Today I read a news about GreenCityTrip, a night train that travels to some European cities. From the Netherlands, you will be able to take a night train to 15 different destinations. It is not a regular train with a regular schedule. Instead, there are different 5-day trips scheduled across the next months that you can book. It seems like a very nice idea though and I’m curious to take one of these trips. I really enjoy trains and I think it’s a great alternative to flights, especially night trains for long distance trips.

Today I read a news about GreenCityTrip, a night train that travels to some European cities. From the Netherlands, you will be able to take a night train to 15 different destinations. It is not a regular train with a regular schedule. Instead, there are different 5-day trips scheduled across the nex…

Next quartile, I will not only be working and doing my thesis, but also taking a weekly Dutch lesson and be a TA for a Deep Learning course. Did I make a bad decision?

Next quartile, I will not only be working and doing my thesis, but also taking a weekly Dutch lesson and be a TA for a Deep Learning course. Did I make a bad decision?…

🌸 A Visit to the Bloesempark

Cherry Tree GIF

A few days ago, my boyfriend invited my go to the Bloesempark in Amsterdamse Bos. Unfortunately, I won’t be in the Netherlands next weekend so I cannot go. However, since the idea of going to a park with around 400 japanese cherry blossom trees (Sakura trees) 🌸 was too enticing, I gathered some friends and visited yesterday.

We traveled by train from Eindhoven to Amsterdam ArenA. We immediately saw that was not the best idea so we continued to Amsterdam Zuid and rented some OV-fiets there. It was my first time using an OV-fiets and I must say: they run very smoothly. But their brakes? Horrible.

We biked to and through the Amsterdamse Bos until we reached the Bloesempark and oh my gosh. So many people. Considering that there are around 400 trees there, I’m sure there was way more than one person per tree. There were also people dressed with some traditional dresses. It was incredible! Anyways, here’s some photos from yesterday.

Cherry Tree GIF A few days ago, my boyfriend invited my go to the Bloesempark in Amsterdamse Bos. Unfortunately, I won't be in the Netherlands next weekend so I cannot go. However, since the idea of going to a park with around 400 japanese cherry blossom trees (Sakura trees) 🌸 was too enticing, I…

My Website Before IndieWeb

Since I created this website’s colophon (also known as meta page), I’ve wanted to also created a page that show cased how this website evolved over the years. I created this website when I was 14, in 2014. At first, it was just a bunch of HTML pages written by hand. Within the first year, the website moved from pure HTML to WordPress and then to Hugo.

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A month ago I went to the municipality to exchange my Portuguese driving license by a Dutch one. The reasons were mostly by ease of use and that it would come handy in some situations. The thing is that here they take your original driving license during the whole process. Usually, this process takes about 2 to 4 weeks. Since I haven’t received anything until today, I called.

The RDW (authority that takes care of this things here) told me they couldn’t validate my license using the EU online system and that they contacted the Portuguese entity for validation. Of course, they haven’t received any information yet. I talked to other people from EU and it took only 2 weeks. I guess it was because the online system was working with their country. Let’s see how much longer this will take…

A month ago I went to the municipality to exchange my Portuguese driving license by a Dutch one. The reasons were mostly by ease of use and that it would come handy in some situations. The thing is that here they take your original driving license during the whole process. Usually, this process take…

Today it marks the first month since I officially started my Masters project. I don’t know how I feel about it. I expected to have done more progress, which scares me a bit. But I’m positive it’ll turn out well.

Today it marks the first month since I officially started my Masters project. I don’t know how I feel about it. I expected to have done more progress, which scares me a bit. But I’m positive it’ll turn out well.…

I went to this store called Dille & Kamille the other day and I think it’s one of my favorite stores now. I bough the teas in the imagine and, not only they smell amazing, they also taste incredibly good. Recommend.

I went to this store called Dille & Kamille the other day and I think it’s one of my favorite stores now. I bough the teas in the imagine and, not only they smell amazing, they also taste incredibly good. Recommend.…

Jan-Lukas Else 19 Mar 2022 10:10

So expensive! 😳 But the BahnCard 100 (2nd class costs 4144€ per year) also doesn’t include every bus/tram, just in selected transport networks. And I don’t know how to think about the price in relation to the country size (same with Austria). Sure, you can travel much larger distances, but there are…

Those are good points. Dutch people frequently complain about their public transport, but it works very well in general. I have Day Discount subscription for the trains that costs 5.10 EUR a month and gives 40% discount during off-peak hours, weekend and public holidays. Additionally, up to 3 people traveling with me can get 40% discount too (albeit group tickets would be less expensive in this case). And I think that’s a pretty good discount, considering the overall train prices and service quality. Even with all this discounts I spent over 90 EUR on public transit last month 😂 Free weekends is 31.60 EUR per month.

