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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

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veen  ·  6 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I’m a contact tracer in North Dakota. The virus is so rampant that we gave up.

I'm surprised it took this long. Our contact tracing went to 'tracing-light' in August after the first minor bump in the road. It nope'd out due to further incompetence a month later. From 8 hours full investigations, to now 10-minute convo's that only ask a handful of obvious questions, because it was only a few dozen people doing the job. They're only now scaling it actually up.

Over 2k per 100k is entirely different levels of abysmal, though, Jesus. It's gonna be a rough end of the year.

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 18, 2020

Not my best week. Tired, sick of things, hard to muster the energy to do hard things. Difficult conversations at work two days in a row, so today I cancelled my last few meetings and went on a two hour bike ride. That helped. But I wish I didn’t need recovery tricks like that.

veen  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Your Computer Isn't Yours

It's frustrating. I wish a fringe toy for nerds wasn't needed for shit like this, although I wouldn't be surprised if Windows 10 sends similar analytics. And I say that having implemented analytics in the app start-up I'm part of. People underestimate how much a call home can theoretically do to tell you about your day, habits, and life.

I'm also frustrated because I can't get pihole to work because I can't even forward ports on my ISP box. Gah.

veen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 11, 2020

I'm not against a proper saving plan, nor against frugality, and I am envious of those who succeed in their early retirement.

The part that I don't like is how the collective failure to maintain a proper social security net and reasonable student financing has been individualized and accepted to such a degree, that it has resulted in a movement of blogs idolozing saving percentages so that you can buy your freedom as if we're actually living in a meritocracy. "YOU TOO can escape the serfdom of debt, but only if you're working hard enough at self-inflicted poverty!"

My impression of FIRE may he biased and there's good parts in everything, but it's that part that I hate.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 11, 2020

I'm reading a lot about financial planning and investing lately. Feel like I'm now in the place where it would be good to get my ducks in a row and think seriously about things like buying a house or dividend investments or not. Most of the landscape is either FIRE-self-immolation-BS, written by and for boomers, scammers or idiots. There's gotta be a financial strategy out there for millenials like me that's doesn't include either "adulting" or "inheritance tax", and I'm bound to find it and/or build it.

Saving this for December! I have a long holiday planned and am keen to spend it fiddling around with music making.

veen  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

Sounds great! Python is lovely if you ask me. Did you dive into other languages too? I can't recommend mastering SQL enough after you've figured out how scripting works. It's frustrating at times, but also lifesaving at times.

Holy fuck that's a lot of kettlebells. I thought doing 50 was a lot. Are your gyms open still? Or some of the time? The most sportive I've become is by picking up running after corona hit. I'm doing 3 to 4 miles at a for-me-decent 10 minute/mile pace thrice a week, which is better than I've ever done. Hit 7,5% body fat percentage at 151lbs this summer briefly, whoops. Doing better now. My SO's still with me, we moved in earlier this year and it's been nothing but wonderful.

My paper's online and open access! All it needs is final typesetting and printing. These past months I've done almost no programming, as I've been quite succesful in moving from coder to (mobility) data expert. If all goes well, I can helm a project to get more research related to my paper into practice at a big dept. of transportation here.

veen  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A return

Dude, congrats on finishing Lambda! Welcome to the illustrious Club of Coders. (It's mostly stuffy and could use more deodorant, but the pay's good.)

What're you coding in? What field or topic? How are you staying fit these days?

veen  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 406th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Yesss Solar Fields is amazing. So atmospheric, ethereal. It’s the perfect music for me to bike home to in the dead of night, or to go running, contemplating life. kleinbl00 infected me too.

veen  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Woke up this morning to zero new COVID cases in Victoria

Point taken. What's your go-to international source, if I may ask? I get the sense Our World in Data does the best job, but it's really hard to properly gauge.

veen  ·  26 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Woke up this morning to zero new COVID cases in Victoria

Fair enough, they're dumb for WA because WA uses a dumb public metric. We have pretty decent daily case reporting, so it's actually accurate on that map. My region is 61 on Gmaps and 62 on the governmental dashboard.

