1.20.2006

RANT: Bragging about traditions

Have you ever wondered why some people brag about their "traditional" values when they obviously mean "superior", Dilbert creator Scott Adams asked. It's because "traditional" is a more flexible word. It implies an inherent goodness without the need to defend the details...

Parent: Here's a picture of my family.
Me: That's one traditional looking family!

Fiancee: Which blouse do you like better?
Me: I'd have to go with the traditional one.

Economist: Do you support higher interest rates to fend off inflation or would you prefer a more pro-growth policy?
Me: Um, which one is more traditional?...

Scott also wonder how long you need to age a crappy set of values before they became desirable via the process of traditionalization...

Category: C++ Quant > Random Walk

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