From the Archives: 3/29/2013 Edition

How the last king of Rwanda ended up living on public assistance in Virginia

http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/print/2013/03/27/a-king-with-no-country.php

 

The perfect life of Hugh Hefner

http://www.esquire.com/print-this/hugh-hefner-interview-0413?page=all

 

The Business of Literature

http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2013/spring/nash-business-literature/

 

Portugal, 12 years after decriminalizing drugs

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/evaluating-drug-decriminalization-in-portugal-12-years-later-a-891060.html

 

Interview with Athanasios Orphanides, governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus 2007-2012

http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2013/03/interview-athanasios-orphanides

 

Why so many jobs are crappy (warning: math heavy)

http://heteconomist.com/why-so-many-jobs-are-crappy/

 

The Evolution of King James

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9109245/how-lebron-james-transformed-game-become-highly-efficient-scoring-machine

 

The History of GI Joe

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/design/2013/03/now-you-know-the-history-of-g-i-joe-and-knowing-is-half-the-battle/

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From the Archives: 3/28/2013 Edition

Spitballing Indy: How to make a Hollywood Blockbuster

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/03/spitballing-indy.html

 

A drone in every garage! (A chicken in every pot!)

http://the-magazine.org/13/ground-control-part-1

 

Inside the plot to kill Justin Bieber

http://www.details.com/culture-trends/critical-eye/201304/plot-to-kill-justin-bieber?currentPage=1

 

Regulatory Moneyball: What Washington can learn from Baseball

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139082/cass-r-sunstein/regulatory-moneyball?page=show 

 

IPO Man, the man who sold himself to investors at $1 a share

http://www.wired.com/business/2013/03/ipo-man/all/

 

Let it Bleed: The Great Depression Redux 😦

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/the-great-depression-redux-by-j–bradford-delong

 

The rise of the (Dallas) Mavericks

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9107499/how-dallas-mavericks-got-back-playoff-chase-western-conference

 

How Samsung Became the worlds number one smartphone maker

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-28/how-samsung-became-the-worlds-no-dot-1-smartphone-maker

From the Archives: 3/27/2013 Edition

Apologies for the lateness. It’s the man, keeping me down. 

 

Will the Chinese be supreme? 

 

Gay Marriage Hits the Supreme Court

 

Carl Ichan Unleashed 

 

How the Science of Swarms can help us fight cancer and predict the future

 

The Passion of Lew Wallace: How a Disgraced Civil War General became a great novelist

 

Dude, you’re getting a buyout

and

 

What’s going on in Iraq (he wondered out loud, to no one in particular)

 

Crowdfunding Cancer Research

From the Archives: 3/26/2013 Edition

The Dijsselbloem Principle: Let ‘em fail

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/03/25/the-dijsselbloem-principle/

and

http://dealbreaker.com/2013/03/cyprus-was-the-template-for-all-future-european-bank-bailouts-for-a-whole-afternoon/

 

The real Mongolian BBQ

http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2013/bodog/

 

The Centroid

http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/7377

 

A brief history of the Economics of Spring Break

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/03/2-000-years-of-partying-the-brief-history-and-economics-of-spring-break/274347/

 

Is the future of TV VOD on Cell Networks? (hint: probably not)

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/512856/the-future-of-tv-terrestrial-broadcasting-or-video-on-demand-over-cellular-networks/

 

What are foundations good for?

http://www.bostonreview.net/BR38.2/ndf_rob_reich_foundations_philanthropy_democracy.php

 

The makers of TurboTax fought free, simple filing

http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/03/how-the-maker-of-turbotax-fought-free-simple-tax-filing/

 

Tracking the epidemic of smalltown corruption that has crippled Spain

http://www.theglobalmail.org/feature/in-spain-running-with-the-bullst/578/

From the Archives: 3/25/2013 Edition

I’m Back. After a week off for SXSW (and then another week off to recover from SXSW) I’m back and better than ever. As always you can find previous day’s links at the (new and improved) www.whatsjohnreading.com

 

Cyprus: The Operation Was a Success, Shame the Patient Died

http://pawelmorski.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/cyprus-the-operation-succeeded-shame-the-patient-died/

and Choose your Own Adventure for Cyprus

http://crookedtimber.org/2013/03/19/what-would-you-do-part-2-the-island-of-surpyc/

 

Unifit for work: The startling rise of Disability in America

http://apps.npr.org/unfit-for-work/

 

European Soccer’s Master of Match Fixing

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-21/european-soccers-master-of-match-fixing

 

The Trouble behind Today

http://nymag.com/news/features/today-show-hosts-2013-4/

 

Trouble in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: The dash for gas

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139069/yuri-m-zhukov/trouble-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-sea?page=show

 

Nate Silver breaks down the sweet 16

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/evaluating-the-odds-for-florida-gulf-coast-and-the-rest-of-the-final-16-teams/

 

On Technology and free will

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/books/2013/03/interview-with-a-writer-jaron-lanier/

 

How I became a password cracker

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/how-i-became-a-password-cracker/#p3n

From the Archives: 3/11/2013 Edition

How Filibusters Work, and why they are so rare

http://keithhennessey.com/2013/03/07/filibusters/

 

Quantifying the Economic benefits of the internet

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21573091-how-quantify-gains-internet-has-brought-consumers-net-benefits

 

Don’t. Talk. To. Newspapers

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/08/vicky-pryce-chris-huhne-never-talk

 

A discussion about Evgeny Morozov’s “To Save Everything, Click Here”

http://tomslee.net/2013/03/evgeny-morozovs-to-save-everything-click-here.html

 

Growing up in Juarez

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jeremyrelph/growing-up-in-the-worlds-deadliest-city

 

The blind man making the world’s best glacial vodka

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/culinary/The-Blind-Man-Making-the-Worlds-Best-Glacial-Vodka.html

 

Rigging the IPO game

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/opinion/sunday/nocera-rigging-the-ipo-game.html?pagewanted=all

and

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/03/11/where-banks-really-make-money-on-ipos/

and

http://dealbreaker.com/2013/03/bankrupt-1990s-internet-toy-company-still-thinks-it-was-undervalued/

 

The Putin Doctrine

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139049/leon-aron/the-putin-doctrine?page=showEv

From the Archives: 3/8/2013 Edition

Violence Plagues Guinea Bissau

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/violence-plagues-african-hub-of-cocaine-trafficking-a-887306.html

 

Pixar Scientist explains how math makes movies

http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/7/4074956/pixar-senior-scientist-derose-explains-how-math-makes-movies-games

 

The Vanity fair article on Herbalife, Ackman, and Ichan that you’ve obviously been waiting for

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2013/04/bill-ackman-dan-loeb-herbalife

 

The Professor, the bikini model, and a suitcase full of trouble

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/magazine/the-professor-the-bikini-model-and-the-suitcase-full-of-trouble.html?_r=0

 

The US will never, ever turn into Greece. Probably.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/03/no-the-united-states-will-never-ever-turn-into-greece/273748/

 

Africa’s Richest Man is just getting started

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-07/africas-richest-man-aliko-dangote-is-just-getting-started

The inside story of how 382 recruiters pursued an imaginary engineer

http://firstround.com/article/The-inside-story-of-how-382-recruiters-pursued-an-imaginary-engineer

 

Hong Kongs Hollow Leadership

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/hong-kong-s-incompetent-chief-executive-by-sin-ming-shaw