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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

Sometimes make things like this:

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veen  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski:January 25, 2023

I’m quite busy after winning a contract to write transport justice policy for the second largest city in the country, due end of Q1. Career wise it’s a fantastic step that finally allows me to work on the topic of my thesis and academic paper, time management wise it’s a challenge.

Teaching myself Magic the Gathering. There is a parallel universe where teenage me did not have bad first impressions of fantasy novels & card games. It feels like I missed out because Magic is already more fun than I ever had being peer pressured into collecting soccer cards back then. Or that one time a classmate tried to teach me YuGi-Oh and proceeded to trample all over me in my first games.

There’s also a Harry Potter TTRPG that I am planning on running. The idea that we came up with is that there’s a magical European Union that was created to ensure there would never again be another Voldemort, which is an endlessly entertaining idea to work out the (geopolitical) consequences of.

veen  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HAPPY NEW YEAR HUBSKI!!!

Thanks for the tagging. holy shit SEVEN YEARS?

veen  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: December 28, 2022

We both got COVID for Christmas. Luckily only a mild version, but it sucks to have Christmas taken away like that.

veen  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What have you been reading lately?

I thoroughly enjoyed Earth Abides, Rendesvouz with Rama and Roadside Picnic.

veen  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What have you been reading lately?

I tried my best to get through Dawn but it made me realize I have no patience for a book with no plot.

veen  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What have you been reading lately?

This year.... Not much. So I'm prolly including things from end of last year.

The Body Keeps the Score is fucking great, and depressing, and I broke kleinbl00 with it SORRY

The Righteous Mind by Haidt was phenomenal until it nosedives into speculation

4000 Weeks is the antidote to productivity books / mindset that I really needed. I feel like it was directly written for me and it's on my select list of books that I actually look forward to reading again.

Rendezvous with Rama is so far my favourite scifi book I've read, I think. (I haven't read a lot.)

Finally read Bullshit Jobs and Utopia of Rules in its entirety which are good, but I like the latter more.

The Anthropocene Reviewed is amazing but I like the podcast format better.

I thought Piranesi was alright, until it became heartbreakingly great about two thirds in. Did my best to hold back tears in the fucking grocery store listening to it.

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino is an essay collection by a Gawker/New Yorker writer and had a few interesting things to say but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

veen  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 14, 2022

Just came back from a shared mobility conference. Learned nothing from the talks but I met like two dozen key figures in the field so it was capital G Great for networking.

Only five more workdays and then a Christmas break filled with quality time with friends & family. Already exhausted (my fitness level is...nonzero) but I'm gonna get through it and it's gonna be fun and I'm gonna be real glad this year is FINALLY over.

veen  ·  50 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 511th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

A crossover between two of my fav electronic music makers? YES

My SO's love for Dodie has rubbed off on me.

veen  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I feel like we need to talk about AI language models

One of the lenses through which to view socially impactful technology is that they are technologies that move too fast for our society to adapt to it - the boomers can't handle misinformation bots, the millenials are all addicted to their phones, yadda yadda. It's not a perfect metaphor but it is a useful way to think about this, because these AI models feel like a large new virus when our society hasn't yet fully developed the antibodies to withstand the previous changes. I'm still having a hard time teaching my parents to distinguish phishing mails from regular ones, and now there's the chance that someone writes a fully personal email automatically?! It might just make emails 10x less useful in the process.

It's not that I need this, it's that it is becoming stupidly easy to wrap these models around any nefarious text-based thing (which is most of the internet) and I feel like we do not have the tools to deal with this soon enough. So even if this does end up screwing most of social media and the internet over, if the patient is dead is the operation still succesful?

veen  ·  62 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 30, 2022

The last months of the year are always busy, but after three years of it being brutal this time around I’m doing pretty well. Making the internal move from data specialist to spearheading a part of my team’s business has meant new challenges and responsibilities but somehow less overall stress. I think it helps that a much larger share of my week is doing the fun, engaging things that give energy instead of drain it.

I think I’m finally out of my reading slump after breezing through Piranesi last week and enjoying an essay collection by Jia Tolentino despite her being a New Yorker author.

veen  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is this the end of crypto?
veen  ·  76 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Y'all we gotta talk about FTX.

I didn't realize how big and entangled FTX was. jeesus. Michael Lewis being involved is a breathtaking cherry on top of this formerly 32B-sized cake.

So here's my hope: this event will launch investigations, will shake up the US gov enough to pour more, not less, resources into regulating the crypto space. Ever since the ICO days has the pendulum swung towards more VC money, more centralization, less transparency. This event might be big enough to, on its own, swing the pendulum back towards more accessible, transparent and regulated version of crypto. On a scale from one to ten how naive/starry-eyed is this hope?

veen  ·  77 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Y'all we gotta talk about FTX.

I have not had the time to figure out what’s happened yet (and it’s not that easy to do because this crisis? has many parts to it).

My surface level impression is that this is a carastrophic failure, but one that will mostly affect those who did anything with FTX. Mt.Gox happened, we all learned our lesson and moved on. What reasons do you/we have to believe this will be more consequential for a longer time perhaps?

veen  ·  81 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 9, 2022

    See also:

    Dunning–Kruger effect

    Karen (slang)


If you haven't yet actually checked out what Zuck's Horizon Worlds actually looks like to use now, I highly recommend . example. It is truly breathtaking how they managed to create a shittier version of a beta of Second Life.

VR/AR will go the way of 3D printing: very useful for a handful of straightforward use cases, and nothing else. My money's on gaming, architecture/design, and not much else.

veen  ·  88 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 506th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

yesssss nice

I've been playing around in Reaper more lately. If I ever want to create Solar Fieldsy sounds... do you have any idea what kinda instruments or synths they use to create their sound?

veen  ·  92 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: U.S. workers have gotten way less productive. No one is sure why.

I made some killer maze designs in primary school too, so imagine the delta after two decades.

veen  ·  96 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 26, 2022

I'm fiddling with synths and Reaper again! I fell into a YouTube rabbit hole of modular synthesis, and while I don't see myself building a Eurorack anytime soon I learned just enough that I was able to build a few sounds with Reaktor 6 blocks, whereas I previously ran into a wall. I feel like Korg's DFAM could be a lot of fun; I really like to play with the DM1 drum sequencers to make beats, but haven't found a good sequencer from within Komplete Kontrol yet. I'm eyeing Sequis but I'm still in my Dunning-Kruger phase with sequencers.