Howdy, just your friendly author, Mary Pat Campbell, posting some places you can find me online (currently). I will be “stickying” this post to the top of the substack, and updating as things change.
STUMP is the blog my husband Stuart set up for me years ago on the website he bought for me decades ago. The original STUMP can be found at stump.marypat.org, which started in 2014, and I started mirroring with this substack in 2020. I primarily write about public pensions, finance, and mortality issues on STUMP. All posts, March 2020 and after, on the original STUMP also appear on this substack (but not vice versa).
I have my Publication Record, which mainly records my actuarial-related writing. I cover a variety of topics, with a huge theme on Excel and programming best practices. I don’t write (for free for others) so often now as I am a co-editor for The Modeling Platform, the newsletter of the Modeling special interest section of the Society of Actuaries.
I have a tumblr Croton Falls Heights where I grab old newspaper clips. I started it when I started looking into coverage of the Spanish flu pandemic. Here is a post I did on the origin of Triscuits. Have a plea from 1909:
Don’t call them pennies! (You can see how well that plea worked.)
LinkedIn: Mary Pat Campbell
GoActuary: meep at GoActuary - this is an actuarial discussion board, which replaces the Actuarial Outpost
Actuarial Directory: Mary Pat Campbell
The best way to contact me is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can attempt to message me via the systems above, but note that I do not get notifications from any of those systems (I do not have a smartphone, and never have had one). Even when I do see I have messages there, I often cannot get at the messaging systems (cf: no smartphone) so I don’t even see the message in the first place.
(Obviously, I may not respond to emails, but at least I see them.)
I usually don’t see cold-messaging in the systems. That is, if you haven’t linked to me on LinkedIn, I will probably not see any messages you send. Email is best. Don’t make it look like spam - I never look in that folder.
Money (and other stuff) for Meep
You want to give me money or other stuff? SURE!
Here on substack, you can subscribe to this newsletter, which is greatly appreciated. No, you don’t get more content (I’m trying to reach the world, or at least the part that cares about what I’m writing about, so I don’t want a paywall), but you do have the right to comment on the posts if you want.
If you want to do a one-time cash gift (or recurring), Buy Me a Coffee is an easy way to do it. Note: I am most likely to buy tea.
Finally, want to get me a book? Check out my Amazon wishlist.
Finally, I have a YouTube channel, Meep’s Math Matters, that I’ve been using.
The two blog-related playlists are:
Here I am solving a specialty sudoku puzzle:
See y’all around!