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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

Sometimes make things like this:

And I write here:


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veen  ·  17 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 366th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

It's dumb but I love that it exists.

I wanted to post this too. There's a few red flags that makes me doubt their prowess, but it seems this is exactly what happens when people with no morals go into facial recognition tech.

veen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Please share buggy Hubski things here.

For some reason, when I dismiss all my notifications one by one and am sent to another page, that last comment I tried to dismiss hangs around and the circledot next to my username stays teal. When I go back to my notifications, that last comment isn't dismissed but is still there.

veen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v1.50 - January 16, 2020

That's wonderful to hear - glad I could inspire you a bit. :)

I taught myself matplotlib as part of my master's thesis, as I had to automate generating almost a thousand graphs to then pick the interesting ones. The good thing is that once you learn some graphing library, the others are usually in a very similar vein. It's almost always structured as "here's a graph object, update the object attributes to change things in the graph". Most of them work really well with Pandas dataframes which is dope. But I recommended the other two over mplib because they're easier to learn, as far as I can tell.

    Also, found a free version of Vignelli Canon. Woot!

I always google that one PDF. Maybe I should get around to actually buying a copy since I like it so much...I do have some giftcards lyin' around somewhere.

veen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v1.50 - January 16, 2020

I agree with kb - I like the reminder to be more creative, even if I only sporadically have something to show for.

Had another private lesson on Monday on making electronic music. We mostly discussed the ways of creating music over time, eg how to introduce a new track to the mix. Next week is my final lesson, and I wanna finish something soonish after that. kleinbl00, NI's Komplete Kontrol was 25% off so I snatched that up. Should arrive next week. Stoked to play around with it all - I was very sad to run out of my demo time the other day.

veen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v1.50 - January 16, 2020

I might have some tips for ya as I do quite a bit of Python and PostGIS these days. PostGIS is a Postgresql extention that allows you to work with geodata and is the bread and butter of most of my geo algorithems these days.

Look into Seaborn and Plotly for visualizations. Seaborn is easier, but Plotly extends to Plotly Dash which I think is phenomenal and has been on my to-learn list for over a year now. It does require you to understand Python decorators, which I haven't figured out yet. But it means you can load dynamic data into a customizable dashboard without any front end dev, and no matter what job you end up with that's a damned usefull piece of wizardry to have.

My north star in visual, clear design is the Vignelli Canon. Look it up, absorb it, you won't regret it I think.

For the key thing: learn how to use github, save the key in a file, use .gitignore for the file, open(file, r).

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 365th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Spent most of the day programming with the TRON:Legacy soundtrack playing. (I won't link to YouTube, those versions are all off-key/sped up it sounds like.)

Also been digging Apparat a bit lately:

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gamers of Hubski, what have you been playing lately?

Outer Wilds. You fly your spacecraft around a tiny solar system to explore and figure out what happened. Great game that’s better the less you know about it.

Human: Fall Flat with friends who hadn’t played it before. Still fun the second time around. We’re also going to play Speedrunners.

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 15, 2020

Made a bunch of progress on the ground source heat pump tool we’re building. I devised a way to check for all 250k+ parcels in the county how many boreholes could theoretically fit. 1 borehole means a 30ft standing column, so the question is how many points at least 60ft apart fit into a parcel. It works pretty well!

My roommates also made a bid on a house, which got accepted today. So my plans of moving in with my girlfriend seems to perfectly coincide with them moving out, which is just perfect. Then we’ll have this bigass apartment just for the two of us. My mind is already thinking of all the things I want to change or add.

veen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Academic Apocalypse: The crisis of English departments is also a crisis of faith.

Help a foreigner out here... isn’t the humanities just a word for describing a lot of social sciences, from linguistics to art, from philosophy to politics? Is that what is meant in the US or is that just how I know it to be over here? It seems to me like you (and the author) are lamenting mostly about critical literature studies, which is a much smaller subset.

If it is as I understand it to be, I would argue humanities are the study of what we produce as humanity instead of what is inherent in the world around us. There is a value I think in documenting, understanding and conceptualizing our own behaviors as It can lead to new ways and ideas to improve it, even if those improvements are eventually made in other domains than the humanities.

veen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'Codex Arundel', Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks, are now been digitized and online

I have this too from time to time. Maybe it's something for a new slogan? Hubski, where even the most obscure thing has been found before.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 8, 2020

It's almost a tradition now, this idea of writing a letter to myself as a way to reflect on the year!


