Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Wed Mar 30 18:35:42 2005
Raining Photons

The winter is finally over, weather-wise. It's beautiful out, and this makes me happy. I anticipate a lot more pleasure walking for me, in the evening and night, and also a long-overdue airing out of the apartment. The running of bare feet through grass, and running more often. The curse of the north is lifting, the wanderer returns from Hades on her yearly cycle. It's not quite short-sleeve weather, but it's close. Huzzah!

J and R just bought a house! This is quite cool, and the way they managed it cost them very little money. If I could manage to find a place that's similarly near Squirrel Hill, I may try to do the same. I'm not sure if I could borrow money from family, but it couldn't hurt to ask.

Unfortunately, at work, it turns out that we've been doing some analysis incorrectly -- we can fix it, but it involves basically restarting our analysis back from the raw data. I may be spending a few long nights in the office to get this done in a timely way, for my studies.

I've been thinking recently about landlording, specifically whether it's a good thing for society to be buying a property one intends not to use. I worry that when too many people decide to become landlords, it crowds out people who want to own property and raises real estate costs. That's not a good thing. As problematic as land ownership can be, capitalist land ownership is considerably more problematic than private land ownership, as it provides another way for people to be exploited, provides less incentive to care about neighbourhood, and perhaps more importantly, provides people a means to make or supplement a living through exploitation. Of course, all forms of investment do this in a sense, and I'm not presently willing to condemn them all wholly (although Islamic banking makes interesting steps towards this, and perhaps a strict interpretation of Marxist ethics would push that way as well) within the current system, but landlording seems to be a particularly strong and clear example of a harmful practice by people, either to avoid productive labour, or to supplement productive labour with exploitive and harmful ways to make additional money.