Good Saturday morn, here are my longer form reading for your weekend enjoyment:

• We Are Less Than Rational (Above the Market)
• Welcome to Googletown (The Verge) see also Go West, Young Bank Bro (Modern Luxury)
• Obama’s Trauma Team: Inside the Nightmare Launch of HealthCare.Gov (Time)
• The Benjamin Franklin Effect: The Surprising Psychology of How to Handle Haters (Brain Pickings)
• Online Shopping is Big. It’s Also Tiny. (Corporate Intelligence)
• Can an Audacious Plan to Create a New Energy Resource Help Save the Planet? (New Yorker) see also American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga (The Atlantic)
• How Microryza Acquired the Domain (Priceonomics)
• The Mammoth Cometh (NY Times)
• In Conversation: Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels (Vulture) see also Alec Baldwin: Good-bye, Public Life (Vulture)
• An Oral History of Ghostbusters (Esquire)

Whats up for the weekend?


A Close Oscar Race Tightens Up

Source: WSJ



Category: Financial Press

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17 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    Solar to Illuminate the World’s First Underground Park (

    “…The Lowline is a plan to use innovative solar technology to illuminate an historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of New York City. Our vision is a stunning underground park, providing a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense, exciting urban environments….”

  2. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls With Google Maps (

    “Earlier this week, Bryan Seely, a network engineer and one-time Marine, played me recordings of two phone calls (embedded below.) The calls were placed by unwitting citizens to the FBI office in San Francisco and to the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. Neither the callers nor the FBI or Secret Service personnel who answered the phone realized that Seely was secretly recording them. He used Google Maps to do it….”

    • petessake says:

      Not surprised in the least. Google has a near-exclusive lock on many federal email accounts and traffic. Since Swonden’s revelations “gmail” became a double entendre. Big brother: he be watching, but obviously he doesn’t what he’s watching nor what to do with it, nor who else can watch. Internet: RIP.

    • petessake says:

      -corrected copy-
      Not surprised in the least. Google has a near-exclusive lock on many federal email accounts and email traffic. Since Swonden’s revelations “gmail” became a double entendre. Big brother: he be watching, but obviously he doesn’t know what he’s watching nor know what to do with it, nor who else can watch. Internet: RIP.

  3. hue says:

    The man who destroyed America’s ego (Medium) How a rebel psychologist challenged one of the 20th century’s biggest—and most dangerous—ideas

    The Myth Behind Public School Failure(truthout) When May I Shoot a Student? (NYTimes)

    Are the robots about to rise? Google’s new director of engineering thinks so… (theguardian) Ray Kurzweil popularised the Teminator-like moment he called the ‘singularity’, when artificial intelligence overtakes human thinking. But now the man who hopes to be immortal is involved in the very same quest – on behalf of the tech behemoth.

    • hue says:

      Skynet Coming 2029 (theguardian) this is the correct robot link.

      Harold Ramis On Working At ‘Playboy’ And Writing ‘Animal House’ (npr)

    • petessake says:

      When may I shoot a student is more than the dark comedy line the professor intended since most campus shootings are student sponsored. Perhaps one correct dark answer is: before they breed.

  4. RW says:

    What Do People Have Against Retirement Income? (ht AR)

    Over the past few years, economists have expended a lot of time and energy attempting to explain what they call “the annuity puzzle.” The puzzle is this: A guaranteed lifetime income is a valuable thing (especially if it comes with regular cost-of-living adjustments), and people who receive one through a traditional state or corporate pension are generally very happy with it. So why is it that those with the self-directed “defined contribution” retirement plans that have become standard in the U.S. — 401(k)s, 403(b)s, IRAs, and the like — so rarely convert the money they’ve saved into pension-like life annuities that guarantee a monthly check until they die?

  5. RW says:

    NB: The “Benjamin Franklin Effect” article begins with, “We are what we pretend to be,” Kurt Vonnegut famously wrote, “so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

    Kurt was a wise fellow but also an avid reader so he may have encountered this viz, “Be what you wish to seem.” -Socrates

  6. VennData says:

    Kremlin Prepares for Military Intervention

    Some 60 locals, all apparently ethnic Russians, were gathered in a nearby square waving Russian flags and shouting “Russia, Russia.”

    Snowden! Snowden! I hope All you Snowden lovers are enjoying his allies love of openness, freedom, and justice. The Sochi Olympic invasion should make you all so happy.

  7. The Wanapum dam . . . in mid October of 1805 the Corps of Discovery stayed with the Wanapum after reaching the Columbia . . . just weeks later Clark recorded in his journal, “Ocian in view! O! the joy.” (though they were actually at an estuary of the Columbia, still 20 miles from the sea)

    “A massive crack in a major Columbia River dam poses enough of a risk of dam failure that Grant County authorities have activated an emergency-response plan”

    ‘Serious problem’: 65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam

  8. Bob A says:

    Renewable Energy: 100% of New US Generating Capacity in January (37% for the year)