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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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Oof, I've not been reading a lot lately. Most compelling read was David Wallace-Well's The Uninhabitable Earth, which you should not read if you're the kind of person who gets depressed easily by gazing into the abyss. I'm trying to not let it gaze into me.

I am also positively surprised by David Epstein's Range. goobster, this is that book that the Atlantic article from recently was taken from. Epstein argues that our view of linear (hyper-)specialization in careers and in life is wrong. The book is a bit all over the place and isn't always succesful in mimicking Dan Ariely's writing style, but in general I like it. It is a book that really resonates with what's been on my mind lately, that's for sure. blackbootz I think you too might find this very useful to read sometime this year, if only because he has good things to say about Econ majors.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

The St. Gereon basilica in Cologne is pushing back the dark!

Had a lovely weekend there. Gf and I celebrated one year of being together. It was lovely. I booked us an awesome hotel room in a former water tower, and it exceeded all my expectations. We mostly explored the city streets and sights and had good food. It was not as beautiful a city as I'd hoped, with the WW2 bombing and all, but that didn't matter much.

I'm very busy with the Cape Verde project at work. Coordination alone is a lot of work, and then I also need to deliver a report next Friday that's good enough for the presentation the week after on-site. I've also started wargaming my way to a more fulfilling job. The plan is now to get myself some Google-esque 20% development time, or to at least have something of that nature. It's what I love doing, it's what I'm good at and it's what the company needs to stay innovative.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Uber's Path of Destruction

    It has never been about being more monetarily efficient than taxis - it's always been about cloaking the externalities more effectively than taxis. Anyone paying attention to Uber's business model has known this from the get-go.

I agree that on the inside, it must've been known considering how they've acted over the years. But I remember the 'yay sharing economy' narrative quite well, as it was parroted by media, pundits and writers. Which was then slowly replaced by the 'but surely Uber's the futuurree' narrative.

I'd argue that they've made quite a cloak for themselves, that many did not see through. And I don't think it's entirely because people didn't pay attention - there's a reason they targeted journalists with their systems.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 5, 2019

Back home again! Had a wonderful time with kb, his family and bootz. Many good conversations, hikes and foods were had. (Except Hot Tamales. What the hell is wrong with you people.) To top it off, I was welcomed by my family when I arrived and was handed a beautiful card with an ultrasound on it. I’m gonna be an uncle for the first time! So happy for my big sister.

I did get hit with the jetlag hammer pretty hard on the way back here - haven’t had a proper night’s rest or productive day yet, coffee be damned. But that has to be up there on the list of first-worldliest of problems to have. I can’t complain, especially with a romantic weekend in Cologne coming up. I booked us a hotel room in a beautifully repurposed old water tower, which by the looks of it is going to be totally awesome.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: General Knowledge Norms, Updated.

There’s different things one can take away from this, like how incredibly fast the percentage of correct answers drops off. I found it interesting primarily because it so clearly shows just how my perception of general knowledge diverts from the norm; whether there was any through line in what kinds of questions I got right more often versus what I got wrong more often. (Geography/science and movies/pop culture, respectively.) I was surprised to learn that 18% of those asked think Africa is a country, and that more people knew about a chameleon than about a compass.

Plus it’s a fun game to play with one’s SO.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

This one is dumb too:

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

Greetings from the PNW!

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 22, 2019

Made it to Seattle. Have been awake for 21+ hours, of which ten were in a plane and fifteen were in transit, and I'm now in the birth center I helped locate back in 2014 listening to this album on repeat.

It always takes me a while until a holiday really starts to feel real - when I woke up this morning it felt like just another regular day, even though I knew better. When I flew into WA from the north, dipping below the clouds and I started recognizing roads, features and even counties from when I stared at them for half a summer in 2014...it suddenly clicked and made this lil' adventure of mine super real and all the more exciting.

Also Isle of Dogs is a really fun movie, I helped this Ukrainian lady order food and I later got the fruitiest pinkest mango dragon thing from Starbucks just 'cuzz.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 15, 2019

One week from now I’ll be flying somewhere over Greenland on my way to Seattle! I’m stoked. Gonna be fun.

I’m hoping I can make some progress on my paper writing while in the air. I had a talk yesterday with a professor I know about whether a part time PhD, building off of my paper, could be something for me. He asked me to write down what I think I need to make a PhD worth it. It’s mostly about agency for me, which is good because part timers don’t have to deal with anyone’s crap but do have access to all the resources that a top notch university has available. Which is alluring, for sure. But I also feel like I need to figure out what my personal mission or goal is, at least for the coming years. I feel like I need a solid answer to the question “what do I really want to do” in order to decide whether to pursue a position or not.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: NASA: We Are Going

Yeah, I feel like I need to see an action plan and a budget to be fully convinced this isn't some wishful thinking, but part of me is really excited about it too.

    Bad news if you’re not an American: you will not be allowed to opt-out.

    “Once the biometric exit program is a nationally-scaled, established program, foreign nationals will be required to biometrically confirm their exit from the United States at the final [boarding] point,” said CBP spokesperson Jennifer Gabris in an earlier email to TechCrunch. “This has been and is a Congressional mandate,” she said.

Fuck that shit, that's what international passports are for. Jesus, the US already has all of my fingerprints 3 times over, my social security number, they now need to know where and with whom you're staying for ESTA. Hell, they even know when, where and from which IP I booked my flight. Give it a few years and they will make the now-optional 'social media accounts and passwords' mandatory too.

There is no need for hackers, the US government literally already has everything to steal my identity already.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 1, 2019

It's in English, but I'm not sure if I want to subject you to the stilted language of niche academia. It's language that's more concerned with being correct than with being compelling. I do want it to be that way, so maybe I'll take you up on the offer sometime. Always good to have an outsider perspective on things! :)

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