Other than that the map is just Johns Hopkins and NYT data repackaged, and since nobody does this shit any better than mediocre, it's unfortunately the best international comparison we got. Which is different from what you might need to inform yourself, but is what the original question here was.

veen  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Woke up this morning to zero new COVID cases in Victoria

Easiest way I've found to compare is to enable the Covid layer in Google Maps. You can zoom in for county numbers.

Poor Belgium is doin' a Dakota over there.

veen  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Woke up this morning to zero new COVID cases in Victoria

Dammit Germany, you were the chosen one!

I wouldn’t be surprised you’re out of lockdown before we are though. Sigh.

veen  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Google Play Music is gone, long live YouTube Music

Exactly! I went for the 425s, and just love how isolating the earplug-rubbers are.

Only downside is that there’s only one freaking expensive usb-C adapter / DAC (from Shure themselves) which isn’t very good an also broke after a few months. Got a new one and it hasn’t lasted two months. Complete garbage.

veen  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: GMC Hummer EV

It's dumb, top to bottom. We now have the ability to make hoghly efficient low-footprint vehicles that are much cheaper to operate...but instead we'll probably waste the efficiency gains on big, bulky luxury SUVs with poor sightlines.

A regular hatchback with batteries in them (VW eGolf, Audi e-Tron) uses twice as much energy per mile as as an aerodinamically optimized vehicle like a Tesla or even a Renault Zoe. I can't imagine the abysmal energy per distance rate this thing will slurp.

That said: Hummers have always been petrol-slurping monsters, so I doubt it'll put anyone off from buying one to drive to football practice. Will be fun to see stranded Hummers on highways though.

veen  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 21, 2020

Having gone through peer review exactly once now, I'm puzzled as to why anyone would care if you'd share it? You don't know who wrote it, so you can't properly take their wishes into account. And if it's a small field and the reviewer does find out you've quoted whatever they said to someone else, they should stand behind their words because that's the purpose of a peer review.

veen  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 21, 2020

I'm having a wonderful week off. Have an oversupply of paid leave that needs to be down to zero by Jan 1st, so I'm taking this week off, a long weekend early November and almost all of December.

Most of my week so far has been spent reading, cooking, and getting to a bunch of things I had postponed until further notice. I had been cooking more the last few weeks, but this weekend I got Ottolenghi's Simple as an early birthday gift so I got a pack with a bunch of exotic ingredients, made an extra grocery trip to get a bunch of veggies and declared Ottolenghi Week in our household. I've always liked to put something great on the table, but until last year that'd mostly been a handful of self-made or altered recipes from random sources. This year and especially the last week we've expanded our spices cabinet almost twofold and I love exploring new tastes and techniques and learning how to use them properly.

I started writing morning pages the other day. The only goal I have is to try and cathartically write how things are going and what's bothering me for five to ten minutes at the start of my day. I've been keeping a simple diary (did this, did that) for a year or two now but have never been very happy with it. This so far feels a nice addition to my morning routine. It helps me clarify and articulate my thoughts better. There is a markable difference between late-night tired worries and early morning, coffee/tea in hand worries, with the latter being much more important and worth thinking about. Since writing is a form of thinking for me I think this'll be a valuable new habit, not just in the short run.

Yesterday I realized which kind of contemplative mood I'm in. I always get contemplative when I am away from work for a while. I use the mental space I gain to endlessly ponder over bigger questions in life, as that's the only way I know how to deal with them productively. But it's always coloured by what's top of mind, and this week it's the woes of people in their thirties and early forties. Kids, building a family, thinking about what you've built up and what you still want to build up, that kind of thing. Devoured a book that was basically a collection of reflections and stories of someone turning forty, and I bought the game Eliza which has overlaps. It doesn't help that my mom is asking me out of the blue if we have wedding plans yet. Basically I'm looking for experience about settling down, while also realizing that I don't want to be gently coerced into doing so. Thus the need to figure out what part of that is for me and what part isn't. Put differently, I desparately don't want to be that friend of mine half brainwashed into wanting a mortgage equal her net salary in an overheated market, or the other friend getting a divorce because it just didn't work out anymore.

veen  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions


veen  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions

A bunch of people have dreams.

veen  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions

Good Will Hunting?