Summary of “I Watched ‘The Simpsons’ for the First Time Ever and I Couldn’t Stand It”

“I designed this course for a semester, and I really didn’t expect so many students to show up. But I had 500 the first year.” The class became so well known it was even recognized by Simpsons writers and featured in the episode “Little Girl in the Big Ten.”.
You might as well call me Frank Grimes, because I absolutely hate Homer, and couldn’t stand watching the show mostly due to his character.
In “Homer’s Enemy,” Marge cooks a nice lobster dinner so Homer can reconcile with Frank Grimes.
Through flashbacks, we learn that every time Marge is pregnant, Homer apparently gets so angry he rips his hair out.
Mr. Burns erects the sign “Don’t forget: you’re here forever,” which Homer covers in Maggie’s baby photos so that the sign reads “Do it for her.” Cue the “Awwws.” Because Homer had feelings about his own child for approximately three seconds on screen, it’s a touching episode.
In “Homer Badman,” when Homer goes to a candy convention, Marge is his candy mule.
A lot has been said about race in The Simpsons and 90s shows more broadly-I don’t need or want to dive into that here more than I already have.
If you love The Simpsons and the show is special to you, that’s great.

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Summary of “6 Reasons Housing Is About To Become Even More Unaffordable”

James Madden, an affordable housing developer in Seattle, said the reasons for the slowdown are complex.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, America is 7.7 million units of low-income housing behind where it needs to be, and the country has simply stopped building them.
Among renters, blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent – even when they earn the same salaries as whites.
As noted in the National Association of Real Estate Brokers’ “State of Housing in Black America” report, African-American home buyers are more likely to take out “Nonconventional” loans, often from the Federal Housing Authority, which require smaller down payments and lower credit scores.
While many cities have programs to help veterans, minorities and low-income families with down payments, housing costs in many cities are now so high that even a 3 percent down payment is out of reach.
If baby boomers stay put, that will put an even greater strain on the housing market, as many live in large homes where two, three or four bedrooms sit empty.
Unless the baby boomers start moving, cities have no way out of the housing crisis that doesn’t involve building more homes.
While building more homes in growing cities is a necessary condition for solving the housing crisis, it is not a sufficient one, Madden said.

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Summary of “Millennials Aren’t Having Kids. Here’s Why That’s A Problem For Baby Boomer Real Estate & Retirement”

Whatever the reason, the decision of Millennials to delay or forgo having children will have a ripple effect on wannabe Baby Boomer grandparents.
The majority of Baby Boomers’ wealth is not in the bank, in a pension plan or in an investment portfolio, but in their homes.
Despite the popular urban mythology of Boomer life in the big city, more than 70% of Baby Boomers are still living in suburban and rural areas.
Plenty of young buyers are already making the leap: Millennials are the largest cohort of home purchasers today, and they are mostly leaving urban spaces in favor of suburbia.
While Millennials report a desire for larger homes, their needs and budgets are small.
Many Baby Boomers bought their current homes in the 1980s and 1990s – just when the average size of American homes increased greatly.
While some observers lament the lack of housing stock for Millennials as a byproduct of older generations refusing to move on, the reality may be that the home that most Baby Boomers own is not the house Millennials can afford, use or, in many cases, even want.
For those retirees whose equity is concentrated in their homes and find themselves in need of making a move, due to changes in health, finances, or otherwise, a lack of eager Millennial families looking to snap up their suburban mid to larger size homes could become part of the bigger problem of our widespread unpreparedness for the costs of living in retirement.

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Summary of “The Dinner Party Flex: Cooking in the Age of Social Media”

An interesting thing began to happen as I looked for harder proof, interviewing non-food people their 20s and 30s who post frequently about home cooking and collecting data to attempt to back it up.
Yes, my peers are bragging about home cooking on social media, but their motivations are largely not about performing some rite of adulthood or aspiring to show off a hashtag-blessed lifestyle.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that these converging behaviors, combined with the overwhelming amount of digital cooking content available, has encouraged younger audiences to both cook and post about it more frequently.
Audrey Schield, a 22-year-old recent college graduate working in advertising in Chicago, told me that cooking with her friends is a way of socializing that doesn’t revolve around “Doing homework or drinking”-two group activities that defined the majority of her social life in college.
Samantha Garfield, a brand impact strategist in New York, who at 30 is older than Schield, enjoys a level of personal and professional independence that makes cooking feel special.
Alanna Bass, 29, who works at a startup, recently relocated from Atlanta to New York and likes the “Intimate experience” you get cooking with friends rather than going out.
Several people mentioned posting about cooking on Instagram Stories or Snapchat as a way to showcase their more mundane going-ons.
“Snapchat is all about personalized one-to-one communications, so you feel like you can let someone in on more everyday moments,” says Schield, who sends friends and family step-by-step videos of what she’s cooking at home.

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Summary of “An Architect Defends the Suburbs”

In the process, I learned that the housing industry is not just a major economic force, but also more efficient, more responsive to public taste, and more effective in marketing its products than the architecture profession.
During the building boom before 2008, production housing-the name for builder-constructed residential developments-accounted for the vast majority of single-family homes.
A family of four with a moderate middle-class income can put down $8,120, plus closing costs, to buy a home for $232,000 with three to four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage, and a piece of ground for a front and backyard.
At the high end, buyers spending over $1 million-who could afford an architect if they wanted one-instead often choose big, builder-designed homes they see as bargains preferable to custom designs.
People sometimes think of production homes as “Builder-grade,” made carelessly and on the cheap.
Basic construction is more solid, but the housing industry also is constantly upgrading the technology and sustainability of its products.
As soon as the industry could see that producing energy-efficient homes had marketing advantages, green building started becoming increasingly widespread. These homes are not the ultimate in energy efficiency, but they are continuously improving.
Because of the wide reach of production homes, those improvements impact many people.

