September 2nd, 2016

Hometown hero, good brushes work on doll hair, too

Here's an inspiring story to start your day:

http://indianewengland.com/2016/09/14-year-old-anish-sundaram-receives-commendation-heroic-action-bravery-acton-police/

What a fantastic young man! Terrifying situation, and he kept it from being much, much worse.

My daughter brought me her doll with really long hair (it's Phoebe, an Our Generation doll) and asked me to fix the hair. She told me that like her hair, it gets all raggedy. I tried using the comb, but it was bad. I thought I was going to pull out 10% of the hair, and have to cut out tangles. Then I thought, Self! You have Mason Pearson brushes. And this hair feels like it might actually be human hair, rather than that weird plasticky stuff in the barbies of my childhood. Let's give it a go, and if that doesn't work there's always detangler.

I barely lost any hair at all. The doll looks like it came out of the box (minus the braids Phoebe ships with). Who knew?

Concise and brilliant: analysis of housing, jobs, prices and location

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-09-02/conditions-are-ripe-for-a-big-city-exodus

What's really amazing to me is Conor Sen's argument has _no_ demographic element to it at all. And it does not need it (demographics -- millenials as a group are starting to make babies, and they are a very big group indeed -- supports his argument, but he made the case brilliant without resorting to demographics).

His thesis is simple. The rise of property values in compact, West Coast cities is partly down to their comparatively strong job markets versus the rest of the country, post-bust. As the national job market recovers, people who went to where the jobs were will go somewhere else cheaper.

Inexpensive gas, higher gas mileage vehicles (the rise of renewables, etc.) also make commuting cheaper and more viable than it has been in a while, especially when you can work some days from home.

Clear, compact visualizations of large trends are rare. This one is unusually good.