I'll admit it, I have been in the red when it comes to work stress too much last year. We had a bit of a capacity issue in my team, so when my work is very hard to transfer and I see colleagues equally busy all I could do was work harder and grit my teeth. I've always wanted to be the kind of person people can trust, can fall back on, so I do whatever it takes to succeed in what I commit to. But when taken to an extreme that means I work too much and don't ask for help. I hope last year I've learned my lesson.

A bunch of things have fallen to the wayside last year. I haven't read as much as I'd like. I haven't excercised much. I was very slow to make progress on my academic paper; I spent half the amount of time in 2019 on it as I did in 2018. Gonna put more effort into that this year.

Another realization is that I judge my actions on their consequences and never on my intentions, and that that's hurting me more than I thought. If the result of my work is that people are happy with it, I'm happy with it as well. But if they're not, I am very quick to judge myself for it. If I hit all my goals for the day, I'm happy with it even if it cost me a tremendous amount of effort. If I don't hit my goals, even though I had a great workday, I still feel bad. Behind this fallacy? of mine is that results are controllable, and that results are all that matter. Which is not true - if I do my best, and the result doesn't work out, I still did my best.

Finally, I really want to cut down even more on meetings. For my yearly review I was scolling back through my calendar and was a bit surprised at the number of meetings that ended up not really mattering. There were many meetings I went to because I was invited, not because it was necessary for me to be there. I also want to create more breathing space for impromptu conversations and room to follow my curiosity.


I feel like I've made a lot of progress this year as a person. 2019 was the year that I finally feel like a proper adult, instead of just a college student. It's a sense of responsibility but also of being able to fully support myself and the people I care about that I find freeing. I also feel like I'm much more comfortable being myself all the time. That I'm more confident, more true to my values, less hesitant to say or do what I want. As far as I'm concerned, my girlfriend is the kindest soul I know, and the way that rubs off on me is that I'm also more kind to myself.

Professionally I also made a leaps ahead. I feel like I can work much better with people now. I know my shit, and know when to call out other people's BS. I've given a bunch of talks in front of large (international) audiences which even a few years ago I would find incredibly challenging to even consider.

I have also started to break out of the expectation that I have to solve everything by myself all the time. My gf mentioned the other day that we've been conditioned for our entire lives in the school system to fix almost everything ourself and never ask for help, because that's cheating/plagiarizing. But now that I'm part of a company surrounded by smart and capable people, I would be foolish not to ask for help regularly. Last year I started which is why I want to continue to remind myself that not everything on my plate is mine to eat, that I can and should make things easier for myself by reaching for the resources that are all around me.

Because I worked a bit too much in 2019, I have a lot of paid off-days this year (almost fifty, actually). I'm looking forward to using the hell out of that to be more creative, do more fun stuff and travel some more this year.

veen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 364th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I decided to jump ship from Google Play Music to Spotify. Which has the benefit of allowing me to sub to a great playlist of new music:

veen  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v1.0 - January 2, 2020 (FINISHED)

I have put the bigger song aside for now as I'm tired of it. Spent the last hour rummaging in Reaper to make something very simple. It's not the absolute worst, whoo!

veen  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Got any New Year's resolutions, Hubski?

Resolutions suck balls. They're too big and the deadline is too far away. They're almost always of the "do more" or "try harder", without ever addressing what to do less and how to do things differently. They're almost always goals with a pass/fail state, which isn't at all helpful with long-term changes in your life.

Personally I much prefer a yearly review to end with a general theme or direction - a (few) answer(s) to the question "which part of my life do I want to focus more, even at the cost of other parts" - and a list of short term actions to put on my to do lists so I know they'll actually get done.

My 2020 theme I've dubbed the Year of Free, with the idea that I want to spend less time committed to meetings, take more time off and excercise more during work hours, and further improve how I spend my free time.

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Los Angeles may force Uber to use electric vehicles, mayor says

Colleague of mine cofounded the now largest electric taxi company in the country. With a fast charging station placed in a central location, you can totally pull a business like that off. Range with EVs is a fuzzy concept, especially in cities where you can stretch it much further with aggressive regenerative braking.

The economics are mostly contingent on the ridesharer’s rates, so with VC-funded rides it probably will never work, but the idea of electric ride hailing is definitely viable.