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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  51 minutes ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Hi. Today I'm going to demonstrate a 51% attack against a live network."

It's just chef's kiss that of all the random altchains, he targeted Geohot's.

veen  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tim Urban: How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now."

But really, there's no need to beat yourself up over what you've done if you've been following your curiosity, which I believe you have. It's okay following recipes if you're still exploring your cook books, so to say.

veen  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tim Urban: How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)

There's a great deal of your milage may vary with this topic. I can totally see how other people can live happy and fulfilling careers with a your advice, but I know that's not enough for me. The part of life that is work is so grand, the time invested is so large, that I find it absolutely essential to know to the best of my ability why I'm doing what I'm doing. A motivation that fits on a post-it seems woefully inadequate for something which will dominate the next years or decades of my life. So I quite like the level of depth this reaches - in my mind it's a topic that deserves to be taken apart carefully and inspected thorougly.

Maybe it's also a factor that my options are rather large; I am naturally drawn to learning new tools and putting myself in new situations or dynamics, so I am competent at an unusually large set of things. I could adapt to work in an architecture firm, a department of transportation, as an academic or a database engineer if I'd put my mind to it. There's no logical job for me that follows from my previous work, so I have to do a lot more work to create or find something for myself that I enjoy doing.

veen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 433rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I've been digging the new Flying Lotus album/soundtrack a lot.

Especially when he pulls a good synth into it:

veen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Crypto trading volumes boom as activity cools on stock markets

So like half of all volume is Binance? Jeeez.

edit: the comparison is also interesting

veen  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Everything Screams Inflation

    But it would be crazy to build a portfolio that didn’t consider inflation a major risk. I’ll address the question of how to do that in a column soon.

WSJ cliffhangers, who doesn't love 'em.

I'm too young to remember the financial markets of the eighties and nineties. Suppose each year inflation goes up by one percent the next five years - what happens? Is this an economic crisis incubator? Or mostly an investor problem that'll destroy dwindling pensions even further?

veen  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 28, 2021

My aquarium seems to be working. Did a quick test and my CO2 levels are the lowest category possible, but most plants I have should not require it. Currently I have a very simple setup, at least compared to some of the mindboggling creations over at /r/aquascaping that I gawk at. But my setup is working, and my two Amano shrimp seem content. Want to keep this tank for a bit before I start thinking about something bigger/better - I first need to make more mistakes before I can do advanced stuff, I think.

We visited the Waterloopbos the other day! Did a double-date thing with an ex-coworker of mine. Had a great afternoon of walking around, looking at the 30+ now-ruined flow dynamics experiments and birds and plants that my friend and his gf were good at identifying. The forest is (by Dutch standards) actually lively and diverse in nature due to most of it being underwater or near water.

veen  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Insurance Costs Threaten Florida Real Estate Boom

It even works across the pond in the land of the GDPR! Splendid.

veen  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: India’s devastating second wave

Some scary stories surrounding the new mutation and a possible much longer period of asymptomatic spread. I hope to god they're unsubstantiated.

I happen to work indirectly with a team of outsourced developers from India. Something like a fifth has covid, or has family with covid.

veen  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 21, 2021

As a side project / gift for my SO's parents, I'm lasercutting a Scrabble board made out of birch, bamboo and dark green acryl. Created a test file to see how my margins are, which font sizes to use and how the engraving looks on these materials and whether the image in my head is what I can create.

It's 10:30pm here and I just sent the order for my files to be cut. My SO remarked "you definitely have the energy for side projects again huh" and she's right. Work is now 70% dicking around professionally, exploring some paths without anyone asking for it but with appreciative 'good idea, veen' responses all around. I don't think it's gonna stick, but I do want to keep that energy going.

veen  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 7, 2021

The past month has seen the two big projects that I've been working on since last summer dwindle. One is effectively over, but still has a bit of work that's left to finish, and the other is in a lull as deadlines have been pushed back. I can work ahead somewhat, but it's obviously a lower workload.

The past month I've been struggling with feelings of inferiority because of my lower workload. If I'm busy all week, I rarely question whether the work I'm doing is fulfilling or not; I mostly hit the gas and keep going and going. As soon as I have the space in my calendar and the room in my head to ruminate, I will ruminate. On a rational level I can accept that after months of busting my ass of, it's good to have it a bit easier again. It's normal for there to be room to deload and take stock. But that doesn't stop my inner calvinist demon from making me feel inadequate because I'm not working the most I could at this particular moment.

