「Joy’s story vending machine」Hrazdan Gorge in Yerevan

Last year I travelled a lot, I think there are still a lot of pictures I haven’t shared yet. Not yet Thurday yet but I want to throw back to Yerevan. I was there last autumn for a short stopover before taking the overnight bus to Tehran. 

Yerevan was lovely as far as I remember, the city is not as beautiful as those in neighbour country Georgia. Yet I enjoyed it, especially the walking I made in Hrazdan Gorge, an area just outside the city. It is also said to be the oldest human settlement in Armenia. 

There is a train station and amusement park for kids to play. When I went there, it was rainy, I saw no children there, but a group of locals drinking cognac and having fun. they seemed a bit drunk and it was only at noon. People in the Caucasus are friendly, they soon invited me to have a cup of cognac with them. I don’t mind but of course I couldn’t drink much with them, had some other places to go, haha. Hospitality in Caucasus countries is such a delight for travellers in my opinion.

I miss the colourful leaves and lovely little river there. 

The walk was longer than I thought, at one point I got a bit bored (mostly from the rain) and couldn’t get a uber or cafe to sit down. Found some restaurants on the way, not in the mood to have meal though, so I asked if I can just have a coffee, the owner made me a Turkish coffee but he refused to take the money lol. 

I don’t like Turkish coffee in general but I loved it when travelling in the Caucasus. 

 

Joy的故事贩卖机 – 亚美尼亚Hrazdan山谷

去年秋天,在去伊朗之前,我在亚美尼亚的首都Yerevan小作停留,当时是为了省钱,飞亚美尼亚的机票很便宜,于是想着从亚美尼亚坐过夜大巴去德黑兰。现在想起来还挺喜欢Yerevan这座城市,而去伊朗的20小时的过夜大巴也成了难忘的回忆。

Yerevan不算是一座让人很惊艳的城市,即使在高加索国家也不算,跟邻居格鲁吉亚相比,不管是老城的历史文化还是食物,都稍微逊色一些。然而可能也是因为这座城市的低调,人民的朴实可爱,让我还是印象深刻。高加索地区真是我深爱的地区之一。

Hrazdan Gorge是个离中心不远,有点隐蔽的小山谷,我不记得我是坐公车还是走路过去的,不过Yerevan本身不大,到处都可以走路。在这里看到了超级美丽的秋色。小桥流水,加上层次鲜明的各色红叶。山谷里面有个小孩专用火车站,天气好的时候是开给小孩玩的。我去的时候下雨,住在附近的当地人直接把火车变成了野餐地点。和格鲁吉亚人一样,亚美尼亚人也很热情好客,招呼我跟他们一起喝Cognac酒,当时才中午他们看样子已经喝了一阵子了。我当然不能喝太多,于是喝了一小口就道别了。

在山谷走着走着,觉得有些无聊(哈哈,我经常一边旅行一边失去热情……)在欧洲待久了,没事就想找个咖啡店坐坐,在高加索地区咖啡店不是很好找,加上山谷里面就更没有了,好不容易找到一家开着的餐厅,我走进去,问老板可不可以只喝杯咖啡。老板有点惊讶,不过他说可以,给我煮了杯土耳其咖啡,我问他多少钱,他还说一再说不用了不用了,呵呵。

很搞笑的是,我本来挺讨厌没有过滤过的土耳其咖啡,经过高加索的旅行,常常偶尔在比利时也想来杯土耳其咖啡。

基于SP的Steem投票交换服务,你怎么看?

昨天我在Steemhunt上面看到有人发了由见证人Steem-bounty最近在开发的一个投票交换服务,这个服务非常有意思,相信很多人都曾想象过。一旦加入这个俱乐部,会根据你的发帖频率和其他人的发帖频率(每周一算),根据SP自动计算你给对方投票的百分比。比如如果A有5千SP,B有5万SP,你们每周发帖数相当,那么A给B投票100%,B就给A回点10%。

非常现实,然而这又何尝不是Steem的现况,当然还是有一些比较无私的人一直不断支持新人,但是不得不承认大部分人也是循环投票或者自点。说实话,在现在Steem的算法上,我不觉得这有什么问题,大家都不是圣人,如果给别人投票的收益大大少于自点或者循环投票,那么为什么要选择一个收益少的方式呢?尤其对于有非常多SP的人来说,封锁13周本来就是个冒险的举动。

要知道HF19之前虽然收益分配不均,但当时收益最多的作者也并不是当时的大鲸们,也就是说大鲸还是支持了很多优秀的作者的。跟现在买赞就能trending相比(即使以前经常上trending的一些作者也不得不买赞),似乎还是好一些的。当然当时也不是没有问题,trending页面长期被一部分人占领,但是我认为依旧比现在好。

在HF19刚开始的时候,我偶尔也买买赞玩,后来发现买赞也不会带来太大额外收益,后来就很久不买赞了。现在很多资深Steemian也一直唾弃trending页面上面都是买赞,看来会认真看一看trending的人也是越来越少了。

现在来看,如果你买了不少SP,你也比较懒,那么有下面几种被动收益的方式:代理给各种机器人(我没研究过哪个机器人收益比较多);保留SP,去MB,SmartMarket卖赞买赞(这两个卖赞买赞可以用内部的钱包直接进行,还看不出来,非常酷)。

