thegraywolff

A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: July, 2019

Read : 2019-07-29

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The problem of mindfulness“, by Sahanika Ratnayake (Aeon, 2019-07-25).
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Read : 2019-07-19

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. House approves bill that would more than double minimum wage to $15“, by Jesse Naranjo (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-18). Two aspects of this bill smack one rudely in the face. (1) “more than double” : Has the cost of living more than doubled these past few months? more generously, this past year? or even this past decade? If the answer is no, then this push by politicians amounts to them admitting that workers have been struggling with inadequate wages for years, i.e. politicians haven’t been doing the very job they now broadcast is important and suddenly want attention and accolades for doing. Should politicians pat themselves on the back for addressing a serious, real-life problem decades late? (2) “Senate unlikely to vote on it” : If (1) doesn’t convince you this bill is political theater, perhaps this quote will. Should politicians pat themselves on the back for pretending to address a serious, real-life problem (decades late)? Related : See the CBO’s July 2019 report on the minimum wage.
  2. Quantum supremacy is coming: here’s what you should know“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-07-18).
  3. Tired of procrastinating? To overcome it, take the time to understand it“, by Daryl Chen (TED, 2019-07-15).
  4. What is the difference between IT security and cybersecurity“, by James Stanger (CompTIA, 2019-07-17).
  5. The economist who connected across politics“, by Liz Mineo (Harvard Gazette, 2019-06-13).

Read : 2019-07-18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. China’s state-driven growth model is running out of gas“, by Greg Ip (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-18).
  2. Netflix reports first drop in U.S. users in nearly a decade“, by Joe Flint & Patrick Thomas (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-17).
  3. Why mom and pop businesses are a danger to your data“, by Sophia Akram (OZY, 2019-03-17).

Read : 2019-07-17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Elon Musk’s Neuralink shows off advances to brain-computer interface“, by Daniela Hernandez & Heather Mack (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-17).
  2. Tech hearings: Congress unites to take aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google“, by Steve Lohr, Mike Isaac, & Nathaniel Popper (NY Times, 2019-07-16). What is the goal of the people in government with these attacks? Really, what is really their goal? When viewed in the framework of a struggle for power, for dominance, for challenging versus preserving the status quo, for redirecting disappointment and anger against a common external “enemy”, these staged hearings (“I may remind you, sir. You are under oath.” — barf) make sense. This isn’t to say such frameworks tell the whole story, but they seem consistent with telling at least part of the story. Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked public servants. “I may remind you, madams and sirs. You are under social contract to serve the people. Under your service did these companies acquire the power and commit the acts you now make a show of condemning. You speak of trust. Do Americans trust their government? Do Americans trust you?”

Read : 2019-07-15

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Two economists fuel Democratic debate over how far left to go“, by Jacob M. Schlesinger (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-14).
  2. Making sense of Djokovic and Federer’s brilliant madness“, by Jason Gay (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-14). This comment rings true: “[T]hese are the golden days”. They will not be with us forever. Carpe diem. And praise to the athletes from whom these blessings flow, for laying their talents and decades of hard work on the alter of the fickle tennis gods, for the rest of us to marvel at and enjoy.

Read : 2019-07-14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Facebook dodged a bullet from the F.T.C. It faces many more.“, by Adam Satariano (NY Times, 2019-07-13). Being fined 5 billion USD is dodging a bullet? The media seem to delight in government exercising its power over platforms like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Ironically, the media companies themselves are a platform. Do we believe “traditional” media abuse their power less than the digital upstarts? Might there be some unconscious or conscious power struggle at play here?
  2. Please touch me“, by Courtney Maum (NY Times, 2019-07-13). The article and the comments it elicited show that physical touch is not one size fits all. Surprise. Professional huggers? Rent-a-friends?
  3. The power of touch, especially for men“, by Andrew Reiner (NY Times, 2017-12-05).
  4. The Nordic model may be the best cushion against capitalism. Can it survive immigration?“, by Peter S. Goodman (NY Times, 2019-07-11).
  5. Djokovic saves two championship points to win fifth Wimbledon title” (Tennis.com, 2019-07-14). Incredible match.

Read : 2019-07-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How I went from newbie to software engineer in 9 months while working full time“, by Austin Tackaberry (freeCodeCamp, 2018-03-31). Helpful insight and resources (including encouragement to check out Harvard’s CS50 and Udacity CS101).

Read : 2019-07-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. My daughter went away to camp and changed“, by John Dickerson (Slate, 2013-07-22). Letting kids be themselves and express themselves.
  2. The lost summer“, by Elissa Strauss (Longreads, 2015-08).
  3. Curious about consciousness? Ask the self-aware machines“, by John Pavlus (Quanta Magazine, 2019-07-11).
  4. Amazon to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce“, by Chip Cutter (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-11).
  5. Explainer: What is a quantum computer?“, by Martin Giles (MIT Technology Review, 2019-01-29).
  6. Explainer: What is post-quantum cryptography?“, by Martin Giles (MIT Technology Review, 2019-07-12).
  7. Spare the medical resident and spoil nothing“, by Jake Miller (Harvard Gazette, 2019-07-11).

Read : 2019-07-11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. This lidar is so cheap it could make self-driving a reality“, by Alex Davies (Wired, 2019-07-11). The company Luminar claims its Iris lidar unit — soda-can sized, 2 pounds, 15 watts, 250-meter range — can be produced for “as little as $500”.

Read : 2019-07-08

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Can Khan Academy scale to educate anyone, anywhere?“, by Brian Kenny (Cold Call Podcast, 2019-06-18). How does Professor Bill Sahlman’s business background frame and bias his analysis?
  2. Delving into the mysticism of music“, by Janet Maslin (NY Times, 1992-11-13). A review of the film “Tous les matins du monde” (“All the mornings of the world“), directed by Alain Corneau.
  3. Behold, the most (intentionally) poorly designed website ever created“, by Samuel Axon (Ars Technica, 2019-07-04).
  4. While Trump isolates the U.S., it’s ‘let’s make a deal’ for the rest of the world“, by Keith Johnson (Foreign Policy, 2019-07-03).
  5. The making of the mighty Megan Rapinoe“, by Eugene S. Robinson (OZY, 2019-07-02).
  6. Selling your private information is a terrible idea“, by Sarah Jeong (NY Times, 2019-07-05). A topic worthy of discussion. The analogy to selling kidneys? Misapplied at best, intentionally misleading at worst.
  7. This reporter asks a lot of questions. In Japan, that makes her unusual.“, by Motoko Rich (NY Times, 2019-07-05). Are such cultural comparisons better read in the mindset of tradeoffs rather than moral absolutes?
  8. Democracy is for the gods“, by Costica Bradatan (NY Times, 2019-07-05). “Genuine democracy is difficult to achieve and once achieved, fragile. In the grand scheme of human events, it [has been] the exception, not the rule.”