Saturday links: personal finance for engineers

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.

Investing

Personal finance for (Twitter) engineers. Advice from Wealthfront.  (Business Insider)

An interview with Michael Mauboussin author The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing on the role of luck and skill in investing.  (Forbes also Inc.)

Morgan Housel talks with Carl Richards, author of The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things With Your Money.  (Motley Fool)

Can Legos ever be an investment?  (Monevator)

The story of Jesse Livermore, the greatest trader who ever lived.  (Crossing Wall Street)

Finance

Some advice for young investment professionals.  (A Dash of Insight)

David Swensen does not have nice things to say about Wall Street. (Yale Daily News via @m_c_klein)

A rave review for A Giant Cow-Tipping by Savages: The Boom, Bust, and Boom Culture of M&A by John Weir Close.  (Economic Principals)

How to use the Heath brothers’ book Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard to drive client behaviors.  (Nerd’s Eye View)

Economics

A dozen investors comment on the folly of macroeconomic forecasting.  (25iq)

What can we learn from the Great Depression.  (Free exchange)

John Kay recommends five books on “economics in the real world” including David Landes’ The Wealth and Poverty of Nations.  (Five Books)

Technology

What can we learn from 37 billion dollar startups launched since 2003.  (TechCrunch also A VC, Nabeel Hyatt, Version One Ventures)

The genius of Twitter ($TWTR) is that harnesses some very basic human impulses.  (Businessweek)

Because of the use of autopilot, pilots are “forgetting how to fly.”  (The Atlantic)

Energy

Technology is disrupting the electric utility model.  (The Atlantic)

Why diesel is more expensive than gas in the US.  (Business Insider)

An excerpt from Gregory Zuckerman’s The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters.  (The Atlantic)

Food

The hunt for a better egg.  (WSJ)

The legacy of the late chef Charlie Trotter.  (NYTimes)

Sports

Why kids are losing interest in baseball.  (The Atlantic)

What would happen if baseball went to a 16-game schedule?  (Joe Posnanski via kottke)

What it is like to be a minimum wage player in Major League Soccer.  (BuzzFeed)

Entertainment

Is Amazon ($AMZN) really bad for publishers?  (Felix Salmon)

The golden age of television is now over.  (Grantland)

How the hilarious SNL parody of a Wes Anderson movie trailer was made.  (Alex Buono via @longreads)

Books

An excerpt from Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, by Charles Montgomery.  (The Guardian)

How the Romans invented Facebook. A review of Tom Standage’s Writing in the Wall: Social Media the First 2,000 Years. (Washington Monthly via @thebrowser)

What can we learn from Bruce Feiler’s The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More.  (Farnam Street)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

Is the Myers-Briggs personality test is too unstable to be predictive?  (Priceonomics Blog)

Living the life of a Millennial is awesome.  (NYTimes)

Outsourcing your way to success.  (NYTimes)

In praise of the polymath.  (Aeon)

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