Friday, February 13, 2015

My Recs: February 13, 2015

Friday the Thirteenth is always a spooky day, so here are some especially random things you might want to read or watch.

Articles
  • You watch your television and it listens to you (and sells off what you say) [The Register]
  • Ever wonder what an ancient Roman ate? Well, some scientists did. It's not all that different from what you might eat. The more things change... [Science20]
  • Far more about dim sum than you ever needed to know. [Lucky Peach]
  • A fascinating look at the underside of good ideas, like trading carbon credits. 'If you can't see what you're buying or if you're just buying a future promise for someone to behave better, then do I have a beautiful bridge to sell you...' [Foreign Policy]
  • Not new, but Heinlein's rules for writing are worth stumbling over once a year. [Dean Wesley Smith]
  • Elementary school teachers may grade work differently if it's anonymous; throw in gender or a student's past performance and the grades are different [NY Times]
  • Fascinating, long piece on ineffective treatments for heroin addiction -- and what works better [Huffington Post]
  • Must Read. This profile of a small cybersecurity company is the most eye-popping thing I've read this year. You will be fascinated and horrified in equal measure. Lock up your laptops, folks. [Popular Mechanics]
  • It's somewhat easier for Twitter to make money than it is to gain new users [Medium]
  • Perhaps the greatest job application ever: I like words [Letters of Note]
  • Some time ago, a Swiss banker stole a trove of files from HSBC, here are some revelations from the U.K. end of things: $120 billion, "bricks of cash," and other assorted fun [Guardian]
  • This is total clickbait, however there are some good/great cooking tips of the list sprinkled among the duds, see what you prefer [Epicurious]
  • Two final personal finance articles from a shuttered WSJ Sunday publication: recommendations include humility, buying experiences, and ignoring financial 'experts'  [WSJ] [WSJ]
  • A fascinating chart from our pill-producing friends: 9 out of 10 pharma companies spend more on marketing than R&D, shocker! (Has anyone done this for profits versus R&D?) [Dadaviz]
  • An interesting summary on the different aspects of mental toughness, resilience, and perseverance [Scientific American]
  • We all cheat, but the powerful cheat for themselves, the powerless cheat for others [Arstechnica]
Video
  • Does money make you mean? Apparently yes, even when it's just fake Monopoly money [TED]
Book
  • Zero to One, Peter Thiel. These are basically course notes that a serial company founder delivered in a class on building businesses. It's full of opinions I don't agree with, but I'm still pondering some of the things I'd never thought about before. That's the sign of a good book, it leaves you still considering it a week later.

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