Category: Humor

Boojum: The political knee

29 November, 2016 (09:00) | Boojum, Humor, legislation, Precautionary principle |

  By: David A. Smith     Introducing the Boojum series   “Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:    That alone should encourage the crew. Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:    What I tell you three times is true.”   In my voracious and […]

The new urbanism of Tiny Tower: Part 2, In the end, we must cultivate our tower

11 July, 2013 (09:00) | Cities, Complex systems, Games, Housing, Humor, iPhone, Markets, SimCity, SimEarth, Simulations, Technology, Tiny tower, Urbanism |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s tour of Tiny Tower got us through only half of its New Urbanist principles – we have almost as many yet to come – including the principle of user deification.   A world in your hands, K     13. The city does not […]

The new urbanism of Tiny Tower: Part 1, Without new housing, there are no new jobs

10 July, 2013 (09:28) | Cities, Complex systems, Games, Housing, Humor, iPhone, Markets, SimCity, SimEarth, Simulations, Technology, Tiny tower, Urbanism |

By:David A. Smith   The world’s fastest growing ‘city’ is a model of New Urbanism, going from zero to over 10,000,000 people in just a few years, but to visit it, you’ll have to look into an iPhone or computer.    A universe that goes only upwards   Tiny Tower, the logical successor to SimCity […]

Month in Review, January 2013: Part 2, To the global

14 March, 2013 (14:38) | Bankruptcy, Cambridge, Detroit, Elderly, Euro, Global markets, Greece, Humor, MEEs, Month in review, Public housing, Redevelopment, Rent control, Spain, Speculation |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s Part 1 of this review on the localized issues covered in January brought us to the problem of one elderly mother and her daughter and son-in-law, an issue that is confronting China (and even more, Japan) at a scale far surpassing our needs here […]

Month in Review, January 2013: Part 1, From the local

14 March, 2013 (14:34) | Bankruptcy, Cambridge, Detroit, Elderly, Euro, Global markets, Greece, Humor, MEEs, Month in review, Public housing, Redevelopment, Rent control, Spain, Speculation |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Dec 12, Nov 12, Oct 12, Sep 12, Aug 12, Jul 12, Jun 12, May 12]   By:David A. Smith   No interval is so gloomy as to be entirely without its lighter side, and for a New England Patriots fan despondent at the team’s elimination from the playoffs, […]