A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: exercise

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 : 2019-09-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. No, your kid shouldn’t get a gold star for reading“, by Pamela Paul (NY Times, 2019-08-30). The author argues that the role of parents is to nurture in their children internal motivation for reading. She does not discuss that external motivation can provide scaffolding within which internal motivation can be built.
  2. Everything we know about exercise and depression“, by Brad Stulberg (Outside, 2019-09-11).
  3. When silent films were a force for world peace“, by Ryan Jay Friedman (Zócalo, 2019-09-11).
  4. Improving our relationship with failure“, by Steve Magness (The Passion Paradox, 2019-09-11). Our notion of success and failure is shaped by our expectations, comparisons, and goals. Coach Magness advocates setting process-oriented goals in addition to outcome-oriented ones.
  5. Special briefing: Can Trump reverse a global recession“, by OZY editors (OZY, 2019-08-16).
  6. ECB launches major stimulus package, cuts key rate“, by Tom Fairless (Wall Street Journal, 2019-09-12).

Read : 2019-06-29

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Jane Austen’s tips for ‘health and happiness’“, by Bryan Kozlowksi (History Extra, 2019-06-25). Besides marry well, and marry rich. Joking aside, intriguing article.

Read : 2018-12-15

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The real roots of American rage“, by Charles Duhigg (The Atlantic, 2019-01/02).
  2. “The essence of [political] campaigns today is anger and fear. That’s how you win.”

  3. Exercise wins: Fit seniors can have hearts that look 30 years younger“, by Patti Neighmond (NPR, 2018-12-10).
  4. To curb ghost workers and coffee corruption, Africa turns to blockchain“, by Kizito Makoye (OZY, 2018-12-14).
  5. Airbnb and Slack are considering untraditional IPOs that box out bankers like Spotify did“, by Theodore Schleifer (Recode, 2018-12-10).

And an intriguing website:

  1. Moral machine“, by Scalable Cooperation at MIT Media Lab (MIT).

Read — 2018-08-22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The exercise that helps mental health most“, by Sumathi Reddy (Wall Street Journal, 2018-08-20). Team sports, perhaps unsurprisingly.
  2. Venezuela devalues currency and raises minimum wage by 3,000%“, by Tom Phillips (The Guardian, 2018-08-20). Yikes. “[N]o experts were involved.” Yikes.
  3. The country where happiness and inequality go hand in hand“, by Jules Franco (OZY, 2018-08-21).
  4. 50 years after Prague Spring, lessons on freedom (and a broken spirit)“, by Marc Santora (NY Times, 2018-08-20). Brutally honest photos and writing. See also the (admittedly biased) CIA’s article “A look back…the Prague Spring and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovokia“.
  5. The untold story of NotPetya, the most devastating cyberattack in history“, by Andy Greenberg (Wired, 2018-08-22).
  6. After the bitcoin boom: hard lessons for cryptocurrency investors“, by Nathaniel Popper & Su-Hyun Lee (NY Times, 2018-08-20). With power comes responsibility. Many of those in power in the crypto spheres seem to have little responsibility. The article also brings to mind a quote from Murakami Haruki’s book “Norwegian wood”:

    Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.

  7. Bill Cunningham, style maven, leaves behind a memoir and it’s ‘a real dilly’“, by Dwight Garner (NY Times, 2018-08-20).
  8. Let’s retire the phrase ‘privacy policy’“, by Joseph Turow (NY Times, 2018-08-20). An eye-opening article on how much — or how little — Americans understand about online privacy, and how little Americans understand about the world in which they now live.

Read — 2018-08-03

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A medical school in Japan didn’t want too many women. So it lowered their grades.“, by Rebecca Tan (Washington Post, 2018-08-02). (At least) two takeaways. First, severe gender bias persists in “modern” society, and it’s often viewed as OK, or legitimatized by a “higher” end. Second, academia assuming the role of society’s fixer or guardian can backfire. Are there implications for other social aims of many universities (e.g., wealth redistribution)?
  2. Worshiping the false idols of wellness“, by Jen Gunter (NY Times, 2018-08-01). The term “wellness-industrial complex” says it all.
  3. Take a vacation from exercise? Your body may not thank you“, by Gretchen Reynolds (NY Times, 2018-08-01). Two recent studies seem to suggest that the older we get, the more important it is to exercise every day. A Dory told us in “Finding Nemo”, just keep swimming…
  4. How do I stop wanting to cheat?“, by Cheryl Strayed & Steve Almond (NY Times, 2018-07-031). Some blunt advice on relationships.
  5. What should I do about my very rude son-in-law?“, by Philip Galanes (NY Times, 2018-08-02). Some even blunter advice on relationships. N.B. I do not agree that one should “pretend”. I fully agree with everything in Mr. Galanes’s response to the modeling question. Right on!
  6. Staying slim during pregnancy carries a price“, by Dennis Normile (Science, 2018-08-03). Namely, smaller babies and smaller adults.
  7. Major quantum computing advance made obsolete by teenager“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2018-07-31). Better title: “Advance” in quantum computing shown valid in classical computing as well.
  8. The top data structures you should know for your next coding interview“, by Fahim ul Haq (freeCodeCamp, 2018-07-30). Linked lists, tries, and hash tables, oh my!
  9. Cracking eAadhar password in 2 seconds with maths“, by Somdev Sangwan (Noteworthy, 2018-07-30).
  10. The moment when you realize every server in the world is vulnerable“, by Carl Tashian (freeCodeCamp, 2016-08-24).

Running-shoe reviews

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

Read — 2016/10/13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The way ahead“, by Barack Obama (The Economist). Unfinished business and the challenges ahead.
  2. Italy’s open literary secret“, by Beppe Severgnini (NY Times). The ballyhoo surrounding the identity of author Elena Ferrante.
  3. Gyms that make you want to exercise more“, by Rachel Bachman (Wall Street Journal). Because layout matters.


Online references for proper squat technique:

  1. Squat: proper form, benefits, muscles worked — the definitive exercise guide” (Stronglifts).

Read — 2015/07/12

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Does it really matter exactly when the Fed raises rates?“, by Neil Irwin (NY Times). Commentary on “the yawning gap that can appear between Economics 101 and Markets 101”. Long-term trajectory, rational thinking, expectations, and cheap talk.
  2. To lose weight, eating less is far more important than exercising more“, by Aaron E. Carroll (NY Times). Exercise has many health benefits, just not weight loss. For weight loss, it’s all about calorie (ac)counting.
  3. Traces of earliest stars that enriched cosmos are spied“, by Dennis Overbye (NY Times). The life cycle of stars is fascinating, each generation literally forging materials for the next. Population I, II, and III stars.
  4. NASA is seriously considering terraforming part of the moon with robots“, by Kelsey D. Atherton (Popular Science).
  5. What it’s like as a ‘girl’ in the lab“, by Sarah Clatterbuck Soper (NY Times). Insightful article.

    Twenty-first-century science has a great deal in common with the medieval apprentice system.

    One wonders how science continually advances the “cutting edge” in spite of itself.

    [T]his is no different from the hard choices other ambitious women face in many fields.

    Gender hurdles appear outside of science, too. Stay aware that bias — gender, racial, socioeconomic — exists, and stay vigilant.