A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Category: Reading

Read — 2017/06/27

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How Katie Ledecky became better at swimming than anyone is at anything“, by Dave Sheinin (Washington Post).
  2. Back to her roots: How Katie Ledecky became so dominant in the pool“, by S.L. Price (Sports Illustrated).

Read — 2017/06/22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The 500-page proof that only one mathematician can understand“, by Michael Byrne (Motherboard). An article on the state of the abc conjecture. Naturally slips down the slope of the “proof — for whom?” question.
  2. Why a top mathematician has joined Emmanuel Macron’s revolution“, by Elisabeth Pain (Science). Fields medalist Cédric Villani leaves his post as director of the Institut Henri Poincaré to represent En Marche! in France’s National Assembly.
  3. What is a generalised mean-curvature flow?“, by Hui Yu (AMS). In case you’re ever stopped on the street and asked such a question.
  4. What causes a fever?“, by Peter Nalin (Scientific American). Answer: Often, the hypothalamus responding to pyrogens. That is, your immune system fighting off intruders.
  5. French sign Reich truce, Rome Pact next“, by Guido Enderis (NY Times, 22 June 1940).

Read — 2017/06/16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. 5 things you should do after every workout“, by Aleisha Fetters (MayMyRun). Spoiler alert! Stretch, shower, weigh, eat (protein & carbs).
  2. David Beckham kisses his daughter, and the internet goes wild“, by Michelle Ruiz (Vogue). Young kids are innocently sincere in expressing themselves. Let them be themselves. There’s plenty of time for inexorable socialization to assert itself on them.

Read — 2017/05/18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A voice for the missing” (The Economist).

Read — 2017/04/30

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How the Left learned to hate like the Right“, by Michelle Goldberg (NY Times). So, the class of American political élites has learned to cement its power in the social hierarchy by gerrymandering the American people into two teams, pretending to captain one team and demonizing the other. And many American people seem content to play the small roles apportioned to them by these manipulative élites. We the people are people, not demons! Let’s stop swallowing the self-aggrandizing hate spooned down from above, recognize that the fault lies in us, and take some tough personal responsibility for improving our country.

Read — 2017/04/29

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. What happens when soccer bans heading?“, by Noah Davis (The Ringer). Interesting point of departure: If soccer were invented today, rather than 150 years ago, how would we design the rules? Endows you with more agency (and responsibility).
  2. The best American soccer player is an 18-year-old from Hershey, Pennsylvania“, by Noah Davis (The Ringer).

Read — 2017/03/12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The battle for Mosul moves west“, by Alan Taylor (The Atlantic). Thirty-three sobering photographs from the war in Iraq. Such reports are easy to gloss over when they are nameless accounts of unknown persons thousands of miles away. They are less easy to gloss over when the eyes of a child that could have been yours or could have been mine plead for an end to the violence that has become her life.
  2. 36 hours in Sapporo, Japan“, by Ingrid K. Williams (NY Times). A lovely city.

Separately, three articles discussing freedom and repression of expression on college campuses:

  1. The dangerous safety of college“, by Frank Bruni (NY Times). A call for challenging viewpoints and “constructive engagement”.
  2. The ideology behind intolerant college students“, by Stephen L. Carter (Bloomberg). A brilliantly written article connecting the current fervor for “safe spaces” to the philosophy of Herbert Marcuse in “Repressive tolerance”.
  3. The coddling of the American mind“, by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt (The Atlantic). An in-depth investigation of the current collegiate campus Zeitgeist, and its likely effects on education and mental health.

Read — 2017/03/10

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Hackers, trackers and snoops: our privacy survey results” (Mozilla). Ignore the writing, focus on the links.
  2. Don’t get pwned: a guide to safer logins“, by Richard Barnes (Mozilla).
  3. The CIA just lost control of its hacking arsenal. Here’s what you need to know.“, by Quincy Larson (freeCodeCamp).
  4. Hacking“, by Randall Munroe (xkcd). Cause, you know, humour.

Read — 2017/01/21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A global alliance is investing $500 million to stop the spread of deadly outbreaks we are utterly unprepared for“, by Akshat Rathi (Quartz).
  2. Hidden figures and the appeal of math in an age of inequality“, by Megan Garber (The Atlantic).
  3. What’s next for the millennial who turned Nevada blue?“, by Taylor Mayol (OZY).
  4. Inside the desperate battle against sports doping“, by Rafael Buschmann, Lukas Eberle, Christoph Henrichs, & Gehard Pfeil (Der Spiegel).
  5. Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons“, by Mark Manson (Quartz).
  6. The vulnerability primer“, by Mark Manson (Mark Manson).

Read — 2017/01/05

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Strange radio bursts seen coming from a galaxy far, far away“, by Mark Strauss (National Geographic).
  2. Rio Olympic medalists Lilesa, Rupp and Dibaba lead stacked fields at 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon” (Chevron Houston Marathon).