Saturday links: too big to comprehend

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


Making sense of low volatility investing.  (Research Affiliates)

The case for managed futures.  (Longboard Asset Management)


Is the Libor rigging scandal simply too big to comprehend?   (Bloomberg)

The real equation that killed Wall Street.  (Scientific American via Economist’s View)

The problems of high-frequency trading are due to outdated rules.  (Tim Harford)


Why talking about the “business community” doesn’t make sense.  (The Epicurean Dealmaker)

Has Boeing ($BA) lost its way?  (Newsweek)

A profile of the US king of Greek yogurt.  (Businessweek)


Sycamore Networks ($SCMR) was once worth $45 billion. It is now out of business.  (WSJ)

Apple ($AAPL) vs. the strategy professors.  (Justin Fox)

Amazon ($AMZN) vs. profits.  (Justin Fox)

Now Newegg crushed a patent troll.  (ArsTechnica)


Big data while useful needs to be put into some broader perspective, hence “long data.”  (Wired)

We’ve been exploring the oceans the wrong way.  (Slate)

Lesson lists

Seven investing lessons from the Super Bowl.  (Above the Market)

Management lessons from Abraham Lincoln.  (NYTimes)

Ten business lessons from The Beatles.  (Josh Brown)

Management lessons learned from watching Road House.  (The Basis Point)


Can Netflix ($NFLX) make the transition to the new HBO?  (GQ)

An interview with Steven Soderbergh who is retiring from film at age 50.  (Vulture)


A new theory about how the the stomach works.  (Scientific American)

Is Dr. Oz doing more harm than good?  (New Yorker)

Scientists are unlocking the healing secrets of snake venom.  (National Geographic via @longreads)


America’s baby bust is only getting worse.  (WSJ)

When Tyler Cowen met Bill Gates.  (Marginal Revolution)

What will be left after North Dakota pulls all the oil out?  (NYTimes)

Do we really want to live without the Post Office?  (Esquire)


Can the NFL survive brain injury lawsuits?  (Businessweek)

Why the 49ers are moving to San Jose.  (Slate)

New helmet designs will not prevent concussions in football.  (Fast Company)

Mixed media

An excerpt from Amy Webb’s Data. A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating To Meet My Match.  (Slate)

The story of Biogenesis, aka BALCO East.  (Miami New Times)

An oral history of Deadspin.  (AdWeek)

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