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Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-20-2018, 05:37 PM
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Senator Al Gore, while touring my high school,...

Senator Al Gore, while touring my high school, interrupted the AP US History exam I was taking because he wanted to meet some of the smart kids.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-16-2018, 07:22 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,109
There's not really a name for the tier that...

There's not really a name for the tier that Southwest currently occupies. It provides fewer frills than the legacy big airlines traditionally did, but it is not an LCC (low cost carrier) either.
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Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-16-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 528
Just think of it as some guaranteed retirement...

Just think of it as some guaranteed retirement income for old coders, in much the same way that Y2K provided some extra spending dough for retirees who knew FORTRAN.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-16-2018, 01:01 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,728
Ah, $100 CDN. Between the exchange rate and the...

Ah, $100 CDN. Between the exchange rate and the GST/HST/PST/QST, that explains why it sounds so expensive.

(Although, when TurboTax a couple of years ago attempted to shift a few forms I needed...
Forum: Software & Technology 04-16-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 533
A few thoughts: 1. Re turning the router...

A few thoughts:

1. Re turning the router off and on...I actually make a point to keep my modem and router on a smart switch so that I can automatically cycle power. My router doesn't need it,...
Forum: Careers - Employment 04-16-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,566
The gimmick is called "self-managed time", which...

The gimmick is called "self-managed time", which is the rule for middle management and up at my company.

Before we adopted that rule, folks at that level tended not to take all of the PTO they...
Forum: Software & Technology 04-14-2018, 10:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 919
I'll probably out myself with this, but... ...

I'll probably out myself with this, but...

First: I keep a "master project" page in OneNote. It's a grid where I keep big projects with a few notes or tasks for each listed.

Second: I do a...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-13-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 732
"Drivers who switched to [insurer] saved an...

"Drivers who switched to [insurer] saved an average of [$$$] on their car insurance."

Gotta love math-illiterate consumers and and the marketing math addressed to them.
Forum: Careers - Employment 04-10-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,991
:iatp: A couple of jobs ago, I was...

:iatp:

A couple of jobs ago, I was essentially "candidate 2".

The position I thought I was interviewing for had been eliminated; but I was still brought in to meet a sampling of actuaries,...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-10-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,413
...or go to Canada, where Craigslist is still...

...or go to Canada, where Craigslist is still hosting ads for meaningless hookups.
Forum: Professional Surveys 04-08-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,070
It can vary wildly depending on assignment and...

It can vary wildly depending on assignment and local culture.

A couple of months ago, I was getting 100 or so each day, but I was working with someone who was also an email kind of person, and we...
Forum: Careers - Employment 04-04-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,653
I would caution folks against looking for...

I would caution folks against looking for Paradise NJ on a corporate computer / from a corporate network.

(I was just trying to figure out at which exit paradise can be found....)
Forum: Careers - Employment 04-04-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,653
Agreed. I think it also depends on the...

Agreed.

I think it also depends on the circumstance.

If you're being required to move to the more expensive COL for "we really want you to..." reasons, it would be reasonable (expected, even)...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-03-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,250
I'd do some basic research before trusting an...

I'd do some basic research before trusting an online-only bank, but that kind of research is analogous to what you'd do for a brick-and-mortar bank.

It's been 20 years since I did business with a...
Forum: Careers - Employment 04-02-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,881
For whatever it's worth: It's a pretty good rule...

For whatever it's worth: It's a pretty good rule of thumb that when interviewing, when given guidance like this, show up dressed one notch above...or in a coat and tie, whichever is lower.

And,...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-02-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 602
Tolls won't create a choke point (aside, perhaps...

Tolls won't create a choke point (aside, perhaps from new traffic congestion arising from folks attempting to shunpike the EZ-Pass readers).

No, the next Waterbury choke point will be when the...
Forum: CAS Exams - General 04-02-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 399
Probably. It turns out the AAA has an FAQ on...

Probably.

It turns out the AAA has an FAQ on exams as CE -- Item 41 here (http://www.actuary.org/professionalism/faqs-revised-qualification-standards), which corresponds to your comments.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-02-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 602
There is one significant advantage that CT has...

There is one significant advantage that CT has over Southern California:

CT has adequate water supplies for its population.

(Why, there's a few inches of fresh, thick, fluffy water on the...
Forum: CAS Exams - General 04-02-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 399
I seem to recall that at least one US-based...

I seem to recall that at least one US-based actuarial organization has opined that an effective attempt at an exam (score > 0) should be deemed 15 hours of organized CE.

(I suggest checking out...
Forum: Property - Casualty / General Insurance 04-02-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 503
A single, standard exposure base has not yet...

A single, standard exposure base has not yet emerged for the industry.

I've seen revenue, number of employees, number of records, ....
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-01-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 602
Probably the single biggest thing that could be...

Probably the single biggest thing that could be done to improve Connecticut's (and several other states') financial situation would be for the present value of pension benefits to be reduced in one...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 03-30-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,713
I'm late to the thread (and happy to hear about...

I'm late to the thread (and happy to hear about the discharge), but for the record, from someone who's done too many odd-hour drives:

1. AirBnB or the cheapest non-scary extended stay hotel to...
Forum: Diversions 03-26-2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,260
Linda Brown (aka "Brown" in "Brown v Board of...

Linda Brown (aka "Brown" in "Brown v Board of Education")
Forum: Careers - Employment 03-26-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,761
I know that I'm late to the thread, but I can add...

I know that I'm late to the thread, but I can add an observation from personal experience:

Fixing up something that is broken can be a helluva lot of fun. It's hard, frequently frustrating work,...
Forum: General Actuarial 03-24-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,678
Or go look at the application for Academy...

Or go look at the application for Academy membership on the AAA's website.
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