Duffonomics
February 3, 2009 1:46 PM   Subscribe

Playboy has hired Duff McKagan to write a weekly finance column. His mission? 1) To educate. 2) To bring down The Man. [via Fimoculous]
posted by not_on_display (32 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
DUFFMAN! says a 10-year tranche provides a higher spread than a 5-year tranche! Oh yeah!
posted by everichon at 1:52 PM on February 3, 2009 [7 favorites]


He's like the Jim Anchower of economics.
posted by no_moniker at 1:56 PM on February 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you brought down "the man" then who in the hell would you be expecting a return on your investment from? The Easter Bunny?
posted by spicynuts at 1:56 PM on February 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


Hey Duff what should I get for My Birthday?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:56 PM on February 3, 2009


Hey, I don't know about the rest of you, but I only read Playboy for the stock tips.
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:59 PM on February 3, 2009


You gonna take financial advice from this guy?

No thanks, I'll stick with Mutant ;-)
posted by chillmost at 1:59 PM on February 3, 2009


A colleague of mine was a classic rock DJ at the height of the hair metal era. He tells me of the times Twisted Sister would visit him; they'd always arrive in suits and ties with briefcases in hand, as far removed from their on-stage persona as possible. Evidently, those dudes were seriously into finance.

Books and covers, dude.
posted by jbickers at 1:59 PM on February 3, 2009


But did they have pledge pins on their uniforms?
posted by spicynuts at 2:03 PM on February 3, 2009


I know it's an old joke, but its never been more clear than in the age of two-click-porn that anyone buying Playboy really must be doing so for the articles.

I've stopped buying all magazines (sorry, publishing industry) but for awhile I had a subscription, and it really is true. They publish some of the best short fiction anywhere. Off the top of my head I remember Vonnegut, Atwood, DF Wallace and Umberto Eco.

If I remember right, an average Playboy issue is about 50 pages of writing, 100 pages of ads, and 8 pages of boobies. So if you're paying for the boobies... wow you're getting robbed. Just open some spam instead, people!
posted by rokusan at 2:04 PM on February 3, 2009 [4 favorites]


"I have never been keen on executives getting golden parachutes; I’m more apt to give them a golden shower. "

OK, I'll admit it. I LOL'd at that one.

partially because some execs probably have an expense account dedicated to precisely that
posted by LMGM at 2:11 PM on February 3, 2009


Gives "Mr. Brownstone" a new meaning, doesn't it.
posted by Joe Beese at 2:14 PM on February 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


This seems a lot more reasonable than I would have expected. Good on you, Duffman!
posted by Lemurrhea at 2:25 PM on February 3, 2009


Bring down "The Man?"

Dude. You ARE The Man now.
posted by basicchannel at 2:35 PM on February 3, 2009


The Pride of Seattle/Everett. I doff my hat to thee, Duff Fartz, and to the heights you have attained.
posted by lesChaps at 2:44 PM on February 3, 2009


I read the comments here, I went to the Playboy link - I STILL can't believe that some crazed G 'N R member is going to write about finance - of any sort!

I heard on the radio tha the was asking for a name for his column - Apetite For Investment is a GREAT name - brilliant!

I can't imagine even quickly browsing what already looks amateurish and drug addled

But if I ever need to find out how to write off hookers and blow.....
posted by portmoodyguy at 2:50 PM on February 3, 2009


Use Your Illusion III might be a good name too!
posted by christhelongtimelurker at 3:12 PM on February 3, 2009


I rescind that. Duff seems very well grounded and I look forward to reading his column next month.
posted by christhelongtimelurker at 3:20 PM on February 3, 2009


christhelongtimelurker: "Duff seems very well grounded"

He's as polite and articulate in this podcast interview as you could ask a rock star to be.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:45 PM on February 3, 2009


This looks to be very interesting. I'll have to have a peek at this in my... friend's... issues of Playboy.

Agreed on the fiction, my (sadly, late) favorite writing professor said Playboy was one of the only major slick markets still available.

So if you're paying for the boobies... wow you're getting robbed. Just open some spam instead, people!

For the sake of your computer's sanity, I suggest you do not do this.
posted by JHarris at 4:09 PM on February 3, 2009


Sounds like he's being set up as a straw man.
posted by destro at 4:34 PM on February 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


I thought that Playboy was the place where luminaries went to see how lame they could write and still collect a big paycheck... because people love boobs.

Given their recent history, mainstream financial pundits are boobs, just like the rest of the mainstream bullshit. Nevertheless, looking for hope with this guy, or Obama, is grasping for straws. I hope for the best, but fear for the worst.
posted by Huplescat at 4:39 PM on February 3, 2009



Bring down "The Man?"

Dude. You ARE The Man now
, dog.

sorry
posted by DecemberBoy at 4:51 PM on February 3, 2009


Bring down "The Man?"
Dude. You ARE The Man now, dog.


right. he's on the wrong side of 30 and rich.
but I'm kinda hopeful this column ends up being a swell read.

yeah, I wrote swell.
posted by krautland at 5:09 PM on February 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'll say this about Duff... he couldn't possibly be any worse than my current sources of investing and finance information.
posted by Deep Dish at 7:53 PM on February 3, 2009


Pfft. Call me when Izzy starts blogging.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 7:54 PM on February 3, 2009


Hey, I don't know about the rest of you, but I only read Playboy for the stock tips.

I read it to catch up on the latest photoshopped labia n' anus advancements.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 9:08 PM on February 3, 2009


From his Wikipedia biography:

McKagan had turned his royalties from Guns n' Roses into a small fortune after he invested his money into Microsoft and Starbucks, a move which paid huge dividends. Growing more interested in finance, he earned his GED, then enrolled in community college, eventually graduating from Seattle University with a degree in finance.

I love the idea of a super-rich former Guns n' Roses member sitting in a community college classroom, studiously paying attention to the adjunct teaching the class.
posted by jayder at 9:36 PM on February 3, 2009


Wait...did you just say that somebody hired by Playboy is supposed to "bring down the man" or "go down on the man"?
posted by hal_c_on at 11:29 PM on February 3, 2009


Duff McKagan comes into my workplace on a regular basis. I have gone from assuming he was nothing more than another meat head to appreciating his wit and opinions on a variety of topics. Needless to say, (but i still will) i was pretty excited to read about his column.
posted by vantam at 12:13 AM on February 4, 2009


I'm trying to imagine what sort of man reads Playboy today.
I'm having a hard time coming up with anything.
posted by 2sheets at 7:20 AM on February 4, 2009


Playboy has been sending me a free subscription for about five years now (I have no idea why. Every year I get a card in the mail saying if I don't send it back they're sending it for free. At which point I go, "Um... OK?")

Lately my sole interaction with the magazine has been to flip it open and see if we've finally reached the first centerfold born in the 90's.

At which point I will kill myself.
posted by Cyrano at 8:31 AM on February 4, 2009


I also look forward to comments from readers to let me know how I am doing and whether there are directions you would like me to take. Until next week.

To a musician, if rehearsal's at 6PM, it's really at 7:30, 7:45. So in the Duffiverse, one week = at least three weeks.
posted by not_on_display at 11:19 PM on February 24, 2009


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