Wall Street resorts to Vulcanomics
Murray Hutton’s search for the identity of trader number 588 (C8) yielded nothing from readers but luckily Channel 10 News obliged by naming him: “New York Stock Exchange trader number 588 is Peter Tuchman of Quattro M. Securities, the ‘most photographed trader on Wall Street’ because he has ‘strong, emotional expressions of anguish, anticipation, desperation, and triumph, which he says are genuine.’ A visit to the Twittersphere reveals that he takes a commonsensical approach to dealing with that virus: “Just saying … not a fan of the elbow thing … clearly hand-shakes are out … fist bumps are still a risky play in this madness … but a greeting between two or more humans is important … I revert to Vulcan salute … SPOCK OUT.”
“Recently, I visited a house swap website to see if there was a possible swap in Queenstown, New Zealand. Instead of hitting ‘Q’ I inadvertently hit ‘W’. The result? Wuhan!” reveals the suddenly spoiled for choice Peter Singer of Arrawarra Headland.
Paul Wachter of Elanora Heights writes: “Please inform Graham Russell that the modern car’s engine restart mode (C8) can be deactivated by the driver. I hate it and I’m sure it puts undue wear and tear on the starter motor. It’s designed purely to ensure vehicles don’t sit in our city’s gridlocks idling unnecessarily and wasting fuel.”
“Christmas in October, hot cross buns in January. We’re used to all that, but the other day I saw a bus plastered with ads exhorting us to get our tickets for the Melbourne Cup carnival. Really, in March?” writes Alastair Wilson of Balmain.
“My worst encounter with a spellchecker (C8) was when I started typing my surname and it offered ‘Bedpans,’” says Ron “Thunder Mug” Besdansky of Northbridge. John Lees of Castlecrag asks: “Why don’t people with spellcheck and predictive text read what they have written before sending the message? Simple really.”