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NaN is "not a number", it means division by zero happened in the simulation. I still haven't been able to dock in 0.22! Thanks for the video though, I'm not about to give up.
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If you want to visualize what "90% certainty" looks like, just look at how much snow we got last night
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One of my best strategies has been to buy pharmaceutical stocks when they bottom out (go on sale) and then always get acquired by Merck. I recently received a notice about a class action against Inspire Pharma (ISPH), but I can't dig through the legalese. I was already repaid at a premium, but apparently some of the investors suspect foul play... or something... I seriously can't figure out what the settlement is.

This is just a summary, I have the full document in paper:
http://www.prlog.org/11428378-inspire-pharmaceuticals-inc-takeover-under-investor-investigation.html
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plusss one on dat good work!
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On austerity, for posterity: You can't rob Peter to pay Paul. Also, you can't punish efficient people in one part of a macroeconomy to get the less efficient sectors moving.

Here's the news that prompted me to post about economics again: Italian 10-year bonds are up for the first time in a month this morning, while Germany continues to slide. Maybe you can call that "taking one for the team," but where is new liquidity eventually going to come from? Hence the cannibalism and bartering jokes in previous posts. These thoughts are not original to me, it's just difficult to follow the logic behind the policies driving this.

I need to read a lot more about this later today, it's just sort of breaking news. The markets are obviously closed, but monetary policy doesn't go home on a schedule. If I were a betting man with less patience and more swagger, I'd take a short position on anything with a symbol next to it. Here's to hoping I'm just being pessimistic this week :)
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So... if nearly every country has its credit rating downgraded, doesn't that pretty much put us all at the same level? You can't downgrade the World--arbitrage and economies in general are always relative. Someone explain to me how this works. In particular, where is the "credit" hiding? Should I start investing in wampum now? Toilet paper? Guns? :p
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In my view Keynesians or not doesn't really matter. There's more than one way to do things. The key is just if people trust it. If quantitative easing convinces businesses to hire again then we'll have a real recovery. QEII failed in my opinion because it never did this. People bought stocks, but the banks and businesses just continued to horde things.

What you are seeing here really just comes down to a lack of trust. Everyone's patience has run out. We had a big rally because some were convinced we fixed things. If we break technical levels on Monday then it proves that thesis wrong. At which point there's really no reason to put any faith in the future of a recovery.

It's not until a real leader shows up that the market trusts, that this will be solved. cough +Mitt Romney cough
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My review of Cowboys and Aliens in one picture
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Haha. I just saw that too, not sure where I would put that one... 
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I've been playing with Apple's new iBook Author program. It's pretty sweet. I think I'll still prefer LaTeX for a while, but it gets me thinking.
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is there an iBook -to - LaTeX converter? (and vice-versa would b nice). I do everything in LaTeX cuz my collaborators forced me to use it back in the day....we put LaTeX files in a public directory on our lab network then use SVN to keep track of versions, comments, edits, etc. It works really well for multiple ppl working on academic papers but this setup is overkill for most ppls writing/editing needs....
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And to finish off my trifecta of posts tonight, here is the second-most underrated song from the best era of music--the 90's
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Amen
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In the jitters of the markets, I'm up today. My prediction about the euro crisis has been correct for 3 market days, so that makes me better than Jim Cramer. ("Don't buy Bluth!")

My opinion: the invisible hand is taking advantage of the fact that things haven't been as bad as reported, but we'll see a negative average in a few days. My speculation is still a general recovery over the course of 2012.
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I guess betting is betting. He did better than me.
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This is what diplomacy looks like. To quote a great philosopher, "why can't we all just get along?"

The US military saved the crew of an Iranian fishing boat that had been captured by pirates, just as tension was rising between our two countries concerning the strait of Hormuz.
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Vermin Supreme is the most awesome politician since "the rent is too damn high!" guy. He's like a fascist wizard. His hat is a boot.
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Wow... Enough said
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We all need inspiration.

Goal: within the next year, I'll go to a professional conference.
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