Pinned toot

Engineer and product designer from Berlin. Ran a design consultancy doing game and engagement design. Now I'm working as a lead engineer at a local startup while raising twin daughters.

I do a small podcast (in Dutch for now) with my former business partner about progressive perspectives on technology.

Programming isn’t difficult. It’s made difficult by people without skill and/or will.

The Schadenfreude drips off the page here (and rightly so) where Pankaj Mishra skewers Brexiteers: “But none of this would surprise anyone who knows of the unconscionable breeziness with which the British ruling class first drew lines through Asia and Africa and then doomed the people living across them to endless suffering.”

If we have to deport people back into a warzone (more or less indefensible but those are our democratic rules), couldn't we at least give them a choice of insertion point and stack them with small arms and dollars?

Listening to Runciman and realizing that there's no way this could happen in Germany. Professors of political science here have a sedative force that is at least on par with the Entertainment.

Not watching Netflix (I don't) is the new not owning a television (I didn't).

I am increasingly of the opinion that German is fundamentally unsuited for digital work. Language demarcates a socio-cultural space.

Always so sad when somebody you respected starts believing their own hype.

I don’t get it: you wouldn’t comment on anybody in the street how cute they look, what makes it ok to do this with (my) kids?

Is it because they’re defenseless and therefore can’t retaliate?

Germany is proceeding to monumentally fuck up its land tax reform. Exactly what we need right now.

And for the entirety of Germany the current land tax revenue is only €13B!? That's a joke.

AHP is one of the best writers on our culture on any given day but with this one she has resoundingly hit it out of the park. I'd add connections to Premium Mediocre and Crashed to top this off.

The solution to this situation is like she describes 1. to learn how to live: there's no point in doing stuff for others if you do not want to and 2. to radicalize yourself: our condition is deliberately created by people who benefit from it and it can be uncreated.

I have been railing a bit against my domestic confinement but having just read Trungpa I am reassured that this is the right path:

“But if you do not start at home, then you have no hope of helping the world. So the first step in learning how to rule is learning to rule your household, your immediate world. There is no doubt that, if you do so, then the next step will come naturally. If you fail to do so, then your contribution to this world will be further chaos.”

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I spent my twenties figuring out the operational parameters of my mind and body. (Turns out not everybody does that and lots of people are still struggling with themselves later on.)

My year 2018 in reading summarized (71 books, 13398 pages, a bunch of reckons and recommendations):

As a twin parent my compassion for poorly organized and/or ill parenting single kid parents is near zero.

Such a nice and clear guide to resolving conflict based on these themes, quoted:

- Conflict is going to persist until someone decides to stop it
- The more senior employee should act first and most graciously.
- If the problem is beyond the scope of the people in conflict, bring in someone who can resolve it

Today I was talking about something technical in German while simultaneously writing an issue about it in English. I feel that's maybe not the most common skill around.

If you've spent some time in the Netherlands, the most valuable cultural skill you can acquire is ‘relativeren’.

A double-edged sword in equal parts useful to make problems go away and drive other people nuts.

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