Bay Area*, Two Beds*, Two Baths*, Utilities Included, $340* a month (See Asterisks)

I spent the morning touring a friend’s newest project as we went over the things that needed to be done. Cleaning, painting, tinkering. He just sold his suburban home since he was ready to move on and this is a great time to sell property. However, it’s a terrible time to try and buy. So … Continue reading Bay Area*, Two Beds*, Two Baths*, Utilities Included, $340* a month (See Asterisks)

Mind the Gap

I spent the last several years on an extended tangent exploring land use policy, the dynamics of a shifting economic and political landscape, and popular interpretations of how things should be. I’ve come to a peculiar set of conclusions and it’s not what I expected. We have a collection of rules, regulations, social expectations, and … Continue reading Mind the Gap

Give it Another Century and We’ll See How it Goes

I got push back from readers when I dissed some flavorless suburban condo complexes in the context of urban agriculture. My observation was meant to be simple. We’re on a trajectory of ever larger, more complex, and highly leveraged institutional “solutions” to endemic social and economic problems that don’t actually make things better. Quite the opposite. What … Continue reading Give it Another Century and We’ll See How it Goes

Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Projectile Wooden Shoes

Sabotage has its root in the French word sabot, which is a kind of wooden shoe. In the early days of the Industrial Revolution craftsmen would throw their shoes into the gears of factory machines. Skilled labor was being replaced with mechanical production, undermining traditional professions, reducing incomes, and removing the social standing of workers. … Continue reading Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Projectile Wooden Shoes

The Ghost Ship

The fire at the Ghost Ship in Oakland, California that claimed thirty six lives touched on several themes that all congealed in one tragic event. But before I get in to the particulars I’m going to take a couple of digressions. A friend left San Francisco a couple of years ago to attend graduate school … Continue reading The Ghost Ship