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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

Sometimes make things like this:

And I write here:


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veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Ethereum: A Visual Guide

Thanks! To draw the images I use Adobe Illustrator, which I've been using for years. The site is nothing more than Skeleton for a simple, responsive CSS grid. I write the text in a markdown editor that can export all the text to HTML <p>'s and <h3>'s. After that it's just a lot of tweaking with CSS and HTML until it's exactly how I imagined it.

SVG is just as light as HTML and CSS, so the entire page ended up being only 103kb, 29kb of which being the two Google fonts.

    I've noticed this post-election - the flight from complexity.

Even if you were to limit your discussion to racism I think there is a lot left to be desired. The way I look at it now is that most people agree on the goal, which is to reduce institutional racism in its varying shapes and forms, but that I'm finding it difficult to agree with the methods that are used (i.e. white-guilting). To put it lightly, I don't think it is the most productive means to the desired end of reducing racism. I recently came across this James Baldwin quote:

    "Cause it's not a matter of my liberation, for example. It's also a matter of yours. If we're working together, it's not because we're gonna do something for the poor black people. We're gonna do something for each other to save this really rather frightening world."

I wish the discussions around the racism were more about the actual problems and solutions, instead of it being a minefield of hurt, hate and emotions. Working together, not working to alienate and isolate the boogeyman.

Did I post this 2015 article here?

    Several human rights organizations say that no ethnic group in the world is as seriously threatened by genocide as the Rohingya.

Meet the most persecuted people in the world.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Ethereum: A Visual Guide

Thanks! It is kinda depressing that this poorly researched, missing-the-point-Medium article is what I'm competing against.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 13, 2017

Thanks, Steve. I'll try. :)

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: YC S17 in photos --

Good luck with financing! Go and rock their casbah. (You know, I never knew it was casbah. I always thought they just said cas-tle in a weird way.)


What do you do all day? I assume you work on building / refining FL with the YC advisers, but there's probably more to it than that.

What's the best advice you've gotten? Did you ever drastically change course?

What's the story you'll tell your grandkids?

How did you guys decide to go for YC?

Did you find any 'unknown unknowns', i.e. some aspect of building FL that you had never thought about before?

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 13, 2017

My thesis isn't moving forward much - I am having a hard time motivating myself to work hard because I don't think an excellent thesis is within my reach. I keep running into methodological issues that I can't easily resolve. Obviously that means my thesis will end up a mediocre pile of meh.

I don't know what to do with my life. In the comfort zone that is higher education I know what to do to make the most out of it, but beyond that I have no idea. I've been looking into job listings and nothing excited me. Obviously that means I will be doomed to a life of mediocrity when I graduate.

Rationally, I know that isn't true and I shouldn't be so hard on myself, but I just can't shake those feelings and insecurities so they keep gnawing at me.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Ethereum: A Visual Guide

By the way, maybe they should also read the Crapcoin Checklist.

    A crapcoin is the term for any coin whose main purpose is to make the founders richer. Typically such coins will use misleading technical-sounding jargon to try dupe investors into thinking they are investing in the next Bitcoin when really they are being sold worthless tokens.

It's weird, and you really don't want to overdo the aioli, but it is greasy and very unhealthy so my brain loves it.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Ethereum: A Visual Guide

Great points, thanks! Can't believe I completely forgot to mention that the EVM runs on ETH.

I added pretty much all of your points to the main text. The only thing I couldn't find a place for is your note that it's buying futures (and that's mostly because I don't know how futures work.) Re: security:

    Ethereum's security thus comes from a) keeping everyone on the latest block, b) having miners do an arbitrary amount of work, and c) only accepting the result after the majority has validated it. So where normal money (called 'fiat' by people who clearly have never driven a small Italian cars) is secure because it's backed by governments, cryptocurrency is only as secure as its protocols are.
veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Ethereum: A Visual Guide

Bless their hearts. I'm afraid the only way they will learn is by putting too much money in a worthless exotic coin. (Please make sure they never venture into /r/wallstreetbets or something like that...)

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