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Real Estate inventory is piling up: Housing market unaffordable to most Californians so what happens next?

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Price cuts.  Cookies at open houses.  Listings lasting longer than a few weeks on the MLS.  The housing slow down is now officially here.  Delusions usually end up on a direct path with reality.  Housing is always a lagging indicator of underlying economic activity.  People will fight to the bitter end to save their homes.  […]
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ceeeeej
281 days ago
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Relief is coming
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The 2016 Jarramplas Festival (18 photos)

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Every January, on Saint Sebastian Day, the streets of Piornal, Spain, fill with residents armed with turnips, seeking to punish the Jarramplas. The Jarramplas is a devil-like character portrayed by a man wearing a costume made from colorful strips of fabric, a frightening mask, and body armor underneath. In a centuries-old tradition, he walks the streets and beats a drum while residents throw turnips at him as a punishment for stealing cattle. The exact origin of the festival are not known, various theories exist from the mythological punishment of Caco by Hercules, to a cattle thief ridiculed and expelled by his neighbors.

People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum, during the Jarramplas festival in Piornal, Spain, on January 20, 2016. Hundreds of people were running through the streets of a tiny town in southwestern Spain, chasing a fancy-dressed, beast-like figure, figure and pelting it with turnips. (Francisco Seco / AP)
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ceeeeej
1361 days ago
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Whoa
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dan0
1361 days ago
Dang! Missed it again! Looks like we'll be waiting another year.
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Plastic injection molding is fascinating?

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Yes, yes, it is fascinating. At least when Bill Hammack, aka Engineer Guy, explains how it all works. Don't miss the bit at the end for how quietly ingenious Lego's injection molding process is. (via digg)

Tags: Bill Hammack   Legos   video
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ceeeeej
1401 days ago
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It was fascinating
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Link: Thing Explainer

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XKCD creator Randall Munroe has a new book out today. “Thing Explainer” uses the 1,000 most common words to provide simplified explanations of all sorts of difficult to grasp concepts. This piece in the New Yorker is a great example of the power of this idea.

Previously from Randall Munroe: What If?, XKCD on Earthquakes and Randall Munroe Reports Android Bugs


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dan0
1418 days ago
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'Ding!' Gtg that was my food-heating radio box
ceeeeej
1419 days ago
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‘Michael Dell’

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Impressive trailer.

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ceeeeej
1455 days ago
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Hilarious
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dan0
1445 days ago
Ha! Project mp's on the radar
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Taiwan's Kinmen Islands, Only a Few Miles From Mainland China (21 photos)

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The island of Taiwan, governed by the Republic of China (ROC), lies about 100 miles (161 kilometers) km) east of mainland China, across the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan also administers a number of smaller islands known as the Kinmen archipelago, Archipelago, or Kinmen County. Great Kinmen Island and its neighbor islets are on the other side of the strait, in a harbor just east of the port city of Xiamen, practically surrounded by the People’s People's Republic of China (PRC)—in (PRC), in a harbor just east of the port city of Xiamen—in some places barely more than a mile apart. Back in the 1950s, the islands were heavily shelled during the two Taiwan Strait Crises—military clashes between the PRC and ROC. The small islands were heavily fortified against bombardment and invasion, with barricades placed on beaches, artillery emplaced on hillsides, massive tunnels dug to shelter troops, and concrete walls of loudspeakers built to blast propaganda across the water. Reuters reports that today, today the island of fewer than 129,000 residents is “eyeing "eyeing closer commercial ties with China,” China, wanting to pipe water from Xiamen, and “has Xiamen and has plans to build a bridge and set up a glittering free trade zone with the city,” city," as China continues to seek unification with Taiwan under the “one country, two systems” model practiced in its "one country, two systems" system, like Hong Kong and Macau.
The Chintien hall, inside a cavern, The Chintien hall inside a cavern is seen inside the Chintien military base in Kinmen County, on November 25, 2008. Kinmen, which means “Golden Door” or “Golden Gate," literally means "Golden Door" or "Golden Gate", is a small archipelago of several islands administered by Taiwan and located which is near Xiamen, China—no more than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away. km (1.2 miles). The island was the site of extensive shelling between Communist and Nationalist Communists and Nationalists forces during the first and second Taiwan Straits Crises. straits crisis. The hall was built as a shelter for military commanders to safely give instructions to soldiers safely during the shelling from the Communists. (Nicky Loh / Reuters)
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ceeeeej
1465 days ago
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Haven't made it there yet
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