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Road Safety, Office-to-Housing Conversions, Color Preferences, and Large Language Models
"Almost all road users broke the law, but while motorists mostly broke road rules to save time, the most common reason for people on bikes was personal safety." On the other hand it doesn’t seem that surprising that car violations are much more likely to put others at risk, given that a car is big and heavy and a bike isn’t.
This article was great, I really liked the visualisations of the floor plates. One commenter notes that these conversions would be easier if you were making dorms, which could have shared facilities in the middle. Or go further and legalize the "Munger Cube"
At first I thought people are just less interested in colorful stuff today, but really, that whole middle section is wood colored, and we don't make much out of wood anymore. When people can pick, they want black or white, but also some blue.
Remember that Facebook LLaMA model that leaked a few days back? Well, now someone has build open source software to get it running on a Macbook. It looks totally feasable to have this on a phone in short order.
• Thread about why planting trees is not really a viable way to offset CO2 Emissions. TL;DR: While attractive on price at $5 to $10 per ton of CO2 offset, trees just don't hold on to carbon very long, you need geological storage, which costs more like $100 per ton.
• Graph heavy thread about the Silicon Valley Bank collapse. Main takeaway: SVB had an unusual number of uninsured deposits, and made some big bets on interest rates remaining low. Here's another thread with a wider view of what this says about interest rate risk.