Me: "What do you mean by that?"
Athena: "I love you all the way, all time, until there's nothing but dust that never comes back to life again."
Me: "So basically, you love me until the heat death of the universe?"
Now, should I explain entropy from a thermodynamics point of view or from an information theory perspective?
Something horrible, or something noble? Post a comment with your guess, first person to guess correctly wins a no-prize.
And no cheating if you've already seen this in a post from Ann :)
BTW, we're still accepting votes on the name of our newborn son (not pictured, due in May). We're donating $1 to Save the Children for each vote, so please take a minute to pick a name or give us a suggestion:
Regarding the other guesses... You guys are either really funny, or you all have very strange opinions of me.
We've had solar panels on our home for a few weeks, and the data already shows we're making more energy than we use - despite having three young kids who have us constantly running our appliances. The early data shows us how quickly we'll pay back our investment and like with and , help us be smarter people in how we live.
Commercial and industrial areas are also likely to be green on this map. The local shopping mall, an office park, a warehouse district or a factory may have their own Census Blocks. But if people don’t live there, they will be considered “uninhabited”. So it should be noted that just because a block is unoccupied, that does not mean it is undeveloped.
Northern Maine is conspicuously uninhabited. Despite being one of the earliest regions in North America to be settled by Europeans, the population there remains so low that large portions of the state’s interior have yet to be politically organized.
With land at such a premium, how can these things hang around? Thanks to for digging up the answer.
A: Because this all used to be orchards. This all made sense, fifty years ago.
Q: Right, but shouldn't they have, like, torn them down by now?
A: No. Abandoned barns in Silicon Valley are a better investment than historical stock market returns.
Q: Wouldn't they be an even better investment if there were, like, usable buildings on the land?
Q: You have got to be shitting me.
A: Proposition 13 makes abandoned barns an enormously lucrative investment. You see, the assessed value of a piece of property is capped at a rate well below the rate of increase in property values out here. So you can just get the price of the land reevaluated every year and take tax-free loans against the increase in equity. This is a huge amount of untaxable money. Especially if you're an abandoned shed that's worth seven figures, right smack dab in the middle of the Google campus.
Q: Right, but that's just about low taxes, right?
A: Yeah. Well. Uh. I was going to get to the "except" part.
Q: And what's that?
A: The increase is capped except upon the sale or the completion of new improvements. Like an apartment building, for instance, to partially solve the housing crisis out here. Or a new building on the Google campus. This means that if the value of the improvement is less than the compounded increase in the value of the property absent the improvement, then it doesn't make any sense to actually build anything.
Q: That's horrible. Why aren't people, like, vandalizing abandoned buildings to get rid of them?
A: The only way you can vandalize anything in California that solves the problem is to literally build a new improvement on the property without the landowner finding out. That resets the tax basis and gives them an incentive to stop holding the land off the market.
Q: That's... double horrible.
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