Friday Links: 21st July 2017


  • Radiolab’s first episode about the history and potential future of gene-editing tool CRISPR is probably my favourite podcast ever. The sequel isn’t quite as engaging (probably because I’m now familiar with the topic), but a great listen nevertheless
  • I think The Rubin Report might now make my list of regular listens. Eric Weinstein is always worth your time
  • The other Weinstein brother, Bret, was on Joe Rogan’s podcast recently. A university professor, Bret was recently accused of being racist in ridiculous circumstances. Rogan is barely to reply sometimes, staggered as he is by some of Weinstein’s stories


  • The 1992 US Olympic basketball team, aka The Dream Team, is/are widely considered the greatest basketball team ever. And now every one of their games are fully, legally available.

Friday Links: 14th July 2017

After attending the Frank Quitely comic art exhibition a few weeks ago, I’ve been right back into my comics. Lately, I’ve been reading:

And in non-comics reading, I’ve made a start on Gomorrah. And my next read might be about Chaos Magic – Condensed Chaos


I got a damaged copy of the book, The Science of Interstellar for £1. I also added to my order:

Friday Links: 7th July 2017



  • Still working through this long but illuminating guide to how Bitcoin works
  • Prodigy from Mobb Deep died while I was holiday, so I only found out about it recently. Time to revisit their great album, Hell on Earth.


Friday Links: 26th May





I’m still on that NBA tip:


Friday Links: 12th May

(a wee bit late posting. No one will notice)

Friday Links: 28th April 2017



I haven’t bought any (yet), but last week’s obsession with sports GMs rekindled my interest in sports analytics. So I’ve wishlisted the following:

Other, unrelated additions to my wishlist (which is creaking under the strain)

  • Stealing Fire
  • Exploring the economic side of drug dealing, in Narconomics (there are far too many spins on ‘nomics’ now, which affects the books’ credibility. But I think it’s important to remember that it’s often the publisher, not the author, who chooses the title. Looking forward to reading it)
  • Killers of the Flower Moon (about the origin of the FBI)
  • I was a big fan of the Ninja Turtles cartoon and films in the early 90s (when they were known as ‘Hero Turtles’ here, for stupid reasons). I recently realised I’d never read the comic. I’ll need to change that soon



Friday Links: 21/04/17

Front Officers

My fascination this week has been with executives of professional sports teams (mostly NBA). Here’s what I’ve been ingesting on the topic:

  • I linked to this last week, but this profile of NBA General Manager, Sam Presti
  • This one on former, probably future, exec, Sam Hinkie
  • Podcast with Joe Dumars
  • Podcast with Bob Myers
  • Podcast with Daryl Morey
  • One book recommendation I received was about baseball exec Art Rooney, in the badly-titled book, Ruanaidh (pronounced ‘Rooney’)
  • One book I have read and now want to read again, is the excellent Moneyball

Other books:

  • Finished reading Philip K Dick’s Minority Report. It’s even better than I remembered. It’s worth mentioning that you could be easily mislead here. Minority Report is actually just one of a number of short stories in here. Every story is good, particularly the Terminatory, A Second Variety.
  • Received Soldier Spy, which I knew nothing of, but am looking forward to reading
  • Realised yesterday that my local library has The Man Without a Face, about Vladimir Putin. Be reading that soon

Online reading: