A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: Donald Trump

Read : 2020-01-27

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A survivor’s diary emerges from Auschwitz” by Bojan Pancevski (Wall Street Journal, 2020-01-24).
  2. Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years on” by Vanessa Gera (Associated Press News, 2020-01-27).
  3. What if competition isn’t as ‘natural’ as we think?” by John Favini (Slate, 2020-01-23).
  4. Kobe Bryant’s brilliant and complicated legacy” by Marc Stein (NY Times, 2020-01-26).
  5. Switch from your internet provider’s email to something better” by Whitson Gordon (NY Times, 2020-01-24). A how-to guide with recommendations.
  6. These people really care about fonts” by Fabrice Robinet (NY Times, 2020-01-24). And so can you!
  7. What if it were Obama on trial?” by Nicholas Kristof (NY Times, 2020-01-25).
  8. Your inability to do pullups is all in your head” by Christie Aschwanden (Medium, 2020-01-22). OK, actually, it isn’t, until it is. This article includes links to Marine Lt. Col. Misty Posey’s pull-up manifesto and pull-up training guide.

    Technique is important, Posey says. Grip the bar tightly with your pinkie knuckle over the top of the bar. Tuck in your pelvis, and keep your abs tight. Pull your arms down into your shoulder sockets, and keep your shoulders down (the opposite of shrugging). Hang your legs straight, and keep your head neutral. As you begin the exercise, keep your abs and glutes tight, and concentrate on pulling your elbows to your ribs and your chin over the bar (don’t lift your chin up).

Two references related to investing (always do your own research!):

  1. Blue Origin: Time for liftoff?” by Michael Wenner (EquityZen, 2020-01-24). Light on content.
  2. Renewables to lead world energy usage by 2050: 3 stocks to buy” by Aparajita Dutta (Yahoo!Finance, 2020-01-14). Bloom Energy Corp (BE), JinkoSolar Holding (JKS), and Sunrun (RUN).

Read : 2019-11-26

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Bad thinkers“, by Quassim Cassam (Aeon, 2015-03-13).
  2. How running ruined my relationship, killed my faith…and saved my life“, by Allison Stockman (Narratively, 2018-04-16).
  3. My kids loved ‘Frozen 2’, but I am deeply confused“, by Michelle Ruiz (Vogue, 2019-11-25).
  4. Philip Roth, the incomparable American novelist, has died at eighty-five” (The New Yorker, 2018-05-22).
  5. The West at an impasse“, by Ross Douthat (NY Times, 2018-12-19).

Read : 2019-10-22

Top articles:

  1. Snowden in the labyrinth“, by Jonathan Lethem (The New York Review of Books, 2019-10-24). A thoughtful analysis of and reflection on Edward Snowden’s memoir, “Permanent record”.

Other articles:

  1. History is made as Eliud Kipchoge becomes the first human to break the two-hour marathon barrier” (INEOS 1:59 Challenge, 2019-10-12).
  2. Marathon records test the limits of human physiology and shoe technology“, by Joshua Robinson (Wall Street Journal, 2019-10-13).
  3. Should consumers be able to sell their own personal data?“, by Christopher Tonetti & Cameron F. Kerry (Wall Street Journal, 2019-10-13).
  4. How ‘white guilt’ in the age of Trump shapes the Democratic primary“, by Astead W. Herndon (New York Times, 2019-10-13).
  5. Overlooked no more: Mitsuye Endo, a name linked to justice for Japanese-Americans“, by Stephanie Buck (New York Times, 2019-10-13).
  6. Extra time: how smart exercise keeps you younger for longer“, by Neil Tweedie (The Guardian, 2018-04-29).
  7. College volleyball rankings: The toughest tests left for the top teams“, by Michella Chester (NCAA, 2019-10-15). Baylor vs Texas. Twice.
  8. China weaponizes education to control Tibet“, by Ben Halder (OZY, 2019-10-16). Is Tibet the only place where this happens, and the Chinese government the only perpetrator? Are there not unnerving parallels to central control of education in other countries? perhaps yours?
  9. Dogs 101: Everything you should know about bathing your dog” (DogTime). Brush before bathing, use lukewarm water (dog skin is sensitive!), use dog shampoo (dog skin is sensitive!), rinse very very well, air dry, TREATS!!!
  10. Start your autonomous engines (Rivian vs. Cruise vs. Uber ATG“, by Michael Wenner (EquityZen, 2019-10-16). An overview of three companies involved with electric and autonomous vehicles.
  11. How to talk to a woman“, by John Gorman (Medium, 2018-01-29).
  12. Ordinary people focus on the outcome. Extraordinary people focus on the process.“, by Anthony Moore (Medium, 2018-08-28).
  13. 10 habits of consistently happy people“, by Anton Chevalier (Medium, 2019-04-08).

