1.01.2005

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» MISC: Sometimes you just can't win
» MISC: Your two cents do matter
» TIP: Sometimes things aren't always what they seem
» MISC: Kobe, Oprah, and Late Night bits
» TIP: "You're 100 percent correct."
» MISC: Seeing my 11-year-old perusing a website filled with photos of Britney Spears
» RANT: It wasn't inspirational until you 'tossed' it
» MISC: You're Nobody Until
» RANT: Surfing the web, Bloomberg terminal style
» MISC: What's your boss's house worth?

MISC: Sometimes you just can't win

Let's play a game of love. If I win, you're mine. Otherwise, I'm yours.

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk

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MISC: Your two cents do matter

via AllBusiness - at least at eBay... Many eBay members tend to round off their bids to the nearest dollar figure. Some choose nice, familiar coin increments like 25, 50, or 75 cents. But the most successful bidders at eBay have found that adding two or three cents to a routine bid can mean the difference between winning and losing. Get in the habit of making your bids in oddish figures, like $15.02 or $45.57, as an inexpensive way to edge out your competition. For the first time ever, your two cents may actually pay off!...

You're not a loser if you lost at eBay. You just don't know the fine art of sneaky bidding, otherwise known as educated bidding. Sports teams study their rivals, and political candidates scout out what the opposition is doing. Bidding in competition against other bidders is just as serious an enterprise. What you need is a strong bidding strategy to help you outsmart the competition and win more auctions...

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk > Something vs Nothing

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TIP: Sometimes things aren't always what they seem

A young housewife once told me: "My husband and I never argue, no matter how angry we may be. Instead we sit down and rationally discuss both sides of the dispute. Then I make a list of all the dishware I intend to smash."

What may seem like a rational dispute may not actually be one. Guess what they say are true

  • Don't judge a book by its cover
  • Empty vessels make the most noise

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk > Opportunity vs Trap > Style vs Substance

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MISC: Kobe, Oprah, and Late Night bits

  • Everybody is still talking about Kobe Bryant's 81 points. Kobe was asked if this will hurt his relationship with the other Lakers? Kobe said, there are other Lakers? -Jay
  • Yesterday Oprah apologized to her viewers on her show for a book that was misleading. Her viewers responded by saying, "Blah, blah, blah, where's our free car? -Conan
  • Did you see Oprah lay into that author Stephen Frey - the guy who wrote that phony book "A Million Little Pieces.? She ripped him apart for lying and then he lied again on the show. You know the sad thing, you know where pathologic liars like this usually end up, congress. - Jay

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk > Jokes

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TIP: "You're 100 percent correct."

via Oprah - It doesn't matter what you're arguing about-he just wants to be right. This is his weakness; you can use it like judo, turning his own momentum against him. Saying two little words, "You're right," is the verbal equivalent of darting a raging elephant with animal tranquilizers. It gives him what he wants, reducing tensions and leaving the way open for you to get what you want.

Try it: "You're right, but I still want to go to the party." Meet every protest and argument he makes, no matter how ridiculously false, with the observation that he is absolutely correct. but you still want what you want...

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk > Strength vs Weakness > Rope-a-Dope

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MISC: Seeing my 11-year-old perusing a website filled with photos of Britney Spears

I commented, "She sure is pretty. Which picture do you like best?"

"I don't know," he mumbled, embarrassed by his newfound interest in girls. "I'm just reading about her."

I came closer and peered at the screen. "Oh, really?" I said. "So, when did you learn to read Spanish?" - via RD

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk > Jokes

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RANT: It wasn't inspirational until you 'tossed' it

One of my favorite visual arts genres features imaginative pieces and installations built on "found objects.", Executive Coach Jack Ricchiuto blogged. They can be natural, household, land waste, or industrial discards and fragments that can go against any other media for flexibility and integrity in the creative process.

In conversational spaces, found objects are stories and snippets, factoids, observations, edgy ideas, new questions and distinctions. And the best conversations find ways to incorporate these objects into an interesting pattern of meaning and delight.

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk > Something vs Nothing

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MISC: You're Nobody Until

...Somebody Loves You. ("No, you hang up!" "No, you!")

Happy Valentine's Day!

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk

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RANT: Surfing the web, Bloomberg terminal style

We need a new (computer) UI, best-selling author Geoffrey Moore blogged. God bless the GUI-it has changed my life more than any other technology-but we are both suffering from the same deficit: a deterioration in our multi-tasking capabilities... Definitely be on the net, but watch TV at the same time, keep your eye on the IM list, check your email, oh, and do your homework. No problem. Except that the UI on our PCs is not constructed to optimize this mental landscape. It is too single-state oriented. It reminds me of, well, me. These days I like doing things in single-threaded fashion. I think of it as becoming more Zen. My wife and children, on the other hand, think of it as, "Don't talk to Dad when he is driving."...

The current UI is still tied indirectly to the PC's original root metaphor, a typewriter. It needs to transition to another-the stock trader's workstation on Wall Street. It needs to recast itself as a media machine, with many concurrent feeds that enable traders to scan for information, detect trends, and transact, all very rapidly. Switching between states, foregrounding one without losing the context of the others in background, is the technical requirement. Picture-within-picture on a TV is a crude example. I think we can do much better...

In short, we need to recognize that the role of the user has shifted from passive consumer to active director, someone continually choosing from among multiple feeds to construct the desired experience, and reconstruct the UI to serve that new end.

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk

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MISC: What's your boss's house worth?

via USAToday - Ask Zillow - (Cofounded by Richard Barton who shook up the travel business when he founded Expedia.com) it tells you how much homes in your neighborhood have sold for and what the property tax is. It has gathered data from county property records for 62 million homes across the country, and adds more daily.

There's only one problem: You can't believe everything you see. The property values, or "Zestimates," are only within 10% of the right price 62% of the time, and the accuracy varies widely by county and state, ranging from a low of 47% for New York to a high of 82% for Nebraska, the company says...

Many real estate websites help buyers and sellers, including homevalue.com and realestateinfo4free.com, as well as regional sites. But these sites usually require customers to give an e-mail address or telephone number, which is passed to real estate agents who pay for leads on potential clients.

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