A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: February, 2015

Investing — 2015/02/28

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. energy-oil: “Get ready for $10 oil“, by A. Gary Shilling (Bloomberg View).
  2. HPQ: “H-P’s stock is no 2-for-1 bargain“, by Dan Gallagher (Wall Street Journal). An article advising cautious buy-in in the wake of H-P’s recent plunge.
  3. GOOG: “Astro Teller, Google’s ‘Captain of Moonshots’, on making profits at Google X“, by Conor Dougherty (NY Times).
  4. TSLA: “Elon Musk is designing a Tesla battery to power your home“, by John McDuling (Quartz).
  5. TSLA: “Analyst: The bullish case for Tesla has been debunked“, by Matthew Debord (Business Insider). BoA Merrill Lynch analyst John Lovallo cuts his target price for TSLA to $65 per share, claiming a drop in demand. You can follow the numbers at Inside EVs (note that Tesla’s monthly figures are estimates, as the company only releases quarterly delivery numbers).

Read — 2015/02/28

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Greek stand-off“, by Buttonwood (The Economist).
  2. Greece is set to request a loan extension, reports say” (BBC News).
  3. How to find a best friend“, by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal).
  4. Astro Teller, Google’s ‘Captain of Moonshots’, on making profits at Google X“, by Conor Dougherty (NY Times).
  5. At New York Fashion Week, whatever looks warm will work“, by Vanessa Friedman (NY Times).
  6. Deep freeze street style guide: how the coolest showgoers at Fashion Week are staying warm“, by Anka Itskovich (Vogue). My favourite: photo 04.

Read — 2015/02/16

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. What to do in Koreatown, Los Angeles“, by Finn-Olaf Jones (NY Times).
  2. Why eating chocolate is good for you” (The Economist). Proponents point to the antioxidant effect of flavonoids, though some studies contest this claim. Moreover, not all chocolate contains the same amount of flavonoids.

Read — 2015/02/07

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Talking to vaccine resisters“, by Seth Mnookin (The New Yorker). In light of the measles outbreak in the U.S., an article exploring how to persuade parents “anxious about vaccines”. More reliable data would help.
  2. China’s fog weights heavily on shoulders of its premier architect“, by Ian Johnson (NY Times). Wu Liangyong, architect and urban planner, laments that “Our environment is unfit for daily life”. Interesting to note (i) M Wu’s emphasis on being “fully conversant in Chinese and foreign ideas” and (ii) the over-sized influence of dashi (grand masters) on the career and life trajectories of younger generations.
  3. Slipstream fiction goes mainstream“, by Anna Russell & Jennifer Maloney (Wall Street Journal). Testing the boundaries of the real world.

In science:

  1. Gauging gatekeeper performance“, by Barbara R. Jasny (Science). Bottom line: Journal editors typically select articles that go on to be more highly cited (endogeneity bias?), but also tend to miss paradigm-shifting articles.
  2. Seafloor grooves record the beat of ice ages“, by Eric Hand (Science). Study of abyssal hills reveals a nifty self-regulating geoprocess: declining ocean levels during ice ages decrease pressure on magma from seafloor spreading centers, leading to more magma flow and CO2 emission, in turn heating the globe.
  3. Africa’s soil engineers: termites“, by Elizabeth Pennisi (Science). Link to the scientific article.
  4. Japanese neutrino physicists think really big“, by Dennis Normile (Science). Step aside, Super-K: Hyper-K wants to join the hunt.
  5. A classroom experiment“, by Jeffrey Mervis (Science). Bringing more-educated and more-passionate teachers into secondary-school classrooms may not be the (full) answer.
  6. Assessing the value of undergraduate research“, by Pamela J. Hines (Science). Mentoring looms large.