A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: National Security Agency (NSA)

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 : 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 : 2019-09-17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. In Edward Snowden’s new memoir, the disclosure this time are personal“, by Jennifer Szalai (NY Times, 2019-09-13).
  2. Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in jail for her role in college admissions cheating scandal“, by Katie Reilly (Time, 2019-09-13).
  3. ‘There’s no such thing as cold, hard reality’: Meet the Hyperloop’s truest believers“, by Aaron Gordon (Jalopnik, 2019-09-16).

Read : 2019-09-14

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. In Edward Snowden’s new memoir, the disclosures this time are personal“, by Jennifer Szalai (NY Times, 2019-09-13).
  2. Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in jail for her role in college admissions cheating scandal“, by Katie Reilly (Time, 2019-09-13).
  3. ‘There’s no such thing as cold, hard reality’: meet the hyperloop’s truest believers“, by Aaron Gordon (Jalopnik, 2019-09-09).

Read : 2019-06-15

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why the NSA called me after midnight and requested my source code“, by Peter Avritch (Medium, 2018-10-23). Part of me appreciates the author’s desire to protect others. Part of me wonders why someone (or some organization) that wants your help can’t share a little more about what your help is actually going to be used for. (Oh, right, the secrecy is meant to protect us.) Part of me realizes there is very little individuals can do against modern state power. Part of me is impressed that individuals are still willing to band together and try and, sometimes, prevail (see Hong Kong), at least on the surface.

In the crypto world, several announcements about exchanges delisting certain coins for, or outright blocking, US users. None of the articles cites a reason. Presumably the delisted coins are not “US compliant”.

  1. Binance DEX website will geoblock users from 29 countries, including the US“, by Adrian Zmudzinski (Coin Telegraph, 2019-06-02).
  2. Crypto exchange Bittrex to block US users from trading in 32 cryptos“, by Adrian Zmudzinski (Coin Telegraph, 2019-06-09).
  3. US residents will lose access to many altcoins on Binance starting in September“, by Max Broddy (Coin Telegraph, 2019-06-15). I think what the article title means is, Certain altcoins will be untradable for US users, via any (legally registered) market, when Binance becomes unavailable to US users (though I thought this was scheduled to happen 1 July, not in September).

Read : 2019-06-02

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Are we fighting a war on homelessness? Or a war on the homeless?“, by Ginia Bellafante (NY Times, 2019-05-31).
  2. NSA denies its cyberweapon was used in Baltimore attack, congressman says“, by Scott Shane & Nicole Perlroth (NY Times, 2019-05-31).
  3. A new era of money #Facebook coin“, by Sarvesh Mathi (Altcoin Magazine, 2019-03-30). “[T]he digital currency will be a stable coin and will be first made available for foreign remittances on WhatsApp.” The author speculates that Facebook’s cryptocurrency will attract users via its convenience and low(er) transaction fees. The author notes similarities between Facebook’s purported plan and WeChat’s payments model.
  4. Why specialization can be a downside in our ever-changing world“, by Angela Chen (Verge, 2019-05-30). An interview with David Epstein about ideas in his new book, Range, discussing the merits of and dynamics between specialists and generalists. I like the quote from Herminia Ibarra he mentions: “We learn who we are in practice, not in theory.” Recalls an observation that great scientists of the 19th century (and probably other centuries, too) kept reflective journals. Also, Epstein’s discussion of science curiosity (versus science knowledge) makes me think about the flat-earth documentary “Behind the curve”.

Also, cool to know:

  1. The cost of ceiling fans vs. air conditioning: what’s the difference?“, by Gil (, 2012-07-26). Be aware of the website’s potential bias!