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April 17th, 2010, 8:20 pm

A rainy gray afternoon in an antique New England farm house. We see through a large window overlooking a field - it is early spring and leaves are just coming out on the trees. Pan into the long living room - antique furniture, big piles of books, a stereo system, a jumble of riding boots and horse gear at the door. Then pan to a great leather sofa, across some neatly folded tartan blankets, and over to a long oak desk wheretrackstar is sipping a cup of tea and laughing with a laptop open and a screen clearly showing The Wilmott Forums.Close up on the screen, threads flickering, avatars visible."Oh no you don't poops...we are not talking about *that* again."She types quickly, inserts a large picture of (?) and posts. Then she leans back smiling and looks out the window.Rain drips from the edge of the roof.
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April 17th, 2010, 9:01 pm

The camera follows the drip down to the ground, down a small drainage, into stream, out to a lake, down a quiet river, past a rower, out to a port, past an eerily empty large airport, along the wake of a fast yacht streaking out of the harbor. The yacht is heading Northeast.As the camera approaches the yacht we see wind-tussled heads close together in low conversation. The camera flies past, pivoting to show the grim determination on the faces of stalwart Wilmottians.The camera then pivots back, facing forward, racing on and on across the ocean to an island of sharp black rock, soft green lichen, and cold white ice. Up the mountain goes the camera to reveal a violent volcanic eruption spewing billowing black ash.And out of the steaming sulfurous vents on the side of the mountain tumble legion upon legion of zombies!
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April 17th, 2010, 9:04 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: Traden4AlphaThe camera follows the drip down to the ground, down a small drainage, into stream, out to a lake, down a quiet river, past a rower, out to a port, past an eerily empty large airport, along the wake of a fast yacht streaking out of the harbor. The yacht is heading Northeast.As the camera approaches the yacht we see wind-tussled heads close together in low conversation. The camera flies past, pivoting to show the grim determination on the faces of stalwart Wilmottians.The camera then pivots back, facing forward, racing on and on across the ocean to an island of sharp black rock, soft green lichen, and cold white ice. Up the mountain goes the camera to reveal a violent volcanic eruption spewing billowing black ash.And out of the steaming sulfurous vents on the side of the mountain tumble legion upon legion of zombies!LOL!!! I suppose that the "drainage" would involve a Mediation Access Grille.Thank goodness for CGI!
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April 17th, 2010, 9:26 pm

Yes, MAGs will feature prominently.It will be a race between the Wilmotters and the Zombies. The Zombies will be shambling toward the MAGs of Reykjavik which could give them unfettered access to all the world's cities via the secret tunnels discovered by der Dritte Man. Outrun will use an FPGA to compute the optimal routing of our heros and Cuchulainn will supply Boost packs to maximize our throughput and maintainability. Farmer's generator will give us the electricity we need to defeat the on-coming hordes and Anthis with give us a crash-course in zombie-bondage techniques. And as the fight starts looking grim, Paul will step-in with a massive hedge that puts a (non)optional barrier between the zombies and the first MAGs.
 
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April 19th, 2010, 12:31 am

A duck blind. The call of a common loon is heard in the distance. Suddenly an odd buzzing sound begins. Camera focuses on a vibrating Nexus One cell phone, moving across a wooden surface. A hand reaches down and picks up the phone, raising it toward the camera. "N Taleb" appears on the phone's screen. The hand depresses a button; the buzzing stops and the phone goes dark and is replaced on the wooden surface. A loon calls again.Camera shifts to the distance, where a large dark bird appears over the tree tops at the distant shore of a lake. "Shit!" is hissed, and there's a cacophony of movement. Camera now peers over the sites of a shotgun, and quickly focuses on the bird in the distance: a black swan. "Huh?" The shotgun is lowered.The screen is suddenly darkened by a figure in the foreground. Pulling back, the camera focuses on the figure: a zombie, dressed in a tuxedo. "Fuck me!" The zombie rears back and swipes ferociously with one hand.Fade to black.
 
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April 19th, 2010, 12:38 am

LOL!!! See what happens when Off Topic deprivation kicks in? I was actually quite sad that the Forums were down today, because I was looking forward to fleshing this out a bit.With human flesh, of course. ***"Tomorrow is another day."Scarlett "Zomberella" O'HaraDon't be fooled by the sweeping lawn and this nice mansion, you know what is in there.
 
