Shop around, you can save huge amounts of money. IF. If you have the time to choose.
The Art Newspaper: Time is running out for America’s historic houses.
“A lot of historic buildings have huge deferred maintenance problems.” Isn’t this the problem for America in general?
Boston Review: Segregation by Culture.
No earthshattering revelations, yet an interesting read.
Design You Trust: 83-Year-old Man Lives in Makeshift VW Beetle.
Makes me feel ashamed for believing I’ve got a rough life at times.
NY Times: As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500.
Just read it. Even the best-intentioned ‘affordable’ health care reform doesn’t stand a chance against such market forces.
Slate: Millennial narcissism - Helicopter parents are college students’ bigger problem.
“The overinvolvement of helicopter parents prevents children from learning how to grapple with disappointments on their own. If parents are navigating every minor situation for their kids, kids never learn to deal with conflict on their own. Helicopter parenting has caused these kids to crash land.” I’ve wondered about this. The ‘break’ from being parented to being independent seems to be happening later, and more traumatically, for young people in my zone of awareness. My old man told me back when I was 18 or so, “I’ll consider you a success when you don’t need me anymore.” That became a dare of sorts, one I couldn’t ignore.
On Taking Pictures: Contact Sheet Poster - An Alternative to Vacation Photo Prints.
The Dish: Did Healthcare.gov Meet Its Deadline?
Doesn’t look like a single person is asking what I’m asking: What did the ‘fix cost? What is the continuing work costing?
I suppose this information is either being obscured, or ‘saved up’ as the next great disaster-news-du-jour.
My Way: In God we trust, maybe, but not each other
“What’s known as ‘social trust’ brings good things. A society where it’s easier to compromise or make a deal. Where people are willing to work with those who are different from them for the common good. Where trust appears to promote economic growth. Distrust, on the other hand, seems to encourage corruption.” When simple political disagreements are conflated with blind ravening hatred, bad things happen.
WSJ: When Superstition Works.
“People who have both a high need for control and a sense of helplessness in a given situation — such as the straight-A perfectionist who didn’t have time to study for an exam — are the most likely to succumb to conditioned superstition.” One to read and remember. No wonder economically challenged folks are such easy marks.
TG’s Political Wire: Obamacare Is a GOP Jackpot.
“President Obama’s remarkable botching of the Obamacare rollout is exactly the reboot opportunity the Republican Party needed: a huge failure by its opponents and a priceless opportunity after the ill-advised government shutdown.”
SF New Mexican: Ski resorts may be allowed to charge ‘uphill’ fee.
“Once people accept that as reasonable, as many in Aspen apparently do, the possibilities for monetizing the backcountry are endless.” My italics. No friggin’ way.
EDN: That 60W-equivalent LED - What you don’t know, and what no one will tell you.
They need airspace around the sockets to keep the innards cool and within spec. Didn’t know that.
Philadelphia Mag: 8 Reasons I’m Happy It’s Not 1963.
“Back then (well, 1959 but close enough) it took the typical American 885.6 hours of work to afford the average list of household appliances compared to 170.4 hours today. For example, a Kennedy voter had to work 167.5 hours to afford a refrigerator and 100.5 hours to buy a washing machine. Yet today’s Obama voter only has to work 22.4 and 23.3 hours to buy the same things.” Via the irrepressible MeFi.
The Brander: The Gantenbein Winery – A Taste of Happiness.
naked cap: Walmart Has Thanksgiving Food Drive for its Own Needy Employees.
I remember a time when the Ways and Means Committee would have responded immediately to something like this. Elsewhere, I see people online lauding businesses for hiring homeless people. One must be careful to ask … “For how much per hour?” A pittance is not enough, though it seems to salve the ‘better than nothing’ crowd. Living wage, one hopes (desperately). We who can maintain an even financial keel have no conception of how significantly the system is tipped against those currently suffering in this economy.
LA Times: Bloomberg downsizes arts coverage, lays off stage critic.
“Bloomberg plans to continue to cover the arts, but with an emphasis on luxury.” Veyrons, yachts and expensive travel resorts, no doubt. Money’s the muse.
NY Times/Dealbook: Pressure Builds to Finish Volcker Rule on Wall St. Oversight.
“The push to reshape financial oversight hinges on negotiations in the coming weeks over the so-called Volcker Rule, a regulation that strikes at the heart of Wall Street risk-taking. The rule, which bans banks from trading for their own gain, has become synonymous with the Dodd-Frank overhaul law that Congress adopted after the financial crisis.”
Later, related: Why no bankers go to jail/Bloomberg.
Atlantic: Everything You Need to Know About Obama’s New ‘You Can Keep Your Plan’ Policy.
Colossal: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships.
Omigod. Isn’t this the BEST thing you’ve ever seen? Makes me feel guilty for sitting reading a book. I need to build some stuff like this for MY office.
The Art Newspaper: The economics of Marfa.
“A two-acre compound in downtown Marfa that sold for $30,000 in 1998 might sell for more than $500,000 today.” (laughing) In Marfa?!!! Middle of friggin’ nowhere in Texas. Get the Marfa lights to chase ‘em all out. I wonder if better zoning couldn’t take care of it all … but zoning usually ends up gamed by some interest or other. I look at Princeton (NJ; my birth town) now, and see the same effect. The house I grew up in is over a million dollars. I do feel pity for the native Marfans.
Youtube: Heating your home office for 8 pence a day.
In US dollars, about 15 cents a day. I certainly wouldn’t leave it on a paper magazine, however. Tea lights get hot. But totally brilliant. I have to try it out.
Bloomberg: How McDonald’s and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens.
“Both McDonald’s and Wal-Mart are engaging in perfectly legal behavior. The system was set up long ago in ways that failed to imagine companies doing this. Yes, they are taking advantage of the taxpayer, but they are also operating within the law. Which means it is time to change those outdated rules.” The proposed solutions: raise the minimum wage, and charge back public assistance to the companies. Sounds excellent to me.
PS Mag: Study - There’s No Place Like My Ideologically Homogeneous Home.
ProPublica: Coming in January: Obamacare Rate Shock Part Two.
“So many people may feel they have a grip on their premium costs and think they have reasonable coverage only to encounter unpleasant surprises in the form of deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance amounts.” Read that fine print before you go signing up for a specific plan, kids.