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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: 26th Desultory Quotes Rodeo

    There’s nothing on my horizon except everything. Everything is on my horizon.

- Rainn Wilson aka Dwight Schrute.

    "The road of life is paved with flat squirrels that couldn’t make a decision.”

- Unknown

    “Refusing to deal with numbers rarely serves the interests of the least well off.”

- Thomas Piketty

    "Our patients' lives and identities may be in our hands - yet death will always win. Even if you are perfect, the world isn't. The secret is to know the deck you stack - that you will lose, that your hands or judgement will slip, and yet still struggle to win for your patients. You can't ever reach perfection - but you can believe in an asymptote towards which you are ceaselessly striving."

- Paul Kalanithi

    We can either make our choices deliberately, or let others or other things decide for us.

- Greg McKeown

Buy less stuff. Eat less meat. And try to figure out where you can conserve energy.

My 1000sqft place is poised to stay under 2100 kWh this year.

    “(a) In general.—Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.

    Section 1363 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: “Whoever, during the commission of an offense under this section, wears a disguise, including a mask, shall, in addition to any term of imprisonment otherwise imposed under this section, be imprisoned for 2 years.”.

Man, cosplayers are gonna be pissed.

Really though, this sounds almost silly considering how broadly it is formulated. Hell, you could count Halloween costumes as a 'disguise'.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

My mom cut off contact with her dad a few years ago. He was always kind to me and my sister, but was always manipulative towards my mom. Then his wife died, and all that was left after grief was bitterness, so he became even more of a manipulative jerk to my mom.

It still took her two years of exhausted headaches / migraines after each visit before she could cut him off. Family is hard to let go of. Personally I wanted her to cut ties way earlier - you might owe some family a helping hand, but you don't owe them your life or your kids.

    The request comes roughly a month after Mueller filed a request for 150 blank subpoenas.

So there are now potentially 250 people who have to show up for the Manafort trial? Is that an unusually high amount?

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The mechanical keyboard rabbit hole

    I think we underestimate the degree to which having tools that make you happy can really make doing a job better.

I'm not so sure about the efficacy of nice/awesome tools over regular ones. I have an expensive-ass iPad Pro which is marginally better for sketching and taking notes than my ol' paper notebook. I highly doubt it's $800 better at its primary note-taking function. I have a Ducky Zero mechanical keyboard - I think it helps here and there with RSI, but not much better than a regular keyboard.

I read Marie Kondo while packing up to move homes. Don't read it - it's basically someone nerding out about organizing her stuff around the simple-ass dictum of keeping the things that make you happy while ditching the things that don't.

She for example totally digs her clothes to be folded in a way that they can stand somewhat vertically. It makes her happy.

I tried it - and I decided I just don't give a crap. But I do give a crap about having a clicky keyboard, and a fancy iPad'n'keyboard and alllll the other tech that I keep buying to build my Perfect Tech Setup. She doesn't care about that, and that's okay, because stuff is there to make you happy in doing what you do.

I think we understimate the degree to which having tools that make you happy can really make one happier.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

Yeah, for me it's work and life consuming most of my time. I'm writing an academic paper based on my thesis as well, and I notice it's not easy to find the time for that. But I have also drastically cut down my time on Reddit, Twitter, HN, and reading newspapers which has limited my exposure to cool things to post here.

    Not anymore

(that's Uber though, not Waymo)

Over the years I have increasingly become pessimistic about full, everywhere, driver-licence-free autonomous driving, in no small part because the foremost expert I know has made a similar move. He's putting that kinda tech at at somewhere around five decades away IIRC.

There's a strong tendency to put everything from Uber's OpenCV side project all the way up to the dreamed level-5 AV in the same bucket, while I think the nuances of the tech drastically change what kind of technological wall will be hit when. Personally, I am more and more putting my money on AV's that are limited to easy roads. (With easy being 'highways' now and 'separated traffic flows' in the near future.)

Even in a dystopian Minority Report-esque future I would never suggest one to become a Juggalo.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth y'all!

Good vibes all around. I finally got to see Iron & Wine live. I can't even remember where I first heard about Iron & Wine, but it's been in my playlists for years now. The band was phenomenal, and I got to hear all the songs I hoped for. Damn near each song was performed in a much more interesting and dynamic way than the album would suggest. And I brought a new friend along - my D&D DM is a nice fella and I knew he likes indie music, so I invited him along. (And partly because it is surprisingly difficult to make new real friends after college.) Thankfully he also thought it was a great concert.

I also had this amazing company party at what was one of Amsterdam's biggest prisons up until two years ago. Brutalism, BBQ, barbed wire and beers in the sun. The afterparty was on the 7th floor of a hotel with an amazing view of the city. Colleague of mine mentioned that he wanted me to help along with a project he might be doing with Sidewalk Labs, which is dope.

Yesterday the girl I'm seeing had a great evening together at a restaurant with a plethora of dishes from all around the world. We hadn't seen each other in a while because we both had so much planned already and she lives in another city. Part of me was worried that that might be a problem, but it wasn't at all and we already have plans to see each other soon. (Or at least soonish.)

I can only see some value in his argument if this policy also meant that overall ticket prices are lower, which would disporportionally favor the less well off.

    Mulligan also points out that because some penalties involve time in custody, in court, or in jail, the system does, to an extent, mete out justice equally. “The value of the time component of a penalty is proportional to the penalized person’s value of time,” he says. In terms of earnings potential, an hour of a CEO’s time is worth a lot more than an hour of a janitor’s.

But I think he's just one of the whining ones. As if a CEO would've earned $102k otherwise...

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