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Baltimore, Maryland, Eastern US

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Email: joeobrien@outlook.com
Interests: Animals / Computers / History / Learning / Science
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Birthday:2/20/1787 (232 Years Old)
IM Type: AIM IM Name: Do these still exist?
Occupation: Student
Marital Status: Single
Sexual Preference: Straight
Religion: Atheist
Politics: Liberal
Fav. Movie: Moon, Pan`s Labyrinth, Seven Psychopaths
Fav. TV Show: Game of Thrones, Childrens Hospital, Always Sunny
Fav. Book: A Song of Ice and Fire
Fav. Song: Joanna Newsom - Anything
Fav. Food: Mango
Fav. Car: Llama
 
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So remember when I said I was gonna kintsugi my mom's pot I broke? - Mood:Good
Friday June 21 20194:36:30 PM |
Probably not since I said it in OS and all you young whippersnappers wouldn't have seen it.

But... it turns out it's harder than I thought.


Turns out I'm really good at breaking things. Not so good at putting them back together. But if the idea is that highlighting the imperfections makes them more beautiful.. then I did a really f*cking beautiful job.

She seemed pretty happy to get it, but then I saw this:

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Sometimes sh*t is just... sh*t... - Mood:Good
Wednesday June 19 20196:17:21 PM |
So even tho my boss kept moving up the timeline that he wanted me to finish my code by... I was doing OK... but then today I realized I was using old data, and my code didn't work at all on the current data.

I spent all day trying to fix that but finally he said to just use my data. And that worked fine on my own machine, but,...

Then when I tried to upload my app to the server, I couldn't get it to load. (I had to install Chrome for one thing, which was a pain in the ass...). It runs on the localhost without a problem, but can't be accessed from outside.

I even tried to setup my AWS server again as a backup but encountered way more problems.

So at this point I figure I've done all I could...

Really if he can connect to that server (which he should be able to) there won't be an issue... but I'm still not confident...

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Competency = bad; fun = also bad - Mood:Good
Monday June 17 20198:33:52 PM |
Well I guess this is why you never show your boss what you can do... After I got this job, once I finished my initial task I sent some code showing a cool thing I figured out how to do. I think I've showed it here before... if not.. just drag the center and edge points of the circle and watch the chart update.

He liked that a lot. So then he said "we're now changing to this environment, can you make that code work there?" and after looking into it I said "we'll that's a much older JS version, I don't know if it will work..." and at our last meeting he said "keep working on it". Then today I get an email saying "I'm meeting with the clients on Friday, can you get it working by then?"

And I've actually gotten it partly there... but I dunno...

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More super awesome map stuff - Mood:Good
Tuesday June 04 20199:06:38 PM |
So one of the main features my boss told the clients wanted was to have 2 different maps side by side, and to be able drag bar between them and swipe from one to the other. I'd seen it in some webmaps before but I'd never programmed anything like it. And I couldn't find any guides or samples for it either. I thought it would take weeks to do. But yesterday, after about 10 hours of work, I actually figured it
out:

Then, before I tell my boss, he tells me that a phd student will be joining the project whose task will be that exact thing. He knew I was looking into it and said he'd tell her to ask me about what I found before she started. Do I tell her? Do I tell him?

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Hey are any of you guys into Latvian themed death metal? - Mood:Good
Tuesday June 04 20197:30:15 PM |
My brother-in-law just released his first solo album. It's called "Dear Latvia" and is available on Spotify here. It's also on Google Play Music but I couldn't figure out how to link to that here.It's more of an EP than a full album... there are only 8 songs and they're all pretty short. I guess... it sounded like 1 long song to me.

But how can you go wrong with song titles like these?


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Feedback wanted for a work thing - Mood:Good
Friday May 31 20199:52:05 PM |
So I'm sure you've all been waiting with bated breath (baited breath? baded breath? @*%UWFHVF breath?.... I'm pretty sure it's the last one...) to hear about my job.

So we're working with the School of Public Health to make an Environmental Justice Screening mapping application. They already had one for one county in MD, and California has their own (really amazing) version.., it's like the gold standard. And actually the EPA has one for the entire country so I don't even know why we're bothering... but I'm getting paid so I don't care.

Well I made all the maps and I've been relearning the JavaScript API.

Here's what I have so far:
https://codepen.io/joeobrien/full/wbYGBG

So you start with a map of MD broken down into census tracts colored based on the percentage of sensitive populations.

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Dino-turtle - Mood:Good
Wednesday May 29 20194:24:01 PM |
So a couple nights ago my neighbor came and told me there was a turtle in the street. I thought it might be one of mine that escaped years ago. But it was not. Not at all.

It was this:


Those don't really give you a sense of scale. It was 2 feet long and at least 40 or 50 pounds. I quickly recognized it as an alligator snapping turtle (tho I later learned a 10 year old girl who lives 2 houses down saw it earlier and identified it correctly... a blow to my reputation for
turtle expertise, but pretty impressive...)

Here is its tail:

It's basically a dinosaur.

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Is it a bad idea to suggest to your boss that your work may be unnecessary? - Mood:Good
Wednesday May 22 20196:36:07 PM |
So I'm supposed to be updating Maryland's environmental justice and screening maps since the old versions only covered a few counties. But while working on that, I discovered the EPA already has an app covering all of America. All the data I'm supposed to be mapping is already included there, plus a lot of features we haven't even discussed.

California also has its own version,, but there's is absolutely beautiful and so detailed. I was given no information on where or when the data is from, but Cali's tells you exactly what it means, where and when it's from, and why it's included. I could understand making our own version if we're aiming for that standard, but otherwise...

Well I emailed him about it. I guess we'll see...

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