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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 20, 2021

Life's never been as isolated as now. We're almost not seeing any people, only a few we walk with in the park. Afraid that February and March will be the darkest part of this crisis. Finding solace and escape in books, in what we watch, in video games, and most of all in each other. I cannot imagine how life must be for the lonely out there.

We also had a bit of a medical scare recently, and my work prospects suddenly changed last week. We'll be fine, but both put me off balance - I feel like my buffers are at critically low levels. I'm debating whether I should take my concerns about how to move forward professionaly the coming months to my colleagues, or get someone outside of it to guide me.

veen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What books are you reading hubski?

I'm now about halfway through the second book. It's not only much better because it does not suffer from April as the LOLuWuZOMG narrator voice, but it also feels super relevant now, partly because the characters tell things I really need to hear, but partly because it helps me understand/cope with what's happening right now. He wrote it just before the pandemic, but he intended the Carl event to be reminiscent of any large global event, so it's hard not to read it as trying to predict online discourse around Covid. Reading the second book play out a year after the Big Event whilst us living a year after 'our' Big Event resonates much more than I'd expected.

veen  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What books are you reading hubski?

Three, actually! I'm slowly going through A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel. Yesterday I almost finished reading Ezra Klein's book Why We're Polarized. Which didn't do much for me; I'm not sure if it's because I am still not quite ready for more dense pay-attention-nonfiction (I haven't been reading any since last March) or because I'm just not quite the target audience. He makes a few good points, but mostly jumps from topic to topic seeming more eager to string other people's interesting work together than to help people follow it all. Or maybe I am just too easily distracted listening to him, as I am used to listening to his podcast where I can half-hear things and still follow along.

My light fiction read right now is Hank Green's A Beautifully Follish Endeavor, because I finished the first book yesterday. It's alright, it's basically YA scifi and he tries a bit too hard at times. I'm hooked on the mystery though so I want to read on.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: @realDonaldTrump banned permanently from Twitter

veen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Is a Coup

You either draw a line and protect it, or admit the line's gone.

Over here undermining the House or Congress with force is punishable with a life sentence.

veen  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant

    “While it seems to be more easily transmissible, we do not have evidence yet that this is a more deadly virus to an individual who acquires it,” Vivek Murthy said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “There’s no reason to believe that the vaccines that have been developed will not be effective against this virus, as well.”

The way I understand it, there's a small likelihood of mutations reducing vaccine effectiveness since the part that vaccines latch onto is only a small part of the entire SARS-CoV-2 virus.

veen  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 2020 in Photos: A Year Like No Other

There's a disdain for life that oozes from comparisons like that. What's a few more corpses? they're people, bobert.

veen  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 2020 in Photos: A Year Like No Other

Yeah, it’s one 2020 gut punch after the next. Especially the hospital photos.

veen  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 9, 2020

Go for it, everyone. The sight of actual vaccines fills me with relief. Actually makes me optimistic for next year, even though there's a fair chance it might be another half year or year before it's my turn. There's light at the end of this tunnel, jfc.

My new PC build is almost complete. I'm now transfering all of my files from slowpoke ancient HDD to a blazingly fast M.2 NVMe SSD. Just mounted the GPU in this teeny tiny NZXT H1 case, now I need to figure out how to have it use my 1060 instead of the internal GPU. Probably a bios or driver thing.

This has been the most challenging PC build I've done, which is the equivalent of saying it's the most challenging IKEA furniture I've built. A bit of a puzzle to squeeze it all in there, but this 7x7" case really does fit everything I had in my ol' bigass case plus more, somehow. All the wiring goes out to the bottom, which is wonderful too.

Best of all: if I didn't fuck anything royally up, I can finally start my Christmas holiday this weekend with Cyberpunk 2077 after being hyped for almost 8 years. Feels like I've been waiting forever, not just for my Christmas holiday to finally arrive, but also for that game, so it seems fitting.

veen  ·  44 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 9, 2020

    I'd advise anyone that wants to start a company to toss all those books out, and to spend the time building.

Someone recommended reading Founders at Work to me yesterday, which I'm sure you've heard of, not because it tells you how to found a startup but because the advice is so wonderfully contradictive. It supposedly shows by example that there are no good ways of doing things, that really nobody knows what the hell they're doing anyway, so just do what works for you and figure out a way to combat your blind spots.

I have the luxury of working half to most of my week on a sort-of-startup. I'm saying sort-of because it's a government-funded pilot project to develop a new mobility app to compete with Uber and Google Maps, so it's a startup with a safety net. It's wonderful to still be at the stage where we can be so nimble and change course today if we have to.

veen  ·  49 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: Why Is the Risk of Coronavirus Transmission so High Indoors?

I'm glad that it exists. If I could just have the Max Planck Institute take over the wheel, that'd be grrreaat.

Important sidenote: these percentages do assume social distancing is kept. It only models the aerosol part of COVID transmissions, not the droplet part, so real percentages are a bit to a lot higher.

veen  ·  49 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: Why Is the Risk of Coronavirus Transmission so High Indoors?

If you dig deeper, you can find out why it does that: this Zeit article is based on this Max Planck Insitute model which points to this scientific article which has the ventilation assumptions in table 3. 'No ventilation' is replacing air 0.3 times per hour, 'Active ventilation' (windows open) is twice per hour, and 'Ventilation system' assumes nine times per hour.

kleinbl00's bitchin' medical-grade system does 11 per hour, so no, regular people don't have that system. I'm pretty sure that, since home ventilation systems are very rare in Germany, this is a lost-in-translation thing where ' ventilation system' means something else to you than to bratwursteaters.

veen  ·  50 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 2, 2020

Thanks Mk!

veen  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 2, 2020  ·  x 2

I almost forgot! I'm officially a scientist now! 🥳


veen  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 2, 2020

If you haven't taken a good look at this Zeit article and tool on aerosol risks yet, you're missing out. Get good masks, bring some for your family.


Personally we're doing a week of quarantine before meeting any at risk family member. Beyond that we're probably accepting the risks. The car drive there will be on the same order of magnitude of danger, realistically.