On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

@siege91 They're not talking about the cost of construction permits, they're talking about regulations that purposefully reduce supply.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm 2

On Equality /= Dystopia

@marcmagus Nice. I was gonna mention Banks as well but got sidetracked with a bit about knife-missiles and just thought better of it.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm 0

On Equality /= Dystopia

Off the cuff remark: Star Trek. My hypothesis: Dystopian YA novels rely on the dystopia to call the protagonist to action. Thus it's more a literary tool than an effect of the fictional social engineering.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:23 am 2

On Link Round-up! Cheap Hotel Rooms, Egg Sandwiches, Commutes

I actually didn't like having a 20 minute walking commute! Not because of the walking but because it meant there were no real alternatives. My 20 minute walk was 20 minutes in rain, snow and 110 degree weather. I was a 10 minute walk to the subway anyway so it only saved 10 minutes of -insert-bad-weather- here. I could take a crosstown bus to the subway but at some point it got ridiculous having to transfer for such a short commute. Then of course working from home became taboo because I was only a 20 minute walk away. I think Beans above is right. Short drive with no traffic.

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 11:36 am 0

On Concerning the Moral Obligations of the Wealthy

@ellenbw You hit it on the nose for me. Also, one can be more on the capitalist side than the hippie liberal side and still agree that there is a line, after which, you are morally obligated to give back. We might disagree though on where that line is. Personally I think the line Josh chose is low. I don't think it's morally reprehensible to also want to self-direct excess income for the happiness of your own family and your own future happiness.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm 1

On What Aren't We Spending Money On?

@mp This is a good point and some of it may just come down to the possibility that a higher percentage of Millenials are moving to urban environments than earlier generations did at that age. That would explain cars, homes and Costco right there.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:24 am 1

On Family Plan Shame

There is no shame in doing whatever it takes to get a cheaper phone bill. I'm switching to T-Mobile for their $30 plan so I'm sure I friends will try the what-do-you-mean-you-don't-have-service-how cheap-are-you shame but it won't work because the $700 I save a year works as a wonderful shame shield.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

@@fo Lol separate elevators. The obvious next step is to segregate affordable housing to the first five floors and make them walk up! No elevators at all!

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

@julebsorry I dunno, I've paid full rent in buildings with affordable apartments, but this kind of gives off the feel of "separate but equal" to me. Maybe it's just the way it was worded? Back alley entrance makes it sound like they're forcing people to use the service entrance where the garbage gets processed.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm 0

On Josh Michtom's First Job: Helping Teach Argentinians English

From every 15 year old boy who's ever had a crush on a 23 year old teacher's assistant, a tip of the hat to you sir!

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm 0