Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.
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Congrats on the new job!
- The only good thing to come out of it is that I realized what a life of complacency and safe choices gets you. You get a suburb of Dayton Ohio. You get politics in a home owners association, you get school systems that treat my little brother like shit, you get egos based around colleges known most for football. You get boring, fat, flaccid, sad people waiting to either leave or die.
I feel like this could use a name. American Acceptionalism?
I vaguely recall you mentioning that a while ago! I've seen some research into ridesharing, but I'm not sure that's the same.
The Dutch urban transportation market is quite different from the US market, with public transportation and bicycling having a much higher market share and coverage. For every trip that someone makes by car, someone else makes a trip by bike. This means that most people that are served by Chariot will probably have access to at least a mediocre level of public transport or a bike, which makes the market segment for vanpooling much smaller. The closest we have is municipality-owned 'on-demand' transport services, hoping to help bring transport to the elderly and people who can't afford a car or ride a bike. But it is objectively terrible, requiring people to reserve very wide time slots (e.g. 'we will pick you up somewhere between 9 and 12') both ways.
Looking back at my time-tracking history, I can safely say that I have been very productive the past ten days or so. I spent most of last week on finishing the Hyperloop research project I've been working on for the last ten weeks. We presented it yesterday to the transport consultancy that asked us to research Hyperloop. Our findings were received well, even by the two guys from two Hyperloop startups whom we invited.
From Saturday until about an hour or two ago, I spent most of the day doing research for my thesis and writing my proposal. I was legitimately stressing out about my thesis so I put in all the effort that I could muster until I had something that I think is great. Yesterday, instead of spending yet another day between these four walls, I trekked around The Hague from one cafe to the next with my laptop which is definitely something I'm gonna do more often. After presenting our Hyperloop project yesterday, I talked to someone who has also done research into automated vehicles and traffic models, and he thought my proposal was really interesting, which took away the large amount of self-doubt that I had all weekend.
Basically, what I want to research is in a nutshell 'AVs as a force for good', quantifying the potential benefits of a small-scale AV network on areas that are currently poorly accessible and suffer from so-called transport related social exclusion. I think it would be fantastic if the first AV networks, which are most likely won't be much larger than a neighborhood, can provide good and affordable transportation precisely to the people who need it most. What I hope to be able to tell cities at the end of my research is a precise(-ish) number on how many people will be positively affected by AVs coming to their neighborhood. If anyone wants to read my current proposal, I pasted it here. If anyone wants to call me an SJW, go ahead. ;)
I'm very probably going to move this summer. There's a new apartment tower opening up on campus with only studios for students. While I can likely only live there for about a year, I would have a room that's about 40% bigger with my own damn bathroom and shower for about 40% less per month. Which means that I can finally have room to make a small home gym so I can finally exercise and have no excuse not to stick at it. (Yes, I know about the /r/bodyweightfitness stuff, but I get RSI from their routine.)
Tomorrow's Kingsday here in the Netherlands! I'm going to Utrecht to spend time with my gamedev friend, help him out with some artwork for his most recent Ludum Dare game. It's a fun game and he's thinking of putting it up on the Play Store, but it can use something better than ugly pixel art not moving on a grid at all.
I'm going gliding for four days in a row this weekend. I'm still in doubt whether the sport is something for me. The club is great, but piloting an aircraft is frustratingly hard and I wonder if I even can become good at it. Constantly paying attention to everything is not exactly my forte.
My quest into hiphop is still continuing. Because of Kendrick Lamar's new album, I've been listening to To Pimp a Butterfly a bunch this week because I felt like I needed some context. It's really starting to grow on me, especially the second half of the album.
That OJ one has been on my watchlist, but I wonder if it's interesting for non-Americans. I only know OJ because people keep referring to his trial.
- Has anyone here seen Black Mirror? I started an episode but it seemed pretty downer.
That's pretty much the premise. Some episodes are good at being confrontational, others less so. Between them they're unrelated so you can watch them in pretty much any order.
My group research project about the Hyperloop is finally coming to a close. I think we have something pretty good on our hands but it's hard to tell - at this stage, most of what's written seems just obvious.
I had a good conversation with the head of department at my job last week. He was expecting me to quit because I'm starting my thesis soon, but I just want to put the job on hold until the end of the year. He repeatedly told me that I'm valued at the company and I am pretty sure that's something I can use as leverage once I graduate.
Speaking of graduation, I should really start fleshing out my proposal but all the other things in my life take up enough time and energy that I'm finding it hard to even begin with something so big. I am spending this Easter weekend back at home with family and friends. Hopefully that will help.
Okay, I was under the impression that most regular airline tickets are still mostly refundable and / or easily canceled. I also didn't know that the money they offer is a voucher; European airlines hand out actual money, usually the same day.
What I was mostly defending was the strategy of airlines responding to regular no-shows and how I think it's not surprising to expect a large, profit-hungry airline to overbook just to make sure planes are full. It's the 'ZOMG overbooking is evil' responses that I thought were unfounded and not the issue here. They should've just offered more or rerouted the United crew.