vague, but exciting

the porous city

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Zürich
trees and blue sky

In Venice
Reading Goethe's "Italian Journey". He hung out with a Frenchman, "a man of rank, who is well bred, but whose mind cannot go beyond himself and his immediate circle ... he is traveling through Italy for pleasure, but rapidly, in order to be able to say that he has seen it ... it caused me some surprise to think that anyone could ever travel in this temper, without a thought for anything beyond himself, and yet he is, in his way, a polished, sensible and well-connected person."

In Rome he is "oppressed and borne down with numberless phenomena. Wherever one goes and casts a look around, the eye is at once struck with some landscape, forms of every kind and style ... by the evening one is quite weary and exhausted with the day's seeing and admiring."

EYEDEEEM
I'm finally an Aleksi Perala believer:

What's that sound?

Lou Reed David Bowie 1979
Story time

"Don't you EVER say that to me!"

Satellite of Love
Hayabusa2NOW

I which I continue to post links to stuff I would have loved around the time I hacked together this blog.

Improving
  • Sriracha, but a little bit spicier.
  • Accessibility for software, but as a continuum instead of a few "accessibility features".
  • Me, but with the benefit of having observed a few more cycles of my habitual reactions to things and how those are oftimes unhelpful.
  • Now, but maybe paying attention to the meeting I'm in?

Writing on music worth your time

Open database of RSS feeds

psi-onyx

Interactive map of SF parking rules
Coord

Someday I'm going to need this badly enough to sign up.

Tape transfer

San Francisco exports more homeless people than it imports
I'm going to need this some day. Data on busing homeless people from the Guardian

rgraggghaaaaahhhhhhhggg

The Merchant Fleet of Late Medieval and Tudor England, 1400-1580

We launched a thing

Goblin King
Bowie 😭

Robert Heaton
Essays

Funny, well, written, it's a good blog. Say this one: Tracking friends and strangers with WhatsApp.

Use of proprietary IT associated with increased industry concentration
Paper

"Successful IT systems appear to play a major role in the recent increases in industry concentration and in profit margins, moreso [sic] than a general decline in competition."

Illustrating Group Theory
A coloring book

Online version is beautiful, I assume the printed version is too.

Thich Nhat Hanh - Let Go and Be Free
Talk on Youtube

Recently got back into meditation after years thinking I just couldn't hack it. I only recently learned that meditation in many traditions actually follows a concrete series of stages, the later stages of which are apparently inexpressible experiences.

This talk has a very clear outline of the very first stages, and what it means to meditate.

Plus just listen to dude's voice and tell me you're not more relaxed.

Poor Nick Mason
Pink Floyd Songs Ranked. Wait, come back, it's funny and surprisingly affecting. Also, it's 19,000 words long, but unlike the subject there's not much wasted space here.

Stop Using The Cup of Coffee vs. $0.99 App Analogy

Good photos of Italy that aren't NatGeo bait

Damore memo linkdump

Haven't read these yet. Having trouble seeing through the rage I'm feeling about acquaintances on Facebook posting "actually, the memo was thoughtful and well-argued".

Why Vienna doesn't have a housing crisis
Thread starts here:


of course ...


As a friend reminded me last weekend, everything is impossible until it isn't.

also check this, maybe better Vienna summary

"What's done is done, and there's more to come."

Hi Hamilcar and Felicia
Just realized I never posted my set from Lifted.

When infrastructure was cheap to build

Free images and stuff
Creative Commons licensed images, public domain, etc. I wonder how to confirm that someone actually is the rights holder for an image, and they didn't just upload it to Wikipedia and claim it's public domain. Reverse image search?

Cracks in the urbanist policy framework
Well, maybe not cracks but at least evidence of limitations. Lisa Schweitzer
I am not suggesting that zoning is not a binding constraint in some locations. But there are parts of that map where there are big deficits in affordable units in locales where land is basically free. Zoning cannot be a constraint in those locales.
And ...
I’m not convinced by that all the arguments that came my way last night via Twitter that zoning is hamstringing the productivity in urban areas so that people in the countryside are suffering. Cities may boost national productivity numbers, but that is a function of aggregation, not necessarily of strong economic spillovers. It might be that lack of growth in cities ultimately dampens demand for whatever Iowa supplies to cities, but the regional distribution of economic growth over the past four decades suggests that whatever economic spillovers there might be are weak.

But then the Iowans could move to the city if the housing were not so expensive. And that’s true….and yet they have had fewer constraints on migration than people internationally have, and yet there they are, still in Iowa, while I have crazy people telling me we need a wall (even though we already got one) because California and New York are too full of immigrants. People should be able to move to where the jobs are, sure, but I also think David Imbroscio has a point: people should be able to stay home and live a decent life, too.
Although aggregation might be a big deal if you think return on investment in some industries is nonlinear. Say, winner-take-all industries like tech.

Read research papers for free (legally even)
Unpaywall extension for Chrome

I know, it was more exciting when it was illegal.

Modern Javascript for ancient web developers
Useful resources and reassuring commentary

Also Medium's design is nice and friendly to those of us whose eyes are giving up in protest after years of looking at too-small text on glowing screens.

Loopy: a tool for thinking in systems
I want to die with a dry-erase marker in my hand, drawing a final arc between two poorly-drawn boxes.

Loopy webapp

I built a thing
Flagging for Android

1. Build an app for an obscure message board
2. ???
3. Beer!

Don't let them wear you out
What the fuck just happened today?

Trump news that actually matters (love/hate Twitter but the signal/noise ratio ...)

Kanda Shrine at Dawn

FFFFFuuuuuuuuuuu

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