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On the movie industry, as we approach Oscar night...

Published February 19, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

As I write this, there are just 8 days and 5 hours left until the 2016 Oscars begin.  (Well, the red carpet portion, anyhow, which I'm told is just as important as the suspense, satire, and speeches of the actual ceremony.)  Although, technically I guess they've already begun if you consider the fact that a quartet of V

Introducing WRDS Classroom!

Published February 17, 2016 by Mark Bodnar
WRDS Classroom

Some welcome news from the folks behind WRDS, our interface for many financial/accounting datasets such as Compustat, CRSP, TAQ, and I/B/E/S: they've created Classroom Tools by WRDS.

Their description:

WRDS is pleased to announce the launch of WRDS Classroom, a valuable addition to WRDS that brings the power of our flagship platform to the classroom. 

A companion for your journey into a new research area...

Published February 12, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

When you're new to a particular subject area, there aren't many warmer words than "Companion" and "Handbook."

I picture a friendly sort of guidebook that will help me with the key information I need as I start to navigate my way through a new field, sort of like the dog-eared travel guides I carried during my global backpacking days.

Mac Computers and Feedback Systems

Published February 4, 2016 by Mary Palisoc

1) Concern: Many of the Mac computers on the main floor (3rd) of the Bennett library don't work. Some have keyboards that are broken and others won't let the user log in. This isn't just one or two computers, it's more like seven or eight. Perhaps some sort of feedback system could be arranged for library users to report "broken" computers.

2) Request: Could python3 be installed on the Mac machines? Python2 is already installed, however, some of the syntax is different and I'm far more comfortable writing in python3.

On Gary the Guppy and Google...

Published February 2, 2016 by Mark Bodnar

<Bear with me... I'm going somewhere with this...

Does a fish truly understand the water in which it swims?  

If H20 pervades the entire world of Gary the Guppy from the day he's born to the day he, well, turns belly up, does he ever consciously think about it at all? 


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