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 on: Yesterday at 12:43:45 pm 
Started by AugustWest - Last post by AugustWest

But that seems a little iffy to me-- whether I could really get to the point where I'm on the level of my colleagues who are more math-brained and math-trained than I am.

First of all, don't sell yourself short.  Why can't you learn these math skills?  Math ain't nothing but a thing.

Secondly, you don't have to be on the level of your colleagues who have been exercising this skill set for years already.  I'm sure your boss doesn't expect that.  Growth in the right direction is what he's looking for.  Baby steps toward minimum competency will take you a long way. As Jake the sage said, "sucking at something is the first step toward becoming sorta good at something."  You'll never get to their level if you don't start walking down the road.

Third, consider what you really want out of your work life.  Maybe you perceive your current job to be more prestigious or advantageous to your career than the Brooklyn section or some other job entirely.  And that may well be true.  But if what you do all day makes you feel miserable, or unqualified, or evil, or just unhappy then it is not worth it.  This is what you'll spend 2000 hours a year for the next 30 years or so doing.  It doesn't just affect your life, it IS your life.  Do something you at least sort of kind of enjoy doing, that's suited to your personality.  And I don't mean in a hippy dippy run off and join the circus kind of way (necessarily, although if you can pull it off, go for it!).  Even within the bounds of Good ol' normal American wage slavery there's plenty of room to find a job that's at least approximately right for you, especially for a fellow with your resume.  If crunching data ain't never going to work for you, trying to force it to is just going to make you miserable.  There's no shame in adjusting your career goals once you learn more about your own abilities and preferences.

Sorry to Dad out on you, but it took me a long time to find a job that I liked instead of a job that I was supposed to want.  You got this shit.

 on: Yesterday at 01:28:45 am 
Started by AugustWest - Last post by theinevitable
Real rough meeting at work today. My boss has mentioned several times that he wants me to "own" a project in the division (population analysis division) so I can learn and grow. Then today we had a meeting about it. He had written everything he has planned for the next 3 years up on the board, and then we went through together and crossed out everything someone else is doing, that I don't know how to do (statistics heavy or geographic analysis stuff that one of our PhDs should do), or don't want to do. The result was... very few things. Entirely things where I'd be helping someone else, doing repetitive double-check type tasks.


He talked a lot about how he thinks I'm so smart, he enjoys working with me, etc, but also how he doesn't want me to end up like [two people who left this year] who eventually got in a rut and hated working here. He suggested that I take a few weeks to think over whether I'd be interested in transferring to the Brooklyn section of the Department of City Planning to do more traditional city planning stuff (neighborhood outreach, approving building plans, etc). The alternative is that we work together to come up with some projects to expand my skills here, doing data/statistical type stuff. But that seems a little iffy to me-- whether I could really get to the point where I'm on the level of my colleagues who are more math-brained and math-trained than I am.

He emphasized that he wants me to do what will make me happy and help me advance my career. He told me an anecdote about a time in his career where he had to make a big decision about whether to make a change and do something else and how he agonized over it.

And everything he said was true, and I've been saying ever since I started that my data chops are not up to working in this section, but it still sucked to hear. It sucks to feel like for the past year and a half he's been watching me and mentally noting all my weaknesses. I entirely believe he meant this in the most positive way and really does just want me to find the right place for me. But. Ugh. A low moment.

Came home and walked to the GF's house and she had ordered thai food and we ate it and then walked to get ice cream. It's a beautiful evening in Brooklyn. And it's so nice having someone to come (kind of) home to.

(we also discussed moving in together in 2019... lately I am seeing 1 bedroom apartments that are KILLING me with desire)

 on: August 15, 2018, 07:41:29 pm 
Started by pmcd9 - Last post by wombat
When I read that I had like 50 milliseconds of panic - only exactly as long as it took to get to the second sentence. It's inexplicable that anyone could read the whole post, even before the edit, and be unclear what it meant. It makes me despair as a writer - god knows how few people actually understand my carefully composed articles.

It's probably also an effect of the context though - not only is Facebook a place on the internet that is not peopled by the cream of the crop, also, it feels to me like there's a whole lot of announcements of dead dogs there. But still, once you read the whole thing, WTF.

