Thursday, March 14, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019 -- National "Pi" Day


Later, 8:49 a.m. Central Time: four minutes ago -- I can't make this up -- it's being reported that Tesla has a new accounting chief. See TSLA note in the original post below. This link is at The WSJ, but if you hit a paywall, I'm sure the story is "everywhere."

Original Post

National "pi" day: 3.14.
  • Modular 60 puts the official pie-eating time at 4:29 p.m., coinciding almost exactly with Yorkshire tea. Whoo-hoo!
Job: link here.
  • forecast; 225,000
  • actual: 229,000
Market, early trading:

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  • NOG: down a penny, at $2.46
  • CVX: up 27 cents; trading at $124.94;
  • COP: also, up 27 cents; trading at $67.62;
  • RDS-B: up 28 cents; there seems to be a trend here, LOL; trading at $64.50;
  • SRE: down 52 cents; trading at $123.82;
  • XLNX: down 7 cents; trading at $122.86;
  • UNP: profit taking, no doubt; down 83 cents; trading at $166;
  • BA: holding its own, flat, down 63 cents; trading at $376.51
TSLA: I think the Model Y will be unveiled today but one never knows with Musk Melon. But two things that seem to be true of TSLA: top executives come and go almost weekly; and, roll-outs seem to occur on schedule.

The Travelogue Page

And so it begins:
Russian America was the name of the Russian colonial possessions in North America from 1733 to 1867.
Its capital was Novo-Archangelsk (New Arkhangelsk), which is now Sitka, Alaska, USA.  [New Arch Angel?]
Settlements spanned parts of what are now the U.S. states of California, Alaska and two ports in Hawaii.
Formal incorporation of the possessions by Russia did not take place until the Ukase of 1799 which established a monopoly for the Russian–American Company and also granted the Russian Orthodox Church certain rights in the new possessions.
Many of its possessions were abandoned in the 19th century. In 1867, Russia sold its last remaining possessions to the United States of America for $7.2 million ($129 million in today's terms).
Yes, a new book (for me). It was published in 1910. Tent Life In Siberia: A New Account of An Old Undertaking Among The Koraks and Other Tribes in Kamchatka and Northern Asia, George Kennan, first published in 1910. The softcover edition I have has no information regarding the current publisher; the date of this printing; nothing; it looks like it came from Mr Kennan's home printer. Except that it's in mint condition with glossy cover and all. The first few pages have already piqued my interest. 


  1. Interesting book. Although I found a variety of digital forms available for it. Other than the 1910 publishing by Putnam, I find no other publishers listed. Only one revised forward and no other printings other than original.
    Rogue book perhaps?

    1. I didn't even find "Putnam" anywhere on the edition I got. My hunch: the copyright has expired, and someone acquired the plates, and keeps the book in print, publishing only enough to meet demand. Barnes and Noble has an in-house publishing divisions -- but at least they put their imprint on what they publish. Regardless, this book is quite enjoyable on so many levels.