A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: Japan

Read : 2020-05-18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The market v the real economy” (The Economist, 2020-05-07). “There is little euphoria, just a despairing reach for the handful of businesses judged to be all-weather survivors.”
  2. A perky stockmarket v a glum economy” (The Economist, 2020-05-07).
  3. There is less trust between Washington and Beijing than at any point since 1979” (The Economist, 2020-05-09).
  4. ‘Once upon a virus’: China mocks U.S. in Lego-like animation” (Reuters, 2020-05-04). An English translation of the animation can be viewed on YouTube (posted by New China TV).
  5. China’s military is tied to debilitating new cyberattack tool” by Ronen Bergman & Steven Lee Myers (NY Times, 2020-05-07).
  6. Naikon APT: Cyber espionage reloaded” (Check Point Research, 2020-05-07).
  7. Project CAMERASHY: Closing the aperture on China’s Unit 78020” by ThreatConnect Research Team (ThreatConnect, 2015-09-23).
  8. How runners around the world are cooking in quarantine” by Becky Wade (Becky Runs Away, 2020-05-07). As Becky puts it, “a good excuse to check in with friends all over the world”…and share recipes to try.
  9. Advice on life and creative integrity from Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson” by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings, 2013-05-20). Reflections (and “Calvin and Hobbes” comics) on Bill Waterson’s 1990 commencement address at Kenyon College.
  10. Art talk: ‘Painting Edo’” (Harvard Art Museums, 2020-04-29). 10-minute film on early modern Japanese painting with Rachel Saunders, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller curator of Asian art.
  11. Rice memories : Natalie Kirchhoff” by Natalie Kirchhoff (Rice Owls, 2020-05-05). “Looking back, I see the importance of humble confidence and grit. Being confident in one’s ability and having the willingness to persevere day in and day out and not loose hope…”
  12. Rice memories : Lennie Waite” by Lennie Waite (Rice Owls, 2020-05-12). “[F]or the most part, I attached myself to my friends and the training came naturally. We were truly enjoying the process. The 2007 season taught me so many valuable lessons related to team cohesion, support, confidence, the importance of a growth mindset, and it instilled me with faith that the combination of hard work and enjoyment are unbeatable.”
  13. The real Lord of the Flies: What happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months” by Rutger Bregman (The Guardian, 2020-05-09).
  14. China is happy to fill the leadership vacuum left by the U.S.” by Matthias Gebauer, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister & Bernhard Zand (Spiegel, 2020-05-06).
  15. The confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the hacker who saved the Internet” by Andy Greenberg (Wired, 2020-05-12).
  16. The coming disruption” by James D. Walsh (Intelligencer).
  17. Can the women and girls of a small Texas town take back the purity movement?” by Emma Specter (Vogue, 2020-05-14).

And for your (my? our?) sporting entertainment :

  1. BBC’s Andrew Cotter commentates penguin parade on Australia’s Phillip Island” by Matilda Boseley (The Guardian, 2020-05-11).

Read : 2020-02-06

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Landmark computer science proof cascades through physics and math” by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2020-03-04).
  2. February jobs report: U.S. adds a whopping 273k jobs, unemployment rate unexpectedly falls to 3.5%” by Emily McCormick (Yahoo Finance, 2020-03-06). Non-farm payrolls increased by 273k jobs, versus 175k expected. Average hourly earnings increased 0.3% month-on-month and 3.0% year-on-year, both equaling expectations.
  3. Pachinko (novel)” (Wikipedia).

Read : 2020-02-12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The nuclear family was a mistake” by David Brooks (The Atlantic, 2020-03). An extended look at extended family.
  2. How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime” by Harry Low (BBC News, 2017-01-06). Restricted availability, strict ownership conditions, and intentional de-escalation during tense encounters by law enforcement.
  3. ‘The intelligence coup of the century’” by Greg Miller (Washington Post, 2020-02-11). As Bruce Schneier corrects on his blog, “this isn’t really news…What is new is the formerly classified documents describing the details”.
  4. Cybersecurity tips for international travelers” (US Federal Communications Commission).
  5. Airbnb swings to a loss as costs climb ahead of IPO” by Jean Eaglesham, Maureen Farrell, & Kirsten Grind (Wall Street Journal, 2020-02-11).

