A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: May, 2018

Read — 2018/05/28

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. When everyone is drunk, can you find love while sober? Actress Gillian Jacobs recalls her college experience in New York City“, by Liana Satenstein (Vogue, 2018-05-25).
  2. Trade creates losers. Here’s how to help them” (The Economist, 2018-05-28).
  3. Attention, America: We’ve all been saying gerrymandering wrong“, by Reid J. Epstein & Madeline Marshall (Wall Street Journal, 2018-05-24).

Read — 2018/05/22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. NASA is about to create the coldest spot in the known universe“, by Mary Beth Griggs (Popular Science, 2018-05-21). Cold Atom Laboratory, to be deployed on the International Space Station, will cool gas clouds to 100 pK.
  2. What is spacetime?“, by George Musser (Scientific American, 2018-06).
  3. In trade war with U.S., China gets the upper hand“, by Greg Ip (Wall Street Journal, 2018-05-22).
  4. New York Stock Exchange to have first female leader in 226-year history“, by Bradley Hope & Alexander Osipovich (Wall Street Journal, 2018-05-21).
  5. Sweden releases updated booklet of war precautions (in English)” (The Local, 2018-05-21). The English booklet can be accessed here.

Gun violence


  1. Guns in the US: The statistics behind the violence” (BBC News). See the chart on homicide rate.
  2. What explains U.S. mass shootings? International comparisons suggest an answer“, by Max Fisher & Josh Keller (NY Times, 2017-11-07).
  3. Gun control: What can America learn from Britain?“, by Patrick Worrall (Channel 4, 2013-01-16). A reminder that statistics are summaries; dig to know what goes into them.
  4. America’s gun culture in 10 charts” (BBC News, 2018-03-21).

Read — 2018/05/21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Enough is enough“, by Charles M. Blow (NY Times, 2018-05-20). Become a single-issue voter on gun control?
  2. Anti-gun backlash from school shooting? Probably not in Texas“, by Manny Fernandez, Jack Healy, & Dave Montgomery (NY Times, 2018-05-20).
  3. U.K. vs. U.S.: How much of your personal data can you get?“, by Natasha Singer & Prashant S. Rao (NY Times, 2018-05-20).
  4. Google’s AutoML will change how businesses use machine learning“, by George Seif (Towards Data Science, 2018-05-14).
  5. Electric scooter charger culture is out of control“, by Taylor Lorenz (The Atlantic, 2018-05-20). Physical fighting for “money in the streets”, or using scooters to lure people into dark allies.
  6. The secret powers of Chrome’s address bar“, by Thorin Klosowksi (Life Hacker, 2014-10-29).
  7. Why every athlete should learn the clean“, by Doug Berninger (Volt).

Read — 2018/05/20

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How heavy use of social media is linked to mental illness“, by the data team (The Economist, 2018-05-18). Expanded opportunities to connect come with expanded opportunities for conflict and comparison to others.
  2. The vehicle of the future has two wheels, handlebars, and is a bike“, by Clive Thompson (Wired, 2018-05-13). The article (about bike sharing, especially dockless) ends with sharp insight:

    [I]nnovation isn’t always about the totally new. It’s often just as powerful to blend a robust, old tool that works well with a bit of new tech to make it better.

  3. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were the most adorable royal wedding helpers“, by Elise Taylor (Vogue, 2018-05-19).
  4. What is The Book of Life” (The Book of Life). An extensive reference by The School of Life, “a global organization dedicated to developing emotional intelligence”.
  5. 100 essential jazz albums“, by David Remnick (The New Yorker, 2008-05-19).

Read — 2018/05/19

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Santa Fe, Texas, high school shooting leaves 10 dead, 10 wounded” (CBS News, 2018-05-19). What will you do about it?
  2. Tired brains see the world in a very different way“, by Elysium Health (Endpoints, 2018-04-26). Short-term sleep loss can negatively affect cognitive functions; long-term sleep loss can lead to higher levels of stress, disease, hunger (and hence, often, weight gain), and mental health issues.
  3. Are my friends really my friends?“, by Teddy Wayne (NY Times, 2018-05-12). Is technology making our friendships “thin”?
  4. How shoddy statistics found a home in sports research“, by Christie Aschwanden & Mai Nguyen (FiveThirtyEight, 2018-05-16).
  5. Learning and earning” (The Economist, 2017-01-14).
  6. Emma Stone on being the new face of Louis Vuitton: ‘It’s literally like being in “Pretty Woman”‘“, by Alexandra Marshall (W Magazine, 2018-02-28). Also from W Magazine: Emma Stone’s red-carpet looks.


  1. Lilo & Stitch : ‘meega nala kweestra’“, by Disney (YouTube clip, 30s).

Investing — 2018/05/17

Articles on PayPal (PYPL) and Square (SQ):

  1. PayPal would rather let Square rule the crypto exchange market“, by Rachel Gunter (Market Realist, 2018-05-15). PayPal pleads paternalistic.
  2. Thanks to bitcoin, Square Cash is outpacing Venmo“, by Shoshanna Delventhal (Investopedia, 2018-05-17). In terms of number of downloads. What about revenue?
  3. Squares shares to fall to $30: short seller“, by Shoshanna Delventhal (Investopedia, 2018-05-03). So says Citron Research’s Andrew Left, a “well-known short seller”. Do your own research.

Read — 2018/05/17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Small caps set new hights, outpacing their multinationals peers“, by Akane Otani & Michael Wursthorn (Wall Street Journal, 2018-05-16).
  2. ‘I lost it’: the boss who banned phones, and what came next“, by John Simons (Wall Street Journal, 2018-05-16).
  3. How China’s Tencent uses deals to crowd out tech rivals“, by Liza Lin & Julie Steinberg (Wall Street Journal, 2018-05-15).
  4. Eventbrite: building a business through acquisitions“, by Hannah Kuchler (Finacial Times, 2018-05-13). Eventbrite founder Julia Hartz emphasizes keeping employees (especially during M&As), ensuring “cultural fit”, and building a “totally global company”.
  5. Ripple is going after startups to build an ecosystem around the XRP cryptocurrency“, by Jon Russell (Tech Crunch, 2018-05-14).
  6. Serena Williams’s new HBO documentary sparks the breastfeeding conversation we should all be having“, by Alexandra Macon (Vogue, 2018-05-16).

Read — 2018/05/16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Medical mystery: something happened to U.S. health spending after 1980“, by Austin Frakt (NY Times). Heavy on observation and speculation, light on insight and answer.
  2. “, by Theresa Johnston (Stanford Magazine). An account of the short life of Leland Stanford, Jr.
  3. I faced off against the world’s best chess player. You will totally believe what happened next.“, by Oliver Roeder (FiveThirtyEight). The Stockfish chess engine analysis is cool.

Read — 2018/05/15

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The CEO of IDEO explains how your ‘creative capacity’ is the key to surviving automation“, by Tim Brown (Quartz, 2018-05-08).
  2. This animal kills more people in a day than sharks do in a century“, by Bill Gates (Gates Notes, 2018-04-23).
  3. Celebrating the centennial of ‘The wonderful wizard of Oz’“, by John Updike (The New Yorker, 2000-09-25).