Good Friends (Or: How I Learned You're Making A Poor Decision)

More than half a decade ago (possibly the better part of a decade), sitting in a bar on a Friday night with my good friend Michael, while throwing things at other things and having a beer, Michael noticed a girl. This was a girl he'd noticed before, and girl would…

Whiskey Consistency (Or: Why Dating Can Leave a Foul Taste in the Mouth)

I was told this morning that my people skills were enviable. I'll admit it: I'm fairly social. I am also a font of useless knowledge which gives me a variety of topics to draw from in any social environment. It makes dating interesting, because while I generally like to draw…

Hard Boiled (Or: Why John Woo Directed My Imaginary Life)

The door snapped shut behind me, classic jazz playing overhead, air thick with tension. I snuck up to the bar and caught the bartender's eye and had him lay me down an Aberlour 12, neat. The fact that I even noticed the jazz over the crowd noise was something special…

Matchmaker, Matchmaker... (Or: Why Trading Is More Complicated Than It Seems Part One)

Anyone who knows me knows I also usually have 3-5 irons in the fire at any given time. Recently I read several books on HFT and got it in my head that it might be interesting to build a simple matching engine - a mechanism to, in its most basic…

When A Martini Is Not A Martini (Or: The Mistakes Of The Modern Bartender)

When exactly is a martini not a martini? Well, point of fact, when it's actually a kangaroo cocktail. What's the difference? Let's examine the traditional gin martini and its breakdown: 3 parts gin 1 part vermouth 1 dash bitters Olive or Lemon twist to garnish (or cocktail onion, to make…

It Runs Good on Regular Gas (Or: Why Driving In Chicago Is a Fool's Errand)

As some of you may know my radio silence is not due to some overwhelming lack of desire to write, but instead because I was pursuing alternative work opportunities, settling in a new area, and finally going back to school. The driving factor for these items stemmed mostly from the…