January 29, 2008

Is the Tipping Point Toast? -- Duncan Watts -- Trendsetting, Watts' 6 Degrees work was pretty misleading, intentionally so too, but still I'm glad he's doing this work, even if his interpretations always feel a little biased...

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what vs. how (tecznotes)

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January 28, 2008

mySociety » Travel-time maps

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January 27, 2008

Google to kill Domain Tasting

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January 26, 2008

Crip/Blood Graffiti: Washington Heights - New York, NY : citynoise.org- with an insane comments section that probably trumps my old reggaeton one...

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January 25, 2008

Riding While White on the NYC Subway | RaceWire. Missing a couple stops, but man it drives the point in well...

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January 24, 2008

January 23, 2008

Calculated Risk: Wachovia: Homeowners just Walking Away Yow, the crazy thing about this housing crash is that you could see it coming from a couple miles (or years) away. But one thing I never anticipated was that all the no money down and interest only loans would mean that buyers had no commitment to the houses and would happily walk away when the payments turned into a drag. This actually might be a good thing though as historically housing declines are marked not by prices going down but by them becoming illiquid as people are unwilling to sell their homes at a loss. If they are willing to cut and run at least liquidity might return quicker...

from the comments on that link:
"In retrospect, getting a home loan in the last couple of years has been like going to a casino: play any game you like, no matter how risky; the house doesn't care, because the house always wins.

"So who bought, the last couple of years? A lot were gamblers and speculators, the kind of people who know how to cut their losses when things go bad. And let "the house" keep the house."

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January 22, 2008

Closely Watched Trains - New York Times, On the L Train arrival signs, which are often but not always accurate. So if you have a sign that conveys information you can't trust, is it still useful?

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January 18, 2008


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January 16, 2008

BLDGBLOG: Lyons-Dubai, whoa....

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January 14, 2008

January 12, 2008

Doors of Perception weblog: Drops in the bucket - On the problem of a non smooth transition from fossil to alternative energy.

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January 11, 2008

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