A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Category: Reading

Read : 2018-12-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Gun deaths in US rise to highest level in 20 years, data shows“, by Ed Pilkington (New York, 2018-12-13). In 2017, 39,773 people were killed by guns in the US. As noted in the article, this translates to, for every 100,000 people, 12 deaths in the US, compared to 0.3 in the UK, 0.9 in Germany, and 2.1 in Canada. Suicide accounts for about 60% of gun deaths, and is on the rise. A gun in the home triples the risk of suicide.
  2. Tesla to 90,000: Delivery forecasts for the fourth quarter“, by Jonathan Cooper (Seeking Alpha, 2018-12-12). Note that the author is long TSLA.
  3. I’m an elite marathoner with sleep issues. Here’s how I manage them“, by Becky Wade (Runner’s World, 2018-11-30). Honest, constructive article about an athlete’s sleep issues and how she (and we) can address and overcome them.

Read : 2018-12-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Trump clashes with Democrats over spending bill, threatens government shutdown“, by Kristina Peterson & Vivian Salama (Wall Street Journal, 2018-12-11). Well, Americans, this is your political reality: Key figures from opposing (!) parties goading each other to lose their cool so they can point fingers after they run the country aground. Is this the best way (or even a good way) to lead a country?
  2. Many U.S. financial officers think a recession will hit next year“, by Sharon Nunn (Wall Street Journal, 2018-12-12).
  3. Marriott data breach is traced to Chinese hackers as U.S. readies crackdown on Beijing“, by David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth, Glenn Thrush, & Alan Rappeport (NY Times, 2018-12-11).
  4. Watch Android malware automatically steal 1,000 euros from a PayPal account in seconds“, by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai (Motherboard, 2018-12-11).

Read : 2018-12-11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Macron announces measures to placate protesters“, by Stacy Meichtry & Noemie Bisserbe (Wall Street Journal, 2018-12-10).
  2. Calculating the risk of college“, by Douglas Belkin & Dylan Moriarty (Wall Street Journal, 2018-12-10).
  3. Elon Musk is daring the SEC to come at him. Will it?“, by Annie Gaus (The Street, 2018-12-11).
  4. Layoffs become the latest thing in cryptocurrency“, by Paul Vigna (Wall Street Journal, 2018-12-10).

Read : 2018-12-10

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. ‘I can’t breathe.’ Jamal Khashoggi’s last words disclosed in transcript, source says“, by Nic Robertson (CNN, 2018-12-10). This story must not go away.
  2. Uber-Lyft showdown shifts to public markets“, by Maureen Farrell & Greg Bensinger (Wall Street Journal, 2018-12-09). Ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber confidentially file their respective IPO paperwork within one day of each other.
  3. Why you need better headhpones — and which ones you should buy“, by David Pierce (Wall Street Journal, 2018-12-09).
  4. Boasting about how many hours you work is a sign of failure“, by Olivia Goldhill (Quartz, 2018-12-08). The writer argues that one boasts about effort only when one cannot boast about results (because they don’t (yet) exist). For better or for worse, as a posterchild for this behavior she chooses to pick on Elon Musk, whom one could argue has been highly successful and revolutionary. The data cited focus on population averages, ignoring the reality that (perhaps sizable) intrapopulation variation exists; for example, some individuals may function well on significantly less than eight hours of sleep.

Read : 2018-11-29

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Women may earn just 49 cents on the dollar“, by Annie Lowrey (The Atlantic, 2018-11-28).
  2. In Nafta rewrite, Canada took cue from Mexico: make a big concession“, by Kim Mackrael, Santiago Pérez, & Jacob M. Schlesinger (Wall Street Journal, 2018-11-29).
  3. Magnus Carlsen wins World Chess Championship“, by Joshua Robinson & Andrew Beaton (Wall Street Journal, 2018-11-28). Could Carlsen’s “decision” to draw in the twelfth and final regulation game have been a strategic decision to open up the Elo rating differential with the (much) faster tiebreak play?
  4. Here’s the first thing Bill Gates did with his money after making over $350 million from Microsoft’s IPO“, by Emmie Martin (CNBC, 2018-11-28). Buying the (used) Porsche was the zeroth thing, and before he got rich from the IPO (if that helps the matter).

Read : 2018-11-28

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The monopolization of America“, by David Leonhardt (NY Times, 2018-11-25).
  2. Tweet by NCAA Volleyball (Twitter). A one-minute video showing teams’ reactions to being announced in the tournament selection show on Sunday.

Read : 2018-11-27

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. 2018 NCAA volleyball tournament: Bracket, analysis, schedule and how to watch the DI championship“, by Jacob Myers (NCAA, 2018-11-26).
  2. Why are tech companies making custom typefaces?“, by Arun Venkatesan (, 2018-11-09).

Read : 2018-11-23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Diary of a concussion“, by Elizabeth Lopatto (The Verge, 2017-09-27).

Read : 2018-11-12

A great article:

  1. De Tocqueville and the French exception” (The Economist, 2018-08-09).

Today’s selection of (other) articles:

  1. A lifetime of negative self-talk“, by John Gorman (Medium, 2018-07-13).
  2. Let the people vote“, by David Leonhardt (NY Times, 2018-11-11).
  3. Cocoa hot fudge sauce” (Chocolate, Chocolate and More, 2014-08-31). A recipe.

Read : 2018-11-11

I wish you a peaceful Armistice Day.

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology doesn’t solve humanity’s problems’“, by David Gelles (NY Times, 2018-11-08).
  2. Why I dread returning to an American public school“, by Firoozeh Dumas (NY Times, 2018-11-10). Ms. Dumas raves how a little more in taxes can go a long way in education. Her article also raises the question, even though Americans often view European governments as paternalistic, are Americans’ fear for their children and the measures that individuals take to keep them safe (from both physical and mental harm) also paternalistic, and stunting Americans’ independence?
  3. Do you keep dreaming you forgot your pants? It’s science“, by Alice Robb (NY Times, 2018-11-10). This article discusses an evolutionary theory that dreams are a “safe-space” practice ground, and the (perhaps) unexpected internal consistency of the dream world.
  4. How safe is your airline?“, by Elaine Glusac (NY Times, 2018-10-29).
  5. Gillian Flynn peers into the dark side of femininity“, by Lauren Oyler (NY Times, 2018-11-08).