A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Category: Reading

Read — 2018-09-25

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Instagram co-founders to step down from Facebook“, by Deepa Seetharaman (Wall Street Journal, 2018-09-25).
  2. Stefan Lofven: Sweden’s parliament ousts prime minister” (BBC, 2018-09-25).
  3. The stoplight battling to end poverty“, by Nick Dall (OZY, 2018-09-25).
  4. Ripple’s co-founder’s token selloff accelerates“, by Tomio Geron (Wall Street Journal, 2018-09-24).
  5. From farm to blockchain: Walmart tracks its lettuce“, by Michael Corkey & Nathaniel Popper (NY Times, 2018-09-24). The article notes that some are skeptical blockchain improves the tracking process.
  6. The moral imperative of quality education“, by Peter Mutharika (Project Syndicate, 2017-11-27). A request from the president of Malawi for benefactors to contribute to education in developing countries.

Read — 2018-09-24

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A simple and powerful technique for better listening“, by Kenneth E. Miller, PhD (Psychology Today, 2018-09-21). Take a breath before you say anything.
  2. How to *really* know you’re in love“, by Kris Gage (Medium, 2017-08-03). Another affirmation that love is a choice.
  3. Why has Facebook not rebounded yet?“, by Kwan-Chen Ma (Seeking Alpha, 2018-09-23). An argument that Facebook’s current valuation is accurate and will not improve until its regulatory outlook does.

Read — 2018-09-23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The patriarchy will always have its revenge“, by Jennifer Weiner (NY Times, 2018-09-22). Do we want revenge, or do we want progress? The two are not mutually exclusive. But their essences are at loggerheads: Revenge stems from the desire to make someone else feel our pain; progress stems from the desire to spare someone else our pain. Which we seek speaks our motives more loudly and truly than any words we might say.
    The sentiments in this article cry out to me. My heart resonates with their plea. We want progress, we “swallow our pain”, we suppress our desire for revenge,…but the progress does not happen. How long must we wait? How many others must suffer as we have?
    Waiting for those “in power” to fix things for us may be part of the problem. Do those in power have sufficient incentive to change or dismantle a system that has put them “on top”? Seeking revenge is one way of seizing the power of change for ourselves. But it is not the only way. And it may not be the best one.
    Be chary of stereotyping. There are egregious examples of men who refuse to accept responsibility or to apologize. This does not mean that men as a group do not know how to be sorry. Stereotyping in any sphere or debate tends to the same results: artificial boundaries, oversimplified analysis, and avoidable resentment.
  2. Tech thinks is has a fix for the problems it created: blockchain“, by Nathaniel Popper (NY Times, 2018-04-01).
  3. Web application security: understanding the browser“, by Alex Nadalin (freeCodeCamp, 2018-09-19). An overview of how a web browser works. This explanation sets the stage for subsequent articles on security.

Read — 2018-09-22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Alibaba vs. Amazon: A simple choice“, by The Growth Guy (Seeking Alpha, 2018-09-21). Is it so simple? Peruse the article and comments and judge for yourself. (Also keep in mind that these are two of millions of ways to put your money to work.)
  2. How to scrape websites with Python and BeautifulSoup“, by Leonard Mok & Justin Yek (freeCodeCamp, 2017-06-10).
  3. Blake Lively reveals a brand new look in Paris“, by Edward Barsamian (Vogue, 2018-09-20). I love the outfit, the hair, the saddle bag, everything. French grey!
  4. Icarus (2017 film)” (Wikipedia).
  5. These are the four big personality types, according to science“, by Jamie Ducharme (Time, 2018-09-18).
  6. The 3 keys to becoming irresistable“, by John Gorman (Medium, 2018-03-25). Whether you agree with the author’s conclusions (or his choice of titular adjective), his discipline to sit down and think things over bears emulation.

Read — 2018-09-21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Titans of mathematics clash over epic proof of abc conjecture“, by Erica Klarreich (Quanta Magazine, 2018-09-20). The abc conjecture is a relatively simple problem to state, and it has many important implications.
  2. Claude Shannon: How a genius solves problems“, by Zat Rana (Medium, 2018-08-15).
  3. New theory cracks open the black box of deep learning“, by Natalie Wolchover (Quanta Magazine, 2017-09-21).
  4. Drug pair shows promise for treating sleep apnea“, by Meredith Wadman (Science, 2018-09-21).
  5. Ripple (XRP) is up almost 50% in 24 hours on exciting new feature“, by Billy Bambrough (Forbes, 2018-09-21). Ripple announces its xRapid product. As per a Ripple spokesperson, “there isn’t currently an official commercial release timeline for xRapid”.
  6. Eventbrite: Plenty of upside left in this stellar IPO“, by Gary Alexander (Seeking Alpha, 2018-09-21). Note that the author indicates he may take a long position in EB.

