Retards I Have Met

Over the years I have been collecting a series of interactions with various retards that I plan to publish in my dotage. You can trust me when I say that the list of those included is long and distinguished and now I have two more to add to the list. We received emails from two…

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How Will You Die?

There is no statistical proof that doctors enjoy a better quality of life before death than the rest of us. But research indicates they are better planners. An often-cited study, published in 2003, of physicians who had been medical students at Johns Hopkins University found that they were more likely than the general public to have…

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What Were You Expecting

I am always interested in stories of start ups and how they progress. This week I read about the instant messaging start up Snapchat. This nifty little application allows users to set a time limit on how long a message be it text, video or image is viewable for. It then deletes the message from…

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Random Thoughts

Winners I  had the pleasure the other day of catching up with Malcolm Bish a graduate of the 2012 Mentor Program and recent winner of the ASX Sharemarket Game. The conversation naturally turned to the ASX Sharemarket Competition and why he had done so well. I am aware of Malcolm trading system since it is…

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Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

As a biologist, Fleming knew that evolution was inevitable: sooner or later, bacteria would develop defenses against the compounds the nascent pharmaceutical industry was aiming at them. But what worried him was the possibility that misuse would speed the process up. Every inappropriate prescription and insufficient dose given in medicine would kill weak bacteria but…

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Word Cloud

Word clouds are intriguing little tools that effectively allow you to look at the frequency distribution of words within a given piece of text. Wofram Alpha the way clever search engine has just released a new function allowing you to generate word clouds for the lyrics of your favourite songs. you simply enter  the expression…

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We May Have An Ig Nobel Nominee

Each year the Ig Nobel committee hand awards to research that in their words – first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.  To give you a sense of what sort of research attracts an Ig…

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Is The Market Overvalued Part 2

I had not intended for my Is The Market Overvalued? piece to become a two parter but I came across the following chart courtesy of the people at Bespoke, who produce a dazzling array of metrics.     This chart looks at the number of S&P500 stocks which are above their 50 day moving average.…

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