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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

Sometimes make things like this:

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veen  ·  12 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019
veen  ·  21 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Hmu if you have time! Utrecht has a bunch of great places.

veen  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Just had a wonderful chat with c_hawkthorne whohappened to be in the area! Hope you have good travels back, and apologies for the rain.

veen  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what does your bookshelf look like?

It's not a competition! It's just a curiosity.

veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what does your bookshelf look like?

I just finished Crichton's Andromeda Strain which I thought was nice. I've read most books through Audible over the past five years or so, so I only get hardcopies of the selection out of that that I am most likely to refer back to. I don't really reread books ever, but I do leaf through them from time to time.

veen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

    One of the many, many poignant aspects of going to school with a bunch of surly Running Start kids in my mid '40s was hearing a 17-year-old mutter "goddamn millennials" under his breath while talking about his instructor. I did a spit take and he said "what? They're indecisive, they're always on their fucking phones and they have no idea how to get anything done because they're so wishy-washy!"

Was listening to a conversation (podcast, so I won't bother you with the details) where they disscussed the idea that Gen Z-ers are the first generation to completely abandon the idea of an objective truth, a deconstruction that started after the boomers. That it's all about which ideas are useful, more than which ideas are true, and that Millennials are the last generation to still cling to the idea of some model of the world that'll make sense. I don't know if that's accurate but I found it an interesting thought to entertain nonetheless.

veen  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

I agree. It is the consequence of everything else we do being dependant on oil, and it focuses the conversation on the oil companies instead of the (mega)corporations eating it all up.

    The analysis, by Richard Heede at the Climate Accountability Institute in the US, the world’s leading authority on big oil’s role in the escalating climate emergency, evaluates what the global corporations have extracted from the ground, and the subsequent emissions these fossil fuels are responsible for since 1965 – the point at which experts say the environmental impact of fossil fuels was known by both industry leaders and politicians.

I think the 'subsequent' part is flawed. Bypasses PPP entirely.

veen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

Having a bunch of friends in or near Quidditch teams (my roommate went to the European Cup twice), I have also noticed that. There is also lots of drama / toxicity, which is even more puzzling.

veen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9, 2019

There's an arts center in the city where I've signed up for private lessons. The guy who teaches me has studied composition at the conservatory. I'll see if I can muster together something worth sharing after this course!

veen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9, 2019

Gf and I celebrated one year as officially together yesterday. We went to a great restaurant that I knew she'd like. Did a lot of talking; we were one of the first to be seated, and one of the last to go home. Hard to believe it's been a year already - in what seems like a short time we've built something great together.

I've been messing with Linux today. It was bound to happen some day - getting packages to work on Windows can be a total bitch if you aren't a command line wizard. This week the two package managers I had were not sufficient to get an OpenStreetMaps data extraction tool to run, even with help from two devs, so I said fukkit and installed WLS and Ubuntu. Now I just need to figure out how to get data from here to there and back.

At work I've been setting the gears in motion to do more product development. It's a two steps forward, one step back kind of thing, but we're getting somewhere. A colleague also dryly noted that 3 million in revenue per year is entirely dependant on me as a product owner...while to me it's not even top 3 in priorities. Think I should probably ask for a raise next review cycle.

I forgot to mention last week that I started my electronic music making minicourse. Made some shitty tunes, but I am very much enjoying fiddling around with sounds for hours on end so I think this new hobby might be a keeper.

DM'ed for a few colleagues this Monday. It went amazing. The two new players had much more extensive fantasy, fiction and RPG histories then I realized and learned the ropes in no time. We're now thinking of making it a monthly campaign thing.

veen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What great inconvenience

Fair enough - personally I'm well on the side of structural changes over individual changes. And we're often not even given the option of making an individual improvement - for each pedicure with the option to tip there's the only supermarket nearby with only one cheap-but-heinous option for the product you need.

But given that fact, can't you still also make a change yourself? You have to change the thousand, but if a lot of one's change that will eventually add up to a thousand. It's not a clear dichotomy to me.

    If you want to actually make life better, more livable, less of a slog for yourself, that involves making it better for a whole lot of other people as well. [...] You don’t need a better organizational app. You just need to legitimately and actionably care about other people.

Between the lines there's an argument for compassion that I'm not yet ready to dismiss. But I may very well be reading too much into this.

veen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Hey Pubski. Lots to think about this week, not a lotta time.

