A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Category: Reading

Read — 2018/04/22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. If the world economy is looking so great, why are global policymakers so gloomy?“, by Neil Irwin (NY Times). “Economists are paid to worry…the markets, on the other hand, are pretty good at living in the moment.”
  2. With a glance backward, Brooks Brothers looks to the future“, by Teri Agins (NY Times).
  3. Why men quit and women don’t“, by Lindsay Crouse (NY Times). Some thoughts on gender differences at the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Read — 2018/04/21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A crossroads in the US-Japan ‘special relationship’“, by OZY editors (OZY).
  2. The founders of the world’s five largest companies all follow the 5-hour rule“, by Michael Simmons (The Mission). A clarion to look beyond traditional educational organization and institutions and invest in your own knowledge. (Adoring praise of Elon Musk included free of charge.)
  3. The difference between artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning“, by Calum McClelland (IoT for all). In a nutshell, deep learning is a way of structuring machine learning, which in turn is a way of achieving artificial intelligence (i.e. machines that can act like humans, at least in some ways).
  4. How pretty good privacy works, and how you can use it for secure communication“, by Radu Raicea (Free Code Camp).
  5. Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin on the bitcoin bubble and running a $125bn blockchain“, by Chloe Cornish (Financial Times). An interview focusing more on Buterin’s personal quirks than his contributions to blockchain technology.
  6. 2018 Frederic Esser Nemmers mathematics prize recipient“, (Nemmers Prize). …is Dr. Assaf Naor, associated with Princeton University.
  7. Stocks to watch: earnings blockbusters and Trump talks drug prices” (Seeking Alpha).

Read — 2018/04/17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. In Syria and beyond, a dangerous new era dawns“, by Gerald F. Seib (Wall Street Journal).
  2. Stock pickers ready to take the Facebook out of ‘FANG’“, by Michael Wursthorn (Wall Street Journal).
  3. Tesla halts Model 3 production again“, by Tim Higgins (Wall Street Journal). Tesla will pause the production of Model 3s for “about a week…in order to increase production rates”.
  4. You share everything with your bestie. Even brain waves.“, by Natalie Angier (NY Times).
  5. Desiree Linden and Yuki Kawauchi pull off upsets in rainy Boston Marathon“, by Malika Andrews (NY Times). My hat is off (and not due to high winds) to all the runners who persevered and conquered the course and conditions in Boston yesterday. Well done.

Read — 2018/04/13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. MLB pitchers have a new ace up their sleeves: radar pitch tracking“, by Ray Glier (OZY).
  2. The Wall Street Journal Financial Inclusion Challenge finalists” (Wall Street Journal).
  3. Williams, Wesleyan, Middlebury among targets of federal early-admissions proble“, by Melissa Korn (Wall Street Journal).
  4. Japanese workers call it quits on a firm tradition: the job for life“, by Megumi Fujikawa (Wall Street Journal).
  5. If Facebook will not fix itself, will Congress?” (The Economist). The U.S. government’s response reminds me of a passage I read once:

    And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

  6. Booze not so great for the heart after all, study says“, by Ed Cara (Gizmodo).
  7. Why migrants are good for the global economy“, by Devon Van Houten Maldonado (OZY).
  8. Plant-based ‘meat’ and ‘fish’ may be the future. But how do they taste?“, by Alison Roman (Wall Street Journal).
  9. Tech IPO market shows signs of warming“, by Maureen Farrell (Wall Street Journal).

Read — 2018/04/11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. As U.S. response looms, Russia and Syria urge inspection of attack site“, by Ellen Francis & Jack Stubbs (Reuters).
  2. Xi pledges a more open China, increased imports and lower auto tariffs“, by Lingling Wei (Wall Street Journal).
  3. New Jersey governor signs ‘name and shame’ order on gun data“, by Alexis Diao (NPR).
  4. Belgium moves away from 19th-century style partisanship“, by Tom Cassauwers (OZY).
  5. Tesla has China woes to add to its US ones“, by Echo Huang (Quartz). Ah, the joys of being a multinational…
  6. Facebook launches initiative on social media’s impact on elections and democracy“, by Don Reisinger (Fortune).
  7. Zuckerberg through time: how Facebook’s message has changed” (Wall Street Journal).
  8. At his Senate hearing, no one reminds Mark Zuckerberg that he started Facebook to rate users’ hotness“, by Bridget Read (Vogue).
  9. Hearing before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce“. Testimony of Mark Zuckerberg.
  10. That one night: the oral history of the greatest ‘Office’ episode ever“, by ().
  11. Recipe: Shalane Flanagan’s wild rice and edamame salad“, by the editors (Furthermore).

