Monthly Archives: February 2004

The mint with the hole

Someone donated a mint copy of Neftci’s An Introduction to the Mathematics of Financial Derivatives to the Oxfam Bookshop. This is worth around £42 new, and on ABE Books fetches at least £31. After having priced it at £25—to undercut … Continue reading

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Newspapers, from floor to ceiling

We are in the middle of a large archiving project at work. Every journal goes on a CD, with all the issues as subfolders of the root. A policy of one CD per publication results in the CD being burned … Continue reading

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It wears me out

When our journal-publishing system has resolved references and citations to any relevant webpages, we understandably have to check that the resolution (fuzzily matched) has been successful. Such checking is performed by clicking on web links which open up in a … Continue reading

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A transformative experience

I don’t want to come over all Ftrain, but I’ve just finally squeezed out a neat piece of XSL, transforming a list of publications into nice HTML. I won’t mention where as it’d probably count as a second piece of … Continue reading

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Get out of my way

So this morning a Parceline van forced me off the road in Kennington, so that he could turn down towards Sandford-on-Thames for a no doubt urgent delivery. So urgent was the consignment that he was selflessly willing to risk life … Continue reading

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What a character!

Like any online system worth its salt, especially any that are encapsulating data with XML, our own workflow is strictly Unicode compliant. We require this of our out-of-house data converters, with generally pleasing results. However, the interpretation of unusual characters … Continue reading

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Standing on the shoulders of wee tiny men

There is a clear hierarchy of citation which people would do well to follow: Academic papers cite academic papers cite academic papers Review articles cite academic papers, generally in bulk, often from different fields Technical books cite review articles and … Continue reading

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<em>Who</em> rules, UK?

People still cite YouGov polls all over the place, despite them being discredited as a bunch of Tory-funded, Tory-friendly cronies whose polls are invariably conducted in order to bolster the Conservative viewpoint (or at the very least embarrass Blair). And … Continue reading

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German surgeon, fundoplicate thyself

Much as one wouldn’t want to argue from etymology, the decomposition of the phrase “laparoscopic fundoplication” into “the folding of the base of a hollow organ, observed flankwise” describes the procedure admirably. The presence of the name “Nissen” in the … Continue reading

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And make it lean

Steinberg mentions in the first section of his seminal text that the earliest definitive cast of italics was instigated by Griffo, as an analogue in moveable type of the cancelleresca corsiva, or cursive writing of the papal chancery. Both the … Continue reading

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