A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Read — 2017/07/16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Iran dominates in Iraq after U.S. ‘handed the country over’“, by Tim Arango (NY Times).

And in historic news,

  1. Ex-Czar of Russia killed by order of Ural Soviet” (NY Times, 20 July 1918). A chilling reminder of human history and the limitations (and biases) of news media.
  2. Execution of the Romanov family” (Wikipedia).
  3. 1961 Ndola United Nations DC-6 crash” (Wikipedia).

Read — 2017/07/15

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Law in the Jungle“, by Natasha King (Aeon).
  2. Is your obsession with watching live games what’s ruining sports channels?“, by Matt Foley (OZY).
  3. When is the actual expiration date on your milk?“, by Roger Cormier (Mental Floss). Roughly five days after the printed “sell-by” date.
  4. Karlie Kloss reveals the summer workout track behind her supermodel body“, by Carlin van Paris (Vogue). A public service announcement from your favorite model: Remember to have a little fun on those hot summer runs!

Apartment search

Two articles on apartment renting (N.B. The website is a company that sells renter screening services…so read these articles accordingly):

  1. How to screen a tenant“(TransUnion SmartMove).
  2. 7 tenant warning signs that aren’t so obvious” (TransUnion SmartMove).

Read — 2017/07/13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Researchers used CRISPR to encode a movie into DNA“, by Claire Maldarelli (Popular Science).
  2. Lights, camera, CRISPR: biologists use gene editing to store movies in DNA“, by Heidi Ledford (Nature).
  3. Sallie Gardner at a gallop” (Wikipedia). The “movie” referenced in the above two articles.
  4. Could Kirsten Gillibrand finish what Hillary started?“, by Sean Braswell (OZY).
  5. Swimming kick speed determines baseline swim speed“, by Gary Hall Sr. (The Race Club).
  6. 15 funny French fruit expressions: how many do you know?“, by Joanna Gonzalez (FluentU).

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 — 2017/05/05

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Ivanka Trump and the push for paid parental leave“, by M.S.R. (The Economist).
  2. A leap into the future! The race for a sub-two-hour marathon“, by George Ramsay (CNN). Best of luck to Mssrs Desisa, Kipchoge, and Tadese.
  3. How to watch Saturday’s sub-2 marathon attempt“, by Scott Douglas (Runner’s World).

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.