Saturday links: irrational participants

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long-form links you missed during the week. We think this should also include our new book, Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere. Enjoy.


Five rules from Nassim Taleb on how to benefit from volatility.  (WSJ)

Do irrational participants necessarily make for inefficient markets?  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

A review of Ronald W. Chan’s The Value Investors: Lessons from the World’s Top Fund Managers.  (Enterprising Investor)

The Queen of Versailles is the best film about the financial crisis.  (Wonkblog)

Insider trading is rampant in the health care industry.  (Bloomberg)

The chart that shows how the US racked up its debt from 1790 to present.  (Quartz)


How the Shale gas revolution is fueling an American industrial revolution.  (WashingtonPost)

Biomass-derived ethanol is coming closer to commercial production.  (NYTimes)


The Tesla Model S is the car of the year (and why it matters).  (Motor Trend, GigaOM)

How Square intends to battle the payment giants.  (Reuters)

Just how cheap can tablet computers get?  (Quartz)

Siri is Apple’s future.  (Counternotions)

Why it’s time to kill the password.  (Wired)


Why are college costs so high: administrative bloat.  (Bloomberg)

Why online education works.  (Cato Unbound)


How dead is the book business?  (NYTimes)

Why ESPN is the world’ most valuable media brand.  (Forbes)

The economics of streaming music from an artist’s perspective.  (Pitchfork)

A profile of Mumford & Sons, the biggest band in the world.  (The Guardian)


A profile of Wall Street’s go-to technical analyst: Tom DeMark.  (Bloomberg)

A profile of Jeff Bezos, the “ultimate disrupter.”  (Fortune)

A discussion with uber-entrepreneur Elon Musk.  (Esquire)

Compare and contrast: Steve Jobs and Sam Walton.  (Fortune)


GERD or NERD: Probing the mysteries of heartburn.  (WSJ)

Why youth football should be banned.  (Slate)

The grid

The search for a better battery that can help back up the grid.  (FT)

Why our infrastructure spending needs to emphasize resilience.  (Project Syndicate)

How to build a more resilient grid.  (Scientific American)


Why do trees topple in a storm?  (Scientific American)

Should every area ravaged by the storm be rebuilt?   (WSJ)

Explanations of five statistical problems.  (The Atlantic)


The tech scene in Chicago.  (Points and Figures)

What is driving the Third Coast boom?  (New Geography)


The big brewers are muddying the waters of craft brewing.  (Fortune)

Move over sommeliers: cicerones are the hot new thing.  (WSJ)

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