Friday assorted links

1. Thousands of scientists publish a paper every five days.  And: “There were disproportionally more hyperprolific authors in Malaysia (= 13) and Saudi Arabia (= 7), countries both known to incentivize publication with cash rewards.”  The link is interesting throughout, for instance: “One unexpected result was that some hyperprolific authors placed many publications in a single journal…Three authors have each published more than 600 articles in the former [journal] (Hoong-Kun Fun, Seik Weng Ng and Edward Tiekink); three authors have each published more than 400 papers in the latter (Karl Peters, Eva Maria Peters and Edward Tiekink).”  And further information here.

2. “Rwanda’s foreign direct investment portfolio hit the one billion dollar mark for the first time last year, beating its East African Community peers Kenya and Uganda for the first time.

3. MIE: “The Frying Pan Tower, a surplus Coast Guard Light Station, is located 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina and has been turned into a unique adventure bed & breakfast like no other and, NOW YOU CAN OWN IT!”

4. Toward a theory of newscaster hair.

5. How are zoning laws holding back American cities (video).

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3. Perhaps the owners were trying to sell before Florence hit?

#2 That url is 404d for me but is this a case of minor improvement becoming statistically significant?

#3 Buy a share. Move there. Form a government. Declare independence. Mint coinage. Never been done before! What? "Principality of Sealand"!?!?! Ah crap.....

#4 These people have their hair and make up done for them. This is probably one of those cases where a meeting of the minds on a particular and consistent style is symbiotic and beneficial to both parties (the newscaster and the broadcaster).

#5 Collective vs. individual. There are huge numbers of property owners that make out like bandits precisely because of zoning laws which is also part of the point. The alternative are places like Houston and other cities that have done away with them (https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Weirdest-images-from-Houston-s-lack-of-zoning-laws-9171688.php#item-85307-tbla-5). I hate Houston. Don't be like Houston.

"These people have their hair and make up done for them."

Not their hair

So I had to look it up and appears that some smaller affiliates the newscaster is on their own (https://www.quora.com/Do-TV-newscasters-do-their-makeup-and-buy-their-clothes). But larger markets have a virtual smorgasboard of consultants and even on-staff professionals (https://www.allure.com/story/the-looks-behind-the-news).

Also, "A more candid assessment from a makeup artist who freelances: “I mean, frankly, to me, those smart women on Fox look like bimbos.” I have been looking for a sentence where "Smart" and "Bimbos" featured together for a long long time....

"That guy isn't so smart, he only dates bimbos"
"Those bimbos are pretty smart dressers"
"That investor was smart to open a few Bimbos in areas that needed bakeries"

Only because it's Friday do I deserve such satisfaction! Thank you.

However I take exception with the first example...that remains to be seen.

A consultant isn't the same thing as a hair stylist

There is lots more curly hair, glorious curly hair, on tn in Europe, especially Italy.

5. Nice video.

I see a lot of new dual-use development near me - in the form of stores on the bottom, offices or apartments on top. I think the interesting thing is that while it sometimes works, it doesn't always. I see the store level vacant after more than a year in some places. So while innovation is good, it isn't necessarily easy.

I don't think our cities develop organically any more, for numerous reasons.

3. A short course on hurricanes and flooding in the low country. First, unlike south Florida and the northeast, where the variation between high and low tides is only a few feet, in our area the variation is between eight and twelve feet depending on the time of year and the moon cycle. A slow moving hurricane like Florence may present storm surge for several tide cycles. With the winds and surge, the high tides don't recede, so the next high tide just builds on the previous high tide. Do the math: twelve feet becomes 24 feet and so on. An official storm surge of nine feet is not nine feet of water, it's much more. I know from first hand experience. Add to that the two or three feet of rain that flood the rivers inland, rivers that eventually make their way to the coast, that's why Florence presents such a risk for those in the low country who chose to stay.

#1 Well, one of the authors is very close to being a hyperprolific author himself: https://twitter.com/erikgahner/status/1027637338623623168

4: I'd have to think that someone's already researched how this compares internationally, though I haven't read such research.

When I see video clips from other countries' newscasts, the female newscasters tend to look like their American counterparts, although they seem to be more likely to sometimes have short hair, and some newscasts are clearly going for sexy-looking newscasters (weather and traffic reporters in Spanish language programs in Southern California in particular; I haven't watched Spanish language programming in other cities so I don't know how they compare).

All of the constraints placed on women that are mentioned in this article come from.... other women.

American women do not want to get their news from a sexy female newscaster. They want her to be nice looking, but in a non-threatening way. Just like they want every other female to be.

Men, of course, do not have this hangup about female newscasters. And it's unsurprising that non-US females do not, either.

What about cucks? What constraints do cucks place on other cucks? This is right up your alley. It's okay to answer no need to be shy.

