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Old 10-03-2018, 02:43 AM   #4001
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Membership places are dope. I had great one in SD but I know I didn't get value out of it. I didn't use 4 rounds I had. The other place I go I get free balls because I known dude forever.
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:36 PM   #4002
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My boss gets too in the way of things for me to really be anything other than a glorified organizer/stats keeper.
This might help get your mindset off of that, and into a more positive view of what a PM does: https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2009/...ogram-manager/

Being an organizer means more than just a paper pusher.
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:47 PM   #4003
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Read that article, that's more or less what I do right now.

When someone proposes a good/bad idea I will speak my opinion on it, get my boss's or some other knowledgeable person's opinion to back mine up, and go with it. Have had several ideas of my own - some flopped, some didn't.

I've been able to push a lot of work that wouldn't have been done if I hadn't have spoken up. I'm feeling a lot more confident these days doing that. We just did a major refactor of our automation infrastructure that I had a huge hand in - first in selling the idea, second in demonstrating it could work, and third in providing support scripts/debugging the scripts with our infra guy.

The result is a very, very easy to read and maintain system which was a total disaster before. So I get what that article is saying and it's encouraging to read.

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You see, it turns out that this system puts the burden on the program manager to persuade the programmer, because at some point, the program manager runs the risk that the programmer will give up and just do whatever the heck the programmer feels like. Thus, being effective as a program manager means you have to (a) be right, and (b) earn the respect of the programmers so that they concede that you’re right.
b) has been difficult. I won my seatmate over for sure (by selling his refactor idea to my boss) - today he granted me super user access to all of our stuff, which my boss doesn't even have. He also gave me free reign to debug/make modifications to his scripts, and he never lets anyone touch those.

There are a few hold outs, I can tell my boss isn't quite there yet, but people are noticing me for sure as a force to be reckoned with, which I'm really glad for. For the last several months previous I felt like I was drowning every day. Now I am feeling like I'm in the groove, understanding things, and starting to feel like a peer rather than an intern.
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:53 PM   #4004
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There is one person on my team I cannot get to deliver stuff working OR on time.

Their last project, which tbh I could have done in a few days, is several weeks behind and still doesn't work. I don't even want to root cause it - this person just has a ****ty attitude and poor work ethic. I'm hoping my boss will address it. I've started mentioning there are problems but no one seems willing to confront them head on. I will probably just get fed up and speak to my boss, and then speak to the person very firmly about it.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:57 AM   #4005
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I injured myself, I knew it was gonna happen.

I took monday/tuesday off from the range and went yesterday after work. A few swings in I felt kind of a sharp pain in a muscle between my ribs. I kept going and I think it was ****ing up my swing because I was topping everything and felt I couldn't rotate properly through the ball.

It still hurts today. I used to get these little muscle tears as a pitcher or occasionally after a long throw from the outfield and I'd just play through it. I don't think that would be wise now, especially with how badly i was hitting it yesterday.

These can take a few weeks to heal :/ ****ing christ man. I might try to hit a small bucket in a few days to see if I can get through it.
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:04 AM   #4006
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Don't do it. It's a trap I fall into. Heal and rest all the way or you'll just be frustrated with a subpar swing and it will take longer to heal. Listen to your body is some of the best advice I ever heard.
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:37 PM   #4007
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I was wondering how long it would take to hurt yourself with the amount of volume you were putting in as a begginer.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:32 PM   #4008
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I’m in a lot better shape than how I look or the level of my physical activity would suggest.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:15 PM   #4009
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i'm going to switch gears and practice purely my putting and short game. If I can feel confident just off the green I'll be less nervous and shanky when approaching, knowing I can recover no matter where I hit it.

My first practice with chipping went a lot better than expected. It isn't super difficult once you get dialed in. But I imagine in the moment it's a lot harder than when you're just hitting shot after shot at a practice green.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:27 PM   #4010
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My first chip in a round I was so nervous it went 20 ft past the green
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:31 PM   #4011
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I am staying the weekend in downtown San Diego for an old roommate's wedding.

I always liked this city but I always passed through or did day trips. Never stayed multiple days.

We got an AirBnB just a few blocks from Gaslamp district. This place is awesome. We went out last night and it was so vibrant and so fun. We went to an old fashioned coin op arcade with a bar, and a really ****ing amazing ramen place for dinner. I want to experience more of this city but I feel my friend might be a little bit of a groomzilla, and has a tendency to try to dictate everything everyone does and gets pissy when he doesnt get his way so oh well.

