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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  22 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 3, 2021

The last few weeks have been a bit rocky from time to time, but things are going fairly well now.

Just came back from a wonderful walk in the woods and on the heather with a good friend, which was followed by a pretty fantastic one-on-one coaching session. A few weeks ago I decided that I needed career advice from someone skilled, so that I can be happier in my work, as I've been struggling to find the next step to take in my career. HR was open to that idea, so I'm not even paying for it.

The session was two hours of candid conversation, almost a therapy session in how deep it went. I can't remember the last time I've been so vulnerable with someone I've previously talked to less than an hour, but I had no reservations in giving my whole self.

The conversation made me realize just how wide and deep my interests and skills are, which is something that feels natural to me but really isn't. I'm not a "T-shaped professional", I'm more of a rake. Or like a really thick Swiss army knife. It reminded me how much I like to be building bridges between things - between people and ideas, between technology and people, between problem and solution. It feels good to re-evaluate my work-related values and work on myself with someone who asks the right questions. The past year has felt...unrewarding on that front.

Something I had a lot of fun with the past week was help mr. watch-amacallit (aka kleinbl00) by building a landing page for his watch biz. I very much played the part of "nah, we're not paying you to build a website, I have a nephew who can smash something together". The result's turned out pretty great I think.

veen  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Daft Punk Break Up After 28 Years

For me it's the knowledge that we'll never get another album. I was still patiently waiting for an Alive 2017 tour/album. We got a Grammy performance but that's about it.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 12:30 p.m.—Perseverance Mars Rover landing day livestream for all students

It's only like an hour or two old, so can't blame ya. But this is one of the first of 30,000 full rgb high res stills were gonna get of just the landing, and later more of the drone theyre gonna fly as an experiment.

Millions of dollars will get us some dope footage.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 12:30 p.m.—Perseverance Mars Rover landing day livestream for all students

So turns out Percy has a TON of cameras, including on the sky crane itself? And it's also video? Which it sent along its umbilical cord be fore flying away?

veen  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 12:30 p.m.—Perseverance Mars Rover landing day livestream for all students

I'm watching the realtime simulation over at https://eyes.nasa.gov/, which is close enough to Kerbal to make me even more excited about this.

veen  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 17, 2021

A player in my D&D group wants to run a oneshot which may or may not become a campaign. Another player and I decided to weave our backstories together, and the DM came up with the idea to run a prologue, so now we're doing asynchronous D&D in a Whatsapp group chat and I love it.

veen  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Junk Cabin: Secretly building my wife a COVID office

Thanks! The more content to watch, the better these days. Have always enjoyed watching Adam more than the others, so it should be good stuph.

veen  ·  16 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 421st Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I've been listening to CJSW again, particularly their show The A.M. (you can look it up on your podcast player of choice). It's three hours of Monday morning ethereal, ambient, slow, unwinding, low-viewcount music. Love it.

veen  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Junk Cabin: Secretly building my wife a COVID office

I haven't been following his channel much the past year, all I got algorithmically reccomended were unedited Q&As which I don't particularly enjoy watching. Which videos are you referring to? :)

veen  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Is Every Cyclist Who Was Killed by a Driver in 2020

What Ben says. We design many systems around the idea of human falliblity - but in most every country, walking or cycling people aren't protected from the failings of people in heavy machinery.

veen  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: All of the World’s Money and Markets in One Visualization

That Fed red really puts the money printer in perspective. "Yeah, we added the same amount of money as all the gold reserves to our balance sheet in less than a year."

veen  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Junk Cabin: Secretly building my wife a COVID office

Knew I recognized him from something! That's the one indeed.

veen  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Junk Cabin: Secretly building my wife a COVID office

If that interests you, can I interest you perhaps in Adam Savage figuring out how to build a Totoro costume? It has that same lovely combination of low-key problem solving, someone with charisma, and slow craftmanship that I like about Beau's vid.

veen  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Let's talk WSB, Gamestop and the rules of the game

    00:20 WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAH (No, Not Crash Bandicoot) WASSUP!

I had forgotten how glorious that guy was.

veen  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Let's talk WSB, Gamestop and the rules of the game

    But we've just moved a generation from Polti 9 - "I want to make money"- to Polti 3: "I am a mutherfucking suicide bomber."

The cynic and pessimist in me worries that I'm of a generation that, whether they admit it or not, has given up on believing in changing the structures of power for the better.

Whenever the topic of pensions happens comes up amongst my peers, the most common reaction is to simply not believe we'll ever get to see it happen. Pensions! What a concept. Climate change, social progress, saving democracy; we have a percentage of the population willing to stand for a better future and peacefully protest, but I worry the majority has given up on changing the fundamentals of power.

