In my accounting class, we have to pick a company to analyze. I'm picking Lucent because I still own a bunch of shares (and have been buying on the way down). The competitors I'm going to analyze are: Nortel, Alcatel, Ciena, and Tellabs. I picked them because each of their market capitalizations is at least $1b, and they make the expensive equipment found in telephone Central Offices. But of course, on second thought, I have most of my income and wealth dependent upon the ISP industry, so I should instead cover that industry (ELNK, FSST, FNT, CCZ, RCNC), although this will be more difficult as two of the firms are also cable companies.

Last night I was doing my math homework, and I realized that I didn't know how to write the product (the capital PI) of a function in TeX. Luckily, the has tables of math symbols in various systems, including TeX.

More efficient nuclear reactors kick butt.

As I was driving to PSU Harrisburg this evening, I turned onto the main campus road, and hidden up around the bend was a PSU state cop sitting with a radar detector. On one side, I can see the point of the administration, they set rules and enforce them for safety's sake. But on the other side, I see this as profiting from their ability to shoot fish in a barrel.

I posit that college students are probably at the most rebellious stage in their lives. This rebellion and testing of limits manifests itself in many deleterious fashions (bad driving, chemical consumption, and generally wacky behavior), but it also manifests itself in their innate questioning of all that went before them. Furthermore, I conject that suboptimal education is correlated with schools with aggressive "crime" deterrence measures (granted, it may be that a high-crime population creates aggressive enforcement, but as they say, if you treat them like criminals, ....).

When looking at schools, it would be very interesting to see the raw reported crime data for each school, as a possible measure of openness in pedagogy and culture.