* I was hired to evaluate the budget numbers in this novel. I thought they were too optimistic, which the author was glad to hear.
* This year I have two separate nominations up (here and here) for “Funniest Geek Econ Blog Comment of 2011.” I don’t expect to win it; the judges have a grudge against the South. It’ll go to a blogger from New York or LA, I bet.
* On the whole David Warsh Hayek thing, Bob Wenzel has a very interesting take. He dug up previous things Warsh has written that might surprise you, given his newfound opinion of Hayek’s importance. (If anyone cares, my own views on the subject are closest to Mario Rizzo’s. This whole thing to me, is like arguing that the “Jedi vs. Sith lord” thing is a big myth. Sure, the Jedi once used to have some influence, having an official council and dozens of members. But they embarrassed themselves in Episode III, in which their leader Yoda fled into exile and from that point on they were virtually extinguished. I mean, does the modern Death Star have anything to do with the schematics that Mace Windu came up with? I doubt it. If you want to say Jabba the Hut–who lies outside the sphere of influence of the Emperor–was somehow influenced by the Jedi, OK I’ll listen to that argument, but that’s really the only leg you have to stand on.)