我一直没有代理给机器人,因为觉得保留SP比较有主动性,如果真的看到非常不错的帖子,可以支持一下。当然没有代理出去还有很大的原因是我的收益还可以,如果明天我的收益急剧下降,我也不好说会不会代理出去,我相信不只是我,很多人都会这样做吧。

Steem-bounty这个服务让你可以保留自由SP,然后自动互相投票,其实我觉得跟MB,SmartMarket卖赞买赞本质很像,但是一切直接自动化了。

我在他们Steem投票交换服务的公告帖里面看到一些非议,毕竟如果这样,大家都随意灌水,你的SP完全决定收益,这对STEEM生态是不好的,但是显然现在的买赞机器人对生态也是没有帮助的。

不过说句大实话,Steem的价钱现在还是跟着BTC浮动,这跟我们在这里写了什么其实也没什么关系。

不要误会,我还是很看好Steem的,只是不可否认现在的线性收益是肉眼可见非常有问题的吧。

6 years in Belgium

The other day I just realised that I’ve been living in Belgium for 6 years. What a long time it has been!

It doesn’t feel so long though, I still remember the day I arrived in Belgium, it seems like yesterday, I remember how I took a train from the airport to Leuven, the university town, also the city I’ve been living for so long. 

I remember someone gave me a hand to lift my suitcase on the train, it was so heavy, I don’t understand why I pack too many stuff in that suitcase, because after a few days, it got stolen in the hostel anyway. 

It was the first time I came to Europe, I had never been to Europe before. Everything seemed so interesting to me. After getting my student room sorted, I figured there’re still a couple of weeks before school starts, so I went travelling around, which was mostly great, except in the end of the trip I broke my shoulder while cycling somewhere in Switzerland. 

I even missed my flight back to Belgium and had to crush a night in Geneva airport, missing flight isn’t much fun, especially with a broken shoulder.

What a crazy start of my journey in Europe! haha…

It really feels like yesterday, but it’s been 6 years! 

I finished my degree, did thousands of Dutch and French classes, now when I look back, I doubt if I just probably wanted to find some excuses not to start a day job or something. Probably, but I don’t really know myself that well. 

I never thought I would stay so long in Europe. Just like anywhere else, the longer you stay, the less interesting the place becomes. Nowadays every time I travel outside Europe, I’m so excited. Then what am I doing here? But again, if not that I decided to stay here, maybe I would never have found out Steem, crypto, etc. 

Just some random thoughts, nothing important.

Spoorlopers and rail-biking (not really related)

The other day I came across this poster in one of the Belgian train stations. 

Spoorlopen is a Dutch word, meaning walking on the rail tracks.

During my stay in Belgium, I’ve noticed that Belgian railway company is really doing a great effort (not only posters everywhere, they even made some Virtual Reality to warn the public not to walk on the track) against this behaviour, much than any other countries, I believe. 

It seems that Belgians really like to walk on the rail tracks or anything. I remember back when I have to commute by train every day, it did happen quite a few times, when the train driver noticed delay caused by the spoorlopers. I guess since so many campaigns are being done, plus the frequency Belgians walk on the tracks, spoorlopen sounds more like a sport to me in Belgium.

So, what can they do then on the rail track? Why do they take so long if they were just about to cross the track?

Do they want to practice their balance on the rail track?

Or make photography like this?

like this?

It can also be they are enjoying their rail biking fun. 

Rail biking isn’t a revolutionary at all, it exists for quite a while. Mostly to reuse the old train tracks for tourism, where you sit back, cycle down a scenic route.

Such touristic rail biking isn’t my thing, unless it’s a real bike converted rail bike like this:

Perfect for cycling travellers, especially in railways with quite little traffic such as Central Asia. It can save you a lot of time and energy on  route planning 😀

Would you like to try rail biking maybe one day?

photo credit: pexels and wikimedia commons

 

昨天路过一个火车站,发现了一个有意思的海报,意思是提醒大家不要在火车轨道上走路……

荷兰语有个独特的单词叫Spoorlopen,意思就是在火车轨道上走,我其实是百思不得其解,为何比利时铁路公司非常用心了搞了各种宣传,为了阻止Spoorlopers…… 前两年我每天需要坐火车去上法语课的时候,也经常听到司机的广播通知:“由于轨道上有人在走,现在火车不得不暂停,造成延迟。” 我一直对这些轨道漫步者非常好奇。他们是寻短见吗?还是为了好玩,为什么那么多人喜欢在轨道上走,搞的像一个运动一样。

之前看过一个新闻,有一些青年,在铁轨嬉戏,结果没有发觉火车来,不幸丧生。但是我觉得火车大部分都发出很大噪声,为什么会没有注意了,也可能是铁轨比较窄,两边没有其他地方可以躲?

今天我在想铁轨可以做什么,就进行了一些搜索。

在其他的地方,叫做Rail biking,这个比较有意思,在自行车上面装一个连接铁轨的装置,就可以顺着铁轨骑车。在一些火车班次不太密集的地方,比如中亚,其实很实用:有足够的火车网络,而且可以省很多精力,很适合骑自行车旅行的人。