Zero Dark Thirty was pretty cool. I think the most interesting thing about it was how the Seals were apparently "canaries", that's how little faith the decisionmakers had in the intelligence. If they had had more confidence they would've just bombed the place flat. Good story
Now I'm going to see how badly Quentin Tarrantino butchered the spaghetti western...
I feel a little weird thinking this, never mind writing about it, but I went to the new Supercenter up in Helotes and I was VERY surprised and impressed with the way they designed it. The first thing that jumped out at me was the impact a little tree preservation has on perception and mindset. Actually "a little" isn't an accurate statement at all. They preserved a LOT of live oaks and it was striking how much they softened up the parking lot and made the walk into the place quite a bit more enjoyable. With that said, I can't imagine all the mulch they put out will be maintained that well but such is life. The facility's only been in operation for a couple of weeks so who's to say. As if that wasn't enough the designers did a really good job breaking up the classic big box look that we've all gotten used to as well. They did some really nice work with the entrances, using some curves and louvered window screens to break up the blank wall effect. They also moved past their traditional grey and blue color scheme. They had four or five different low–key neutral colors in the mix...very nice subtle look in my opinion. It'd be nice if they could retrofit their existing stores...or at least consider using that color scheme. It'd go a ways toward breaking up the mass, sort of an "architectural disruptive paint pattern" if you will.
...Lewis Black is kind of what I imagine a NPR host with anger management issues and an over abundance of sarcasm and cynicism would be like. Think my sense of humor tends more toward Colin Ferguson. That guy's style triggers my hyperactive.
We report results from an exploratory analysis examining “last-minute” self-censorship, or content that is filtered after being written, on Facebook. We collected data from 3.9 million users over 17 days and associate self-censorship behavior with features describing users, their social graph, and the interactions between them. Our results indicate that 71% of users exhibited some level of last-minute self-censorship in the time period, and provide specific evidence supporting the theory that a user’s “perceived audience” lies at the heart of the issue: posts are censored more frequently than comments, with status updates and posts directed at groups censored most frequently of all sharing use cases investigated.
As policymakers and regional leaders work to grow jobs and connect residents to economic opportunity following the Great Recession, where jobs locate matters. The location of employment within a metro area intersects with a range of policy issues—from transportation to workforce development to regional innovation—that affect a region’s long-term health, prosperity, and social inclusion.
An analysis of the location of private-sector employment within 35 miles of a downtown in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas from 2007 to 2010, and across the 2000s, finds:
Steep employment losses following the Great Recession stalled the steady decentralization of jobs that characterized the early to mid-2000s. After dropping 2 percentage points from 2000 to 2007, the share of metropolitan jobs within 3 miles of downtown stabilized from 2007 to 2010. However, by 2010 nearly twice the share of jobs was located at least 10 miles away from downtown (43 percent) as within 3 miles of downtown (23 percent).
Job losses in industries hit hardest by the downturn, including construction and manufacturing, helped check employment decentralization in the late 2000s. Together, construction, manufacturing, and retail—each among the most decentralized of major industries—accounted for almost 60 percent of all job losses between 2007 and 2010, with half of those losses occurring at least 10 miles from downtown.
In all but nine of the 100 largest metro areas, the share of jobs located within three miles of downtown declined during the 2000s. Only Washington, D.C. experienced an increase in both the number and share of jobs located in the urban core during the 2000s. At the same time, the share of jobs at least 10 miles from downtown rose in 85 regions between 2000 and 2010.
A metro area’s total employment, and policy and planning decisions around land use, economic development, and zoning, help shape the location of its jobs. Employment is more decentralized in metro areas with at least 500,000 jobs. But even large metro areas with high degrees of job decentralization like Chicago and Detroit concentrate many of their jobs in dense locations outside the urban core.
In the wake of the Great Recession, policymakers and regional leaders have the opportunity to make strategic decisions about how they will pursue metropolitan growth. If the next period of economic expansion reinforces low-density, diffuse growth in metropolitan America, it will be that much harder for metro areas to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth over the long term.
Well, I finally broke down and bought the Angry Birds Star Wars board game for my niece and nephew over the weekend. I'll tell ya, I'm sort of ambivalent about that thing. I should've known it was going to be a pain in the neck when I noticed the word "Jenga" and the phrase "Adult Assembly Required." It was all I could do to maintain stability while we were putting the darn thing together. I'm not at all sure what it says about me but my six year old niece was a great assistant. Mainly due to the fact that she is quite a bit more patient than her uncle. I guess the high point was watching my nephew have a thermonuclear class-five meltdown. I guess you could say he had had an entire week to focus and dwell on what it was going to be like to kill Darth Vader Pig and his minions and didn't care for his big sister interrupting the scenario. It worked out in the end, he and I talked it through and his sister awesomely gave in and let him have his way. Pretty cool stuff.