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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