New hobby of mine: collecting the most memorable or noteworthy articles I catch each month. It’s a good opportunity to look back and think about news from a slightly longer timeframe. Poignant commentary may or may not appear.
Chris Hughes, one of the Facebook founders, wrote a little manifesto about his former employer in the NYT. He made the case for why we should break it up, citing the grand sweeping power Zuckerberg has over the state of free speech, the press, and democracy.
I have a personal distaste for the word feedback, as I think it’s too formal and a little buzzy these days. Regardless, we all mostly understand what it means, and it is a challenging art to get right. HBR had a good piece (and podcast episode!) about it recently, suggesting that we should look more to people’s strengths than their weaknesses when giving advice. Criticism we offer others is biased…by ourselves! And so the best we can hope for is to help encourage others, not nitpick what we merely perceive as faults.
Jeff Leek of Johns Hopkins wrote about the importance of research quality data. More and more I find that data science is about cleaning and organizing than it is algorithms and mathematics. Having an easy-to-explore dataset will do wonders to help you answer and fine-tune your scientific questions.
Janan Ganesh wrote a piece in the opinion section of the Financial Times about the tradeoffs between a having a social life and becoming a master of your craft. It was a refreshing reminder that there is no one right way to live. Favorite quote: “It is not out of callousness, then, that I say this: the opposite of loneliness – for which the English language has no satisfying noun – has its curses too. It is possible to have too much company.”