There’s another odd rule that applies to cities, too. You could call it the 3/4 power law, and it has to do with the way cities use resources as they grow. It refers to the way cities become more sustainable as they grow. For example, if a city doubles in size, the number of gas stations it requires does not double. Instead, the city runs efficiently with only about 77% more gas stations. While Zipf’s law seems to follow other social laws, the 3/4 power law imitates a natural law — one that governs how animals use energy as they get larger. — Sure, I’ve been offline dealing with some rubbish for most of it, but this is the most interesting thing I read today. A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world’s biggest cities
Can’t remember why “box of used doll heads” is in my Google search history. (Must’a been for client work. Yeah. I’ll go with that.)
Yo, you guys are doin it wrong.
Some things Walmart shoppers fought over on Black Friday:
Taxing land would solve America’s biggest problems -
If we want a real overhaul/simplification of the tax code, the way to do it is to tax land value. It might be the only tax we need. No sales tax. No income tax. No payroll tax to fill a social security trust fund. No corporate income tax that, as we can plainly see, off-shores profits. No need to tax labor and industry at all. Just tax the stuff that humans had nothing to do with creating, and therefore have no basis to claim ownership over at all. …
Urban land, scarce by definition, is very valuable. There is no reason to let a small group of rich landlords extract its value, when what created the value are parks, subways, local restaurants, and other things the landlords didn’t provide.
Today in “Wait, What?!”
"Huge chunks of Internet traffic belonging to financial institutions, government agencies, and network service providers have repeatedly been diverted to distant locations under unexplained circumstances that are stoking suspicions the traffic may be surreptitiously monitored or modified before being passed along to its final destination."
— Repeated attacks hijack huge chunks of Internet traffic, researchers warn | Ars Technica
Hey people who just woke up from a four-year coma: despite what the people on the teevee keep saying, the Affordable Care Act and healthcare.gov aren’t really the same thing.
When your store solicits food donations so its workers can eat, there might be a problem with how those workers are compensated.
"Save Money, Live Better." is the company’s slogan.
Single-serving Tumblr idea: RNCResearch, amended to include facts.