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If you like this 'musical architecture' check out the artist's site for more.
This is very exciting! He followed up with a link to an article about the tax system of the Danish Faroe Islands, which is apparently very efficient.
This is all discussion of the Institute of Traffic Engineers manual of Parking Generation which has been garbage for decades. from the thread: "So we're clear: this manual says you can use two observations and predict parking occupancy at an adult cabaret down to *one one-hundredth* of a parking space. Kids, don't let them tell you zoning isn't science. It doesn't have beakers, but it has precision!" OmniZaddy called this other graph a "human rights violation"
If I'm understanding the underlying paper correctly, this was based on self-assessed rating of how often they did each activity. I'm a bit surprised 'talking about problems at work' is so feminine.
I really like this picture, it's from when Boris Yeltsin made a surprise stop at a Grocery store and realized that the material abundance in the United States was real. One follow-up "In Massachusetts in 1776, a dozen eggs cost 56 cents. A typical wage for a laborer was about 40 cents a day."
A good follow-up would be that if you manage to build up a city that completely surrounds another city, that's it, they're annexed. I agree with one commenter who said we have too many local governments that should just be HOAs.
• Have you heard anyone say that the Fed raising interest rates will actually increase inflation? Perhaps a well known and usually respected science fiction author? Here's a thread that actually takes the question seriously and explains clearly how we can be pretty sure such a view is backwards. TL;DR: High interest rates actually lower inflation and central banks have successfully controlled inflation using interest rates for decades.
• Tim Lee was particularly annoyed about articles saying that the quality of modern goods has gone down, which is just wrong. This desk history is a great example. Believe it or not, cars last much longer than they used to!
• Great thread from Joey Politano about how unexpectedly strong the US labor market is. TL;DR: Recession seeming ever less likely, also apparently residential construction employment was revised up significantly.