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Summary of “16 Best Low-Maintenance Dog Breeds For People Who Work Full Time”

You’re a dog lover, and you dream of the day that you can bring home your own pup and kick off a life of canine/owner bliss.
If this situation sounds familiar to you, get excited, because I’ve just discovered the best low-maintenance dog breeds that are perfect for people who work full-time, and I feel confident that this is going to be a game changer for many of us.
Generally speaking, no dog likes to be left alone – and no dog should be left alone for long periods of time – but there are breeds that require more social interaction and exercise than others, according to PetHelpful.
A lower-energy, slightly less social dog will be content to sleep, wander around, and look out the window while you’re MIA – but they’ll still celebrate big when you’re reunited.
Those adorably short legs and impossibly lovable wrinkles make the Basset Hound an easy sell for all dog lovers, but the breed’s low energy makes them an especially good match for people who spend most of their time away from home.
Historically trained as guard dogs, Bullmastiffs are happy in households with full-timers as long as they have plenty of QT with their masters after the workday, according to Dog Reference.
Many smaller dog breeds are prone to being hyperactive, but not the Chihuahua! Per PetHelper, these pups have less energy than other dogs of their size.
In addition to being well-suited for people who work long hours, CheatSheet notes that Shar Peis are also great for new dog owners.

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Summary of “An Architect Defends the Suburbs”

In the process, I learned that the housing industry is not just a major economic force, but also more efficient, more responsive to public taste, and more effective in marketing its products than the architecture profession.
During the building boom before 2008, production housing-the name for builder-constructed residential developments-accounted for the vast majority of single-family homes.
A family of four with a moderate middle-class income can put down $8,120, plus closing costs, to buy a home for $232,000 with three to four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage, and a piece of ground for a front and backyard.
At the high end, buyers spending over $1 million-who could afford an architect if they wanted one-instead often choose big, builder-designed homes they see as bargains preferable to custom designs.
People sometimes think of production homes as “Builder-grade,” made carelessly and on the cheap.
Basic construction is more solid, but the housing industry also is constantly upgrading the technology and sustainability of its products.
As soon as the industry could see that producing energy-efficient homes had marketing advantages, green building started becoming increasingly widespread. These homes are not the ultimate in energy efficiency, but they are continuously improving.
Because of the wide reach of production homes, those improvements impact many people.

The orginal article.

Summary of “5 things to know about investing in single-family rental homes”

Single-family rental homes comprise more than one-third of all U.S. rental properties – about 16 million currently, with another 13 million new rental households expected to be formed by 2030.
At Roofstock, an online marketplace for buying and selling leased single-family rental homes, we encourage people to spread risk by investing in markets outside of where they live.
Check out: 5 things you should know when buying your first home.
One of the appeals of investing in single-family rental homes is you can hire strong local property management firms to handle day-to-day management tasks of rent collection, repairs and maintenance, and leasing.
Over the past several years, property managers have adopted new technologies and business processes to manage homes more effectively for owners.
Don’t be overly influenced or reactive to short-term fluctuations in your rental property portfolio.
The single-family rental home industry currently totals $3 trillion, with 1 million homes trading hands among investors every year.
Gary Beasley is co-founder and CEO of Roofstock, an online market for investing in leased single-family rental homes.

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Summary of “The refugees who gave up on Britain”

At the screening interview – a brief session designed to collect biographical data and the basic outline of someone’s claim for asylum – Wali Khan told the Home Office he was nine years old.
Liz Clegg, a former firefighter who spent two years living in Calais and got to know Wali Khan and his father there, is convinced he was only seven or eight at the oldest when he arrived in the UK. This confusion would have led to Wali Khan being put in the wrong year at school – and moreover, Clegg said, such an apparently cavalier attitude to dates and years is likely to have been regarded by the Home Office as deliberate falsehood.
Kelly’s guess is that when Said was given a list of solicitors, while he was in the hostel in Birmingham, he assumed that one of them would represent him; much as he assumed that being given a list of primary schools that Wali Khan could be enrolled in meant that Wali Khan was enrolled.
On the last Saturday of February 2017, days before the Guardian was due to release a film about Said and Wali Khan, Kelly called me in a flap.
After Kelly left the deserted flat on that rainy February afternoon, he called Wali Khan’s mobile repeatedly.
Kelly recalled the conversation: “‘My dad says we’re going to go home and find our family and then we’re all coming back,’ Wali Khan said.
Kelly was devastated – angry at himself, angry at Said, terrified for Wali Khan, whom he worried might try to make his own way back to England and end up at the mercy of traffickers.
For a while, Kelly and Regan hoped the police might find Wali Khan and bring him back, but eventually the police stopped their investigation, saying it was not a missing-persons case, since Wali Khan, who kept texting his friends pictures of himself and was with his dad, was clearly not missing.

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Summary of “VPNFilter Malware Warning”

The FBI has issued a dire warning to everyone who has a router in their home.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center sent a rare Public Service Announcement declaring: “Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide.”
The hackers are using VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers, the FBI said.
“VPNFilter is able to render small office and home office routers inoperable,” the FBI warns.
“The malware can potentially also collect information passing through the router. Detection and analysis of the malware’s network activity is complicated by its use of encryption.”
The feds recommends “Any owner of small office and home office routers reboot the devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices.” They also advise to consider disabling remote management settings on devices, use encryption, upgrade firmer and choose new and different passwords, which is pretty much best practice anyway.
The IC3, formerly known as the Internet Fraud Complaint Center was renamed in October 2003 to include this kind of attack.
Today, that means telling you to reboot your router, so hop to it.

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