I totally forgot about the Minsky talk, so I didn't go. Very sad. Instead bumped into and got some dinner with subpar, which was good times. He proved an interesting result lately about the theory of games with positive spillover, a niche I'm not very familiar with. The real-world scenario that corresponds to what he's trying to rig up is a scheme of matching donations to, say, a political cause, but not a simple 2-way thing where a company offers to match every dollar, rather a complex n-way scheme where many not-as-rich agents contrive to make each of their donated dollars have some promissory leverage on the dollars of all the rest.
Also, not unlike last year this time, I'm doing a lot of going out for coffee with people I don't know well but am interested in getting to know better, and it's working out pretty well.