A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.


References on blockchain technology:

  1. Blockchain” (Wikipedia).
  2. Blockchain: the new technology of trust” (Goldman Sachs). The subtitle is interesting given that blockchain eliminates the need for trust, at least of the person-to-person variety.
  3. Bitcoin” (Wikipedia).
  4. History of bitcoin” (Wikipedia).
  5. Satoshi Nakamoto” (Wikipedia). The unknown designer and creator of bitcoin.

Read — 2017/07/21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools” (The Economist). Yes, they can…but will they? Or will resistance and convenience continue to mire us in a system in which “every pupil learn[s] the same topic in the same way at the same speed”?
  2. Self-disruption or self-destruction — can Wall Street tame the blockchain?“, by James Watkins (OZY). A fuzzy introduction to the blockchain technology (perhaps the most well known example being bitcoin) and the changes it brings to securities trading.
  3. Move over, hedge funds. Here’s where the megarich stash their cash“, by James Watkins (OZY). “Family offices” are estimated to manage $4 trillion. By comparison, hedge funds manage $3.2 trillion.
  4. Roger Federer takes record eighth Wimbledon title“, (ESPN). 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 over Marin Cilic.
  5. Miranda Kerr’s wedding dress: an exclusive look at her custom Dior Haute Couture gown“, by Rob Haskell (Vogue). Plus a description of Ms. Kerr’s intimate wedding to Evan Spiegel.

Read — 2017/07/16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Iran dominates in Iraq after U.S. ‘handed the country over’“, by Tim Arango (NY Times).

And in historic news,

  1. Ex-Czar of Russia killed by order of Ural Soviet” (NY Times, 20 July 1918). A chilling reminder of human history and the limitations (and biases) of news media.
  2. Execution of the Romanov family” (Wikipedia).
  3. 1961 Ndola United Nations DC-6 crash” (Wikipedia).

Read — 2017/07/15

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Law in the Jungle“, by Natasha King (Aeon).
  2. Is your obsession with watching live games what’s ruining sports channels?“, by Matt Foley (OZY).
  3. When is the actual expiration date on your milk?“, by Roger Cormier (Mental Floss). Roughly five days after the printed “sell-by” date.
  4. Karlie Kloss reveals the summer workout track behind her supermodel body“, by Carlin van Paris (Vogue). A public service announcement from your favorite model: Remember to have a little fun on those hot summer runs!

Apartment search

Two articles on apartment renting (N.B. The website is a company that sells renter screening services…so read these articles accordingly):

  1. How to screen a tenant“(TransUnion SmartMove).
  2. 7 tenant warning signs that aren’t so obvious” (TransUnion SmartMove).

Read — 2017/07/13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Researchers used CRISPR to encode a movie into DNA“, by Claire Maldarelli (Popular Science).
  2. Lights, camera, CRISPR: biologists use gene editing to store movies in DNA“, by Heidi Ledford (Nature).
  3. Sallie Gardner at a gallop” (Wikipedia). The “movie” referenced in the above two articles.
  4. Could Kirsten Gillibrand finish what Hillary started?“, by Sean Braswell (OZY).
  5. Swimming kick speed determines baseline swim speed“, by Gary Hall Sr. (The Race Club).
  6. 15 funny French fruit expressions: how many do you know?“, by Joanna Gonzalez (FluentU).

Read — 2017/06/27

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How Katie Ledecky became better at swimming than anyone is at anything“, by Dave Sheinin (Washington Post).
  2. Back to her roots: How Katie Ledecky became so dominant in the pool“, by S.L. Price (Sports Illustrated).

Read — 2017/06/22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The 500-page proof that only one mathematician can understand“, by Michael Byrne (Motherboard). An article on the state of the abc conjecture. Naturally slips down the slope of the “proof — for whom?” question.
  2. Why a top mathematician has joined Emmanuel Macron’s revolution“, by Elisabeth Pain (Science). Fields medalist CĂ©dric Villani leaves his post as director of the Institut Henri PoincarĂ© to represent En Marche! in France’s National Assembly.
  3. What is a generalised mean-curvature flow?“, by Hui Yu (AMS). In case you’re ever stopped on the street and asked such a question.
  4. What causes a fever?“, by Peter Nalin (Scientific American). Answer: Often, the hypothalamus responding to pyrogens. That is, your immune system fighting off intruders.
  5. French sign Reich truce, Rome Pact next“, by Guido Enderis (NY Times, 22 June 1940).

Read — 2017/06/16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. 5 things you should do after every workout“, by Aleisha Fetters (MayMyRun). Spoiler alert! Stretch, shower, weigh, eat (protein & carbs).
  2. David Beckham kisses his daughter, and the internet goes wild“, by Michelle Ruiz (Vogue). Young kids are innocently sincere in expressing themselves. Let them be themselves. There’s plenty of time for inexorable socialization to assert itself on them.

Read — 2017/05/18

Today’s selection of articles:

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