Kristof Kovacs

Software architect, consultant

Well, since you asked... :-)

First of all things, I'm a software architect. I'm programming computers since I was 7 – and still not tired of it! :)

I'm an amateur GO player. I like that in this sport you sketch out strategies with a rough framework first, and then fill it out in small steps. Kinda like software...

I'm an aspiring haiku poet. I like things that are simple, small and effective. Interestingly, it often takes a surprising amount of effort to make something simpler – but it's usually worth it.

I got interested in financial markets and options when I was working on stock trading systems in Vienna during the dotcom era, and it's still one of my favorite industries to work for.

I try to find time to meditate every day. I believe that it's hard to grow if you don't have enough time to reflect on what you know and what you need to learn. Also, a little training in concentration is a big help in one's professional life. :)

I used to compete in off-road navigation races with my brother. There I learned that an oblique approach works better against problems with too many unknowns, and that even the most elaborate plans often change!

And some more irrelevant things...

Birth year: the year the Voyager space probes were launched
Birthplace: Europe (Budapest, Hungary)
Myers-Briggs: INTJ
AD&D alignment: Chaotic Good
Astrological sign: Cancer
Smoke: The occasional waterpipe or cigar with friends
Sports: Go, Yoga, Iaido, occasional Squash
Printed magazines: Economist, 1843 Magazine
Drink: Socially, with friends. A lover of fine wines, especially Pinot Noir.
Favourite cities: Barcelona, Stockholm, Budapest, London
To do before I die: See my list
Spiritual practice: Theravada Buddhism
Favorite book ever: Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)
Favorite music: Thievery Corporation; Leonard Cohen, US3, New Model Army
Favorite movies: Ronin; Hero; K-Pax
Favorite TV series: Stargate; House, M.D.; Battlestar Galactica
Occupation: Freelance Software Architect (resume) whom you can ask for lots of things.

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