Favorite Rejects 2023-02-05
People often tell me that their friend group talks about living near each other. And yet, almost none of them have successfully clustered their friend group yet. Here's how I got 22 of my friends to live within walking distance ✨
“Basically, you can’t go around bellowing like the Kaiser for three years and then suddenly go back to being all about peace and globalization and expect everyone to just forget. It’s all the same people in charge as a year ago — Xi Jinping, and cronies of Xi Jinping.” 2/3
The press was more respected and more trusted in the midcentury decades when audiences had fewer choices and reporters would routinely lie en masse at the behest or government officials. newyorker.com/magazine/2023/…
On the absurd GOP rush to abandon the successful legacy of Operation Warp Speed, a project that validated early conservative arguments about drug development.
The debate over vaccines may be purely political for Trump and DeSantis, says @mattyglesias, but it has long-term implications for US science policy https://t.co/cMDvDCwQgG
Bloomberg Opinion @opinion
E-bikes are great! But rescinding mandatory parking minimum rules is a pro-cycling policy that not only doesn’t cost anything, it will help grow your tax base. slowboring.com/p/for-transpor… https://t.co/WHCFSFaPZ3
As I told @thedailybeast, e-bike rebates are gaining popularity w/gov officials wary of cars: "Attention [comes] from the states and cities where leaders are particularly concerned about climate change, and rather dubious about...autocentric urban areas.” https://t.co/kkeVhGGBUg
David Zipper @DavidZipper
A Toronto city councilmember is cheering on delaying construction for the city's metro in order to save, like, 5 trees I'd bet the delay means tens of thousands more car trips downtown and way more than 5 trees worth of climate damage Would be funny if it wasn't so painful
Big news! A victory in the midst of a long fight. We were successful in convincing Metrolinx to accept our demands that they stop their clear cut until a decision has been made on an injunction.
Josh Matlow @JoshMatlow
I hear a LOT of people say that a cold war with China will hurt the climate because it'll prevent U.S.-China cooperation on climate change. That makes no sense to me. U.S.-China *competition* seems likelier to force both countries to go green faster.
Basically, it seems like the U.S. is ahead in language-related AI, while China is ahead in vision-related AI. I assume that vision-related AI will be more useful for precision weaponry.
As usual, boring down to lower level of detail is revealing. For example, China leads substantially in computer vision research, but trails the U.S. by a wide margin in natural language processing and essentially is tied with both the U.S. and EU in robotics research.
Paul Triolo @pstAsiatech
I am glad that Actual UK Decline Discourse has now become mainstreamed in America. It helps us realize how little America is declining in comparison, and it's a reminder not to try to copy UK ideas. I've been banging this drum for years:
Carpenters in "prevailing wage" projects in SF make the equivalent of $186,400 a year, before overtime. According to Glassdoor, the average SF software engineer makes $129,200.