A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: September, 2019

Read : 2019-09-28

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Harvard EdCast: Understanding immigration“, by Jill Anderson (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2019-09-18). An interview with Harvard Professor Roberto Gonzales.
  2. Now-ranked Rice Owls volleyball enjoy signature win” (KHOU News, 2019-09-25).
  3. Exercise is medicine“, by Lindsay Peyton (Houston Chronicle, 2019-09-26).

Articles on multiplication (multiplication? yes, multiplication!):

  1. On your mark, get set, multiply“, by Patrick Honner (Quanta Magazine, 2019-09-23). A look at the Karatsuba algorithm.
  2. Mathematicians discover the perfect way to multiply“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-04-11). Clocking multiplication algorithms.

Selected articles about Trump, Ukraine, and American politics:

  1. The impeachment inquiry: Off and running but with some key blind spots” (OZY, 2019-09-25). An interview with former CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin.
  2. Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry, says Trump’s courting of foreign political help is a ‘betrayal of national security’“, by Rachael Bade, Mike DeBonis, & Karoun Demirjian (Washington Post, 2019-09-24).
  3. Today may be the most important day of Trump’s tenure“, by Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post, 2019-09-24). An opinion piece that captures well the prevailing politicized sentiments. “Pelosi likes to say public sentiment is everything.” This fiasco is not solely about morality, abuse of power, etc. It is also political warfare, assertion of power, and total domination.
  4. Whistleblower alleges White House effort to conceal details of Trump call with Ukraine“, by Dustin Volz, Warren P. Strobel, & Siobhan Hughes (Wall Street Journal, 2019-09-26).
  5. Whistleblower complaint” (Wall Street Journal).
  6. Donald Trump urged Ukraine to investigate the Bidens“, by Lexington (The Economist, 2019-09-25).
  7. The move towards impeachment marks a dangerous shift” (The Economist, 2019-09-26).
  8. Trump call transcript summary shows he pressed Ukranian president to probe Biden“, by Grace Segers, Katrhyn Watson, Clare Hymes, & Emily Tillett (CBS, 2019-09-25). This article embeds the five-page call transcript.
  9. 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak” (Wikipedia). CrowdStrike is one of the cybersecurity firms cited as having “reviewed the DNC servers” and alleged that the source of the DNC hacks was two Russian intelligence groups. Wikipedia also cites Comey as stating that CrowdStrike gave the FBI “copies of the [DNC] servers and all the information on them, as well as access to forensics”.

Read : 2019-09-24

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Ordinary people focus on the outcome. Extraordinary people focus on the process.“, by Anthony Moore (Medium, 2018-08-28).
  2. How to talk to a woman“, by John Gorman (Medium, 2018-01-29). This article conflates dominance, respect, and safety.
  3. 10 habits of consistently happy people“, by Anton Chevalier (Medium, 2019-04-08).
  4. Pinterest: The only way to go is down“, by Gary Alexander (Seeking Alpha, 2019-09-23).
  5. Tesla’s SolarCity acquisition was a bailout in disguise, lawsuit argues“, by Ryan Fernandez (Biz Journals, 2019-09-24).

Read : 2019-09-22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why most people will never have great relationships“, by Anthony Moore (Medium, 2018-04-26). Prolix. Praising Gary Chapman’s book “The 5 love languages”, the author answers the titular question by alleging that “most people can’t be bothered to learn how to communicate”. That is, inadequate communication, arising from inadequate motivation. The author passes on the advice to lose your pride, “make the first move”, and value yourself (including to address your personal issues). These conclusions resonate.

Read : 2019-09-20

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why time management is ruining our lives“, by Oliver Burkeman (The Guardian, 2016-12-22).
  2. 1 in 16 women say their first sexual intercourse was rape“, by Laura Santhanam (PBS, 2019-09-16).
  3. Netflix reaches streaming deal for ‘Seinfeld’“, by Joe Flint (Wall Street Journal, 2019-09-16).
  4. New York Times’ botched Kavanaugh story the latest in series of blunders from Opinion section“, by Oliver Darcy (CNN, 2019-09-17).
  5. Athletics for the 21st century” (The Harvard Gazette, 2019-09-16).
  6. No. 2 Stanford beats No. 1 Nebraska volleyball in rematch of 2018 national championship“, by Katherine Wright & Michella Chester (NCAA, 2019-09-18).
  7. College volleyball: Rice upsets No. 3 Texas in nail-biting five-setter“, by Katherine Wright (NCAA, 2019-09-18).
  8. Volleyball stuns No. 3 Texas at Tudor Fieldhouse“, by Kenny Bybee (, 2019-09-18).
  9. Billionaires love these 3 stocks, and 2 are good buys today“, by Dividend Sensei (Seeking Alpha, 2019-09-18). Bank of America (BAC), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK), and AT&T (T).
  10. Three billion birds have been lost in North America since 1970“, by Jason Bittel (National Geographic, 2019-09-19). Perhaps more staggering is the percent lost : Those 3 billion birds represent almost 30% of the North American bird population. The article cites pesticides, habitat loss, house cats, and glass windows. The last two kill birds directly (approximately 1B – 4B and 600M, respectively, each year). The first two kill birds indirectly by affecting their ability to migrate.
  11. Airbnb plans huge IPO in 2020, continuing push by tech companies to go public“, by Danielle Abril (Fortune, 2019-09-19).
  12. On climate, the young take the lead“, by Alvin Powell (The Harvard Gazette, 2019-09-19).

