Saturday links: marshmallow thinking

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.

Investing

A look at Adaptive Asset Allocation.  (dshort)

Why married managers take less risk.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)

How can people saving for retirement not “think about the marshmallow“?  (Above the Market)

Finance

Who might succeed Lloyd Blankfein as CEO of Goldman Sachs ($GS)?  (Vanity Fair)

Behind the scenes of the big losses at JP Morgan ($JPM).  (WSJ)

Business

How Western brands are influencing (and not) the consumer culture in China.  (WSJ)

“History shows that imitators often end up winners.”  (Economist)

How brick and mortar bookstores can still compete.  (TechDirt)

The unlikely origins of the Sicilian mafia.  (voxEU)

Economics

What economists get wrong about science and technology.  (Slate)

How would you spend $75 billion to save the world?  (Slate)

Science

Can geoengineering save the planet from warming?  (New Yorker)

On the relationship between health and happiness.  (The Atlantic)

Want to stay lean? Don’t eat at night.  (LATimes)

Psychology

The neuroscience of effort.  (The Frontal Cortex)

How we use shorthand, i.e. signals, to make purchase decisions.  (NYTimes)

How neuroscientists and magicians came together to conjure insights into the brain.  (Scientific American via The Browser)

Technology

What Facebook says about Silicon Valley and California.  (New Geography)

How Yahoo ($YHOO) killed Flickr and lost the Internet.  (Gizmodo)

How Yahoo gained and lost a CEO.  (NYTimes)

For moviemakers can film and digital technologies coexist?  (The Atlantic)

Society

How the higher education bubble will pop.  (Mark Cuban)

How things get popular.  (The Atlantic)

Food and wine

Where did the taco come from?  (Smithsonian via The Browser)

How wine collectors got taken by a fraudster.  (New York)

Books

An excerpt from Clayton Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Life?  (HBS also HBR)

What is causality? Jim Manzi author of Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics and Society.  (The Atlantic)

Hank Crumpton on the first American casualty in Afghanistan. An excerpt from The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandenstine Service. (Daily Beast)

Jared Diamond reviews Why Nations Fail by Acemoglu and Robinson.  (NY Review of Books)

An excerpt from I Suck at Girls, by Justin Halpert the Sh*t My Dad Says guy.  (Grantland)

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