Read : 2020-01-15

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. N.S.A. takes step toward protecting world’s computers, not just hacking them” by Julian E. Barnes & David E. Sanger (NY Times, 2020-01-14).
  2. She’s Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer, and she thinks #MeToo is ‘dangerous’” by Jan Ransom (NY Times, 2020-01-14).
  3. 10 essential Kenji Mizoguchi films you need to watch” by Nuwantha Fonseka (Taste of Cinema, 2014-07-15).
  4. Better than Ozu and Kurosawa: Mizoguchi” by Richard Brody (The New Yorker, 2014-05-02).
  5. Going after a marathon PR? Molly Huddle has a plan for that” by Mallory Creveling (Women’s Running, 2019-10-15). Huddle echoes Kastor (see her recent autobiography, “Let your mind run”) in stressing the importance of psychology in endurance performance. View others as competitors, not opponents; stay disciplined, especially in the first half of the race; and when the pain and doubt inevitably set in, rather than trying to repress them, instead let them rise and pass, remember your training and (external) motivation.

Read : 2020-01-11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Will we ever figure out how to talk to boys about sex?” by Peggy Orenstein (NY Times, 2020-01-10).
  2. Musk is dancing for a reason” by Louis Stevens (Seeking Alpha, 2020-01-10).
  3. The flaws a Nobel Prize-winning economist wants you to know about yourself” by Eshe Nelson (Quartz, 2017-10-09).
  4. The equality conundrum” by Joshua Rothman (The New Yorker, 2020-01-06).
  5. Japan, the ambiguous, and myself” by Kenzaburō Ōe (Nobel Lecture, 1994-12-07).

Read : 2020-01-09

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The economy is expanding. Why are economists so glum?” by Jim Tankersley & Jeanna Smialek (NY Times, 2020-01-08). Economics is called “the dismal science” for a reason…
  2. Major TikTok security flaws found” by Ronen Bergman, Sheera Frenkel, & Raymond Zhong (NY Times, 2020-01-08). Israel-based cybersecurity firm Check Point uncovered vulnerabilities “core to TikTok’s systems” that could allow hackers to “take control of their accounts” and “retrieve personal information from TikTok user accounts”. TikTok claims to have fixed these vulnerabilities as of 2019-12-15. The article does not make clear to what extent similar vulnerabilities are found in other apps.
  3. PBS’s sexy ‘Sanditon’ finishes what Jane Austen started” by Roslyn Sulcas (NY Times, 2020-01-08).
  4. Before the ‘final solution’ there was a ‘test killing’” by Kenny Fries (NY Times, 2020-01-08). A reminder of the Nazi’s mass killing of 70,000 disabled people in Aktion T4, and of 230,000 disabled people after. The “test killing” was followed by the systematic extermination of millions of “undesirables” in the Holocaust. Beware dehumanizing language and behavior.
  5. The World War II ‘wonder drug’ that never left Japan” by Peter Andreas (Zocalo, 2020-01-08). On the origins and outbreak of amphetamines.
  6. I tried ‘kakeibo’ — the Japanese art of saving money — and it completely changed how I spend my money” by Sarah Harvey (CNBC, 2020-01-08). Mindfulness in money and life.
  7. The danger of absolute thinking is absolutely clear” by Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi (Aeon, 2018-05-02).

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 : 2019-07-08

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 : 2019-05-20

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Goro Shimura, 89, mathematician with broad impact, is dead“, by Kenneth Chang (NY Times 2019-05-13).
  2. Excuse me! The problem with methane“, by Peter Ryaner (Australian Academy of Science). A recent article (“Methane removal and atmospheric restoration“, by R.B. Jackson et al., in Nature Sustainability) suggests using zeolites to reduce CH4 in the atmosphere.
  3. How do you stand to benefit from blockchain and IoT advances?“, by Tracy Leigh Hazzard (Inc., 2019-04-09). Reads like an advertisement for XYO. Gives some ideas for near-future applications of blockchain.

Read : 2019-05-19

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The amazing psychology of Japanese train stations“, by Allan Richarz (City Lab, 2018-05-22). Perhaps what is “amazing” is not the suggestive methods employed, but that transportation and city planners took the care to research and implement them.