Linky Friday #192: Everything Is Groovy

Cities:

vancouver photo

Image by JamesZ_Flickr

[C1] Nicole Gelinas looks at expensive cities, cheap cities, and economic mobility.

[C2] Vancouver has implemented an enormous tax on vacant housing.

[C3] If you’re concerned about your children, here’s where you should move.

[C4] This reminds me of the olden days when I used to have a map of Colosse pinned to the wall so that I could easily know where stuff was. Printed maps. Those were the days, weren’t they?

Planet:

[P1] Green energy is not looking so good anymore, thanks to the Trump victory.

[P2] Winner? Keystone! Maybe. And oil.

[P3] Climate Change delegates are pretty distressed.

[P4] The EPA is modifying its wind and solar rules on federal lands to protect wildlife, among other things.

[P5] Fracking is apparently not the culprit in Wyoming’s water problems.

Business:

amazon warehouse photo

Image by thisisbossi

[B1] Maybe tech hasn’t changed economics as much as its evangelists would like you to believe.

[B2] My experiences with the Amazon products have been good, but this sort of sets me on edge. If I don’t mind Walmart house brands, though, I’m not sure why this should bother me.

[B3] The Netflix library is shrinking, but that’s okay. I wasn’t even aware they had a good children’s selection. I may need to give it a test-run.

[B4] Everything you ever wanted to know about the dangerous field of crop dusting.

Technology:

[Te1] This will end badly.

[Te2] Tim Worstall says that everything is going to be great, though.

[Te3] This will cause great fun in the news and especially fake-news industry.

[Te4] Texting… for cows.

[Te5] Here’s a kind of cool history of dreams of automation and artificial intelligence.

Transportation:

gondola photo

Image by flightlog

[Tr1] Gondola! Gondola!

[Tr2] The Trolly Problem has a pretty easy solution, as far as Mercedes is concerned.

[Tr3] Is it time to lift the speed limits of flight?

[Tr4] A look at Trump’s transportation plan. Whatever it is.

Food:

olive garden photo

Image by Paula Satijn

[F1] The making of the McRib. I personally think it went overboard on the PR when it told of how the pigs would raise their arms saying “Me next! Me next!”

[F2] From 2014: Minneapolis is micromanaging food sales.

[F3] Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Pass ended, and Hayley Peterson talked to some people who took advantage and ate at Olive Garden every day. Apparently, the only downside was the food.

[F4] If your food lacks zing, maybe you need a zap from the spoon.

Mind:

logic puzzle photo

Image by PlaSmart Inc

[M1] This Freddie piece on withdrawing into yourself hit pretty close to home.

[M2] I thought we already knew this, but people dream even when they can’t remember them. And yeah, those high school anxiety dreams

[M3] Nautilus looks at the hardest logic puzzle, and how to solve it.

[M4] Why time speeds up as we grow older.


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31 thoughts on “Linky Friday #192: Everything Is Groovy

  1. [M1]: I did this a lot when I realized that society was in the great whirlpool of collapse. I got insular. After a while I realized that I was missing out and decided to enjoy myself. Screw it. Until the barbarians actually come over the wall, let’s party. Besides, being drunk and watching the cities burn can be fun.

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  2. Re: P2. Like we’re already seeing with the Dakota Access pipeline, even when Keystone and whatever else gets passed legally, we’re going to see a lot of direct action against any such projects. (The Dakota access pipeline conflict is itself going to escalate now that the federal government is going to be less neutral about the dispute)

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  3. C1: This is a perennial problem for cities. Upper middle class people need a lot of support staff that do not earn enough money to live in expensive metro area. People like teachers, cops, restaurant workers. store attendants, repair people, pink collar workers, etc. The solution is to build more housing but NIMBYs keep opposing it.

    C2: I’d be very interested to see how this turns out.

    C3: Ha.

    C4: This reminds me of something I read once. Children who walk to school apparently develop a better since of direction and location than children who are driven to school. The pedestrian children have to learn how to navigate and tend to pay closer attention to their surroundings than the children in cars. I think that with GPS, more people are going to lose their ability to navigate because they never had to learn how to get around by looking at maps in the first place.

