Saturday, September 29, 2012


On September 24, Apple announced that it had sold 5 million iPhone 5s in the three days since the phone's introduction. This represents a profit of one to two billion American dollars. In three days! One might have expected AAPL to do better than drop $10, that day, from its $700 previous close — and another $17 the day after.

On September 27, Research in Motion announced that it had lost $235 million in its second quarter. How did NASDAQ react to this news? RIMM went from $7.14 per share to $7.50. I guess the fundamentals were sound, in the fundamentally flawed illogic of what constitutes the American stock market system.

Disclosure: I do not use a mobile phone nor have I ever put money into the stock market.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

56 by 2's

two nonillion
nine trillion thirteen
one hundred thousand three hundred
thirteen billion forty-three million forty-three
one hundred twenty-one million two hundred thirty-six thousand six hundred thirty-six

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

One, two, three, four

What is the smallest English number expression that has one letter occurring once, two letters occurring twice, three letters occurring three times, and four letters occurring four times?