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April 19th, 2010, 12:47 am

For a good mashup with zombies, please read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Hilarious !
 
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April 19th, 2010, 9:55 am

It is late afternoon on the Hydroptere and the light is fading on the ocean's horizon. The boat is moving quickly, at about 20 knots, and daveangel is at the helm.daveangel: If the wind keeps up this way, we should be in Londinium by morning.Cuchulainn: Very good, we will go below and prepare for the attack.Cuchulainn nods to Traden4Alpha and they go into the cargo hold.Traden4Alpha: We will be going ashore with twenty men and the boat will go back out to sea, make its way north and stop again near Liverpool. So then we will have forces above and below.Cuchulainn: Exactly and the Londinium 20 will carry all they need in these.He holds up a black backpack and they begin to open boxes that are lined up in a neat row on the floor and begin working together to load the packs; counting off each item and checking a list on the table. High performance iPhones - checkMatlab 2010 - checkThe Miniature Guide to Option Pricing Formulas - checkMonte Carlo Methods - checkFPGA - checkBOOST - checkCombat MAGs - checkLeviathan grenades (he holds up a stuffed animal) - check...The packs are stuffed and as they move from box to box, slowly a knocking sound is heard from a dark corner of the hold.Traden: What is that?Cuchulainn: Don't know. Let's have a look.Taking a high powered halogen flash light they scan the hold and move towards into the darker recessed area, where they discover a large sturdily-built pine box.Traden: I don't recall this coming on board back in the States.Cuchulainn: No, but we did go out for tea and scones before embarking for England. The Americans are working hard to make better scones these days, don't you think?Traden: Indeed, must be the new Trans-Atlantic Trade Treaty; forces the Invisible Hands in the kitchen.They laugh.Cuchulainn: So shall we see what is in this box?Traden: Certainly.They pull a pry bar from a shelf and lever one end; the cover of the box gives way with a slow groan.Inside, at first the view is dim, but they bring the flashlights closer and...it is an elegantly dressed man in peaceful repose. His eyelids flutter slightly and he opens his eyes. The Man in the Box: I say, did someone mention scones?Traden and Cuchulainn look at each other in disbelief. Fade.
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April 19th, 2010, 11:35 am

What such an imagination you have LOL ? In your pack you forgot Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance (ok a bit heavy to carry ) and Excel . Looking forward this new epic story
 
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April 19th, 2010, 11:54 am

Excellent choices, and PWOQF could be an eBook!Excel with VBA, I think... **Special note: This is where the plot would thicken - as we all know, vampires, like zombies, are a form of the Undead. In our story, the Vampires and the Zombies have been enemies for centuries.So Wilfrid (the Man in the Box) is a diplomatic emissary from the Land of Vampires and has come to offer their assistance in our fight. He will tell The Wilmottians of their long standing Blood Feud, by firelight in a crumbling castle outside of Londinium.Two advantages that the Vampires possess will be revealed: first, since Zombies are Living Dead, the bite of a vampire, which normally changes humans into the same, will either kill them or return them to normal, depending on certain factors. In the case of Marsden's Man in the Tuxedo, he was a recently-made Zombie and he will be restored to life. He will then rise up to lead what becomes known as the Great Quantitative Insurgency against Zombies of 2010. (Code name: QUIZ) Second, vampires are shape shifters and as Zombies are quite clumsy, they will not be able to catch such creatures as wolves, wraiths, and bats. There will be some opportunities for a little comic relief in a few scenes where they lunge and swipe and bash around to no avail. The Vampires will also lead some charges against the Zombies in Britain as mounted calvary; trackstar will participate in the illustrious Dark Horse Brigades.**PS: I know that Traden has planned for action in Reykjavik, but the Zombie strong hold and staging area is actually in England. So we are cutting off their supply chain and Command Center at the source and then we will retake Iceland.
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April 19th, 2010, 1:07 pm

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April 19th, 2010, 1:08 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: trackstarCombat MAGs - checkNever leave home without it
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April 19th, 2010, 10:55 pm

