One of my courses required me to spend a year in the company of a textbook entitled "Life and Other Contingencies".
It can't be true, Woolly?! That's the best vexed book name I've ever come across.Many happy returns to your smallest pup, by the way. I'm sure Saturday was all types of kids' birthday party glamour?
Wills are such unpleasant things that the lecture might really be quite "humanist" in intent. And, I'm sure, there's an economist's poetry, just as there's an engineer's poetry, acccording to Thomas Pynchon in Gravity's Rainbow). Mathematics can be very creative at its higher levels, I'm told.
Mathematics is (are?) undoubtedly creative at its (their?) higher levels. Even at the mezzanine."Life and Other Contingencies": reminds me of my 20th birthday do. Some friends organised an al-fresco, nocturnal, on campus performance event in my honour. Some sang madrigals, some performed in verse, and my friend, Alan, recited from the opening pages of "Econometrics 1". Sheer poetry.
P.S. I very much like the idea of kicking off a name with "Professor Sir".
What wonderful friends! Was it a quadrangle affair?
They were and it was, but as the night wore on we were obliged by the chill to relocate into the upper foyer of the gels' loos.
Poetry about economics.This iron law around the world applies: Demand goes up at falling of supply;But if demand goes down, then in replySupply will lift. --This is the very pithOf the Philosophy of ADAM SMITH.
Men who wear great coatsAnd hang around in parksQuite frequently have beardsThat make them look like Marx.
John Maynard KeynesWas wracked with painsWhen bright young beansMisnamed him "Keens".
The upper level of the gels' loos! God, how I wish we had known each other better then!
A crazy old Austrian, Hayek,Was economically laissez faireWhich was quite a contradictory title, really,That people like Keynes couldn't bear,Who in a moment of levity, dubbed itLaissez JOLLY UNFAIR!
Great! All my favourites gone, so I can't write any economic poetry at all- but, Alexis, could you possibly whip me up something about the Protestant work ethic, if you've got a spare moment?
A merchant banker, she did sing,With a hey nonny nonny!Oh bring me loot and a diamond ring,With a hey nonny nonny!I'll invest in shares at ten per cent!And recoup in interest what I've lent!Oh negative gearing pays the rent!With a hey nonny nonny!
Oh Post 1950s economy, Why is it that you fill me with such bonhomie?Yes, you truly are my mon ami,Oh Post 1950s economy.
The Protestant Work Ethic, according to Max WeberThere once was a chap called Calvin,A serious chap was he.He couldn't be certain his soul was saved,So he plunged into self scrutiny.He drew up a jolly big ledger,To weigh up redemption and sins.He counted and fretted and worried and worked,And here's how the ethic begins.While Catholics are pondering vocation,And swooning 'neath incense and bells,The Protestant works for salvation,He buys cheaper things than that he sells.
Offensive and inaccurate, that was. Sorry, Calvin. Sorry, Calvinists. Sorry, Catholics.
Epigram on modern day economistsDavidKochIs full ofboch.
EnnuiIt's such aborebeing alwayspoor.- Langston Hughes.
Here's where my dad would ask if you've heard about the constipated accountant? Apparently he worked it out with a pencil.
Oh, thank you, Alexis! I love it!It may interest you to know that when I had Catholic scripture at my supposedly secular state school, one of the scripture teachers suggested we think of praying as being like depositing something in a bank account, but it was a collective fund, apparently, a fund upon which everyone could draw.
Golly. That's a little strange. In Calvinist theology, at the same time as you need to strive to be less unworthy of the salvation God's given you (although you can't be quite sure if he has), there's actually nothing you can do about it: God has decided who'll be saved and who won't since before the beginning of time, and it's only by his grace, not on account of any impressive deeds you might be reckoning up.
In Germany it is quite standard to use all your titles. So if you're a professor, you are Mr Professor Schmidt. If you are a woman then you are Frau Doktor (Mrs Professor/Doctor). Kinky or what?
Yes, a little strange, but it was a break from the heated argument over abortion or contraception Catholic scripture class usually ended up being.Yes, I have heard that about Calvinism. I'm mostly familiar with your stock-standard Catholic guilt, so it struck me as an interesting variation.
Good old Germany. Three cheers for the country that invented Romanticism, Black Forest cake, and cumulative titles.
It's a very interesting - and quite a troubling - variation, but that's another conversation. This is the page for poetastry about economists.
A belated hi to Bernhilde!! Isn't it a great book title? (For cunning actuarial types who are in the know, Life is an adjective in this context).One of the memorable topics in the same course was entitled Multiple Decrement Tables: Sickness, Marriage, Etc. What a barrel of laughs that was.The curly-haired pup had a splendid birthday and is still jumping up and down and wagging her tail with glee.
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