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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 3, 2020

Light as a feather, pushed over like a feather.

On second thought don't fight be kleinbl00 - I'll lose.

veen  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 3, 2020

Bread with peanut butter & hagelslag is the best thing ever, fight me

veen  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 3, 2020

6'4". I'm at 8% fat mass, and feel really fit, but I'm light as a feather. Still no visible abs tho.

veen  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 3, 2020

Took this week off to take a well-needed break and to work on my academic paper. Finally saw my parents who I haven’t seen since early February. BBQ’ed with my gf’s family which was almost as if nothing had happened. Banal in a way that I quite longed for. We didn’t really hold onto the distancing; we figured after months of not seeing anyone, sitting outside and them being careful too, risks are pretty low.

I’m still running and after getting new Nikes have been going very fast for my doing. Did a 40 minute 6k today without really going for that, so I’m very pleased. I did however drop under 150lbs for the first time today. So if y’all have lactose-free ways of getting phat lemme know.

    H%i ILIKE hubski 

    --returns true
veen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Coronavirus is not fuel for urbanist fantasies

Not even in the long term?

The Netherlands wasn’t always a bicycle utopia - it became that way after five decades of slow but steady progress made by urbanists, even if the initial spark wasn’t from them.

I get that there’s bigger forces at play, and you’re probably on the side of those mattering more than anything else. But a city like NYC has gone from “cars yay” to “why do we have citibikes?” to “let’s build two dozen cycleways a year” in less than a decade.

So I know that I’m talking about a city that has both this and a homelessness problem, and that that’s a good example of urbanists failing entirely? But at the same time I’m also hopeful that a long and dedicated bureaucracy like a city, with ideas and help from people like her, can do great things. And who knows, give it another ten years and we’ll see bicycle highways and safe crossings and people will wonder how that came to be, and I think I’d point to people like her continually pushing for more for at least some of the credit.

veen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 20, 2020

Fuck everything about last week. A Pyrrhic victory over my task manager, redlining leading to unhappiness leading to more redlining.

But I managed to unwind this weekend. Took a deep breath, said hard no's to some people, and let go of the high expectations I had of myself. This week's been going great and my long weekend starts with a national holiday tomorrow.

Time to play with the NI M32 I got myself, to keep up with the new daily piano practice the GF and I are doing, keep running (7th week in a row of 3x per week!). And, best of all, start working on the next version of my academic paper, which has not been rejected but has received 3 thorough peer reviews. I have until the end of June to fix their comments and am one big step closer to being able to call myself Scientist.

veen  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Marble races are strangely compelling

I love that Jelle's channel is getting so much attention now.

It's fun to care about something that in the end doesn't really matter. I wonder if it's getting more attention now precisely because there's already plenty consequential shit to care about. (Or is that why it's in John Olivers video? Haven't seen it yet.)

veen  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Marble races are strangely compelling

Fuck yes the Marble Machine X is amazing.

Best friend of mine has merch of the previous one and I'm unabashedly jealous of him.

veen  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New York City Covid statistics by region (scroll down for map)

If you ever want a succesful test/trace/isolate strategy, you're gonna have to become even more personal. Legally though, it's usually starting to become a problem once you make groups that are smaller than 15 persons each.

My guess however is that it won't be the ganularity of data that's the biggest hurdle here.

veen  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uber Cuts 3,000 More Jobs, Shuts 45 Offices in Coronavirus Crunch

Yeah. Few weeks ago Uber Eats eclipsed Uber; not because the former is doing so great, but entirely because the latter isn't.

Uber being uber, this is probably their way of radically trimming the fat. I should ask someone I know who works at Uber what her take on it is (...if she still has a job).

veen  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Unicorns Fell into a Ditch

That graphic with the unicorn ditch is f'n hilarious.

Mike Isaac had a part in his book about Uber:

    In new York in 2014, 20% of all revenue went to fraudulent scammers. Uber was bleeding money by the millions. Drug runs and escorts were driven around on stolen credit cards. In China, drivers and riders collided to collect the incentives, collaborating through online forums by creating fake accounts and going on fake trips together. Kalanick could not stop the incentives because he had to keep up with Didi, and did not want to make signup anything more than a name, phone and cc as it would lead to UX friction. Putting a dent in growth was not an option. People ended up making circuit boards for hundreds of sim cards to automate the process of skimming money off of Uber.

    [...] The Chinese scam losses were tens of millions per week.

This model isn't going away until hyperconcentrated VC is dead in the water. Until then, reap thyne benefits wherever you can, I guess.

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 13, 2020

Best I can describe it is that most of the time my emotions are more mellow/muted, but that I have moments of despair / negative thought spirals much more than I've had before. Moments when I'm working and a song comes up and I just want to bawl.

A lower amplitude on average but larger dips in mood at times, so to speak.

veen  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 13, 2020

Grumble grumble. I've been grumpy the past days because I haven't been on top of things, and I got an annyoing ulcer thing in my gums. Really hate the feeling of not having enough time to do the things other people need or want from me.

Got a haircut. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to do that, but I don't know how I could have done it any more cautiously - mandatory masks & disinfectants on all surfaces and by everyone, I was the first person of the day and the first person being cut by my hairdresser's in weeks. Minimized personal and societal risk, even though I'm still not fully behind reopening contact-professions.

veen  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The dam breaks: Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever

Those two experiences can live in parallel. I used to have 2 or 3 days WFH to get shit done, and 2 or 3 days at the office to see people. I do my own time-tracking, so I can even quantify the degree to which my office days are less productive, yet I still choose to go there. Not to concentrate, but to grease the wheels of projects and work relations by being there in-person.

I think it's detrimental to a team to go all-remote when the grey area of sometimes-remote contains the best of both worlds.

veen  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The dam breaks: Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever

As I said elsewhere: we structurally undervalue good, in-person interactions - see Sherry Turkle for that.

Pleasant office spaces are rare, so my pet theory is that those who have been the loudest proponents of all-remote have never had the experience of a nice, social, engaging office.

veen  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The dam breaks: Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever

It kinda sucks though (in a first-world-problem kind of way). I've heard from a bunch of ex-colleagues and peers the same thing; if you bounce from place to place in your twenties, you can easily 150-200% your salary in a few years. But I like where I'm now, so all I can do is squeeze another raise out of here.

veen  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 380th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

veen  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: Weather

I'm at 2 seconds load time on 300mbit.

veen  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Biological class warfare"

My choice is almost always between "veggie, but milk" and "milk-free but meat" whenever I don't eat at home. And I'm lucky to have Lactaid. (I'm on my last pack by the way, so it truly was a year's supply I brought home.)

I care more about reducing meat intake than eliminating it, and I don't get why that's not the norm. It's much easier to convince two people to halve their meat use than to convince one person to get rid of it entirely.