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Portable Document Philes

Overheard:

“How do you change a pedophile?”

“What?”

“I have something that I need to make changes to. A pedophile.”

“Ahhh… I’m not sure what you mean?”

“You know, these pedophiles? Or what do you call them? PD files?”

“Oh. You mean Adobe Reader files? Like PDF?”

“Yes, yes. Pedophiles.”

Beware, the PD Bear.

May 20, 2010   Comments Off

Unraveling

This reminds me of a short story by Italo Calvino, in which an aged accountant awaits the utter collapse of the bank where he has worked his entire life, waiting the entire time for the error of pennies he had made as a young man to multiply and compound until its magnitude dwarfed the holdings of the bank.

A bad day in the financial markets was made worse by an apparent trading glitch, leaving traders and investors nervous and scratching their heads over how a mistake could send the Dow Jones Industrial Average into a 1,000-point tailspin.

I strongly suspect that the true state of the market is more like something out of a Borges short story.

Hard to put my pessimism into words without sounding ridiculously melodramatic.

(From “Dow Takes a Harrowing 1,010.14-Point Trip – WSJ.com“)

May 7, 2010   Comments Off