History of Economics Playground

A blog by young and restless (and good looking) historians of economics

We are moving the playground – come join us

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Some time ago we got an e-mail from the guys at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) asking if we were interested in shifting our playground in their direction?  Well, as of Sunday we have moved our swings and slides to the brand new ineteconomics.org/blog/playground.

New shiny home, same Kids

So what does that mean? First off we intend to continue in the same vein and in keeping content control we think not much is changing… As usual, new young and restless (and good looking) historians will join as others move on, so the only change is if you are using RSS feeds, then you will need to update it. Other than that, it’s the same playground – only shinier.

OK, so it’s a lot shinier. In April – as you’ll know – they agreed to ship us to the INET conference, and our shiny badges means we  get interviews with people who we would not otherwise bump into. We’ve also been given a video editor who is working on the interview films which will be ready soon! Then they asked if we would be interested in covering the history related INET grants and presentations, meaning travel money and hopefully interesting blog posts. Reality is that we’d be reading this stuff anyway, but somehow INET agreed to fund our trips – I fear they missed our reservation price of zero. That said, we may have missed their reservation price too, as part of the deal includes a $25,000 grant to pay for research, travel and other work related to the blog and history, so expect more archival stories and maybe even a comic. All-in-all, we think this is a great opportunity, and if it all goes haywire, we’ll always have this spot.

So on behalf of everyone, I hope you like where we are taking this, and that you’ll join us. I noticed that Pedro and Yann have already started posting over on ineteconomics.org/blog/playground, so please, come over and play.

Written by Benjamin

21 June 2011 at 10:09 pm

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  1. I’m sorry, but I’m no geek. I syndicate this blog to my Google homepage. However, on the INET site, when I click on the link to ‘Syndicate this blog,’ I get the eye-glazing verbiage here: http://ineteconomics.org/taxonomy/term/299/0/feed. Now what? I’m used to clicking on the orange “syndicate icon” in the browser window, choosing Google homepage, and bingo, I’m done. That ain’t happening here, and I have no idea what to do. Help, please.

    Warren D. Miller

    21 July 2011 at 6:00 am

  2. Hi Warren. I’m no genius when it comes to these things either, but fortunately INET has lent us some IT wizards and I am sending them your comment and will try and see if they can’t find an easy to use solution. They usually can, so let me do that an get back to you!


    22 July 2011 at 8:30 am

  3. If anyone else having a similar problem. Here is the solution (I hope) courtesy of our IT friends at INET.
    The URL for the Playground’s RSS feed is: http://ineteconomics.org/taxonomy/term/299/0/feed

    If you access the page, you’ll essentially see an unformatted database. So what the commentator needs to do is to copy the URL into his feed reader — simply clicking the link won’t work.

    I am not sure what he means by Google homepage. Perhaps he is using iGoogle. Then, in iGoogle, he should insert the URL into the appropriate field. I hope this helps.


    23 July 2011 at 2:20 pm

  4. The URL enabled me to pick the IT lock. By ‘Google homepage,’ I did mean iGoogle. So sorry I didn’t make that clear. There was one ringer, though: I couldn’t syndicate the new URL until I deleted the old URL from iGoogle. Once I did that, it syndicated just the way it should.

    Thanks so much, Ben. Really appreciate it.


    Warren Miller

    23 July 2011 at 2:54 pm

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