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Favorite Rejects 2022-09-20
White House confirmed in a press call that they're specifically including 'foods made with cultured animal cells' in their biomanufacturing initiative. Cultivated meat FTW! 🍔 whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/…
Just reflecting on the fact that today alone there was an event on the need to build more housing and a essay on the need to build more housing. Just an incredible degree of consensus around this issue that has coalesced over a relatively short period.
do you know how pathetic you have to be make California look better than you on HOUSING
"After a year and $200 million committed, New York hasn’t created a single apartment" California has created 12,500. https://t.co/SeSMD7pxcU
Dana Rubinstein @danarubinstein
Vladimir Putin must return the Black Sea peninsula, including Crimea, to its “rightful owners,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said. His remarks come after the leaders of India and China also dealt Putin a rhetorical blow in recent days.
Oh God this is insane—the 1950s Russian IFF system in use over Ukraine only has 12 possible response codes and they're hardwired, so new daily codes can be rapidly cloned by Ukr air force?!? Design: mil-airfields.de/equipment/sovi… Leading to:
I wrote a book! Land Is A Big Deal: Why rent is too high, wages too low, and what we can do about it. Forward by and Coming out October 15, 2022, available for pre-order right now: landisabigdeal.com
There's never been a database of who owns every property in the Bay Area, making it difficult to understand the powerful forces shaping the housing market. So we built one. Just enter an address. Amazing work by & many others
In (I think) an NYT interview, Ted Chiang talked about how fantasy/magic is fundamentally about being special, while sci-fi is more egalitarian (everyone can access the tech, in theory). It completely changed the way I think about fantasy.
in his talk at the Seattle Book Festival Ted Chiang carefully distinguished between science-fiction (impersonal, never "magical") & fantasy (personal, character-driven, "magical"). interesting & convincing argument suggesting why fantasy as a genre is fundamentally YA.
Joyce Carol Oates @JoyceCarolOates
TikTok is growing as a source of news in the US. The share of adult TikTok users who say they regularly get news there has risen from 22% in 2020 to 33% in 2022, even as news use is declining or flat for most other platforms. New data from : pewresearch.org/journalism/fac…
Be skeptical of any research that shows the health risks / benefits of a behavior that can also be correlated to wealth. Is quinoa good for you? Or do rich people get better healthcare?
Soft on crime Trump judges https://t.co/XOMt9DiaIN
Here is Trump Judge David Counts' ruling that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to purchase a semiautomatic firearm after he has been indicted by a grand jury—here, for burglary and jumping bail. https://t.co/TV7biH83GG https://t.co/TdshicxVHV
Mark Joseph Stern @mjs_DC
It's probably not an accident that the only US city where it's legal to build an SRO by-right is also the only one on track to end homelessness. (Also the only one without zoning. Many strange coincidences!)
Going to start going to SF tech-house parties again so I can pour drinks on every ketamine-addled 30-year-old AI engineer who thinks talking about "robots taking jobs" is a way to simultaneously virtue-signal their social awareness and brag about the importance of their field
I recently attempted to install a smart controller for my garage door, which is a mega-project relative to my competencies and exactly as would predict I am already badly behind schedule and over budget.
Alon makes an interesting point--what counts as a "megaproject" is not objectively defined and varies according to a government's capacity. "For France to build a High Speed Line is not a megaproject." https://t.co/n5AxZN1BK5
Sandy Johnston 🚰 @sandypsj