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.


A review of Andy Lo’s Adaptive Markets Hypothesis.  (SSRN)

Addiction to prediction.  (Process Maximus via @ritholtz)

Distinguishing between noise and information is harder than it looks.  (The Psy-Fi Blog)


A profile of the many Stephen Colberts.  (NYTimes)

Who was Steve Jobs?  (NY Review of Books)

A profile of Barry Minkow, “All American swindler.”  (Fortune)

A profile of high-profile astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  (Carl Zimmer via @longreads)


The myth of Japan’s failure.  It has not been a couple of lost decades for Japan.  (NYTimes)

The largely anonymous workers helping to clean up the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  (Vanity Fair)


In praise of the appendix.  (Scientific American)

Inside the brains of elite athletes.  (ScienceNews via The Browser)

The epic struggle to tunnel under the Thames.  (Smithsonian via @longreads)


We leave our children a whole lot more than just the national debt.  (Pragmatic Capitalism)

When the tables are turned.  When men stay home for the benefit of their wives careers.  (Businessweek)

Advances in technology have fooled us into thinking culture has advanced very much. (Rick Bookstaber)


2012 should see the end of “bazookanomics.”  (Financial Post via Big Picture)

Intelligence is not the decisive factor in major US foreign policy decisions.  (Foreign Policy via The Browser)


Emma Rothschild on five books on economic history.  (The Browser)

On the need for a better measure of GDP.  An excerpt from Umair Haque’s Betterness: Economics for Humans.  (The Atlantic)

The Internet is changing the nature of knowledge itself.  A talk with David Weinberger author of Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room.  (Salon)

Mixed media

How the Bauhaus name got hijacked.  (Der Spielgel via @danprimack)

How a horse goes from yearling to Triple Crown contender.  (ESPN)

The greatest paper map of the United States ever made.  (Slate)

Thanks for checking in with Abnormal Returns. You can follow us on StockTwits and Twitter.