Saturday links: the paradox of suspense

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


On the tradeoff between investing in human capital and financial capital.  (Nerd’s Eye View)

Banks hope to manage more of your money. Too bad there is a host of online firms looking to get in on the action.  (Economist)

Now that we have a big list of behavioral biases what do we do with them?  (The Psy-Fi Blog)


Robert Shiller, “Finance, at its best, does not merely manage risk, but also acts as the steward of society’s assets and an advocate of its deepest goals.”  (Project Syndicate)

The ongoing algorithmic arms race.  (Reuters)


Who lost the Euro?  (Businessweek)

Is China’s economy more resilient than commonly thought?  (Economist)

The global middle class is bigger than commonly thought.  (Foreign Policy)

The economics of all-you-can-eat buffets and what it tells us about health insurance.  (Modeled Behavior)


How Tim Cook is changing  Apple ($AAPL).  (Fortune)

Jonathan Ive on the design process at Apple, post-Steve Jobs.  (The Telegraph, ibid)

US manufacturing

The story of American manufacturing in a nutshell:  higher output with fewer jobs. The case of the Burns Harbor steeel mill.  (WSJ, ibid)

How the Midwest got its manufacturing groove back.  (The Atlantic)


The myth of the lone inventor in the garage.  (Slate)

An interview with Noam Wasserman author of The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup.  (NYTimes)


SpaceX has shown great technical prowess, but can it become a real business?  (WSJ)

The date when humans reached America keeps getting pushed back.  (NYTimes)

Is the universe really a multiverse?  (Newsweek)


Do spoilers spoil? On the ‘paradox of suspense.’  (NYTimes)

Why we lie, an excerpt from Dan Ariely’s new book The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves.  (WSJ)

A talk with David DiSalvo author or What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite. (Simoleon Sense)


Some big names talk about the future of television.  (GQ)

On the rapid rise and long decline of Playboy magazine.  (Prospect Magazine)


A look at Douglas Brinkley’s new biography of Walter Cronkite, Cronkite.  (Newsweek)

The best third grade teacher ever.  (Freakonomics)

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