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Trying to leave things better than I found them.

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dublinben  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Here’s a site that helps you circumvent article paywalls.

If you use Firefox, there's also an excellent add-on called Bypass Paywalls Clean that will do this automatically.

dublinben  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Californians asked to cut power use as extreme heat approaches

You're making the Netherlands sound very attractive. I'm worried that the US in incapable of building infrastructure quickly enough to face the future we're rapidly approaching.

dublinben  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Californians asked to cut power use as extreme heat approaches

This is an interesting 'solution' to the problem of fuel-burning, car-based transportation. Unfortunately it relies on a lot of technology that doesn't exist yet.

There's another solution which reduces driving, using just technology that we already have. Building walkable cities again. If we allow more people to live in local communities where they can accomplish their life necessities with just walking, biking, and transit, then we can drastically cut transportation emissions without strip-mining the whole earth for minerals.

dublinben  ·  89 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Red States Are Winning the Post-Pandemic Economy

You’re certainly right. The value proposition of high cost cities in blue states just isn’t there for middle class families any more. They’re becoming hollowed out playgrounds for the rich, and those living on social benefits.

dublinben  ·  89 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Red States Are Winning the Post-Pandemic Economy

The anti-growth NIMBY policies in blue states are destroying them, and hastening the destruction of our country. It's an ecological disaster for people to be moving from dense, transit-served cities to sprawling, car-dependent suburbs and rural areas. The specific reasons cited like 'lower taxes', 'no masks', and 'cheap McMansions' don't bode well for our nation's future.

dublinben  ·  98 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The hypocrisy of abortion as a corporate perk

This is opportunistic pandering even at companies who didn't make similar donations. My employer made a big deal about a similar travel reimbursement policy, but doesn't even provide health insurance for the majority of their employees, since that would actually cost them something.

dublinben  ·  101 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 22, 2022

How was Barcelona? I've heard wonderful things.

dublinben  ·  101 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 22, 2022

Foam earplugs and a white noise machine have been key ingredients for many good nights of sleep in the city. I highly recommend the combination.

dublinben  ·  159 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 27, 2022

Best of luck. This is a difficult time to be buying. Be careful to not overpay.

dublinben  ·  178 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's on Friday

It's not flashy and action packed, but I firmly agree that it's the best new Sci-Fi in recent years.

dublinben  ·  179 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 6, 2022

    Unwritten expectations will turn away more good workers than hybrid will.

Either way, be prepared for your top performers to go somewhere else that will allow them to WFH and not treat them like second-class citizens for doing so. I see my company's commitment to a hybrid policy as fully suicidal.

dublinben  ·  198 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: If you thought bathrooms were terrible in the '70s, just you wait

I don't actually find any of these all that terrible. I see as a rejection of the minimalist austerity that has been impressed upon us for so long. Some of these people are either creatives themselves or have clearly worked with a professional designer to accomplish this in a tasteful manner. This is nothing like what you'd find on the McMansion Hell or ZillowGoneWild corners of the internet.

That Balmuda toaster though, that junk is just conspicuous consumption.