Okay, call it a two week roundup – we had another one of those “vacation” type vacations with our daughter a couple weeks back. (Shouldn’t have joked about it in the recent vacation post!)
I know; I owe you a weekender – so enjoy this packed one. Let’s kick it off with some folks playing Pokemon Go with a drone:
Links We Liked!
- Mode Analytics had a deep dive into the changing look and function of Lego sets since they were first created. Which readers have a bunch of sets on display? (I can’t be alone, right internet?)
- At Political Calculations an interesting GDP visualization – what would GDP be with and without Government spending?
- Trulia attempted to measure elasticity of housing in various areas – is your city meeting housing demand, or falling behind and driving up prices? Note that the opposite phenomenon – building more homes than demand supports – lead to foreclosures in the last housing downfall.
- In the Wall Street Journal, a deep dive into the electrical grid’s vulnerabilities to theft and terrorism – both theoretical and based on past attacks.
- Reader Lawrence Hamtil of Fortune Financial Advisors sent us a very interesting older piece from the WSJ about depression, crippling doubt, and clarity of thought in past political leaders. It’s especially interesting since we’ve talked about the Dunning-Kruger effect a fair amount here!
- Our friend Nelson at Financial Uproar discusses picking off a former hoarder house for $30,000 below market – instant extra equity!
- A great post by Jeremy at Go Curry Cracker! – he calculates he’s already given up around $5 million in opportunity costs from a full career due to their early retirement (no regrets!).
- The Atlantic asked an interesting question: why are paranoia and schizophrenia more common inside cities?
- Some time back we wrote an article about ‘cheating’ online reviews… and it looks like we might need to visit this topic again. Amazon is apparently having a problem with counterfeit items and listing-jackings(!) If anyone can fix it though it’s Amazon – I wish them luck as one of our most-used stores.
- Politico had a deep dive into the racial divisions in the Twin Cities after the Philando Castile shooting.
- For you early retirement folks, Andrea Coombes had a lengthy and positive article on the mechanics in Marketwatch. Some oft-linked blogs make an appearance inside, I highly suggest a read (even if it’s on topics you know cold!).
- Our friend Sherry at Save. Spend. Splurge. had an interesting recap on how she’s built her net worth.
- Also regarding net worth, our friend Matt Becker at Mom and Dad Money discusses why he thinks it is the most important number.
- The LSE’s United States Politics and Policy Center had an interesting article estimating the decrease in supply of housing in Californian cities from each new land-use policy.
- Sam the Financial Samurai talks about his reasoning through buying a dream Hawaii house with his parents.
- Along similar lines, Quora suggested I read responses to “Would being homeless be a good strategy to cut costs?” (Quora has a tech-leaning demographic, so you can expect a fair number of California opinions in many answers).
- Ben Carlson at A Wealth of Common Sense discusses how little volatility there has been in the current recovery.