A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: March, 2018

Read — 2018/03/25

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How to reduce your exposure on Facebook, or cut ties altogether“, by Katherine Bindley (Wall Street Journal).
  2. Cardi B: Here’s where your tax money is going“, by Philip Bump (Washington Post). “Mostly social programs, plus the military and interest.”

Read — 2018/03/23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. China started the trade war, not Trump“, by Greg Ip (Wall Street Journal). A defence of standing up to China’s “predatory trade practices” — though Trump’s stance is not ideal.
  2. Reading, writing, and Xi Jinping thought: China’s students learn leader’s philosophy“, by Te-Ping Chen (Wall Street Journal). China’s Ministry of Education will require high school students to take courses on Xi’s thought.
  3. Dropbox prices IPO above range, marking strong demand“, by Maureen Farrell (Wall Street Journal). Dropbox (DBX) opened at $29 per share, up almost 40% from the $21 IPO price.
  4. For Tesla, cars + cash + credit + convertibles = crunch time“, by Liam Denning (Bloomberg). Tesla’s large outstanding debt — including debt acquired in its acquisition of SolarCity — looms large. Refinancing threatens to be massively more expensive.
  5. LiDAR maker Velodyne ‘baffled’ by self-driving Uber’s failure to avoid pedestrian“, by Alan Ohnsman (Forbes). Velodyne sympathetic but skeptical that the problem was in the LiDAR.
  6. Beware of roboadvisors bearing low fees“, by Felix Salmon (Wired). A peaen to passive investing.

Read — 2018/03/21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How does Ethereum work, anyway?“, by Preethi Kasireddy (Medium).
  2. A biography of Robert P. Langlands“, by Alex Bellos (Abel Prize).
  3. A glimpse of the Laureate’s work“, by Alex Bellos (Abel Prize).
  4. Trump’s national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway.“, by Carol D. Leonnig, David Nakamura, & Josh Dawsey (Washington Post).
  5. Korean over-60s dominate millenials in the workforce“, by Bryan Harris (OZY).
  6. Why Europe does a better job of protecting online privacy than the U.S. does“, by David Meyer (Market Watch).
  7. Facebook’s identity crisis looms“, by Christopher Mims (Wall Street Journal). A more strongly worded opening cannot be imagined: “The mountain of evidence piling up this week exposes the rot at the core of Facebook Inc.”
  8. Wall Street analysts sticking by Facebook, say buy the dip for ‘extremely compelling’ valuation“, by Tae Kim (CNBC).
  9. Facebook stock crashes: buying opportunity or time to sell?“, by Andrew Cardenal (Seeking Alpha).
  10. Has the cryptocoin market met its match in the SEC?“, by Paul Vigna & Dave Michaels (Wall Street Journal). A look at aggregate data from initial coin offerings.

Investing — 2018/03/13

Collected articles on Dropbox, expected to IPO 23 March (see Upcoming IPOs at Nasdaq):

  1. Dropbox sets IPO target valuation at $7 billion to $8 billion“, by Maureen Farrell (Wall Street Journal).
  2. Dropbox IPO: a few takeaways from the S-1“, by Robert Riesen (Seeking Alpha, 2018-03-03). The best source of data on this list.
  3. The Dropbox IPO filing is here“, by Katie Roof (Tech Crunch, 2018-02-23). A summary of Dropbox’s S-1.
  4. 5 fascinating things from Dropbox’s IPO filing“, by Jonathan Vanian (Fortune, 2018-02-24).
  5. Box CEO Aaron Levie wants to talk about Dropbox’s planned IPO“, by Jonathan Vanian (Fortune, 2018-02-24).
  6. Dropbox could have one of 2017’s most interesting IPOs“, by Peter Burrows (MIT Technology Review, 2017-01-03). Note that the article is over a year old.
  7. Dropbox IPO price range puts valuation nearly a third below peak“, by Heather Somerville & Diptendu Lahiri (Reuters, 2018-03-12).

Recent news on Box (BOX), a cloud-content company similar to Dropbox that targets larger businesses.

