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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 11, 2022

Data analyst, basically. The idea at my workplace is to blur the boundary between consultant and data analyst. Part of my week is doing (geo-)analytics, part is being a consultant in sustainable mobility policy. I’ve been trying to significantly increase the second part but to my frustration circumstances make that very hard to do.

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 11, 2022

In the past few months, my team of data specialists has suddenly shrunk from the 5 to 7 FTE range it's been for years down to now, effectively, 1.6 FTE of which I'm 1 FTE. Two people left, one was a recent hire that wasn't a match and the other was donezo with the high work pace. One colleague is now completely out because of long covid. The other two and myself all are now senior enough that we want to move to project management roles. They largely succeeded in doing so. I did not because of various reasons (covid, bad luck, mostly). We're hiring, but every hire we want to do is scrutinized by the Big Conglomerate that has bought us two years ago. They're looking to start wringing money out of us and it'll be ugggly.

So I have not been okay the past days, knowing that I will probably bear the brunt of whatever work we've committed to, knowing that it will be extra hard to let go of the slightly-more-difficult-than-junior work that I'm sick and tired of doing, knowing that there's a recession on the way, knowing that whatever ambitions I had for this year in all likelihood will bite the dust. I'm debating again whether I should jump ship, but I still haven't found a place that has the potential that I feel still, barely, exists where I'm at here. Maybe I need to look harder.

veen  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 27, 2022

We got a realtor who was contacted by the owners, because a few years ago he had sold the house to them. The owners also asked another couple but they weren't interested, and they didn't want to put it on the market if it wasn't necessary, so we were the only party interested and were able to just buy it directly for their asking price.

veen  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 27, 2022

7% of all Dutch workers cycle to work. 17% uses public transport, 63% drive to work. The combination of bicycling and public transport is very popular here, and probably a large share of that 17%.

veen  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 27, 2022

We bought a house! The only thing that needs to happen now is to finish the mortgage application, but that should go smoothly. We got lucky and were able to buy off-market a house that the previous owners almost entirely renovated (which saves us a LOT of money now that materials and construction prices have doubled). They did such a solid job that we can already start thinking about the interior and furniture, instead of first having to think about renovations. The house is in a cute little car-free street and once we move in this August I’ll be able to bike to work in half an hour.

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Twitter set to accept Musk's original $43 bln offer

veen  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: On the Clock: Your Office Is Open and the Liquor Is Flowing

One could argue we're in a new, ultra-fast Bowling Alone type of transition. What I'm witnessing is my peers being pushed out of the cities they want to live in (myself included: I could never afford a home in Utrecht even if I tried), rupturing or weakening social ties and causing more conflict and gentrification almost everywhere all at once.

Maybe I'm being overdramatic, but there is a faint parallel this year between the end of large, interconnected economies (globalism) as we knew it and this seeming end of large, interconnected social networks. The future is disaggregated & local, and it's arriving.

veen  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: On the Clock: Your Office Is Open and the Liquor Is Flowing   ·  

    The company is trying to resurrect office camaraderie but a number of her co-workers don’t drink. “It’s funny that that’s such a heavy part of trying to keep people invested so you don’t lose them,” she says.

the vibes they are a-shiftin'

veen  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 6, 2022

Would it be wise to get a cheap pulse ox meter considering the extended covid fatigue my SO and I have? Or is that not how that works?

veen  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 6, 2022

I'm now on my third post-covid-fatigue week. I now feel good enough to work a full day tomorrow, prolly for the first time in a month. The SO got a worse deal with a cold this week on top of the fatigue. We'll survive but it still sucks - this year I really wanted to leave health issues behind me but it's been the worst three months of health in a long time.

