"Sir Mervyn King, who is to end 10 years as governor of the Bank of England at the end of the month, has organised this lunch himself. Uli in Notting Hill, he has explained in advance, is a favourite local restaurant, specialising in east Asian food. It is normally closed on Saturday lunchtime but Sir Mervyn has arranged for it to be opened especially for us."

What kind of power play is this, for a mild-mannered central banker? And what kind of person wears a suit and tie to a Notting Hill restaurant on a Saturday?

Lunch with the FT: Sir Mervyn King - FT.com

(via felixsalmon)

### When a Student Asks If Not Doing the Assignment is Going to Affect Their Grade

"Newsflash you stupid cocks: FRATS DON’T LIKE BORING SORORITIES. Oh wait, DOUBLE FUCKING NEWSFLASH: SIGMA NU IS NOT GOING TO WANT TO HANG OUT WITH US IF WE FUCKING SUCK, which by the way in case you’re an idiot and need it spelled out for you, WE FUCKING SUCK SO FAR."

At least she ends on a positive note. Things could get better!

The whole Darien Scheme thing might not have worked out, but the Company of Scotland (founded 1698) had a pretty great flag.

From: The Verge

Tags: Eye chart

"He asked TDs to not concentrate so much on the detail but to “look at the purpose” of the legislation. He added that the Attorney General had “constitutionally proofed” the legislation."

Irish times on IBRC liquidation legislation.

Musing: It would be great if there was something like R CMD check for #knitr reproducible research.

Aaron Swartz is a writer, programmer, and activist. He co-authored the RSS 1.0 specification and co-founded Reddit.com. He’s a contributing editor to _The Baffler_ and founder of Demand Progress, an activism group with over a million members.

Here are Aaron’s first five…

Pretty cool Google search picture today, though why is the DLR not in the legend?

Did they merge it with the Victoria line?

### Tabs in LaTeX verbatim

Quick tip (mostly to remind myself in the future so I don’t have to spend another 2 hours figuring this out again):

If you want “tabs” to show up in LaTeX verbatim environments use four spaces, not an actual tabs created with the tab key. For example:

\begin{verbatim}
Four spaces make it looked tabbed in.
\end{verbatim}


Not the greatest example, because you can’t actually distinguish between four spaces and a tab, but it’s in there. I promise. (This gets us to the infamous tabs vs. spaces debate. See: An Eternal Holy War).