The Neil Gaiman Marriage Proposal

Neat story about how this guy proposed to his girlfriend via Neil Gaiman:

I already knew some time before that Neil was going to be at the Ad Congress to give a couple of talks and a signing. So one late night, I went to the “Ask Neil” portion of his blog and wrote a rather long e-mail about how I planned to propose, and if he could find some time in his busy sched and play a small part (understatement of the year) in it. I did this well knowing that the e-mail would probably discarded along with the thousands of messages he gets every day.But two days later, a reply from his assistant:

Hi Jason,I am sure we can help with this, give me a bit to make sure of his schedule…

And a day later, while having lunch with Maui, I got a call from Jaime Daez, owner of local book superstore Fully Booked, telling me that Neil had in fact, agreed, and would be very happy to help me out.

(via Grow a Brain)

From ABBA to Led Zeppelin: using music to teach economics

This weblog offers a variety of song lyrics that instructors of economics may find useful in teaching economics. Each post includes a selection from the song’s lyrics and a brief assignment for students. This site has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Education.

Here’s an example using Donna Summers’ “She Works Hard For Her Money”

This classic Donna Summer song is about a waitress she met at a local restaurant who was working two jobs. Donna could see “she works hard for the money.” Many economists are somewhat puzzled by tipping behavior. The tip is given after the meal – when it has no impact on the service rendered. Yet most people tip in spite of that fact. Explain why consumer’s tip and under what circumstances you’d expect tips to be less and more generous.

Red Cloud’s Farewell Address to his People

Red Cloud’s Farewell Address:

I was born a Lakota and I shall die a Lakota. Before the white man came to our country, the Lakotas were a free people. They made their own laws and governed themselves as it seemed good to them. The priests and ministers tell us that we lived wickedly when we lived before the white man came among us. Whose fault was this? We lived right as we were taught it was right. Shall we be punished for this? I am not sure that what these people tell me is true.

(via Kottke)