On the bright side we are now actively looking at buying a house and made our first offer. We lowballed it and got a polite "nah" back, which is better than a GTFO. It's funny how buying a home is such a weird mix of excitement, fear and wargaming.

veen  ·  50 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Latecomer's Guide to Crypto

It is good to know that those comments come from a group of people who are mostly fueled by hatorade or have a vested interest themselves (eg Stephen Diehl). There’s some valid criticism but it’s not much more substantial than your average Hacker News comment section.

veen  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 23, 2022

Got Covid. After two years of careful tiptoeing we ended up getting it not because of going to large crowds, not from the thirty odd colleagues at work who just came back from carnival, but just from my dad who came to visit for a bit. It's now been eight days and I am finally feeling mostly normal again, although my throat is still a bit full. The SO had less of a fever but seems to have a longer tail, as she's still not able to get back to work properly. I envy those who have a runny nose and that's that. That's the covid lottery for ya I guess. What probably sucks the most is that we had a whole week of workcation planned in Antwerp which we had to cancel entirely. Would've been fantastic with how nice the weather's been this week, but alas!

veen  ·  82 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 23, 2022

Don't forget your vitamins, y'all. Turns out that I have an enormous vitamin D deficiency, which may explain a lot of the depressed, no-energy days I've been having the past weeks. My current pet theory is that stress + vitamin D deficiency has caused a lot of my lactose-related problems the past year, so I am really hoping I can turn that around now. I got tested for nearly everything else and all of my values are good or great, from pulse-ox to liver values. Got 100,000 units as a vitamin booster, which is a hilariously high number when the normal daily dose is 400.

Had our first concert in a loooong time this weekend. It was wonderful to be back in a room with someone actually playing live in front of me. I had sorely missed the vibe of my local music temple. The building basically has 6 different halls of decreasing size stacked rougly on top of each other. You access all the floors with escalators spiraling upwards along the outside, with views of the city to accompany your ascent. The spaces becoming cozier and smaller-scale as you go up. We had the second-smallest hall which is designed for jazz and can house 200, but it wasn't packed so we were on the third row from the front.

veen  ·  88 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 472nd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I have a severe weak spot for the thing Soulwax does here, which is to take a good driving beat, run it for a full minute or two to get it engrained, and then change its pitch:

Some days the bridge at three minutes is all I need to get me going:

veen  ·  88 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Worldle

Today's was super easy!

If you want another geographical seeking challenge ending in -le: https://globle-game.com/

veen  ·  96 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 9, 2022

Finally, we're making lots of plans again. House search is gonna become serious starting next week, as my SO has more time after a wedding she helps plan this weekend. First concert in FOREVER next week, and I got tickets to see Thom Yorke again. Workcation booked for March, family weekend for April, holiday to London in May and a big three (or four?) week camping trip to south France and Italy at the end of the summer.

Feels good, y'all.

veen  ·  124 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 12, 2022

Got my booster yesterday, and got lucky again with effectively no side-effects! My arm wasn't even sore.

My Christmas holiday was great, two weeks to decompress from the past months of hard work. The only downside is that the SO and I got a good ol' flu for a few days.

This weekend the SO and I did our Yearly Review, which were a bit more depressing for both of us than we'd expected. Last year felt like 50% lockdown/waiting for vaccines, 40% stress and 10% fun. Despite (or because of?) that conclusion, we did both find a lot of things we want to work on for next year. I got both of us a Theme System Journal which we've now filled with our themes and which I will use as a place to keep my weekly review and expand it with more concrete goals. I've picked the Year of Reinforcement as a theme; I want to strengthen the bonds between myself and the people around me, become stronger/healthier physically, and try to read more. Professionally, I now know clearly how I want to grow to a new level, and I want to do more to strenghten my professional network, to make time for meetings and get-togethers.

So I'm cautiously optimistic for 2022, although I can't deny that there's still a bit of "it can't be worse than last year, right? riiight??!?!

veen  ·  145 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 22, 2021

Matthew Walkers' (seriously flawed, I have to confess) book hammered home the point to me that almost any form of light at night can have a measurable impact on your ability to fall asleep and on your sleep cycle. I dim the lights at home 1-3 hours before I go to bed, if they're not dimmed already (which most are). I turn off lights up to an hour before I go to bed which triggers my brain to become sleepy. And minimal brightness just before bed of any screen I still interact with. We've also adopted the habit of never allowing our phone in the bedroom. Bed is the place to sleep, not another place to scroll on your phone.

Another thing that helps me go to sleep, is to make sure I don't spend all day/evening distracted or focused on things. It helps me sleep faster when I allow my brain to meander and think a bunch of thoughts during the day, instead of putting on stuff to listen to or watch or do all day long.