Who the team needs: not Default Male

Not Default Male

I am – and I’ll say this, firmly and once – English, privileged, white, male. 38 years, from a decent family. That makes me Default Male. So in this current day and age, it is correct to compensate in the other direction(s). For more on Default Male – see Grayson’s book – the Descent of Man19 09 10 The Descent of Man - Grayson Perry - BLOGGED.

What the project and firm really needs is someone not at all like me.

And with ability to learn and be good at all sorts of stuff. Coding in general, multi-tasking, communication, being a decent human. The list is not really technical in focus, but technicals must be a strong part of it.

Super moral and demanding and ambitious

CondorGP’s aim of running ecosystems of trading-strategy-survival-machines may seem purely old-school, go make money fast and don’t care in it’s attitude. The moral angle is strong when we are clear about the long term, the why we do stuff.

Being able to start and run an effective finance AI firm is one thing. Knowing how to behave if it does work is quite another. And if Posco Consulting and CondorGP do really well, where will we take it.

To a place where we contribute heavily to changing the game, and contributing.

TBC on how, though as the founder, I’m full of ideas.


CondorGP works on / with the following:

  1. Java (for ECJ, the Evolutionary Computation in Java package)
  2. Windows and Linux (for day to day, and containerisation)
  3. Cloud (AWS, IBM)
  4. Eclipse, Git, Maven, Bitbucket
  5. Docker, Kubernetes
  6. Trello, Slack
  7. Amibroker, Interactive Brokers

7 Generations: Making a difference

I definitely need to follow up and confirm where this was really the case in Native American culture, but I heard a wonderful thing:

Native Americans would not do anything, if they could avoid it, that would harm their offspring, even if it affected their 7th Generation of offspring.

I.e. These people were thinking 150 years into the future. And considering what they were doing.

See a different sort of wigwam, sourced from Wikipedia:

19 09 10 - 1880 Apache_wickiup or wigwam - BLOGGED.jpg
By Rose, Noah H. – http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15330coll22/id/36483, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15991832

Contrast with today

It is hard, I think, in our modern 2019 world – especially in Western Society, to think of something that will not harm the 7 Generation. To be sure that is not the case, to know. That is nigh on impossible in our current world.

So, while that point is a strong one, to say the least – the contrast is indicative of something very wrong.

For your thought.

Thank you for reading.

Cold Showers: Making a difference

Not sure what the image could be for this post. Ah, I have it. Our (empty)OUR EMPTY SHOWER - IMG_20190910_092023 BLOGGED shower, of course.

I wanted to outline how radical my mindset has become in recent years. It’s fundamental to how I’m thinking about all sorts of things, if not everything.

In September / October 2017 (can’t be sure of the date), I started having only cold showers. I’ve had 2 or 3 hot showers since then, one after our eldest was born, and another when I had a nasty fever. I think those are the only 2.

But why, I hear you cry?

Well, simply, because I do not need hot showers. Hot water is expensive in terms of carbon, so less hot water usage is better. Also, my showers are now shorter than I would need to run the water until it goes hot. So less water usage.

Also, I can see easily where I’ve left grub and grime in the shower because my glasses aren’t all steamed up etc. So helpful too, to be more Making A Difference Everyday.

All day mindfulness

This is about how to find obvious reminders for mindfulness, during my day, that are effort free and perpetual, i.e. they aren’t going away.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m purposely titling this post as something I find very difficult. To be mindful on the way back from the hospital after a long day helping out is hard. To listen to your keys jangle as you go down the steps, to feel each footstep on each step. That is possible, a relief in some way, but all day? That’s interestingly far out of reach for me right now.

This is something I was talking about with one of my mentoring clients recently (mentees? I’ve never quite gotten on board with that term/word). How to bring mindful awareness into the moment by moment that is all of our lives, however those moments end up being lived in our heads.

Can we, essentially, be more aware, more conscious, all day long?

My answer is yes, and it’s much talked about by influential authors such as Jon Kabut Zinn and Andy from Headspace.

Once we are mindful, we can choose to enjoy those around us, encourage them, enjoy all the miniature things in life. Notice the moments and relish them. Which is a wonderful thing. We can choose to be positive, choose how to respond, be proactive and joyful.

Utterly worthwhile, choice

So that is worthwhile. Certainly made a transformative and monumental difference to be. You should see how much fun it is on the ward, and what we get done (I’m not a doctor or nurse – those folk are great – I’m just a Dad). 19 09 08 The_Filbert_Steps_All Day Mindfulness BLOGGED

The way I’ve taken it on is that by using obvious repeated activities, like going through doors, or brushing your teeth, walking up and down stairs etc. If I could remind myself to be mindful during these activities, I would begin to build a series of life long reminders.

And to come out of the ‘I would if this’ mode, into the ‘I am, I do this’ mode: I try it, it works. Steps, as per the real example from earlier this evening, work well. I go up and down stairs, fast and often. Usually fast, and not always mindfully, but occasionally I manage it, and the habit is improving. With steps it’s improving, with brushing my teeth it’s improving.

All this is aimed at furthering my ability to notice where I am, and to be aware. Simply to find more and more opportunities. I set alarms on my phone too and all sorts of other tricks. But those like going in or out of doors are hard to accumulate as good reminders, but once grasped, stick around and are useful.

HABIT REMINDER: When brushing my teeth, what do I think about? Am I worrying about the day ahead or day just gone. Am I concerned how grey my hair is, or how coloured my teeth are. Or have I managed to be aware of my feet, and focus gently on brushing.

HABIT REMINDER: When I go out of a door, my front door, the building front door, a train door, a bus door, do I remember? Yes, sometimes.


There is more to life than financial independence, why I’m now pursuing “FILLS”

Just right

Simple Life Compass

Over the last 12 months I’ve been obsessed with the concept of financial independence (FI). Essentially FI allows you to design a life you want without taking money into consideration. For me, embedded in the goal of FI are concepts of freedom, self-reliance, optimism and the sense of endless future possibilities. At its essence, the path to FI is realtively simple – spend less, save more, and optimize the difference. I’ve realized though, it isn’t all about money.

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Hot thoughts diary

One thing regularly recommended is to keep a ‘hot thoughts’ diary.

I tried this ineffectually a few times, and then finally years later realised how a good way to work it might be. There are many others, I’m sure.

My version worked this way:

1. Try and write regularly, with a specific aim. Be honest, otherwise it is a bit pointless.

2. Be thoroughly encouraged by writing stuff down. Know that later this effort will be worthwhile and helpful.

3. Look back over, and think about how better you could write in the coming days, so you can adjust how brave and honest you are prepared to be. Use a (green) highlighter if you want.

4. Write something to summarise, and take stock.

5. Keep writing, even when the immediate ‘issue’ has calmed down.

6. Build mindfulness formal practice and this hot thoughts into a regular routine.

Prediction is chancy: Selfish Gene 1

Page 55, Selfish Gene new edition.

“Prediction in a complex world is a chancy business. Every decision that a survival machine takes is a gamble, and it is the business of genes to program brains in advance so that on average they take decisions that pay off. The currency used in the casino of evolution is survival, strictly gene survival, but for many purposes individual survival is a reasonable approximation… ”

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