Soccernomics, Literally

The book is a great read, but the title of today’s blogpost relates to, well, this:

24 “Underrated” Websites

Some are not underrated, some are downright weird, some (at least in my case) evoke nostalgia. Freerice, for example, helped me look busy for hours in my last corporate job. Your mileage will obviously wary, but I enjoyed going through this list.

And while on the topic of old websites, check this one out: Complete Review.

Cory Doctrow on Byju’s

This Twitter thread, and its implications deserve deep reflection about Twitter, Cory Doctrow, India, and education in India. And not in that order.

Replicable Papers

A periodic reminder that Twitter is really, really useful, if only you nurture it well enough:

The Rules of The Game

A fascinating, thought-provoking thread on the recent Chinese crackdown on tech. We covered this earlier this week, but the thread is worth reading and reflecting upon. Also note Lillian Li‘s background, if you are a student of economics. Studying development economics is not “cool”, got “nothing to do with finance”? Think again. Or, at the risk of being a little meta, ask yourselves about the rules of the game.

Food, by Krish Ashok

If you’re coming cross this thread for the first time, I envy you. Scroll up to the top, and drool your way through πŸ™‚

Please read his book, Masala Lab, if you haven’t read it yet.

Learn To See, and You’ll See That You Can Learn So Much!

Read the entire (short) thread, and the article at the end. And as Mihir says, kudos to the students!

Jeff Bezos, ex-CEO, Amazon

I thoroughly enjoyed going through these pictures, and you probably will too.

Here are three things I’d recommend you read about Amazon, to get a better sense of the company and what it has been up to:

  1. The Everything Store, by Biz Stone
  2. The Amazon Tax, by Ben Thompson
  3. A fascinating story about how Amazon developed it’s batteries.

On Prefaces

This was such a delightful read:

It fails to topple my all time favorite preface, but given that that one was written by the one and only Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, it is entirely understandable. No?

Here is the first paragraph, but you really should read the whole thing (and of course, the entire novel).

A certain critic – for such men, I regret to say, do exist – made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained β€˜all the old Wodehouse characters under different names’. He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against Summer Lightning. With my superior intelligence, I have outgeneralled the man this time by putting in all the old Wodehouse characters under the same names. Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy.

Preface: Summer Lightning, by PG Wodehouse.

He was pretty good at dedications too:

β€œTo my daughter Leonora without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time.”

I couldn’t for the life of me (alas) remember which Wodehouse book this came from. But this column proved helpful, and also proved to be thoroughly enjoyable, so here you go.

The Heart of a Goof, if you are not in a clicking through frame of mind.

India’s Demographics in One Tweet

Well, ok, not India’s demographics in one tweet, maybe. But it is such telling and thought-provoking trivia, this.

If you’re looking for a frame of reference, Belgium’s total population is 12 million. We will add 12 million 18 year olds alone.

By the way, please don’t misconstrue my stance on the issue: I’m very much on Team Simon.