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  1. Datepalm

    Laptop Advice

    For the windows side anyway - most of my colleagues have Macs. Well, the architects have strange, giant monstrosities, I see a lot of economists with thinkpads, dunno what's going on there, and for the rest of us, yeah, Yoga seems to work. Good balance of price, specs and doubling up as the thing you marathon netflix on in bed.
  2. Datepalm

    Laptop Advice

    I got a Lenovo Yoga 720 last year, and it's been very good so far (a lot better than the Dell it replaced, though it nominally had quite similar specs.) I do use the touchscreen and flip over 'tablet' mode once in a while - a lot of my life is reading PDFs, and its nice to be able to twist the thing about and comfortably read on the couch or something (or on a flight without sticking your neighbour with your elbow every time you scroll down.) It's not even been a year yet though, so the test really lies in how its doing in another year or two. ETA - I also have an incredibly annoying (to me) goldilocks thing where I *must* have a 14 inch screen. 15 is too large, I carry this thing everywhere and travel a lot and 13 is too small - I do a lot of mapping stuff which is very visual and needs some screen space. So I've settled on the most uncommon screen size as the one thing I cannot compromise on. So that was a big factor.
  3. Datepalm

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    I made the poor decision - I make so many of those - to have my written qualifying exam scheduled over thanksgiving. And, it wasn't strictly my decision - there's a really tight timeline to get it done this term and the department is doing me a favour. And, I mean, the set up is fine - its not a family holiday for me, its less distractions to get this thing done (an intense three-day essay writing marathon) and I spent the first evening of it at a party in a bar anyway (did write two pages while drinking though). But now I have full on cabin fever and there's still almost two days to go.
  4. Datepalm

    Okay Renters...

    What's the interest rate, whats my rent, what would a down payment be, what's my credit score, and, oh, am I planning on moving any time soon? Or getting a pet? Or a child? Or a car? What are the transit options? In short, this is a nonsense question.
  5. Datepalm

    Okay Renters...

    You want to talk about someone's too-much-time-on-their-hands hobby? Go ahead. You want to discuss living in substandard and ad-hoc housing due to poverty? Talk about trailer parks. You want to discuss solutions to the US housing crisis? Talk about something else because this is unrelated nonsense.
  6. Datepalm

    Okay Renters...

    Your cabins-on-a-lot are really, really poor density. The Floor-Area Ratio you're proposing there is by definition well under 1. Probably under 0.5, which is pathetic. Much inclusionary zoning would actually disallow it because its too suburban and sprawly, and even the strictest inclusionary zoning in the US is pretty weaksauce by most international standards. I agree with you broadly that the US zoning system is an exclusionary racist catastrophe (so does, broadly, anyone who works in the field. These are not controversial positions) and exacerbates already significant market failures. Building some cheap cabins will do fuck all for it though, and - sorry to drop this on you, but you started the thread - is actually exactly the kind of wishy-washy sentiment and half-assed anti-development policy where people talk the talk, but by god, will do anything to maintain their single-family lots or propose ever more ridiculous 'tech' solutions. What the housing crisis in the US needs is a massive incentivization of high-density (for real) housing including a decent chunk of public, not-for-profit development and construction. Your cabins are hipster bullshit.
  7. Datepalm

    Okay Renters...

    The crux of my argument (I guess I'm in the PIMBY, Public Housing in My Backyard, rather than merely YIMBY, category) is that raising zoning minimums creates very limited incentives for the construction of affordable housing in itself, nor make its development especially profitable and likely to be provided by the market, what's called 'naturally occurring' affordable housing. As the UI article points out, there's definitely a recognition that theres a crisis and both a grassroots and top-down effort to do something about it. As it also points out, this has had little actual success, given that the crisis is still with us and generally getting worse. These re-zoning efforts, while - probably - well intentioned and spreading, still remain restricted to a few areas in a few cities - a drop in the bucket that, by some measures, is making things worse as due the current upwards push on prices by huge undersupply its driving gentrification. Nor is the market stepping in to the gaps thus provided to develop actual affordable housing. That's being done - where its being done - by state-mandated affordable housing allocations, non-profits, and here and there various channeling of state and federal money (including increasingly - though still pennies generally - from transport and environmental funding for infill and high density housing as those can do more to reduce emissions and congestion more than most transport-only programs. The point of this aside is just to point out how little housing public money is out there, and how needed it is given the vast scale of the ourobourian market failure here.)
  8. Datepalm

