thegraywolff

A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: February, 2019

Read : 2019-02-21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Echoes of 1969“, by Richard Hyland (Harvard Magazine, 2019-03/04).
  2. A look at the intrinsic value of Eventbrite, Inc.“, by Erna Eldridge (Yahoo Finance, 2019-02-12).
  3. Is Eventbrite stock a buy?“, by Brian Stoffel (The Motley Fool, 2019-02-16).

Read : 2019-02-19

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Venezuela’s standoff is socialist vs. socialist“, by Joey Filer (OZY, 2019-02-12). In particular, not communist vs. democrat.
  2. Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked“, by Mike Orcutt (MIT Technology Review, 2019-02-19). Those who formerly hailed them thus were either ignorant or intentionally misleading.
  3. ‘Sophisticated state actor’ hacks Australia’s political parties months before election“, by Jon Porter (The Verge, 2019-02-18). No technical details on the attacks are included in the article.
  4. A real tube carrying dreams of 600-m.p.h. transit“, by Eric A. Taub (NY Times, 2019-02-18). Ground travel at 510 mph in vacuum tubes, and reconciling engineering constraints and passenger experience (freight has fewer complaints).
  5. The wrath of grapes: A tale of 12 dead microwaves and plasma-spewing grapes“, by Jennifer Ouellette (Ars Technica, 2019-02-18). Size matters.

Read : 2019-02-17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Anatomy of deception and self-delusion: Walter Lippmann on public opinion, our slippery grasp of truth, and the discipline of apprehending reality clearly“, by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings, 2019-02-11).
  2. A neuroscientist explores the biology of addiction in ‘never enough’“, by Terry Gross (National Public Radio, 2019-02-12).
  3. Huge study finds professors’ attitudes affect students’ grades“, by Scott K. Johnson (Ars Technica, 2019-02-15). Read the published study in Science Advances.
  4. In Amazon fight, progressives showed what they want: a new economic agenda“, by Patricia Cohen (NY Times, 2019-02-16). Are we focusing on the important issues? This article and much of the debate around Amazon HQ2 seem superficial. What’s important: (1) Amazon getting tax breaks? (2) What Amazon is doing with the money it doesn’t have to pay in taxes? Maybe both. If (1) is important, politicians could (among other things) enact a simpler tax system that all of us can read and understand, that doesn’t require (or engender) specialized lawyers and accountants, that doesn’t permit special deals or gaming the system (or at least makes it very hard and not very lucrative). (But a simplified tax system would instantly erase a ton of jobs! True. What if these jobs exist because of, and in service to, an inefficient, biased system?) If (2) is important, we the people can demand that our political representatives ask companies how they will distribute their tax breaks and hold them to it. Right now the situation seems thus: Companies tell people “Trust us to solve your problems”, while politicians tell people “Trust us to solve your problems”. Does anyone trust the people to solve our own problems? Do we trust ourselves? Granted, this view is simplistic — for example, there are problems whose resolutions carry consequences for people not directly involved, and are arguably most fairly dealt with at a higher level. There’s a time for government solutions, a time for business solutions, and a time for our own solutions. Do others feel patronized and enfeebled more and more by both big business and big government, trying to do it all for us?
  5. Who’s afraid of budget deficits?“, by Jason Furman & Lawrence H. Summers (Foreign Affairs, 2019-03/04).
  6. Yanxi Palace: Why China turned against its most popular show“, by Andreas Illmer (BBC, 2019-02-08). Spoiler: Because its most popular show wasn’t viewed as promoting the “correct” values and history.

Read : 2019-02-16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. No, you can’t ignore email. It’s rude.“, by Adam Grant (NY Times, 2019-02-15). When it comes to replies, something is better than nothing — and, often, shorter is better. If you’re frequently short of time for something (answering email, being with friends, etc.), examine your modus operandi.

Read : 2019-02-14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Google workers lost a leader, but the fight will continue“, by Liz Fong-Jones (Medium, 2019-02-13). An 11-year engineer at Google reflects on power, responsibility, and the changing corporate dynamic at Google.

Read : 2019-02-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test“, by Catalin Cimpanu (ZDNet, 2019-02-11).

Read : 2019-02-11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. From Tennessee to Chicago, free college programs take off“, by Douglas Belkin & Michelle Hackman (Wall Street Journal, 2019-02-10). These programs promise to fund the first two years of community college. Is this the reform that pricey American higher education needs? Is it better than nothing?
  2. ‘They’re more attractive than real boyfriends.’ Inside the weird world of Chinese romance video games“, by Lu-Hai Liang (Wired, 2019-02-11). More interesting, to me, is the focus of the rest of the quote: “They’re very attentive. They’re generally more into feelings and emotions.”
  3. Donald Dossier: When sexts are just the start…“, by Daniel Malloy (OZY, 2019-02-10).

Read : 2019-02-10

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Tech is splitting the U.S. work force in two“, by Eduardo Porter (NY Times, 2019-02-04).
  2. Alphabet is in a tumultuous time, but the business keeps booming“, by Daisuke Wakabayashi (NY Times, 2019-02-04).
  3. President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union address“, by Donald Trump (WhiteHouse.gov, 2019-02-05).
  4. How 19 claims Trump made during the State of the Union check out“, by multiple contributors (CNN, 2019-02-06).
  5. ‘Good to go’ review: The best way to get better“, by Michael Shermer (Wall Street Journal, 2019-02-07).
  6. How a strange grid reveals hidden connections between simple numbers“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-02-06).

Read : 2019-02-04

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How to identify a toxic culture before accepting a job offer“, by Jared Lindzon (Fast Company, 2017-10-10). Check the bathroom.
  2. A Puppy Bowl coach’s pre-game locker room speech“, by Lindsay Dale (McSweeney’s, 2014-01-31). Parental advisory suggested. Introduced to me grâce à this tweet.
  3. How to clean your Zojirushi water boiler & warmer using citric acid“, by ZojirushiAmerica (YouTube, 2016-09-27).

Read : 2019-02-02

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The play deficit“, by Peter Gray (Aeon, 2013-11-18). One of the most reasoned and thought-provoking articles I’ve ever read. (References the Sudbury Valley School.)
  2. Self-reliance is the secret sauce to consistent happiness“, by Darius Foroux (Darius Foroux, 2016-10-31). Hearty suggestions, hearty humour.
  3. The myth of greatness“, by Steve Magness (Medium, 2018-02-18). Brought to mind something else I once read, an interview of an élite runner, I think by Murakami Haruki. In my (low-fidelity recording of a) mind, the exchange went as follows:
    Murakami : Are there ever days when you wake up and you don’t feel like running?
    Runner (staring at him like he’s crazy) : Umm, yeah.
    Murakami : What do you do?
    Runner : I run anyway.