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Why does it cost so much to build things in America?

Researchers have ruled out some of the more obvious potential explanations for why these projects cost more in the US.

As transit researcher Alon Levy writes in a report for the Niskanen Center, “This is not about our wealth: there is no correlation between a country’s GDP per capita and its subway construction costs. Nor is it about geological factors: the biggest factor behind a project’s cost is what country it is in, and costs are fairly consistent even across different geologies ... This is purely institutional.”

And when it comes to roads and the bulk of the high costs — “the new construction bit” — Turner says even though he has “no idea why those prices are increasing,” he can “eliminate a lot of things.” Turner explains that common theories like unions or the way we’re building roads or where we’re building them (for example, in more urban areas) are not supported by statistical evidence.

Time is money, money is power, power is delaying transportation projects

h/t Shane D. Phillips / #UCLALewisCenter

#housing #construction #constructionCosts #NIMBY #NEPA #Obstructionism #VetoPower #TimeIsMoney #MoneyIsPower

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NEW VIDEO: Dealing With Chronic Pain (pt 1)

a video where I talk about what I do when the pain is bad

usual stuff, share about if you find it useful or know someone who will, comments on the video feed the algorithm and all that 💜

Instance back online after several days of downtime! Whew, self-hosting adventures.

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Just decided to go read the #gimp hashtag on Twitter. First result was a dude in a rubber suit tied to a tree. Seems to be a fetish day so there’s a few.

I’m shocked I tell you, I was lead to believe that such a mix up over the name has never and will never happen.

For the record I love Gimp, whatever its name, but Glimpse was a valuable addition to FOSS, because it would have helped people in places that have to remain rubber suit & electrode free. The flak the maintainers got was poor form.

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now there's a website:

The next solstice is Monday, June 21st, 2021. Maybe you should take a moment between now and then to list out what you're responsible for, so on Monday, you can announce that you're setting something down.

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I'm no techie, but if "major websites" are down then perhaps the problem isn't with the tech but with the fact that there's such a thing as a "major website"

There's no reason we all have to visit the same ten websites as each other every day, support the little guys

I like the way this place works, where there are lots of little sites and you can choose the ones you interact with, but they're all interlinked on a network, you know, like a kind of inter... net...?

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If you're looking for a weekly roundup of technical blogs on gamedev, this continues to be a great resource:

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@cadadr @setto @weirdwriter @rysiek @Liberapay @sjb

The creator of Liberapay actually opened this as an issue because they didn't want to just offer Stripe and Paypal. If people have better alternatives, Liberapay is literally asking you to tell them:

Apparently a big part of the problem is that almost no payment systems offer normal currencies globally, Paypal and Stripe are AFAIK the only two?

Most alternatives are only available in certain regions.

Oh no. :( The designer of Syberia passed away yesterday. I've never been able to get into the games themselves, but it's still sad.

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NEW VIDEO: Why I Wear Gloves

a video about disability, hopefully the first in a series

comments and shares and all that appreciated as usual ty 💜

Got some really nice feedback on my last ludum dare entry. (Not bad given how sick I was and how little karma I acquired.) Apparently learning to compose music for these is a worthwhile use of time.

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Announcement: The #Fedivision Song Contest is open for original submissions of music from now until Friday, 28th of May, 23:59 UTC! Please send your artist name, song name, your chosen ficitional country and a link to your song to this account here, I'll collect everything!

Voting will take place from Saturday, 29th 12:00 (noon) UTC to Sunday, 30th, 12:00!

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#FollowFriday / #FF recap of this week's recommended follows:

🌟 @triple_eye - Video channel about gaming

🌟 @aenderlara - 3D artist and game developer

🌟 @truecolour - Wildlife photographer, especially close-ups

🌟 @weirdwriter - Writer of fiction & non-fiction, and campaigner for accessibility

🌟 @delta - FOSS encrypted messaging through email

🌟 @torproject - Maintains the Tor network, allows anonymous communication online

🌟 @liberachat - New IRC network, created by staff who quit FreeNode

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I am very bad at keeping up with social media but better late than never. I'll be giving a talk on teaching photography using #opensource software with the #FLOSS mindset.This sunday (May 28th) at 12:00UTC as part of 2nd installment of #ozgurkon

#artWithOpenSource #FOSS

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We wanna spread this info on here, boosts appreciated! This is research we did on the racist history of the #EDS / #HSD field that looks at the INCREDIBLE commonness and and disproportional impact of #hypermobility & its biased classification, diagnostics, and treatment. Available in a text-based, captioned video, and audio only. Content warnings included in content.
#HypermobileDisability #accessibility #ChronicIllness #disability #HypermobileCripsUnite

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I'm exploring the idea of a 24/7 stream featuring music videos, concerts or home performances from independent musicians. People could upload their videos and get added to rotation.

If you're interested in this kind of thing and want to take part in any way, please let me know! Idea is still young, but music lovers who would want to maybe moderate uploads, or help reach out to communities to gain access to some content would be cool.

Plus, if you have music content yourself, let me know!

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Libera is a week old, and we've come strong out the blocks. Thank you to our 20,000 users for your support, enthusiasm, and patience.

I've written a little about our first week and some of the projects we host here:


#irc #liberachat

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