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Actuaries rock

What do you get if you cross an actuarial conference with High School Musical 3? If you can bear it, the answer can be found at www.actuarialfoundation.org/t-shirt.htm, where you can view Actuaries Rock, which was performed live at the 2008 Society of Actuaries annual meeting to launch The Actuarial Foundation’s new Conversions Rock maths programme.

Here is an actuarial organisation using its website to full potential, not only providing video footage of events but also running an online shop where you can buy the t-shirt, although unfortunately only available in actuarial grey.

The power of the web is enormous and we are keen to harness this at The Actuary. Planned improvements to the website include adding more regular news items, webinars and podcasts, as well as providing interactive spreadsheets to accompany features.

One of the key ways to improve the website, however, is running a high turnover of good quality material and content. At The Actuary most of our content comes from readers and so the onus is on you to help us improve the site by providing contributions, comment and criticisms.

We receive lots of letters, some still handwritten. However, I am yet to receive my first webcast from a reader. So, next time you sit down to write a letter, and if you have the technology, why not send us an audio file. If you are writing a feature, ask yourself whether a spreadsheet link may be useful to readers, and if you’re sending in a social news story, please remember the video.

Season’s greetings to all our readers.

Margaret de Valois