Math and science articles:

  1. Inherited learning? It happens, but how is uncertain“, by Viviane Callier (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-16).
  2. With category theory, mathematics escapes from equality“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-10).
  3. Alexander Grothendieck (1928-2014)“, by David Mumford & John Tate (Nature, 2015-01-14). In memoriam.

On derived categories and infinity categories:

  1. The language of infinity-categories” (Kerodon).
  2. Emily Riehl” (Johns Hopkins University). Dr. Riehl’s home page.
  3. Lectures on infinity categories“, by Vladimir Hinich (arXiv, 2018-11-04).
  4. Understanding the derived infinity category“, by Akhil Mathew (Climbing Mount Bourbaki. 2012-07-14).
  5. Gabriel’s theorem and birational geometry“, by John Calabrese & Roberto Pirisi (2018-04-06).

Read : 2019-10-01

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Diplomacy in the crossfire of Donald Trump’s impeachment battle” (The Economist, 2019-09-29).
  2. Kenenisa Bekele’s huge day at the Berlin Marathon“, by Martin Fritz Huber (Outside Online). In the men’s race, Bekele crosses the finish first in 2:01:41.
  3. Sara Hall runs massive PR in Berlin, takes 5th place“, by Roger Robinson (Runner’s World, 2019-09-29). In the women’s race, Ashete Bekere crosses the finish first in 2:20:14, 7 seconds ahead of Mare Dibaba. Sara Hall of the United States ran a monster PR with a 5th-place finish in 2:22:16.
  4. Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar banned 4 years for doping“, by Runner’s World Editors (Runner’s World, 2019-10-01). Salazar denies all accusations and plans to appeal.
  5. A historical look at Rice decathletes“, by Lance Phegley (Rice Owls, 2019-09-28).
  6. Disney investors are on edge but the growth story keeps getting better“, by Michael Henage (Seeking Alpha, 2019-10-01).
  7. Netflix has a 60% problem“, by Michael Henage (Seeking Alpha, 2019-09-30).

Read : 2019-09-28

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Harvard EdCast: Understanding immigration“, by Jill Anderson (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2019-09-18). An interview with Harvard Professor Roberto Gonzales.
  2. Now-ranked Rice Owls volleyball enjoy signature win” (KHOU News, 2019-09-25).
  3. Exercise is medicine“, by Lindsay Peyton (Houston Chronicle, 2019-09-26).

Articles on multiplication (multiplication? yes, multiplication!):

  1. On your mark, get set, multiply“, by Patrick Honner (Quanta Magazine, 2019-09-23). A look at the Karatsuba algorithm.
  2. Mathematicians discover the perfect way to multiply“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-04-11). Clocking multiplication algorithms.

Selected articles about Trump, Ukraine, and American politics:

  1. The impeachment inquiry: Off and running but with some key blind spots” (OZY, 2019-09-25). An interview with former CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin.
  2. Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry, says Trump’s courting of foreign political help is a ‘betrayal of national security’“, by Rachael Bade, Mike DeBonis, & Karoun Demirjian (Washington Post, 2019-09-24).
  3. Today may be the most important day of Trump’s tenure“, by Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post, 2019-09-24). An opinion piece that captures well the prevailing politicized sentiments. “Pelosi likes to say public sentiment is everything.” This fiasco is not solely about morality, abuse of power, etc. It is also political warfare, assertion of power, and total domination.
  4. Whistleblower alleges White House effort to conceal details of Trump call with Ukraine“, by Dustin Volz, Warren P. Strobel, & Siobhan Hughes (Wall Street Journal, 2019-09-26).
  5. Whistleblower complaint” (Wall Street Journal).
  6. Donald Trump urged Ukraine to investigate the Bidens“, by Lexington (The Economist, 2019-09-25).
  7. The move towards impeachment marks a dangerous shift” (The Economist, 2019-09-26).
  8. Trump call transcript summary shows he pressed Ukranian president to probe Biden“, by Grace Segers, Katrhyn Watson, Clare Hymes, & Emily Tillett (CBS, 2019-09-25). This article embeds the five-page call transcript.
  9. 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak” (Wikipedia). CrowdStrike is one of the cybersecurity firms cited as having “reviewed the DNC servers” and alleged that the source of the DNC hacks was two Russian intelligence groups. Wikipedia also cites Comey as stating that CrowdStrike gave the FBI “copies of the [DNC] servers and all the information on them, as well as access to forensics”.

