Seppia's journal

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Smashter
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Re: Seppia's journal

Post by Smashter » Thu May 03, 2018 3:31 pm

I really like those paintings. Thanks for introducing me to Kupka, I'd never heard of him.

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Re: Seppia's journal

Post by Seppia » Sat May 05, 2018 3:27 am

Kupka really is special, not so well known because most of his work stayed in Czechoslovakia, hence shielded from western view for all the communist years.
The pictures obviously do not do the paintings any sort of justice, I strongly encourage any art-lover with access to NYC (MoMa), Prague (Kampa Museum and Veletrzni Palac) or Paris (Beaubourg and now this exhibition at the Grand Palais) to go see his work live.

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Re: Seppia's journal

Post by Seppia » Sat May 05, 2018 3:44 am

Weigh In:

93kg, lost 0.3kgs since two weeks ago. 10kg to goal.
Very disappointing, but not TOO bad considering I spent 5 days in France with friends. Will need to push harder.

More Change

Yesterday I signed the job offer I received and filed resignation from my current job.
Next assignment will cover a still-very-large-but-not-the-whole-planet-large area, so quality of life should improve.
I will be managing sales for the Asia Pacific region (excluding China) for a mid size (600M usd approx) food company that probably 95% of the civilized world population has at least heard about.

In order to ease my way in the company, I will spend my first year-ish working from the Italian HQs, then the plan is to move on-site (probably HK or Tokyo).

The first year will be brutal travel wise, but considering:

1- My line of work is export sales: travel and time zone differences are to be expected
2- I go from working with clients from GMT +10 to GMT -8 to working with clients from GMT +10 to GMT +7. This is a huge positive as I will only get called super early in the morning and not both super early AND super late.
3- I plan to bring my wife along with me on the long trips, taking advantage of the fact she just recently quit work (one of the recent life > money choices we have implemented)

This is still a major improvement overall compared to what I am doing now.

The other positive I see is that we will get to know that area of the world almost for free.

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Re: Seppia's journal

Post by Jason » Sat May 05, 2018 9:09 am

Seppia wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 3:27 am
I strongly encourage any art-lover with access to NYC (MoMa), Prague (Kampa Museum and Veletrzni Palac) or Paris (Beaubourg and now this exhibition at the Grand Palais) to go see his work live.
I have come to appreciate art later in my life. Many years ago I was friends with an art restorer who told me that I ever bought art, to buy current artists and not waste money on prints. It keeps the art world going and maybe it will turn into an investment. We have bought a few of this guy's works.

http://shawnmcnulty.com

He paints with his feet. What do I know.

A few years back I was working with an art transportation company. He told me this story of moving some of Ronald Lauder's paintings from his California home to his private NYC gallery. He had to check in every fifteen minutes by phone. If he pulled over to get a Big Mac or take a leak, he had to let them know. A security team followed him. He arrives at 2:00AM in front of the GWB. At that point, NYPD escort him to the gallery. When he arrives at the gallery, a glorified SWAT team takes the paintings into the museum and hang them up. For the next forty eight hours or so, art conoisseurs, celebrities, etc. arrive by invitation only to view the paintings. After that brief period of time, he goes back to the museum and the glorified SWAT team places the paintings back in his truck and he heads back with them back to Ronald Lauder's private home in California. Immediately after he leaves, another van pulls up and places imitations on the wall for when the museum is opened up to the general public. He said that no museum has the actual paintings on the wall. They are just too valuable. The real Mona Lisa is hid in the catacombs underneath the Louvre. Being that art theft is depicted as real in the media i.e. Whitney thefts, I have no idea what to make of what he said but he seemed to know.

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Re: Seppia's journal

Post by 2Birds1Stone » Sat May 05, 2018 11:19 am

Does the compensation plan include unlimited pasta sauce and olive oils?

I worry about your work-life balance. Japanese overlords may lead you to Karōshi, and that would be bad from an ERE standpoint.

