My hat is off to Kim-Mai Cutler for writing the most comprehensive and even-handed article I've seen about the San Francisco housing crisis.
She dives deep into the issue, beyond the usual activist versus developers/gentrifiers narrative, to look at the root causes. She makes the connections between Proposition 13 and rent control, between San Francisco's baroque permitting process and high construction costs, and discusses how the larger region's NIMBY tendencies concentrate the issue.
This is long, but well-worth your time to read.
Any time you hear "this time it's different", you should probably run for the hills, but I think Anshu Sharma makes an interesting point in his comment on Chris Dixon's post about "full stack startups":
This is also why "this time its different" is true. For the first time (as far as I can tell) in the life of silicon valley we are no longer competing with each other for the same $1 Trillion Dollar IT budget - Microsoft vs Oracle vs IBM vs Juniper vs AppDynamics vs Hadoop vs New Relic vs whatever. We are competing with Starwood Group vs AirBnB, Uber vs Yellow Cab, etc. In the past, only ecommerce companies did that. This expands the [total accessible market] for Silicon Valley (or "tech" whatever that means) from $1Trillion to N Trillion.
It's interesting to consider that many of today's prominent startups don't compete with each other at all -- except for employees. Uber and Square are in totally different markets.
How I make coffee
This is how I fight off coffee addiction. To make coffee, I use a Zassenhaus hand grinder and a French press. The grinder belonged to my father. It's an antique with some wear and tear, but it still grinds up coffee beans perfectly well. Making coffee this way is a manual process, but I like it. It becomes a special ritual, something I don't do every day.
Yet more proof that the UK is one of the best countries in the world:
The Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office is the title of the official resident cat of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at 10 Downing Street. Only two cats, Humphrey and Larry, have been given the title officially; other cats were given this title affectionately, usually by the British press. There has been a resident Treasury or Downing Street cat employed as a mouser and pet since the reign of Henry VIII, when Cardinal Wolsey placed his cat by his side while acting in his judicial capacity as Lord Chancellor, an office he assumed in 1515.
But even if TextMate 2 drops from the sky fully-formed and marveled at by all, Emacs will still be there, waiting. It will be there when the icecaps melt and the cities drown, when humanity destroys itself in fire and zombies, when the roaches finally achieve sentience, take over, and begin using computers themselves - at which point its various Ctrl-Meta key-chords will seem not merely satisfyingly ergonomic for the typical arthropod, but also direct evidence for the universe's Intelligent Design by some six-legged, multi-jointed God.
Randomly generated from the text of the King James Bible and the Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. This one is my favorite:
The integral procedure at the end of the garbage-collection phase the useful data will have been moved and scanned, at which point we start over from the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down
In the most dramatic Russian literary killing since a dispute over Kant turned deadly last year, a man allegedly stabbed an acquaintance for preferring prose to poetry. RIA Novosti has this report: "A former teacher was detained in Russia's Urals after being accused of stabbing an acquaintance to death in a dispute about literary genres, investigators said Wednesday. The 67-year-old victim insisted that 'the only real literature is prose,' the Sverdlovsk Region's branch of the Investigative Committee said. The victim's assertion outraged the 53-year-old suspect, who favored poetry, and the dispute ended with the ex-teacher stabbing his friend to death, investigators said."
For the most part, "density" is an unhelpful, unenlightening way of thinking about neighborhood conflicts. Most conflicts about "density" are really conflicts about parking or road space. Try it yourself. Next time you're thinking of using the word "density" in this context, try replacing it with "competition for parking" or "competition for space on the road." I bet you'll find it clears some things up.
Marco Arment discusses the importance of including a salary range in a job post:
A job’s salary is one of the biggest factors in whether an applicant can or should consider it at all. It’s just as important as the physical location. Dan said he was hiring for a local-only position, so location is an essential eligibility requirement for him as the employer; similarly, salary determines whether the applicant can afford to take the job, so it’s an essential eligibility requirement for the applicant.
In practice, this is incredibly rare. If you are recruiting and want candidates to take your inquiries seriously, having a salary range will make a huge difference.
Living in San Francisco, this is the time of year I feel most disconnected from friends around the country. Elsewhere, fall has arrived and the leaves have changed color (by now they've fallen, but bear with me). Here, the foggy summer recedes and it is warm and brown, though the days are still short. Soon, the rainy season will start and it will turn green, for a while.