Climate

So I had this awesome trip to Milan last week. I spent a good day preparing my speech, and while I was nervous in the week leading up to it, the presentation itself went phenomenal. I used to have real stage fright as a teenager. Yet here I am, being flown into a national conference and nailing my presentation.

I'd never been to Milan. It has its nice spots, but I was very aware of how commercialized it is with all the hip brands dominating the city center. I spotted three fashion models posing with a posse of makeup/photo/whatever people in less than an hour of walking around town. There were also more homeless than I'm used to seeing - but then again, I also recently learned that we Dutch have one of the highest number of homeless per capita. What does it matter if they're visible or not.

Flying in for a day did make me feel kinda conflicted. If this trip wasn't so last-minute, I probably would have planned to do the trip by nighttrain, which is doable. But as it was now I had to miss the Climate Strike because I was flying, and I would be lying if that didn't make me feel uneasy. Then again, I was there to promote electric mobility, so if the ends justify the means, then those are pretty decent ends.

Yesterday was also the day of a farmer's strike. My sister's soon-to-be-husband is taking over the farm of his father. The tide's been turning against farmers recently - they account for 40% of our nitrogen pollution, and Europe has told us to drastically cut nitrogen levels to preserve nature. Which I'm personally totally behind, but it's very complex matter (does closing farms here open up farms somewhere else?) and it's a very poignant and visible case of the consequences of sustainability policy. There will be much more difficult decisions to make if we really want to get somewhere. It won't be pretty.

Family

Went to see my sister yesterday. We aren't that close, not for any particular reason other than distance. She ended up wanting to talk about our parents. They're not in a great place, which I am fully aware of, but she pointed a bunch of things out about the dynamic between us and between them that I hadn't noticed. They were not compliments to say the least. At some point the image children have of their parents bumps into reality, their imperfections put in a stark and unforgiving light. I have yet to figure out what to do with the new information, but I can't shake it off that's for sure.

veen  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Families Go Deep in Debt to Stay in the Middle Class

I wasn't sure if I read your comment correctly, but now I'm definitely sure I didn't. Text is not the best medium for this kind of semi-toungue-in-cheekery. To me you flip-flop between 'baduhh' and sarcasm and tbh I find that hard to parse. (English is not my first language as you may already know.)

All I wanted to say is that I was worried you'd be despondent. You've done some awesome stuff that you should be proud of.

I was in Milan last week. Couldn’t help but notice that the city seemed to be under a construction frenzy, couldn’t help but remind me of the skyscraper index...

veen  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Families Go Deep in Debt to Stay in the Middle Class

    And jobs can't love you because you're being paid to be around these people. They ain't your friends. It has to be that way otherwise society and capitalism would collapse. The way I have always dealt with it is to take care of my responsibilities and then ngaf. It helps you out psychologically to you know, have a life.

This, and a few other points you make, may be true for a lot of people but you seem to assume it’s true for everyone and I just want to point out that that’s not the case. Life is what you make of it, and that’s also true of work life. I like my colleagues and treat them like friends and you know what? It makes things a lot easier and a lot more fun too. Hell, I even started a board game club that has grown to fifteen people, of which three work somewhere else now but still join in from time to time.

Cynicism, which I am reading between the lines, is easy because you don’t have to do anything if the world’s fucked anyway. It’s boring as hell, too. You can spend a life dulled by it for sure, if you let it. Pushing back against the dark, reaching out to people, treating them like complex humans of their own? That’s more like what I would call being alive is about.

veen  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Families Go Deep in Debt to Stay in the Middle Class

Thanks for copying the text I otherwise would have no access to.

Devils advocate: what can be learned from this other than 'people are ill-equipped to properly deal with the current financialized economic systems'?

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Whistleblower Complaint: Full Document

Thanks, I got the first part but didn't get the second.

As I understand it, impeachment need not be predicated by criminal offenses, and does not necessarily mean Trump will be booted out. I'm curious, what odds do you give towards Trump surviving this unimpeached vs impeaced vs found guilty of wrongdoing vs losing the presidency?

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Whistleblower Complaint: Full Document

Gephi!

I'll freely admit I only remember it because I used it in an assignment at uni once. It's not much more than a viz tool for GMLs and the like, but it can be fun to use.

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 25, 2019

Awesome! Eindhoven is an hour away by train. Lemme know when you have time to hang out!

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Whistleblower Complaint: Full Document

    Others said the complaint doesn't change things and raises "more questions than answers."

That is kind of my perspective on it? Why is this such a big thing too?