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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: October 18, 2018, 09:42:09 pm »
Go Ash! You’ve got the spurs on and they’re all saddled up.


Got rejected from the high-paying tech job after a pretty rude interview.

I have a second interview soon for an unpaid coding thing. It’s 3 months and then they help you find a job— they make money by charging recruiters a fee to recruit their alumni. It is not a school, it’s more like a writer’s retreat for coders... people work on projects together, learn stuff together, focus. A backup plan.

Today we had an agency-wide meeting and it made me wanna puke. I can’t believe all the self-congratulation. Our projects in the past 3 years created over 6000 units of affordable housing.
Congrats, that is enough affordable housing for ... 0.07% of New Yorkers. People asked pointed questions about how low our pay is compared to other city agencies and the private sector, and they talked about how satisfying and innovative our work is. Maybe I just haven’t gotten a glimpse of the innovative part.

I submitted an anonymous question about my civil service issue (theoretically a lot of people are in the same boat) and they talked about potential “problems” as a far off thing and not a short deadline like my immediate supervisors said. I think they’re just trying to get rid of me.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: October 13, 2018, 04:14:58 pm »
Two interview this coming week! Nice.

Also: was doing a super frustrating data thing with the Bad Boss and ... damn... for a smart guy he sure doesn't know how to read or listen. I kept explaining that the dataset he told me to look at was only for people born in 1980 and he kept sending feedback like "only look at the current data" and "the 1980 data is not relevant do not include it."

Eventually I threw my findings on a map, and APPARENTLY all he wanted for the last 2 years is for me to make pretty maps. I just did the basics (put the numbers on a map, color code with pretty colors, add a title and legend) and he was astonished. The first time in 2 years of work that he's responded to something I did entirely positively instead of nitpicking it. Maybe he didn't know I could make maps? I have definitely made them for him before...

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: October 08, 2018, 02:09:29 pm »
Both members of The Couple having "wait am I in the wrong career" meltdowns is resulting in a lot of "what if we just move to a cabin in the woods" conversations. Are there downsides I'm not thinking of yet? Hm.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: October 07, 2018, 03:25:23 pm »
Yeah it's an entry level tech job so it pays... 20k more than my city job. I think.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: October 03, 2018, 10:56:58 pm »
Applied to a job at a tech startup today. Maybe I can get hired and deal with a whole opposite type of frustration.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: September 29, 2018, 04:51:15 am »
Hey, the new web app is cool, but it seems like people will want to see stuff for the whole city and not just individual neighborhoods
"No, that isn't what the app is for. It's for _____ dataset, not for the whole city."
Ok, but isn't it intuitive that if people can click any part of the city and get data for it, they'll eventually want to see the whole city? There isn't anywhere on the app where it says "for small areas only"
That isn't what the app is for, that data is different, the (statistical stuff about why the datasets are different that I am perfectly aware of)
But do our users know that?
No, but they should.
Can we put something explaining it?
No they wouldn't understand it.
Uh, so how are people supposed to get information about the whole city?
They can download excel files from our website.
...Can we link to those from the app?
No. That's not what the app is for.

Sorry for all the job stuff lately. But jesus christ these people.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: September 27, 2018, 12:31:41 pm »
Not to toot my own horn but Iím pretty damn good at excel. Just not good at the project management / organization aspect. Even when i spend a long time cleaning up the folder and organizing and renaming things my coworkers react to my work with ... bemusement.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: September 26, 2018, 10:50:47 pm »
Hm. I am turning in my application for a really cool job opening at my department.

Throughout my time at my job they have said I need to do a better job documenting steps on my projects. This is like pulling teeth for me. When my process is "put the thing in excel and fiddle around with it" it's hard for me to break it into steps that are specific enough, especially when part of the process is "try this thing, no that didn't work, try this other thing."

Now I am looking at this other opening and this division of the department puts all their code up in public (and does a lot more stuff with code instead of excel). They do this thing I have read about, which is making a master script that does every step of the process-- so you could recreate the whole project on your computer at home and it will turn out the same as theirs. This makes so much more sense to me than just writing tons of notes. Each step has a comment like "remove extra columns" and then the actual code that does that step.

So now I've coded up a little example project. It downloads the entire city building database, removes all the uninteresting columns, fixes a few formatting issues, and then prints a report of "building typology" broken down by neighborhood. So you can see that one neighborhood is mostly 2-3 family brick rowhouses, and another is mostly that but with more big apartment buildings, a third is more wood-frame single family homes, and so on. And the whole thing is connected by this one script with comments explaining each step.

(Step I don't know how to do any of: turn this into some kind of interactive map, or let the reader see pictures of what is meant by "2/3 row brick" or "city style home.")

Computers are so damn cool.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you listening to?
« on: September 26, 2018, 05:37:36 pm »
If you like Kind of Blue you might like Bill Evans, he is the piano player on Kind of Blue.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you listening to?
« on: September 26, 2018, 01:31:36 am »
Bill Evans-- Portrait in Jazz, Everybody Digs
Miles Davis-- Kind of Blue, the series that are like Cookin, Workin, Steamin, one more.
Coltrane: A Love Supreme
Mingus: Mingus Ah Um, something live on youtube that I forget the title of
Thelonious: I think it was Underground?

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you listening to?
« on: September 25, 2018, 03:12:02 am »
Going through a heavy jazz phase over the last half-year. I just listen to the same Bill Evans, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and Thelonious Monk albums over and over.

Troubling: the GF hates jazz. She doesn't understand why they play so many ugly notes. I on the other hand have crossed the magic threshold where the jazz stuff I used to dislike sounds great to me now. Long bass solo? Yes please.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:08:14 pm »
Really promising job opening at work. Have contacted a few people but haven't heard back yet. Drooling a little.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Bojack Hossman
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:47:32 pm »
Whoa, I knew that voice was familiar: Hollyhock is voiced by a woman i met a few times through a friend who does comedy (she absolutely does not remember me)

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Bojack Hossman
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:49:25 pm »
I liked it a lot! Girlfriend was out of town so I finished the whole thing Friday night and Saturday morning.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:24:35 am »
The job stuff is still shitty.

I met with the woman in charge of the cool programming job (still in the city planning office). It is definitely over my head FOR NOW but we talked about what I can work on to get there.

It was my GF's birthday and I got her a simple necklace and an Instant Pot. She is wearing the necklace and we are cooking lots of good stuff in the instant pot. Mission accomplished.
Her mom said she feels JEALOUS that some guy who's known her for a year gave her the best birthday presents. That's right lady, there's a new hoss in town

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