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23 November 2017 at 7:30 am

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Those Days

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I’ll be walking again. Seriously. To morrow. You’ll know when I arrive.

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23 November 2017 at 7:27 am

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Macheide’s Aurelian Dream

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The more we know what we know, the more we know we don’t.

Almost a quarter century ago, I wrote an article for an early issue of Contingencies, the #1 magazine for actuaries, entitled “Next Best Thing to an Aurelian Dream“. Now standing at retirement’s shoreline, I am realizing that vision to be as recurring a dream as all those I’ve ever kept dreaming. Maybe if I start now, then a quarter century from now I can look back claiming to have made my dream at least more vivid, if not ever to be real. Or at least to have been content spending an entire lifetime dreaming it . . .

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30 March 2015 at 4:08 pm

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Pensions & Other Post-Employment Benefits 2014

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10-k Annual Reports for Corporate Fiscal Years Ending through 1/31/2015
(with January fiscal years treated as corresponding to preceding calendar year)
– number examined as of 4/1/2015 — 275 –

Charts and Commentary —

(* — pending update, previous data set as of 2/28/2015 being used)

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1 March 2015 at 1:31 pm

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on th wsj fold

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i was showing one of our board members how we used to roll up th wsj up into a cylinder for reading on th train, demonstrating how that made th stories flow in a continuous river

then i told my colleague that i had only been teasing, despite how my demonstration had in fact made th stories in th paper flow. i then unrolled th paper and showed th wsj fold as we did actually read our papers on th train. as i did so, th stories cam alive much as they had done with th cylinder i’d made, except as a continuous slide show that made each page leap out like a web page with links that opened automatically in dimensions above and below th page and into other dimensions that wound into our heads

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15 December 2017 at 7:06 am

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on bernie’s paintings

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a new movie was coming out soon, to be called Hall, a dark mysterious tale meant more to lead the mind of a viewer into his own mind rather than into its own story, i knew where it was going as though i had already been there and looked forward to its release for th doorway of going there again

bernie’s hall

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12 December 2017 at 6:47 am

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Empowered Grid

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IMG_0871On “Power Grid,” today’s puzzle for The WSJ Daily Crossword, I managed to complete the entire northwest corner without resorting to Google or a dictionary or any other memory crutch! That’s the first time I’ve come that far since my shenanigans!

Which gives me incentive to add more distraction to an already busy day: Attempt to complete this day’s puzzle.

For each of the six days during any week that the WSJ lands on my driveway, one of my daily routines involves devoting at least 10-15 minutes of the day’s unplugged time toward filling in as many letters in the WSJ crossword as I can. Back in college days, that would frequently take me far enough to have me carrying the Journal with me through the day to add a word or two now and then until relaxation in the evening, when typically I could complete that day’s exercise. Even through my busiest Wall Street and Beltway working days, I often completed the puzzle.

Since 2011, it’s been more a matter of therapy than of relaxation. Even today, six years after my pass through death, I continue to work on my balance and stamina and other health concerns. And if anything, my mental health has even further to go if I am ever to regain what I had before.

Eh, but I may never be back to completing one of these WSJ crosswords on a same-day basis, and I have so very much else to be doing today. So past this great start that I had, I’ll probably content myself with knowing the answer to 65 Across: a five-letter word with the clue, “Jose Altuve, for one.”

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6 December 2017 at 12:35 pm

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aurelia reset

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aurelia resetSo, I had to reset aurelia this morning.

No, Siri or whatever else has been nagging me the past month, I am not ready to send aurelia through reincarnation to a newer body. Bad enough I’ve been forcing her to work with iOS 11 (big mistake).

iPhun iPhun iPhun . . .

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4 December 2017 at 10:32 am

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Got Me an E Harmonica

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Thanks to Bobby, next time I make it to a Dylan concert, I’ll go prepared: I now have me an E harmonica.

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2 December 2017 at 10:10 pm

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An Actuary without Excel Is Like…

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Wall Street without the Journal? K Street without a lobbyist? A tax bill without a favor for a special interest?

No, it’s way more intrinsic than that.

I was born an actuary and will die my last death an actuary. And no matter what marketplace the designers believe they created Excel for, I will always believe it to have been God’s gift to my actuarial soul.

More Excel . . . more . . . more . . .

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1 December 2017 at 6:52 am

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Flushed with Success

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IMG_0373We were supposed to be putting up our Christmas tree today, then getting a good start toward decorating the house inside and out over the weekend. And I’d wanted to get back to cleaning up a few PotCPMCA odds and ends.

But late last night the master toilet — or as today’s OED WotD quite by predictive chance would say, our “chanty” — went broken beyond all tinkering. A trip to Home Depot for a repair kit only taught us that we maybe should have disassembled the entire chanty before shopping. But then a second trip to a nearby plumbing supply store gave us most of the parts we needed. So even before the Navy v. UH game was over, I was back in front of my TV set in need of another home fixit project to have for procrastination excuse on that Christmas tree thing.

Together, SuziQ and I managed to do some major plumbing repair on a Kohler chanty!! Watch out, Operations Committee, I might start thinking I know how to fix things!!

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Aftermath Afterlife:

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24 November 2017 at 1:28 pm

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