Broker or Fiduciary?

At some point in your life you may have the mis-fortune to require a financial planner. This is not as great a misfortune as having to require a lawyer, but still ...  One interesting tidbit of information is to inform yourself of the difference between a broker and a fiduciary. The short of it is that:

• A broker is free to sell you stuff regardless of whether it is financially healthy to you - they are usually paid off commission and that depends on how much stuff they can get you to buy
• A fiduciary is required to act in your best interests and receive compensation independent of what financial decisions you make.

An interesting website is https://brokercheck.finra.org where you can get the employment and educational history of a financial advisor.

Python: Multiprocessing: passing multiple arguments to a function

Write a wrapper function to unpack the arguments before calling the real function. Lambda won't work, for some strange un-Pythonic reason.

import multiprocessing as mp def myfun(a,b): print a + b def mf_wrap(args): return myfun(*args) p = mp.Pool(4) fl = [(a,b) for a in range(3) for b in range(2)] #mf_wrap = lambda args: myfun(*args) -> this sucker, though more pythonic and compact, won't work p.map(mf_wrap, fl)

Flowing text in inkscape (Poster making)

You can flow text into arbitrary shapes in inkscape. (From a hint here).

You simply create a text box, type your text into it, create a frame with some drawing tool, select both the text box and the frame (click and shift) and then go to text->flow into frame.

UPDATE:

Trying to enter sentence so that text forms the number three...any ideas?
The solution:
Type '3' using the text toolConvert to path using object->pathSize as necessaryRemove fillUngroupType in actual text in new text boxSelect the text and the '3' pathFlow the text

Latex math: Vertical bar

Like that used for indicating the evaluation of integrals between limits:

\bigg|

as in

\frac{\rho}{4\pi}\left(-\frac{1}{r}\right)\bigg|_{r_{0}}^{\infty}

from a hint here from robphy