Friday, February 22, 2008

Overlooked Animal Extinction

Here's the skinny on yet another animal that is hovering on the brink of extinction. That creatures such as these get overlooked by the regulators, lawmakers and other fatcats is an affront to the green community. Won't you do something to help?

Movie News

The documentary "Indoctrinate U" is now available as an internet download!


The Future of Suburbia

Prof. Christopher Leinberger has an interesting article about the imminent decline of modern American suburbia. I found it thought provoking, but I'm not certain I buy his central thesis. I think he is ignores to a certain extent the changes modern technology has made possible in time allocation.

Assuming arguendo that his thesis is correct, our house will likely retain its value. We are in a close in, upscale urban setting of single detached homes. Tiny single detached homes, but they are nonetheless the models of the American dream house. Our situation combines the best of urban and suburban life. However, thanks to technological advances, I spend two to three days a week working completely from home. On those days, I have no commute time. Most of my peers are in a similar situation. Working from home is increasingly common. Those who do maintain actual physical offices have moved them from the inner city out to where they dwell, also trimming commute times.

As for the collapse of new development housing prices, all kidding aside, we've seen it before. Developers by their nature tend to be optimists and every seven years the real estate market cycles. If you are living in a boom area the downcycle may not be noticeable, but it is always there. Supply and demand plays a major role in real estate. When apartments are over built, rents decline. When houses are over built, the developer heads into bankruptcy, the units get sold for pennies on the dollar and a subdivision that was planned to be upscale becomes the land of section 8 housing.

Further, I think it the height of folly to discuss national trends in real estate. Real estate is about as local as you can get. To have any idea what the future holds, you have know what the local conditions are. "Location, location, location" remember?

Also, in the interest of a provocative article, the good professor looks too far into the future. Fifty years ago the brightest pundits predicted a golden future for Detroit. Today's reality is somewhat different. Fifty years from today, the trend might very well be the reclamation and restoration of today's much vilified McMansions.

{This is a first draft, I may come back and revise}

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hard Times

It appears that Seabury-Western seminary, outside of Chicago, won't be admitting any new students come the Fall. Whether or not the school will be offering any degree programs is up in the air at the moment.

Apparently there have been few applicants, little money and reduced support from the Episcopal Church.

I have mixed feelings about this. On the hand hand it is always sad when a school hits hard times. On the other hand, this is the same seminary that practices 'communion of the unbaptized' in its chapel.

A Health Tip From Billy Quan

Blast From the Past

One of my fave skits from the show 'Almost Live'

It Looks Like We Might Be Going To War

With Tennessee no less.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Light Posting

Blogging will likely be light for the next couple of days. My work has become more active, which is both unusual for February and lovely.

I'm still working on the Episciwiki for lawsuits as well as an analysis of the complete 2007 balance sheets for the Episcopal Church.


Mary hits the nail on the head as to what is driving the separation in the Anglican Communion.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Self Defense

As a human right. Excellent article on the subject may be found here.

{Warning! Law Review}

Computer Security, Pop Ups and a Cheery Day

This little item just made my day. Enjoy!

Good Song for a Day in February

I meant to post this yesterday for a 'Motown Monday' but was slammed by work. My apologies. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Bevy of Bishops

Hills of the North has some excellent thoughts on the explosion of episcopates in North American anglicanism.