"Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas." - Paul Samuelson
Pictured Above: Sin City, at sun rise. This week the International CES, a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow, takes over Las Vegas. Follow the oohs and aahs and oh-nos here.
Relevant and less-than-relevant goings-on from around the interwebs:
- The Day After Tomorrow: Winter Storm Hercules isn't done yet. A "polar vortex" is now pushing subzero temperatures in the Midwest, and it's moving east. These is the coldest its been in decades. [Associated Press, WaPo, NYT]
- The Biggest Bet Ever: Fund runners George Soros, John Paulson, and Leon Cooperman go all in on the future of gambling. Meanwhile, billionaires are not even hedging their bets but simply dumping them. What are they worried about, especially given the outsized 2013 they had? [Forbes, Moneynews, PolicyMic]
- Ahead of Their Class: The 30 Under 30 who are changing the world in their respective fields. [Forbes]
- Now You See Them, Now You Don't... : Snapchat's Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are listed as part of Technology's 30 Under 30, but is this a disappearing act? [Forbes]
- The Thing Is... : Interconnectivity and the inherent security vulnerabilities that come with it have us primed for trouble. Maybe it doesn't help that some of those doing the hacking, like the NSA, have their very own Q Branch, straight from 007. [Wired, Fast.Co Design]
- The Difference Between You and Me: Suck at technology? There may be a reason for that. [Fast.Co Labs]
- Benched: From celebrated hero to forgotten blemish, how rogues vanish and are banished from the world of sports. [NYT]
- Smoke and Mirrors: While everyone's talking about Colorado, pot smugglers are keeping their booming subterranean railroad well greased and heeled. [GQ]
Also, did you know... There is (or was, as searches have proved to be unfruitful) a heavy equipment playground in Las Vegas where you're encouraged to drive bulldozers around for fun.