From the Archives: 12/05/2013 Edition

Day 5: My kid’s insane Christmas wish list (annotated)

http://deadspin.com/my-kids-insane-christmas-wish-list-annotated-1476311653

 

An oral history of Blackberry

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-05/the-rise-and-fall-of-blackberry-an-oral-history

 

23 and You (Does that commercial DNA test you just bought violate somebody else’s privacy?)

https://medium.com/matter/66e87553d22c

 

In defense of snark

http://gawker.com/on-smarm-1476594977

 

The business of ghostwriting

http://priceonomics.com/the-ghostwriting-business/

 

Is growth getting harder? And what can we do about it?

http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2013/12/the-honest-broker-is-growth-getting-harder-if-so-why-and-what-can-we-do-about-it.html

 

LeBron James breaks down the NBA’s most highly evolved offense

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/10080338/lebron-james-nba-most-highly-evolved-offense

 

The untold story of America’s mass killings

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/mass-killings/index.html#title

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From the Archives: 12/04/2013 Edition

Day 4: What’s the best Christmas album of 2013?

http://www.digitalspy.com/music/thesound/a535520/which-is-the-best-christmas-album-of-2013-leona-kelly-clarkson-more.html

 

Why you can’t build a smartphone

http://gizmodo.com/why-you-cant-build-a-smartphone-1475789928

 

The four rules for writing about art auctions

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/12/04/the-four-rules-of-writing-about-art-auctions/

 

Welcome to the memory hole

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175779/

 

The Death Dealer

http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/4/5038930/the-death-dealer-james-arthur-sweat-lodge-deaths-in-sedona

 

Wrestling with Andy Kaufman

http://www.themorningnews.org/article/wrestling-with-andy-kaufman

 

Obama’s Speech to THEARC on the economy

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/04/the-best-speech-obama-has-given-on-the-economy/

 

Pixar v. Disney

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pixar-disney-animation-john-lasseters-661752

From the Archives: 12/03/2013 Edition

Day 3: 20 things you didn’t know about Home Alone

http://www.uproxx.com/webculture/2013/12/20-surprising-facts-might-know-home-alone/

 

The death of Capital STEEZ

http://www.thefader.com/2013/11/26/capital-steez-king-capital/

 

Central banks and property bubbles

http://fistfulofeuros.net/afoe/in-search-of-requisite-variety-central-banks-and-property-bubbles/

 

Die, Selfish Gene, Die

http://aeon.co/magazine/nature-and-cosmos/why-its-time-to-lay-the-selfish-gene-to-rest/

 

Detroit eligible for chapter 9 bankruptcy

http://www.freep.com/article/20131203/NEWS01/312030084/Detroit-bankruptcy-eligibility-Steven-Rhodes-Chapter-9-Kevyn-Orr

 

On Blockbusters and Megahits

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2013/12/02/131202crbo_books_sanneh?currentPage=all

 

Eminem’s bizarre College Football cameo

http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/93833/my-eroding-generation-gap-on-eminems-bizarre-college-football-cameo

 

The business bandwidth boom

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/12/robots-and-telepresence-bandwidth-heavy-tools-invade-the-business-world/#p3

From the Archives: 12/02/2013 Edition

Maybe I’ll do a 25 days of Christmas/End of Year theme….

 

Day 2: Best Photos of 2013 (fair warning, some of these are pretty tough)

http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/2013/12/01/best-photos-of-the-year-2013/#a=1

 

Chasing A-Rod

http://nymag.com/news/sports/alex-rodriguez-2013-12/

 

Saab is back!

http://jalopnik.com/saab-production-re-starts-monday-huzzah-1473963637

Top Gear’s Saab tribute (video)

http://vimeo.com/44087332

 

The fall (and rise?) of Yahoo

http://gigaom.com/2013/11/27/the-fall-and-rise-of-yahoo-tech/

 

Stephen Wolfram’s new….thing

http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/29/sentient-code-an-inside-look-at-stephen-wolframs-utterly-new-insanely-ambitious-computational-paradigm/

 

The Big Sleep

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/12/09/131209fa_fact_parker?currentPage=all

 

Planet Money makes a t-shirt (a look at the global supply chain)

http://apps.npr.org/tshirt/#/title

 

Ground Control (what happens when drones are everywhere?)

http://the-magazine.org/13/ground-control-part-1#.Upv2h2RDseW

and a drone delivery expert answers questions about Amazon Prime Air

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/a-drone-delivery-expert-answers-the-big-questions-about-amazons-plans/281980/

From the Archives: 11/27/2013 Edition

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

 

The story of the first Thanksgiving

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/squanto.html?c=y&story=fullstory

 

Decoding the Summer of Snowden

http://www.cato.org/policy-report/novemberdecember-2013/decoding-summer-snowden

 

What does your ISP say about you? (Quite a bit actually)

http://blog.mailchimp.com/what-does-your-isp-say-about-you/

 

Silicon Chasm

http://www.weeklystandard.com/print/articles/silicon-chasm_768037.html

 

How to mess with stats

http://flowingdata.com/2013/11/26/the-baseline/

 

Bill Simmons Thanksgiving mailbag

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/10045485/all-fixins/

 

The problem of Infinity

https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20131126-to-settle-infinity-question-a-new-law-of-logic/

 

The worlds real most interesting man dies at 89

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/sports/baseball/lou-brissie-war-hero-and-baseball-pitcher-dies-at-89.html

From the Archives: 11/26/2013 Edition

The 25 least influential people of 2013

http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201312/least-influential-people-2013#slide=1

 

Intel wants everyone to be a chip maker

http://betanews.com/2013/11/26/why-intel-wants-to-be-everyones-chip-maker/

 

A letter to the FDA in favor of Gene Testing

http://slatestarcodex.com/2013/11/26/a-letter-i-will-probably-send-to-the-fda/

 

This is the man Bill Gates thinks you should be reading

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/11/vaclav-smil-wired/

 

Adventures as a mortuary assistant

http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/roundtable/my-first-mistake.php

 

Should we bail out cities?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-26/should-we-bail-out-cities-.html

 

Why are prison riots down when prison populations are WAY up?

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/12/have-a-safe-riot/354671/

 

The government dominated bond market

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/11/22/the-government-dominated-bond-market/

 

How the Food Network created, and lost, foodies

http://www.vulture.com/2013/11/how-food-network-created-and-lost-foodies.html

From the Archives: 11/25/2013 Edition

Apologies for the delay, remember when I am lazy (which is like, not that uncommon an occurrence) you can always see older links at www.whatsjohnreading.com

How money moves

http://gendal.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/a-simple-explanation-of-how-money-moves-around-the-banking-system/

 

Inside the mind of Marc Andreesen

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/11/21/marc-andreessen/

 

How ESPN trains athletes to be broadcasters

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2013/12/02/131202ta_talk_wiedeman

 

The Surge: Eradicating Polio in Afghanistan

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/polio-vaccine/

 

Drowning Kiribati

http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/169064-drowning-kiribati

 

The internet mystery that has the world baffled

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10468112/The-internet-mystery-that-has-the-world-baffled.html

 

Banks should focus on making money

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-20/mckinsey-tells-banks-to-focus-on-making-money.html

 

The API wars are coming

http://gigaom.com/2013/11/24/arm-yourself-the-api-wars-are-coming/