From the Archives: 5/30/2014 Edition

Portrait of a consummate con man

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/17/the-stacks-portrait-of-the-consummate-con-man.html

 

The beauty in a brute force attack

http://aeon.co/magazine/altered-states/there-is-fortuitous-beauty-in-a-brute-force-attack/

 

An astonishing record of complete failure

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/14e323ee-e602-11e3-aeef-00144feabdc0.html#axzz33E6ya0Kl

 

Who killed Lois Duncan’s (author of I know what you did last summer) Daughter

http://www.buzzfeed.com/timstelloh/who-killed-lois-duncan-s-daughter

 

How to dig up a landfill: The search for E.T

http://www.polygon.com/features/2014/5/30/5730962/et-landfill-dig-atari

and the perfect arcade will cost everything you love

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/arcadia/

 

Who’s ready to be a cyborg? (me! me!)

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-05-29/who-s-ready-to-be-a-cyborg

 

What the 2 billion (!) dollar Clipper sale means for the NBA

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2-billion-clippers-sale-owners-steve-ballmer-union/

 

Big Money, the Koch brothers, and Me (I don’t know if I buy this narrative)

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/big-money-the-koch-brothers-and-me-107225.html?hp=t1#.U4jZfPldV8F

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From the Archives: 5/29/2014 Edition

The man hired to make sure the Snowden documents aren’t hacked

http://mashable.com/2014/05/27/micah-lee-greenwald-snowden/

 

Machines vs. Lawyers

http://www.city-journal.org/2014/24_2_machines-vs-lawyers.html

 

Square (payments company) breaks into the loan business

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/square-wants-to-give-your-business-money-before-you-even-ask-for-it/

 

Life in the Valley of Death

 

Inequality ideas are all the rage (more piketty) 

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-29/pikettys-capital-economists-inequality-ideas-are-all-the-rage#p1

 

Inside the shadowy world of high speed tennis betting

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/inside-the-shadowy-world-of-high-speed-tennis-betting/

 

Sitcoms are being strangled by lack of conflict

http://www.avclub.com/article/sitcoms-are-being-strangled-lack-conflict-204453

 

The psychology of Soylent and the prison of food choices

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/05/the-psychology-of-soylent-and-the-prison-of-first-world-food-choices/

 

A map of the solar system where the moon is a single pixel large (warning, lots of scrolling)

http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html?a

From the Archives: 5/28/2014 Edition

Monica Lewinsky’s Vanity Fair profile

http://www.vanityfair.com/society/2014/06/monica-lewinsky-humiliation-culture

 

An interview with Maya Angelou

http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2279/the-art-of-fiction-no-119-maya-angelou

 

Privacy vs. Gov’t surveillance: Where network effects meet public choice (warning: PDF)

http://weis2014.econinfosec.org/papers/Anderson-WEIS2014.pdf

 

The complex quest to take out our orbital trash

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/05/beyond-gravity-the-complex-quest-to-take-out-our-orbital-trash/

 

Mary Meeker’s 2014 internet trends report (Full Deck)

http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends

 

Here are pictures of all the stuff Google makes (much more hardware then you would’ve thought)

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/28/5757116/google-is-building-a-hardware-empire-and-this-is-what-it-looks-like

 

A profile of Mariano Rivera III

http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2014/5/28/5744888/mariano-rivera-iii-profile

 

Is it still insider trading if you’re an idiot?

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-05-28/is-it-still-insider-trading-if-you-re-an-idiot

From the Archives: 5/27/2014 Edition

Extra stuffed holiday edition

 

Darwin and the evolution of cryptocurrency

http://www.coindesk.com/origins-money-darwin-evolution-cryptocurrency/

 

Waiting for exile from Cuba

http://www.vqronline.org/essays-articles/2014/04/waiting-exile

 

In defense of schlock music (you call it schlock, I call it awesome)

http://www.vulture.com/2014/05/jody-rosen-in-defense-of-schlock-music.html

 

50 cent is my life coach 

http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201406/50-cent?currentPage=1

 

How Citibike is like ecuador (I swear it makes sense)

https://medium.com/@felixsalmon/323e11dd7679

 

The dream team of the World Cup

http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2014/the-dream-time-of-the-world-cup/

 

Peak PC. Intel Fork

http://www.mondaynote.com/2014/05/25/peak-pc-intel-fork/

and Microsoft’s most clever critic is building it’s new emipre

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/mark-russinovich/

 

Publishers deal with the devil

http://stratechery.com/2014/publishers-deal-devil/

 

Europe’s center crumbles

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/10847034/Europes-centre-crumbles-as-Socialists-immolate-themselves-on-altar-of-EMU.html

and why is Europe so angry?

