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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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You should've mentioned #goodlongreads! There's weeks of amazing reading in that tag. Maybe even read through the ol' Best Of lists: 2013, 2014, 2015. What they should also know is that there's always room on hubski for questions. If you don't know what to say, ask.

Pubski is an open, ongoing diary of the people of hubski. It shows the personal nature of this site, and it's precisely those people (not 'users' or some other dehumanizing word) that make the site what it is.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Sci-fi club no. 33: Blade Runner

I ended up watching the US Theatrical. I can see why it's hated, especially because it's not as essential as I thought it would be. The preroll text explains more than Harrison ever does.

Finally! I have been reading a ton in the last four weeks. I think I read more than a thousand pages (albeit in audio form).

After listening to Ezra Klein's conversation with Cal Newport, I devoured his book Deep Work in two days. It's a great book if you're the kind of person who likes good productivity books. He argues that the ability to do deep work, which is the kind of knowledge work that requires concentration (e.g. writing, programming, researching), is going to become one of the most important skills to have. He then gives a slew of tips, concepts and ideas on how to foster and improve on that type of work.

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus by Douglas Rushkoff was up next, followed by Jaron Lanier's You Are Not a Gadget. I discussed those somewhere else already, but briefly: both are critiques of our current attitudes towards technology. The first half of Rushkoff's book would fit nicely in /r/Latestagecapitalism, the second half in /r/blockchain (which he sees as the solution to the capitalist ails of technology). Lanier has more intriguing ideas but they're definitely more 'out there'. I don't understand or don't agree with at least half of them. Don't regret reading it at all.

I then started reading Siddharta Mukherjee's The Gene, which I'm almost done with now - only 4 hours remaining of the 20 hours of audio. It's a fascinating account of the history of the gene, chronologically telling the story of gene science through the dozens of scientists who made it possible. He writes it in a way that's rich in detail yet always easy to follow - inquisitive, without dumbing things down too much.

Last week I found a list of book recommendations by Maria Popova, so I attempted reading the essay bundle The Abundance by Anne Dillard. The stories were nice but not as invigorating as I hoped for. I then read Black Hole Blues and Other Sounds from Space by Janna Levin instead, which I finished it yesterday. It is a wonderful book about gravitational waves and LIGO's development. The prose is fantastic; Levin does a great job of bringing the scientists alive. The book is arguably more about the people than about the science that brought them together.

In between I also read Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. (On paper! How quaint.) There are lot of opinions to be had about Ferriss, but he does sometimes manages to inspire me and this book achieved that too. I do think he should package his book with a bag of salt - a few grains are not enough. Most of the advice in the book is entirely too esoteric for me or too generalizing to be useful, but the parts that I did like I liked a lot.

Up next, in whatever order I feel like / whatever advice you all give:

- American Kingpin by Nick Boltin

- Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil

- Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

- The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

- Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam (havn't read it fully yet)

- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllieben

- On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

Awesome! Getting powerful feels so damn good. My previous gym had two squat racks and two bench racks... Most have at least a power cage. Insurance? Isn't that what all the machines are for? ;)

I bought two kettlebells, a floor mat and a smart scale for my home gym two weeks ago. My plan is to just build up the habit and keep it fun before I get more equipment and go on a bulk. Slow and steady. However... I've already lost 3 lbs just because I went from "eating whatever and no exercise" to "eating healthier and some exercise". I hope it plateaus soon, my BMI dropped to 19.7 yesterday.. .

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

    I know that it is inevitable and the sooner the better.

I have some quotes that I like on my fridge. One of them is "Doubt must come to an end".

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

The gist of or is this: Transportation planning is mostly about government bodies deciding where to allocate their resources based on the locations that they give the most priority. Setting priorities and distributing resources are inherently normative activities. Currently, planners prioritize and distribute resources based on their expectations of congestion and on cost-benefit analysis. Both of those methods are disproportionally favoured towards the non-poor. The book argues that a more fair transportation planning method should focus on population groups that suffer from the largest accessibility deficiencies.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

As in muscle? Got a good bulk planned?

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

I have to admit, I trusted Kraken for a long time, but made the switch to MEW recently. Awesome service you guys have made! 💪💪

(Only thing I found a bit confusing about the UX was the large amount of stuff you get and need to keep. Wasn't entirely clear what it was all for. Wallet files, pks, passwords... But I tried it out with a throwaway wallet before I did the real deal.)

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

Awesome! Wish I could've been there. I've been staring at this screen for the last hour or two - I found a bit of time to dabble in Mist / Solidity. The hope is that a bit of smart contract literacy can give me a better sense of how dapps work and if they're worth their salt.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

It's this one. Here's a taste of it. I found it fascinating because the book was written specifically for transport planners, providing a concrete methodology for prioritizing transport measures based on principles of justice and equality. Basically, the book felt like it was written for me. If all goes well, I'll be Skyping with the author next week to get some input on my ideas.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017


My thesis is definitely picking up steam. I found this fascinating book on transport justice, advocating a methodology to transportation planning based on principles of justice and accessibility. I rewrote my proposal again because of that book. Next Monday my thesis committee will discuss my proposal, here's to hope they like it.


The same day I found out the source of the infrequent sewage odor in my room, I also got the confirmation that the studio I was looking at will be mine. Finally I can have my own place, one that doesn't literally smell like shit and looks like a run-down haunted house in the hallways. I have yet to know the precise studio in the complex but I already know for sure it'll be somewhere between the 16th and 22nd floor, which means I can enjoy a kickass view whenever I want. I'm considering lasercutting a map of everything visible from my window.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Middle Aged Men and Friends

It's a book written in 2000 based on a paper by his in the nineties. Right now it's mostly a good metaphor for a societal pattern.

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