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I'm a retirement actuary. Nothing about my comments is intended or should be construed as investment, tax, legal or accounting advice. Occasionally, but not all the time, it might be reasonable to interpret my comments as actuarial or consulting advice.

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This is too good not to share (wish I wrote it and how sad is that)

Happy π(rates of Penzance) Day!

 

I am the very model of a non-repeating decimal,

I've information volumetric, tubular, and spherical,

I know the ancient Greeks and I know others quite historical

From Ptolomy to Fibonacc’, in order categorical

 

I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,

I understand equations, both the simple and irrational,

About Pythagorean theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' sense,

With many cheerful facts about the half of a circumference.

 

I'm very good at integral and differential calculus;

You can do most anything with me and just a radius

In short, from matters circular to Riemann zeta functional

I am the very model of a non-repeating decimal,

 

I have a mythic history, Arch’medes’ and some Indians’;

I answer hard equations, I've a pretty taste for radians,

I quote in elegiacs all my digits oh so numerous,

In conics I can floor peculiarities voluminous;

 

I can tell undoubted ovals both from ampersands and hippopedes,

I know the spindle torus and the sis-Cissoid of Diocles!

Then I can find the surface area of a saddle or a hull facet,

And recite all the nums from my infernal series infinite.

 

Then I can calculate the shape of any curve that’s cruxiform,

And tell you ev'ry detail of Catenaries uniform:

In short, from matters circular to Riemann zeta functional

I am the very model of a non-repeating decimal.

— Mark Siddall, American Museum of Natural History

 - There are two types of people in the world: those who can extrapolate from incomplete data sets...

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