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Motel 6, Housing Bubble, IRS Upgrade, Temperature Control, Data
Hi y’all! Here are 5 stories I read this past week that I think you’ll find interesting as well:
The very first Motel 6 charged $6 per night when it opened in 1962, but you can stay in it now for $426 per night [Wall Street Journal]
Robert Shiller predicted the 2008 housing bubble, and the pandemic housing boom has set us up for another one [Fortune]
The IRS will be getting an $80 billion upgrade. Take a photo-tour of their current setup to see why [The Washington Post]
The Spanish government is instituting a temperature ceiling for the summer and a temperature floor for the winter in order to cut down on energy use [Bloomberg]
Should “data” be singular or plural? [The Economist]
Yesterday I wrote about the emergence of Buy Now, Pay Later financing and how two key behavioral economics concepts could explain why some people end up paying a lot more than they initially thought they would:
Week 32 is over and I’m up to 31 books for the year. I just wrapped up a new dystopian fiction called The Fifth Wave. I was looking for something light to read right before the start of the term, but I also wanted to get started on a series in case I really liked it and needed some additional books for the Fall term. The premise of the book is a little more science fiction than I was expecting, but overall it was an easy read.
The general premise is that an alien species is systematically attacking earth in various waves and it’s hard to tell who is an alien and who isn’t. I will likely be picking up the other books in the series, but it may be a while before I get to them.