Instead, we burst out and take down instances of a problem. We take down a handful of hedge funds, but can't fathom saving the middle class. We have Gamergate and #metoo, but can't seem to implement even the simplest quotas and still have to teach college (!) aged dudebros the simplest definition of consent.

It's not like there aren't solutions that work - I for one would welcome a rebirth of social-democratic politics - but I'm worried my generation isn't going to (be able to) put the work behind it to reverse the course, to tackle the root of the issues instead of chopping yet another imperfect branch.

veen  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Let's talk WSB, Gamestop and the rules of the game  ·  

So let me get this straight:

We have a financial system of investments that "worked", by which I mean for the sake of this simplification that it produced decent return on investment with relatively little investment risk. Over time, it has stopped working because the foundation has slowly eroded underneath it: the returns on things that are relatively low-risk are lower than ever, hardly beating inflation. This has pushed people controlling large sacks of money into more and more risky, more predatory investments just to keep the returns on their investments good enough, attempting to secure future wealth. The financial Overton window has shifted dramatically towards risk, the solid foundation of alpha gains falling out.

We have a financial system that used to be limited by the speed of a broker's mind. That used to be limited by the ingenuity of an Ivy League econ major to come up with new risks to create out of thin air on top of existing market and goods movements. Over time, the yelling at phones in a big room in NYC was replaced by computers, the creation of financial markets by computers, they're all interconnected in strange ways. The dark side of the pools are now squarely out of view of anyone with regulatory power, the frequency of high-frequency trading bots from companies gobbling up CalTech and MIT grads so high it's measured in nanoseconds.

We have a financial sector that got not much more than a mild burn from the Financial Crisis. No real strucutral repercussions, of course. With the bailouts left and right, and the money printer going brrr evermore, we have a financial sector that is not restricted but spurred on into madness, totally fine with taking obscene risks because their Clubhouse buddies are doing it too and you gotta keep up with the Jonases over at Goldman, right? So they short what they want. Who cares about a bit of leverage here and there if you're right.

We have a generation (or two) of the 99% who had the 'boomer dream of college-jobbyjob-house-pension shattered in front of our eyes in 2008, who are no stranger to nihilism in their 9-years-out-of-college 180sqft bedroom their degree got them. A generation who have not forgotten the tents of Occupy that did not colonize an inch of the bank accounts of Big Money. Enabled by the slot machine of Robinhood, unhindered by any lack of expertise, some gather on Reddit and speculate on the straight white bro horoscope that is the NYSE. They move a market here and there, but only if they align their lulz with their cash for a bit. They tell themselves this is how they reclaim their grip on the(ir) future, but deep down they know it's mostly a game of which they're a bunch of duck-sized horses fighting against an army of horse-sized ducks.

UNTIL someone came up with a plan that is equal parts nihilism, meme, and a call-out of the madness of the market. A plan that squarely points the middle finger at the amorphous class of the Rich who destroyed their future, by destroying their future with their own hubris. A plan that's easy enough to communicate in one of the few thousand Twitter threads that popped up as soon as $GME started getting traction. Easy enough to follow through on, throw a bunch of cash that wasn't growing anyway into it just to believe in the long arm of justice. Throw in some Musk and crying billionares to keep the train steamin'.

Cue billionaires crying because the wrong people are getting rich. A friend of a friend is actually hit badly by this! Can you imagine them picking something in my portfolio? Let's gear up the scare tactics and make Very Important Calls with Very Important People to put an end to these plebs. Let me call up that guy we lost to those Robinhood losers. He can buy us some time, for sure.

We have a stock market that has still ignored the largest health crisis since WW2. We have economists screaming recession for the last eighteen months. We have a market that has done nothing but radicalize, on the flimsiest of economic foundation, for the past decades. We have books left and right telling us how close we got to a meltdown a decade ago.

And now have Bed, Bath & Beyond going places. I'm not saying generations to come will learn Gamestop and Lehman in the same breath? But it's not unlikely.

veen  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 20, 2021

Life's never been as isolated as now. We're almost not seeing any people, only a few we walk with in the park. Afraid that February and March will be the darkest part of this crisis. Finding solace and escape in books, in what we watch, in video games, and most of all in each other. I cannot imagine how life must be for the lonely out there.

We also had a bit of a medical scare recently, and my work prospects suddenly changed last week. We'll be fine, but both put me off balance - I feel like my buffers are at critically low levels. I'm debating whether I should take my concerns about how to move forward professionaly the coming months to my colleagues, or get someone outside of it to guide me.