    Okay Renters...

    There is a wide body of global evidence - and in the US, for that matter - that it does and that is seems to be one of the few things that does. Even the US housing development boom post-war was highly, highly publicly subsidized.
  9. Datepalm

    Okay Renters...

    Well which is it that's going to be forced open? Zoning restricts what developers can do, but even where it is relatively inclusive, there's no glut of affordable housing. Who is going to force the developers to build this, and using what mechanism? And why would sheds be a better idea than a bunch of four- and six- and eight-plexes?
  10. Datepalm

    Okay Renters...

    What are you talking about? Like splitting the cost of a two-room (or one room, or studio) apartment two (or three, or four) ways goes all that far in a lot of places. Besides, street homelessness - particularly the most visible, harshest variants, tent encampments, people sleeping in the street, drug use, medieval diseases - is often the tip of the iceberg. Its hard to get good numbers, for obvious reasons, but the estimates are that for every person in the street or in a homeless shelter, there is an order of magnitude more people moving between their friends and family's couches, living in a garage, squeezing in 4 or 5 to a room (which is illegal in some places which have maximum room occupancy), and sometimes moving in and out of sleeping outdoors.
  11. Datepalm

    Okay Renters...

    Altherion is right - construction and development costs, zoning and demand-driven high housing prices mean that whatever (smaller-than-you-think) cost saving you can generate by building a small-and-crap building rather than a nice one are going to be very marginal. Then there are also lots of big, complicated reasons why cheap housing in general - small, low-amenity, high-rise apartments, compact row houses, etc, you don't need to go to sheds - isn't getting built. Primarily expensive housing being more viable for private developers and restrictive zoning. If you want a slightly similar situation, look up the politics and policy around ADUs (accessory dwelling units) and how much cities have to go through to get them approved, and then how little of them proceed to get built in absolute numbers and how they do nothing to really dent housing needs.
  12. Almost none of it reads like real regret or apology to me, just damage control. If she thought she was in the right in the original incident, I don't see what's happened or been revealed that changes that - she just didn't get the response she was expecting (as far as I can tell, nothing but unconditional adoration is acceptable) so now there's attempts to save face.
  13. I somehow stumbled across this yesterday and am now fascinated. I agree with Raja's take (the fuck any of this is equivalent, and the college should have held its ground) but what really gets/intrigues/infuriates me is the self-serving ideological puritanism of the whole discourse. You know what, even in the worst possible read of the student's actions, even if what the pile-ons thought was going on was actually going on - a brazen hater deliberately joins an elite committee to promote - nay, dictate! - to an entire college a loathing of Sarah Desssen, aha! - Well, so fucking what? The ease, thoughlesness and immediate fluid reflexiveness all these people picked went to the misogyny, devaluation of girls, devaluation of themselves, etc with, is the part I find troubling and infuriating.
  14. Datepalm

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    Dunno about people in Europe, but that's my instinctive pronunciation. Sometimes I catch myself for Americans, sometimes not. Incidentally, I got caught out as a non-native speaker today (I'm secretly delighted by these...generally I have a fairly generic American accent) on "compulsory" - I've always stressed it as COM-pul-sAry, apparently its com-PUL-sry.
  15. Datepalm

    Small unworthy things - as you were

    Small fry. Some people are an Etsy problem. It frequently starts with crochet.
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