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The Best Articles of the Week – 07/22/16

Food for Thought:

  1. LR – Why I Hate My Dog.  In this lighthearted portrait of his family’s rescue dog, author Richard Gilbert explores the larger bond between human and animal.
  2. Guardian – How not to name your child – five golden rules.  Thinking of giving your baby an unusual name? Think about the effect it will have on their life, says Phoenicia Hebebe Dobson-Mouawad
  3. New Yorker – The Philosopher of Feelings  Martha Nussbaum’s far-reaching ideas illuminate the often ignored elements of human life—aging, inequality, and emotion.
  4. TheAtlantic – New York City’s Great Middle-School DivideHow a series of choices has deepened the segregation of Brooklyn’s schools
  5. Smallish – On Organizing – Once you’ve Kon-Mari’d, what to do with the stuff that’s left.
Business/Economics:

  1. ZH – Valuation Fallacies (Or Why The Last Big Bubble Justifies This One) –Credit SB
  2. Stratechery – Dollar Shave Club and the Disruption of Everything
  3. BusinessWeek – Will a Camera on Every Cop Make Everyone Safer? Taser Thinks So.  How the stun-gun maker plans to monopolize the body cam market.
  4. WSJ – As Rates Sink, Housing Bubbles Rise. Canada, Australia and Sweden are among central banks caught between supporting their economies and addressing financial threats.
  5. BusinessWeek – Michelob Ultra: Get Fit … Then Get Lit.  Behold the macrobrew miracle..
Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. WSJ – Thyssenkrupp Reimagines the Elevator as a Hyperloop for Buildings. Engineering giant builds a people mover without cables or pulleys.
  2. Jalopnik – How I Learned To Love NASCAR In A Mini Cooper
  3. WSJ – Tiny Hard Drive Uses Single Atoms to Store Data.  It packs hundreds of times more information per square inch than best currently available technologies, study says.
  4. NYT – Using Virtual Reality to Create a New Corporate Headquarters
  5. CN – From Descartes to Pokemon: Matthew Crawford’s Quest to Reclaim our Attention.  “[W]e are agnostic on the question of what is worth paying attention to — that is, what to value.”
Interesting Podcasts:

Podcasts are like your own custom NPR, without the monotone announcer.  Just open the podcast app on your iPhone.  Some suggestions of where to start:

  1. Freakonomics Radio – How to Be Less Terrible at Predicting the Future. Experts and pundits are notoriously bad at forecasting, in part because they aren’t punished for bad predictions. Also, they tend to be deeply unscientific. The psychologist Philip Tetlock is finally turning prediction into a science — and now even you could become a superforecaster.
  2. 99% Invisible – Unpleasant Design and Hostile Urban Architecture.  Benches in parks, train stations, bus shelters and other public places are meant to offer seating, but only for a limited duration. Many elements of such seats are subtly or overtly restrictive. Arm rests, for instance, indeed provide spaces to rest arms, but they also prevent people from lying down or sitting in anything but a prescribed position. This type of design strategy is sometimes classified as “hostile architecture,” or simply: “unpleasant design.”

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