I love Python and cloud storage. Python and cloud storage has helped me get rid of some of my data clutter, and I can now retrieve it on command from anywhere in the world. With Python code, and the APIs of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other fun things like that are making high level concepts easier to develop, right in the cloud, and providing a fertile playground for creative people.
By using some analytical tools that I applied mostly to financial engineering problems, I created interesting algorithms to monitor key parameters of my own body. I aggregated them in an Pandas or R Dataframe, and created a sort of a ‘body control panel’. It was that (almost) real-time monitoring of those parameters which allowed me to transform my body from obese fat to six-pack abs fit in a natural, low volatility and controlled way. As an added bonus, I have increased my life expectancy as measured by several devices. Aside from the health benefits, it feels good to be in the best shape of my life at 45.
The Google search “How to get in shape under a rational approach” that I did almost 3 years ago brought back disappointing results. I remember exactly when and where I was when I typed that search: September 15, 2008, on the trading floor at Lehman Brothers, my former employer. The bank had collapsed, and financial markets all over the world were in turmoil. I remember exactly what I was doing: I had returned to my desk after a meeting with Jami Miscik, the former CIA Intelligence Chief during the George W. Bush administration.
Jami and her team had completed an extremely good research report which I had requested a couple of weeks earlier. I wanted to thank her personally, and as it turned out, this was the first time that fit both our schedules.
As many of the regular readers have noticed, this “blogzine” is very eclectic, and I have talked about finance, unemployment, movies and fitness
In June I interviewed Christina Adler, one of my newest friends in this whole fitness stage of my life, and got a lot of good feedback from many parts of the world. So, I immediately thought about starting a new, semi regular section to interview people I know and who are excellent fitness role models.
In an earlier post, I talked about how I am trying to apply my Wall Street Quant skills to areas other than finance. One of those is data mining of social networks. But before doing any data mining, I needed to join a social network.
When people talk about social networks, most immediately think about Facebook; but there are others. Depending on your goal, finding the right social network can improve your odds of reaching it. If your goal is to make friends with a wide range of interests, Facebook is fine. For professional networking, Linkedin is great. For my fitness goal, I wanted to meet professionals close to my age, looking to improve physically in a rational way. I joined Bodyspace, owned by bodybuilding.com.
I love America. It’s my adopted homeland, and I have lived here more than half my life in a great city, in a great country. I went through a lot to earn my citizenship, and every day I feel lucky that I did.
It is because of this that I can say: our nation is headed in the wrong direction in many areas: health, social issues, foreign policy, to name a few broad areas.