On Airbnb: Bad For New York, Great For Me

I loved this. It captures how I feel about Airbnb (conflicted), and many other sharing/service startups. Also I think you just explained the problem of (negative) externalities in a better way than my old econ books had.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:23 am 0

On Heartbreaking Story About Homelessness in San Francisco

@garli UCSF has some housing near their Mission Bay campus. I met some (medical) resident doctors who live near the ballpark and while they do pay rent, it is heavily subsidized by the school.

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 1:45 am 0

On Heartbreaking Story About Homelessness in San Francisco

@MrDean agreed. The level of NIMBYism in SF that keeps the status quo is remarkable.

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 1:37 am 0

On Job of the Day: Debt Collector

When I was in college I was told that retail/food service jobs were good experience for (certain) careers because you had to learn how to face customers. Maybe debt-collection jobs should be marketed to college kids as internship opportunities for learning how to negotiate. It could also teach them personal finance lessons.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm 0

On The Widespread Popularity of HGTV

"There’s something truly American about watching people flip houses with the housing crash still lingering in our recent memory." Love that.

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 9:49 am 0

On Fall Haul

I went shopping this weekend, which I'd been planning on for a while, but I did think about the Fall Fashion post while I was in the store :) For $260 I bought, all on sale: -jeans @ Madewell (got an extra discount for bringing in old jeans to donate/recycle) -cotton striped long-sleeve tee @ Banana Republic -wool & rayon mixed media v-neck sweater @ BR -leather flats @ BR I tried on a bunch of other stuff but they were trendier pieces and I figured, if I really wanted them, I could find them at lower price points elsewhere. BR also gave me coupons to come back and shop in a few weeks, buuut I think (I hope) I'm good for now.

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm 1

On Tipping Housekeeping is Controversial? (No It Isn't)

I tip because I know the reality is that workers depend on gratuities, but then it's not actually "gratuity" it's just to get them to a living wage. Marriott is a multi-billion-dollar company; this campaign basically says that it can't pay its housekeeping staff just a teeny bit more, so it asks its customers to do so.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:17 am 1

On Job of the Day: Silicon Valley Home Stager

@emmycantbemeeko Maybe the realtor staged it themselves?

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 1:13 pm 0

On AirBnb Ruined Our Lives and Turned Us Into Entitled City Dwellers

@happy_misanthrope Yes I noticed that line, too, and I thought about Hannah on Girls complaining about working at the magazine, only to find out her coworkers were accomplished writers.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm 1

On AirBnb Ruined Our Lives and Turned Us Into Entitled City Dwellers

I like srmattew's idea. Or at least using some of the AirBnb income to outsource the housecleaning.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm 1