It’s A People Weekend

Dedicated to all the very different things about people…….

1) There’s a 30-something guy in one of the tiny Starbucks outlets I visit on occasion – he’s been there I think easily for more than a year, any time of day I happen to pop by (perpetually trying to bag the veggie muffin, at one point). He always seemed to be watching Chinese game shows in the middle of the day. I couldn’t figure how he could do only that, day in, day out. Finally, finally, this week I saw it – remote access Bloomberg screen he scanned briefly before returning to…. was that a mid-afternoon Chinese soap? He’s trading his own portfolio out of Starbucks.

A Day In The Life of 18 Year Old Julian Marchese, The Full-Time Student Building A Hedge Fund Out Of His Dorm Room.

“…Marchese began cold-emailing analysts for advice on how to jumpstart his career in finance. “When you’re 12, the ‘pro’ is, you’re really cute and people want to talk to you,” Marchese says. “But when I was actually serious, they brushed me off because I was 12.”….”

Dis is he, aged 14, having convinced Canadian Venture Capitalists (but he had to wait til he was 18 due to legal issues with his age)

Aged 14, he convinced Canadian Venture Capitalists re a strategy he created an algorithm for, which allows him to trade while he’s in school (but he had to wait til he was 18 due to legal issues involving his age)

Dis is he today, on his way to class at NYU

Dis is he today, on his way to class at NYU

“…At a Quantitative Finance Society meeting, club president Thomas Li warns: “All of us have massive egos, in case you haven’t realized……. ..Recognize your biases and avoid them. It’s easier than trying to remove them.”…”

Love that he said that – ego and pride can really cloud your judgment and cost you a world of pain. Countries have gone to war over “face” and hurt pride.

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2) The Relationship Between Genius And Mental Illness. Especially re the geniuses in creative writing.

Did mental illness facilitate [these creators’] unique abilities, whether it be to play a concerto or to perceive a novel mathematical relationship? Or did mental illness impair their creativity after its initial meteoric burst in their twenties? Or is the relationship more complex than a simple one of cause and effect, in either direction?

“…..Many personality characteristics of creative people … make them more vulnerable……..”

“…..permits them to perceive things in a fresh and novel way, which is an important basis for creativity. But it also means that their inner world…… filled with many questions and few easy answers….” 

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3) The rather misleadingly titled Texas Man Drops Note With Gay Couple That Leaves Them Trembling. This tv show staged a gay couple going into a restaurant in Texas and a waitress who gets more and more personal and rude – to see how restaurant patrons react. (That’s really why it’s here – a story of human behavior, as can only be illustrated via a hot-button issue.)

There’s close to 13,000 comments following the Youtube; a quick scan didn’t come up with any overtly hateful ones (unlike certain popular sites closer to home which have some really disturbing race-related hate comments and which I therefore deliberately never link to) but if you find one say the word, this thing is gones.

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4) China’s Annual Shame List Of Illegal Renovations. Love that they published this, it’s brilliant! :D (Also very useful for Rockstar’s learning unit about buildings and structures)

This is really funny (and green!)

This is funny (and green!)

Unsafe, according to the article, but would've been so convenient especially when it rains :)

Unsafe, according to the article, but would’ve been so convenient especially when it rains :)

This one is a balcony (and much more) extended above a street

This one is a balcony (and much more) extended above a street

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5) Another Power Of Social Media story. But also one about an animal lover and her beneficiary. Canadian woman finds paralyzed dog in Thailand, sets up Facebook and Gofundme pages, 3 months later he’s chillin’ in a permanent home in Ontario, Canada.

Dis is Leo

Dis is Leo

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6) 9 Facts That Have Changed Since You Went To School. Rockstar’s first response was “I bet Pluto’s on it.” He’s right, it is, but what really tickled us was the one about how it used to be mathematically impossible to fold a paper more than 7 times.

They had these formulas for doing it, depending on direction:

Who cares?

Who cares?

Say what?

Say what?

Then this junior High School student (who was after the extra credit) went out and got a piece of toilet paper and disproved that one by folding it more than 7 times. Like, d-uh.

She got her extra credit by folding the right kind of paper... which turned out to be toilet paper.

She got her extra credit by folding the right kind of paper… which turned out to be toilet paper. There’s an analogy.

We liked how she approached the problem: What kind of paper can you fold the most times? Big piece. Thin construction. I typed a whole bunch about how I arrived at my own epiphany fresh out of university of application and erm, fairly basic common sense trumping a lot of complicated math for most jobs even involving derivatives unless your job scope is as an actual quant. And then my wifi died as did my unsaved yarny story. Must be a sign. And now I’m just super-late posting. So basically, something trite about not seeing the forest for the math in….. stuff. Dones.

