The Citardauq Formula

Sunday, August 11, 2019

This is interesting — if ax 2 + bx + c = 0, then It’s called the citardauq formula — citardauq is quadratic spelled backward. It’s explained above by the inimitable James Tanton; here’s a Facebook discussion ; and see the second answer here regarding questions of numerical instability.

Source: The Citardauq Formula

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Never knew it had a “name”; did you?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Why do I need a Gooferment permission slip to … …

Sunday, August 11, 2019

2019-Aug-11

… … buy any drug?

I have a friend that has no medical insurance and prostate problems.

Why does he need a

“Gooferment permission slip” aka a prescription on a

Gooferment approved form from a

Gooferment approved bureaucrat aka a doctor to go to a

Gooferment approved store to be waited on by a

Gooferment approved bureaucrat aka a pharmacist to buy a

Gooferment approved product aka a “drug”?

And then everyone is surprised when medical care and drugs are so expensive.

Is someone afraid that he might buy his drug without Gooferment approval?

Argh!

What have we become but a Nanny state?

Argh! Argh!

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Did you hear the one about the negative-coupon mortgage-backed bond?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Copenhagen | In the world’s biggest covered-bond market, a Danish bank says it’s now ready to sell 10-year mortgage-backed notes at a negative coupon for the first time.

Source: Did you hear the one about the negative-coupon mortgage-backed bond?

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Does this make ANY economic sense at all?  I’m baffled.  As soon as they off me  a “negative” interest rate, I think I’ll take it.  They are going to pay you to take a mortgage?  Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I do NOT understand the logic of this.

Maybe it’s a version of Three Card Monte I’ve never seen, but I’ve been around a long time?

If you understand it, please explain it to me, but use small words, I’m real old.

Remember the sources of my education! I’m just a fat old white guy retired injineer who’d now a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income with:
* Law “degree” from watching Judge Judy;
* Medical “degree” from watching Doctor Phil;
* Building “degree” from watching “Holmes on Homes”;
* Investing “degree” from reading about Bernie Made-off;
* Finance “degree”from listening to Ric Edelman;
* sensitively managing Human Resources from watching Chef Ramsey; and
* creating loving / caring human relationships from studying the movie roles of Gunny Ronald Lee Ermey

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