How ESPN may be complicating the SEC-A&M deal.

Many of you have already read this, but it’s worth catalogging anyway: Half Sigma on Tattoos and prole drift.

You have fewer opinions than you think. Fewer reliable memories, too.

California is declaring war on Single-Family homes. Michael Reynolds over at OTB likes to talk about how California is worth the 10% tax premium he pays to live there compared to a state without income tax. However, take a step back and you will notice that a lot of high-tax states are also more inclined to meddle in housing and the like, driving up the cost of living far more than 10%.

ED Kain’s piece on the London Riots and David Cameron’s “Big Society” is one of the best things he’s ever written, in my view.

Bank of America is demolishing houses to cut the glut of foreclosures. Does anyone rememberer the end of one of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series? They decide to use leaves as money, but determine that with leaves everywhere, inflation is rampant, so they burn down the forest.

If the Department of Education gets a swat team, why not the FDA? I remember reading about an actor who played a bit role in a play about a janitor. When asked about the play, he said that the play was about a janitor. I guess when you’re in charge of “safe” milk, making sure people don’t drink “unsafe” milk is really fishin’ important and worthy of the theatrics. Today, they drink raw milk. What tomorrow?

If Microsoft really wants to take on GMail, they’d be well-served by coming up with a superior product. For… professional reasons… I used Hotmail for a year solid. It just couldn’t compete.

I was married before I hit thirty, so I don’t know what dating in one’s thirties is like, but I doubt it would be like my twenties.


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  1. Abel says:

    California is declaring war on Single-Family homes.

    I’d like to thank California for making The Third looking more and more realistic.

  2. web says:

    Bank of America is demolishing houses to cut the glut of foreclosures. Does anyone rememberer the end of one of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series? They decide to use leaves as money, but determine that with leaves everywhere, inflation is rampant, so they burn down the forest.

    Analogy aside, there are a lot of foreclosed homes that are simply unsalable, or require a ton of work. If they are not likely to sell in a reasonable amount of time then neglect, vandalism, etc may make them even worse off. At the same time, the mere presence of these “hyper low price” homes on the market does cause prices on other homes to go down.

    With the state of housing currently, it may make a lot of sense to take the worst houses and simply bulldoze them.

  3. ? says:

    That more.com article is about (women’s) experiences of dating in their forties or fifties. I’m not sure how generalizable that is to dating in the thirties. For instance, I’d wager that a much higher percentage of unattached thirty-something men and women would still like to have a family compared to unattached forty-somethings. For men, this almost forces them to look for someone a bit younger due to significant declines in female fertility manifesting by the early thirties (see http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2011/07/probability-of-pregancy-by-age/). The article only briefly treats the preference for younger women and dismisses it, and perhaps that is due to a target audience that has aged beyond considerations of fertility.

  4. Mike Hunt says:

    For… professional reasons… I used Hotmail for a year solid. It just couldn’t compete.

    I use Live as my primary email account. I have no problems with it, but then again I might not be savvy enough to appreciate something “better”.

    Half Sigma on Tattoos and prole drift.

    I still think tattoos are low class. I would never use a professional who had a visible tattoo. I have been in a position to recommend someone to be hired. When conducting interviews, I noticed one of the candidates had a tattoo on her left wrist. I eliminated her immediately.

    Sometimes in those late night Showtime movies, one of the characters is supposed to be a lawyer. Then, when she gets undressed, she is tatted up all over the place. It takes me out of the movie…

    You have fewer opinions than you think.

    I’m sure that my posts on here would reveal inconsistencies. Not every topic is worth having a strong, well-informed, opinion on.

    California is declaring war on Single-Family homes.

    As the article says, that is tatamount to declaring war on The American Dream. Buying a piece of land and living there with only your family is what most people want. Even living in a two-family home is too much for some people.

  5. trumwill says:

    Abel, I’d actually thought of The Third when I read that (I’m midway through now).

    Web, I will respond more later.

    Omega, good point about 30s vs 50s.

  6. trumwill says:

    I use Live as my primary email account. I have no problems with it, but then again I might not be savvy enough to appreciate something “better”.

    You mean the email address you put down for commenting is fake? I’m shocked!

    Being able to use POP and IMAP make a pretty big difference. The interface on GMail is smoother, as well, and the search function a lot better. I also like the threading.

    I still think tattoos are low class. I would never use a professional who had a visible tattoo. I have been in a position to recommend someone to be hired. When conducting interviews, I noticed one of the candidates had a tattoo on her left wrist. I eliminated her immediately.

    I’d give a former marine a pass on a visible tattoo, but given how relatively permanent tattoos are (those newfangled ones notwithstanding), it seems to me that the least you would want to be able to cover it up.

    I just don’t understand the draw. Then again, my All-American brother has one (on his shoulderblade), so what can I say? Back when he was in school, he used to get sent to the principal’s office because of a freckle on his ear that made it look like his ear was pierced. Now third grade boys have their ear pierced. Ahhh, society.

    Sometimes in those late night Showtime movies, one of the characters is supposed to be a lawyer. Then, when she gets undressed, she is tatted up all over the place. It takes me out of the movie…

    Tangential, but I cringed when I saw the empty ear piercing on the actor for Dan Dreiberg in the Watchmen movie.

