- AOTD on 9/5/18 - Scout: samWait But Why | Tim Urban | 4/12/18 | 93 min2 reads3 comments-Wait But WhyTim Urban|4/12/18|93 min2 reads-
Very long article, but amazingly written and incredibly interesting! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested!
- AOTD on 8/30/18 - Scout: sam
“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will...”
This whole article rang so true to me. With many goals in life, if you spend a little time working towards meeting it each day, the seemingly inconceivable comes within reach. When I was in middle school, we had to read 25 books in a school year for English class, and that was always difficult. Reading 200 takes that to another level, but given the author's math, it no longer seems impossible.
- Harvard has been accused of rating Asian-American applicants’ personalities unfairly. Don’t blame affirmative action.Vox | Stacey J. Lee and Kevin K. Kumashiro | 6/27/18 | 6 min7 reads1 comment-VoxStacey J. Lee and Kevin K. Kumashiro|6/27/18|6 min7 reads-
This is a very interesting article and I especially like the point classifying Asian Americans as a “model minority." I have read previously that Asian Americans statistically make more money than their peers of other racial groups, but are also discriminated against in college admissions, like this article illustrates.
Whenever I need to pack for any sort of trip, I am never sure what the best way to pack my clothes is. My technique is always to just throw everything into my bag unfolded. While I feel like this is effective in terms of volume, my clothes do get wrinkled, which is not great. My family members swear by folding everything before packing, but I always argue that their approach is inefficient. This article now shows me that an even more efficient technique exists in rolling clothes, which I had not thought of before.
- AOTD on 7/30/18 - Scout: sam
For most of my life so far, I have dreamed about living in Silicon Valley. Being from the East Coast and loving technology, I have often fantasized about the consistently nice weather, the tech-savvy community, and the cool vibe of the people. However, while I cannot vouch for whether or not this article accurately describes Silicon Valley life, I feel like it at least makes me more skeptical about my beliefs of endless positivity.
- The Verge | Mark Harris | 7/19/18 | 8 minThe VergeMark Harris|7/19/18|8 min1 read-
I hate sitting in traffic. Whenever I have to drive anywhere, I become incredibly annoyed that I have to sit behind cars moving so slowly. I look up to the sky and see how empty it is compared to the very congested streets and wonder, other than because of governmental regulations, why the sky can't be used to get people out of traffic during commutes. Reading this article allowed me to see that people are actually working on such solutions to take to the sky and avoid traffic, and the solutions seem compelling. I have hope that these innovations, or something like them yet to be invented, have the potential to alleviate the unnecessary problem of traffic sometime in the relatively near future so that my commutes, and the commutes of others, cease to bring suffering.
- AOTD on 7/20/18 - Scout: samThe New York Times Company | JOSH KATZ, KEVIN QUEALY | 7/18/18 | 27 minThe New York Times CompanyJOSH KATZ, KEVIN QUEALY|7/18/18|27 min1 read-
I thought this was a very interesting article. I think it is very cool that Nike was able to use relatively traditional processes to create a shoe that is genuinely able to make marathon runners faster by a significant margin, and I thought the scientific analysis carried out to verify this claim was interesting and compelling. I'm not sure what the implications of this technology will be on the sport, as the technology seems somewhat unfair in its effectiveness.
- BBC News | Adam Hadhazy | 13 minBBC NewsAdam Hadhazy|13 min1 read-
This is an interesting an insightful article about something I have always wondered.
This is an interesting article about a phenomenon that I was introduced to a while ago. While fruits are healthy, "all natural," "100%" fruit juice is actually as bad for you as other sugary beverages. This article thereby dispels the popularly held (and commonly exploited by brands and advertisers) myth that just because something is "natural" means it is necessarily healthy. I would highly recommend checking it out.
- CNNMoney | Allen Kim | 6 min2 reads1 comment-CNNMoneyAllen Kim|6 min2 reads-
Ever since I tried Adidas' innovative Boost midsole when it was released, I have loved and followed Adidas' innovation in the running shoe market. When I came across the Futurecraft 4D, which was mentioned in this article, I thought the technological personalization was incredibly cool, but it was obviously too expensive to be a commercial success. This article now opens my eyes that Adidas, as well as competitors like Nike and Brooks, understands the potential of this new technology. All of these companies are now looking for ways to make this personalized product cheaper so that it is commercially viable. I am very excited to see the result of this effort.
- AOTD on 7/9/18 - Scout: samVox | Radhika Viswanathan | 7/5/18 | 8 min5 reads2 comments-VoxRadhika Viswanathan|7/5/18|8 min5 reads-
This is an interesting article that clearly explains the circumstances surrounding the well-known incident of the Thai soccer team stuck in a cave. While I initially knew some of the facts surrounding the occurrence, this article helped me understand the cause, current state, and possible solutions of the event better than the pure speculation I had beforehand.
- AOTD on 6/29/18 - Scout: sam
This article has another very interesting take on the gender imbalance of the Silicon Valley tech community. I found the author's take on unconscious-bias training being ubiquitous in the community, yet largely ineffective at achieving its goals, particularly intriguing. I also found it very interesting how, in the typical fashion of Silicon Valley, start-ups have emerged to help larger companies solve diversity issues through innovative, technological means. This article serves as somewhat of a more optimistic contrast to today's Article of the Day (https://quillette.com/2018/06/19/why-women-dont-code/), which discredits a good amount of that article's arguments. I'm not sure what the best solution is to this issue, but I feel that making an attempt at improvent, like companies in this article were said to be actively doing in the
- Scary Mommy | 3/31/17 | 4 minScary Mommy3/31/17|4 min1 read-
This is a major issue that is still strikingly relevant in the present day and an interesting article chastising this practice.
- # 4661 pts - Scout: samQuartz | Thu-Huong Ha | 4/1/16 | 1 min2 reads1 comment-QuartzThu-Huong Ha|4/1/16|1 min2 reads-
Though it references an April Fools' Day joke first made by NPR in 2014, this article still has striking relevance even today. People still don't read articles online and just comment with their initial knee-jerk reactions to headlines. This is still a problem that needs solving, and a good way to raise awareness about the issue.
- Hacker Noon | Carl Fritjofsson | 6/11/18 | 9 minHacker NoonCarl Fritjofsson|6/11/18|9 min1 read-
While my experience with startups and venture capital is admittedly very limited, this interesting article seems to line up pretty well with the observations I have made. VCs are often less valuable to the startups they work with than they think they are and generally have different priorities over the course of deals than founders do. It was also interesting to see how European startups more commonly bootstrap their businesses than Americans do and therefore have different priorities than American entrepreneurs because I have worked with founders from both geographies in the past. Overall, I found this article to be very interesting and would recommend it to anyone interested in the topic area it addresses.
- AOTD on 5/18/18 - Scout: samBloomberg | Julie Verhage, Tom Metcalf | 5/11/18 | 2 min9 reads2 comments9.0BloombergJulie Verhage, Tom Metcalf|5/11/18|2 min9 reads9.0
One of my good friends uses this app to invest his money and seems to really like it. He is trying to get me to download it as well because then he and I both get free stocks for the referral. I think it is an interesting idea, but I don't trust it enough to use it to invest my money.
- AOTD on 6/9/18 - Scout: samSlate | RUTH GRAHAM | 5/31/18 | 20 min6 reads3 comments-SlateRUTH GRAHAM|5/31/18|20 min6 reads-
This is an interesting article connecting the abortion debate with the debate over whether disabilities should be considered diseases or conditions.
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