Saturday links: information overload

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some of the reading you skipped during the week.  We hope you enjoy this set of long-form links.


Information overload leads to a lot of bad investing behaviors.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

The ultimate hemline-stock market correlation article.  (Money Game)

The risky world that high-frequency trading has created.  (Wired)


If liberal arts graduates don’t go into investment banking (or management consulting) what else would they do?  (The Epicurean Dealmaker)

An interview with Josh Brown author of the forthcoming Backstage Wall Street: An Insider’s Guide to Knowing Who to Trust, Who to Run From, and How to Maximize Your Investments.  (AdvisorOne)

When bubbles froth, greedy folk use innovations inappropriately—to take on exposures that they should not, to manufacture risk rather than transfer it, to add complexity in order to plump up margins rather than solve problems.”  (Economist)

The story behind the Olympus scandal.  (Businessweek)


An overview of the growing traction of modern monetary theory.  (WashingtonPost)

Adam Davidson, “In a lottery-based economy, you need some luck, too; now, perhaps, more than ever. People should be prepared to enter a few different lotteries, because the new Plan B is just going to be another long shot in a different field.”  (NYTimes)

What the rise and fall of the US whaling industry tells us about innovation and technology.  (The Atlantic)

The harrowing tale of slavery on the high seas:  where your seafood comes from.  (Businessweek)


Why it matters that our politicians are rich.  (Boston Globe)

Expect more “nudges” from your government.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

Why does Canada exist?  (The Walrus via The Browser)

Bruce Schneier with five books on how trust underlies modern society more than we think.  (The Browser)


Our memories are surprisingly malleable.  (The Frontal Cortex)

A look at “imposter syndrome” and how it manifests itself.  (Interloper)

Steve Jobs

Moe Tcakik on Steve Jobs: he was an *sshole.  (Reuters)

On the “tragic limitations” of Steve Jobs and Apple ($AAPL).  (The New Republic)


How GitHub got big.  (Wired)

How audio engineers tweak music for the iPod age.  (ArsTechnica)

Twelve “unhyped” areas of internet and mobile.  (TechCrunch)

How Gordon Moore invented the Silicon Valley model.  (Pando Daily)

Can Netflix ($NFLX) survive, let alone thrive?  (Vanity Fair)

An in-depth look at the downfall of Research in Motion ($RIMM).  (The Verge)


Hollywood is all hopped up on HGH (human growth hormone).  (Vanity Fair)

Will there ever be another “great American novel“?  (Weekly Standard)

Can you ever truly experience “art” on a Kindle?  (The Epicurean Dealmaker)

Book excerpts

An excerpt from Charles A. Kupchan’s No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn Saturday links:  information overload.  (The Atlantic)

Seven books from TED speakers including Jonathan Haidt’s The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom Saturday links:  information overload.  (Brain Pickings)

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