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Liquidity is Undervalued ...
.... but not as much as Ranjan Badhuri implies in his article in allaboutalpha.com Ranjan writes about a game where liquidity pays: The game consists of a hat that contains 6 black balls and 4 white balls. The player picks balls from the hat and gains $1 for each white ball, and loses $1 for each black ball. The selection is done without replacement. At the end of each pick, the player may choose to stop or continue. The player has the right to refuse to play (i.e. not pick any balls at all). Given ......

Posted On Sunday, December 23, 2007 4:58 PM

Belated Thought Experiment
I admit that I have been remiss updating this blog with thought experiments as promised. So, to make up for this I have a good one for you - especially those of you who are theologically minded. Let's start with the premise that God exists and that God created a perfect world for humankind. If that is the case, then it is no accident that the world's population has so many different belief systems. Is it possible that every major belief system has something to contribute to our spiritual welfare? ......

Posted On Monday, December 17, 2007 7:39 PM

Ship of Theseus and Software Engineering
improve my => 'code' I have always found the essential idea behind the Ship of Theseus interesting. From Wikipedia.org According to Greek legend as reported by Plutarch, “ The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned [from Crete] had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their place, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among ......

Posted On Friday, December 7, 2007 5:38 PM

Timothy Ferriss - Experiments in Lifestyle Design
I need to give a shout out to Timothy Ferris and his blog Experiments in Lifestyle Design. He recently posted about Tich Nhat Hanh - my favorite Buddhist writer. And he has posts on how to outsource your work, how to learn foreign languages quickly.... and generally how to incorporate more - travel, adventure, etc in to your life. He is certainly a terrific inspiration, and my goal is to implement 10% of his hints now... Hopefully, my life will vastly improve - and yours too - from his wisdom. Thanks ......

Posted On Sunday, November 25, 2007 5:47 PM

danyet
Some of you reading this blog probably realize that I have been trying to learn Russian for some time now. One of my favorite words that I want to share with you is "danyet" which would literally translate to "yesno" in English. Russians use this word to contradict the last thing said. Perhaps the best translations in English are "Not!" or "Yeah, right" (actually it's not a colloquial term in Russian as the English translations provided are). Having recently re-read 1984, danyet seemed like a wonderful ......

Posted On Monday, October 29, 2007 10:06 PM

Reaction to "Why Atheists Are Not Very Bright"
I just finished reading Dinesh D'Souza's essay Why Atheists are Not Very Bright which is also an excerpt from his book, What's So Great About Christianity. I am not an atheist, but I can certainly see atheism as a reasonable point of view. Consequently I am responding to his piece. Dinesh starts out parroting an argument from Kant that we cannot know everything about the world because we only come to know the world throught the filter of our senses. According to D'Souza, this implies that (1) we ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 7:32 PM

Critique of Paul Graham's Essay "How to Do Philosophy"
I was just reading through Paul Graham's article on "How to Do Philosophy" (http://www.paulgraham.com/... He mentions that philosophy has twisted in the wind for a while because so many smart people who realized that most articles lacked substance did not raise the alarm to others - mostly because it is very difficult to criticize works that are so hard to read. Agreed... But the greater reason is that there is no use in criticizing an essentially useless activity... I studied math as ......

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2007 6:51 PM

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