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Cream of the Cool

On Sunday night, April 12th, my husband had another night of getting dressed and wandering through the house. Over that weekend the neurologist was trying yet another medication, off-label, which ideally has a side effect of drowsiness. There is no reasoning with my husband when he does this, hence I was awakened at 1:30am and 4:30am. Finally, trying to get a few more hours of sleep myself, I was just entering that relaxed, dreamy state before oblivion when our…

The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg
Random House, 2011


This is a popular science book covering the research in psychology and marketing surrounding our habits -- from minor habits such as doing the laundry to major addictions. It has a lot of good information and is a good read, but many readers, including myself, find the writing style somewhat annoying.

There is a lot of information in this book, most of it quite…

In finance, spoofing is a form of market manipulation, illegal in the United States since 2010, in which a trader (the "spoofer") places unreasonably large fake buy or sell orders in an effort to trick the market into driving the price in one direction or the other. If it works, the spoofer then takes the other side of the trade, cancels the original order, and then profits as the market bounces back to its original equilibrium.

For example, lets say the bid price on one "widget" is $100…

"A Piano in the House" is the 22nd episode of third season of The Twilight Zone, and was first broadcast in February of 1962. It starred Barry Morse as theatre critic Jerry Fortune, and Joan Hackett as his wife Esther, as well as featuring character actor Cyril Delevanti.

The episode begins when the acerbic Jerry Fortune shows up in a junk shop to buy a birthday present for his wife: a player piano. Not only does the cantankerous shopkeeper have one, as soon as he…