As a kid, a long time before I learned about probability and randomness, I had my own philosophy on “luck”. I was convinced that some people would be more affected by good and bad luck, while others were simply overlooked by Fortuna.
Over the years my view on randomness and probability matured. While I learned basic probability concepts earning my master’s in economics, it was my experience playing poker between 2005 and 2012 that really sparked my interest in randomness. Read More
This is part two of series of blog posts investigating my lack of running speed. This time I went to the roots, analyzing my locomotion in a gait analysis. Read More
The first anniversary of Life-Sparring is edging closer, time to think about a redesign! What do you think? Read More
What if you would not have to read hundreds of pages to get the wisdom of the most popular non-fiction books? What if you could sign-up for a service providing you bite-sized book summaries? Would that work? Read More
I love running for the almost meditative effects that it has on me. At the same time, I hate that I run so depressingly slow.
In my twenties my times were actually not too bad. Not enough for competitive ambitions but not too shabby either. A mere decade later my running times have deteriorated massively, and just getting below the 1h for 10km again was a massive battle. In past years I often wondered what exactly caused the breakdown of my running abilities. So let's take a look. Read More
While doing some background research for my recent article on cold shock therapy and my cold shower challenge, I stumbled upon the first commercial cryo chamber in Hong Kong, which had just opened its doors in April of this year. Obviously I had to follow in Joe Rogan’s Bigfoot-sized footsteps and had to give it try. Read More
This is the quarterly check-in on the goals from my New Year's resolution. Just as a reminder, the idea was to choose targets that fulfill the S.M.A.R.T criteria: being specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-related. By making my goals public and checking-in regularly with you out there, I hoped to keep me motivated over the year to achieve all goals for 2016. And just in case this is not enough, I added a punishment on top, promising to go to work in original Bavarian Lederhosen on the first working day in 2017 if I miss more than one of the six goals for the year. Still pretty scary! So let's see where I am at the half-year mark of 2016. Read More
Some of the biggest obstacles on our path to happiness are inside of our own heads -- deep-rooted instincts that might have once served an evolutionary purpose, but that now are mainly lowering our quality of life.
One of the strongest and most destructive of these innate reflexes is FOMO. What sounds like an uptown art gallery, stands for “Fear of Missing Out” and is far less innocent than it appears. Read More
Wellness trends are changing faster than the tide. These days, one of the hottest topics among wellness experts, researchers and self-experimenters is cold shock therapy, be it in the form of cold showers, ice baths or cryotherapy. Read about my experience becoming a cool guy. Read More
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