    It seems to me that for actors in particular, you’d want to be careful with that sort of thing (tattoos, I doubt many noticed the pierced ear).

    I’m sure that my posts on here would reveal inconsistencies. Not every topic is worth having a strong, well-informed, opinion on.

    Agreed. Yet we’re supposed to vote based on these ill-informed opinions. My belief is that we all have a few well-considered beliefs, and for the rest generally just take cues from our surroundings.

    As the article says, that is tatamount to declaring war on The American Dream. Buying a piece of land and living there with only your family is what most people want. Even living in a two-family home is too much for some people.

    For a lot of people. This is one of the things the urbanists don’t fully appreciate.

  7. David Alexander says:

    California is declaring war on Single-Family homes.

    But the question is if single family homes are some right that we’re entitled to regardless of what it could theoretically do to the environment?

    high-tax states are also more inclined to meddle in housing and the like, driving up the cost of living far more than 10%.

    The other problem is that said high tax states have high incomes for their civil servants in order to pay for high housing costs. The other problem is that certain states have geographic features that make building outward much harder like the ocean or mountains.

    FWIW, I’ve never really understood the fetish for really large yards though. I get townhouses, condos, and single family homes on small plots. Hell, I get people that want to live in the forest surrounded by trees. I just don’t get those full sized suburban plots that require a riding mower to maintain properly.

  8. trumwill says:

    But the question is if single family homes are some right that we’re entitled to regardless of what it could theoretically do to the environment?

    Coincidentally, those that answer in the negatory don’t like suburbs anyway.

    The other problem is that said high tax states have high incomes for their civil servants in order to pay for high housing costs. The other problem is that certain states have geographic features that make building outward much harder like the ocean or mountains.

    That’s true enough about the geological features. One of the more convincing articles I’ve read about political orientation and the urban/rural divide involves urban areas, land scarcity, and needing to regulate behavior because so many people live in such close proximity and therefore even otherwise innocuous behavior has ripples more frequently felt.

    Anyhow, these are all reasons for people to move the heck away from the coasts :).

    I’ve never really understood the fetish for really large yards though.

    Absent kids, I don’t really have one. I’m find in an apartment or row house or anywhere that I have enough space. Clancy feels differently. One of the ongoing things between us is that she wants to move out of town (if we stay in Callie) while I would more readily accept a yard size about half ours’ size.

    Kids changes the equation, though. I enjoyed having a back yard. Not nearly as big as the one we have now (a little over half an acre), but something more than we had in Zaulem (the “back yard” was our parking spaces, offering only the room for the two cars. You probably could have parked a cargo van on the front yard, but that’s it).

  9. Mike Hunt says:

    You mean the email address you put down for commenting is fake? I’m shocked!

    😛

    Being able to use POP and IMAP [in GMail] make a pretty big difference.

    I don’t know what those are. I take you at your word that GMail is better, but for me Live is good enough. In case I switch, I have reserved my Gmail name as well. I have nothing against Google per se; I use their search engine over Yahoo! and Bing. That reminds me, when you were using Hotmail, were you also using Bing? Talk about having to eat your own dog food.

    I’d give a former marine a pass on a visible tattoo

    I probably would too, and if I was hiring a bouncer, I would probably rethink my tattoo rule. Do your parents give your brother a tough time about his?

  10. trumwill says:

    I don’t know what those are.

    Tools to download emails to software (ie Outlook) and smartphones. I just looked and apparently Hotmail has forwarding with the option of leaving a copy in your Hotmail box. That’s a definite plus. Maybe they have POP and IMAP, too. Yahoo charges for both, and even then won’t let you forward while keeping a copy in your inbox. And even then will send you marketing stuff. I’ve found Hotmail to be in between, but maybe they’ve caught up.

    That reminds me, when you were using Hotmail, were you also using Bing? Talk about having to eat your own dog food.

    Briefly. Bing was launched shortly before I no longer was urged to use that company’s products. I actually thought Bing was pretty good, though I went back to my old ways pretty quickly.

    I probably would too, and if I was hiring a bouncer, I would probably rethink my tattoo rule. Do your parents give your brother a tough time about his?

    That reminds me, I have to backtrack a bit. It would seriously depend on the job. If I had the perfect candidate and it wasn’t a job that they were not going to be meeting clients, I’d make do.

    This became an issue when I was in Deseret. The company hired a very experienced phone support troubleshooter. The CEO saw his tattoos and immediately demanded that he be fired, which he was. He was willing to wear long sleeves to conceal the tattoos, but it didn’t matter.

    I would make a snarky comment about Mormons, but even Golden Boy and a number of other members of the Brethren thought that firing him was a supremely stupid thing to do.

  11. Brandon Berg says:

    You mean the email address you put down for commenting is fake? I’m shocked!

    Next thing you know, he’ll be telling us that “Mike Hunt” isn’t his real name.

  12. Mike Hunt says:

    I actually agree with your former employers. An office employee should not have any tattoos.

  13. trumwill says:

    Whatever case the employer had, I think they lost it when he agreed to cover his tattoos with sleeves. Even then, though, I disagree, so long as it doesn’t affect their job performance.

    I might discriminate against a tattooed person during an interview and pass them over with other things being roughly equal, but if this guy could win Golden Boy over, I am sure he would have won me over.

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