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by bearish
Yesterday, 8:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: eurovision results are out
Replies: 218
Views: 25491

Re: eurovision results are out

I happened to be in the right time zone so watched the whole thing for the first time in 35 years. The music was pretty much unchanged in quality and general sound. I agree that the whole thing was pretty gay, but was informed by my local guide that this was not really a new thing. I would have been...
by bearish
May 18th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: SONGBIRDS MAY BE ABLE TO LEARN GRAMMAR
Replies: 55
Views: 111662

Re: SONGBIRDS MAY BE ABLE TO LEARN GRAMMAR

Another one of my late night silly grammar questions (pity that Ppauper left :-()
He's gone back to school to prepare himself for the next round of grammar questions!
He did fill a much needed gap.
by bearish
May 12th, 2019, 11:54 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Stupid question of the day
Replies: 1970
Views: 85150

Re: Stupid question of the day

Without going deep and philosophical, I occasionally find the vegan argument a little light in terms of which living things it is OK to kill. I don’t pretend to have any high ground here. If it tastes good or is likely to hurt me, I’m OK with killing it. I’m not big on fox hunts, bull fighting, and ...
by bearish
May 12th, 2019, 11:46 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Which entry level job to take to set up a buy-side front-office quant career?
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: Which entry level job to take to set up a buy-side front-office quant career?

hey everyone, so i prodded a bit more about the role, and the situation is that they want me to work on a big anti-financial crime data science project, and as for smaller projects, to automate manual model val work. is this a good position to be in? Data science is good (or, I mean, it sounds good...
by bearish
May 11th, 2019, 12:40 am
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: Trump -- the last 100 days
Replies: 2819
Views: 73085

Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

Trump is really pushing the 1750's agenda. Good old, pre-Adam Smith mercantilism. We already know that MAGA is a quest for the gender relations of the 1950's and the race relations of the 1850's (well, at least as practiced in the South). 
by bearish
May 10th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Economics Forum
Topic: Economic theory blogs/forums
Replies: 10
Views: 418

Re: Economic theory blogs/forums

One may use any number of terms to describe Krugman, but fat finance cat is probably not one of the most accurate. Unless you were really referring to his cat... I attended a panel discussion that he was on recently, and he can be fairly engaging. And annoying, I guess. When he was at Princeton I wo...
by bearish
May 10th, 2019, 1:30 am
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: Trump -- the last 100 days
Replies: 2819
Views: 73085

Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

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by bearish
May 9th, 2019, 1:20 am
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: Trump -- the last 100 days
Replies: 2819
Views: 73085

Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

Given the damage he is doing to the country (and probably to the world), we can only hope he receives the proper punishment for his treason.
by bearish
May 9th, 2019, 12:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: All about Cats
Replies: 777
Views: 38552

Re: All about Cats

Of course, he also said "A woman is like an artichoke, you have to work hard to get to her heart."
by bearish
May 9th, 2019, 12:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: All about Cats
Replies: 777
Views: 38552

Re: All about Cats

Somehow, "as the cow flies" has not really caught on as an idiom. But, to quote the Steve Martin version of inspector Clouseau, "you, sir, are the idiom!"
by bearish
May 9th, 2019, 12:39 am
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Computing sensitivities/greeks in computational finance, optimization and Machine Learning (ML): the Candidates
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Computing sensitivities/greeks in computational finance, optimization and Machine Learning (ML): the Candidates

That certainly works, although a much smaller value of h makes it work even better... In Matlab, which is more my native habitat, many functions naturally expect complex arguments, so one doesn't even need to call out to a special library.
by bearish
May 8th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: All about Cats
Replies: 777
Views: 38552

Re: All about Cats

Yesterday night my Polish colleague walked me to the underground station and I've noticed something funny. He didn't do diagonals! Every time we were crossing the street, he walked to the end of the pavement, took a sharp turn and then the opposite such turn at the other side of the road. I just cu...
by bearish
May 8th, 2019, 1:30 am
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: Trump -- the last 100 days
Replies: 2819
Views: 73085

Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

The NYT has some nice news out tonight about how astonishingly large the Donald's losses were in 1985-1994. A yard plus. There is no reason to think this has changed later, which may help explain the troubles DB finds itself in these days. As in, can't even merge with Commerz.
by bearish
May 5th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Global Warming - What We Can Do (Mitigation)
Replies: 571
Views: 194563

Re: Global Warming - What We Can Do (Mitigation)

I've been a managing editor of a second tier math finance journal for most of the last decade. The most surprising (at least to me) fact is that any request to members of the board of associate editors to review a paper is crickets. I believe a couple of them to actually be dead, and a few more to b...
by bearish
May 5th, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Frankly, we do give a damn
Replies: 23
Views: 269

Re: Frankly, we do give a damn

Wait! I have it on good authority that there is no such thing as a free lunch. 
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