A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Read — 2017/05/18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A voice for the missing” (The Economist).

Read — 2017/05/05

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Ivanka Trump and the push for paid parental leave“, by M.S.R. (The Economist).
  2. A leap into the future! The race for a sub-two-hour marathon“, by George Ramsay (CNN). Best of luck to Mssrs Desisa, Kipchoge, and Tadese.
  3. How to watch Saturday’s sub-2 marathon attempt“, by Scott Douglas (Runner’s World).

Read — 2017/04/30

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How the Left learned to hate like the Right“, by Michelle Goldberg (NY Times). So, the class of American political √©lites has learned to cement its power in the social hierarchy by gerrymandering the American people into two teams, pretending to captain one team and demonizing the other. And many American people seem content to play the small roles apportioned to them by these manipulative √©lites. We the people are people, not demons! Let’s stop swallowing the self-aggrandizing hate spooned down from above, recognize that the fault lies in us, and take some tough personal responsibility for improving our country.

Read — 2017/04/29

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. What happens when soccer bans heading?“, by Noah Davis (The Ringer). Interesting point of departure: If soccer were invented today, rather than 150 years ago, how would we design the rules? Endows you with more agency (and responsibility).
  2. The best American soccer player is an 18-year-old from Hershey, Pennsylvania“, by Noah Davis (The Ringer).

Read — 2017/03/12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The battle for Mosul moves west“, by Alan Taylor (The Atlantic). Thirty-three sobering photographs from the war in Iraq. Such reports are easy to gloss over when they are nameless accounts of unknown persons thousands of miles away. They are less easy to gloss over when the eyes of a child that could have been yours or could have been mine plead for an end to the violence that has become her life.
  2. 36 hours in Sapporo, Japan“, by Ingrid K. Williams (NY Times). A lovely city.

Separately, three articles discussing freedom and repression of expression on college campuses:

  1. The dangerous safety of college“, by Frank Bruni (NY Times). A call for challenging viewpoints and “constructive engagement”.
  2. The ideology behind intolerant college students“, by Stephen L. Carter (Bloomberg). A brilliantly written article connecting the current fervor for “safe spaces” to the philosophy of Herbert Marcuse in “Repressive tolerance”.
  3. The coddling of the American mind“, by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt (The Atlantic). An in-depth investigation of the current collegiate campus Zeitgeist, and its likely effects on education and mental health.

Read — 2017/03/10

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Hackers, trackers and snoops: our privacy survey results” (Mozilla). Ignore the writing, focus on the links.
  2. Don’t get pwned: a guide to safer logins“, by Richard Barnes (Mozilla).
  3. The CIA just lost control of its hacking arsenal. Here’s what you need to know.“, by Quincy Larson (freeCodeCamp).
  4. Hacking“, by Randall Munroe (xkcd). Cause, you know, humour.

Read — 2017/01/21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A global alliance is investing $500 million to stop the spread of deadly outbreaks we are utterly unprepared for“, by Akshat Rathi (Quartz).
  2. Hidden figures and the appeal of math in an age of inequality“, by Megan Garber (The Atlantic).
  3. What’s next for the millennial who turned Nevada blue?“, by Taylor Mayol (OZY).
  4. Inside the desperate battle against sports doping“, by Rafael Buschmann, Lukas Eberle, Christoph Henrichs, & Gehard Pfeil (Der Spiegel).
  5. Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons“, by Mark Manson (Quartz).
  6. The vulnerability primer“, by Mark Manson (Mark Manson).

MLK Day — 2017-01-16

Two speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

  1. “I have a dream” (1963-08-28) — audio and text
  2. “Beyond Vietnam” (1967-04-04) — audio and text

Read — 2017/01/05

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Strange radio bursts seen coming from a galaxy far, far away“, by Mark Strauss (National Geographic).
  2. Rio Olympic medalists Lilesa, Rupp and Dibaba lead stacked fields at 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon” (Chevron Houston Marathon).

Read — 2017/01/02

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. 2017’s next big fitness craze? Performance-enhancing drugs“, by Ben Hammersley (Wired).
  2. The sci-fi author bridging America and China“, by Libby Coleman (OZY).
  3. Make resolutions for other people“, by Taylor Mayol (OZY).