Read — 2018/04/04

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Trump floated a Putin visit to the White House in a March 20 phone call“, by Anton Troianovski (Washington Post).
  2. French unions take on Macron with mass rolling strikes“, by Leigh Thomas (Reuters).
  3. America begins capping freeway scars of the past“, by Brian Martucci (OZY).
  4. Why aren’t more Japanese sluggers hitting the big time?“, by Matt Foley (OZY). In short, because you gotta know your competition (especially their pitchers).
  5. Gorman named dean of undergraduates at Rice University“, by B.J. Almond (Rice University).

Read — 2018/04/02

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The Penn Law School mob scores a victory“, by Heather MacDonald (Wall Street Journal). It sounds like Ms. Wax made overly sweeping — and factually and politically incorrect — generalizations.
  2. Facebook’s Zuckerberg expects to testify at congressional hearing“, by Deepa Seetharaman (Wall Street Journal).
  3. Harvard admits 4.6% of applicants; other Ivy League schools get tougher, too“, by Melissa Korn (Wall Street Journal).
  4. Is Vanguard’s success a problem? Some customers think so“, by Sarah Krouse (Wall Street Journal).
  5. Warning sign: tech stocks are dominating global markets like never before“, by Steven Russolillo (Wall Street Journal).
  6. Bitcoin’s first-quarter play: falling back to Earth“, by Paul Vigna (Wall Street Journal).
  7. Tesla recalls 123,000 Model S cars over bolt issues“, by Tim Higgins (Wall Street Journal).
  8. Tesla shares sink as Musk jokes about bankruptcy“, by Tim Higgins (Wall Street Journal). With the stock market down 3-4%, it’s hard to say that bad humor is the reason for Tesla’s slide today.

Read — 2018/03/25

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How to reduce your exposure on Facebook, or cut ties altogether“, by Katherine Bindley (Wall Street Journal).
  2. Cardi B: Here’s where your tax money is going“, by Philip Bump (Washington Post). “Mostly social programs, plus the military and interest.”

Read — 2018/03/23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. China started the trade war, not Trump“, by Greg Ip (Wall Street Journal). A defence of standing up to China’s “predatory trade practices” — though Trump’s stance is not ideal.
  2. Reading, writing, and Xi Jinping thought: China’s students learn leader’s philosophy“, by Te-Ping Chen (Wall Street Journal). China’s Ministry of Education will require high school students to take courses on Xi’s thought.
  3. Dropbox prices IPO above range, marking strong demand“, by Maureen Farrell (Wall Street Journal). Dropbox (DBX) opened at $29 per share, up almost 40% from the $21 IPO price.
  4. For Tesla, cars + cash + credit + convertibles = crunch time“, by Liam Denning (Bloomberg). Tesla’s large outstanding debt — including debt acquired in its acquisition of SolarCity — looms large. Refinancing threatens to be massively more expensive.
  5. LiDAR maker Velodyne ‘baffled’ by self-driving Uber’s failure to avoid pedestrian“, by Alan Ohnsman (Forbes). Velodyne sympathetic but skeptical that the problem was in the LiDAR.
  6. Beware of roboadvisors bearing low fees“, by Felix Salmon (Wired). A peaen to passive investing.

Read — 2018/03/21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How does Ethereum work, anyway?“, by Preethi Kasireddy (Medium).
  2. A biography of Robert P. Langlands“, by Alex Bellos (Abel Prize).
  3. A glimpse of the Laureate’s work“, by Alex Bellos (Abel Prize).
  4. Trump’s national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway.“, by Carol D. Leonnig, David Nakamura, & Josh Dawsey (Washington Post).
  5. Korean over-60s dominate millenials in the workforce“, by Bryan Harris (OZY).
  6. Why Europe does a better job of protecting online privacy than the U.S. does“, by David Meyer (Market Watch).
  7. Facebook’s identity crisis looms“, by Christopher Mims (Wall Street Journal). A more strongly worded opening cannot be imagined: “The mountain of evidence piling up this week exposes the rot at the core of Facebook Inc.”
  8. Wall Street analysts sticking by Facebook, say buy the dip for ‘extremely compelling’ valuation“, by Tae Kim (CNBC).
  9. Facebook stock crashes: buying opportunity or time to sell?“, by Andrew Cardenal (Seeking Alpha).
  10. Has the cryptocoin market met its match in the SEC?“, by Paul Vigna & Dave Michaels (Wall Street Journal). A look at aggregate data from initial coin offerings.