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Marcel Carné

A few weeks ago I watched Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise. I had heard of it before but always assumed it had something to do…

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Soft Power

When I was a blue-eyed boy in the early 1950s in Cape Town near the southern tip of Africa, much of the popular music on…

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The Song of Mandelay

Mother Goddam’s bar in Mandelay Seven planks over the greenish bay Goddam, what kind of establishment that was! Fifteen men waiting for their turn The…

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Bagazh – Happy End

It was many decades ago that I discovered Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenye. I had known, of course, about Bobby Darin’s Mack the Knife, but…

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Adequate Explanations

I once wrote a long chapter in my book Models.Behaving.Badly about Spinoza’s theory of the passions (affects) and how to free oneself of bondage to…

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Time is Not Money

Ideal money is a security that has no dimension. Ideal money is atomic, structureless, has no extension but has infinite duration. Ideal money has zero…

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An eagerness to impart unnecessary information

I find myself increasingly in irritated disagreement with the many neuroscientists and evangelically professional atheists who think that science is everything, that matter is all we have, and that photographic images of chemicals glowing in the brain are equivalent to thoughts and feelings. (I have no problem with their simply disbelieving in God.)

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German models

The good days are here once again for models of the physical world: after a drought of almost fifty years, physicists at CERN have discovered what seems to be the long-awaited Higgs boson


Dog’s Lives

When I came to write my memoir, the perception of having been a second-class citizen in the early days of quantitative strategies led me to think of the movie My Life as a Dog, and modify Dog to Quant for the title. The subtext was meant to be dogs.

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I dislike Mayor Bloomberg telling me I can’t smoke a cigar in Central Park, nudge stuff, and nanny states. And yet I find myself liking the fact that they are going to outlaw 640z sodas in NYC. I am impaled on the horns of a dilemma.

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The U.S. dollar is an IOU issued by the Treasury and backed by the full faith and credit etc. Which means what?

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