Read : 2019-09-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Exclusive: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017“, by Jim Sciutto (CNN, 2019-09-10). The article states that “a person directly involved in the discussions” alleges that the exfiltration “was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump…could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy”. The CIA director of public affairs is quoted as saying “CNN’s narrative…is inaccurate”. The article concludes with “the whereabouts of the asset [i.e. the spy] today are unknown to CNN”. No duh.
  2. California Assembly passes bill that brings state to verge of rules showdown with NCAA“, by Steve Berkowitz (USA Today, 2019-09-09). The pass was unanimous. Remarks by NCAA president Mark Emmert and bill sponsor Sydney Kamlager-Dove suggest the issue has become a power struggle, with the student-athletes as pawns. Sad.
  3. A new reason to buy Amazon and no one noticed“, by The European View (Seeking Alpha, 2019-09-09). A philosophical (i.e. little data) analysis of network effects. This article argues that a ruling by Düsseldorf’s Higher Regional Court (concerning Facebook’s use of user data) suggests that “competition authorities are no longer able to regulate…companies on consumer protection grounds alone”.

Read : 2019-08-16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. What’s the deal with that inverted yield curve? A sports analogy might help“, by Neil Irwin (NY Times, 2019-08-15).
  2. Many democrats love Elizabeth Warren. They also worry about her.“, by Jonathan Martin (NY Times, 2019-08-15). The article highlights a shocking degree of prejudice and pragmatism in the American electorate.
  3. How world leaders ruined the global economy“, by Steven Rattner (NY Times, 2019-08-15). Technocratic sentiment, through and through, but this quote rings true:

    Any chief executive officer who botched his or her job as badly as most of these leaders have would be fired.

Read : 2019-07-08

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Can Khan Academy scale to educate anyone, anywhere?“, by Brian Kenny (Cold Call Podcast, 2019-06-18). How does Professor Bill Sahlman’s business background frame and bias his analysis?
  2. Delving into the mysticism of music“, by Janet Maslin (NY Times, 1992-11-13). A review of the film “Tous les matins du monde” (“All the mornings of the world“), directed by Alain Corneau.
  3. Behold, the most (intentionally) poorly designed website ever created“, by Samuel Axon (Ars Technica, 2019-07-04).
  4. While Trump isolates the U.S., it’s ‘let’s make a deal’ for the rest of the world“, by Keith Johnson (Foreign Policy, 2019-07-03).
  5. The making of the mighty Megan Rapinoe“, by Eugene S. Robinson (OZY, 2019-07-02).
  6. Selling your private information is a terrible idea“, by Sarah Jeong (NY Times, 2019-07-05). A topic worthy of discussion. The analogy to selling kidneys? Misapplied at best, intentionally misleading at worst.
  7. This reporter asks a lot of questions. In Japan, that makes her unusual.“, by Motoko Rich (NY Times, 2019-07-05). Are such cultural comparisons better read in the mindset of tradeoffs rather than moral absolutes?
  8. Democracy is for the gods“, by Costica Bradatan (NY Times, 2019-07-05). “Genuine democracy is difficult to achieve and once achieved, fragile. In the grand scheme of human events, it [has been] the exception, not the rule.”

Read : 2019-07-03

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. China snares tourists’ phones in surveillance dragnet by adding secret app“, by Raymond Zhong (NY Times, 2019-07-02).
  2. Meet the man quietly building the Tesla of trucks, with Jeff Bezos aboard“, by Nelson D. Schwartz (NY Times, 2019-07-02). R.J. Scaringe of Rivian.
  3. Judy Shelton in her own words“, by David Harrison (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-02). N.B. While the article promises direct quotes, it doesn’t promise any context.
  4. After a breakthrough, you should back off, not press forward“, by Steve Magness (Science of Running, 2019-06-29). Consider consolidating your gains before moving to exploit them.

Read : 2019-05-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Stop looking for love; start working for it.“, by Esther Wilding (Medium, 2018-08-22). Blame the poets.
  2. How to teach your kid they don’t have to be perfect at everything“, by Michelle Woo (Life Hacker, 2019-05-07). Rebecca Newkirk, “a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in helping people overcome perfectionism”, shares her expertise. Newkirk couches much of her explanation in terms of the parent-child relationship. In any case, perfectionism is a response to uncertainty, a way to feel safe. The catch is, perfectionism keeps us in our comfort zone, while growth occurs just outside. Simply put, perfectionism curtails growth. A good line: “I love how you express yourself with the outfits you put together.”
  3. The country that trusts Trump the most may surprise you“, by Justin Higginbottom (OZY, 2019-02-14). Filipinos laud Trump’s directness, avoidance of empty promises, and personality.
  4. How Chinese Australians could swing the election down under“, by Erin Cook (OZY, 2019-05-13). Strength in numbers.