Category Archives: Colleagues

Word puzzles for numbers geeks

Actuaries sometimes get stereotyped as being numbers people. Now, this is sometimes a little unfair, particularly when it comes to puzzles. While we enjoy logic puzzles and number puzzles as much as the next guy, there’s a big crossword contingent too. Enough … Continue reading

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Cluttered Desks

At my office, we have a Clean Desk Policy. They’re not trying to promote the whole Einstein ‘cluttered mind’ philosophy – it’s just an attempt to get people not to leave confidential information on their desks when they’re not there. … Continue reading

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How Not to Study for Actuarial Exams

Employers of actuarial students get a raw deal sometimes. Besides paying a pretty decent salary, they have to make allowances for the rigorous study programme. Twice a year, the whole herd migrates to their dens to study and write exams … Continue reading

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Reverse Corporate Psychology

The last company I worked at was a large American behemoth. Of epidermiese proporsies, you might say, if you have a bent towards a certain phantasmagoric TV series. It was unwieldy, and disjointed, and for the most part, employee morale … Continue reading

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Existential Runlogs

There’s a certain joy to be had in working for a software vendor. The usual position is that the client has purchased your software, and they ask for assistance in implementing it into their business. You provide this assistance on … Continue reading

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Cycle-mapping

It started off as simple conversation – a mention of a trip a few years ago, and a throw-away comment along the lines of “Hmmm, I wouldn’t mind doing that…” It quickly got a life of its own, and soon … Continue reading

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Shorts

There are three features of the common or garden English accent which I find a little grating. They are the Glottal stop, the Fink, and the Wabbit. I’m not too terribly fussed by the first one (as long as my … Continue reading

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