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-27/what-are-europes-voters-so-angry-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-eu

 

How DARPA’s augmented reality system works

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/hows-darpas-augmented-reality-software-works/371652/

 

Joseph Schumpeter; Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

http://stevereads.com/weblog/2014/05/25/joseph-alois-schumpeter-capitalism-socialism-and-democracy/

 

The secret life of a country club caddy

http://narrative.ly/invisible-people/secret-life-of-a-country-club-caddy/

From the Archives: 5/23/2014 Edition

The trouble with IBM

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-22/ibms-eps-target-unhelpful-amid-cloud-computing-challenges

 

Ta-Nehisi Coates explains how he came to support reparations (lets be honest, you aren’t going to read anything much better than that cover story this week)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations-an-intellectual-autopsy/371125/ 

 

The family that robs together, stays together

http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/the-family-that-robs-banks-together?fullpage=1

 

Is it time to kill the Microsoft Surface?

http://stratechery.com/2014/time-kill-surface/

 

Bill Simmons NBA mailbag

http://grantland.com/features/the-nba-simmons-self-mailbag/

 

The future of money-like things

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/future-payment-systems/370902/

 

The Iceman Cometh: The man who climbed Everest in shorts wants to teach you how

http://www.playboy.com/playground/view/wim-hoff-endurance-mind-control

 

Mario Draghi’s Faustian bargain

http://fistfulofeuros.net/afoe/mario-draghis-ongoing-faustian-pact/

 

Russia and China’s pipedream alliance

http://www.vox.com/2014/5/23/5741362/russia-china-pipedream-alliance

From the Archives: 5/22/2014 Edition

The case for reparations 

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

 

The only time I’ve been to Connecticut: The worst informational interview ever

http://the-toast.net/2014/05/20/time-ive-ever-connecticut/

 

Pakistan, worse then we knew

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/jun/05/pakistan-worse-than-we-knew/

 

The truth about Chicago’s crime rates, Part 2

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2014/Chicago-crime-statistics/

 

Will you hire someone to do your grocery shopping for you? (yes, please)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/technology/personaltech/online-grocery-start-up-takes-page-from-sharing-services.html

and Let’s demolish laundry! (yay for not doing boring things!)

http://nymag.com/news/features/laundry-apps-2014-5/#

 

Bill Gates on Jeffery Sachs and the Millennium Villages Project

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/bill-gates-explains-why-the-millennium-villages-project–though-a-failure–was-worth-the-risk

 

How a Russian medical project funded one of Putin’s Palaces (who still builds palaces anymore?)

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/russia/

 

How Youtube and internet journalism destroyed Tom Cruise (obviously a very timely piece of reporting)

http://www.laweekly.com/2014-05-22/news/the-last-movie-star/?showFullText=true

 

How a bill makes it through the worst(?) congress ever

http://www.vox.com/2014/5/22/5723878/how-a-bill-becomes-a-law-in-2014

From the Archives: 5/21/2014 Edition

As NASA seeks their next mission, Russia holds the trump card

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/nasa/adrift/1/

 

The truth about Chicago’s crime rates

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

 

Computing is broken

https://medium.com/message/81e5f33a24e1

 

The war to end bad maps

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117835/richard-edes-harrison-reinvented-mapmaking-world-war-2-americans

and a map of every country’s highest valued export (I like how Australia’s is just coal)

http://www.businessinsider.com/every-countrys-highest-valued-export-2014-5

 

Four DARPA projects that could be bigger than the internet

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2014/05/four-darpa-projects-could-be-bigger-internet/84856/

 

Why can’t Spotify and streaming services make money?

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-21/why-spotify-and-the-streaming-music-industry-cant-make-money

 

Buy/Sell/Hold TV Comedies (weirdly Grantland is becoming indispensable for TV criticism)

http://grantland.com/features/sitcoms-mindy-project-girls-snl/

and the 10 most iconic episodes of The West Wing

http://www.avclub.com/article/10-episodes-show-west-wing-was-drama-first-politic-204597

as well as this, which probably didn’t need to exist

http://seventeenpeople.com/

 

How much is winning the NBA draft worth?

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-much-is-winning-the-nba-draft-lottery-really-worth/

 

Hedge funds won’t make you rich (shocker!)

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-05-21/hedge-funds-won-t-make-you-rich