Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Suburbs and the 8 hour Workday

Cold War Theory: suburbs. A 3D explosion is less stress in a 2D environment. 
All those 6 story walk-ups. Well, if u move all those families out, you still get 5/6 of them following Western leaders.

Cold War Theory: the U.S. has a timezone advantage to the Soviet Union. 4 to 2. 
That leaves only 5 hours a day where all workers are in the cities while for 7 hours the Soviets were exposed to annihilationCounting Western Europe, there's always a population that survives. Disadv: Warsaw Pact.

US timezone advantage and 8 hour workday: coincidence? Sure, they had laws in the depression but c'mon. Thank the unions but also thank the bomb.

"Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"

There was always a fight between the rich and poor. Because the threat of losing it all (risking potentially losing it all for a small upside by working them 10+ hours, they hedge their bets for some insurance. It was acceptable to be slightly less richer but have a lot more safety) So, there u go, the middle-class got a bit bigger.

OT: WWI soldiers came back and we never hear of the suburbs? so...

Link: Why Productivity doesn't explain post-war prosperity?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Reducing Hotel Room Germs

all hotel remotes should be touch-screen androids with IR ports. Easier to kill germs!

Monday, June 17, 2013

America is land of opportunity, not a guarantee

It may be good to have some friends that are slight qualifiers/realists. Otherwise, optimism might turn pessimistic.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Why NBA superstars like LeBron get the benefit of the doubt (vs other sports)

hockey (forwards), fb(QB), baseball (1 in 9), b-ball (complete freedom spatial + no real set roles + no time restrictions)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Imagine if america was a dictatorship

you can let 1% of the ppl have all the nation's wealth
you can help rich friends get richer by cutting their taxes
and bailing them out when they gamble and lose

-The Dictator, aka Sacha Baron Cohen