A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

MLK Day — 2017-01-16

Two speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

  1. “I have a dream” (1963-08-28) — audio and text
  2. “Beyond Vietnam” (1967-04-04) — audio and text

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).

Read — 2017/01/02

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. 2017’s next big fitness craze? Performance-enhancing drugs“, by Ben Hammersley (Wired).
  2. The sci-fi author bridging America and China“, by Libby Coleman (OZY).
  3. Make resolutions for other people“, by Taylor Mayol (OZY).

Running-shoe reviews

  1. 2015 Spring shoe review” (Club Running Magazine, 2015 Spring, p 12). Enter full-screen mode to facilitate reading.

Read — 2016/12/31

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The college of Chinese wisdom“, by Michael Puett & Christine Gross-Loh (WSJ, 2016-04-01). Why trying to answer “Who am I?” by looking inside yourself is like trying to watch a film with a single still-frame. The philosophy of “setting trajectories in motion” offers flexibility and liberation.

Read — 2016/12/20

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Las Vegas’s city government is now powered by 100% renewable energy, and more cities will follow“, by Michael J. Coren (Quartz).
  2. With electoral college vote, Trump’s win is official“, by Ed O’Keefe (Washington Post).
  3. Electoral College final results: 7 ‘faithless electors’; Trump officially wins presidency“, by Leada Gore (

Read — 2016/12/16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. This runner’s 20-pound weight gain went viral for the best reason“, by Cindy Kuzma (Runner’s World). Rachele Schulist’s story reveals the short-term benefits of racing super-thin — and its long-term costs.
  2. Balancing act: athletes detail the difficulties of life at Rice“, by Andrew Grottkau (Rice Thresher). In addition to the demands of their training and competitions, student athletes are expected to hurdle academic and social obstacles that nonathletes may not realize.

Read — 2016/12/13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A united Africa? Leaders revive a dream“, by Taylor Mayol (OZY).
  2. Bob Dylan’s subversively humble Nobel speech“, by Spencer Kornhaber (The Atlantic).

Read — 2016/12/07

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. America’s best hope” (The Economist).
  2. Tech firms shell out to hire and hoard talent” (The Economist).

Read — 2016/12/06

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Can you get too much protein?” by Roni Caryn Rabin (NY Times). Protein and protein supplements are more available than ever, but nutritionists and doctors simply don’t know the long-term effects of excess protein consumption.