01/14/17 – Saturday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games (nautil.us)
  • Good luck trying to protect a viral product these days. (bloomberg)
  • Bo Jackson won’t let his kids play football. (usatoday)
  • Waymo is building its own set of sensors. (ft)
  • Why do you babble like a baby to your dog? (newscientist)
  • Trans cranial stimulation can help with depression symptoms. (newscientist)
  • How do authors even make a living? (slate)
  • Parents help too much with homework. (nautil.us)
  • We should think of the golden age of television, when everything watched the same three networks, as a passing phase. (mobile.nytimes)
  • The Swedish Kings of Cyberwar (nybooks)
  • The world can’t get enough Australian beef. (ft)
  • Poker players are getting much better due to AI. (businessinsider)
  • Fred Wilson, "Something may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it will happen quickly." (avc)
  • Netflix ($NFLX) is pushing hard to go global. (bloomberg)
  • Yoga has become the plaything of the cross-training crowd. (bloomberg)
  • Oasis Beverages, the owner of a host of beer brands including Pabst, is making its way between big beer and the craft brewers. (marketwatch)
  • Not every workout works for every person. (nytimes)
  • Rye is making a comeback. (nytimes)
  • Farmers are trying to move up the value chain, this time whiskey. (wsj)
  • Tesla ($TSLA) is now charging for the use of its supercharging stations. (bloomberg)
  • Vimeo is entering the market for original content. (bloomberg)
  • Shorter work days are great but expensive to implement. (nytimes)
  • Neanderthals were people too. (nytimes)
  • Switzerland just had its worst month for skiing in a century. (bloomberg)
  • Having good taste is a skill. (sethgodin.typepad)
  • Does "young blood" actually ameliorate aging? (technologyreview)
  • Going organic just became easier for farmers. (npr)
  • Detroit thinks you are going to get sick of big SUVs. (bloomberg)
  • Uber has a ton of transit data. (qz)
  • Why is measuring pain so difficult and subjective? (mosaicscience)
  • What is hop-free beer? (bloomberg)
  • So-called "weekend warriors" get a health benefit from their efforts. (nytimes)
  • We shower way too much. (businessinsider)
  • Scientists think we are on the cusp of real battery breakthroughs. (sciencenews)
  • Americans should be eating more local seafood. (npr)
  • The future of cars is the interface, or lack thereof. (ben-evans)
  • The story of the US vs. Steven Cohen. (newyorker)
  • Four simple ways to combat stress. (hbr)
  • The Chevy Bolt was named Car of the Year. (money.cnn)
  • We really don’t have much good data on the effects of porn. (aeon.co)
  • Farmed salmon prices are set to rise after an outbreak of sea lice. (ft)
  • The US needs more colleges. (bloomberg)
  • Free doesn’t necessarily mean valuable. Especially when it comes to your time. (thewaiterspad)
  • This new treatment may eliminate having to drill cavities. (theguardian)
  • We have EHR but do not enough with it. (npr)
  • The convoluted story behind the rise of the ‘MyPillow.’ (bloomberg)
  • Expectations for autonomous vehicles should be tamped down. (ftalphaville.ft)
  • Are we cheating athletes by not allowing them to use cannabis to treat pain? (redef)
  • JetBlue ($JBLU) is the first American airline to have real, fast wi-fi. (techcrunch)
  • Americans are shunning milk for cheese. (bloomberg)
  • Meditation centers are going to go national at some point, a la SoulCycle or Starbucks. (nymag)
  • Diet Coke is not killing you. (theoutline)
  • Ten best papers/books in economic history of the last decades (notesonliberty)
  • The Greatest Civilization Ever Forgotten? (historytoday)
  • Brett Steenabarger, "Failure can be the best of teachers, but only if we’re willing to accept and learn from painful mistakes." (traderfeed.blogspot)
  • Ray Dalio offers a radical solution to the threat of "fake news" and details life inside Bridgewater (businessinsider)
  • The NFL is sorely lacking star players. (theatlantic)
  • MLB teams are downplaying the value of the home run. (sportsnet.ca)
  • Our lives are revealed by our online engagement. (traderfeed.blogspot)
  • Blaze Pizza is pushing hard to expand. (businessinsider)
  • Would you drink vodka out of a box? (bloomberg)
  • Social media data can help predict box office success. (papers.ssrn)
  • How Media Fuels Our Fear of Terrorism (priceonomics)
  • Being cool is overrated. (heleo)
  • Living in Andy Cohen’s America (nytimes)
  • Competition is only going to increase in voice computing. (engadget)

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