  1. Box may have even worse days ahead“, by Virginia Backaitis (Seeking Alpha, 2018-03-05).
  2. Box stock plunges, CEO says lowered guidance reflects ‘transition’ year“, by Josh Lipton & Chloe Aiello (CNBC, 2018-03-01).

Read — 2018/03/13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why are so many women being killed in rich countries?“, by Devon Van Houten Maldonado (OZY).
  2. 20-somethings embrace clean living“, by Ellen Byron (Wall Street Journal).
  3. Dropbox sets IPO target valuation at $7 billion to $8 billion“, by Maureen Farrell (Wall Street Journal). “Dropbox is expected to start trading on Nasdaq under the symbol ‘DBX’ late next week.”
  4. U.S. consumer prices rose 0.2% in February vs. 0.2% est.“, by Jeff Cox (CNBC).
  5. Breast cancer” (Mayo Clinic). See also “Tips for healthy breasts” and “Nipple issues: when to worry, when to wait“, both by PJ Hamel (Health Central).

Read — 2018/03/11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Sweded tries to increase gender equality on the web” (The Economist). State-promoted edit-a-thons for women on International Women’s Day.
  2. Decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges“, by Phil Glazer (Hacker Noon). An coarse overview of centralized versus decentralized exchanges, and a brief mention of three decentralized exchange projects (Airswap, OmiseGO, 0x).
  3. Facebook really is spying on you, just not through your phone’s mic“, by Joanna Stern (Wall Street Journal). How companies like Facebook collect and use your personal information, and what you can do about it (if you want to).
  4. Former Russian spy poisoned by nerve agent, U.K. police say“, by Wiktor Szary & Alan Cullison (Wall Street Journal). Former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, his daughter, and a first-responder are all hospitalized in critical or seriously ill condition.
  5. Reports of problems at crypto exchange send bitcoin tumbling“, by Paul Vigna (Wall Street Journal). An apparent hack of Binance rattles cryptocurrency markets.
  6. The crypto-awakening — or: what happens after the crash?“, by DK (Medium). An attempt to discern “real value” through admitted biases.
  7. Frances McDormand is right — forget diversity ‘initiatives’, change the system“, by Doris Ruth Eikhof (The Guardian).
  8. 25 songs that tell us where music is going“, by Nitsuh Abebe (NY Times).
  9. When smug liberals met conservative trolls“, by Katherine Mangu-Ward (NY Times). Ms. Mangu-Ward is editor-in-chief of the libertarian “Reason” magazine
  10. Which programming languages are functional?“, by Kris Jenkins (Jenkster, 2015-12-29).
  11. What is functional programming“, by Kris Jenkins (Jenkster, 2015-12-29).
  12. Student corner: running club“, by BCM Office of Communications (BCM Family).
  13. Ending gerrymandering won’t fix what ails America“, by Harry Enten (FiveThirtyEight). The article appears to suggest that political gridlock and rhetoric is bound up with, if not caused by, an increasingly polarized and stubborn electorate (that’s me and you, pal).

Read — 2018/03/07

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How to spot teenage depression“, by Elizabeth Bernstein (Wall Street Journal).
  2. How to gain power at work when you have none“, by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal).
  3. To be successful, make your own luck“, by Janice Kaplan & Barnaby Marsh (Wall Street Journal).
  4. The unfortunate efficacy of self-interest“, by Henry Wismayer (Medium).
  5. How to build muscle as age tears it down“, by Dr. Melina B. Jampolis (CNN). Be intentional about your workouts and nutrition.

Read — 2018/03/03

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The stunning geometry behind this surprising equation“, by 3Blue1Brown (YouTube). How to think about the result \sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^{2}} = \frac{\pi}{6}, with a little help from physics. (for later)
  2. Jelena, explained: a detailed history of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s on-again, off-again relationship“, by Elise Taylor (Vogue). The leading photo is trop cute.
  3. Why it’s so hard to invest with a social conscience“, by Ron Lieber (New York Times).
  4. The differences between busy and productive people“, by Larry Kim (Inc.). As illustrated by Productive Unicorn and Busy Donkey.