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@achewood Jumping jacks, flinging myself off of low decks, yelling into an empty bottle of carrot juice. Trying to get in writing mode.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: December 15, 2018, 09:58:30 pm »
The Girlfriend got me a little bonsai tree for Christmas. We took a journey down to extreme southern Brooklyn to a man's house that he has turned into a makeshift nursery, with shelves and shelves of small bonsai and grow lights. Now I'm home and I can't stop looking at it.

She knows me better than I know myself, because I was kind of like "uh, what?" when she told me what I was getting. But I am already obsessed with this thing. Just hope I do not kill it through stupidity. The good news is, I think I am supposed to let it grow and chill until spring when pruning begins, so i have some time to get used to it before I make a stupid decision.

(update: I have read some articles and this thing will definitely die, there is not enough light in my apartment to grow a small tropical tree)

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: December 01, 2018, 08:59:57 pm »
WTF. How can the story keep changing like that? Bizarre and giraffey. On the other hand, that's a really good answer when asked why you left your last job, so maybe best to stop asking questions and move on.

Yes. And on my way out I'm going to tell the Good coworkers to watch out because this could happen to them.

It turns out part of the story is that I was misinformed about the Civil Service stuff. I was not "provisional" I was "non-competitive." Provisional means you are hired but haven't taken a civil service test yet-- "non-competitive" means you were hired for a specific task or skill and don't have to take a test, but can be fired at any time. It is supposed to be for things like lawyers (not a testable skillset) and jobs that rely on a personal characteristic (like living in a certain neighborhood or speaking a certain rare language). The Department of City Planning is not allowed to hire us under that category, but is somehow getting away with it.

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: November 30, 2018, 12:22:46 am »
OK. Met with HR today. Now the story is that this position was funded by a grant and it was never going to be possible to stay longer than 2 years. What the fuck? I really, really do not get it. I told a coworker (who was in charge of the project I worked on most of this time) and he was astonished and pissed off as well. We had other coworkers who were explicitly The Grant Guys and we all knew they were only hired temporarily... I was never included in that group.

I kind of do not believe this explanation but... whatever, byyyyeeee. No word yet on that interview I had, but just saw a job working for the mayor doing research on something extremely related to the job I was doing at City Planning. Or the computer programming thing that I still really really want to do.

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:16:51 am »
Ugh. My last day at my job is in 1 month. I had kind of come to the conclusion that they were bluffing because we had an agency-wide meeting about Civil Service and there was no mention of the idea that there is a "deadline" at 2 years.

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:56:42 pm »
Yes! I loved that.

Today a guy from the tech department at work emailed me a link to my own GitHub (where people who code share their projects online) and asked if it was me. He had an idea and googled it and found my project!! He asked if I ever finished it and made it into a website... so now I really need to do that! Very pleased.

My GF's remark was that she has never, ever seen me smile this much about anything else at work, which is maybe an indication that I should continue pursuing the coding stuff. Hmm.

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: November 08, 2018, 12:37:33 am »
Today i made a lil python script that creates neighborhood maps. You put in your base map document and a list of your chosen NYC neighborhoods and it creates a map for each neighborhood, labeled, centered on the correct borough with the other boroughs faded to a lighter color. They're ugly but functional.

Damn, the satisfaction of hitting enter and then seeing 190 maps appear in the folder 45 seconds later... very good.

Not incredibly useful, but now I know my way around the GIS scripting interface and have a little cookbook of how to do things. Just don't tell my boss I spent like 3 hours on this. It turns out the GIS/Python project is ... not well documented.

Sports & Leisure / Re: What's for supper?
« on: November 06, 2018, 08:46:31 pm »
It is definitely good that all my vegetarian friends have me eating more vegetables than I used to, but I need just ONE close bud who wants to come over and eat my big pot of korean shredded pork.

( it is so good...)

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: October 30, 2018, 03:26:33 pm »
Iím sure itís good, in its own way.

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: October 30, 2018, 03:23:42 am »
Wagon Wheel is the only song that i've experienced the way people used to experience real folk songs. That is, I heard it a bunch of times played by my friends around drunken campfires, and grew to love it very much.

And then one day I heard the real version. Damn, they ruined it.
(the guys who wrote it)

Today the bad bosses came through. I had not been keeping them up to date on my job search (because one of them was super discouraging about the first thing I applied to) but today I had a question about a specific department. They grilled me about where the position is, who it reports to, etc. It turned out the Better boss knows the Assistant Commissioner of [whatever] who is in charge of that office. So some words have been put in.

(Damn, it's a cool job. Doing data analysis to target abusive landlords for bureaucratic hell to rain down upon them.)

(...that pays the same as what I started at at my current job, two cost-of-living-raises ago. But learning stuff and room to grow is a raise on its own.)

Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: October 23, 2018, 02:38:44 am »
Whoa. I finally used my small programming abilities to make a thing I can actually use.

The NYC Jobs website is an abomination of web design. It's one of those sites where if you click back or refresh everything disappears, you can't open things in new tabs, and there's no way to save a job you like. I spent the evening figuring out how the website works, how it requests the job data from the server, and how to use the python modules for downloading things from the internet. A few hours later, I now have a script that will download all the data, find the agency, department, job title, and job listing ID, which it then uses to generate the permanent link (I figured out the permalink is a bunch of boilerplate and then the job listing ID). It saves them all to a text file with a link to the posting.

Next steps: 1. Set it up to run every day and 2. Figure out how to automatically throw the listings up on a really simple website.

I could probably have found them all on but then I wouldn't be able to say I know how to scrape data from a website.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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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