Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Interesting Readings: 22-2-2012

Let's start light: Interesting Bookcase designs :)

New Ideas in Online Retail of Apparels - technology & customization

Article on rise in power of money in american elections, especially after the Citizen's United verdict of Supreme court #PAC or political action committees

Efforts to make a really free and democratic internet. Also, shows how internet's current (business) structure of doing things through ISPs has made it easy to control

Al Gore's manifesto for sustainable capitalism

Good and detailed analysis of Obama as President

Good article for some ideas on the right balance between incremental and disruptive innovation

Clayton Christensen on how new financial tools destroy innovation

Impact of famous blogs on papers published in economics. Super star effect

Umair Haque on what should we do in life. Though written in reference to Davos WEF. 10 things

Interesting ideas on how to redefine education in developing countries

Paul Romer's speech - IMF. On economic crisis

Umair Haque's valentine's day post on love - generically on relationships - slightly philosophical

Facebook's ranking algorithms - Edgerank and Graphrank described

Great piece on explosion in human population and a sick (though maybe true) argument on how income inequality is just another struggle for survival in the evolutionary sense

Seriously Rapid Source Review- tool to find live-reporting or eye witness sources on Twitter

US Foreign Policy, Iran, methods to increase utility of prediction excercises

Tibetan self-immolations & extreme Chinese security in Aba

Note on the Reality of Tax-progressivity in USA

Ideas and quality of debate in US of 1912 on income inequality as an evil and against democracy

Bashing FED and hailing Ayn Rand atlas shrugged style

We humans have two parallel sets of moral-beliefs to help us make the decisions

Interesting finding: Specialized skills force people to vote for welfare state as they have already made a risky investment in acquiring such skills - folks with generic skills go against welfare state. School and education systems provide and shape such input into labor-force and political-economy

How people become experts in anything - deliberate practice

How experts/winners can sustain superior performance

Mathematical equations which describe most of physics

In future both education and work would become more and more informal, and look like a coffee-shop

Risks and injustice because memories are fuzzy. Also, how new memories can even be created

On drugs that could enhance or boost memory

Learning disability/dyslexia means a person can't focus for long but there is trade-off and it may mean such people can detect abnormalities in confusing patterns faster

How Chinese property ownership concept got started in 1978 in a small village, and then China forever

Speech by Christina Romer of Berkeley on financial crisis

Great post for data-visualizations freaks

Why privatization of public goods may not be a good idea

Charts shown to US Senate on income inequality in USA

Ideas for good business practices in retail sector

Open Government Initiative by White House to put most data in public domain

Interesting infographic comparing Africa's size to most of the important countries

Joseph Nye on Women's role in Future - building up from Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels of Our Nature

Article on how conservatives are genetically different from liberals

To find new and interesting books to read

Technology progress has been superexponential in last 2 centuries

Economist's article on how scientists are trying to understand why the universe is expanding

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