The weekend is a great time to catch up on some posts that were either too long or simply didn’t fit in during the week. Hope you enjoy!


How to get less stupid at investing.  (Morgan Housel)

Five really bad investment ideas from 2014.  (Barry Ritholtz)

For long term investors the attractions of market timing fades.  (A Wealth of Common Sense)

Why it is a great time to invest.  (Vanguard Blog)

Personal finance

Is the surge in interest in robo-advisors indicative of a market top?  (Financial Sense)

Saving for retirement should focus on income not wealth.  (Rekenthaler Report)


James Simons’ hedge fund career is actually the least interesting aspect of his life.  (NYTimes, Dealbook)

The secretive billionaire who built Silicon Valley.  (Fortune)

How one inmate became a personal finance expert behind bars.  (Marketwatch)


18 reasons why firms are less efficient than they could be.  (Overcoming Bias)

The many ways in which the auto economy is getting disrupted.  (Recode)

Steve Coll, “Amazon’s success has arisen from excellence in data science, distribution, and business execution, not creativity with content.”  (New York Review of Books)


Marc Andreessen on 11 things that can kill a startup.  (Business Insider)

Why Uber is worth more than commonly thought.  (Above the Market)

Some companies, or “platforms,” that could be become “decicorns.”  (Haywire)

Silicon Valley is now hiring teenagers for internships.  (Bloomberg)

Venture capital

A dozen things learned from Fred Wilson.  (25iq)

What makes for a good venture capitalist?  (Pando Daily)

Is Silicon Valley funding the wrong stuff?  (WSJ)


With big data comes big responsibilities.  (Om Malik)


How a major solar storm could wreak havoc on Earth.  (BusinessWeek)

Deep in the brain scientist may have found an on/of switch for consciousness.   (New Scientist)


The joys of exercising in moderation.  (The Atlantic)

One unexpected side effect of global warming: more kidney stones.  (Quartz)


Why beer is the most Jeffersonian industry in America.  (Slate)

On the prospect of fast food getting disrupted.  (TechCrunch)

Why chicken is better than beef for the planet.  (The Atlantic)

How butter-infused “bulletproof coffee” became a hot new trend.  (Fast Company)


America’s bowling alleys are in steady decline.  (Businessweek)

Why do so many professional basketball players struggle shooting free throws?  (Pacific Standard)

Just how big a deal is marijuana for major league baseball?  (Sports on Earth)

Where did the screwball go?  (NYTimes)

Soccer has its own concussion problem.  (Businessweek)

On the role of luck in soccer today.  (NYTimes)


Matthew McConaughey interviews director Richard Linklater.  (Interview)

Barry Gibb and the tragedy of life as a Bee Gee.  (Rolling Stone)

Movie theaters are beginning to look more like your living room.  (WSJ)

The documentary film at the box office is pretty much dead.  (The Wrap)

Comedy is taking hold in college towns.  (Paste)


Seven market myths debunked from Cullen Roche’s Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Know About Money and Finance.  (Marketwatch)

What investors can learn from Pixar film makers. Insights from Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration.  (The Brooklyn Investor)

An excerpt from Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree.  (Scientific American)

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz is either “inspirational or daunting.”  (Forbes)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

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

Mixed media

Most newly issued PhDs are fake.  (Slate)

10 happiness hacks backed by science.  (Spirit Science)

How to turn success into a habit.  (TraderFeed)

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