Pasta! Statistics

For your fun, here is in a chart the statistical distribution of the players of the Pasta! game, per level.

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The yellow bars show the number of players who have completed level n (after the scoring system was implemented).
The bars in other colours show where the players are currently and the maximum level they are allowed to play (1, or the highest completed level + 1).


AZip 2.38

AZip can now install itself (if requested)!

AZip is a free, open-source Zip Archive Manager.
You can download the Windows version from here: https://azip.sourceforge.io/


BNS juin 2020: +7,5 milliards de francs

On voit que l'épisode "COVID-19 première vague" touche à sa fin puisque la Banque Nationale Suisse n'a fabriqué "que" 7,5 milliards de francs (CHF), dont un modeste demi-milliard imprimé en billets.

Histoire de ramener ces sommes à l'échelle humaine, voici les sommes d'argent créées par la BNS durant cet épisode, divisées par la population suisse (8,6 millions d'habitants):
mars: 1'582 francs
avril: 5'772 francs
mai: 3'357 francs
juin: 873 francs
En moyenne: 2'896 francs par mois et par habitant, enfants inclus. Pour une famille avec deux enfants, cela représente 11'584 francs par mois de dilution monétaire!

Source: BNS.

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Bullshit Generator: the Next Steps

Here we admire again the recyclability of high-quality bullshit. The latest additions to the CBSG stem from an article written in 1996 - a time when the double-digit-growth boys were busy replacing boring industry by shiny finance. The article was found by bootstrapping (mark a sentence from the CBSG, search it with your preferred search engine). Some extracts are appealing:
Enron didn't rely on huge "bet-the-company" gambles to create growth. Each step was a manageable investment that built on established capabilities and offered the potential to add new ones.
A company need not possess strengths in all areas of a business—just in the areas important to making money. Growers distinguish between attributes that garner value and those that are simply necessary to play the game. Enron became a world leader in international private power generation because it saw that profit did not depend on construction and operation skills, but on deal structuring and risk allocation.
Anyway. Here are some new key additions to the CBSG, put in practice:

One thing about talent retention is clear: reputation and resiliency turbocharge a values-based market practice.
One thing about data practices is clear: delivery framework, competitive differentiator and solution boost architectures.

The Digital Marketers create strategic options and opportunities across geographies.
The pioneers create strategic options and opportunities going forward.

Opting out of reorganizations is not a choice, while the team players create new business options.
A profit-maximizing portfolio shaping 24/7 reenergizes a motivational onboarding solution. As a result, the team players create new business options.

Trending your numbers should carve a competitive position.
The point is not merely to carve a competitive position. The point is to reinvest in a high-grade footprint.

The team players preempt competitors by thinking outside of the box.
High-performance benchmarkings challenge us to preempt competitors.

The group facilitates our value-chain without pre-empting or constraining future flexibility.
The key representatives improve top-line talents without pre-empting or constraining future flexibility.

The challengers co-specify cross-platform, bifocal, evolutions.
The resources formulate a non-linear, bifocal and hyper-hybrid business equation.
Fully networked, company-first, industry market shifts challenge us to front-face bifocal value propositions.

Cross-pollinations deepen a manageable brand value.
The white-collar workforce potentiates manageable efficient frontiers.
Manageable portals motivate the market thinker.

The tolerably expensive, innovative, digital acceleration interacts with our distinctive workflows.
The decision makers strengthen distinctive swim lanes.
The enablers take control of structured, distinctive, organizational and high-level visibilities.
Probably, if we search for "wirecard double-digit growth" we'll find some fresh stuff for the CBSG...


LEA 0.74 - embedded Ada samples collection

From now on, LEA has got the uber-gadget: a samples collection.
Are you looking for an example to start a script, or an algorithm, or some other inspiration?
The menu selection "Actions → Code sample" will offer you a choice of programs of various sizes.
Actually, they are examples from the HAC project (the HAC compiler is embedded in LEA).
You don't even need to fish those examples in the Internet: they are embedded within LEA as well.
In a few clicks, an example will pop in a LEA window and you can run it immediately.

LEA (Lightweight Editor for Ada) is a free, open-source software. It can be found here.

Feedback is appreciated.
Don't hesitate to sponsor the project with a small donation (from the link above: "Donate" link).


New menu entry: Code sample (click to enlarge image)

Sample selector (click to enlarge image)


BNS mai 2020: +28,9 milliards

Les rotatives de la BNS tournent à plein régime. 28,9 milliards de francs tout neufs sont sortis du chapeau magique au seul mois de mai. Money rain! Le bilan du printemps est de 90 milliards d'augmentation de la base monétaire. Ce montant représente le double de la totalité de la monnaie centrale qu'il y avait en Suisse au début 2008. Vu autrement: si la BNS donnait 10 francs à chaque habitant de la planète, il resterait encore un peu de ces 90 milliards.

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New Fed Put Levels (Update: June 2020)

In the 20th century, financial investment was a complex and serious topic.
You had to choose your mix of bonds of various maturities and risk levels - all associated with a very broad range of rates.
Similarly, you could build your mix of stocks (value vs. growth) or replicate more or less an index.
There was this thing called "free market". Good or bad - this is not the question. Perhaps it was just to show to the "Reds" that this notion of "free markets" was working so much better.

Now, things are much simpler. After a series of crises (dotcom, subprimes, Euro zone, and recently, the covid-19) the central banks have been more or less forced to set interest rates to zero or less, and frequently launch new programs for monetizing bonds and other financial assets. Governments take the opportunity of low interest rates and monetization not to balance their budget, but to increase their debts to the infinity. Same for corporations and even individuals. Zero rate = infinite leverage. Easy.

So, presently, all is simple. Bonds are a nonsensical business for investors - except those who are obliged to buy them, like insurances. Regarding stocks, old-school valuations like P/E ratios, or book value, or dividends, or credit rating of the underlying company, do not matter anymore: the Fed or the ECB will buy everything, even junk bonds. A funny consequence is that stock of bankrupt companies like Hertz are doing well, and the same Hertz is now selling new shares while under Chapter 11. Perhaps they will sell enough to balance their books, who knows!

Since the Fed's latest emergency plan a couple of days ago, we know what are the current approximate, implicit levels at which the Fed will do something more to support the financial markets.

Trade accordingly!
PS: The parts of the charts' data prior to 2020 was automatically digitized by the Recurve tool (part of the open-source Generic Image Decoder project in Ada).
PPS: here a "meme" about the subject:

Pasta! Statistics

For your fun, here is in a chart the statistical distribution of the players of the Pasta! game, per level. Click to enlarge The yellow bar...