Five years earlierSegue from commercial break to morning talk show "American Breakfast" ...Host, an affable man in perhaps his early forties wearing a comfortable suit: "Welcome back to Breakfast, America. Stephanie, what can you tell us about our next guest?"He gestures toward an attractive blonde woman in her mid-thirties, well made-up and dressed conservatively but attractively.S: "Tyler, Nassim Taleb is a financial theorist as well as a popular author."T: "That's not a combination we see very often!" (audience laughter)S: "It certainly isn't! Professor Taleb is best known for his books, 'Fooled by Randomness' and 'The Black Swan,' which both warned of the financial collapse of 2008-2009."T: "I remember those!"S: "Yes, very big sellers for finance books! But today he's going to talk to us about his new book, 'Zombie Risk,' which was released last week."She holds up a hardcover book upside down. Behind the inverted title and authors name is a picture of a zombie. She recognized that the book is upside down, and corrects it.S: "Oops!" (audience laughter) "Anyway, I know he has a lot of interesting things to tell us, so let me just introduce Nassim Taleb!"Camera turns to Nassim sitting on the guest's couch, smiling nervously and acknowledging the applause from the crowd.NT: "Thank you."T: "Now, Nassim, what can you tell us about this book?"NT: "'Zombie Risk' is very much a sequel to 'The Black Swan.' The problem I continually run into with my message is that, when people need to hear it, they don't, and then after it's too late, it gets heard and repeated to the point that people become numb to it. I wanted to write something that would be received as a survival manual, not as an obituary."T: "Fascinating. Now, why did you choose an undead theme for the book?"NT: "Well, zombies are not real, right? But if there suddenly were zombies in the world, we'd have to change how we think about things, how we do things, just as a matter of survival. I wanted to highlight that we really do face risks like 'zombie risk' that will force us to re-think everything we thought we knew, and that we should be prepared for -- notice that I didn't say we should 'plan for,' which would generally be impossible -- but we should be prepared for these sorts of changes in our world."S: "Hold on -- you're not saying that you believe in zombies, are you?"A long pause follows, and a look of bewildered horror covers Nassim's face.NT: "NNNNNo. Zombies are a metaphor for the risks that we DO face, but do not understand. A parable, if you will."T: "And that, really, I think is the key to your success, Nassim: you're a story teller. There's a message, but you weave it into such engaging tales."S: "I loved 'The Black Swan!'"(Fade out)
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April 20th, 2010, 3:02 am

Open to London in the present. Nassim is sitting outdoors in a café with a large group of quants. There are navy blue bags on the ground by many of the men which show a odd mathematical symbol and the name of a prominent derivatives conference. We understand that Nassim himself was remembering back to the talk show and now, five years later, the subject of Zombie Risk has enjoyed top billing at this event. Posters outside the café remind us that "Zombies Are Everywhere" and there are handwritten signs by people seeking their loved ones: "Have you seen my husband?" with pictures and "Last seen on (x)" dates. As the camera pans around the table, we catch snippets of intense dialogue from several concurrent conversations: crisis and default and fat tail and Gaussian and copula... from different voices with various foreign accents. Turning back to Nassim, we see that he has a demitasse in front of him and a tall slender glass of a lustrous burgundy red liquid. It is not wine and he is not drinking it, but rather stirring it thoughtfully with a long silver spoon. Above the murmur, one man exclaims "If only David Li..." and suddenly three black cars with government plates pull up and a group of Asian men dressed in black suits descend on the table, firing weapons and clearing the café. Windows shatter, people are screaming and diving for the floor. The quants flee in all directions and the men are just about to seize Nassim when a powder blue Aston Martin pulls up and a voice cries out "Nassim, over here!" Nassim makes a break for it, shoving the smaller armed men out of the way and diving into the car. As they screech away from the curb, we catch a glimpse of the driver, who is wearing black rectangular glasses and a Hawaiian shirt. The camera pulls back and follows as the car races through the city streets, dogding in and out of traffic. It is initially pursued by the black cars, but they get bogged down behind doubledecker buses and taxis; soon the Aston Martin is out of range. It takes sharp left hand turn with tires screaming and zips out onto the M4, disappearing into the English countryside. We hear Paul Wilmott's voice in pleasant jest: "You only live twice Dr. Taleb." The men laugh a little and breathe sighs of relief.
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April 20th, 2010, 4:05 am

LOL ! Paul Wilmott as a James Bond's Dr No ? I hope he has a white cat at least
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