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16 Posts


Marketing and the Tension Between Contrarianism and Traditionalism
December 17, 2018
Exploring the tension between marketing contrarianism and traditionalism, and the impact of buzzwords on meaningful information.
Remainders: From Parking Garages to Political Contributions
November 12, 2018
A collection of book reviews, TILs, and interesting reads, including thoughts on universal basic income, AI, and the Player's Tribune.
Athletes: They're Just Like Us
July 23, 2018
Athletes deserve empathy despite their wealth and fame.
Remainders: From the aesthetic of Kubrick to the advocacy of Heston
April 27, 2018
A collection of interesting links and stories including a New York Times Magazine piece on America's black mothers and babies, a critique of AI, and a story on a bot Instagram influencer.
The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect, The New Yorker, and Pau Gasol
April 15, 2018
A reflection on the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect and a critique of media skepticism.
The Economics of Basketball Fads
January 02, 2016
Exploring the intersection of basketball, economics, and fads.
Basketball versus Business
January 06, 2015
Ownership in sports compared to business and technology.
Eye Test vs. Math Test
January 09, 2014
The battle between the eye-test and math-test in sports.
What wins basketball games?
July 01, 2013
The key to winning basketball games is turning possessions into points.
Selling Argyle Uniforms
May 22, 2013
The story of how Michael Jordan helped choose the UNC Tarheels basketball uniform design.
The Sports Disaster Plan
December 17, 2012
The NBA's contingency plan in case of a team losing all its players to a horrific accident.
Blind Spots
December 10, 2012
Bill Simmons discusses how Bill Russell scouted his own teammates to make them better, raising the idea of identifying blind spots in management and leadership.
The Value of Shots
November 26, 2012
The NBA's exploration of the value of shots and advanced metrics.
How hard is it to be in the NBA if you're 7 feet tall?
November 19, 2012
The rarity of seven-foot-tall NBA players.
Clutch Free Throws
June 19, 2012
Debunking the myth of 'clutch' free throw shooting in the NBA finals.
Sporting Stuff
May 27, 2012
A collection of interesting sports-related tidbits and quotes.
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