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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  9 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: GMC Hummer EV

It's dumb, top to bottom. We now have the ability to make hoghly efficient low-footprint vehicles that are much cheaper to operate...but instead we'll probably waste the efficiency gains on big, bulky luxury SUVs with poor sightlines.

A regular hatchback with batteries in them (VW eGolf, Audi e-Tron) uses twice as much energy per mile as as an aerodinamically optimized vehicle like a Tesla or even a Renault Zoe. I can't imagine the abysmal energy per distance rate this thing will slurp.

That said: Hummers have always been petrol-slurping monsters, so I doubt it'll put anyone off from buying one to drive to football practice. Will be fun to see stranded Hummers on highways though.

veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 21, 2020

Having gone through peer review exactly once now, I'm puzzled as to why anyone would care if you'd share it? You don't know who wrote it, so you can't properly take their wishes into account. And if it's a small field and the reviewer does find out you've quoted whatever they said to someone else, they should stand behind their words because that's the purpose of a peer review.

veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 21, 2020

I'm having a wonderful week off. Have an oversupply of paid leave that needs to be down to zero by Jan 1st, so I'm taking this week off, a long weekend early November and almost all of December.

Most of my week so far has been spent reading, cooking, and getting to a bunch of things I had postponed until further notice. I had been cooking more the last few weeks, but this weekend I got Ottolenghi's Simple as an early birthday gift so I got a pack with a bunch of exotic ingredients, made an extra grocery trip to get a bunch of veggies and declared Ottolenghi Week in our household. I've always liked to put something great on the table, but until last year that'd mostly been a handful of self-made or altered recipes from random sources. This year and especially the last week we've expanded our spices cabinet almost twofold and I love exploring new tastes and techniques and learning how to use them properly.

I started writing morning pages the other day. The only goal I have is to try and cathartically write how things are going and what's bothering me for five to ten minutes at the start of my day. I've been keeping a simple diary (did this, did that) for a year or two now but have never been very happy with it. This so far feels a nice addition to my morning routine. It helps me clarify and articulate my thoughts better. There is a markable difference between late-night tired worries and early morning, coffee/tea in hand worries, with the latter being much more important and worth thinking about. Since writing is a form of thinking for me I think this'll be a valuable new habit, not just in the short run.

Yesterday I realized which kind of contemplative mood I'm in. I always get contemplative when I am away from work for a while. I use the mental space I gain to endlessly ponder over bigger questions in life, as that's the only way I know how to deal with them productively. But it's always coloured by what's top of mind, and this week it's the woes of people in their thirties and early forties. Kids, building a family, thinking about what you've built up and what you still want to build up, that kind of thing. Devoured a book that was basically a collection of reflections and stories of someone turning forty, and I bought the game Eliza which has overlaps. It doesn't help that my mom is asking me out of the blue if we have wedding plans yet. Basically I'm looking for experience about settling down, while also realizing that I don't want to be gently coerced into doing so. Thus the need to figure out what part of that is for me and what part isn't. Put differently, I desparately don't want to be that friend of mine half brainwashed into wanting a mortgage equal her net salary in an overheated market, or the other friend getting a divorce because it just didn't work out anymore.

veen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions


veen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions

A bunch of people have dreams.

veen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions

Good Will Hunting?

veen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 14, 2020

Yeaahhh same. Constantly feel like I'm missing comments / not getting the full view. Have totally missed discussions popping up a few times now.

veen  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 14, 2020

Someone joked on Twitter that the Low Lands need a new name now we're the per capita champion of corona cases. We're back in soft-lockdown because our government refuses to learn from its mistakes and waited until the very last moment to maximize lockdown length, it almost seems.

At least we're doing just fine. SO got a new job in September, back then it was a temporary thing until the end of the year, but now they're certain they can give her a year contract so that's dope. My academic paper has been accepted recently, is already published online in Open Access format even though I still need to proof it.

I'm taking a well-needed week off next week to dive into that and finally enjoy my PC again. I don't know how other people do it but after 8 to 10 hours of screen-based desk work and Teams calls I simply don't want to sit another minute behind the same screen. So I've been reading more books lately, getting more mileage out of my iPad consuming them contents, and have been cooking more from a phenomenal book on Indian vegetarian cuisine. Yesterday we made samosa's for the first time, which was great.

veen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Partisan COVID

I had not noticed it was since June 1st. Seems manipulative indeed... next time I'll be more careful when I share things that align with my pre-existing beliefs too much.

I'm not gonna delete my post. Apparently his website does that work for me. (cc b_b)

veen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: US jobless claims were worse than expected amid slowdown in hiring

So I've been doing a project where we are working in a small consortium of a few U.S. based companies. There's two regular companies, and two independent contracters we're working with. Thus I get a small slice into their work lives.

- One guy's been working from his basement because the kids are now homeschooled because his wife lost her job. He's making overtime to compensate.

- One of the more dumb-as-a-brick consultants has been under constant fear of losing his shitty job and broke down during a meeting. I don't see him finding a new job anytime soon.

- One of the independent contractors has been without any new gigs since March. She can't get a foot in the door anywhere. Had a meeting yesterday where she showed up in pajamas and very large bags under her eyes.

- The other independent contractor is basically a pensioner with a hobby so he's fine.

Overall...not good.

veen  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to Protect Yourself from the Aerosol Spread of Covid-19

Yeah that was most of my Saturday morning gone reading through that. Had been looking for an accessible, nuanced overview of what we know about aerosols for quite a while so I'm glad it exists.

I also love the smoke analogy. Can we do a 'flatten the curve' esque boost of that mental model? If only so I have an easier time convincing my mom that no, a plastic screen in front of her face isn't going to do much.

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Donald Trump tweets he and first lady Melania Trump test positive for Covid-19

PS Mk, #bugski, replies that have an embedded Twitter post in them are a bitch to edit. Editing causes my entire post to be chopped up and mixed around when I start editing.

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Donald Trump tweets he and first lady Melania Trump test positive for Covid-19

My imperfect communication this morning:

    >hey <SO>, Trump tested positive

    >no waiiii>

    > and Melania too

      >  AND MALARIA TOO ?!?!

They're flying the Doomsday plane, just to be sure...

veen  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 401st Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

veen  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's Wrong with Social Science

I got this close to getting into academia, landing 2nd out of 50+ applicants for a cushy PhD position. The day they told me was also the day I finally came to the conclusion that academia isn't for me, largely because of the problems he's describing: a system of misaligned incentives that catches people in a crushing rat race that's more about appeasing funders and making grueling overtime than about the romantiziced ideal of uncovering hidden truths about the world.

Didn't stop me from doing science as a hobby though. My academic paper got accepted last Friday! It's a methodological paper in a technical field though so it avoids a lot of the traps. My incentives are different because of that - I actually want people to replicate and improve my approach, because I know it's not perfect.

veen  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hedgemony: A Game Of Strategic Choices

For that money you'd think they'd at least hire a good designer instead of creating the cards in fuckin' Word. Or hide some dragons in there. Have some standards, RAND.