A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: technology

Read : 2020-05-26

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Graduate student solves decades-old Conway knot problem” by Erica Klarreich (Quanta Magazine, 2020-05-19).
  2. The world’s greatest coach is not who you think” by Joshua Robinson & Ben Cohen (Wall Street Journal, 2020-05-19). Water polo legend Ratko Rudic.
  3. The mystical, mind-sharing lives of tulpamancers” by Katie Tandy (Narratively, 2019-12-12).
  4. Jacinda Ardern sold a drastic lockdown with straight talk and mom jokes” by Damien Cave (NY Times, 2020-05-23).
  5. Money and modern life” by Daniel Lopez (Aeon, 2020-05-25).
  6. What is the difference between ‘metonymy’ and ‘synechdoche’?” (Merriam-Webster).
  7. Till we have faces” (Wikipedia). A novel by C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman (husband and wife).
  8. Humpback whales have made a remarkable recovery, giving us hope for the planet” by Dr. Kirsten Thompson (Time, 2020-05-16).
  9. Over 100 million in China’s northeast face renewed lockdown” (Bloomberg News, 2020-05-18).
  10. Does contact tracing necessarily sacrifice privacy? (via Nicky Case)” by 3Blue1Brown (YouTube, 2020-05-14).

Good to know : HTML, LaTeX, and hyperreferences to particular pages of a pdf :

  1. Create a URL to open a PDF file at a specific page” (Adobe).
  2. # converting to %23 in links to external PDFs” (GitHub).

Also good to know : The meaning behind the lyrics of “Yankee Doodle” :

  1. Why did Yankee Doodle call a feather ‘macaroni’?” (Merriam-Webster).

Read : 2020-02-03

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. How Nike broke running” by Matt Burgess (Wired, 2020-02-01). A look at how the technology in Nike’s Vaporfly shoes have affected the sport.
  2. Two things can be true, but one is always mentioned first” by Jeremy Gordon (The Outline, 2020-01-27). This article calls for a balanced, holistic (re)view of a person (in this case, Kobe Bryant), and fails to give it.

Read : 2020-01-24

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Operation Encore and the Saudi connection: A secret history of the 9/11 investigation” by Tim Golden & Sebastian Rotella (ProPublica, 2020-01-23).
  2. Feel like kids, spouse, work giving you gray hair? They may be” by Jessica Lau (The Harvard Gazette, 2020-01-22).
  3. Brain gain: A person can instantly blossom into a savant — and no one knows why” by Darold A. Treffert (Scientific American, 2018-07-25). Dr. Treffert has “studied savant syndrome for over 50 years” and maintains a page of resources on savant syndrome at SSM Health.
  4. The myth of self-reliance” by Jenny Odell (The Paris Review, 2020-01-15). The author’s eyes are opened to the interdependency of even self-reliant human beings. The end of the article comes across as “look how woke I am, now”, to me.
  5. At what age does our ability to learn a new language like a native speaker disappear?” by Dana G. Smith (Scientific American, 2018-05-04). Although the study had more than 600,000 online respondents, some researchers question its conclusions. Responses were self-reported, and the study created its own test of language proficiency rather than using an existing one.
  6. Introduction to human behavioral biology” by Robert Sapolsky (YouTube, 2011-02-01). 57m14s video.
  7. Niiya sets Japanese record in dominant Houston Half performance” by David Monti (FloTrack, 2020-01-19).
  8. Answering your questions: The World Marathon Majors” by Terrell Johnson (The Half Marathoner, 2019-07-17).
  9. Why you should stop fully charging your smartphone now” by Janine E. Mooney (EE World Online, 2015-11-09). Rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are ubiquitous in consumer electronics, but the technology has an inherent limit on the number of times a Li-ion battery can be recharged. To maximize the life of your Li-ion battery, this article (and others) recommend keeping your battery’s charge between 40% and 80%.

Read : 2020-01-06

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why do people mistake narcissism for high self-esteem?” by Scott Barry Kaufman (Scientific American, 2018-12-03).
  2. Can hidden networks of suburban women swing the Midwest blue?” by Mark Oprea (OZY, 2020-01-06).
  3. Why printers add secret tracking dots” by Chris Baraniuk (BBC Future, 2017-06-07).
  4. Ben Franklin effect” (Wikipedia).

PSA : Consensus holds that most vitamins that are past their expiration date aren’t dangerous, just less potent [1,2,3]. But if you see mold, throw them away (mixed with an unappealing substance such as coffee grounds or cat litter (to make them less appealing to animals), in a sealed bag or container [4,5])!

Read : 2019-12-24

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why you can’t help but act your age” by Anil Ananthaswamy (Nautilus, 2017-06).
  2. How bad is tech use for kids, really?” by Nir Eyal (NirandFar, ????).
  3. What unites Republicans may be changing. Same with Democrats.” by Perry Bacon Jr. (FiveThirtyEight, 2019-12-17).
  4. Photons, quasars and the possibility of free will” by Brian Koberlein (Scientific American, 2018-11-21).
  5. My semester with the snowflakes” by James Hatch (Medium, 2019-12-21). A sincere reflection by a 52-year-old former Navy SEAL and current freshman at Yale.

Read : 2019-08-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Hong Kong protestors overwhelm airports for second day“, by Jon Emont (Wall Street Journal, 2019-08-13).
  2. Protests put Hong Kong on collision course with China’s communist party“, by Javier C. Hernández & Amy Qin (NY Times, 2019-08-12).
  3. With pens, paper and motorcycles, journalists chronicle Kashmir crackdown“, by Sameer Yasir & Jeffrey Gettleman (NY Times, 2019-08-12).
  4. Two ebola drugs show promise amid ongoing outbreak“, by Amy Maxmen (Nature, 2019-08-12). Two drugs, REGN-EB3 and mAB114, are derived from ebola antibodies. Both led to a 90% survival rate when administered shortly after initial infection.
  5. Harry Reid: The filibuster is suffocating the will of the American people“, by Harry Reid (NY Times, 2019-08-12).
  6. It’s 2043. We need a new American dream for the A.I. revolution“, by Baobao Zhang (NY Times, 2019-08-12).

Read : 2019-07-11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. This lidar is so cheap it could make self-driving a reality“, by Alex Davies (Wired, 2019-07-11). The company Luminar claims its Iris lidar unit — soda-can sized, 2 pounds, 15 watts, 250-meter range — can be produced for “as little as $500”.

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 : 2019-06-26

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Huawei telecom gear much more vulnerable to hackers than rivals’ equipment, report says“, by Kate O’Keeffe & Dustin Volz (Wall Street Journal, 2019-06-25). In a report, US-based cybersecurity firm Finite State analyzes “more than 1.5 million files embedded within 9,936 firmware images supporting 558 different products” made by Huawei. Finite State also compares the security of the Huawei CE12800 network switch to two others (Arista 7280R and Juniper EX4650) (pp 39 – 41).
  2. When gravity breaks down“, by Sabine Hossenfelder (Nautilus, 2019-02-15).
  3. Republicans don’t understand democrats — and democrats don’t understand republicans“, by Yascha Mounk (The Atlantic, 2019-06-23). A summary of findings from “The perception gap” study, run by More in Common. The study blames “negative partisanship” on misunderstanding (and misrepresentation) of the beliefs of opposing political parties. Media exposure is positively correlated to this misunderstanding, as is (shockingly) education, for democrats. “[Democrats] with a postgrad degree have a way more skewed view of Republicans than anybody else.” The article concludes that the situation is “deeply worrying” and “downright disturbing”. But is it unexpected? Isn’t convincing the electorate that there are only two viable options (a false dilemma), and that the alternative is evil incarnate, an effective way to secure votes and cling to power? Should big media be held accountable for creating and promoting this poisonous political atmosphere, in the way that some are clamoring for big tech to be held accountable for purported abuse of their power?

Read : 2019-05-21

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy“, by Eliza Mackintosh (CNN, 2019).
  2. Australia’s China challenge“, by Damien Cave (NY Times, 2019-05-20).
  3. Key habits heighly effective runners share“, by Molly Hurford (MapMyRun, 2019-05-13). Revisiting Covey’s “7 habits”, with running in (and on the) mind. She discusses useful mindsets, like cultivating a healthy relationship with racing and understanding the principles of your training.
  4. Facebook is experimenting with robots to push its AI forward“, by James Vincent (Verge, 2019-05-20).
  5. Sophie Turner on ‘Game of thrones’, Sansa’s end and ‘disrespectful’ fan reactions“, by Jeremy Egner (NY Times, 2019-05-20). Her reaction to fans’ “vitriol” — not surprised, look outside yourself — is telling.
  6. Ever wonder how bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) actually work?“, by 3Blue1Brown (YouTube, 2017-07-07).