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This is what we call idiosyncratic risk

So despite having been away from Disneyland-with-the-death-penalty for more than a year, I can’t resist keeping up with the news from Singapore’s spectacularly dodgy S-chip stocks – the Chinese small-caps that infest the lower reaches of the SGX because it’s … Continue reading

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Prior Art

An eagle-eyed colleague recently pointed me to the case of CLS Bank v Alice, where Alice Corporation is trying to enforce a set of patents against CLS Bank, the little-known (but systematically vital) central settlement point for interbank FX trades.  The judgment … Continue reading

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The Million-Dollar Pizza

In 2010, a Florida man parted with 10,000 units of a new-fangled anarcho-currency thing called “bitcoins” in return for two hot, fresh, tasty pizzas.  At the time, that was about $40 worth of these “buttcoins” (NSFW), so that was already … Continue reading

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Comet PANSTARRS

Comet PANSTARRS, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. GOT IT! I GOT THE LITTLE BASTARD AHAHAHAHAHA… I mean, here is a photo of the dim Comet PANSTARRS, low in the western sky and sinking into the San Francisco fog.

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DBS Bank, keyword spammers

Short and sweet: DBS, Singapore’s largest bank, is keyword-spamming on Silicon Valley’s favourite Q&A site Quora. They’ve been doing this for ages on Hardwarezone.com.sg, a Singaporean tech forum, but their activity’s recently started spreading to Quora. The spammers’ modus operandi … Continue reading

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Storm a’coming

Storm a’coming, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. Storms are looming over Lake Mead, but the Valley of Fire is lit up by sunlight.

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Mount Tam Hikers

Mount Tam Hikers, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. It’s been an improbably nice winter here in San Francisco. While the east coast’s been getting walloped with hurricanes and three-foot blizzards with improbable names, the west coast has been pretty much … Continue reading

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Muir Woods – Redwood Creek

Muir Woods – Redwood Creek, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. Stuffing around with long exposures. Here’s a six-second exposure of Redwood Creek, which flows through the Muir Woods National Monument – a grove of towering Coast Redwood trees less than … Continue reading

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Christmas in SF

Christmas in SF, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. Christmas lights: Hayes St, San Francisco. Merry Christmas to all.

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Still life with squirrel

Still life with squirrel, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. A scene from the Japanese Tea Gardens, in Golden Gate Park: a thirsty squirrel sneaks into my shot for a drink.

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