A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: November, 2017

Read — 2017/11/19

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Slavery ensnares thousands in U.K. Here’s one teenage girl’s story“, by Ceylan Yeginsu (NY Times). Read this. Then open your eyes to the people around you.
  2. When unpaid student loan bills mean you can no longer work“, by Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Stacy Cowley, & Natalie Kitroeff (NY Times). Debtor’s prisons didn’t make sense centuries ago. They still don’t make sense now.
  3. In China, an education in dating“, by Sui-Lee Wee (NY Times). Where to start?

    In the first hour, Zhang Mindong proclaimed them sartorial disasters. Most of the first day was devoted to improving dress. (“Narrow collars, sleeves should be folded up above the elbow and trousers should be fitted.”) They bought clothes and got haircuts.

  4. Mike and Nathaniel’s week in tech: Everybody loves bitcoin“, by Mike Isaac & Nathaniel Popper (NY Times).
  5. What you need to know about the new ID law and travel“, by Shivani Vora (NY Times).

Read — 2017/11/14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Two dozen African girls dead at sea“, by Tariro Mzezewa (NY Times). But what can those of us outside trafficking routes do? Refuse to support politicians whose policies and rhetoric make the situation worse, for one.
  2. Your Ph.D. thesis sounds funky! Let’s dance to it“, by Melissa Korn (Wall Street Journal).
  3. Drones peer inside a volcano“, by Shannon Hall (Scientific American).
  4. Could crowdfunding save pro sports teams?“, by Sam Rosenthal (OZY). The vignette of Queen Bey leading the Houton Rockets is an effective rhetorical technique.
  5. A hedge fund that has a university“, by Thomas Gilbert & Christopher Hrdlicka (Wall Street Journal).

Read — 2017/11/08

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. What explains U.S. mass shootings? International comparisons suggest an answer“, by Max Fisher & Josh Keller (NY Times). More guns equals more gun violence. The final quote from this article, a reference to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, is chilling:

    Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.

  2. China’s technology ambitions could upset the global trade order“, by Jane Perlez, Paul Mozur, & Jonathan Ansfield (NY Times).
  3. Mourning Roy Halladay, a master who craved the big moments“, by Tyler Kepner (NY Times). The following quote offers a window into this competitor’s psyche:

    [J]ust having the opportunity meant every bit as much as winning it or not winning it. The rest, as they say, it’s in the cards. But as far as what you can control, just having those opportunities was all I ever wanted.

    I would change “having” to “creating” or “earning”, and dispense with the “just”s, but yeah, can you give a better approach to challenge?!

NYC Marathon (2017-11-05)

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. USA’s Shalane Flanagan, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor, and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug and Manuela Schä win 2017 TCS New York City Marathon” (NYRR). Congratulations Shalane!
  2. New York City Marathon: elevation profile” (TCS NYC Marathon).
  3. Apple varieties of New York state” (NY Apple Country).