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Charlie Munger on The Intelligent Improvement of Yourself

How should we go about <i>intelligently</i> improving ourselves?<p>Charlie Munger, the irreverent billionaire and business partner of Warren Buffett, offered a …

Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World

“Simple rules are shortcut strategies that save time and effort by focusing our attention and simplifying the way we process information. The rules …

Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too - Issue 46: Balance

When you examine the lives of history’s most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organize their lives around their …

Creativity

The idea of “one true calling” is a romanticized lie

Do you remember being asked as a little kid what you wanted to be when you grew up? How did you feel? When I think back to when I was five or six, I don’t remember my specific answer. But I do remember what happened after I answered: The face of the adult who had asked took on a look of approval …

When Holding is the Hardest Part

“The easy money has been made” is one of my least favorite sayings about investing. Making money in the markets is never easy. In fact, I would argue …

Investing

Do Algorithms Beat Us at Complex Decision Making?

Algorithms are all the rage these days. AI researchers are taking more and more ground from humans in areas like rules-based games, visual …

Artificial Intelligence

A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

The average Facebook user spends almost an hour on the site every day, according to data provided by the company last year. A Deloitte survey found that for many smartphone users, checking social media apps are the first thing they do in the morning – often before even getting out of bed. Of …

Scientific Concepts We All Ought To Know

John Brockman's online scientific roundtable Edge.org does something fantastic every year: It asks all of its contributors (hundreds of them) to …

Tribal Leadership: The Key To Building Great Teams

Have you ever wondered about internal organization dynamics and why some groups of people (who aren't on the same team) are more successful than …

Corporate Culture

Coast-to-Coast Coasting

Coast-to-Coast CoastingWhat if the entire continental US was on a decreasing slope from West to East. How steep would the slope have to be to sustain …

Geek Humor

What is Your Edge?

A couple months ago I read an investment write-up on a large-cap stock that is one of the most widely followed and largest companies in the S&P 500. …

Investing

The Skew

“Even if there weren’t fees and expenses, the odds are you’ll underperform.” -Hendrik Bessembinder<p>An excellent piece from Bloomberg came out over the …

The Great Roth Controversy

This is your Money. This is your Money on a RothI recently shared some thoughts on how to become Financially Independent in the shortest possible …

Retirement

Traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA – The Best Choice for Early Retirement

Traditional IRA or Roth IRA – Which one should you contribute to?Everyone has an opinion but nobody has a definitive answer.Until now.This article …

Retirement

5 personal money numbers everyone should know to check their financial health

You might know your weight and your (pre-tax) income. But how much do you really know about your full financial situation? Your salary and monthly …

Is there a nature of time?

As time goes by we realize that there seems to be only one direction. In our retrospective view of events time moves from past to present to future, …

Yes, Python is Slow, and I Don’t Care

A rant on sacrificing performance for productivity.<p>I’m taking a break from my discussion on asyncio in Python to talk about something that has been …

New Theory of Gravity Emerges

If a study carried out by researchers at the University of St. Andrews holds true then we may need to consider rewriting Albert Einstein’s theory of …

Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 …

It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a …

Emotional Intelligence Has a Scary Dark Side, Says Science

Research suggests that being too in tune to others' emotions can elevate stress levels.<p>Back in 1995, Daniel Goleman published the bestselling book, <i>Emotional Intelligence</i>. It was based on a concept introduced roughly three decades earlier by Michael Beldoch: Emotionally intelligent individuals have …

Charlie Munger’s Most Important Concept (Takeaways from the DJCO Meeting)

A couple weeks ago, I flew to Los Angeles to listen to Charlie Munger at the Daily Journal annual meeting. These days, you can read the transcript of …

Investing

All-Time Highs Are Usually Followed By All-Time Highs

Momentum is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the investment world. Everyone intuitively understands value investing (buy a dollar for fifty …

Stock Markets

Modern Pandas (Part 1)

This is part one in a multipart series on writing idiomatic pandas code.• Modern Pandas<br>• Method Chaining<br>• Indexes<br>• Fast Pandas<br>• Tidy Data<br>• Visualization<br>• Time …

Python Programming

How I Became a Better Programmer

Several people at React Conf asked me for advice on becoming a better programmer. For some reason, people see me as a pretty advanced programmer …

Self-improvement