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Finger in the Dike

The CFA and Holes As some of you know, I spent the last two months cramming for the Chartered Financial Analyst Level I exam, which I took last week. The test covers over 3,000 pages of material across ten topics, ranging from Ethical and Professional Standards to Economics to Derivatives.  The expression that best capturesContinue reading “Finger in the Dike”

What I’m reading (June 2021)

Entrepreneur/VC blogs A lot of good stuff here. Even if you’re not interested in tech/start-ups/investing, these blogs are worth checking out for general wisdom. Plus they humanize the people behind some very impressive and influential companies. (1) Paul Graham’s blog Graham is a successful founder, but you probably know him because he started Y-Combinator. CheckContinue reading “What I’m reading (June 2021)”

Guest Post: Five Books You Should Read on Soviet History (Leora Eisenberg)

I am not a pundit and I am not an expert: my five-to-seven years of Ph.D. study of Soviet history remain as of yet un-begun, much like society’s path toward socialism. But over my years of obsession with the history of the workers’ paradise, I’ve read quite a few books—some of which my standing nowContinue reading “Guest Post: Five Books You Should Read on Soviet History (Leora Eisenberg)”

You can now smoke weed legally in New York. But should you?

Last month New York became the 15th US state to legalize recreational marijuana. People can now possess up to 3g, smoke it wherever they’re allowed to smoke cigarettes, and grow their own. This is a big win for racial justice. New Jersey was the first state to make a racial-justice-based argument for legalization (my colleagueContinue reading “You can now smoke weed legally in New York. But should you?”

A vet committed suicide after suffering from tinnitus. Will people start caring about their hearing health now?

An open letter to anyone who cares to listen. On March 21, 2021, the NYTimes reported that Kent Taylor, a veteran and founder of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain, took his own life:  Here is a reader comment on the story: And another: Tinnitus, a ringing in the ears associated with hearing loss, affects betweenContinue reading “A vet committed suicide after suffering from tinnitus. Will people start caring about their hearing health now?”

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