Category: Personal

Month in Review: May, 2016: Part 2, Breaking the blogger’s fourth wall

21 July, 2016 (08:30) | Argentina, cadaster, China, Eurozone, Greece, Hedge funds, kayfabe, Land, Panama Papers, Personal, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Statistics, wrestling | No comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1] In yesterday’s Part 1 of a content-additive review of my May posts, I introduced the concept of kayfabe to politics.  More precisely, I outed kayfabe as an essential ingredient of global politics these days, where communications cycles are so fast that truth isn’t even the […]

Month in Review: May, 2016: Part 1, The world of kayfabe

20 July, 2016 (09:00) | Argentina, cadaster, China, Eurozone, Greece, Hedge funds, kayfabe, Land, Panama Papers, Personal, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Statistics, wrestling | No comments

By: David A. Smith   Over the last few years, I have become consumed with the post-meta concept of kayfabe, the twenty-first century’s dominant mode of entertainment, as defined (in true kayfabe fashion) by Wikipedia’s entry on the subject, itself a kayfabe exercise in self-reference:   Never break the kayfabe   In professional wrestling, kayfabe […]

Are greatly exaggerated

20 May, 2016 (09:09) | Apartments, California, Conferences, Housing, Innovations, Personal, Rental, US News |

By: David A. Smith   It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. A – Mark Twain   Can‘t be a Genie without a turban, can you?   Explaining the rules to the three Visionaries: Red (Carol Ornelas, Visionary […]

A. Harold Howell, Jr., 1941-2012

8 March, 2012 (12:34) | Affordable Housing, Equity syndication, Harry Howell, Obituary, Personal | 5 comments

By: David A. Smith   The man who more than any other individual impelled me into a career in affordable housing died yesterday of a sudden massive stroke.  Harry Howell was seventy.     Though Harry and I were only thirteen years apart and went to the same college, we straddle the social divide of […]

How to create a livable urban future: Part 2, the past is ever with us

17 November, 2011 (10:00) | Boston, Cities, Creativity, CSFW, Future, Housing, Personal, Primer posts, Science fiction, Speculation, Urbanization, Writing |

By:David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw yesterday, reflecting on so translating our essay, How to create a readable future, written by several of us authors of Future Boston, The History of a City, 1990 to 2100, writing stories about the future uses many of the same mental muscles and […]