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7) Rockstar skit this week is Giddyap Horsie.

Rockstar attempting push-ups for his taekwondo, he says. Which is why he is smiling when his sis is too close for his normal comfort

Rockstar attempting push-ups for his taekwondo, he says. Which is why he is smiling when his sis is too close for his normal comfort (and save yourselves opening your mouth – you know who you are – she is sitting on him while he’s lying on the sofa, not risking hurting his back in any way)

(See? Usually NOT smiling)

(See? Usually NOT smiling)

The Miss is torn between sitting on people or flinging herself on things. This is HARD.

The Miss is often torn between climbing on people or flinging herself on things. Hard choice for her to make…!

Good weekend dears…

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Rockstarism #344/ Miss-Speak #29 – More Attitude

#344/ #29

Miss (to Rockstar): Don’t call me “Miss”. (Short for her name)

Rockstar: Why can’t I call you “Miss”? I’m your Ko-ko.

Miss: I’m Lit-tle Miss (her full name), <pause>  Rockstar (his name)

Rockstar: I’m your Ko-ko, Miss Attitude Problem. 

Me: You’re also sitting further away from her at dinner tonight because I’m pretty sure she’s going to throw something at you.

Miss: YES, Rock. Starrr. 

Note the looks being exchanged. Something tells me these two are gonna be loads of fun. When they're not driving us batshit crazy.

Note facial expressions. Something tells me these two are gonna be loads of fun – when they’re not driving us (or each other) batshit crazy.

 

 

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Bragging Rights…

Rockstar’s:

There is an older model of a Star Wars Lego ship (9-14 years recommended age, if I recall correctly) that was a work-in-progress for more than a year. Rockstar spent Lego Savings money on this thing because it was his first Dark Side Star Wars Lego set and there was a Sith figurine with a red light saber (yes, really – he thought this “baddie” ship was the most acceptable, because his Jedi needed someone to fight.)

It became one of the very few sets he’s ever given up on (there is one other one that was three-quarters completed; wasn’t difficult for him to swing the last quarter). This one however was left mostly undone – his little hands couldn’t handle the bigger, flat sheet-like pieces and he got frustrated. The parts then sat half in their box and half all over various storage compartments in his Lego Headquarters loft, often employed for other “mad scientist” projects. I told Rockstar more than a year ago when he refused to keep trying on this thing that he wasn’t allowed any more major Lego until this was done.

Then came the Hero Factory series. Ball and socket joints and Lego Teknik-ish stuff. I brought up the Sith Ship. He threw a hissy fit over one weekend at my anal retentive (What? It’s a FREAKING EXPENSIVE SHIP he blew almost his entire Lego Fund on in one go and I don’t like this kind of waste)…….. before waking up one morning and deciding to attempt a comeback.

Which is about when I just have to blow my Saturday morning just to locate the pieces so he can rebuild this thing. (I. Know. WHO sabo-ed herself there?!) It’s 95, 99% complete (who knew some hated trade and transaction audit experience would come in handy?!) – we found substitutes for all the missing relatively generic pieces and lucked out on finding almost all the unique ones – save for two tiny black plastic guns.

So here we go:

photo 3-68

photo 1-98 photo 2-91

Dis Is Art. Dis thing is also sitting in our living room as a reminder of the awesome feeling when you see something through.

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Now, it’s The Miss’ turn:

Ice Bucket Challenge, anyone?

Ice Bucket Challenge, anyone?

For real though, that’s not exactly ice – but it is cold water she requested and it is getting colder here, not to mention she is not yet 2 and a half.

No, she doesn’t actually know about the ice bucket challenge and the attempts to raise awareness of ALS

(Though both of them enjoyed some of the festivities at the recent outdoor fair promoting ALS awareness)

(Though both of them enjoyed some of the festivities at the recent outdoor fair promoting ALS awareness)

In this case however, the Miss just wants cold water to pour on herself

In this case however, the Miss just wants cold water to pour on herself

(Why, of COURSE the bottle has to be filled with PINK "crystals" that dance about)

(Why, of COURSE the bottle has to be filled with PINK “crystals” that dance about)

So she can make this face.

So she can make this face.

Not gonna ask you guys to pick a winner. Kinda obvi. Also, our younger child is, quite simply, INSANE.

"Ph-ew. Brr. HEE HEE HEE"

“Ph-ew. Brr. HEE HEE HEE”

 

ps: Yes I kept her bath water warm enough.

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