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|31 October 2002|
analyticalQ reply: Thank you for notifying the problem in the link on TESTS page for the Luscher Colour Test. It's now been corrected.
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|31 October 2002||Someone should write a parody on this one.. invigilating really is "getting paid doing nothing at all" to the tune of Air Supply's "making love out of nothing at all".|
|Thank you for answering my mail. Please thank your sister for her work-and of course many thanks to you for yours. I now have the piece downloaded on my desktop, which is a miracle in itself as I am a total dunderhead when it comes to these machines. I can now rest, assured I will not have that piece rattling about in my skull based solely on poor memory.|
|31 October 2002||Just
an insight and an observation of judgment under
uncertainty, nothing more:|
How does one analyze bizarre things outside our normal and past experiences? An audible hallucination of a voice has a great power over a person. Few people realize they are hallucinating.
male consultant, London
spent nearly an hour surfing your most interesting website, for its deeply felt
humanity, breadth of subjects and a lot of practical information. You seem to
be one of that rare breed of Leonardo Da Vinci (Renaissance) people, which our
love for specialization has almost driven to near extinction. Although I could
not find your paintings on the site, I would be very surprised if you do not paint
as good as you play music. And then... when do
you find time to do all that??|
Your remarks on entropy are close to my heart as well, since I have been very interested in cosmology and as an extension in philosophy, religion and biogenetics (all perfectly linked together). However, I have never looked at entropy from a philosophical point of view and did not think that you could assign any values to entropic direction. That would almost be religious, wouldn't it?
This thermodynamical digression brings me closer to your comments on energy. Well, I would not consider myself an expert in this area in any way. My article and the conference that I was speaking at was really about the privatisation of energy in Poland and I was adapting our approach to that particular industry.
|31 October 2002||So
you've happily wound up your holidays in Holland, having played the piano to your
heart's content there. |
It is great for you to have so many hobbies, one of which should be music. Have you wondered which is or are the most important? Cooking, berry picking, writing or/and traveling? Maybe piano playing is far more important than any other hobbies of yours, just as your sister loves painting more than anything else.
Anyway, I have just enjoyed reading your Bon Journals for the rest of October. I'm interested in how you write an article. Whenever you finish your writing, you take a day off and then polish it before you send it to the publisher. That is exactly what I did years ago: I would put away what I wrote or translated for a day or two, then read it as if it were someone else's work, just pretending I was a line or copy editor. Rewriting is most important. Great novelists, such as Hemingway, usually rewrote their works dozens of times before they were put into print.
|By the way, a friend of mine in Illinois that I lost contact with 10 years ago found me by your website! Actually, her husband found my email address posted to your website. Isn't that wild?|
you can see, Boris has been up to his usual philanthropism and has nudged me in
your direction. I|
have clicked onto your website and it is very good indeed! I particularly enjoy the Bon Journal with its
daily reflections and commentaries.
Well, you're probably wondering who
I am by now. I'm not a weirdo, relax (although everything is relative).
I too enjoy writing
(people seem to make encouraging sounds, at least) and, taking Boris up on
I'm sure Boris could give a positive reference!
Anyway, keep up the good work
|28 October 2002|
When I first saw Diva, so many years ago, a somewhat unforgettable movie in so many ways, there was one element, one flavour, if you like, that haunted me: that damn piano piece. Now, thanks to you, I've found it. PLEASE tell me who composed it and where can I get it.
analyticalQ reply: I too searched the world for this piece. Could it be by Vladimir Cosma? Find him on Google and use the "translate" button to translate from French to English.
male student, Lebanon
How are you? I hope you're doing fine. I'm from Lebanon. I'm studying hotel management and this is my first year. I was asked to make a research on different types of hotels, and I think you're able to give me some help. I just wanna know what are the different types(this is my second week) with a little bit explanation. I appreciate a lot if you help me with this as soon as possible, that means today. Thank you and good-bye.
analyticalQ reply: Well, analyticalQ.com is not a charity and neither is it being paid to answer e-mails, least of all urgent ones. Please contact managers of top hotels and ask them. There are so many different ways to categorise hotels.
