The history of mobility according to Sempé (thread). Phase 1
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Phase 5. Note that this cartoon is from 1962, and already foresaw that, in the city, bicycles would end up being faster than cars.

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14 Sep
Hidden within the @ITF_Forum report on #micromobility "30 km/h is the maximum limit recommended for cars in city streets to reduce the risk of death or serious injury from a collision of cars with pedestrians and other vulnerable road users."…
On the topic of shared micromobility itself: "Shared micromobility predominantly replaces walking, cycling and public transport trips yet could also substitute short car trips. The broadest benefit ...could be increasing
the catchment area of public transport. " /
"Their widespread availability, particularly for first/last-mile connections, could improve access while shortening commuting time and reducing reliance on cars. However, micromobility ... raise concerns of nuisance on sidewalks, the safety of users and pedestrians" /
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16 Apr
Streetart in Brussel. Van Noordstation tot Thurn & Taxis.
Thurn en Taxis tot Sint Katelijne
Van Sint Katelijne tot Dansaert buurt
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16 Apr
The best point yet I read in @HansRosling 's "Factfulness": in the past, people did not live in balance with nature. They *died* in balance with nature. As Hobbes already knew, live was short, nasty and cruel. /
I quite often say that books are highly recommended, but "Factfulness" is a must read in the most literal sense of the word: it should be put on the school curriculum. Not just because it sets so many things straight about the world, but because it is one big argument in /
favour of a data rather than impressions based approach to understanding the world. If the data tell you that your priors are demonstrably false, you need to update your priors. Also, it is a good guide to the mental biases that guide our /
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30 Jan
In case you wonder, The Code is a history of Silicon Valley. And it's really good if you're interested in innovation and innovation policy. Of course, it doesn't replace academic work on those topics, but, besides being entertaining, it also /
brings together a lot of important facts that are forgotten. The crucial role of defence spending in kickstarting the Valley is known - what is less obvious, is that defence industry only came there because the American top brass was worried that a Soviet first strike /
might wipe out the defence industry in southern California. Contingency and path dependency matter. Also, the first generations of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs were not exactly hippies, but conservative men in white shirts and ties. And venture capitalists usually had very/
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30 Jan
Leuk opinie artikel. Als ik nu de "Blake en Mortimers" uit mijn kinderjaren herlees, zie ik ook wel hoe stereotypisch en "fout" het allemaal is. Maar ik heb "Indiër" echt nooit geassocieerd met een "trouwe dienaar" die mij als "Sahib" aanspreekt. Ook zonder sticker. /
Stom trouwens dat de huisknecht van Mortimer gekleed is als Sikh maar dan Moslim blijkt te zijn 🤪
Die eerste albums van De Beverpatrouille zijn trouwens ook hallucinant.
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29 Jan
I haven't seen "Margin call" so for me the best film ever about financial markets is "The big short". It's a real thriller, and, as far as I can judge, as accurate as movies go. It also shows something important: it takes a lot of guts /
to go short. Shorters make money when they go against the market "consensus" that a security will go up. Given that there is no upper bound to the amounts of money they can lose if their assessment is wrong, they face very strong incentives to be very well informed. That's also/
what you see in the movie: they reached the conclusion that the subprime market was about to blow up after careful field research that demonstrated the disputable practices of mortgage lenders. You cannot simultaneously claim that bubbles demonstrate the inefficiency of /
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