The dumbest part is that it's not even a useful feeling. I shouldn't be near-overworking, it's not when I am at my best. I do my best work when I am not in a hurry and have a lot of free time, because then I can do what's most important instead of whatever's next in my calendar. I do my best work when I have the room to dive down interesting rabbit holes or can spend an afternoon digging into a problem.

I'm also much happier with the calendar that I have this week than the one I had two months ago. For the first time since... last summer? have I felt the energy to pursue side projects again. There's almost nothing that makes me happier than to dive into a new obsession and scratch my itch, so to speak. I still want to do something with generative design, so I spent the better part of my Saturday wrestling with Autodesk.

The past three days I've been obsessing over the Walstad method of keeping aquariums. My SO has had a tiny 20L (5 gal) aquarium stored in a box, which I was at first hesitant to use because it's so small. Most aquariums are either fake-sad nature, or expensive hyperregulated pump-galores, and I do not want to subject livestock to either. But I found this wholesome corner of YouTube where a one dude is getting millions of views documenting his effectively all-natural micro tank, a wonderful little ecosystem that he keeps in balance with some care, but almost no maintenance.

So now I'm reading the source book on the Walstad method, which is a chemist explaining how to maintain the chemical balance in one's tank to sustain an ecosystem. It's be a while since high school chemistry, but the basic rules and ideas are not that hard. Excited to go to the pet store soon and buy some stuff, see if I can grow some plants myself. In true Millennial fashion we already keep a few dozen plants alive in the house, so this fits right in with that.

veen  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Yearly Hubski Check In.

I'm here, checking in every day for as long as I can remember, but I don't often reply. Chat is nice and low-key. I feel like I've found maybe one twentieth the number of good articles the past year, so I don't have as much to share or read or say, which is a bummer.

Things are bland. Or heart-breaking. Or both. We still have a long way to go until normal people can get a shot, and the next months are not going to be nice so I'm dreading that. I got myself undeep nasal antigen tests and have rarely felt more conflicted about spending money on my personal health.

veen  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Bank Effect and the big boat blocking the Suez

There’s also this, which doesn’t help:

The survey my employer did ended up at 25% considering leaving, in a non-anonymous survey. So that 40% feels very true. I expect it to rip at the end of the year, when we’ve had a few months of normal life and people realize they don’t like the old normal anymore or simply have seen greener pastures. I’ve already noticed a few coworkers intentionally moving away from the office, buying homes and creating 90+ minute commutes. Doable, but definitely not 5-day-office-doable.

That third point on high productivity masking exhaustion is also something I’m seeing firsthand. What used to be 15% commute wasted time is now 15% extra projects and meetings. The people who started with us straight outta college are the most fucked, as they entered the workplace in a time where work-life boundaries were at its loosest, so they never taught themselves to let go of work in the evenings. I’m actively preventing exhaustion by setting the expectation of working a day less each week, and I know I’m not the only one because half of all 2021 team year-plans had some form “taking a step back to take care of ourselves” in it.

veen  ·  61 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 17, 2021

I just voted! Our ballots are hilariously large, as in 2 bij 4 feet large fold-outs. There was only one person ahead of me and I was done in less than a minute, most of the time was spent properly re-folding the ballot. The whole process was a wonderfully strict and orderly display of electoral logistics. Got to keep my red pencil AKA mark of democracy because of Covid restricting the use of reusable pencils.

It took until yesterday to decide which party to vote on. There were some newcomers, like the pro-European Volt movement and a new radical equality party, that piqued my interest. In the end I cast my vote (again) for the green socialists. There was some reluctance, but I realized nothing is more important right now than voting for a better climate and I think the green socialists have the best programme for that.Voted for a woman on the list who's been actively working on accessibility and justice and is also a badass wheelchair hockey world champion.

We spent a long weekend at the SO's parents. A much needed change of scenery with lots of quality time. Board games were played. We watched a phenomenal weekly late night show together on TV, which is all about music and finding the joy of wonder in covid times. My soul hasn't been this soothed by something on linear television in...ages. Came back from the weekend refreshed, almost like we had gone on holiday!

veen  ·  63 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Elon Musk Is the New ‘Technoking of Tesla’ and CFO Is Dubbed ‘Master of Coin’

What bad news is he trying to hide this time around?