Most Interesting Articles – Week #3

I am an incessant reader. I am a non-discriminating reader: long-form, essays, infographic-format, books, poetry, I like it all. I collect words and ideas in my Evernote account and re-visit them often. Without words, there is little language and without a command of language, there is not much different between us and the other animals. I read on a diverse set of topics, but human psychology, economics, philosophy, health, tech, how-tos and neuroscience draw me in most often.

These are the most interesting articles I’ve read over the past week:

 

higher-education-clipart-clipart-panda-free-clipart-images-bbs540-clipartAmerica’s Great Working Class Colleges from The New York Times

Higher education is the best / safest tool / bet for lifting one’s self into a higher income bracket and live a better life in the United States. A recent paper by an economist that focuses on inequality and his colleagues revealed a trove of data on how students from across income backgrounds fare post-higher education. Definitely worth a read- or just look through the charts if you’re short on time. You can also customize many of the graphics to include American universities of interest.

 

2-ingredient_banana_coconut_cookiesTwo-Ingredient Shredded Coconut and Banana Cookies from Carrots ‘n Cake

Exactly what it sounds like. Ctrl + F “banana” to find the 3 sentence recipe in the linked page. I cannot wait to make these when I get back home after I finish traveling for work. I almost always have Trader Joe’s shredded coconut at home. I also imagine that these would fill your home with an incredible smell. And it literally needs no added sugar.

 

 

Decline in Absolute Income Mobility

This is a research paper led by Raj Chetty (same research work as what is referenced in the NYTimes article above) and several other economist. Skip forward to page 35 to see visualizations with the takeaways from the paper, if the finer details don’t interest you. TLDR summary is that it became much, much harder for children to out-earn their parents since 1940, and, that if you were born to parents in the 80th percentile, you’ll likely stay there.

 

fitness-clip-art-microsoft-clipart-panda-free-clipart-images-bqu3n5-clipartHow Long Does It Take for Fitness Benefits to Show from Mark’s Daily Apple

A nice reminder of what the point of the work that you put into your body is. I find the benefit of better mind-body coordination and neural strength really interesting, and I’ve¬†experienced it firsthand.

Excerpt:

Neural strength: Improvements to neuromuscular efficiency happen within days of starting a lifting program. Beginners get stronger almost immediately simply by learning proper technique and how to fully contract the muscle fibers they already have.

 

bzbbvazysvkj1xgfdyzg_screen20shot202017-01-1820at2011-48-5120amMake Operations Your Secret Weapon from First Round Review

Just as the difference between productive and unproductive individuals over the long-term has to do with the actual actions that they take, successful companies need robust operations practices. And as is usually the case, the best a unit can do is a ceiling determined by the leader. Good strategy without execution just isn’t enough.

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