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    suburbs in search of bigger homes and better school districts?

Living in suburbia sucks. Everything is far away, commuting to work eats hours out of your day, large houses have huge maintenance costs and HOA's are always on your ass about stupid shit. In theory due to the all the extra infrastructure costs and low density living in suburbia should also be prohibitively expensive. But its not, for one simple reason: You dont have to share with the have nots.

People who live in suburban high income enclaves dont have to deal with homelessness, school kids that dont speak English, streetwalkers and drug addicts. Those costs are all shifted onto the local city. Thus living in the city becomes equally or more expensive because even though city residents are using less infrastructure (Road, power, water, sewer) per person, city residents are responsible for providing social services for the needy. This eats a large chunk of resources and its something that suburbs dont have to pay for.

Until that problem is fixed families will continue to be forced into the burbs because its a cost effective way to give their kids a leg up in life and because it allows them to consume a larger share of resources than they otherwise would if they lived in the city.

snoodog  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Depression and men

I'm confused on what happened. What does trump have to do with your current situation.

The UN has been a sacred cow for too damn long a healthy debate about if its actually doing what its supposed to be and if its effective would be nice. Complete withdraw is probably premature and unwise but I do think the UN should undergo some scrutiny from both US and abroad.

I listened to the econ talk. It was interesting I like their ideas, i'm just not sure how they would go about implementing. The curse of the engineer that has a great solution to a problem that he/she is not actually in charge of addressing (happens to me all the time).

Btw steve your comment and my comment made the podcast this week:


Looks like chuck or rachel found hubski. Maybe we could invite them to do a Q&A session. mk cgod what do you think?

snoodog  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Bet lost

29k for a Cruze ! Holy crap. Hopefully they give you a $200/month lease or some other super sweet deal. The Hatch back looks pretty good though. A lot better than their previous itterations and a solid contender with the ford focus. Not sure why one would chose one over the other .

Funny how liberal voters rallied against it but liberal leadership was all about it. Now we have a republican president and we finally killed the stupid thing.

+1 for Trump in my book.

snoodog  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Bet lost

All rear end damage though might be worth buying back and reselling. Salvage folk love cars like that might make an extra couple grand for the hassle.

Why the GM loyalty? Work related or otherwise? The Cruze wouldn't be my first pick for 20k but that's just me. A used Silverado that I could get behind. Probably the best used full size truck for the money.

snoodog  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

Agreed :( Probably 150-200 more than I was ready to pay. Need to get at least 3 years out of them at this price 4 with a rebuild.

snoodog  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

The price made me cry. I'm still crying a bit but these are by far the most comfortable thing I've ever worn.


Looks like I'll be picking up so overtime shifts this month.

snoodog  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

Id love to see how you experiment turns out. Ive wanted to do something similar with built in plants but always thought it would be too impractical given the lighting thats currently available. There isnt a lot of documentation online about low light plants like the ones you have so it will be interesting to see if that you give them is enough

snoodog  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

Seems like the light is a bit low for what you need. The problem is that if you hit them with the amount they need for good growth its too bright and blinds you and/or you end up with a weird color spectrum (pink/blue lights). In living areas you almost need to have them setup as inverse proximity sensors where they turn on when nobody is there to be annoyed by the bring lights.

One trick I've seem for places that do plant walls but dont have enough lights is that they rotate the plants in and out every week or two. You have a place setup off-site that has brighter lights and you grow the plants there for a bit and then move them back into your decorative locations. Its a pain in the ass but it can be done effectively.

My favorite lights are Metal halide, they aren't as efficient as HPS for plant growth but you get one with a wide natural color spectrum. When I had one setup for the indoor Tomatoes I'd just sit under it on rainy days and it would genuinely make me feel happier. You get around 75-100 Lumens/Watt which is close to what you get in high end LEDs (CREE, Philips) and better than Chinese LED's. The problem is how you incorporate them into you design at this point.

snoodog  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 18, 2017

These were mine after about 9 months of house construction:

pretty sure they cant be saved, the leather was really thin over the toe and those holes took less than a month to form.

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