Curiosities of a Rambling Mind

Archive for July, 2008

Now printed schedules are just a bit gooder

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 Posted in Amortization Calculator | 1 Comment »

It turns out there is HTML which can indicate which header material should be duplicated across multi-page tables: the <thead></thead> tags. So now that I've re-learned this and tweaked the calculator again, multi-page tables will have the column ...

Time for a Reunion

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 Posted in Blather | No Comments »

If you've read my biographical data (and why would anyone...), you may have noticed that I traveled with a group called Up With People. There are some 20,000 alumni of this program scattered across the world now, and every ...

Where are the Abe’s and Tommy’s?

Saturday, July 19th, 2008 Posted in Politics | 2 Comments »

Last night I was reading some excerpts written by Thomas Jefferson. I was nearly struck dumb by the strength and lucidity of his words. A few weeks ago I heard again the words of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. They bring ...

Blog Changes

Thursday, July 17th, 2008 Posted in Blogging | 1 Comment »

Since this WordPress blogging software is so utterly cool, I've decided that I can probably import my old website data from my the old server into the blog itself. I'll need to tweak and fine-tune a few things, I ...

More on rate-finding

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 Posted in Amortization Calculator | 6 Comments »

In responding to a question in blog comments about rate-finding, I noticed that the calculator didn't behave well if the Payment Amount could not pay off the loan after the Number of Regular Payments had elapsed, no matter how low ...

Best of Times…

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 Posted in Blather | No Comments »

I work on a college campus, and there are many great things about that. Though not a professor myself, I'm of an academic bent: I like being in a research environment. I like figuring out things. ...

Mmm, more stylesheet goodness

Monday, July 14th, 2008 Posted in Amortization Calculator | 6 Comments »

For those of you who like hard copies of your amortization schedules, I have produced a new stylesheet which should make printing the schedule a little less ugly than it may have been before. I still wish there was ...

The Trials of Moving

Monday, July 14th, 2008 Posted in Amortization Calculator | No Comments »

Well, it has happened. What I have feared the most. Calamity. Pain. Suffering. Ego-shattering. In moving the calculator to its new home, it lost its long-held rank as the number one result for the search “amortization” on Google. It is ...

Ah, Zen!

Saturday, July 12th, 2008 Posted in Music / Art / Design | No Comments »

I am a believer in the Jungian notion of synchronicity, so I try to pay attention when the universe starts tossing me "coincidences". I recently had a chat with someone about Buddhism and Zen, and later in the week, ...

Negative Amortization

Friday, July 11th, 2008 Posted in Amortization Calculator | No Comments »

I've added a new entry to the FAQ regarding negative amortizations. In the process, I also noticed that some of the summary information produced by the calculator and final schedule row are not completely consistent in the NegAm scenario. ...