World Wide Wednesday

How I saw the Internet this week.

Deep Routes

Michael Lewis–author of Liar’s Poker, The Blind Side, Moneyball, and The Big Short, gave the commencement speech at Princeton:

In a general sort of way you have been appointed the leader of the group. Your appointment may not be entirely arbitrary. But you must sense its arbitrary aspect: you are the lucky few. Lucky in your parents, lucky in your country, lucky that a place like Princeton exists that can take in lucky people, introduce them to other lucky people, and increase their chances of becoming even luckier. Lucky that you live in the richest society the world has ever seen, in a time when no one actually expects you to sacrifice your interests to anything.

– Statistician Ken Pomeroy found that there is a .03% chance that the judges randomly ruled in favor of Timothy Bradley Jr over Manny Pacquaio on Saturday:

Even if you have no interest in boxing (like me) you’ve heard about the bizarre decision by the judges of the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight on Saturday night. Despite nearly everybody believing Pacquiao won the 12-round fight convincingly, two of the three judges gave the fight to Bradley, prompting disbelief among observers. This caused me to wonder just how unlikely such a decision was. (Disclaimer: I know next to nothing about boxing and didn’t watch the fight. If I henceforth sound completely ignorant regarding the sport, you know why.)

Quick Reads

– A blog that aggregates comically bad OK Cupid online dating profiles.

What is in a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle whiskey?

– A lot of major companies’ Twitter followers are robots. This is highly unsurprising but the research is pretty cool.

– Glenn Beck signed a 5-year, $100 million extension with Premiere, a subsidiary of Clear Channel, to continue his radio show. Until I saw this story I had no idea he was still on the air but it just goes to show you: if a million people believe in a dumb idea, it’s still a dumb idea.

– A hamburger in the shape of a shoe.

Food Porn

Holy guac-aioli burger (w/ Chrozio, guacamole, Sonoma jack cheese, chipotle aioli, cilantro, onions) at DMK Burger Bar

Loaded fries with bleu cheese and smoked bacon at DMK Burger Bar


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