A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Science — 2018/05/14

Articles on dreaming!

  1. Dream : Neurobiology” (Wikipedia).
  2. Dream mechanisms: Is REM sleep indispensable for dreaming?“, by Tomoka Takeuchi (Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 2005-05-16).
  3. Dreaming also occurs during non rapid eye movement sleep“, by Aalto University (Science Daily, 2016-08-09).
  4. New research suggests we also dream during non-REM sleep cycles“, by Bob Yirka (Medical Xpress, 2017-04-11).
  5. Slumber party: reptiles, like us, have REM sleep and may dream“, by Will Dunham (Scientific American, 2016?-04-28).
  6. FYI : Do animals dream?“, by Kaitlin Miller (Popular Science, 2012-02-01).

Read — 2018-05-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Facebook is creating a mysterious blockchain division“, by Shannon Liao (The Verge). What is so mysterious about it?
  2. Elon Musk wants to launch the same rocket to orbit twice in a single day“, by Tim Fernholz (Quartz). And he wants to do it in 2019.
  3. The crypto crime wave is here“, by Corinne Ramey (Wall Street Journal).
  4. Is there a future perfect?” (Wall Street Journal).
  5. Why Americans aren’t feeling wage gains“, by Sarah Chaney (Wall Street Journal). Short answer: Inflation.
  6. Ali Wong outdoes herself with ‘Hard knock wife’“, by Julia Felsenthal (Vogue).

And references for lyrics (Yowamushi Pedal, Season 1):

  1. Intro“.
  2. Outro (romaji)“.
  3. Outro“.

Investing — 2018/05/13

Today’s selection of articles on investing:

  1. Shopify and Square: the art and science of investing in high growth IT vendors“, by Bert Hochfeld (Seeking Alpha, 2018-05-08).
  2. The Tesla semi is dead“, by John Engle (Seeking Alpha, 2018-05-10).
  3. Tesla: deliveries trump production“, by Donn Bailey (Seeking Alpha, 2018-05-11).
  4. Facebook wipes out all of its losses following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal“, by Jacob Sonenshine (Business Insider).

Read — 2018/05/08

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Brazil’s women cycle to battle street sexism“, by Sarah Brown (OZY). And street (un)safety.
  2. Ohio’s supersmart immigrants“, by Olivia Miltner (OZY).

Articles on crypto, in particular, on-chain voting:

  1. EOS: don’t believe the hype“, by matteoleibowitz (Medium, 2018-04-30).
  2. Notes on blockchain governance“, by Vitalik Buterin (, 2017-12-17).
  3. Governance, part 2: plutocracy is still bad“, by Vitalik Buterin (, 2018-03-28).
  4. Blockchains should not be democracies“, by Haseeb Qureshi (Hacker Noon, 2018-04-26).
  5. The perils of extreme democracy” (The Economist, 2011-04-20). California as an example of what could go wrong with direct democracy, on and off the blockchain.
  6. What is delegated proof of stake (DPoS)?” (

An article about computer security:

  1. Active attack on Tor network tried to decloak users for five months“, by Dan Goodin (Ars Technica, 2014-07-30). A real-world example of a computer security attack combining a Sybil attack with a traffic confirmation attack.

Articles on Tesla, in particular, its car batteries:

  1. Tesla is still a zero“, by Logical Thought (Seeking Alpha, 2018-05-07). Note that the author is short TSLA.
  2. Tesla Model 3 vs electric competitors (the straight specs)“, by Zachary Shahan (Clean Technica, 2017-08-20).
  3. Tesla Model S vs competitors: cost of maintenance including battery replacement“, by Ben Sullins (Ben Sullins).
  4. Tesla batteries last forever, still“, by Ben Sullins (Teslanomics, 2018-03-01). The author admits that “this was not a scientific study”.
  5. Tesla battery degradation analysis reveals how long a battery might last“, by Kyle (Teslarati, 2017-04-13).

Investing — 2018/05/06

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Fintech 50 2018” (Forbes).
  2. Forbes Fintech 50 2018: The future of payments“, by Maggie McGrath (Forbes).
  3. The 10 biggest fintech companies in America“, by Lauren Gensler (Forbes).
  4. Adyen homeage
  5. 3,245 companies in “fintech” (Crunchbase).
  6. Dutch payments company Adyen eyes June IPO“, by Toby Sterling, Dasha Afanasieva, & Arno Schuetze (Reuters).
  7. ADR basics: What is an ADR?“, by Jean Folger (Investopedia).

Read — 2018/05/04

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Swedish Academy won’t award Nobel Prize in Literature this year“, by David Gauthier-Villars (Wall Street Journal). How individuals can besmirch a noble award.
  2. More than 1,000 economists warn Trump his trade views echo 1930s errors“, by Dominic Rushe (The Guardian). A request to political leaders everywhere: Please don’t plunge your citizens into another global economic crisis.
  3. Anheuser-Busch will haul beer in Nikola hydrogen-electric trucks“, by Jon Fingas (Engadget). Electric or hydrogen, infrastructure plays a big role on long trips, and it needs to expand.
  4. How to throw a punch correctly“, by Jason Chen (Life Hacker). Protect your body, keep it compact, use your legs,…and once your opponent is down, run like the wind.

On the Brave browser and the basic attention token (BAT):

  1. Beginner’s guide to BAT and the Brave browser“, by Oliver Dale (Blockonomi, 2018-02-20).
  2. What’s under the hood of the new Brave browser?“, by John E Dunn (Naked Security, 2017-09-07). The author’s conclusion is that, whereas Facebook and Google turn users into products, Brave turns users into tokens.

Read — 2018/05/03

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. ‘Hi, it’s Amazon calling. Here’s what we don’t like in your city.’“, by Shayndi Raice & Laura Stevens (Wall Street Journal). Money has both a voice and influence. Will big business use its clout to further the interests of the business, the directors, or society?
  2. Tolerance is not a moral precept“, by Yonatan Zunger (Extra News Feed). An urging to view tolerance as a peace treaty, not a moral imperative.

In investing news:

  1. Spurned Tesla analysts aren’t pleased with ‘bizarre’ earnings call“, by Ben Eisen (Wall Street Journal). Ugh. To both sides, just grow up and do your job. Oh, and respect your fellow man, like your momma told you.
  2. Tesla can’t make its cash problems disappear“, by Charley Grant (Wall Street Journal). This article comes with a crystal clear undertone.
  3. Why Facebook’s spending is rising“, by Scarlett Ness (Market Realist). The article cites additional hires and data security as two sources of increased spending.

Read — 2018/05/02

Today’s featured articles:

  1. Should the tech giants be more heavily regulated?” (The Economist).
  2. Google vs. Google: how nonstop political arguments rule its workplace“, by Kirsten Grind & Douglas MacMilland (Wall Street Journal).

Other articles:

  1. Seven jobs robots will create — or expand“, by Daniela Hernandez (Wall Street Journal).
  2. A manual for youthful activism, Nigerian style“, by Fareeda Alithnayn Abdulkareem (OZY).
  3. Which is better? Swimming or running“, by Judi Ketteler (Map My Run). The article references this meta-analysis of 27 studies that compiles health benefits of swimming, including maximal oxygen uptake.
  4. 7 things physical therapists want you to know about running injuries“, by Molly Hurford (Map My Run). Most important: If you visit a PT, do what she or he says!
  5. The baseball season when strikeouts overtook hits“, by Jared Diamond (Wall Street Journal).
  6. Kazakhstan bets big on a fintech future“, by Dene-Hern Chen (OZY).
  7. Can the U.S. Navy brave the waves of autonomous warfare?“, by Olivia Miltner (OZY).
  8. Oculus Go is the $200 headset that could make you try VR“, by David Pierce (Wall Street Journal). The skinny: Facebook’s Oculus Go is nowhere near the best VR headset on the market, but it does provide an affordable entry point into the virtual world.

Articles on investing:

  1. Africa’s startup funding deals are entering the million-dollar era“, by Yinka Adegoke (Quartz).
  2. Tesla feels the weight of solar panels“, by Susan Pulliam, Tim Higgins, & Ianthe Jeanne Dugan (Wall Street Journal).
  3. Munro’s Model 3 teardown spells big trouble for Tesla“, by Montana Skeptic (Seeking Alpha). Note that the author is short TSLA.
  4. Payments stocks drop after Amazon pushes its pay system“, by Lily Katz (Bloomberg, 2018-05-02).

Reviews of “The plant paradox”:

  1. ‘The plant paradox’ by Steven Gundry, MD — a commentary“, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Thomas Campbell, MD (Nutrition Studies). An in-depth review (of the first 100 pages, at least) that questions Dr. Gundry’s scholarship and conflict of interest.
  2. Dr. Gundry’s ‘The plant paradox’ is wrong“, by Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM (Nutrition Facts). A cursory look at the book, also finding misread citations and conflict of interest.

Read — 2018/04/27

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Korea talks begin as Kim Jong-un crosses to South’s side of DMZ“, by David E. Sanger & Choe Sang-Hun (NY Times).
  2. Irish are the happiest in Europe: survey“, by Aleksandra Wróbel (Politico).
  3. Michael Cohen to take Fifth Amendment in Stormy Daniels lawsuit“, by Alan Feuer & Benjamin Weiser (NY Times).
  4. Why you should be using a VPN (and how to choose one)“, by Alan Henry (Life Hacker, 2012-09-05).
  5. 44 depression-linked genes identified in the largest risk factor study yet“, by Sarah Sloat (Inverse).
  6. Largest study of its kind identifies 44 genetic risk factors for depression“, by Kristen V. Brown (Gizmodo).
  7. Bank of Japan ditches inflation target date“, by Megumi Fujikawa (Wall Street Journal).
  8. Amazon closes in on title of largest U.S. company“, by Amrith Ramkumar (Wall Street Journal).
  9. Amazon’s fiscal discipline pays off as it more than doubles profit“, by Laura Stevens (Wall Street Journal).
  10. Microsoft rides cloud strength and signals more to come“, by Jay Greene (Wall Street Journal).
  11. Stock funds suffering big outflows as rattled investors rush to the exits“, by Asjylyn Loder (Wall Street Journal).
  12. Think twice before signing on for DocuSign IPO“, by Virginia Backaitis (Seeking Alpha, 2018-04-26).
  13. Thoughts on crypto and the ‘imminent’ altseason“, by DK (Medium).
  14. How Japanese whisky became the world’s best“, by Carey Jones (Vogue).
  15. Celebrity Coachella looks you’ll want to copy” (Style Bistro).

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.