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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: January 12, 2019, 02:00:51 am »
So I am officially 1 week into the intensive coding thing. It is basically... heaven. I work on whatever I want all day and if I have questions there are tons of very smart people around to answer them. Everyone is really nice and patient with my beginner-ness.

I created a version of Conway's Game of Life the first day, recreated it in javascript the second day, and then spent the rest of the week figuring out how to run it online interactively. The goal is to spend the rest of my time here figuring out an urban planning/data application that I can create and looking for relevant jobs.

(also, "work on whatever I want" = work my way through textbooks)

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: December 27, 2018, 06:05:34 am »
Today my extended family did an "escape room," split into two teams. We both failed, and I debriefed with my sister and we agreed-- nobody in my entire family knows how to follow directions. I guess good to confirm.

I really think playing with lego sets as a kid set me up for life. You have to make sure you do exactly what it shows or it won't look like it does on the box.

Just arrived back in Brooklyn. My favorite roommate moved out and next week I'm leaving my job. The good news is, my GF is done with school and got a job offer so she can stay in New York. And I'm starting the full-time computer programming training thing in a few weeks.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: December 23, 2018, 05:05:29 am »
Today I went through my room at my parents' house because they're selling the house. A lotta shit to throw out. A lot of books to donate. Rounding the night out by going through my dad's old matchbox cars. There is one really beat up one with thumbtacks taped to the bottom-- I remember that he told me once this was for racing on some kind of track?

It is really mindblowing to me to look at this car and think "my dad at age 6 or 7 thought this was the coolest and fastest car."

Anyway I'm going to ask him to confirm the racing thing.

Also, astonishing, but as late as 2008 I was cutting articles out of the newspaper and saving them in a box. I found an article I saved from 2008 about how cool Brooklyn is. The rest of the box was anything about a rock band, predictably lots of stuff about George W Bush, John Kerry, and "letters to the editor" that I thought were funny.

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Sports & Leisure / Re: What's for supper?
« on: December 18, 2018, 11:53:44 pm »
My new thing with the GF is burrito nights. Beans, roasted veggies (onions peppers and zucchini usually), yellow rice and salsa. Very good easy meal.

I miss that korean pork though. Damn, that was one of the most satisfying things I've ever made.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: December 18, 2018, 11:47:54 pm »
The temperature is definitely off, but last time I made this cake in this oven I just set the temperature 15 degrees higher than the recipe said and it worked. Hmm. I will get an oven thermometer-- I only have an instant read one.

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: December 18, 2018, 03:56:48 am »
Tomorrow is the holiday potluck at work, so I decided to go out with a bang and make this really good lemon cake recipe. I've made it before and it was delicious. Of course, because I will never ever learn anything, I told my coworkers I was bringing a cake.

But this is 2018, so the cake got entirely burnt on the outside while remaining raw in the middle. Get out of here, year!

Lotta ruined baked goods since moving to NYC. I wonder what is going on there?

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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)

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Wild Card / Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« on: December 01, 2018, 08:59:57 pm »
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

(https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018552-pressure-cooker-spicy-pork-shoulder it is so good...)

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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.

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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.)

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