Insights from the online house hunting phenomenon

Recently Trulia – the online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals – released an interactive data visualization tool illustrating their users behavior patterns by day, time of day, location, and device type.

As you can see the peak house-hunting day and time is 9 pm on Monday, but 9 am through 10 pm on all days of the week there is a lot of activity. Continue reading

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Give your money to Main Street, not Wall Street

LocavestingSmall businesses are the backbone of the American economy, generating eighty percent of jobs and half of GDP. They also create the foundation for healthy, diverse neighborhoods and strong local economies.

So why are we starving these vital enterprises?

The truth is, our financial and political system is stacked against small business. The stock market has become a vast, electronic casino that has abandoned any pretense of allocating capital to productive use. And community banks – a mainstay of small business funding – are an endangered species in a Too Big to Fail world. Don’t look to the government for help, though: politicians at the federal, state, and local levels are often under the sway of deep-pocketed corporations. Meanwhile, Main Streets and downtowns everywhere are slowly dying.   Continue reading

New tools in AIDS prevention

New tools in AIDS prevention || “Two studies show that drugs used to treat AIDS can be used to prevent HIV infectionhttp://ow.ly/5DCpz

Colony collapse disorder is threatening $83 billion in crops worldwide

Colony collapse disorder is threatening $83 billion in crops worldwide || “Super Bees Could Save Us From A Food Crisis” http://ow.ly/5DCab

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Would you pay $20 for a club sandwich?

Would you pay $20 for a club sandwich? || “World’s most expensive cities” http://ow.ly/5CWF3

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Florida home owners associations can foreclose on properties for back dues

Florida home owners associations can foreclose on properties for back dues || “$1.2 million mansion for $10K?” http://ow.ly/5zeqg

Watch out NPR, P.F. Chang’s and Wes Andersen fans, we have your number now

Watch out NPR, P.F. Chang’s and Wes Andersen fans, we have your number now || “Middlebrow Culture” http://ow.ly/5rU7O

There is something very funny and refreshing (coming from a fan of the fine, fine product) to see that Pabst Blue Ribbon is at both ends of the spectrum.  I dare say it appears to be the bookends that define the outer periphery of the culture continuum (or not).

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TOMS announces their eye wear line to promote visual health

Long known for their “one-for-one” footwear campaign, TOMS announces their eye wear line to promote visual health – http://ow.ly/5cEZG

 

Looking for an alternative to the McMansion?

Looking for an alternative to the McMansion? – “Living large in Tiny Houses” http://ht.ly/37vVT #living #realestate

The consumer LED lighting arms race is on

The consumer LED lighting arms race is on – “LED bulbs in the home: So far, so good” http://ht.ly/2Dj5z #eco