But yeah, the "it's like" would help. Although Ash has a point, too.

 on: August 15, 2018, 06:54:26 pm 
Started by pmcd9 - Last post by Asherdan
I think you need not step in front of the hilarious train wreck.

 on: August 15, 2018, 06:00:37 pm 
Started by pmcd9 - Last post by pmcd9
If you read the statement "Pi has died and gone to heaven. Today he gets steak night leftovers. I can hear him chomping out in the yard as I type this." accompanied by a photo and a video of Pi eating a steak bone would you mistakenly think that Pi had died? What if 10 minutes later you added "Disclaimer: Pi is not literally dead. Itís a figure of speech. It means he is ecstatic because heís eating STEAK." to the statement. Would you still mistakenly think that Pi had died? Because that's what's going on on my Facebook wall right now.

Maybe I need to amend the statement again. If I change it to "It's like Pi has died and gone to heaven..." do you think it will help?

 on: August 14, 2018, 10:25:28 am 
Started by lprkn - Last post by pmcd9
A wonderful acquisition.

 on: August 13, 2018, 07:59:40 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by Asherdan
TL;DR version: I played bug doctor and won (this time).

Also animal related, I've been so worried about Oakie the last two weeks it's kept me up at night with my stomach hurting.

See, he started passing wet sloppy stool a couple of weeks ago so I went through all the basic stuff you do for them. In order:

Simplify diet and reduce rich grain intake
Purify watering trough to rule out algae toxins
Start course of psyllium fiber feed
Deworm with Ivermectrin (broadest base, least resistant organisms)

So you do each step and wait a few days to see what the results are, and I started to sweat when none of these really had an effect.

I pulled apart some of the stools to see if he was passing sand from the gut (ingested in feeding) or if there was any sign of GI issues (blood, 'goop') and they seemed OK but loose.

I really started to worry when he lost a little weight. That's a terrible sign of something going on in the gut.

I figured I had one more thing to try, then it was time to take a stool sample to the vet for analysis.

I'd noticed that he cleared up for a day or so after the Ivermectrin deworming and resumed sloppy stool with a vengeance. Well, different dewormers are better at killing different bugs, so I do a rotation throughout the year to address the different types. One type, small strongyles, lives in the large colon mostly and as part of it's life stage has a version that encysts in the colon wall. So, when you have the active stage in the colon releasing toxins that make your hoss sick, and you treat with the wrong dewormer, you kill off the active population but in a couple of days all the encystulated ones erupt from the colon walls unharmed and resume their buggy bullshit.

I'd treated the hosss for that type of parasite in the spring, usually that's all it takes in the dewormer rotation to keep them clear, but because a lot of these parasites travel through the feed, where they are ingested, I must have gotten a later load of alfalfa with a lot of the small strogyles larva aboard.

So Friday I treated Oakie and Coco with Moxidectrin, which is controversial in that it is strong enough to kill the encysted larval stage, but you have to be careful with it because of that strength. Most dewormers are lethal at something around 15-20 times more than the standard dosage, which makes it hard to accidently poison a young, underweight or ill animal, Moxidectrin, on the other hand, is lethal at 3-5 times the standard dose. So I was damn careful with my dosage. It seems to have worked, Oakies stool firmed up Saturday and he's been looking better and better since. I'm going to finish off his fiber treatment and slowly reintroduce grains, but it looks a helluva lot better than it did last week.

You learn new stuff every year, all the animals are different and the conditions are always changing.

 on: August 13, 2018, 07:32:13 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by Asherdan
Nose boops: Somewhere between Oakie, who tries to taste the boop to see if it's a treat and Coco, who tries to bite it off.

Treats: somewhere in the bajillions, this may rise as he becomes more familiar with our candy-cane scheme of affection purchasing.

Picture of his head: Here he is in his turn-out with his friend.

(don't worry, there will be a gajillion more pictures of him to come)

 on: August 13, 2018, 07:03:58 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by wombat
speaking of nose boops come on give us a picture of his whole face!

 on: August 13, 2018, 05:22:54 pm 
Started by lprkn - Last post by Carlos del Vaca
how does he respond to nose boops

also on a scale of 1 to eleventy bajillion, how much does he love hoss treats

these are, in my expert opinion, the most important things to consider when acquiring a hoss

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