French artist, London
|Hi Anne, I'm your neighbour beside the church. I was at the party at Houria's. I didn't find your site web Bon Journal Is there one another way to have a link with you?|
15-year old guy
I have a request for you. Would you mind writing me a song? I know you probably don't get many of these kind of emails huh? Well I'm 15, a guy, and I would like you to write me a song about my girlfriend. I am a musician, sort of, I play the piano. and what I need is encouragement from a song but I can't find a song to play that does that for me. You know to keep my hopes up and keep me playing the piano for my church who paid for me to take the lessons. I'm just simply asking you to write me a song can play to get encouragement to keep on playing. My simple request is a song about my girlfriend, but don't mention her name refer to her as someone special, you know like you can't tell the song was written for a girl or boy. It's just kind of leave it to your imagination kind of thing. So I can also play it for my ailing grandmother. I ask for it to have a good 3 verses, played in medium-deep base (one octave down from middle C) and in middle C tones. Please Mrs. Anna Ku you have no idea how must encouragement you could give me to keep playing the piano. I would also give you full credit for the song Mrs. Anna Ku. I also ask for it to be semi-slow but not like silent night slow or any thing just faster than that.
analyticalQ reply: This is a most unusual request, as it requires writing the lyrics as well as the music for someone I don't know anything about. Also, the name is Anne Ku.
Is the book by Paul Wilmott on option pricing still available? what price
analyticalQ reply: It's no more than what Amazon offers, and you don't have to pay for postage if you collect.
just added a link to http://www.analyticalq.com movie
reviews on my site.|
You can find it here:
I would be very grateful if you added a link to http://www.qemovies.com
prefer a simple text link, but I also have several banners and sample text links
Let me know if you would like any changes in your listing (category, description, etc) even if you decide not to link back.
22 October 2002
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|21 October 2002|
You are already considered a thought leader and you can exploit that. Writing for publications in an industry that thrives on free self-promoting articles will be hard. However, by being published it gives you a platform to generate additional business with credibility. On the other hand, if you wanted to groom your contacts to get them ready to pay you in -- oh, say about 6 months then focus on demonstrating your talents.
marketing guru, Texas
visited your web site and read one
of the newsletters. Quite a time you had with your lost wallet. I have a few
questions regarding the marketability of your newsletters.|
What are you attempting/want to accomplish?
What do your newsletters stand for?
Why would someone pay to read these publications?
How will it make the readers life or business better (how is it relevant to them)?
Who is your target: consumer, average Joe, intellectuals, poets, business people (if so what industry) and how much would you charge?
Why would someone or a company sponsor the newsletters?
Why would someone contribute articles to the publications?
How much does it cost to produce a newsletter (time and money)?
These things need to be answered before a sustainable commercial activity can be developed for the newsletters.
|19 October 2002||Media
strongly recommends a website that rates moviephysics, that is, telling moviegoers
show special effects not contrary to common sense, which movies make you retch, and which ...
I find it quite good, and I can read the reviews
of many movies I have not seen yet. If you have time
|19 October 2002||You are good at retelling something that you actually experienced, such as the roundup in your latest Bon Journal. It reads like a film that I feel I can see about how and what you were doing at the pub.|
|18 October 2002||Thank-you for putting the journal entry on "How to Study". I really appreciate the effort you put into helping people. I recall you mentioning somewhere that you could write a book about your experience of pursuing your PhD. You should consider writing an entry on this subject or even more than your usual journal entry would be good. Again, thank-you.|
|17 October 2002||I saw those pictures of you performing--that means you're currently playing out?|
|17 October 2002||Looking beyond the hubris and financial impropriety, I've found the whole Enron case a fascinating real-world examination of the virtual model, and would enjoy the opportunity to exchange some thoughts with you on this at some point in the future.|
|17 October 2002||Dear
Regarding "Bon Journal at analyticalQ 17 October 2002 Crafting an article"
Robert rated this entry Yes! and commented real daily life of an editor, I am sure!
analyticalQ, I enjoy your site, its content and style. I find your writing an
entertaining, eclectic mix of scientific and artistic expression. I have had occasion
to refer to your PhD manuscript as I have
similar research interests, being a doctoral student myself doing my dissertation
thesis on the deregulation of the US electric utility
I was looking over the outline of your book "Decision Making for Flexibility", seems interesting, but not sure whether it is (a) an idea; (b) a work in progress; or (c) finished & available ???
analyticalQ reply: The book is work in progress. I use my site to quickly put ideas down while I'm busy with work and travel. I've now started to produce an intermediary step - off-line publication - towards my books. The Bon Journal newsletter is this intermediary step.
How far are you in your research? What will your focus be? There have been many theses on this subject as seen in the Journal of Energy Literature published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. I've never seen so many surprises in my life - in the energy industry..... especially of late.
