A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: February, 2018

Read — 2018/02/26

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How the internet is changing life for the world’s poorest people (smartphones optional)“, by Christopher Mims (Wall Street Journal).
  2. South Korea’s ‘garlic girls’ take home silver in curling final“, by Jonathan Cheng (Wall Street Journal).
  3. How the Pyeongchang Olympics delivered a figure skating revolution“, by Louise Radnofsky & Ben Cohen (Wall Street Journal). Pushing the limits of athleticism, both sexes at a time.
  4. Tesla, it’s 10-K and ‘going concern’ disclosures“, by Investor Gator (Seeking Alpha).
  5. Blackstone CEO makes historic donation to high school, says changes are needed to make schools safer“, by Julia La Roche (Yahoo Finance). You don’t have to be a CEO to realize that last point.

Read — 2018/02/25

Today’s selection of articles (all collegiate swimming-related):

  1. Florida International clinches fourth-straight Conference USA title” (Swimming World).
  2. Harvard men’s swimming & diving wins 25th Ivy League Championship title” (Swimming World). The embedded video is fun. (Watch to the end!)

Read — 2018/02/24

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Calling B.S. in Parkland, Flordia“, by Emily Witt (New Yorker). Call it as it is.
  2. The mirage of knowledge“, by Lydialyle Gibson (Harvard Magazine). Insightful, worrying article.
  3. China and Europe love SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket. Does NASA?“, by Tim Fernholz (Quartz).
  4. Walmart stumbles in shift to web selling“, by Sarah Nassauer (Wall Street Journal).
  5. Farms take root among NYC’s skyscrapers“, by Lina Zeldovich (OZY).
  6. Before you study, ask for help“, by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal).
  7. A 5-0 shadow, Finland is behind the U.S. and a defining moment is on the horizon“, by Wayne Drehs (ESPN).
  8. Watch the full shootout between the USA and Canada” (NBC Sports). An incredible finish to an incredible game.

Read — 2018/02/18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A message from the club no one wants to join“, by Gregory Gibson (NY Times).

    When gun violence becomes commodified as content by the media, we consume it rather than experience it. As a nation, we’re dead to it now. Despite our momentary hysteria, we’ve pretty much compartmentalized gun death, random mass shootings in particular.

  2. In wake of Florida massacre, gun control advocates look to Connecticut“, by Lisa W. Foderaro & Kristin Hussey (NY Times).
  3. The tyranny of convenience“, by Tim Wu (NY Times).
  4. Why ‘Black Panther’ is a defining moment for America“, by Carvell Wallace (NY Times).
  5. Why yoga pants are bad for women“, by Honor Jones (NY Times). Wear what you want.

Read — 2018/02/17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Stoneman Douglas assistant football coach Aaron Feis killed responding to shooting“, by David Furones (Sun Sentinel). I’m sick of reading about children murdered at school. Let the government fix the problem? Hasn’t happened. I challenge you: Make a deliberate decision how you want to respond to these murders, talk with others, and make stopping the murder of our children the single issue deciding your votes this year.
  2. Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds Zuma as South African president“, (BBC).
  3. Canada firmly in heads of U.S. women’s hockey team players at Winter Olympics“, by Dan Wolken (USA Today). Like it or not, the 2-1 Canada-over-USA outcome in Game 3 of group stage (highlight video here), these teams are likely to match up again next Wednesday in the gold-medal game.
  4. Bitcoin surges back above $10,000“, by Paul Vigna (Wall Street Journal).
  5. Coinbase blames Visa for glitch that overcharged users“, by Fitz Tepper (Tech Crunch).

Read — 2018/02/15

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A hitchiker’s guide to consensus algorithms“, by Zane Witherspoon (Hacker Hoon).
  2. What happens when your figure skating career ends?“, by Emily Hite (Stanford Magazine).
  3. Germany considers free public transport to address air quality crisis“, by IR (New Europe).
  4. Team USA’s hockey star has a higher goal: equal pay“, by Matt Foley (OZY).
  5. Brian Boyle was intimidated following Hilary Knight in the NHL Skills Accuracy Competition — and for good reason“, by Madeline Dement (Russian Machine Never Breaks).

Read — 2018/02/11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Tim Harford’s guide to statistics in a misleading age“, by Tim Harford (Financial Times).
  2. The book every programmer should read“, by Vinicius Brasil (Hacker Noon). Spoiler alert: The book is “Clean code“, by Robert C. Martin.
  3. How does Tor *really* work?“, by Brandon Skerritt (Hacker Noon). Even if someone else reads the white paper, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to. Though it also doesn’t mean you can’t be appreciative when they do.

Read — 2018/02/10

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The era of fiscal austerity is over. Here’s what big deficits mean for the economy“, by Neil Irwin (New York Times). Financial outlook for the short-, medium-, and long-term.
  2. One cause of market turbulence: computer-drive index funds“, by Landon Thomas, Jr. (New York Times). In code we trust?
  3. Insurance 101: Butler undergrads write coverage for dogs and pianos“, by Ron Lieber (New York Times). Learning by doing.

Investing — 2018/02/09

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A first look at Tesla’s dreadful Q4 results“, by Montana Skeptic (Seeking Alpha). Note: The author discloses she or he is short Tesla.
  2. Weekly update #235: Tax reform & tech M&A” (EquityZen).
  3. Airbnb CFO departs amid tensions, leaving IPO timing unclear“, by Olivia Zaleski (Bloomberg). Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s CEO, is quoted as saying that Airbnb is “not going public in 2018”.

Read — 2018/02/07

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. People with depression use language differently — here’s how to spot it“, by Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi (The Conversation). More absolutist words (e.g., “always”, “never”), first-person pronouns, and negative-emotion qualifiers.
  2. Can you still date a co-worker? Well, it’s complicated“, by Yoree Koh & Rachel Feintzeig (Wall Street Journal). It’s not so complicated: The answer is yes. You must accept responsibility if you abuse power in the workplace, as anywhere else. You must respect your fellow human beings in the workplace, as anywhere else. This whole company as chaperone thing is a disgusting display of how litigious American society has become and how much we let corporate America rule our lives.
  3. Revolutionary War — SNL“, by Saturday Night Live (YouTube). A comedy sketch on the eve of Super Bowl LII.