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Marbled Love

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quirky smile

If I had known how delicious that marbled love cake (from 101 Things To Do With a Cake Mix) we’ll be having for dessert would taste, this dinner smile might have been a bit less quirky.

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Written by macheide

7 May 2008 at 7:03 pm

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Momentary Views

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My pet spreadsheet currently has 1300+ companies for which I track information on pensions, other benefits, or executive compensation. Usually, though, any armchair analysis I do on my data focuses solely on S&P 500 companies. Except of course, the S&P 500 set changes regularly, frequently several times each month. I’ve got that covered by having a listing of every company that has ever been a member of the S&P 500 during the past decade or so, of course adding to that set each time a new member is admitted to the club, with dates indicating entry or departure from the set. One of the primary input items on my pet spreadsheet’s main page, then, is the date as of which I wish the S&P 500 set selected, and Excel identifies the correct set as of that date and filters out data for just that set. That date-specific filtering capability was what made it so easy for me to quickly make some observations on pension “leakage” in my post on “How To Lose $50 Billion,” which observed that during recent years the general trend has been for S&P to replace DB plan sponsors with non-DB companies in changes to the S&P 500 set.

I want that same date-specific filtering capability for my Wall, which essentially is a document-type parallel of my pet spreadsheet, at least in its style, if not as a natural extension of focus.

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Written by macheide

7 May 2008 at 1:17 pm

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Tunnel Vision

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tunnel vision

OK, what games are Dish Network satellites playing here? My fave channels list is stuck on TMCXW where it had landed overnight, giving me nothing to watch but The Odd Couple II.

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Susan‘s fave channel list is just as exciting.

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Since I know that CNBC is channel 208, I can manually navigate there by clicking in the numbers. Now Dish Network thinks that’s the only thing on the air.

Gives new meaning to the common saying, “There’s nothing on TV.”

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Written by macheide

7 May 2008 at 10:20 am

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