October 2002||Hi, I stumbled on your website by doing a search and it took me to your journal entries. I still don't understand what you and your website are about. The music stuff looked interesting though, being that I'm a guitar/keyboard player and songwriter. Are you a musician? What are these "bon journal" entries--they seem to be about corporate culture. I'd love to hear from you.|
Yes, terrorism is at my doorstep and I'm in a very bad neighbourhood. Where is a safe place now?
Terrorism is born out of fear and develop out of desperation. It's like cancer, normal cells gone berserk. I am most sorry of the bona-fide Muslims around the world. Their lives would be so negatively affected. They should really unite to voice out their stand against terrorism.
|Your comments about my restoration project are very uplifting for me. I am not sure my piano can be compared to a grand, but it certainly improved with all the attention it received for months. It is still a work in progress and there are many nuances on the action that can be improved. I got an estimate from a technician to change all bass strings. It will cost me about 400 dollars, but I expect it will compensate for very bright mid and upper sections on that piano. I'm hoping to get more bottom power to increase expression possibilities.|
exist in one time-space and live in typically three different domains pursuing
(a) career goals, (b) personal interests
(c) relationship/matrimonial bliss, all
pulling in three different directions, three time-centric worlds demanding three
totally different approaches and priorities, creating three distinct sets of behavioural
patterns in us. Which one is more urgent, which more important, or more resource-draining
? At least one has to give way or compromise for the greater good of our existence
in one time-space; we call this balance. Singular time-space,|
Those few who succeed in excelling in all domains at the same time are the fortunate ones whose domains converge - their hobbies become their careers, their spouses share/support their pursuits, and more importantly one is the dominant partner.
So, to get paid doing what you love most and still enjoy a blissful relationship all at once - turn your hobby into your career, your hubby into your greatest supporter, and become the dominant partner. Better still, he should be an excellent marketeer of your produce (your music, not your offsprings!).
Yehudi Menuhin's first marriage to Nola Ruby Nichols ended in divorce in 1947 on grounds of "simple incompatibility", and went on to marry ballerina Diana Gould with whom he lived blissfully for more than fifty years before his unfortunate demise in 1999. Yehudi Menuhin dedicated "Unfinished Journey", his 1976 biography "To Diana, my heavenly host on this earthly way," and wrote of her as "the ever-trustworthy and inspired companion of a lifetime." Amen.
I find a strong link between what NLP teaches
and the theories associated with "heuristics
and biases" and how it relates to real life as we live it. We can afford
to be a perfect perfectionist in pursuing our personal goals (as a pianist/composer,
for instance), and somewhat of a semi-perfectionist in pursuing professional goals
some compromise is applied for the sake of "teamwork" and "broader corporate goals"; and go on to become high achievers in our own right.
But when it comes to domestic goals, of marriage, family and relationships,
all the theories fall apart. There is no room for heuristics, biases, perfectionism
and much less individualism, for harmonious co-existence. Becoming a high achiever
in domestic life is about mutuality, loss of the individual identity, forgoing
enjoyed your "how to study" entry.
I never learnt how to study well, never aced any exam, even flunked my chemistry
exam once. The only thing I aced in my undergraduate days (besides female students
from HK) is the final year project of constructing the circuitry of a floppy disk drive controller to connect to a Hewlett-Packard mini, handed it in 4 weeks ahead of time (we had 13 weeks) and the professor asked me
to help out another project to keep me busy and the female HK students out of trouble.
In life, asking the right question is not enough. More importantly, you ask the right person too, especially when you're asking for her hand. You're right, how daughters are like their mothers, and sons like fathers!
Asking the right person in a professional setting is very important. Right question to wrong person with political motives can easily get you in trouble. To move on early in career, it's best if you have a boss (or senior colleague) who's also a mentor. Someone you can trust, count on for moral support, and look up to.
In mid-life, you gradually become the mentor to others, the one giving (it's called "payback time") moral support and answering questions. You start getting asked questions you cannot (or wish not to) answer, especially in senior corporate circles. Sometimes you've got questions no one will answer. Sometimes, there is no answer, just questions. When you get to this stage, you know you've struck mid-life crisis. No, it's not a perfect world after all.
