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Homage to Harry (Fat Tails)

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Homage to Harry (Fat Tails)



When I first began to post on futures.io (formerly BMT), my threads were immediately called into question by one particular member of this forum. He seemed to have some degree of doubt regarding the claims that I made and the ideas that I posited. Initially, I wasn’t quite sure if he was simply pre-disposed to incredulity or if his skepticism was arbitrary and intended to provoke me.

Nevertheless, this disputatious dialogue persisted; and I soon began to anticipate and look forward to his polemic comments while still in the process of composing my threads. Ironically, I found it challenging to have this didactic “Deutsche Doppelganger” sitting beside me as I wrote, forcing me to re-think everything I had taken for granted.

I realize now, that his doubt is systematic, and that he universally applies a liberal dose of intellectual caution when confronting new ideas or problems. Harry suspends judgment until a theory has been tested and provides him with an empirical understanding of the results. His methods are heuristic and his intelligence is beyond question, yet he he remains humble and forever helpful.

This is how I became acquainted with Harry (Fat Tails), who I am now proud to call my friend. He has had an undeniable impact on this forum, and his contributions are priceless. Harry’s expertise and current practice are on display for everyone to see, and most importantly, are readily accessible to everyone.

Everybody that actively participates on this forum contributes, but each member is motivated by different reasons. When we give, there is usually a reward, whether it is monetary compensation, or the acknowledgment and appreciation of our peers. But how often does someone truly contribute selflessly, where the focus is solely on giving with no concern of receiving anything in return?

Harry’s selfless work should not go unpraised. He is motivated by neither contribution, nor recognition, yet he has left this forum richer through his body of work and his dedication to helping the members of this board. Through his determination, passion and purpose he has become an invaluable ingredient in the continued success of this forum, and is one of the predominant reasons I log on to futures.io (formerly BMT).


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very true. Harry has been very kind enough to help me and many here for many requests.

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Well said Tigertrader! I couldn't agree with you more! Harry has helped me on multiple occasions with indicators and can't thank him enough! I would have walked away from using Ninja Trader's charts hadn't it been for him. Now with his assistance in creating indicators, I'm extremely pleased. I think Ninja Trader owes him some sort of gratitude as he has probably helped retain countless trader's business for them.

Thank you Harry!

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Fat Tails is the Carl Sagan of futures.io (formerly BMT).

Seriously though, skepticism is one of the greatest virtues one can posses in my opinion. A lot of people confuse skepticism with cynicism, which is a huge mistake. Skepticism is what leads to a correct understanding of the natural world, and protects one against forming false beliefs. Skepticism is the cornerstone of science. And I think it goes without saying that in such a tricky and random industry such as trading, it is of the utmost importance to be skeptical.


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Fat Tails is the Carl Sagan of futures.io (formerly BMT).

Seriously though, skepticism is one of the greatest virtues one can posses in my opinion. A lot of people confuse skepticism with cynicism, which is a huge mistake. Skepticism is what leads to a correct understanding of the natural world, and protects on against forming false beliefs. Skepticism is the cornerstone of science. And I think it goes without saying that in such a tricky and random industry such as trading, it is of the utmost importance to be skeptical.

Van K Tharp was asked what makes a good trader and his response was:

I find that some of the best traders are "thinkers" as opposed to "feelers." They can see the big picture. Also, their self-esteem, needs to be fairly good because if its not, their egos get all tied up in what they are doing. They should be very much a non-conformist - willing to decide here's my idea, I know it works, this is what I'm going to do and I don't care what anybody else around here is doing. They also should have strong math skills.

Sound like anybody you know?

Too often, traders just want to take the easy way out. Their thinking becomes static, which can be appealing because it makes things simple and uncomplicated. It would be nice if there was this single unchanging order to the marketplace, and some simple contrivance, like the MACD or a black box could magically discern that order and make money now and forever. Unfortunately, markets are constantly changing and the rules by which we analyze them, shifts on-the-fly. By definition then, it means we cannot be locked into any single set of rules, ideas, or ways of thinking for very long.


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I think Ninja Trader owes him some sort of gratitude as he has probably helped retain countless trader's business for them.

I think FT(aka Harry) is great.. but i believe that @gomi above all developers out there should get more than gratitude from NT(Ray and Co.) for expanding their product to levels that they should have done so to begin with... IMHO of course...

getting back to the OPs point... I do believe as well that FT is one of the greatest assets within this forum... I am certain many become Elite just because of being able to get his indis and build upon them.

so I raise my glass of Chimney Rock '05 that I am drinking right now to Harry..

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NT should have hired gomi by now

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i have to update this thread to sign in and send my homage to Harry too....
he is really a added value to this comunity... he has been a very friendly and helpfull...i'm really impressed...
well i would say a big thank you harry!

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I am not scanning Big Mike's for new threads regularly, in particular this one went unnoticed until now.

First of all, I am not quite sure what the word "homage" means. I just checked it in Wikipedia and it seems to be a medieval tradition, sort of swearing. I usually have heard the word hommage in the context of editing some pieces of art that were created by artists who have passed away. I am not yet dead, so this comes a bit early.

Then I am not the only one who helps other people. Big Mike has a large burden carrying this forum, I have none, as I do not have taken on any obligations. It is more difficult to take responsibility than to act as a pirate once and then, whenever there is a bit of free time. So my thanks go to @Big Mike for the creation of this wonderful forum. It is a lot of work, much more than you can see at once to keep it running. Dealing with software, software bugs, naughty members, legal complaints and animate the forum takes a larger toll on one's health than just answering some posts and editing some indicators. So you should rather praise Mike, who has made all this possible.

If I post in this forum, it is because I enjoy it, nothing more and nothing less. Dealing with a lot of problems and questions sharpens the mind, and as I have a genuine interest in trading, it is a natural way to go.

I feel that I have only learned something, once I have reformulated and applied it. This is a great place to do just that. And of course I have committed all sorts of crimes, produced lots of bugs and ideas that are at least questionable. So let it be.

Maybe my enthusiasm for the subject is a bit exaggerated, which may explain the existence of this thread.

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First of all, I am not quite sure what the word "homage" means. I just checked it in Wikipedia and it seems to be a medieval tradition, sort of swearing. I usually have heard the word hommage in the context of editing some pieces of art that were created by artists who have passed away. I am not yet dead, so this comes a bit early.

I had considered other titles: Tribute To A Teutonic Trader, A Presage To Harry, and My Homey, Harry. I was afraid the first may be construed as being xenophobic, the second, misunderstood as a threat, and while I did like the third, it sounded a little too ghetto. Admittedly, the use of the word "homage" is a tad pretentious, but it's literal meaning is, a show of respect to someone, and in this case that someone is deserving of that respect.

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