Updated: 2016-04-30 19:46

  1. Finally a non-embarrassing classical music scene in a blockbuster movie - The New Yorker
    NYT Anatomy of a Scene covers a scene mentioned in the article in depth: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ (With Movie Trailer): Christopher McQuarrie Narrates a Scene
  • What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team - NYT
    One word answer?: safety

  • Tannhäuser and game theory
    Have you ever thought—after reading/listening to his behaviors at the contest/court—that Tannhäuser (the character) is immature, impulsive, reckless, and deeply flawed? Well here's the answer to that through the lens of game theory: "‘Though This Be Madness, Yet There is Method In’t’: A Counterfactual Analysis of Richard Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’"

"Why would he sacrifice everything for nothing? ... This essay offers a radically new perspective on the opera by drawing on game theory ... Through a detailed analysis of the hero’s decision-making, it argues that his seemingly irrational behaviour is actually consistent with a strategy of redemption."

  • How to hold a heart - NYT
    NYT Magazine has a fun weekly column called Tip, which attempts to deliver some insights and tips on various unrelated subjects.

"Don’t worry about the size of your hands.’’ Instead, concentrate on not dropping it; a heart covered with blood is very slippery."

"... a mixture of insecurity and curiosity are driving interest in basic income, but its dominant ideology — and appeal — is utopian. The core existential struggle lurking in the debates over basic income centers on what meaning work holds in our lives. ... The dream of a world where we produce more than we need has come true."

"On Earth, this kind of image would reveal islands, rivers, parks, Great Walls, freeways, cities, and so on. Perhaps a spacecraft sitting at the gravitational focus of a distant star is revealing these things right now to a spellbound alien population. Just imagine."

"Eight years after the financial crisis, unemployment is at 5
percent, deficits are down and G.D.P. is growing. Why do
so many voters feel left behind? The president has a theory."

"the first step to following in his footsteps is just to be adventurous: not to stay in the comfort of well-established mathematical theories, but instead to go out into the wider mathematical universe and start finding—experimentally—what’s true."