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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #975 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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« Reply #976 on: September 21, 2018, 01:14:12 pm »

My younger daughter has not been doing well with the transition to middle school. In particular, she's not enjoying the hallways between classes. She's a small kid, and the halls are super crowded (the school is in the midst of a construction project which makes it worse). In particular, she's having trouble getting from lunch to the next period, which is basically a study hall/activities period. She's not allowed to bring her backpack to lunch, so she has to go to her locker after lunch, swap out her stuff, and get to the next class which is at the far end of the school. She's been late for it almost every day, and the teacher gives her a hard time about it (which is galling because it's not an actual class).

So Mrs. del Vaca e-mailed the teacher and the guidance counselor, went over the situation, and said "My kid is not goofing off or anything, she's trying her best but it's not working. This is a ridiculous thing for her to be stressed out about; can anyone figure out why this is so hard and help fix it." And the teacher wrote back like yeah sure, we'll see what we can do.

This morning, she writes again: the break between those periods is only four minutes, when all the rest are five. WELL THERE YOU GO. Good on Mrs. del Vaca for making them actually look at this shit. A big part of her struggles this year is that some of the teachers seem to not give a shit; they're like "No one is going to help you in high school so we should we do that now." Jeez, what a shitty attitude.
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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #977 on: September 22, 2018, 03:53:47 pm »

A big part of her struggles this year is that some of the teachers seem to not give a shit; they're like "No one is going to help you in high school so we should we do that now." Jeez, what a shitty attitude.

Of course independence is important but the really shitty thing about that attitude is that it doesn't really reflect how life actually works. I don't know very many people who didn't have mentors, or weren't cut some slack, or didn't get some help to get to wherever they are. Those teachers are just assholes.
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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #978 on: September 25, 2018, 07:23:30 pm »

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« Reply #979 on: September 26, 2018, 05:21:37 pm »

Yikes!
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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #980 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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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #981 on: September 27, 2018, 07:26:48 am »

I've never had much luck cracking the Excel code, too dumb I think. So coding sounds like a much better idea to me.
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« Reply #982 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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« Reply #983 on: September 28, 2018, 07:27:15 pm »

Not to toot my own horn but Iím pretty damn good at excel.

Check out inev here always knowing exactly when he needs to buy more eggs and milk
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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #984 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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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #985 on: October 02, 2018, 11:51:45 am »



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

Welcome to government work.
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« Reply #986 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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« Reply #987 on: October 07, 2018, 05:53:05 am »

Applied to a job at a tech startup today. Maybe I can get hired and deal with a whole opposite type of frustration.

And more money?
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« Reply #988 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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Re: Return of the Son of Today I'm Gonna...
« Reply #989 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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