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Shapes, shades and habits of my life in Taipei City


A simple way of increasing the quality of any university: Taleb’s concept of Skin in the game. Unless the professor is (or was) a trader (doesn’t matter whether successful or not, only self-aware), he shall not teach anything related to trading & risk in the markets. Similarly, unless University’s inter-department communication works smoothly and flawlessly, […]

When I was young, I hated the academic insistence on precise terminology. Heck, I hate it even today. It ruins everything – the fun is destroyed before it even began precisely because some fresh out of university professor in a tight shirt insists on teaching fancy words first (and examine students‘ knowledge of such words […]

Taipei blues. This name occurred to me couple of months ago whilst walking around Prague. I knew I had something in there, something I wanted to examine and explore. Back then, I also knew that unless mother randomness shuffled the cards, I was going to spend ten months in Taipei. Having the name was great, […]

Four years have passed since I began my University studies and I am delighted to say it did not interfere with my education. Over the years I have voiced a fair amounts of criticism directed at the courses I had to attend. “How would a proper course look like?” I asked myself – surely, having […]

This post is about silence. Too many fake experts, “thought leaders,” consultants with no skin in the game… produce noise. It is too much. . . . Embrace silence. Welcome back, mental clarity.

Joseph Anton is a dear friend of mine, I caught myself thinking, whilst closing the book at its 633th – and last – page. How come he became so close to me, I pondered. Sure, he was fairly open and honest about his frailties and modest about his victories. He would speak about courage and […]