Read — 2018-09-16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Eliud Kipchoge crushes marathon world record at Berlin Marathon“, by Roger Robinson (2018-09-16). Kipchoge covers 42.2 km in 2:01:39. Here are video highlights and his wicked fast and steady splits.

    The lesson of running is to train well, and then have full faith in your training and show the proof in the race.

  2. Step up to the net with the top volleyball teams in the country” (NCAA, 2018-09-13). Alternatively titled, “Why volleyball is (going to be) bigger than football: A short video for the unbeliever”. See especially 0:50. Volleyball has been doing this for years. Football finally figured out that throwing the football really hard against the ground could be replaced by coordinated team celebrations, what, like, last year?

Read — 2018-09-15

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. China can’t afford a cashless society“, by Rui Zhong (Foreign Policy, 2018-09-11). Government mandates and insistence that firms and citizens accept cash is one way to deal with changing times. Ensuring that all citizens (and others) have access to banking and other services is another. (Decentralized cash systems is a third.)
  2. Austin needs to do a better job of recruiting tech talent“, by Derek Hutson (Venture Beat, 2018-09-15).
  3. Lyft is planning its IPO, trying to beat Uber to the punch, sources say“, by Eric Newcomer & Alex Barinka (LA Times, 2018-08-31). This article points out that, in the US, underwriters for one IPO cannot underwrite IPOs of direct competitors (due to potential conflicts of interest).
  4. Airbnb aims to be ‘ready’ to go public from June 30, 2019, creates cash bonus program for staff“, by Ingrid Lunden & Romain Dillet (Tech Crunch, 2018-06).
  5. Many ways to be a girl, but one way to be a boy: the new gender rules“, by Claire Cain Miller (NY Times, 2018-09-14).

Read — 2018-09-14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The literature of liberalism” (The Economist, 2018-08-29).
  2. ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ cast previews a darker show than you might expect“, by Samantha Highfill (Entertainment Weekly, 2018-09-13). Netflix original series starring Kiernan Shipka.
  3. Musial earns C-USA athlete of the week“, by Kenny Bybee (Rice, 2018-09-11).
  4. 46 years ago, I left Yale for J.D. Salinger — this fall, I’m returning“, by Joyce Maynard (Vogue, 2018-09-13).

Read — 2018-09-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why is college in America so expensive?“, by Amanda Ripley (The Atlantic, 2018-09-11). Short answer: Because, by law, it can be, and moreover, “customers” are willing to pay.
  2. Wi-Fi gets more secure: Everything you need to know about WPA3“, by Michael Koziol (IEEE, 2018-09-06).
  3. Rich-world wage growth continues to disappoint“, by The Data Team (The Economist, 2018-09-11). Or, The Phillips curve, unhinged.
  4. Tesla endgame“, by Andreas Hopf (Seeking Alpha, 2018-09-09).
  5. A former big Tesla bull says Musk’s ‘erratic behavior’ means stock is no longer investible” (Bloomberg, 2018-09-11).
  6. One of Tesla’s biggest skeptics says buy on recent dip“, by Shoshanna Delventhal (Investopedia, 2018-09-12).
  7. Eventbrite files proposed terms for $200 million IPO“, by Donovan Jones (Seeking Alpha, 2018-09-10).

Read — 2018-09-09

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. US Open 2018: Tennis is the ‘loser’ after Serena Williams final controversy, says Sue Barker” (BBC, 2018-09-09). Drama upstages Naomi Osaka’s breakout match.
  2. Tesla shares slide after more executives leave, Musk interview“, by Tim Higgins (Wall Street Journal, 2018-09-07).
  3. Mueller now a full-timer, joins Air Force WCAP“, by Timothy Hands (5 Point Move, 2018-09-04). Congratulations, Brandon!
  4. Eventbrite IPO: A look at the cheap initial valuation“, by Gary Alexander (Seeking Alpha, 2018-09-09).