|What you wrote about "The Rake's Progress" reminded me of Ed Harris' poignant portrayal of Jackson Pollock, a movie well worth watching for fans of the Arts. However, I think Ed Harris the director has left a lot to be desired.|
|Already a contributor, not sure about being distributor, so how does one "sponsor" the newsletter ?|
|12 October 2002||I did go through the exercise on problem solving yesterday, but found that I couldn't answer questions like #7 which states "why haven't you solved it". I think that if I had the answer to this question I could solve my problem. However, I do see how this system of examining certain problems could be beneficial. I know that your time is valuable, and that you are probably bombarded with other peoples problems. As always thank you for any assistance.|
|11 October 2002||Anne, this is a neat idea, but how does one distribute, contribute or sponsor?|
student, Bangalore, India
I am a 21 year old doing my (BBA) COURSE IN BANGALORE. My hobbies are to help the poor people and to save the environment. My interest is to become a businessman. [corrected by analyticalQ]
My self having lots of friends but I need friends from Singapore. I need frinds of both my age, both female and male, because i like singapore country very much,like culctural, people etc. So please help me to get the frinds from singapore. I discovered analyticalQ by word of mouth and by search engine. [sic]
analyticalQ reply: The best way for you to find friends in Singapore is to go to a chatroom, which you will have to find via search engines. I'm interested to know how you found out about analyticalQ by word of mouth - what was said? You can easily find friends if you write and publish an article about something that people in Singapore would be interested in. Then you would get feedback. Whatever you do, please check your spelling and grammar.
|11 October 2002|
Without watching TV news report or reading everyday newspapers, how do you follow major current events daily? Listening to radio?
This year's Nobel economics award goes to two economists. Their major work is entitled an analysis of policy decision under uncertain circumstances (I freely translate it back into English from Chinese media.) It is reported that the two happy US scholars (one from Princeton, the other from George Mason University) are pioneers in the research of applying psychology and experimental economics to the process of policy decision making, which sounds familiar since I often heard you talk about policy decision making.
analyticalQ reply: I read newspapers in the library, my health club, and on the London Underground trains. I surf the Internet, reading the headlines and most popular articles on NYTimes site. I listen to Classic FM radio station which gives 5 minutes of latest headline news on the hour.
Kahnemann's Nobel prize is well-deserved. He and Tversky wrote the ground-breaking "Heuristics and Biases of Human Judgement." For more see my decision analysis book outline.
October 2002 |
mechanical engineering student
studyI have finished taken a pretty challenging Physics exam earlier, and have a Calculus exam tomorrow. I know that I didn't do well on the Physics exam, and not totally confident for the Calculus exam. I need to develop ways of studying challenging subject material that will ensure total comprehension, and consistent academic success. I have read some books and other general "How to study" material, but I find that they lack in giving concrete techniques and methods. In short, I need to develop a system for total in depth knowledge. I'm asking for advice and assistance from you, because I know that you have achieved academic success, and believe that you can offer some methods that have worked for you through out the years. Thanking you in advance for your help.
analyticalQ reply: there is no short and fast answer to your question. Please see today's Bon Journal for my thoughts on what worked for me. Thank you for suggesting this question! And good luck on your Calculus exam.
|yes, yes I know. But I just HAD to send this to you directly. I laughed my pants off!|
male IT specialist
Your "New" needs updating to mention about the Newsletter and the various automated submission features of analyticalq.
analyticalQ reply: thank you! However I'm still in pilot phase of the Bon Journal Newsletter. I will update and make these new features more prominent on my site.
October 2002 |
male risk manager
|Great stuff. Liked the piece on singles, squat toilets and commitment in particular. Saw elements of some of our recent conversations in many places.|
October 2002 |
|I have a friend who is a natural at song parodies , is there a market place for song parodies or anyone whom we could contact ? We will for sure submit a few here at your web.|
|Bon Journal Newsletters: Really entertaining. Similar to other readers, I like the funny stuff too; intentional or not. Will gladly do a little guerilla distribution.|
|7 October 2002||As you probably know, to maintain a high search engine ranking these days requires sites relevant to each other to link to each other's sites. I would happily carry a link to your site if you indicate that you will carry a link back to mine. I look forward to hearing from you.|
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Robert rated this entry mmh yes and commented direct, cool stuff
|6 October 2002|
Greetings. I just read your thoughts about Franck's piano arrangement of his Opus 18 works. You mentioned that you happened upon it, and proceeded to perform it (I'm glad that you like it that much). I am trying to find that music as well, although unsuccessfully to this point in time. Do you any suggestions as to the best way to locate this music, for piano? If you know any sheet music publishers or anyone else that might have or know how to get this, I would appreciate the leads. Thanks for your time and consideration in this.
analyticalQ reply: I later also found it in the library. British public libraries are well-stocked with music books. I don't know where you are, so I can't advise to do the same. I get my music via the library, second-hand music stores, or music stores (purchase). I rarely get stuff off the Internet.
|I find your writing fascinating, and insightful. I work for a very large international software company, and your 14 part story could be describing its operations as well. I especially liked the "opacity" to the outside. My company does it with near constant acquisitions of other software companies, and the merging of accounting systems. What a shame you live so far away...I'd like to meet you in person.|
|Now that “Marriage” is finished and we are able to take stock of the production, we wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the “Bon Journal” review. Your piece was beautifully written - and it was a great boost to the company, pinned up on the Dressing Room wall for the rest of the run.|
|6 October 2002||HERE
YOU ARE THERE
POETIC WORDS IS WHERE I AM
PICK UP YOUR PENCIL
POSAM WILL BE THERE.