Fun fact: Dutch students are entitles to a Student Product where they can choose to travel for free during weekdays or weekend on any public transport carrier in the entire country. Technically, EU students are also entitled but it’s a very long process (because they want to make it difficult), which I started three months ago and still know nothing about it. Also, this is not “free”: it’s a gift. If you don’t finish a degree within 10 years, you have to pay everything back and it’s over 300 EUR per month.

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Jan-Lukas Else 18 Mar 2022 22:43

I wish the BahnCard 100 in Germany would be cheaper… But congratulations and have fun with climate-friendly travel! 🙂

In the Netherlands, something equivalent would be 362.40 * 12 = 4348.8 EUR per year and only includes train… And the country is much smaller than Germany. To include metro, bus and trams thorough the country, just throw some 2022.00 EUR more.

  • NS Flex Altijd Vrij: 362.40 * 12 = 4348.80 EUR
  • NET Subscription (Metro, Bus & Tram): 2022.00 EUR

Total p/ year: 6370.8 EUR

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Right now, I have my Last.fm scrobbles backed up. Every day, a small script fetches everything from Last.fm and dumps it into a file. The script is not very well optimized and downloads every scrobble since ever every day. Anyways, the point is not that. I would love to have the things I listen to in this website, just like I have for the watches. But there’s a problem: the sheer amount of data!

Since mid-2020 until right now, I have 32 526 scrobbles on Last.fm. Doing the math, I have, on average, a little bit more than 50 scrobbles a day. That would be 32K posts. That would generate too many posts, at least in my opinion. I’m sure Eagle, and of course Postgres, would be able to handle it. However, it would easily pollute my omni feed. One of my ideas was to put all the daily scrobbles in a single file that would be rendered as multiple entries. Basically, every time my Micropub endpoint would receive a scrobble, it would append it to the the publishing day’s scrobble file. I will sleep on this idea.

I know that some people, like Jamie, do a yearly music review post. Do you have any other examples?

Right now, I have my Last.fm scrobbles backed up. Every day, a small script fetches everything from Last.fm and dumps it into a file. The script is not very well optimized and downloads every scrobble since ever every day. Anyways, the point is not that. I would love to have the things I listen to i…

I just made a few upgrades to my IndieAuth client and server to match the new version of the specification which is more in line with OAuth 2.0 specification. I added introspection, user information and the metadata endpoint. All the changes I made are backward compatible with older clients. For the library, I released a major version simply because I made a few breaking changes regarding functions naming to match the specification better. I’m thinking about supporting refresh tokens too. I wonder, however, if there’s any IndieAuth app that uses refresh tokens. It’d be great to test.

I just made a few upgrades to my IndieAuth client and server to match the new version of the specification which is more in line with OAuth 2.0 specification. I added introspection, user information and the metadata endpoint. All the changes I made are backward compatible with older clients. For the…

I’ve been using Spark as my e-mail client since I got into Apple devices. Spark is an Ukrainian app and recently my university’s opsec team reached out saying that, even though I have permission to use the app - because I had asked for it -, it may be removed due to the current conflicts in Odessa. I think it just happened because I can’t use it anymore. I moved back to the native Mail app on my devices. The ironic part of this all is that my university’s opsec team recommended Gmail as an alternative. Yes, Gmail.

I've been using Spark as my e-mail client since I got into Apple devices. Spark is an Ukrainian app and recently my university's opsec team reached out saying that, even though I have permission to use the app - because I had asked for it -, it may be removed due to the current conflicts in Odessa.…

Henrique Dias 16 Mar 2022 14:26

Today I voted for the first time on the municipal elections in the Netherlands. One of the largest differences from Portugal is that you vote on the specific person and not a party. The other one is that I can vote anywhere I want in Eindhoven. It was a nice and swift experience.

The cherry on top of the cake is that here you vote with a red pencil ✏️🔴

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Today I voted for the first time on the municipal elections in the Netherlands. One of the largest differences from Portugal is that you vote on the specific person and not a party. The other one is that I can vote anywhere I want in Eindhoven. It was a nice and swift experience.

Today I voted for the first time on the municipal elections in the Netherlands. One of the largest differences from Portugal is that you vote on the specific person and not a party. The other one is that I can vote anywhere I want in Eindhoven. It was a nice and swift experience.…