A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: May, 2019

Reference : Southwest credit card

Articles related to the Chase-Southwest credit card:

The cards

  1. Should I upgrade to the new Southwest Priority credit card?“, by Brendan Dorsey (The Points Guy, 2018-08-16).
  2. Should I cancel my Southwest credit card? [2019]“, by Daniel (Upon Arriving, 2018-11-02).
  3. Keep, cancel, or convert? Chase Southwest Airlines Plus credit card ($69 annual fee)“, by Grant (Travel with Grant, 2018-12-19).

How to apply and redeem points

  1. Transferring Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest“, by Nick Ewen (The Points Guy, 2015-10-26).

Closing the credit card

  1. How to cancel a credit card“, by Fred O. Williams (, 2019-01-18).
  2. How to cancel a Chase credit card without calling” (Finder, 2019-05-24).
  3. How long should you wait to apply again for an airline card you closed?“, by Tony Mecia (, 2018-09-04).

Read : 2019-05-31

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How to land a job you’re not qualified for“, by Jared Lindzon (Fast Company, 2019-05-30). Realize that you don’t need to meet all the qualifications. Don’t lie. Emphasize those you have. Reapply every month or so. Highlight your personality, transferable skills, and willingness to learn. If you play the CV game, then mention brands, not just keywords. Stay confident. Realize that job applications are a numbers game.

Read : 2019-05-30

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. What to do if you’re lost in the woods“, by Beth Skwarecki (Life Hacker, 2019-05-28).
  2. The Splinternet is growing“, by Jeff John Roberts (Fortune, 2019-05-28).
  3. 30 years after Tiananmen, a Chinese military insider warns: Never forget“, by Chris Buckley (NY Times, 2019-05-28).
  4. Gore decries attacks on facts, science, reason“, by Alvin Powell (Harvard Gazette, 2019-05-29). Harvard Class Day speaker Al Gore opines the challenges (American and international) today are more daunting than those 50 years ago, but holds out hope.
  5. Remember the ‘10,000 hours’ rule for success? Forget about it“, by Jim Holt (NY Times, 2019-05-28).
  6. Prisoner’s dilemma shows exploitation is a basic property of human society“, by Emerging Technology from the arXiv (Technology Review, 2019-05-30). The new insight — — is intriguing. But the article errs on several points. (1) In a one-off game of the prisoner’s dilemma, the best strategy is to defect and snitch because it’s a best response, not because it guarantees avoiding the worst outcome. (This latter idea is close to the notion of what some economists call a “prudent strategy”.) (2) Iterated prisoner’s dilemma shows how cooperative behavior might have evolved. Not sure why the authors wrote “must”. Maybe they know something about evolutionary history I don’t. (3) Why do the authors claim that game theorists “had long assumed that a symmetric outcome was inevitable”? I seem to recall a so-called folk theory that, for the infinitely repeated game with common discount factors, guaranteed any discounted payoff vector whose components were all greater than or equal to the corresponding player’s max-min payoff. SUMMARY : To assess whether this finding is truly new, or more an application of known results to a different real-life setting (namely, exploitation), I’d have to read the arXiv paper.
  7. Stephen Curry changed the game by changing every game“, by Ben Cohen (Wall Street Journal, 2019-05-29). Steph is a presence — threat? — that is felt even when he doesn’t hold the ball. Much of the article relies on the plus/minus rating. November 2008 Loyola v Davidson, presented at the end, is an extreme example, and portrays Curry in a incandescent team-first light.
  8. An athlete’s guide to aging gracefully“, by Brad Stulberg (Outside Online, 2019-05-26). Key points : Realize one pursuit is part, not all of who you are ; Look around ; Apply your expertise in one area to others (or in other ways) ; Engage with community.
  9. How our totally average runner broke the sub-five-minute mile“, by Charles Bethea (Outside Online, 2017-03-21). Miler Nick Willis, and his Miler Method boot camp, make an appearance. As do 23,000 high schoolers. Twice.
  10. Magness & Marcus on Coaching“, by Steve Magness (Apple Podcasts).
  11. The cool down: what’s the point“, by Steve Magness (Science of Running, 2019-05-28). Viewing the cool down as promoting the transition from stress to rest. Possible flavours : social, relaxed, long.

Read : 2019-05-23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Keep things simple for a healthy, long life“, by John Schumann (NPR, 2016-01-02).
  2. Silver medalist in the 2016 Olympic marathon suspended for EPO“, by Sarah Lorge Butler (Runners World, 2019-05-21).
  3. Olympic marathon silver medalist Eunice Kirwa busted for EPO doping, provisionally suspended“, by Chris Chavez (Sports Illustrated, 2019-05-21).

