Archive for August, 2011

Recent CHF Libor

August 23, 2011

Swiss franc libor rates have turned negative. CHF libor overnight 22 Aug 2011, -0.02000 %,; 19 Aug 2011, -0.00333 %; 18 Aug 2011, 0.00000 %; 17 Aug 2011, 0.00000 %; 16 Aug 2011, 0.00250 %.

Source: http://www.global-rates.com/interest-rates/libor/swiss-franc/swiss-franc.aspx

An inventory of types

August 13, 2011

The American hegemon has introduced a slew of new words into what used to be a fairly expressive language before its corruption, to capture the American version of social reality.  Let me list out the ones that come to mind.

Wimp

Nerd

Geek

Jock

Preppie.

I heard of a fraternity party at which there was a guy with various rubber stamps, stamping these descriptions on the backs of hands of the guests, thus slotting them into controllable categories.  I feel I have left out some of these new types, and if you, patient reader, can supplement my knowledge, I’d be most obliged.

I think it is in sociology departments that such such typologies are worked out.  I once knew of a chap, nice in most other ways, who had done a Ph.D in sociology.  After that, ostensibly to round out his education, he did another Ph.D, this time in economics.  Obviously, the degree in sociology had not quenched his thirst for true knowledge.  And if all the sociologists do is characterise otherwise harmless people as geeks and nerds, one can quite sympathise with above mentioned professor, now tenured.

Need a name for a behaviour

August 12, 2011

I first noticed this behaviour when I was little.  It enraged me even then.  It still does, but these days I control the reaction.  The behaviour, I found widespread in women (though it may occur among effiminate men or men who like to play games.)  My first early memory of this behaviour is with my mother, but since that time I have encountered it with my wife, my female colleague and female boss.

The behaviour in question:  The female initiates a conversation, asks a question, or asks for an opinion.  Then, right when you start to reply, she diverts her attention from what you are saying, to something that is (demonstrably for you) more important or pressing, thus cutting you off in mid speech.  If she is especially kind, after the interruption, she will turn to you, and resume with “and so you were saying?”.

I badly need a name for this behaviour.  I bet the Americans, who incorrigibly study all and every phenomenon from a “scientific” standpoint, have, in one of their many classified reports, already given a name to this.  I just don’t know it.  I was thinking of calling it the “cut off” as in “she gave me the cut off” as in “she gave me the go by”.  But perhaps there is a more appropriate term.

I would punish the perpetrators with, what, a year of solitary, or have their tongues paralysed.  But I still  can’t enforce my curses or make them real, so I’ll just keep practicing and hoping for the best.