The weekend is a great time to catch up on some of the reading you skipped during the week.  We hope you enjoy this set of long-form links.

Video of the week

An hour with America’s favorite multi-billionaire Warren Buffett. (Charlie Rose Show)


From whence the volatility in the current stock market came.  (Reuters)

How is a ‘pessimistic investor‘ to deal with falling markets?  (The Psy- Fi Blog also Systematic Relative Strength)

Mathematical models do better at characterizing risk than return.  (Scientific American)

Today’s financial markets are beset with “disaster myopia, intrinsic uncertainty and deep trauma.” (Bank of England via @pkedrosky)


Marc Andreessen, “In short, software is eating the world.”  (WSJ)

How technology is changing the rituals that define our lives.  (Fast Company)


How Steve Jobs tackled strategy at Apple ($AAPL) as “serious design challenge.”  (Bloomberg)

A requiem for Sears Holdings ($SHLD).  (Esquire)

Why Ken Griffin’s stab at investment banking failed.  (The Epicurean Dealmaker)


The SEC apparently doesn’t hold onto it records like it is supposed to.  (Rolling Stone)

The Fed has always been a target of politicians. (FT Alphaville)

How to reform the broken patent system.  (Economist also TechCrunch)


Inside the failure of the Eurozone.  (Fortune)

Tyler Cowen on the Great Stagnation.  (Free exchange)

What would a new growth model for the West look like?  (Curious Capitalist)


A story for any of who thought University of Miami football was above board.  (Yahoo! Sports)

FIFA has a “longstanding reputation for corruption.”  Does it matter to fans?  (Grantland)

The tension between athletics and academics becomes more acute:  the case of Rutgers.  (Bloomberg)

Sports is now all about the regional television network, teams come second.  (NYTimes)

Mixed media

Brazil has made a the transition to below replacement fertility rates at record speed.  (National Geographic via @longreads)

Behind the Five Guys burger business.  (Businessweek)

The 50 best websites of 2011.  (Time)

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