Read : 2019-05-21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy“, by Eliza Mackintosh (CNN, 2019).
  2. Australia’s China challenge“, by Damien Cave (NY Times, 2019-05-20).
  3. Key habits heighly effective runners share“, by Molly Hurford (MapMyRun, 2019-05-13). Revisiting Covey’s “7 habits”, with running in (and on the) mind. She discusses useful mindsets, like cultivating a healthy relationship with racing and understanding the principles of your training.
  4. Facebook is experimenting with robots to push its AI forward“, by James Vincent (Verge, 2019-05-20).
  5. Sophie Turner on ‘Game of thrones’, Sansa’s end and ‘disrespectful’ fan reactions“, by Jeremy Egner (NY Times, 2019-05-20). Her reaction to fans’ “vitriol” — not surprised, look outside yourself — is telling.
  6. Ever wonder how bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) actually work?“, by 3Blue1Brown (YouTube, 2017-07-07).

Read : 2019-05-20

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Goro Shimura, 89, mathematician with broad impact, is dead“, by Kenneth Chang (NY Times 2019-05-13).
  2. Excuse me! The problem with methane“, by Peter Ryaner (Australian Academy of Science). A recent article (“Methane removal and atmospheric restoration“, by R.B. Jackson et al., in Nature Sustainability) suggests using zeolites to reduce CH4 in the atmosphere.
  3. How do you stand to benefit from blockchain and IoT advances?“, by Tracy Leigh Hazzard (Inc., 2019-04-09). Reads like an advertisement for XYO. Gives some ideas for near-future applications of blockchain.

Reference : Friendship bracelets

One could ask how we got here, but sometimes it’s best to just take where you find yourself as given and go from there:

  1. DIY friendship bracelets. 5 easy DIY bracelet projects!“, by SaraBeautyCorner (YouTube, 2014-09-14).
  2. DIY chevron friendship bracelet“, by simpleDIYs (YouTube, 2013-06-19).

Read : 2019-05-19

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The amazing psychology of Japanese train stations“, by Allan Richarz (City Lab, 2018-05-22). Perhaps what is “amazing” is not the suggestive methods employed, but that transportation and city planners took the care to research and implement them.

Read : 2019-05-17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How Feynman diagrams revolutionized physics“, by Thomas Lin (Quanta Magazine, 2019-05-14). Article focusing on the technique’s liberation. No technical details.
  2. Feynman the joker“, by Melinda Baldwin (Physics Today, 2018-05-11).
  3. The elusive calculus of insects’ altruism and kin selection“, by Jordana Cepelewicz (Quanta Magazine, 2018-04-10). An extended dive into Hamilton’s rule.
  4. Altruism in a volatile world“, by Patrick Kennedy et al. (Nature, 2018-03-15). The “stochastic Hamilton” referenced in the preceding article.
  5. Facing Plan S, publishers may set papers free“, by Jeffrey Brainard (Science, 2019-05-17).
  6. Climate scientists say no to flying“, by Katie Langin (Science, 2019-05-17). Do the math. It’s good to be aware.
  7. Neuroscientist Dr Hannah Critchlow: ‘Changing the way that you think is cognitively costly’“, by Ian Tucker (The Guardian, 2019-05-11). An interview. Not sure how the article title, or some of the featured quotes, were chosen.
  8. Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind“, by Timothy D. Wilson et al. (Science, 2014-07-04). How comfortable are you alone with your thoughts?
  9. The unreal science of Japan’s 400kph bullet trains explained“, by Amit Katwala (Wired, 2019-05-17). Intriguing overview of some realizations of fluid dynamics that we might experience in our everyday lives.
  10. Was it an invisible attack on U.S. diplomats, or something stranger?“, by Dan Hurley (NY Times Magazine, 2019-05-15). Fascinating read. The article slides into unnecessary contentiousness more than once. Nor does it do a great job sorting (and presenting) fact from fiction, for the particular case under the microscope; nor proposing a clear path to diagnose and give the right help to those who need it.
  11. I.M. Pei, architect who reconceived skylines and created icons, dies at 102“, by Brenda Cronin (Wall Street Journal, 2019-05-16).

Read : 2019-05-16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. U.S. targets Huawei as it seeks to revive China trade talks“, by Josh Zumbrun, John D. McKinnon, & William Mauldin (Wall Street Journal, 2019-05-15).
  2. Booming buybacks aren’t likely to wane despite market volatility“, by Jessica Menton (Wall Street Journal, 2019-05-16). A way to calm, and take advantage of, market volatility, and to boost earnings per (outstanding) share. Toward the end of the article is an embedded video explaining stock buybacks and its recent attention in U.S. federal politics.
  3. The power of a team“, by Steve Magness (The Passion Paradox, 2019-05-15). An inspiring (and true!) tale about giving yourself a chance and the power of teammates.