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Re: Seppia's journal

Post by Seppia » Sat May 05, 2018 11:36 am

Jason wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 9:09 am
He said that no museum has the actual paintings on the wall. They are just too valuable.
This could very well be the case, I love modern art but I'm not nearly educated enough to spot a fake.
I have a good friend who is a high profile art guy at one of the two major auction houses on the planet, and he says that many experts are still fooled by fakes, and it takes tons of exhamination to determine authenticity.
So I would guess for the average art enthusiast (like me), real or very well faked are equivalent

2Birds1Stone wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 11:19 am
Japanese overlords may lead you to Karōshi, and that would be bad from an ERE standpoint.
I have yet to plug the numbers in my 87GB spreadsheet, but yeah that sounds suboptimal

This gig will come with unlimited supply of caffeinated drinks (of the italian variety, so non-carbonated and served in small ceramic cups)

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Re: Seppia's journal

Post by Seppia » Tue May 15, 2018 5:58 am

Weigh In

92.4kg, -0,6 since last week, 9.4kg to goal.

Much better than last week, but I suspect this result may be due in part to dehidration. I expect next week to be disappointing.
One step at a time.

Work

I am planning my exit from the current company, european timings are longer compared to the USA.
About to close on a huge contract that will definitely put us on the map in a big way in a key strageic market where we almost didn't do any business before (Japan), so the current employer may try to keep me for as long as possible.
I'm definitely willing to accomodate this, because I would love to leave on a good note.
Looking for a possible late July to late August start with the new employer.

Because of the bonus structures, I will probably give up 4-8k USD by delaying my entry (depending on exactly when i start): current company will NOT pay me any bonus probably* (bonuses are conditional to employees being with the company on 12/31), while my new employer will pay me the 2018 bonus pro rated to the number of months I'll be with them in 2018.

It is a ton of money I'll likely be giving up, but I'd rather exit as a gentleman and be remembered as a good guy who worked hard, delivered results, and gave up some money to do his job the right way.
I also kinda believe in karma, plus the Japanese contract we are closing is with a gigantic corporation that may become a business partner in my next job too.

*they may decide to pay me something anyways, but it would be a goodwill gesture on their part and not an obligation. Knowing how they are wired, there is a chance they will do something, but I prefer not to count on it.

Fun Side Projects

I run a personal finance blog.
It would be a semi-useless blog if not for the fact that it's written in italian, which I think makes it valuable.
Italian PF blogs are almost non-existent except for often scammy or outright stupid stuff, and most Italians don't understand english well enough to be able to read ERE-MMM-portfoliocharts-MadFientist and the likes.
So my blog is basically a translation / adaptation
Blog has been going on for around three years, and has a small audience (about 400 clicks per day).
I enjoy it a lot, and I'm super proud when people write me that I have been of great help in saving more / starting investing / other good stuff.

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Re: Seppia's journal

Post by jennypenny » Tue May 15, 2018 3:52 pm

That's cool that you're writing about PF. Is the culture in Italy receptive to basic PF advice? The forum gives me the impression that some cultures get it right away and others don't. Maybe it's more about the messenger connecting with the culture and not the message.

I'm surprised you aren't doing a food blog. :D

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Re: Seppia's journal

Post by Seppia » Tue May 15, 2018 4:16 pm

Thanks a lot jp for your comment :)
jennypenny wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 3:52 pm
That's cool that you're writing about PF. Is the culture in Italy receptive to basic PF advice?
Italians have good savings genes. We are a nation of home owners and with low levels of private debt (this compensates the high public debt)
A very surprising statistic is the median wealth per adult. Italy ranks 8th on the planet, above Japan, and double the USA and Germany
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... _per_adult (rank by the median column)

The reason why Italians are good with saving is the same reason why they are cavemen/women with investing: we distrust everything that is "modern".
We diss credit card debt but also stock ownership.

When I tell friends/extended family members I own stock they react
"oh so you gamble with stocks?"
jennypenny wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 3:52 pm
I'm surprised you aren't doing a food blog. :D
:)

Thing is I like to try and add value. That is my goal basically any time.

I know a little about food, and a little about personal finance and investing.
There is a ton of great PF advice in English, and what I know in this field would be redundant/inferior to what has already been shared by others.
So I feel Americans* may benefit more from me sharing some of my food knowledge.

For Italians, on the other hand, it's the exact opposite.
My recipes pale in comparison to the average grandma's, but even the little I understand about saving and investing is pure gold in my home country.

I just try share what's valuable, depending who I'm talking/writing to.

*for the sake of simplicity, I consider this forum to be "American", even if it is clearly a banalization

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