Many of you have been to the previous concerts at Leighton House organised in aid of the Nightingale Project. Well, here's another one, on Monday 28th October (see Word attachment). It should once again be a delightful evening, and all in the same good cause as before. Please let me know if you would like tickets - it is very much advisable to book in advance, as the last two have sold out. And feel free to support the Nightingale Project by passing the information on to your friends and colleagues.
ROSSIGNOL ENSEMBLE: Mozart, Janacek, Gaubert, Poulenc
|Hi! I just finished reading your latest journal postings. The "Missing My Cat?" story made me laugh out loud! I sometimes miss having a pet around...they do provide a wealth of laughter!|
|Loved that one! Found a space missing I believe. In the next sentence: Finding the cat(and his friends/enemies) sitting on your prize plants Also interesting tips on Internet psychology. Liked reading them.|
|Mark finished mix-down last night and I've made MP3 copies of the latest Otafuku3 demo. The link to our new MP3's is at: http://www.legal-weapon.com/Otafuku.html You may recognize the photo taken before our first 'Spazmatics' show circa 1979????|
I was looking for the recipe to make Chinese tie dyed eggs, could not find it. But guess what? You show up 5th in the search results! Bon Journal at analyticalQ 4 August 2002 Teresa Teng. Amazing, you're everywhere!
analyticalQ reply: The recipe has been moved to Bon Journal at analyticalQ 24 August 2002 Bachelor Party where it was served.
I clicked on "Wednesday's Portrait" at analyticalQ and I was forwarded to about a dozen porn sites. I think someone tapped into your website because I highly doubt you would have links to adult material. Anyway, just thought you might want to know if you already don't.
analyticalQ reply: Thank you for this note. Wednesday Portrait was owned and started by a former piano student to depict life drawings on Wednesdays in San Jose, California. It's shocking to see that the web address has been taken over by someone else. The link has now been removed from the analyticalQ Cybergalleries page.
|Did you deliberately use "maddening" instead of "madding" for the title of your Bon Journal on 11 Sept 2002? If your answer is yes, then it's all right. Just in case you don't know, I want you to know that the novel which Thomas Hardy wrote in 1874 was "Far from the Madding Crowd." (The connotation of madding and that of maddening are different; madding is an adjective, like mad, while maddening is a passive voice verbal adjective, meaning that the crowd is making you mad). Like his masterpiece "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," the novel represents Hardy's style and fatalistic analysis. His other masterpiece is "Jude the Obscure (1894)." I still remember its plot as I read its Chinese version long time ago.|
|Thank you for your response. I did not know if you would respond because I am ignorant of science. But I liked your website. It's cheery. And you are receptive. I'm sorry but I have not seen Gogol's Marriage. What is the story, plot? Yes, playwriting is fascinating. I write about family relationships and the emotional truth they reveal about ourselves. Kurosawa's films are like that. Edward de Vere's (true Shakespeare) plays are like that. I just finished writing my best screenplay, about forgiveness.|
Ithaca, New York
Hi! I have enjoyed your homepage and other articles on electricity market. I am a PhD candidate in Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. I guess you have experience life at Cornell.
I am done with weather derivatives and estimating the spot prices. Now I want to check whether the electricity future prices of PJM are close to my formula. However I could not find any public data on the electricity future price on PJM. Period for load and spot prices covers from Jan 1, 1999 till DEC 31, 2001, in total 3 years. Anne, I am wondering whether I can get the electricity future price data of PJM for 1999-2001. Thank you so much!
|Nice review of "signs". The point gets in, but with some hesitation. So you are very cynical about the NLP thing, huh? I have always seen it as a lot of pep-talk for those without a clue and the lacking of courage to do something different. I suppose that most people would really want to change something, but they don't know what and they don't know how and they don't know where. NLP at least gives those that suffer from victimhood some tools to get started. Surely you don't need these tools anymore.|
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