I got snubbed on being a groomsman which really, really surprised me. We had been friends for so long and I am like one of 5 guys staying here for the bachelor weekend, so I just assumed I was. oh well. While they're doing their rehearsal stuff later I might go wander around and explore.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:00 PM   #4012
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Man, today was one of the roughest days I've had at work.

I've mentioned before we have a problem employee. She is that super delicious combo of extremely incompetent, combined with supreme arrogance. Throw in a dash of laziness/absenteeism and voila you have my coworker.

I've been trying to wait for a few months to really hold my judgment against her but it's just painfully clear.

Anyway, managing this person is absolutely impossible. I had some trivially difficult but pretty much "needed to be done" task for them that I assigned over a month ago. During that time she took a bajillion days off, and when she was in the office, it was maybe for only 4-6 hours.

Comes in 3 hours later than everyone. Leaves after my boss leaves pretty much immediately. That's besides the point but part of the problem - she simply isn't putting in the work.

Anyway I FINALLY got her to sit down and focus on her task for a week, and she "finished." For her, finishing means she just vomits some code into a pull request and to **** if it passes tests or not. It's happened a few times before, but last Friday, I approached her and asked if it was done. She said yes. I asked if it passed tests. She shrugged and said yes.

We merge it, it breaks everything.

So rather than trying to fix it herself she offloads it to the CTO, who needless to say is extremely busy, who fixes it today finally. He then bitches me out (rightfully, I guess) that this never should have been merged when it had obvious build errors and wasn't passing the most rudimentary of our tests. I agreed.

She just rammed it through, and it slipped by because our test infrastructure is currently being reworked (mostly by me) and our supporting infrastructure was misbehaving that day (not my work).

So, the guy in charge of the main infrastructure she absolutely despises. It's very, very mutual. This guy though does know what he's doing, and I've kind of adopted him as a mentor. He's happily taken on the role and seems to like me ok.

So of course none of this is her fault at all and she has been throwing a royal fit all week about "our infrastructure" being wrong, initially trying to blame my work, which I fiercely defended. I know what I did works and I exhaustively tested it. I understand how the underlying infrastructure works and she ABSOLUTELY does not, nor does she care to try. At any hint of some work she did not going well, she blames this guy or me or whoever happens to be nearby that she doesn't really like, which is almost everyone except my boss.

There are soooooo many other things I could get into. But I basically hit my breaking point last night, when I was about to leave, and we were the last two in the office. She kind of bitched me out about these "infrastructure problems" slowing down development (who's development??? she's not doing **** anyway and it's not infra's fault) and that I was project manager and "needed to do my job."

Boy back in the day I would've let her have it. I simply nodded, promised to speak to the infra guy about getting his supporting stuff under control, and left.

This morning I pulled him aside and went for a 15 min walk with him, and explained the conversation I had with her (sans the blame game, I didn't want to flare anything up) and said I spoke with her 1 on 1 so I wanted to be fair and talk to him now.

He got extremely upset, not at me, but I communicated to him what I wanted him to do and he agreed to do it. No problems with him on that front, like ever.

I could never, ever have a similar conversation with her. She constantly doesn't reply to my emails, snubs me when I try to talk to her at her desk, and is generally non-compliant in just about every imaginable aspect of what I try to do.

I told my boss before idgaf if she doesn't like me. But this is the last straw - the CTO bitching me out about the merge. That WILL NOT happen again, and I need to make this clear to her.

I wanted to talk to my boss today about it but I felt like I was still not emotionally calm enough so I held off. I am going to sleep on it and talk to him early in the morning, and express my concerns - how I feel this project is unmanageable and he either has to expect that there are going to be certain limitations with some people, or find another role for me, and if that can't be done, send me on my way. I'm seriously THAT done with it.

I know I have leverage because I've been doing basically 80% of our work since our rockstar left. I've demonstrated my value. But this is insufferable, her attitude is insufferable, and I'm not going to sit here and take it. If I will not be respected there by my team - I need to do something about it. I think I should make an example out of her, but I'm not sure the best way to do it.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:02 PM   #4013
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Oh yea, I emailed her today and outlined the conversation I had with the infra guy and the steps i've taken to ensure that our process runs smoothly from here on out.

No response. **** this chick dude.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:12 PM   #4014
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I have never been the type of person to stand silent when an obvious problem is not being confronted. EVERYONE at the office knows she's a problem, so it's not like I won't have support from a lot of people if I confront her.

