By LookUponMyWorks on Where We Work and When We Get Up

@aetataureate Thanks, my parents are really proud.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 10:11 am 7

By thegirlieshow on Is First-Hand Experience Necessary to Understand Poverty?

It certainly wouldn't hurt.

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm 1

By Carmen Aiken@facebook on What Should a City Do When the Rent Becomes Too High to Afford?

@stuffisthings This has been something I think about a lot, especially considering the last two pieces of my grad school career in city planning/policy are in development finance AND informal networks. I mean, cities say that they ARE involved with financing housing, they just don't really have money to do it. TIF monies are used here to work in housing developments, but CHA is a total private-public partnership here, and the department of housing and economic development is... well. The deck is stacked against public housing in this country. And municipalities don't want to be housing providers for so many reasons, but you know, CDCs and Chodos do get pretty cheap financing because of things like LIHTC and (depending on the state) tax donation credits. But for me the problem is how you look at how we should fund things and provide services. By incentivizing banks and large corporations to "fund" public housing by purchasing tax credits to create equity for NFPs to build housing, we're taking money away from public funds. I still remember in class when people put this together. The other thing is even if you can come up with a great housing plan, corresponding to local/federal guidelines to AMI, I mean, we're assuming a four-person household in Chicago has a median income of 70k a year. Which... for many people who were displaced from public housing is just not true. "Manhattan, San Francisco, LA, Boston, Silicon Valley, DC, and Chicago are not the Wild West where anyone can just go build his self-sufficient log cabin in the woods. We need to start looking at workforce housing as an essential piece of city infrastructure necessary for the functioning of the economy." and THIS really hit me, because I'm reading a lot about informal housing in the global south, especially in the wake of some mineral rich countries who TRIED to build large amounts of public housing. And I'm starting to think these methods are not so far off, especially in places like Chicago where we're so large and there is SO much disinvestment, I wonder what that would look like. Billions of people live in their own made housing across the Global South--I don't really think that's some anachronistic Wild West.

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm 1

By DebtOrAlive on Majoring in Economics and Making Money

I'm not convinced majoring in Econ increases selfishness so much as Econ majors (except those academia-bound) tend to be practical and focused on achieving at the very least a securely upper middle class lifestyle. [Looks around apt, looks outside at neighborhood, checks account balances] If it was supposed to make me more selfish, it didn't exactly work, cause I'm not raking it in over here. But(!) as a one-time Econ major who loved his econ classes (well except econometrics and intro to econ, obvs) but ultimately decided on something more STEM-y, I strongly wish that Economics were students' "default" major instead of English or Sociology or Communications. Not trying to slag off any of those fields, but Econ gives you a great framework for analysis of institutions and people, and it's such a flexible major. Super quanty numbers freak who only wants to think theoretically, Econ is for you! Budding dealmaker looking to claw your way to the top of the Street? Econ! Artsy liberal deeply interested in feminist theory and the intersectionality of gender, race, and the sexualization of the body? I have no doubt that you could write a rigorous econ undergrad thesis on that. The major can be as mathy or as fuzzy as you want it to (except for the aforementioned econometrics, you do not pass go, sry). And even if you did a fuzzier Econ degree, you still get the benefit of the doubt when you hit the market.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm 3

By jfruh on How We Think About Class

Here's a random suggestion that I'm not sure is true or not but I'll put it out there for discussion: the decision to serve you guys alcohol and not the well-to-do white people may not have been a "reward" for you being Latin@, Hispanophone, and/or working-class. Might it have been more nervousness that the people who aren't "us" would be more likely to rat out the restaurant for serving booze without a liquor license? Even if that wasn't an explicit or realistic fear, there might've just been an extra willingness to trust someone within their community -- for however you want to define community, ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic, whatever -- over a fairly minor and harmless violation; this is trust you wouldn't necessarily have with outsiders, particularly if the outsiders fit the profile of "the man", the dominant group who enforces these laws in the first place.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:29 pm 9

By Sloane on After 12 Years of Sponsoring a Haitian Child, What Kind of Difference Do You Make?

@stuffisthings Why couldn't there be at least a 7% return on the investment in the Haitian child. Gah. (I jest, of course)

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm 1

By mirah on Odd Job of the Day: Professional Closed Captioner

@stuffisthings Wow, lots of questions. 1. No, we are creating closed captions using voice recognition software. We get audio from the TV studio a few seconds early and speak along to what we are hearing, making edits for length and clarity as needed. So when you see someone correcting live captions onscreen, they are likely correcting a spot where they misspoke or the software did not hear them correctly. 2. Yes, we do use macros. Some are standardized and some are personal, but we probably don't use them as much as you might think. 3. If a show is live and running captions, then it is being captioned live. I couldn't really give you a percentage or anything like that because I don't know how much television programming is, in fact, live TV. 4. Yes, we do get materials beforehand depending on the programming. We would rarely get a transcript of a speech beforehand, but people usually speak slowly enough in those sort of public, televised events that they are fairly easy to caption almost verbatim. 4. Because the cable channel is too fucking cheap to pay for offline captioning (like what the guy in the article does), which requires way more time to do correctly. So instead they just pay for a couple hours of live captioning, which probably comes out crazy if it's some 3 AM Sharknado rip-off.

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm 1

By Meaghano on Odd Job of the Day: Professional Closed Captioner

@stuffisthings ha, YES. It's so…human?

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm 1

By Mike Dang on Please Someone Buy This $200 E-Book

@stuffisthings Yes

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 5:38 pm 1

By ATF on So: Doughscuits

@stuffisthings I like this. We could spin the Pizzadonut off even more to the calzonut. We could also combine donuts and scones for sconuts. Donuts and cookies for the Donookie. Focaccia and donuts for the focaccinut. Let's quit our day job and start a Dokery (donut based bakery)

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 1:45 pm 1