Goals are better in Spanish

April 23, 2017

Messi’s dramatic extra time, walk-off goal. Turn the volume up.


Wait But Why Meets Neuralink

April 22, 2017

Regular readers know I’m a huge Wait But Why fan. Elon Musk is apparently also a fan and he has given Tim Urban (the blog author) tremendous access to learn about his latest venture Neuralink.

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Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future may be the longest Wait But Why post ever, and that’s saying something. Carve out some time to read it. It breaks up into sections so read it over a couple of days. Just read it because it’s fascinating.

I like how he breaks Elon Musk’s general company strategy down to this:

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Tesla and SpaceX already do this. Here’s the SpaceX version:spacex-formula-1

The blog post ultimately figures out how a BMI (brain machine interface) company fits this model. But in typical Tim Urban fashion, he zooms out and explains everything first.

It’s long, but read it anyway…


Department of Justice Pisses off NYPD

April 21, 2017

Largely due to lack of facts. From the DOJ:

New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s “soft on crime” stance.

That statement is basically a load of crap. So the NYPD responds:

New York City is experiencing a steady decline in overall crime that includes major reductions in murder and shootings. In fact, 2016 saw the fewest shootings ever in New York City history since record keeping began. Year to date the City is down an additional 17% from last year’s record low.

Since 1993, murder has decreased 82%, shootings have decreased 81%, and overall crime has decreased 76%. These are the facts.

Additionally, over the past year the NYPD has hosted dozens of other police departments from across the world to share our best practices of precision policing, which focuses on the most serious criminals.

Separately the NYPD commisioner said:

I’d like to think of myself as a pretty calm and measured person…but when I read that statement by DOJ this afternoon, my blood began to boil,” he said. “To say we’re soft on crime is absolutely ludicrous.

Trump vs. the NYPD. Get your popcorn…


Second Biggest Housing Boom

April 19, 2017

Kevin Drum posted an interesting chart showing inflation adjusted housing prices since WWII. He points out three interesting items:

  1. From 1963 to 1997 average housing prices were completely flat. 0% increase.
  2. Bush era housing boom was historically insane (well, duh)
  3. Current housing boom is crazy big with no sign of stopping

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How far will this one go?…


Brooklyn Real Estate – Still Insane

April 14, 2017

From Brownstoner comes Q1 2017 Brooklyn real estate stats. The median price per square foot number is just crazy. This only covers actual sales, but it is for all of Brooklyn, not just the crazy hot neighborhoods.

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Of course, this place just sold for $15 million

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Who Moved My Teachers?

March 31, 2017

I’m a Brooklyn guy, but I grew up in Milwaukee. My brother is a University of Wisconsin system professor and his wife was a long time grade school teacher. She literally retired because Governor Walker made her job miserable. So this article hit home

The school of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison never used to have trouble attracting applicants with dreams of becoming teachers. Its graduate program is ranked fourth in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and until recently, its undergraduate program in elementary education typically received between 300 and 400 applications for its 125 spots. Now, says Michael Apple, a professor in the program, it only gets about one applicant per opening.


Dayton? Who goes to Dayton?

March 29, 2017

A comparison of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Spoiler, Apple sends the Canadians to Ohio…