The Collection

Weekly digest of the best things on the internet

Edition Three

Sunday 8 Nov 2015

Like most-all of my readers I have university final exams this week, so I'll keep this short and have a bumper edition next week. I'm also going to skip the Weekly Wrap Up, I just didn't have the time to be keeping up with the obscure news at all last week. Sorry about the light edition this week, but you probably have exams to be studying for too.

I've held back some great articles from this edition so that I have a better opportunity to write a good comment on them, and so that you have a better chance to read them

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1 Learning to Deal With the Impostor Syndrome

So now that we know its name and that other people deal with it too, our third step is to understand why we feel this way. I think part of the impostor syndrome comes from a natural sense of humility about our work. That’s healthy, but it can easily cross the line into paralyzing fear. When we have a skill or talent that has come naturally we tend to discount its value.

Learning to Deal With the Impostor Syndrome
by CARL RICHARDS for The New York Times on 26 October 2015.

2 Making Insider Trading Legal

An edgy tip tends to travel: a company insider shares a fragment of data with a friend, who passes it along to another friend, who passes it to the portfolio manager he works for, who passes it to his boss. Bharara believed that when people like Steinberg make big bets on the basis of this sort of information, they should be prosecuted, even if they are separated by several links on the information chain from the original tipper.

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit disagreed.

Making Insider Trading Legal
by PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE for The New Yorker on 27 October 2015.

3 Why I Pulled My Son Out of a School for 'gifted' Kids

A Hacker News comment on this post sums it up nicely:

You tell a kid they're smart: You've immediately set them up for long term failure.

"Smart" is a quantifiable hard limit. The problem with smart people is that as soon as they run up against a challenge/concept/issue they cannot immediately overcome, they get frustrated, because they "should be smarter than this!" Which often results in avoidable frustration/anxiety/depression.

You see this a lot. "Gifted" "smart" kids who coast through school for years, until one day they finally run up against something they cannot do and run away from it screaming. Simply because they're not "smart enough."

Why I pulled my son out of a school for 'gifted' kids
by LINA PALY for Mashable on 3 November 2015.

4 Who Wore Bond Best?

Another week, another James Bond infographic. This one surpasses last week's by a long shot. I'm super excited to see Spectre if you couldn't tell already.

The (James) Bond Index: From gadgets and tuxes to cocktails and quips
by Mark Glassman, Chandra Illick, Jeremy Scott Diamond & Chloe Whiteaker for Bloomberg on 6 November 2015.

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