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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  8 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 456th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately · 2

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Best Time-Management Advice Is Depressing But Liberating

    A life spent chasing the mythical state of being able to do everything is less meaningful than a life of focusing on a few things that count.

I read / leaf through Essentialism with a frequency that's rare for me. I'd give it a read if you want more advice on the above.

If everything that's being thrown at you matters to you, that means that nothing really matters to you. This week alone, I said no to two speaking engagements because I had more important things to do. I try to be incredibly strict in how I spend my time, moreso when I am under a lot of work load. If that means disappointing people along the road because I don't do what they ask of me, so be it.

veen  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 20, 2021

These days most of my programming is in PostGIS, which is an extension on regular PostgreSQL to enable very powerful geo-functions. Sometimes I write more Python, and in the past year I've also combined the two, writing Python scripts that call the database and send some data back and forth to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Today I went back and forth between writing big, heavy queries in a PostgreSQL database, and writing lightweight dynamic queries in Retool. I'm using that for the first time to create an interactive dashboard for a well known client of ours. The other project will probably entail some large tables that show the result of the analysis and a map visualization as an output, which what my deliverables are in most projects.

veen  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 20, 2021

The definite conclusion to "how many hours in a row can I do proper programming work" is 5 and a bit, I say after 9 hours of it. My brain is mush.

I'm working on very cool projects, though, which eases the pain a bit. One of them is to basically make the model that predicts the demand for fast/superchargers for half of the Netherlands in 2030, which will be directly used the coming years to find sites and plan for it. As far as impact goes, it's maybe my biggest project yet.

Critical Role season 3 is around the corner and I for one am hyped. Anyone else here who watches that? I've been watching Dimension 20 the past few months, here's to find out if I am now ruined forever by Brennan Lee Mulligan's amazing DM-chops.

veen  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Carrington Event

I just found out it's created by Ronald D. Moore. My SO absolutely loves Outlander, so I might be able to sell this on her with that fact.

So far I haven't seen anything else good on Apple+. Although, is Jon Stewarts new show any good?

veen  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: America Is Running Out of Everything

    I'd be curious as to your take; you know hella more about transportation than I do.

I hope I do, but in a fairly narrow range. I'd argue "transportation" is as broad as a category as "engineering"; the nuances of shipping logistics are approximately as far removed from my corner of transportation as chemical engineering is to you. I could've chosen that speciality, but I didn't, so beyond knowing some basics like what a TEU is I won't be able to provide much insight.

My worry however is not about the refined products, but about all the intermediary and low-value parts that are necessary to create refined products. If shipments are going to suck ass for the foreseeable future, and we have lost the ability to produce much of the basics locally, how are a lot of our products going to get made? A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and I'm worried we're gonna see a lot more weak links the coming years, with problems 'trickling up' from "it's too expensive to ship iron to make bolts" to "it's too expensive to ship bolts to make bicycle frames" to "bicycles are twice expensive and/or out of stock".

The current GPU shortage is not exactly caused by these kinds of issues, but it does show just how difficult these processes are to improve or change when necessary.

veen  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 13, 2021

Have a week off from work. I almost always enjoy a quick break in between Summer and Christmas, as it's always the busiest time of year in terms of work for me. We had some travel plans, but ended up simply taking time off to do whatever instead. I've been praciticing the piano and reading a bit more, and spent a few hours cooking an extravagant dinner the other day.

Today we visited a framer for a piece of art I'd bought two years ago - a Stanley Donwood piece in his Holloway series. We also spent a good while figuring out how best to frame some beautiful maps that we really want to give a beautiful spot in our home.

Yesterday I spent the day making a start to a new side project. Basically, I want to make a website that's as nice & approachable as How Many Plants, but for (Dutch) shared mobility solutions, to solve the problem of discoverability and lower the barrier to access on my own. I don't know if anyone else wants that to exist, but I do.

veen  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: America Is Running Out of Everything

Considering that anything complex is often just a combination of less complex, cheap parts... Isn't it then just a matter of time before commerce is next?

veen  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: They just don't get it, do they?... HBR: Who Is Driving the Great Resignation?

And the other half is casually looking around for opportunities...

veen  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 22, 2021

I really do wonder to what degree globally people have been sleeping worse. Personally, the number of fully restful nights I've had in the past eighteen months can be counted on one hand. I used to not dream almost every night and not wake up? Now I have long, vivid dreams almost every night and sleeping through is a win.

