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by trackstar
June 7th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: News from Outer Space
Replies: 1203
Views: 143392

Re: News from Outer Space

It is busy on Earth these days, but I am keeping an eye on Outer Space too.  Some interesting  news about FRBs (Fast Radio Bursts): Four ‘Mysterious Signals From Outer Space’ Are Coming From Galaxies Like Ours, Say Scientists - Forbes June 3 2020 "The most famous one is  FRB 121102 , unusual because...
by trackstar
June 6th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: Trump -- the last 100 days
Replies: 3521
Views: 182351

Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

According to the Buffalo newspaper he was in a “stable but serious” condition. So the entire emergency response team has quit their ERT assignments (but not their jobs) in protest against the suspension of the two police officers carrying out the assault. A reasonable next step would be to fire the...
by trackstar
June 5th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: Trump -- the last 100 days
Replies: 3521
Views: 182351

Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

Meanwhile, up in Buffalo.. www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSPx0zuUktY Law and order in action. I am saddened by the violence on both sides - but this situation with the 79-year old man is extreme.  He was actually trying to hand a police helmet back to the officers and when pushed roughly and fell backwar...
by trackstar
June 5th, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Who should take the blame?
Replies: 34
Views: 3557

Re: Who should take the blame?

This thread has forked into multiple monolog interiors , it seems. Well, partly true, but don't forget: Free association - e.g., a set of lyrics comes to mind instantly when a bit of external information arrives - often a perfect and entertaining match. How does that happen? Rhetorical questions - ...
by trackstar
June 4th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Who should take the blame?
Replies: 34
Views: 3557

Re: Who should take the blame?

So, that was just a bit of humor at the expense of the British : ), but on a serious note - I was out on errands and crossed state lines today and the reopening is really gaining momentum here. Some people are still wearing masks and many stores are requiring it, but other places seem kind of lax. I...
by trackstar
June 4th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Who should take the blame?
Replies: 34
Views: 3557

Re: Who should take the blame?

Well I guess people will just spend more time outside then.

“If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
Don’t be alarmed now...”

: D

A mystical line to a great song, but we can guess what he was talking about...
by trackstar
June 4th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: Best Computer Specifications for Quant Finance
Replies: 7
Views: 2249

Re: Best Computer Specifications for Quant Finance

I actually answered your question because I am shopping too, but only for laptops, as I am bicoastal and on the road a lot. That said, for your purposes, I'd focus on Dell, Lenovo, and Mac if you care to make that transition. I'm also interested in Nvidia and the GeForce machines are very cool - but...
by trackstar
June 3rd, 2020, 10:17 pm
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: Best Computer Specifications for Quant Finance
Replies: 7
Views: 2249

Re: Best Computer Specifications for Quant Finance

Hi PiGuy314 I would not be "The Expert" here, but since no one responded, I can provide a few ideas and links. First, you need to decide if you are just going to lean on Excel/VBA forever, or if you are prepared and/or will need to go a bit further.  If you are thinking about writing code yourself, ...
by trackstar
June 3rd, 2020, 2:33 am
Forum: Politics Forum
Topic: Trump -- the last 100 days
Replies: 3521
Views: 182351

Re: Trump -- the last 100 days

So there is this gentleman by the name of George Will. He is generally acknowledged as belonging to that extremely rare species of "conservative intellectual". Oddly, he and I are in total agreement that the Republican party in its current incarnation needs to be eradicated from holding any kind of...
by trackstar
June 3rd, 2020, 12:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1994

Re: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed

On the Advance Planning theme, absolutely non-essential, but for ambiance and the pleasure of watching things grow, I am deciding on some hedges and ornamental trees here.  One of my favorites: lilacs.   Spaced just right, they will grow into a very nice floral fence or a corridor.  These pictures a...
by trackstar
June 3rd, 2020, 12:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1994

Re: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed

LOL.  It will melt right off - no worries. : ) Nice walking in London though.  I don't remember f I told the story here, but one of my last trips there, I walked from the British Museum to the Victoria and Albert by way of Hyde Park and had planned to take the Tube back to the BM area after seeing e...
by trackstar
June 2nd, 2020, 11:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1994

Re: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed

Did you get to use the CB radio, trackstar? In can actually be a survival skill for the future. At the risk of being put in one bag with fans of Andrew Wakefield, thanks but no thanks for vaccines - at least as long as the antibody enhanced reactions to mutated/recombined versions of this virus see...
by trackstar
June 2nd, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1994

Re: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed

Taking down some lighter content in observation of All Lives Matter.
by trackstar
June 2nd, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1994

Re: Advance Planning for Covid Redux: What We Had, What We Needed

For me: What I had: water, batteries, flashlights/lanterns, rice, frozen vegetables, T-paper (hehe), vinyl gloves and homemade masks, and a back-up supply of gas for my car, in case there were problems with gas stations.  (Don't light a match in my gardening shed right now.) : Q What I wish I had: a...
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