6. As told by The Institute of Humane Studies at (drum roll) GMU. Those crazy city planners. Why would they accommodate the developers who wanted to build cheap housing far out from the city center? Just consider urban life today if not for those city planners. Number one, far less consumption of fossil fuels. Number two, far greater commitment and funding of transit. Who are these nefarious city planners of which you speak, who made billionaires of those with the foresight to invest in fossil fuels?

#3 high speed internet.........OFF THE GRID. is it too pedantic to laugh at this?

#5 counternote - after a recent binge of apartment building in Seattle, many new and apparently quite nice apartments are going empty. The prices of single family dwellings are now rising only 3rd fastest in the country rather than fastest.

And near my house a development of free standing homes starting at $950K (really!) are apparently all but sold, while perhaps 1000 feet away a lot with a sign saying "lovely townhouses coming soon!" has been naught but tall grass for several years.

Here's a hint - PEOPLE LIKE SINGLE FAMILY DWELLINGS. People LIKE CARS.

Many people explicitly DO NOT WANT random interactions with strangers on the street - there are TOO MANY strangers in our lives already.

You want cheaper housing for those in society who didn't have great success? Then DIS agglomerate the cities.

Some part of the "community" that Jacobs and the like argue for is heavily supported by ethnic concentration - that is, segregation. Which seems very deeply embedded in human behavoir.

I've lived in the DC metro area for 6 years.

Living in low rise apartments out in Fairfax (e.g. by Merrifield) is a lot worse than living in a low rise apartment in DC -- and Merrifield is marginally walkable by VA standards.

I don't like feeling the need to drive. I like having the liberty of walking or cycling places. It's often faster, more fun, and feels easier -- weather permitting.

I have about 2 friends I can see on a regular basis. That's about average for people in my position and at my age. I often feel lonely. I like having random interactions with strangers. It's hellishly difficult to work 40-50 hour weeks, maintain personal commitments, and still have relationships with people.

Maybe it's a question of where one is in life, but at a visceral level I really disagree with your assertions.

That said, I'd never be able to afford to live in DC if I didn't happen upon a rent-controlled apartment. The unaffordability of housing here being a consequence of zoning schemes, height restrictions, and (ironically) rent control. DC is pretty good though. If I had a magic wand, I'd replace a lot of the '''single family''' row homes with low-medium rise apartments, and improve the bikability of the city by creating a true cycle path network.

But by the same argument someone could argue they really wish they could have a house with a yard near a playground, with easy commutes to work, school, etc.

Both your desires and theirs could be more readily met if we stopped trying to cram all economic activity in such small areas. DISagglomerate - spread out the jobs above all else - and space pressures can be eased.

I feel like the hackneyed adage to "let the free market decide" isn't so hackneyed right now. Really though, why not let there be mixed use and let market signals tell developers what to build and where? That'll best allocate SFH and denser neighborhoods as best I can tell.

"after a recent binge of apartment building in Seattle, many new and apparently quite nice apartments are going empty."

The "new and apparently quite nice" part of your comment kind of confirms the premise in the video though, right? That SFHs and restrictive quality/sizing drives up prices and that's bad? https://www.sightline.org/2017/03/20/how-seattle-killed-micro-housing-again/

Not sure where you're going with the relative pace of SFH prices being "only 3rd"--seems to make the opposite point you're going for. If people loved SFHs so much over alternatives, wouldn't SFH prices be going up relatively faster against the alternatives, as opposed to growing "only 3rd fastest"? That is unless pace of inventory growth for SFHs is a lot faster than other categories keeping price growth lower/steady, in which case, fair point I guess.

it's not that there aren't/shouldn't be any SFHs, just that restricting massive swaths of land to SFHs is a bad idea.

I read 'only 3rd fastest' as in the nation, which would indicate this is what the market wants. And the 'coming soon' sign on the townhouses for several years as that the market does not want them.

tmc has it right - the point being that a substantial part of price pressure is pressure for SFH as a product separate from any sort of multifamily structure. (and yes seattle metro went from fastest housing price growth in the us to 3rd fastest in the us.)

#2. It's one way to invest in conflict minerals in Congo.

The last year, there have been many insinuations that Rwanda is an African country with good government and little corruption, While $1Billion is a baby step, it's a good one.

Question: I was lauding this as an achievement, because when I read "portfolio reached $1Billion", I think about this as assets outside Rwanda that are owned by Rwanda. I also get the 404 error. Is this actually the cumulative value of prior foreign investments by non Rwandan entities in Rwanda? If so, how is that much of an achievement, beyond a basic confidence the investment will not be stolen before selling it to the next naive buyer?

https://tradingeconomics.com/rwanda/foreign-direct-investment

Could have been a propaganda ploy that has been busted:

https://medium.com/@david.himbara_27884/the-east-african-lied-that-in-2017-rwanda-received-more-foreign-investment-than-its-neighbors-3f1f05ecbfe6

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