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March 7th, 2021, 11:14 pm

One more book recommendation - this one gives you some food for thought!

Games for Your Mind: The History and Future of Logic Puzzles (November 2020)

Some good candidates for the Brainteasers Forum here too. 

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March 9th, 2021, 12:40 pm

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Crocuses in snow.
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April 3rd, 2021, 12:34 pm

A Postcard from the Edge of the Universe 
April 3, 2021

Haha - well not quite, but I guess the edge of my universe, which is my garden and library these days.

What has happened since I went on vacation?

Pi Day
Earth Day
Spring Equinox
April Fool's Day

Some of our old favorites here! Maybe we will celebrate in 2022 if we have a little luck and good virus mitigation/prevention behaviors.

What is new from my side of the pond?

Good news - Gauss (garter snake) survived and I let him go on a warm day recently. The temperatures are still fluctuating, but not as wildly and there are plenty of insects out there now, so it was time for freedom.

Bad news - well the Evergreen debacle was not good news, Archegos too (though it makes for an interesting case study, alongside the GameStop saga for weirdness in 2021), and whatever else in the world.

However, try to find the humor in everything and so to close out this message - this is funny. My sister is helping me with a research project now and some quant finance is involved. She catches on fast and has started sending me amusing stuff, along with the useful material.  

She suggested this for you guys in particular - a bit of American quant humor. : )
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And with a simple substitution (inversion?), I ask you:

WHAT NOW, {WILMOTTERS}?

He he.

Enjoy your weekends and maybe I will be back again in May. 

Lots of digging for my spring gardens...!

PS: Replies are welcome, but truly I am going back to silence now - it is golden! No vax (yet), but ample Sun/D3 and double masked.  Vale, all!
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April 3rd, 2021, 7:55 pm

Dear Randall,
  Thank you for your recent payment. However, we are pretty sure you are mocking us and so we are cancelling your account and confiscating your mobile phone. We are also reporting you to FinCEN as our accountants suspect you may either be laundering money or trying to pay us in bitcoin. If you think corporate America has a sense of humor, you are sadly mistaken. 

Sincerely,
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April 4th, 2021, 4:08 pm

Haha - thanks, Alan. In return, from a different standpoint:

New works - "Chaos" and "Order" 
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April 4th, 2021, 8:08 pm

Forget knitting, forget metal.

The Blues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am3UWbtcuIg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV9ZsS27T-Q
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I saw RG live many times live in the late 60s.
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April 4th, 2021, 8:17 pm

I love the light theme work. I'd give it a subtitle "The spring is coming".

Thanks for the good news about Gauss. Honestly, I was more worried about him than the Suez Canal freezing. ThE legal battle over compensations may be interesting.
 
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April 4th, 2021, 9:54 pm

A Postcard from the Edge of the Universe 
April 3, 2021

Haha - well not quite, but I guess the edge of my universe, which is my garden and library these days.

What has happened since I went on vacation?

Pi Day
Earth Day
Spring Equinox
April Fool's Day

Some of our old favorites here! Maybe we will celebrate in 2022 if we have a little luck and good virus mitigation/prevention behaviors.

What is new from my side of the pond?

Good news - Gauss (garter snake) survived and I let him go on a warm day recently. The temperatures are still fluctuating, but not as wildly and there are plenty of insects out there now, so it was time for freedom.

Bad news - well the Evergreen debacle was not good news, Archegos too (though it makes for an interesting case study, alongside the GameStop saga for weirdness in 2021), and whatever else in the world.

However, try to find the humor in everything and so to close out this message - this is funny. My sister is helping me with a research project now and some quant finance is involved. She catches on fast and has started sending me amusing stuff, along with the useful material.  

She suggested this for you guys in particular - a bit of American quant humor. : )

quantum bills.jpg

And with a simple substitution (inversion?), I ask you:

WHAT NOW, {WILMOTTERS}?

He he.

Enjoy your weekends and maybe I will be back again in May. 

Lots of digging for my spring gardens...!

PS: Replies are welcome, but truly I am going back to silence now - it is golden! No vax (yet), but ample Sun/D3 and double masked.  Vale, all!
I love that 'vandalized' check.  So hilarious. :) "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" made a few great jokes about cashing old checks. :)  That being said, I found my first checkbook (from the early 90's) that was issued by WaMu while moving to Dubs.

Writing a check is crazy but it's funny how ingrained it is in the states to pay bills by check :)  (I might need to bring this up in the grammar forum as the other English speaking groups call it a cheque but in the states it's known as a 'check') :)
 
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April 5th, 2021, 9:50 am

Dubs love cheques.
Here on the continent they haven't been used in 20 years.
I tried to cash a cheque few months ago. Security escorted me out of the build, almost.
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May 3rd, 2021, 1:16 pm

White Summer

Another postcard for the forum. It's been awhile - how are you all doing? : )

Last night I dreamed that I was taking guitar lessons and had arrived at the place for the first one.

It was a large Victorian house with a great room filled with tapestries and antiques. I sat down and was tuning my guitars (my Strat and a Gibson hollow body), looking around, waiting. Finally, a door opened and in walked... Jimmy Page. Wow.

How does my sleeping mind come up with this stuff?!

Anyway, it must be a sign (he he) and I will look into guitar lessons for the summer.  Maybe "see" you all again in June, if I am not on tour by then. ; )
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Two of my favorites - showing some of the many shades of Jimmy Page. Enjoy!
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May 3rd, 2021, 1:41 pm

You finally reduced your digital entropy and threw in some random bits! :-)
I've been thinking about you yesterday, wondering if everything is OK.
Whole Lotta Love! :-)
 
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May 4th, 2021, 2:03 pm

You finally reduced your digital entropy and threw in some random bits! :-)
I've been thinking about you yesterday, wondering if everything is OK.
Whole Lotta Love! :-)
Hehe - yes, like beauty, the signal-to-noise ratio is subjective though. We see ample evidence of that in the OT! 

Does unlimited BS carry information? : D

I'm heading out to high earth orbit again, so a quant art gift to all before I go.  I visited a flower show last weekend - thousands of daffodils, tulips, hydrangeas, hyacinths, and many other varieties - brilliant color on an old estate in northern region here.

Here is a "land work" - a fractal formed by Grape Hyacinths ("Muscari").  About 20 meters long - and one could do even more complex work, given time and space.

Enjoy the spring, people, whether you are masked, unmasked, vaxxed, unvaxxed, or somewhere in between! : )
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May 4th, 2021, 2:31 pm

That's the kind of a wave I wish everyone coming!

Last week I bought flowers for the porch and plants for the garden (strawberries, solberries, raspberries, herbs, bushes of tomatos and veggies). Before I managed to put them in the ground, they announced that frost and snow are retuning, so I invited everyone in to my bedroom - the only place safe from cats (that's what frivolous vegan women say) ;-) I can pick a fresh cherry tomato from my bed for breakfast :-)
 
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May 13th, 2021, 8:43 pm

This is actually nice!
NRK Klassik playing now
https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=TbnpH ... ture=share
 
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May 14th, 2021, 2:50 pm

Sure, nice for sleepy time, but not for long road trips!

This weekend heading west to look at a flowering tree heaven: Cherry, apple, crab apple, pear, dogwood, magnolia,... are all coming into full bloom now.

A few pictures from the last floral adventure.
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