    I gotta get back in the habit of reading. Just reviewing my comments when I first joined Hubski make me feel as though I've gotten dumber.

Same here... I did get through a few books and can attest that starting with fun & short is the way to go. But the ol' habit is gone, and I miss it.

veen  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 15, 2021

The past week has been f'n all over the place. Busy as hell, stressed out, finding a moment of peace, then stressed again. Spending a day with family, then finding out grandpa is on death's door. Covid scare, presentation stress. Highs and lows. I'm holding on but barely.

I was curious how it compares to our investor-ruined Dutch real estate market. One in six (15%) homes went to investors and one in four in the big cities, on average the past decade. Q4 2020 reached new heights of 30 and 40% respectively. So I regret to inform you that it’s not the kind of trend that naturally slows down.

veen  ·  55 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 1, 2021

Remind me to never commit to speaking at a conference 3 months in advance ever again. In two weeks, I'm speaking at a single-track conference for public transport professionals. My talk is scheduled right after four senior executives and one well-respected academic have had their turn, and boy am I struggling with the fear of saying dumb shit in front of a very large group of people I respect. Whenever my mind wanders, it wanders to the talk. This Monday I finally locked in the topic, next week I need to submit my slides, so any advice beyond "stay true to yourself" is welcome.

Besides the low-key anxiety, I do feel happy about finally getting back to connecting with people in my field again and having something to say to them. It's one of the things I didn't expect to miss the past year.

veen  ·  67 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: NPR's 50 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of the Past Decade

My limited exposure to NPR (some podcasts, some furniture based music performance) means I still hold them in high regard.

I’m not sure if I agree with your argument on fantasy though. What good sci-fi and fantasy have in common, I think, is that they can both try to say something about our world by presenting something familiar stripped from its familiar setting. Sure it doesn’t need goblins or spaceships or dragons but it’s a lot more fun to hold a phenomenon up to the light when it’s presented in a curious way. The reason sci-fi is often better at some form of introspection / social commentary, I would argue, is that it’s baked in the what-if. Why would you change something fundamental about our universe if it didn’t result in some interesting outcome?

Fantasy on the other hand can be anything from “here’s a captivating multithreaded story deeply rooted in history and religions of past centuries” (Game of Thrones, which to be fair I have yet to finish) to “I made eight hundred names but zero reasons for you to care”. So if there’s even a remotely good reason for why a palace intrigue gels well with the themes and concepts associated with goblins, I don’t see why that’s inherently bad or devoid of stakes.

veen  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 11, 2021

Celebrated vaxxed life yesterday by finally experiencing one of the things I missed most in the past two years, which is to go on a badass rollercoaster. Pure bliss that I unironically loved every second of.

I actually bought the action photo for once because it so perfectly captured the moment.

veen  ·  83 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 4, 2021

Greetings from a rainy, chilly campsite in the French Alsace!

It's good to have some time off. The weather is a letdown but we had a great few day's camping with the SO's parents out here, followed by a bunch of cultural visits to the loveliest of villages along the wine route, passe sanitaire ready but hardly needed. This region really surprised me with how beautiful it is.

Yesterday we visited the Humanist Library of Selestat which had some incredibly cool renaissance pieces on display from Erasmus and Martin Luther. It also had this i-cant-believe-its-not-a-fairytale chainbound book:

We go home in a few days, and now that I and most of my friends are almost or entirely vaxxed and Delta fairly under control, I'm cautiously hoping for a back to normal time ahead.

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veen  ·  96 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 21, 2021

Knowing your wife’s kindness, sense of justice and levelheadedness, it’s hard to imagine her sister being so diametrically opposed on those fronts.

I’ve been in a similar position of your daughter for most of my youth. My parents put up with so.much.manipulative.BS from my mom's side of the family. When I was young they were able to hide it from us, but her whole “crying in the car plus stress induced migraine” wasn’t possible to hide anymore when I was a teenager. It did not take me long to reach the conclusion that some family relations are simply untenable; it took my mom a long time to get to that point and cut ties. It’s now been a decade and she’s still glad she did it. There’s never been even the slightest attempt at self reflection or a hint of an apology from the other side, which says enough I think.