Its Silly To Be Frightened Of Being Dead

That process depends on what you are dying of. The body can fail in ways that are extremely distressing, slowly and painfully, demanding much stoicism, or it can switch off with little more than a flash of dizziness. In my family we seem to have been uncommonly lucky in that respect. There was the 82-year-old…

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A Plug In Lamborghini – That Cant Be Right

PARIS — Lamborghini unveiled its Asterion LPI 910-4 concept, the automaker’s first plug-in hybrid, here Wednesday at a sneak preview before the official press days of the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The 910 in its nomenclature refers to the total horsepower output from the combination of its 5.2-liter V10 engine and three electric motors. The…

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Things I Am Going To Read This Weekend

Why people believe things you don’t believe – BoingBoing The Cost of the Header – The New Yorker Finding Alibaba: How Jerry Yang Made The Most Lucrative Bet In Silicon Valley History – Forbes How Chris McCandless Died – The New Yorker

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Ebola and Innumeracy

The current awful situation with Ebola interests me not only from the perspective of  a past professional life but also because of the profound idiocy that surrounds the disease. I had been looking around for a piece that encapsulates the actual facts about Ebola and as chance would have it a More or Less podcast has…

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Desert Island Discs

I have long been a fan of Desert Island Discs on he BBC So I thought as a thought experiment it might be interesting to see what I would select and to look at my rationale for doing so. So in no particular order of importance. 1. London Calling – The Clash. Who would have…

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Hedge Fund Rich List

Forbes have once again produced their annual rich list and once again hedge fund and alternative investment managers are over represented. To steal from Winston Churchill – never in the field of human endevour has so much been paid to so few for so little.  

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Another Lesson In Volatility

Recently, I happened across an article that claimed that the local markets was going up because volatility had gone up this year. After careful consideration I thought…BULLSHIT. This touches on a topic that always irritates the living daylights out of me – volatility and trend are not the same thing and only people who have…

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Women And Trading

I have been pondering this article by LB and the wider notion that according to a few peanuts some forms of knowledge might be sex linked. Even this blog has not been immune from sexism. My note on the first women to win a Fields Medal attracted the usual dickhead comment from a reader. Working…

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