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Private Preoccupation

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The whizbang new dashboard WordPress forced upon me word that “FYE 9/30/08 Unfunded ABO” was the 1000th post under aftermath. Or the 1111101000th post for those of you who keep track in binary.

As random as that threshold is, I’m going to take the opportunity to take a wee break from blogging. And during that break, to focus on taking one entire line of aftermath private: my άctuary category.

As I’ve previously disclaimed, any aftermath posts of an actuarial nature reflect the fact that I was born an actuary long before I took a job to work as one, that I am an actuary 24/7 even when asleep, that I will still be an actuary long after I’ve met that moment of the force of mortality. And that I have always taken great pains to draw very rigid lines between my actuarial work and my actuarial hobby. That nothing I have ever written here pertains to my work, and vice versa.

Alas, distinctions clear to an actuary tend to make everyone else yawn until their pension plans go belly up, then suddenly everything gets painted gray and all the lines disappear until people start believing “actuarial error” is a meaningful term just because it exists in the tax code. I’ve not had trouble yet, actuaries don’t tempt fate they can easily enough control.

As obviously as a commutation function, I’ll of course continue to eat, breath, dream actuarial reality. And so too, I will continue to write and post further aftermath άctuary articles. Just, like I will now re-designate all my past aftermath άctuary post, all such future traffic will be private, password-protected.

I don’t mind sharing any and all of those private posts with anyone in the same way I might chat about my non-work-related actuarial obsessions in the hot tub with the rare individual who wouldn’t run away screaming at the mere thought. To submit an application for access to the password, merely explain in your own words and with lines clear enough to make an actuary’s brain smile: the distinction between SFAS 87 versus IRC 412.

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Written by macheide

11 December 2008 at 5:50 pm

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Recyclists

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recyclists
I started writing and haven’t yet found the last word so haven’t yet stopped.

I looked for a way to do some of my writing online and during the past decade have been a nomad through several different blogging communities.

Intrigued with how web technology extends journalling with features like video, sound, and images, I briefly participated in one blog community in which members documented a day in their lives through digital photographs.

A response to one of my day’s snapshots of taking up our trash chided us for failing to recyle the mob of soda cans we tend to collect here.

We took the comment seriously enough to start recycling our cans.

Today, Susan and Nat stopped by the Container Store and purchased containers to extend our recycling efforts to glass and paper.

Nat did the lettering on the container lids.

I wrote about it all here.

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Written by macheide

9 May 2008 at 6:16 pm

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Globserver Effect

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blogserver effect
A rather mildly common example of “globserver effect,” which is what I call the blogosphere’s version of the observer effect, to be sure. And this one’s direction is coming out of the blog instead of in it. That is, whereas the more devious globserver effects may be those where knowing one will be blogging about an event affects one’s actions in that event, here it was somewhat more innocuously the fact that I was already blogging about a previous event that so directly affected our appetite for a repeat performance.

Now if I thought someone might actually be observing this blog post, then we might see some real blogserver effect kicking in.

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Written by macheide

19 April 2008 at 6:10 pm

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