Benjamin Thompson

Everything on this website, unless clearly otherwise stated, was written by a human, at a keyboard, typing very fast.

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person using MacBook Pro

Projects and Interests

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fountain pen on black lined paper
Writing

I write like a maniac, when I'm in the mood. I've written nearly a million words in my lifetime, if you add it all together, and I hope to cross the two million barrier before I cease this mortal coil. Stories, papers, research articles, all that and more. I can't not.

a person holding a small device in front of a laptop
a person holding a small device in front of a laptop
Programming

I dabble in programming. I like to see myself get better at things, and when you start at the bottom that's not hard. I've never taken a coding class (not that I'm proud of it, but if you see my code I hope you will forgive me) and one of these days I'll have the courage to make some of my GitHub repos public. Until then, just know I work in Python and R.

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musical notes on black and white
Music

I play musical instruments. Trumpet well, piano poorly, voice in the middle. I've tried composing music as well, but I'm even worse at that than I am at piano, so these days I stick to chords and scales.

I was an econ major initially because I liked Friedrich Hayek, then I learned that no schools teach economics like Hayek does and quickly became disillusioned with much of the modern practice of economics. Nonetheless, I found econometrics and economic research fascinating, if only for its interesting ways of approaching the question, "how do we know that?" That's where economics shines, and that's where I liked to be.

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brown columns near trees under clear sky
Ancient Greek

In college (including my semester at Oxford) I studied Ancient Greek. From poetry to prose, I learned that translation is really difficult and I should stick to economics. My contribution to the Classics, if I have one, will be in my curiosity and novel approach to the discipline.

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black chalk board with chalk writing
Economics