"Rien" is the French word "nothing"; it's an indefinite pronoun, a masculine noun and an adverb. Reading the news this morning (FT, WSJ, BBC, Briefing online, listening to Bloomberg TV) produced nothing to spark my febrile grey matter.
Nothing happened last night. Nothing is happening now. I am doing nothing.
Il ne s'est rien passé la nuit dernière. Il ne se passe rien maintenant. Je ne fais rien.
I miscalculated the volume of my gear for the canoe trip to the wilderness, so today must go to Dick's Sporting Good to buy a larger pack. In simple, the volume of my spare clothes got larger when I looked at a long range weather forecast and saw likely 45F overnights and some rain. Warmer clothes are bulkier. hence the needs for a larger pack. My old West German Army pack won't hold the gear.
I'll write more about my philosophy reading and the lectures I've heard recently, but I learned that my operating philosophy of everyday life is a true "Epicurean". An Epicurean life style is mostly ascetic, but includes a few items and activities of high culture and refinement. For example, I mostly eat simple food and even thought the MREs yesterday were rather good, but I also enjoy a fine meal of sushi and wine twice a week.
The market rallied to a gain yesterday and futures are up this morning. Europe is up. I'm wary and await better prices for my re-buys. On more good news (which I think will evenually come), though, I think the market will rise significantly to the S&P 1200 area by year end. Krypto Fund has its usual allocations, so will participate even if my smaller intermediate accounts do not.
Word of the Day
"Halcyon" - noun & adjective [$10]
Halcyon means (noun) 1. a mythical bird having the power to calm winds and waves; (adjective)2. calm, peaceful; 3. rich, wealthy, prosperous; 4. happy, joyful, carefree.
Sentence: A bloviating, bow-tied pundit lately is saying that America's halcyon days are over. What he means is vague. Were the Bush II years those halcyon days ? Or the Clinton tech boom & bust ? Or the Reagan years ? I presume he doesn't mean the 1970s or 1960s. Maybe he means the 1950s. Well, that's the thing about pundits. They just blab on and on with no one ever checking the facts or getting a clear definition of their "clever" phrases.