Evan Soltas
Apr 15, 2012

Weekend Music & Links

An electronic track which I like very much and found on Spotify:

Wow, I have a lot of bookmarked articles to put up on the blog this week.

Matt Yglesias on why a new report from National Economic Council director Gene Sperling should make you worry about the Obama administration's fascination with -- fetish for, even -- manufacturing.

A very helpful simulator for income tax policy, which lets you set the rates, brackets, and deductions.

Robert Caro, who is sort of an idol of mine, has an excellent profile this week in The New York Times Magazine. One thing I learned, which is useful: Princeton's senior thesis has a page limit because of Caro -- that's very much in character, given that his biographical project of LBJ is over 3,000 pages.

My good friend and fellow Exeter alumnus Ajay Mehta appeared in a NYT article for his new social network, FamilyLeaf. I'm beginning to reach that age when you understand the passage of time in a different way, and it shocks you periodically how things have changed, and where you and others now are, and where you were. Having your friend found a successful social network might be one of those. Another might be having a friend, or rather, someone who you rode on the bus with to school, end up in prison for counts of burglary and possession -- I'm not linking to that article, needless to say...

Annals of creative destruction: Sony faces extinction, as it has fallen behind the dynamic, fast-innovating tech sector. It is symbolic of major microeconomic issues with Japan which very well may bring the era of slow decline, of deflation and no zero growth, to a sharp end, and force huge microeconomic reforms in that country to restore competitiveness.

Speaking of the fast innovating tech sector, The Atlantic has a mind-blowing article about how computer programmers have designed journalist software that can write stories which past a version of the Turing test. This is a must-read.

Predictable fallout from the rejection of the Keystone pipeline; Canada seeks to diversify the sources of demand for its fuels, says "Worthwhile Canadian Initiative" of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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