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How to Create 100,000 Parking Spots in San Francisco

oops“If all the planets are properly aligned, if you’re holding your mouth right and if you avoided walking under that ladder, you might, just might, be able to find a parking space in San Francisco.”- Someone named Jay

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The Agony, Ecstasy, and Odds of a (Nearly) Perfect Game

September 9, 2013 5 minute read

On Friday night, I was (un?)lucky enough to attend Yusmeiro Petit’s near-perfect game in San Francisco. After Petit retired 26 Diamondbacks in a row, pinch hitter Eric Chavez hit a soft line drive that fell inches in front of a flopping Hunter Pence.

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Benn Stancil

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Are Traffic Lights the Real Hyperloop?

September 6, 2013 3 minute read

At some point, presumably while idling in his Tesla Model S on a clogged freeway in Los Angeles or San Francisco - which account for a remarkable 9 of the 10 most congested roads in the country - Elon Musk decided he’d had it with waiting around in cars. So he dreamed up the Hyperloop, a transportation system that can, in theory, rocket people between Los Angeles in San Francisco in just over 30 minutes. For people making one of the annual 6 million five-and-a-half hour trips between these two cities, the Hyperloop sounds like a spectacular - and frankly, spectacularly cool - idea. But for the rest of the world (which is often forgotten about in California), and ironically, even for those stuck in standstill L.A. traffic in a 400 horsepower car yearning to be free, there’s something out there with far more potential than the Hyperloop: 2% better traffic lights.

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

Conflict Data on Military Interventions: Will Syria Be Different?

September 3, 2013 5 minute read

With the Obama administration now pressing Congress to authorize military action against Syria, administration officials and commentators have repeatedly emphasized that Syria is not Libya, Syria is not Iraq, and Syria is not Afghanistan. Circumstances are different; objectives are different; the nature of the conflict is different. This war, we’re told, won’t be the same as those that came before it. But what if it is?

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

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