One issue though is my boss has a weird soft spot for her. I'm really worried about that. But every time she's tried to battle me in front of him on some idea I've had, I've won with logic and reasoning. She's one of those people that's entirely ruled by emotion, and I can't stand that.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:30 PM   #4015
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And before or if anyone asks yes I have been documenting this and can demonstrate pretty clearly and quickly what's going on. My rough plan is:

- Talk to my boss in the morning and get his feedback
- Have a 1 on 1 with her and explain the issues I'm having
- Wait to see if there is an improvement
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:50 AM   #4016
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No chance in hell there will be an improvement.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:31 AM   #4017
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There are other good possible outcomes too, though.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:18 AM   #4018
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The best outcome here is that her pushing bad code means you get to institute new procedures that will out her as a terrible coder and lazy employee. Once you fix the process to be that much closer to bulletproof, then it will only be her to blame. And then that starts the paperwork trail to canning her.
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:29 PM   #4019
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Or you could use positive motivation and just throw candy at her whenever she does something right.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:08 PM   #4020
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No chance in hell there will be an improvement.
Of course there won't be.

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The best outcome here is that her pushing bad code means you get to institute new procedures that will out her as a terrible coder and lazy employee. Once you fix the process to be that much closer to bulletproof, then it will only be her to blame. And then that starts the paperwork trail to canning her.
This is already apparent to everyone. People openly talk **** about her. The only exception really is my boss. Part of my big refactor to our automated testing is getting rid of this silent failure problem that had been plaguing us for a while.

I think part of her gripe against me is she was the one who made the test scripts and now I am refactoring them. They were truly awful.

I talked to my boss at the end of the day and showed him the email I was going to send to my team. I told him that I don't think our process is going well at all and I wanted it to be better. my email was pretty stern but to the point and I just laid down some ground rules and outlined the process I wanted.

I brought up the problems with the girl to my boss and just told him pretty plainly these are the issues I see, and this is how I plan on dealing with it.

He seemed pretty taken aback/startled but oh well. I can't work around this. Then I went over what I had for next week's tasks with him, and he said she'd be out of town that whole week. Again. I think she's taken 3 out of the last 6 weeks off now, and like I said, when she does come in it's only for a few hours, and she never works on what she's supposed to.

I told him look - I know we all like having flexible schedules and I want to respect that. But if work is not getting done, that is the easiest place I can point my finger to, and I think we need to have a serious conversation about it if this continues.

I think it went well. I didn't get a chance to talk to the problem person because she came in late and left at like, 3.
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:47 AM   #4021
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It's a small company. Ar you sure he's not ****ing her?
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:14 AM   #4022
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Um, reasonably certain but who knows.
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Old 10-14-2018, 12:54 AM   #4023
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Wheew what a day. My morning started by having to remove a possum that had taken residence under my couch - I think he'd been staying here a few nights. I have a habit of leaving the door open for the cat to come in and feed during the night. I never worry about pests because she chases them away. Sometimes the possum would get in, I was aware of him, but he'd just eat and leave and if I ran into him he'd just run away. One time he got scared and I had to pick him up by the tail and throw him out.

Well, I knew he'd been in the house because last night there was a storm and I had all the doors shut. I woke up and the cat food was gone. Look under the couch, and sure enough there he was, curled up and asleep. Lol.

Called animal control and they removed it:



So, I figured I better get my goddamn **** together because my life's just falling apart.


So I decided to start my "move" today. Started phase one of the master plan, moving into my old roommate's bedroom.

My plan, since my room has slowly deteriorated over the last few months and has started to move into the "hopeless" stage, was to move the absolute bare necessities into the spare room. Computer, clothes, and my lamp. After that, pretty much start throwing everything else out that doesn't have extreme sentimental or monetary value from the old bedroom.

So, first stage of this phase was to go buy a new desk. I went to ikea and got a pretty nice one for reasonably cheap that is about twice the size of my old one, which was getting pretty destroyed. Took me a few hours to assemble it, and I ****ed up one of the drawers, but I'm liking it:



That's really just half the desk. I could add another monitor or use the other half as my laptop work station.

Then I spent about $150 on bed stuff, new sheets with as high of thread count as I could find that felt nice, pillows, and that thing that goes on top of your mattress but under your sheets. My roommate left his old queen and it seems pretty nice, mine was like 20 years old and absolutely disgusting.

Finished product:





not much to look at but it'll be fine until I move sometime early next year. I feel sooooooo much better already. My mental health had been in a really severe state the last few days. This is already feeling awesome.


Phase 2 is to spend 10-20 minutes a day in the old room going through my stuff and cleaning. Clean the other parts of the house, which won't be that hard, so I can feel confident having a girl over or something.
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:13 AM   #4024
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Good plan but what's going on with the window blind lol?
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It’s pinned up at the top to let some air in.
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