Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.
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Theo actually got his fascination for creating with PVC while lecturing physics at my university. The makerspace is in the same building as this museum which has an exhibition by Theo now until March. I'm fairly positive they have some books or models for sale in the museum gift shop.
God, this week's chaotic. In no particular order, the last days I:
- gave a talk to my department at work about all the cool shit I've been up to so far
- lost a big chunk of one of my molars
- designed a traffic model to capture rerouting behaviour in case Amsterdam Airport is in a lockdown
- had a great dinner with some friends at a hipsterish place where you're supposed to throw your peanut shells on the floor
- tried to study, but ran out of time
- had a seminar at the Dept. of Transportation where my half-improvised talk on how to make roadworks more fun was apparently impressive enough to warrant an invitation by said department
- was seconds away from my bike being towed away by the city, even though putting my bike there is the least obstructive place to put it in the entire street
- decided to visit Ghent in two weeks to visit a good friend
- found out that there is a makerspace a short walk away where I wanna do a workshop and when I went there to sign up I found out they had a full-size Strandbeest in front of the entrance
- came up with the idea to go to Lisbon in three weeks with another good friend
Now that I relisten to In Colour, I think my perception of it was a bit skewed towards the few songs that I think are great. The new xx album is growing on me a bit.
I can offer some insight, since I went to Canada for a semester. I actually got in a bit of a kerfuffle with my exchange coordinator because I only got 6 ECTS per four credit course - my faculty expected me to do 5 courses. However, almost all of the other exchange students, including those from the same university as mine, got 7.5 ECTS per course so they could do four courses and be done with it.
In the end, I also did four courses, totaling 16 credits and taking home 24 ECTS. They were 400 and 500 courses (third and fourth year courses), essentially the most advanced level of undergraduate courses there. Got straight As on three of them. Fourth was a group effort, so a B- IIRC.
I think I could've done a fifth course or five easier courses plus lots of parties, but that is not why I went to Canada.
A few hours ago I did a presentation on new interactive 3D city engines. My superior noted that software like that will eventually be linked to noise / environmental pollution models. Currently, calculating the change in pollution when new buildings or roads are laid down takes 5 work days and a bunch of people to build an accurate model and run the numbers. That city engine can probably do the same thing in less than an hour. It'll mean that an entire floor of our five story building will be out of a job as soon as they can get that city engine up to a good level of sophistication.
I wanted to make this thread because I thought it's been a while, only to find out that I just completely missed this one.
"You are remembered for the rules you break, not the ones you follow." - Douglas McArthur
"The greatest way to find out how you really feel about someone is to say goodbye."
Bunch of (new) electronica this week. Caught up to the Dutch artist Weval's debut album from last year, it's great (especially with good headphones):
Bonobo also came out with a new album. The song Outlier slowly transforms into a sound that reminded me a lot of Daft Punk:
SOHN also has a new album. Not yet listen to much of it but I like the single:
New The xx album is okay, I guess. I know now for certain I like Jamie xx's solo work better.