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Electric cars, electric planes, and asking Calvin's dad questions
Apparently Germany's subsidies for electric cars have reduced in 2023, but they're going to continue for at least a few more years. I guess part of the question is how much of a network effect there is in charging infrastructure build-out. (Also, how quickly will gas infrastructure actually get decomissioned)
It hallucinates facts and citations, one comparison I saw was to blog comments, not entirely useful, but also quite suspect. Our relationship with information we read from ChatGPT requires further consideration, more so than Wikipedia, but directionally similar.
180 Miles of flight for $19 seems pretty good.
CBO scoring is out for the Republican IRS defunding bill, surprise, net deficit of 100 billion dollars. I did not realize that Americans actually view the IRS relatively favorably. Oh, and Republicans are excited about cutting medicaid too!
I'm concerned, like Kai Ryssdal, that a significant amount of California's extra water reserves are being stored in the crawlspace under my house.
Sorry, that whole story about Roman Concrete the other day was blown way out of proportion. The linked Construction Physics article was excellent.
• Gov. Hochul of New York laid out a land use / housing plan. Here's a thread about it. TL;DR: transit oriented development, ambitious yearly total housing targets for municipalities, and a builder's remedy if they don't achieve them. Looks great, although text of the proposed bill is not yet out.