Brent Butt returns to talk Yoo-Hoo, squirrels, and free pizza. Also, your chance to win an awesome Hulk Hogan News stained glass window during the MaxFunDrive.
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Comedian and writer Dave Horwitz joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's flu, Jordan's tour bus encounter and Dave's trip to a renaissance fair.
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Mara Wilson, Michael Stahl-David, Tommy O'Malley and David Crabb tell tales from their more innocent years.
You, dear donors, have been officially judged as "AWESOME"!
New members: 701/1000 Progress = 70% there!
To celebrate the final day of the 2013 MaxFunDrive, we will be hosting a live Jordan, Jesse, Go! right here at MaxFunHQ! The fun will start at 7:30 pm Pacific time and will run for two hours. If you want to join in the fun - but don't live in Los Angeles - we will simulcast the show on our website at www.maximumfun.org. Right on the front page! We will be having a Twitter giveaway for some top-of-the-line vibrators! And we will also announce the winner of the free trip to Los Angeles - so be sure to tune in!
As of this morning, we have 670 new members - including 4 new Golden Eagles! Majestic!
From here forward, however, instead of weather updates, I'm going to feature silly pictures of our beloved hosts. Here's hoping that their lovely smiles remind you of the joy that Maximum Fun brings to your life each week.
Opportunity cost is a core principle of economics. It essentially means the money you lose by doing one thing instead of another. If you get paid $20 an hour to sort mail, and take an hour off to file your nails, you lost $20. So filing your nails cost you $20. That’s opportunity cost, very broadly.
Like Mad Men, MaximumFun.org produces a bunch of weekly shows, mostly an hour or so in length. (Ours are on average a little longer, actually, but we’ll let that lie.) When you watch ad-supported media, there’s opportunity cost - the time you spend with the commercials is time you could have been making money. Or doing something else that you value as much as making money - say playing ball with your kid.
What if you donated to MaxFun an amount that matched what you “spend,” in opportunity cost, on the commercials in Mad Men?
Every episode of Mad Men features about 15 minutes of commercials. There are 4 1/3 weeks in a month, on average. So a little math shows us that you “spend,” in opportunity cost, your hourly salary * 1.08 every month watching Mad Men commercials.
Make ten bucks an hour? That’s $10.83 every month.
Make twenty? That’s $21.65.
Make fifty bucks an hour? $54.13.
And if you’re salaried, work 9-6 and get two weeks off a year…
$30,000 a year, and you’re “spending” $16.91.
$50,000 a year, and you’re spending $28.19.
$80,000 a year and you’re spending $45.13.
That’s EVERY MONTH on ONE SHOW. And don’t forget - you pay for cable so you can have the privilege of watching their ads. (And there’s ads built into the show! Conrad Hilton! That whole storyline! Bought and paid for! Seriously!)
So what if you gave that to support our shows every month? Or even half? If you did, it would go straight to the people whose work you love. Not execs or ad guys or shareholders or whatever.
I don’t think you shouldn’t watch Mad Men. I love Mad Men. I just think this is a great chance to think about how you’re paying for your entertainment. I think it’s worth valuing your time and attention, and valuing the content you care about.
(And yes, pedants, we sometimes have a couple brief ads in our show. Why don’t we call that and the advertisement-storylines a wash :)?
Happy Week Two of Max Fun Drive 2013! Have you donated yet? If so, we'll provide you with a special version of this episode, edited to remove all onomatopoeic egg sounds and Jaleel White impressions.
Suggested talking points: MBMBMaM 3D IMAX Re-Release, The J Files, Fast Food Bathroom, Incredible Inedible Egg, Straight Shooting, Krav McGraw, Anger Surrogate, Monstro Slash-Fic, Sonic Slash-Fic
Another beautiful weekend in Los Angeles!
Made even more lovely by your support. By Sunday evening, we had reached 630 new donors!
Thanks so much! If you haven't yet donated, there's still time! Just click on "Donate!"
Goal completion: 630/1000 new donors, 63% there!