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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 5, 2020

My summer holiday starts in ten days. We have pushed Covid down hard, but now a bunch of metrics are picking up again as people come back from holidays abroad and young people are gathering and going to parties kinda like the old days. They're now at similar levels as they were ten days before my previous holiday early March. R has been above 1 since July 1st. Not looking forward to a second wave.

This time around we're staying in the country, going camping somewhere in the remote parts that were almost unscathed last time around. Away from business and people for sure. When we come back, my sister's getting married; really hoping for her that that day won't be ruined.

veen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "How Airlines Can Survive the Pandemic"

My guess is the flight-cutting is in no small part because of differences in the number of planes they lease. AFAIK, American leases more than the others, so they can ditch a bunch of planes as soon as their lease ends and BOC can suck a dick. Or they renegotiate.

The airline industry is a fascinating train wreck to watch now. Business travel seems dead at least for the next year or two. If it weren't for powerful players like IATA we'd see much more airline related neverwasteacrisis policies now, I think.

On the other hand: I've already had two colleagues who flew to the Mediterranean for their holiday this summer, so I wouldn't be surprised if LCCs bounce back rather quickly, at least from/to safe-ish countries.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 29, 2020

It's sort of like a marriage between freelancing and corporate work? Imagine you are a very specific field expert. There actual job offerings that require your specific expertise are few and far between. The kind of expertise you bring is useful in a lot of different organizations, however. You could work for yourself, but that would require an existing and broad network of people, which most people don't have. It also does not provide a stable income, or pensions, or colleagues.

So instead of doing that, you can also go work for a consultancy firm that has access to a lot of clients, knows how to negotiate a good deal and terms for working, and has the resources to help you get gigs you'd never get on your own, e.g. in a team or with organizations that they have a history with. In my case, two other colleagues have worked for this organization I'm lent out to in the past, and that greatly helps my case. You don't see much back from the higher-than-usual rates, but you do have a much more solid income & a stack of benefits and it's in everyone's interest at your job that you have enough work.

From the organization that needs the help it also makes sense. They get to have people on board for a temporary position, sometimes to fix things that are broken, without committing to a year contract and putting a lot of effort into aquisition. They can get someone for precisely the amount of hours it'll take to get something done. They don't pay anything beyond a flat rate per hour. They get more certainty that the person is vetted, because the secondment-ed person is part of a bigger organization with a track record. And they can post their temporary gig to big tender-websites, where they can easily get their position in front of a dozen potential, actually decent candidates.

The "well fuck those guys I'm jumping SHIP" does happen sometimes, but less often than you think. It's much more often the case that, if there's a good match, your temporary contract will be extended. In my case, I now have a 5-month gig, but with optional 6-month extensions if all parties agree to it.

veen  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 29, 2020

Hey everyone! Haven't been here as often as I'd like lately. I don't read as much articles anymore on the web, I haven't read anything nonfiction in months because I just can't care for it so much these days. Which means I have much less to share and fewer reasons to venture here. I know it's not the sole reason for being here, far from it, but it is often the spark for me and there haven't been as many sparks as of late. Hm.

I just got great news at work; I'm gonna be starting a secondment (if that's the correct word for working for another organization for my expertise) after my holiday. Means a big step forward; I like creating/designing and doing data analysis, but if I can delegate the data legwork I won't miss it. So this new thing is the first one where I'm not touching a single line of code or data, instead being asked to work together with others and create / set up pilot projects for others to then go and do. It also enables me to yeet a bunch of projects I don't want to do anymore because I will definitely not have time to be spread thinly anymore, thank you very much. Plus the organization I'm starting at has a phenomenal network of people in the field of sustainable / innovative transportation.

veen  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, are video games still a thing? They are? Well then, what are you all playing?

I’ll check out Surviving Mars - having played all of the simtycooncrafty games that allow for rewarding creative construction it sounds up my alley.

But first I’mma optimize my steel factory in Satisfactory. Shame it’s pc only.

veen  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, are video games still a thing? They are? Well then, what are you all playing?

Just this weekend I started playing Satisfactory and I haven’t been hooked into a game like this in years. It’s a much more forgiving Factorio, with No Man’s Sky’s setting and exploration, and allows me to design hyperoptimized and neatly arranged factories to create ever more complex things. Or just build a big ass bridge because I want to.

veen  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I decided to learn more about the Srebrenica massacre on it's 25 annversary

I don't know what the curriculum's like nowadays, but I sure did not get informed of Srebrenica other than a yearly news item. There's a great documentary that came out last week about it that I have on my watchlist, and a podcast about it, but both are unfortunately only in Dutch.

veen  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 8, 2020

A good week on paper - finally got to see my sister's baby again. Handed in my revised manuscript. Canoed in the canals. But the line between work and life is fully blurred, and I don't feel like I've got the energy to deal with my responsibilities, despite how few there are.

Things are too vague, too uncertain, too unbounded right now and I'm having none of it.

veen  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Kat returns to the office." Welcome to her COVID hell.

    We've been really good at fobbing risk off onto individuals through some perverse sense of social darwinism but it's fuckin' over

If this year doesn’t break American individualism forever I don’t know if anything can.

Pretty sure this was posted earlier but can’t find it anymore: “i don’t know how to make you care about other people”

veen  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Kat returns to the office." Welcome to her COVID hell.

Someone I know on LinkedIn pitched the idea of "park offices" - you bike or walk to your own pleasant single-unit office with a view of the forest, or the park. You build a WeWork network of them and then give big corporations discount for letting every employee from that place go there. It was just an idea and I'm not sure the economics work out but sign me tf up, man.

