A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: July, 2017

Read — 2017/07/26

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. New challenge to U.S. power: Chinese exceptionalism“, by Te-Ping Chen and Josh Chin (Wall Street Journal).
  2. Sperm counts among western men have halved in last 40 years — study“, by Nicola Davis (The Guardian).
  3. New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK” (BBC News).
  4. Study: CTE diagnosed in 99% of former NFL players studied by researchers“, by A.J. Perez (USA Today).

Read — 2017/07/25

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. America has a stunning housing shortage — here’s why“, by Daniel Malloy (OZY).
  2. Female athletes are closing the gender gap when it comes to concussions“, by Jon Hamilton (NPR).
  3. How Westeros is won: What is the moral compass of ‘Game of Thrones’” (The Economist).
  4. Red, white and blood: U.S. soccer uses testing to gain an edge“, by Jeré Longman (NY Times). In the never-ending pursuit to gain an edge, athletes (and their teams) learn about their unique physiology via blood analysis. “[T]he analysis of biological markers is also meant to aid in performance, recovery and injury prevention”. For the science behind tart cherry juice and better sleep, see also this pilot study in the Journal of Medicinal Foods and this overview of tart cherries by University Health News.
  5. ‘You create that chemistry’: how actors fall in instant love“, by Alexis Soloski (NY Times). Look for traits that you like, or draw inspiration from the script (easy when it’s Shakespeare). Note actress Annaleigh Ashford’s insight:

    The buildup to me is more important…The kiss is the payoff.

Read — 2017/07/23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Amazon tackles Hollywood’s F. Scott Fitzgerald obsession“, by Brooks Barnes (NY Times). Can Amazon succeed in translating Fitzgerald’s prose to the screen?
  2. The Duchess of Cambridge and family refine the art of Pantone politics“, by Vanessa Friedman (NY Times). What your wardrobe says about your cultural awareness.


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).