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Trying to leave things better than I found them.

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This is why nobody likes architects.

dublinben  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 5, 2021

I'm impressed that you drag a 5d MK II up mountains. I have my own, much less expensive DSLR, and I barely take it anywhere these days. I think you'll enjoy the mirrorless camera much more. I'm convinced they're the future of prosumer grade photography.

dublinben  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 28, 2021

It feels like we've started to turn a corner for the first time since this whole mess started. Most people I know are in some stage of getting vaccinated, if not already fully protected. I have long-delayed travel plans to see family to look forward to in the coming months. Some outdoor concerts that were rescheduled to this Summer look increasingly likely to happen.

It's incredible how nice it feels simply to have concrete plans for good things to look forward to again.

dublinben  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: DC could become a State... soooo....

There are so many obvious reasons to be in favor of DC statehood, but I'm particularly excited for the opportunity for a totally urban state to be represented at the national level. Cities are structurally underrepresented in state and national politics, despite being the economic engines of our country. The creation of our first city-state could have significant long term benefits for the citizens of every city in the country.

dublinben  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 21, 2021

Congrats. I hope it gets you everywhere you want to go.

I recently determined that I've driven mine fewer than 750 miles in the last 5 months. What a year.

dublinben  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: One in Five Americans Own Cryptocurrency (n=1048)

God, I hope not. I can't wait for the bubble to pop.

dublinben  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why has climate economics failed us?

Everyone I know who is buying a house these days is already considering flooding and future water level risks. They're moving away from the beachfront property, not towards it.

I know I'll be researching fresh water resources and other existential risks as well before committing to a 30 year mortgage somewhere.

dublinben  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 14, 2021

Great choice with Emory. I hope you're able to live close to campus and enjoy Atlanta. It's been getting a lot nicer in recent years with things like the Beltline.

dublinben  ·  49 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Extreme Poverty Isn’t Natural, It’s Created

Hickel expands on this point in his book The Divide. The neoliberal triumphalism of Pinker and Gates seems a little too convenient once you interrogate the data a little.

dublinben  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 3, 2021

Congratulations on your new job!

It's very common for many people in full time "knowledge work" positions to only spend 4-5 hours on "real work" and to feel self-conscious about that. Especially with everything going on in the world, that's a completely reasonable amount of effort to expect from anyone.

If Petaluma is serious about being carbon neutral by 2030, they'll have to significantly change their land use from mostly single-family zoning to something more efficient.

dublinben  ·  77 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to Bitcoin by mk

Why sell? Hodl forever. The price can only go up!

dublinben  ·  80 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The road to electric is filled with tiny cars

If we're going to the trouble to remake our transportation infrastructure, cars should be the last thing we're prioritizing. EVs are a stopgap in order to get ICE vehicles off the road. The only real solution for cities is radically embracing "alternative" transportation methods like walking, cycling, and public transit.

dublinben  ·  80 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The road to electric is filled with tiny cars

Electric quadricycles or golf carts are found in the US, but they're relegated to master planned retirement communities like The Villages in Florida.