactly the same amount of cool, and autism 00:12:52 - The economics of social media, billionaires making trouble, and Weird Al 00:16:15 - Reddit for people with short attention spans, and Andrew’s inspiration for the zine 00:19:09 - The discipline of accounting, recognizing your own value, and Scrooge McDuck
FUN FACT: Allen F. Morgenstern coined the phrase “work smarter not harder” in the 1930s.
00:23:11 - Newsies, holding stuff, intangible assets, good will, and humanity 00:28:04 - How things move and flow, emotional racketeering, girl scouts, and mayonnaise. 00:31:04 - Andrew thinks Folgers bought Seattle’s Best, and Ben’s question about the zine 00:34:41 - According to the accounting equation you can have positive equity or Kanye West 00:39:02 - Twitter celebrity stories, the good part of social media, and prayers to the algorithm 00:42:25 - Taylor Swift tickets, owning the “mechanicals,” leverage, and Bob Dylan 00:45:26 - Southwest Airlines, efficiency, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - CME scene @39:23 00:47:24 - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and timing the path of the movie 00:50:14 - A judgement on Daffy Duck’s personality and back to “the Merc” 00:53:26 - Pork-bellies, soy, Andrew’s new sticker idea, and Ferris Bueller’s wisdom
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - Ferris’ Beatles monologue @05:21 00:55:47 - Favorite -isms, Andrew’s communism example, and missing supplies 00:59:51 - Large scale corruption, the trouble with consolidated dictatorships, and FIFA 01:03:49 - Ben explains the game Papers, Please (created by Lucas Pope) to Andrew
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - Ben Stein’s second scene @10:44 01:06:35 - Ben Stein’s (not Jimmy Kimmel’s) money and accrual basis accounting 01:10:01 - Andrew has a message for the listeners, and remembering John Hughes movies 01:12:49 - Prepare yourself for Ben’s dramatic reading, too much live, and the deadest pan
01:14:57 - Andrew’s suggestion, and Ben asks, “are video games recession-proof?” 01:18:29 - Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon versus Jon Bauman, and closing the show