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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

Sometimes make things like this:

And I write here:


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I think it just derps out after a while. I've rebooted the server and it works on my end now!

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2017

Have you had any luck trying the Socratic method?

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It's a new building, so there was merely concrete and dust. Putting in a laminate wooden floor was more expensive than I expected, but at least I got to choose a nice pinewood look.

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Getting Published, Pt. 3

My article for De Correspondent got published this Monday instead of today! I'm super thrilled about it, and the response was bigger than I expected. Got some pushback but nothing I didn't deserve ("you're simplifying things" "I'm discussing a 200+pg niche book about transportation in just 1200 words for a bigger audience, whaddidyaexpect"). Still, it is nerve-wracking to put something like that out for the world to see.


Got the keys to my new place yesterday! It was a surprise where in the flat I'd end up - I didn't even know the floor - but I ended up getting a room on one of the top floors with a view of the skyline of Delft and The Hague. On a clear day I might be able to see the North Sea.

It's everything I wanted it to be - the studio is almost 300sqft of living area instead of the 180 I had. No slanted walls. The internet is 100 mbit fiber. The window is yuge. And as a student I'm eligible for rental aid, which means that this studio is 30% cheaper than my old room. Did I mention the view is amazing?

Anyway, yesterday me and my dad painted the walls, moved some basic stuff and got started on laying down the floor. Until the rest of the moving this weekend I'm sleeping on an air mattress. It totally beats sleeping in the sauna that is my old room. I'm gonna spend the evening working on the floor, let's see how far I can get today.

It almost makes me want to put on my grey hat and start a token myself with the sole intention of teaching people the red flags of crapcoins. Create a smart contract, don't deploy it until the last second, have it hold money for five days and return it with a 5% stupid tax. Then, buy a boat.

Thanks! I was considering the scope of this: either stick to just how transactions work and just hint at the EVM, or put more effort in explaining everything because that's what's desperately needed. I'm gonna do the latter, it's totally the defining feature. I could not find this piece of information out though: when a calculation is done, do all nodes replicate the entire calculation, or do they just check the hash and nothing more?

    That is a nice domain name. Do you have additional plans for it?

Not much besides this... do you have additional ideas for it?

Yeeaah it's not loading the font in the SVG properly. Does the same thing on my phone.

Thanks! I forgot to proofread that last part. When I wrote it I though 'oh! explaining nonce might be a useful thing' so I abandoned the sentence.

My CSS...is not very organized. When I started, I did not have many repeating styles, so creating a class for every part of the page seemed unnecessary. I'll see if I can clean that up. :)

It's not a nemesis, more that it doesn't really matter. I could've also written 'another site' instead.

It sounds interesting, but it also sounds like bait for hedge fund managers. Obnoxiously CGI'ed introduction films, "other smart people say it's a good idea", a barebones whitepaper and a coin that does jack shit after an initial pump.

Set aside, I do also get the impression that there are a bunch of really interesting ideas being tested with Ethereum startups. My hope for the tech itself is not gone, especially with all the politics and bickering and non-progress over on the Bitcoin side of things.

As I understand it, both describe injustice increasing but in different ways and scopes. Broken Windows is an unstable system (a small deviation from the norm directly causes more and more issues) whereas the tipping theory they describe is a stable system that is inherently unfair (if a neighborhood is good, it'll increase more than bad neighborhoods). It's "spiraling out of control" versus "increasingly unjust".

Broken Windows is about a direct criminological cause and effect: if there's a broken window, anything within eye sight is at risk. The problems they (and I) are thinking about are more structural, at a larger scale and much more indirect, e.g. nice streets increase property value which increases tax revenue which increases government spending to those streets.

(Also, Broken Windows has been heavily scrutinized in case you didn't already know that.)

    The finding that variables that predict the level of Streetscore in 2007 also predict the change in Streetscore between 2007 and 2014 seems to support a positive feedback loop—the essence of tipping models.

In the article I'm writing, I make a very similar argument in the realm of transportation: that better-off places are often improved more than worse-off places, making inequality worse. There, I trace the existence of the feedback loop to problematic assumptions in cost-benefit analysis continually tipping the balance in favor of the well-off.

I wonder what keeps the feedback loop going in this case? My guess is that property value and taxes lead to a virtuous cycle, but I don't know enough about that to say for sure.

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