That aside, this whole gestures broadly is turning out to be quite the reminder of how inequal the workforce is and the consequences are. White collar have it easy, man.

veen  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Kat returns to the office." Welcome to her COVID hell.

I'm getting a hard login wall. What's the gist?

I have now had two normal office days. I'm trying to have one day every week or other week back at the office - solely because I prefer in person meetings and banter. Our office has a bunch of hygienic precautions, an upper limit of ~20 people inside, decent ventilation and spaciously separated desks. They close the office on Friday, which is when 80% of all internal meetings are, so there's no pressure to go to the office. Could be a lot worse if you ask me.

veen  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The dirty secret behind Ben Shapiro's extraordinary success on Facebook

This is like a Trust Me, I'm Lying redux, more depressing, less clever and with an extra dose of politics and hate.

    It is important to understand that this study, and other observational analyses like it, onlyidentifycorrelations: these relationships are not necessarilycausal. That is, one cannot read thisstudy, or others like it, to imply that changing one of the variables in our model would changedeath rates; we can only say how the death rates and the variables analyzed move together. Wetake much care in stressing this throughout the note.

I feel like study 1 missed that memo - he jumps from 'we have a significant result of one of our 5 parameters, controlling for the rest' to 'so therefore PT is the driving cause', paying lip service to but not actually addressing the fact that there's a plethora of things that public transit use could be a proxy of.

So ignoring that one and focusing on the much better second study; it's interesting that it seems to be such a significant factor. I'd be very curious if these results could be repeated in non-US metropoles like Singapore or Tokyo.

You've been the one who pointed out to me that PT in the US is, effectively, poor people transport. So while I'm not surprised that PT increases risk, I'd also not be surprised if there's simply an unaccounted poverty variable that would explain most if not all of this correlation away.

veen  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 24, 2020

Helped my SO's parents move the other day. They live about 45 minutes drive away, and we're now in an electric car sharing programme and a public transport semi-lockdown so we reserved a car. There's a bunch of Renault Zoe's but there's also a few Model 3's and since I'd only driven a Model S as a test drive, I was eager to try it out.

I came to realize that Tesla fundamentally likes technology more than experience, whereas other high end electric cars have the opposite. And while I thought I did so too, and for example really like a bunch of software tricks the car has up its sleeve, the total package just isn't as good as it could be. It relies too much on the mega-ipad to get anything done - to open the fucking passenger seat box you need to dig around menus to find the software button. The steering wheel has two nipples and you're just left to figure out what every interaction does. There's nameless buttons in the software too, and there's no easy way to see your remaining range and power consumption. Or to do anything useful while driving other than what you can do by arousing the steering wheel.

In other news - I'm on track to hand in the revised, hopefully-final version of my peer reviewed academic paper in next week. A final proofread and i-dotting and we should be fit for print!

It's also mildly hot here. I realized early April that I'd go ravingly mad if I'd had to work from home in my non-AC'ed apartment in the summer, so I got a mobile unit. They're all marked up or sold out now, while I got it at a good discount. Yay foresight!

veen  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Voting Age

I'd argue you have much bigger problems on your hands regarding giving everyone a fair chance at voting in the first place.

veen  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The world's largest airline by capacity is now... Southwest

You know, there was a BBC article a few weeks ago about new research on who was patient zero for Covid in the UK. The conclusion was that there was no single one, but likely hundreds if not thousands of tiny outbreaks, where only some of those spread far and wide. And they casually mentioned that for example just from Spain alone, each day up until Spain's lockdown 20,000 people filed to the UK.

I've got an 816 page thicc tome on the design of airports that I've read in my bookcase but facts like these are one of the very few ways to properly understand the immense scale of the airline industry. Southwest could still fly half of LA out with that amount of seats.

veen  ·  53 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 17, 2020

The conversation that led to that was something like this:

"so we were gonna do a two page spread with you meeting the person living there, but that guy didn't want to cooperate. Can you go there at 1pm and bring something to show, like your calculation on something?"

"uh that's not really possible but I can bring some stuff for the photographer to work with, like rulers n shit. Or is that too cheesy?"

"no not at all! People love cheesy."

I was thinking of creating a cross on the pavement, but the photographer wanted some depth so he came up with this. It makes little to no sense but it's a fun picture.

veen  ·  55 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 17, 2020


I tried throwing the page into Google Translate, but that doesn't work because of cookie settings. But it's very simple Dutch so it shouldn't be too hard to get the gist.

veen  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 17, 2020

I posted a map on Twitter yesterday, and now I'm gonna be in the local newspaper tomorrow! Huzzah. I calculated the centroid of all the households in my city over time to see how the population shifts, and apparently that's fun enough to feature there. Including a photo op where I push measuring tape on the street because how on earth are you otherwise gonna make a tidbit of data analysis into a photo. Cheesy af but who cares, it was fun to do.

Went to the office yesterday for the first time since mid-February. The numbers are going pretty good over here - we're at less than 5 hospitalizations per day for the past weeks. So slowly and steadily. It was good to go back there. Today I took the day off, so it feels like Saturday to me. I have as much paid off days left as there are weeks in the year, so I'm planning to work less and am starting that with taking Wednesdays or Thursdays off. Love it so far.

veen  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Jon Stewart Is Back to Weigh In

Commenting partly in the hope that more people read this.

My gut reaction to this article is something akin to yass gurl but I'm genuinley curious if you guys recognize your country in this. He gets at a few fundamental criticisms; racial segregation, governmental incompetence and corruptness, dysfunctional media, etc.

Is he simplifying things too much, or simply speaking the quiet parts out loud?

Also doesn't work for me anymore! Dangit.