Icosian Reflections

…a tendency to systematize and a keen sense

that we live in a broken world.

Reading Feed (March 2018)


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer’s Next Superstars — "They assessed the game intelligence of players by freezing match footage at different moments and asking players to predict what would happen next or what decision a player on the field should make. Elite players were faster and more accurate in their ability to scan the field, pick up cues from an opponent’s position, and recognize, recall, and predict patterns of play."


Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | The Eternal Grind — "Eternal has achieved what it set out to do: It’s put the core game play of Magic onto a phone, offering real asynchronous drafts, a diverse metagame and lots of cool decision to make, with regular events and AI opponents to round things out via Gauntlet and Forge. The game looks, feels and sounds great and smooth. The rules changes push mana into the background most of the time and let you focus on other things. Games are quick, and you spend all your time playing and deck building and drafting, getting many more plays and decisions per hour than you would playing Magic."

Blog: Open Philanthropy | Managing Funder-Grantee Dynamics Responsibly

Blog: Overcoming Bias | Toward Reality TV MBAs


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century


Comic: xkcd | Star Lore

Blog: Marginal Revolution | My Conversation with Martina Navratilova

Blog: Marginal Revolution | My advice for a Paris visit

Blog: Schneier on Security | Tracing Stolen Bitcoin

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | 30 of my favorite books


Blog: Slate Star Codex | Book Review: Twelve Rules for Life — "But, uh…I’m really embarrassed to say this. And I totally understand if you want to stop reading me after this, or revoke my book-reviewing license, or whatever. But guys, Jordan Peterson is actually good."

Blog: Marginal Revolution | How much more can be built in Los Angeles?

Blog: Slate Star Codex | Book Review: Twelve Rules For Life

Blog: Making Magic | Nuts & Bolts #10: Creative Elements

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The day job

Blog: Marginal Revolution | My Tokyo advice for Scott Sumner


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Iranian “CyberAttack” Threatens Elsevier Not USA

Blog: Marginal Revolution | U.S. metro regions with the biggest intra-national trade deficits and surpluses


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Why an American third party remains unlikely

Blog: Bits and Pieces | A Unique Family Photo


Comic: xkcd | Personal Data


Blog: The ANOVA | my anti-anti-SAT take for the People’s Policy Project

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | Review of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now

Blog: Luke.Muehlhauser | My worldview in 5 books

Blog: Otium | Naming the Nameless


Comic: xkcd | Name Dominoes

Blog: Schneier on Security | Israeli Security Attacks AMD by Publishing Zero-Day Exploits


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Tuesday assorted links

Blog: Open Philanthropy | Our Progress in 2017 and Plans for 2018

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The wisdom of Ben (Stratechery) Thompson


Blog: Slate Star Codex | The Dark Rule Utilitarian Argument For Science Piracy

Blog: Ben.Kuhn | Are venture capital markets inefficient?

Blog: The Unit of Caring | How do you square consequentialism with thinking no one should force themselves to be unhappy? What if causing yourself unhappiness that lower your daily wellbeing from 7 to 4 increases the wellbeing of 5 other people, whom you previously caused lower wellbeing, from 4 to 7? The exact numbers aren't important so much as the idea that there must exist cases in which the consequences of forcing yourself to be unhappy have good consequences, so a consequentialist should favor that course of action.

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Those old service sector jobs (speculative?)


Blog: Ben.Kuhn | Is treating a cold with zinc still evidence-backed?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Greeting cards aren’t about greeting


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Big Professor is watching you — "By getting [student’s] digital traces, you can explore their patterns of movement, behavior and interactions, and that tells you a great deal about them... It’s really not designed to track their social interactions, but you can, because you have a timestamp and location information..."

Blog: Shtetl-Optimized | Hawking

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Friday assorted links

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Friday assorted links


Blog: Schneier on Security | Artificial Intelligence and the Attack/Defense Balance


Blog: Marginal Revolution | My Conversation with Chris Blattman


Blog: The Unit of Caring | Power distance

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Can Britain make itself less complacent?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The Nordic glass ceiling?

Blog: Marginal Revolution | The World’s Biggest Field Experiment

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Is war declining?


Blog: JeffTK | Thoughts on Existential Risk


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Why are antiques now so cheap?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Ten favorite science fiction novels

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Zoning Increases the Price of Housing in Australia by a Lot — "Relative to our estimates of these costs, we find that, as of 2016, zoning raised detached house prices 73 per cent above marginal costs in Sydney, 69 per cent in Melbourne, 42 per cent in Brisbane and 54 per cent in Perth... The effect of zoning has increased dramatically over the past two decades, likely due to existing restrictions binding more tightly as demand has risen."

Blog: Open Philanthropy | An Update to How We’re Thinking About Grant Check-Ins


Blog: JeffTK | History of HTTPS Usage

Blog: Overcoming Bias | Growth Is Change. So Is Death.

Blog: Marginal Revolution | What is the real value of academic conferences today?

Blog: MISinformation | On Motherhood

Blog: Schneier on Security | New DDoS Reflection-Attack Variant

Blog: Schneier on Security | Extracting Secrets from Machine Learning Systems


Blog: Marginal Revolution | One smart guy’s frank take on working in some of the major tech companies

Blog: Fake Charity Nerd Girl | it’s kind of weird how differently people react to you saying that you broke up with someone vs. you saying that you quit your job when from the inside they feel … really similar?


Blog: The Unit of Caring | The mayor of Oakland who warned her people about an ICE raid is a good person. If I ever live in...

Blog: My Biased Coin | Optimizing Learned Bloom Filters with Sandwiching

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Growth Mindset Replicates!

Blog: Marginal Revolution | How can families afford children?


Comic: xkcd | Namespace Land Rush

Blog: Agenty Duck | Instead of making a resolution,


Blog: Marginal Revolution | The contributions of Rene Girard


Blog: The Unit of Caring | Anonymous asked: Do you support western governments granting foreign aid to developing countries? — "Saving millions of lives is good. I think it’s really unlikely that the negative side effects are more bad than saving millions of lives is good. I also think given the magnitude of the injustice of our immigration laws, every recipient of this aid is a person who we’ve directly caused enormous harm and who has a claim to restitution..."

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Saturday assorted links

Blog: Don't Worry About the Vase | Sacred Cash

Blog: Marginal Revolution | Is the case for free trade still valid in a world of welfare states?


Blog: Marginal Revolution | Thursday assorted links

Blog: Compass Rose | Kidneys, trade, sacredness, and space travel

Blog: Overcoming Bias | Beware Covert War Morality Tales

Blog: Marginal Revolution | No, American fascism can’t happen here