In part one of my "Ode to Active Holidays" I explained why I return more mentally refreshed from holidays in which I stayed physically active and challenged myself than from lazy beach holidays. In part two we pick up where part 1 left, one day two of my recent adventure trip to the Japanese Alps. Come with me to Azumino and climb Mt. Tsubakurodake.Read More
If you want a memorable holiday, look for a challenge!
While a week in a luxury beach resort in Thailand is nice, I realized that for me the holidays where I returned the most mentally refreshed were the ones, in which I stayed physically active and challenged myself. Just recently I had one of those adventure holidays, a free guided mountain tour in the Japanese Alps.Read More
The US Presidential Election 2016 is finally upon us. As much as everybody looks forward to get over with it, there is one last thing you got to do, if you are a US citizen: You need to cast your vote!
Not voting is unacceptable. Read here the three main reasons why!Read More
Hard to believe, but Life-Sparring celebrates its' first anniversary. Time to look back, analyze and look ahead to the future! Life-Sparring works! Really!Read More
This is the third 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!Read More
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