Saturday links: just saying no

The weekend is a great time to catch up on some long form items that we passed up on during the week. Thanks for checking in.


The case against TIPS.  (Ambassador Capital)

P/E ratios aren’t everything.  (Monevator)

Demystifying managed futures returns.  (NYU via @quantivity)


Norway’s sovereign wealth fund is becoming slightly more adventurous.  (Economist)

A profile of investment bank Sandler O’Neil that is a bit of throwback these days.  (Dealbook)

The financial crisis would have happened Lehman or not.  (Barry Ritholtz)


A dozen things learned from Warren Buffett about investing.  (25iq)

Some words of wisdom from John Bogle.  (

20 aphorisms from Nassim Taleb.  (Farnam Street)

Parenting (and aging)

How “redshirting” kids can backfire.  (New Yorker)

Peter Gray, “Play deprivation is bad for children. ”  (Aeon Magazine)

What economics can teach us to become better parents.  (The Atlantic)

What makes happiness sag in our middle age?  (Tim Harford)


Companies (including Google) are unplugging from the grid.  (WSJ, Quartz)

Textile plants are coming back to America absent the workers.  (NYTimes)


How to raise capital for your startup.  (Paul Graham)

Can a dude make Bustle into a must-go t0 site for women?  (New Yorker)


What are APIs and why they are important.  (ReadWrite)

How this tech boom is different than the Internet bubble.  (San Francisco)

Tim Cook, et al. make the case for Apple ($AAPL).  (Businessweek)

In the digital age what does it mean to own a book?  (New Yorker)


Google wants to take on death.  (Time)

An inside look at the “Game of Thrones”-like culture inside Google ($GOOG).  (Business Insider)


A simple history of US intellectual history.  (Marginal Revolution)

Becoming a nanny is now a thing for college educated women.  (Slate)


How did the pretzel roll become the hot summer food item?  (HBR)

The quinoa craze is leveling off.  (WSJ)

In praise of orange juice’s cancer fighting properties.  (Big Think)

South Korea is getting overcrowded with fried chicken restaurants.  (WSJ)


Inside the “supercharged economy” of big time college football.  (Time)

How technology is making watching sports on television even better.   (The Atlantic)

There is a speed limit on how fast modern pitchers can throw a baseball.  (NYTimes)

The case against high school sports.  (The Atlantic)


Mike Bellafiore author of The Playbook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader sits down with Michael Covel to talk proprietary trading.  (Trendfollowing)

An interview with David Lang author of Zero to Maker: Learn Just Enough to Make Just About Anything.  (Fast Company)

An interview with David Epstein author of The Sports Gene: What Makes the Perfect Athlete.  (Prospect via @thebrowser)

Five lessons Scott Berkun learned in The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work.  (Pando Daily)

How Apple compares to Polaroid from Christopher Bonanos author of Instant: The Story of Polaroid.  (Slate)

David Eggers’ new novel The Circle takes on the new digital age.  (WSJ)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

What you may have missed in our Friday linkfest.  (Abnormal Returns)

Mixed media

How evil should a video game allow you to be?  (New Yorker)

The unknown dangers of Tylenol.  (ProPublica)

On the power of saying no.  (Altucher Confidential)

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