Read : 2019-09-17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. In Edward Snowden’s new memoir, the disclosure this time are personal“, by Jennifer Szalai (NY Times, 2019-09-13).
  2. Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in jail for her role in college admissions cheating scandal“, by Katie Reilly (Time, 2019-09-13).
  3. ‘There’s no such thing as cold, hard reality’: Meet the Hyperloop’s truest believers“, by Aaron Gordon (Jalopnik, 2019-09-16).

Read : 2019-09-14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. In Edward Snowden’s new memoir, the disclosures this time are personal“, by Jennifer Szalai (NY Times, 2019-09-13).
  2. Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in jail for her role in college admissions cheating scandal“, by Katie Reilly (Time, 2019-09-13).
  3. ‘There’s no such thing as cold, hard reality’: meet the hyperloop’s truest believers“, by Aaron Gordon (Jalopnik, 2019-09-09).

Read : 2019-09-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. No, your kid shouldn’t get a gold star for reading“, by Pamela Paul (NY Times, 2019-08-30). The author argues that the role of parents is to nurture in their children internal motivation for reading. She does not discuss that external motivation can provide scaffolding within which internal motivation can be built.
  2. Everything we know about exercise and depression“, by Brad Stulberg (Outside, 2019-09-11).
  3. When silent films were a force for world peace“, by Ryan Jay Friedman (Zócalo, 2019-09-11).
  4. Improving our relationship with failure“, by Steve Magness (The Passion Paradox, 2019-09-11). Our notion of success and failure is shaped by our expectations, comparisons, and goals. Coach Magness advocates setting process-oriented goals in addition to outcome-oriented ones.
  5. Special briefing: Can Trump reverse a global recession“, by OZY editors (OZY, 2019-08-16).
  6. ECB launches major stimulus package, cuts key rate“, by Tom Fairless (Wall Street Journal, 2019-09-12).

Read : 2019-09-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Exclusive: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017“, by Jim Sciutto (CNN, 2019-09-10). The article states that “a person directly involved in the discussions” alleges that the exfiltration “was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump…could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy”. The CIA director of public affairs is quoted as saying “CNN’s narrative…is inaccurate”. The article concludes with “the whereabouts of the asset [i.e. the spy] today are unknown to CNN”. No duh.
  2. California Assembly passes bill that brings state to verge of rules showdown with NCAA“, by Steve Berkowitz (USA Today, 2019-09-09). The pass was unanimous. Remarks by NCAA president Mark Emmert and bill sponsor Sydney Kamlager-Dove suggest the issue has become a power struggle, with the student-athletes as pawns. Sad.
  3. A new reason to buy Amazon and no one noticed“, by The European View (Seeking Alpha, 2019-09-09). A philosophical (i.e. little data) analysis of network effects. This article argues that a ruling by Düsseldorf’s Higher Regional Court (concerning Facebook’s use of user data) suggests that “competition authorities are no longer able to regulate…companies on consumer protection grounds alone”.

Read : 2019-09-11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Over 1,400 self-driving vehicles are now in testing by 80+ companies across the US“, by Darrell Etherington (Tech Crunch, 2019-06-11). A very brief summary of comments by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
  2. How does an autonomous car work? Not so great.“, by Youjin Shin, Chris Alcantara, & Aaron Steckelberg (Washington Post, 2019-09-10). Fear mongering but somewhat informative.
  3. Stitch Fix – An opportunity of a lifetime“, by Crispus Nyaga (Seeking Alpha, 2019-09-10). Note that the author is long SFIX.

Read : 2019-09-09

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Alaska’s universal basic income problem“, by Robyn Sundlee (Vox, 2019-09-05).
  2. Why living in college dorms is an American rite of passage“, by Crala Yanni (Zocalo Public Square, 2019-09-08).