Friday, February 27, 2015

Ischial Tuberosity

“While the functional advantages of integrating a leaf spring to guarantee flex had become obvious to Redfern and his colleagues, early consultations with carbon specialists from one of the world’s biggest bike brands suggested it couldn’t be done.”

“Two options are available: the ALM Ulimate with a vacuum-bonded cover, and a limited edition cover made from buffalo leather. Prices from £225.”

Desire: Fabric ALM saddle


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Clock Runs Backward

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”

Can you concentrate long enough to watch this 3-minute video?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Seat Policy

“He calculated that to make the incremental costs to the man and the woman roughly equal, the woman should always leave the seat down when she’s finished, and the man should put it back down half of the time after he pees.

This assumes that he poops on about a third of his bathroom visits, though, which seems a little high. If the real number is a bit lower, then he’ll have to lower the seat after peeing somewhat more often — perhaps two thirds of the time.

Of course, these calculations assume there’s an equal number of men and women using the toilet. If there are more of one or the other, it’d skew things slightly — making it so that the men should raise or lower the seat more often, respectively.”

The case against always leaving the toilet seat down

Friday, February 20, 2015


“Tesla is working on a battery that can power your home and even help large-scale utilities store energy more efficiently, according to company chief executive Elon Musk.”

This new Tesla battery will power your home, and maybe the electric grid too

Thursday, February 19, 2015


“The big take-away: “[T]he decline in oil has been driven by an oversupplied global oil market,” wrote Goldman economist Sven Jari Stehn. As a result, “the new equilibrium price of oil will likely be much lower than over the past decade.” ”

Goldman: Here’s Why Oil Crashed—and Why Lower Prices Are Here to Stay

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Train frequently, all year-round

Start gradually and train gently

Train first for distance, only later for speed

Don’t set your daily training schedule in stone

Alternate hard and easy training

At first, try to achieve as much as possible on a minimum of training

Don’t race when in training or run at race pace for distances above 16 km


Incorporate base training and peaking (sharpening)

Don’t overtrain

Train with a coach

Train the mind

Rest before a big race

Keep a detailed logbook

Understand the holism of training

Learn the Laws of Training

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Monday, February 16, 2015

The Science of Success

“Now no one has a problem with the suggestion that future outcomes combine skill and luck. But once something has occurred, our minds quickly and naturally create a narrative to explain the outcome. Since the interpreter is about finding causality, it doesn’t do a good job of recognizing luck. Once something has occurred, our minds start to believe it was inevitable. This leads to what psychologists call “creeping determinism” – the sense that we knew all along what was going to happen.”

Luck and Skill Untangled: The Science of Success

Friday, February 13, 2015


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mind over Money

“People who are good at emotional regulation—in other words, overcoming their unease at going against the herd—tend to be better at investing, said Camelia M. Kuhnen, associate professor of finance at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.”

“Other research has shown that good investors also have a strong theory of mind. This is the capacity that develops at around age 2 or 3 in children that enables them to understand that people around them are different and to guess what their actions might be. It’s aligned with empathy but not the same, said Kuhnen.”

Mind Over Money: The Brain Chemistry Behind Investing

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Filter Bubble

“The filter bubble bothers me. “Hi, John…See what you missed on Twitter…Here are some stories you may like…Here is who you might want to follow.” This echo chamber creates a potential problem. Why, for instance, do two people who search the same topic on Google get different results? Is this good for a free society? I am not so sure.”

Ten things I recently learned (and sort of knew) about social media

Friday, February 06, 2015


“So, one final point to ponder. Plus500 has a market capitalisation of £700m ($1bn). It is on course to report more than $200m of revenues for 2014. Yet this technology upstart reported capital expenditure in 2013 of just $92,000. In the first half of 2014 it invested $83,000. Generating so much money with so little investment, now that is magic.”

The trading magicians of Plus500

One to watch, but I doubt they had a lot of customers with CHF positions before the move.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Love Letters

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