My favorite links from the week:
- A new kind of scam: kidnapping fraud
- A one-parameter function that can exactly fit any scatterplot
- A fascinating write-up of Jordan Peterson
- A complete taxonomy of internet chum (those grids of clickbait content in the footers of blog posts)
- Why technology commoditization is accelerating – I think about this a lot. Making technology a company’s competitive advantage seems to be getting more and more difficult as everything becomes easier to clone
- I usually spend a fair amount of time thinking about how to name things when I’m coding to have the right amount of description. Felienne says that compound identifier names statistically perform best
- Matt Levine on the power dynamic between the CEO and the board during an acquisition, cryptocurrency, and more
- I’d never heard of Anna Delvey but apparently much of the internet has, so I read the interesting story of her socio-fraud. To be honest, I know one or two people who act a lot like her description in the story.
- An excellent article by the CFO of Amazon on how to avoid hitting the ceiling in your company’s growth S-curve (as well as some musings on product market fit from the perspective of other companies like Twitter)
- A thread by Naval entitled How to Get Rich without getting lucky
- A TED talk by Mike Rowe: What I Learned from Dirty Jobs (you should watch this if you work in the tech industry and have little/no contact with “middle america”)
Have a great weekend.