    B1, Te1: Maybe Tech will change how business is done but they got a bit too optimistic about their timing and didn’t quite get how it will change how business is done. You need to wait till automation kills off a lot of jobs to get the sharing economy.

    Te2: The issue is whether people will have enough money to enjoy their new found free time.

    M1: This is something that Saul would agree whole-heatedly with. In the not to distant past, there was an idea that you needed to consume your cultural vegetables to cultivate your inner self. At least some of the early broadcasters, notably NBC in the United States and BBC in the United Kingdom, strongly believed in the eat your cultural vegetables paradigm. It helped create a shared high and popular culture more than we have now. The ability of people to read and watch what they want when they want when they want is fragmenting society and also causing people to retreat from the world as Freddie noted.

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    • [B1] The problem with all those articles about how tech would transform the economy is that the writers failed to look at what all those sharing-economy companies were actually doing.

      Like, if the way that you make money is by cleverly figuring out a way to get around the rules everyone else has to play by, that isn’t something you can grow (or even sustain).

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  4. B2: the Amazon dog waste bags are the only ones I’ve bought that control the smell. All the rest are highly permeable to odor.
    The young woman with the globe in the Mind section photo resembles my biracial granddaughter. All the commotion in Britain about Prince Harry’s new girl friend seems silly when she could have obviously gone to my segregated high school in rural Virginia during the late fifties and early sixties.

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  5. Tr2: Imagine three car dealerships.

    1) Sells Traditional Cars Like The Ones You Drove Ten Years Ago.
    2) Sells Self-Driving Cars That Choose To Save The Driver Over Pedestrians
    3) Sells Self-Driving Cars That Choose To Save Pedestrians Over The Driver

    Which ones are still open, barring legislation closing one of them, in 5 years?

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        • Nuh uh on #1 and I’ll tell you why. One word: Insurance.

          Self driving cars will talk to each other, self driving cars will operate in a web that works together. Into this network careens a self driven car. Accidents happen. The auto-cars dutifully hand over precise recordings of the incident from their own sensors and the sensors of the cars around them. The self driven car has bupkiss to argue on its drivers behalf. The self driving car is inevitably at fault and must pay for its own damages and the damages it did to other cars. The self driving pool will be small and expensive which means the price of insurance on #1 type cars will be astronomical. People don’t buy cars that cost more than the car payment to insure. As interest in those cars decline economies of scale fail driving car #1 prices higher. Car #1’s become either extinct or a crazy high end luxury.

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          • I disagree on the number of people willing to pay a premium to drive their own car, but I live in Colorado.

            Perhaps, nationally, there are more people who give you your impressions than give me mine. As such, I’ll concede the secondary point.

            But I’ll come back to my original one:

            Ain’t Nobody Gonna Buy A Kill-The-Driver Car.

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            • Oh a premium? For sure! 10% higher? 20% higher? Absolutely. But we’re talking twice as expensive, three times as expensive, there’s no telling how high it would go. Also keep in mind that the self driving cars insurance costs would go LOWER than insurance is now. It could easily be ten times as expensive to insure a self driven car. Absolutely people would like to drive themselves but once auto-cars became the norm it would cost a fortune to insure self driven cars. That’s completely ignoring legislation concerns.

              And yes you’re exactly right. The Kill-the-Driver cars couldn’t be given away. Not even if you pointed out that that scenario would be a lightning strike probability event.

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    • Unlike everyone else, I think at least a variation of #1 will be open, selling not just traditional cars like 10 years ago, but like 30 years ago – for middle-aged guys like me to drive at rallycross track days. Sure, limited market, and somewhat vanity pricing, but when makers get to target mid-range cars for the track the way they do high-end cars today, I think there’s a good chance of a massive uptick in amateur sport driving. Manual transmission, sport suspension, less weight lost to heated seats and backup cameras, and the like – and an engine you can work on yourself without a CS degree and $1000 worth of hacker gear…
      Hell, given what the big makers are doing currently with their high-tech showoff cars, they might even be hybrids.

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