Re: Calendar Girl

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I just use iCal (which has improved a lot in Leopard) and various add-ons, but then again I'm an academic so I never have any deadlines to meet or events to attend.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:16 AM
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You should try Google Calendar, or iCal.

Oh, that's not helpful, you say?

You should get an iPhone!

Oh. I... oh. Never mind me.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:21 AM
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2 - OK, little bitch. Then convince me that Google Calendar and iCal don't suck.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:22 AM
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Honestly I'm useless. I use my iPhone for all my calendar needs. I do really like the calendar sharing (and public calendars) in google calendar, but the iPhone syncing is non-obvious enough that I haven't bothered to implement it yet.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:24 AM
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Can we have a financial thread? I'm trying to understand this crazy Fed/ Jp Morgan Bear Stearns transaction. I want to ask Minneapolitan (or any other investment bankers) abotu credit-default swaps. I've got two main questions:

1.) What's the difference between cash settlement and physical possession of a bond when a debtor defaults?

2.) Why are underlying price movements in the value of bonds amplified in credit/default swap trading?

Watch. McManus will surface.

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Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:39 AM
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Becks, if it's helpful, anything that can produce an .ics format calendar should be syncable with the iPhone; it's just a question of how automatic it'll be.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:41 AM
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mrh likes google calendar. He uses a separate program to sync with his iphone. I think it's called isynch. Maybe you can use that with another free-standing calendar application, if you don't like google calendar, but I'm speaking ex recto here.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:42 AM
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3.) if most of my assets are in Bank of America stock, should I, um, move it to a savings account?


Posted by: Citpyrc Den | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:44 AM
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5.2: In a swap, you're paying a premium, measured in basis points over the bond's rate, to a swap provider who is going to re-offer the bond at a higher rating. If the underlying bond rate is higher, that increases the risk of default, and so the premium charged by the swap provider is going to increase. That's my guess, anyhow. I haven't been dealing with these things for very long.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:44 AM
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I want to ask Minneapolitan (or any other investment bankers) abotu credit-default swaps.

Wait. Minneapolitan is an investment banker?

That surprises me.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:46 AM
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Syncing Google Caldendar and iCal. There may be faster ways to do it, and I think there's ways to do it where you don't end up publishing your whole calendar to the world.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:49 AM
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8: aiui, if most of your assets are in any single stock you should move.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:50 AM
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Oh, and Becks now I've got that damned Stars song stuck in my head. I never liked that song. Thanks a lot.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:55 AM
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Wait, there are people in the world who actually use calendar apps?


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:56 AM
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14: don't go down the personal organization rabbit hole, RMMP. You'll never accomplish anything again.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:58 AM
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I'm trying to use Google Calendar more, but all my personal calendar info is still in my Palm. But I've been having more and more "it's in my calendar, but I forgot to look at that this morning" moments, and I'm hoping to work on that with Google Calendar and the Chumby I'm using as my alarm clock.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 8:59 AM
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16: now that I've taken to blearily checking comment threads after my iPhone wakes me up, I should really try checking my calendar, too.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:02 AM
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Stickies! Both the kind that go on your desktop and the kind that go on your desk.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:02 AM
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14: Thank you, McManlyPants! I'm the only person in my office who doesn't uses a calendar (except the boss, whose assistant works the calendar). Sometimes I feel so alone.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:04 AM
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15: So true. I think a lot of people in my office spend so much time managing their time that they don't do anything with their time but manage it. It's the lifestyle equivalent of what Rah and I call "the iTunes game," ferreting out album art and lyrics obsessively despite libraries so large we'll never finish. It's that state exemplified by the mere existence of Organized Living stores.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:14 AM
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What is it that makes iCal and gCal so bad, Becks?

(And you can get them to sync, but not that usefully; otoh, if you've got a Google Calendar and an iPhone, you don't need syncage, do you? You can make a button on the iPhone home screen for your Google Calendar.)


Posted by: Eric | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:15 AM
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20 sounds exactly right.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:16 AM
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"the iTunes game,"

Oh man, do I ever play that game obsessively. Also, all the album and song titles have to be in proper title case or I get all itchy.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:20 AM
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20, 23: I didn't used to care about album covers until I realized how rad browsing by Cover Flow was. Stupid UI engineers.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:24 AM
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It's that state exemplified by the mere existence of Organized Living stores.

Oh yes. I placed a $150 order from organize.com this very weekend. Now, surely, everything in my life will be truly and at last in perfect order! I must say, though, that I have an almost supernaturally tidy, organized, and productive friend who is a devoted patron of those kinds of stores. This of course feeds my delusion that it is a good idea for me to try to do the same.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:53 AM
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25: your friend is a plant. Paid by the organization industry. There are hundreds of assistants helping them secretly.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 9:56 AM
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Also, all the album and song titles have to be in proper title case or I get all itchy.

Gods, yes.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 10:23 AM
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I am not a naturally organized person. I would spend more time organizing my notes & writing than I would writing.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 10:23 AM
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I use foobar and/or winamp as music software so have never been sucked down the iTunes dark path.

At work we have to use Exchange, other than that, I'm with Robust McMP, I have no real need of a calendar beyond the odd reminder stuck into my phone.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 10:25 AM
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26: It does seem like the obvious explanation.

Becks, what calendar app were you using before? Outlook?


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 10:29 AM
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Becks, have people insisted you download and install Quicksilver yet? There's a Google Calendar plugin for QS.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 10:32 AM
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BG, I think that for 1) a bondholder is first in line for assets eventually to be liquidated, not as good as cash in hand. 2) They're derivatives, effectively leveraging a small investment into an interest in a large underlying asset. I think, though there may be some variety of CDS for which this does not hold.

Bill Gross's monthly blog postings.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 10:40 AM
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31 - I do have Quicksilver. In fact, Matt F installed it on my computer without even asking because he was so adamant that I have it.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 10:40 AM
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OK, maybe I'll try Google Calendar. But I'm still a little skeptical.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 10:50 AM
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the album and song titles have to be in proper title case

Does anyone know why The Right Way to Capitalize a Title has articles and small prepositions in lowercase, but songs go with "Every Word Is Capitalized"?


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 11:02 AM
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"1.) What's the difference between cash settlement and physical possession of a bond when a debtor defaults?"

Assuming you do mean debtor rather than counterparty, in phsyical settlement the protection buyer delivers an eligible reference obligation to the seller, in return for its nominal value (basically - it's slighly more complicated). In cash settlement, the calculation agent determines the reduction in value of the reference obligation according to a pre-agreed method and the seller then pays that amount to the buyer. Obviously, physical settlement is a more perfect hedge of an exposure, but you have to be able to get hold of a reference obligation, which isn't always easy.

"2.) Why are underlying price movements in the value of bonds amplified in credit/default swap trading?"

Mostly for one or more of two reasons:

1) it's much easier to take CDS exposure (at least in the corporate market), because it's an unfunded position and you don't need to find someone who holds the bond and is willing to sell, or someone who wants to buy it and is in a position to, you only need to find someone who wants to go long or short. This makes CDS trading more volatile as people move in and out of positions very quickly.

2) In some markets, such as asset backed securities, there are fewer particpants able to take CDS exposure and few other shorts available, so a small number of extreme pricing trades can move the market significantly.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 11:26 AM
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This is how you sync iCal and Google Calendar.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 1:03 PM
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Make iCal your home. Get used to the program. It's reasonably usable, it's got the most connections in and out on the platform to things like Google Calendar and peripheral devices, and it uses an very standard open source format if you ever want to switch to something else.

You'll be happier down the road if you go with iCal. Trust me.


Posted by: Petey | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 4:25 PM
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Longer answer:

iCal and the iPhone is your solution.

If you eventually decide that having your info in the cloud is crucial, obviously Google Calendar is the way to go. But there are at least two ways to keep yourself based in iCal and have your stuff synced w Google Calendar. Both are non-free solutions, but if you need mobile access to your data separate of your iPhone, it'll be worth the small payment. But then again, your iPhone will likely always be with you when you're not at your Mac, so why bother (unless you're spending your day at work away from home on a Windows box...)


Posted by: Petey | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 4:46 PM
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Sifu Tweety,

Syncing your calendar info between iCal and the iPhone is truly child's play. Ask someone, or spend ten minutes looking thru the computer's help system.


Posted by: Petey | Link to this comment | 03-18-08 4:49 PM
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Posted by: fd | Link to this comment | 03-20-08 8:28 PM
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