On Would You Pay for a Restaurant Reservation?

Oh I don't know. Say it's your 15th wedding anniversary. You're taking a weekend in Napa, and you've talked about dinner at the French Laundry since forever. Let's say a reservation is almost impossible, and has been for probably the last 20 years. If a guy says, "Hey buddy, how about a dinner reservation on the night you want, at the time you want, for $200?", would you go for it? I would.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm 0

On What Will You Do With Your Extra $200?

@PrescriptionPants "Which is crazy because it basically guarantees social security will go bankrupt long before my generation retires." Not really. Remember, your Social Security benefits are based on your income. When they cap the payments at $117k, they also cap the benefits to that income level when you retire. You stop paying the tax, but you also stop collecting the benefit. In fact, in the sense that people generally collect more Social Security payments than they actually pay into the system, it's probably good for the bottom line that they cap the tax (and hence the benefits). Expect the cap to go away when people stop making money on Social Security.

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm 0

On 'Submissive Students Do Not Make Good Computer Scientists'

"I want my students to be creative problem solvers, leaders who think for themselves, critical thinkers willing and able to challenge authority." Well, don't we all. However, does the author really mean to imply that a quiet person cannot be creative or think for themselves? Then she throws out another wonderful claim. "The students who struggle in college are almost always the quiet ones." Really? Even if true, surely the author realizes that the logic fallacy she is trying to sneak by us. That most struggling students are quiet does not mean that all (or even most) quiet students struggle. BTW, she and I probably both know Jeff Hollingsworth in common. Jeff wasn't a wallflower in college, but he wasn't particularly loud or outspoken either. Mostly he kept his head down and did his work. And even the author would agree that he turned out to be a decent computer scientist.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm 0

On Follow the Money (to Find a Genius)

Perhaps they just tend to get noticed when they are living in CA or NY. "Full many a gem of purest ray serene, The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear: Full many a flow'r is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air. Some village-Hampden, that with dauntless breast The little tyrant of his fields withstood; Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest, Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood. "

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm 0

On The Cost of Street Food in Delhi

I used to have to make semi-annual visits to Bangalore. Miserable trips, but I loved the visits to the golgappa vendor. I never got sick from food in India either, but I am probably used to food just as unsanitary when I grew up in Hong Kong.

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm 0

On WWYD: Porn Star BF Asks Porn Star GF to Quit Work Because Love

"why would you do it without a guarantee that the person for whom you are trading your career stability can’t simply walk away?" No fault divorce? There's never a guarantee.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm 0

On Job of the Day: Silicon Valley Home Stager

@Meaghan O'Connell "Worth it?" It wasn't a lot of money, and it worth the convenience.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 3:50 pm 0

On Job of the Day: Silicon Valley Home Stager

@kellyography Well, hers is not a daily commute. When I had my house staged, I saw the stager exactly 3 times: the initial interview, the set up, and the tear down. For those 3 visits plus her furniture and expertise, I was charged $6k. That's an average of $2k per visit.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm 0

On Express Your True Identity With a DIY Job Title

We were allowed to put whimsical titles on our business card at Apple. I knew "A Scholar And A Gentleman" and the "Village Idiot". Me? I was the Rocket Scientist.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 11:35 am 0

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

@MrDean As a property owner in San Francisco, I am a vocal supporter of all policies and propositions that limit the supply of new housing units. The price of my property will drop if we allow more development. To be honest, I am not sure why the renters are against more development. You'd think they would figure out that more development means more supply, and that ultimately will flatten or lower rents.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm 0