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Polar bear twins

In Interesting, Size: One Shot on March 20, 2009 at 5:58 pm

A pair of polar bears were born in Rhenen, Netherlands yesterday and they’re adorable. 😀 Taking some photos from the Telegraph web, see them after the jump. (I didn’t want to shrink the photos just to fit the narrow space on this page). Read the rest of this entry »


And I thought Twitter was another way to get a job…

In Interesting, Size: Tall on March 18, 2009 at 8:45 am

Well, not when you’re stupid.

Find out why, after the jump.

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Freedom in the Alps!

In Interesting, Size: Tall on March 17, 2009 at 11:38 pm

I stumbled upon this article from the New York Times through someone in Twitter. I don’t know whether to think it as funny or ridiculous. How can it not be either if we’re talking about hiking in the nude? In the Alps… All they wear are their hiking boots and some sun screen. Location: Appenzell, Switzerland. Some are obviously bothered bumping into people who go all bare but the city cannot criminalize them because one, there is no law against hiking in the nude and two, “[s]imply being naked without any sexual connotation is no longer illegal,” say Daniel Kettiger, a legal expert who wrote a piece called: “The Bare Facts: On the Criminal Prosecution of Nude Hiking”.

But the city’s justice minister claimed he can draft something that would penalize these people and it could cost them up to $170.

The whole article HERE.

I can’t decide so I’m better off creating a poll.

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm

A bigger bite of Apple

In Interesting, Size: Grande on March 12, 2009 at 6:42 am

Presenting the latest addition to the iPod family- the latest, and smallest, iPod shuffle and MP3 player.


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Watchmen: B+/A-

In Flicks, Size: Grande on March 6, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I went to the 12mn showing of Watchmen last night.  And I was happy with my decision to not read the last chapter of the novel because the ending of the film made up a big part of the reason why I loved the movie.


I shall return to the book to finish reading later but for now, here’s my review: Read the rest of this entry »

3/2 News Roundup

In Headlines, Size: Grande on March 3, 2009 at 9:23 am

Yesterday, AIG reported the biggest loss in America’s corporate history (just a few days after RBS similarly reported the UK’s biggest corporate history- a staggering, but nevertheless still smaller £24.1bn).  With a loss of $61bn, the insurance firm again ran to the government to seek for more aid, which they got in the amount of $30bn in exchange of majority ownership in two of their money-makers: American Insurance Association (AIA), its business in Asia and American Life Insurance Corporation (ALICO).  Remember that the firm entered this pit after they decided to issue billions of dollars worth of credit default swaps, the instrument which had it share of the spotlight after other firms, notably Lehmann Brothers, fell victim to the failure to manage risks associated with CDS. The trouble of the firm is further compounded by the news that former CEO Hank Greenberg will be filing a lawsuit against the company for allegedly being misled to buy inflated prices of the AIG stock.  As the firm’s biggest shareholder, Greenberg’s wealth is without a doubt wiped out by what has happened.

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VCB: B+/A-

In Flicks, Size: Grande on March 3, 2009 at 3:16 am

Meet Vicky…


…and Cristina


…in the romantic city of Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

Nationalization? Maybe.

In Headlines, Size: Venti on March 2, 2009 at 3:23 am

(A brief update)

Lately, I have been lurking around just two places on the web: twitter (username: blueblooded) and Paul Kedrosky’s blog ( Twitter has unexpectedly been… entertaining. It’s perhaps one of the easiest ways of receiving various information from various people about various subjects. Not to forget it’s the quickest way to blog.  Quite a convenience for people like me who tend to be lazy bloggers most of the time.

Paul Kedrosky is a regular on CNBC. A very smart man who enthusiastically gives me and thousands more our daily dose of interesting readings. He is a research consultant for Ten Asset Management and a senior fellow at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

I’ve also been busy reviewing for the CFA (just about to move to the 5th book, just after 2 months and 3 more left for the 2 remaining books and review), but the pace at which I’m going, fast as it may be, is enough to scare me. I may be reaching the 250-hour minimum suggested review time but it doesn’t quite bode well for me that I’m finishing a book, on average, in less than 2 weeks when each should at least take three. The current book I’m on, I began reading just exactly a week ago.  And now I’m down to reviewing the last chapter and I’m ready to move on.  It’s one thing to understand the concepts, it’s another to retain them along with the eerie collection of formulae that are slapped to everyone studying for the exam. Somehow. I take comfort knowing that I did understand pretty much everything I’ve read and I have enough time to review and master everything. I hope to be very well prepared come June. Let that be my gift to myself.

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