October 2020

October 2020

In boring news, I realised this site has been periodically crashing (in case you’ve seen the “cannot connect to database” error) because it runs out of RAM! Instead of upgrading my RAM, I added a scratch file because I want to keep the site on Google Cloud’s free tier. I also updated the SSL certificate that tells your web browser this website is indeed the site it says it is, and has a secure connection. Took me a couple hours to figure out how because I didn’t document it the first time. I haven’t documented it this time because I’ll remember how I did it in 90 days’ time.

SSLCertificateFile "/etc/letsencrypt/acme_v2/live/loganwu.co.nz/certificate.pem" SSLCertificateKeyFile "/etc/letsencrypt/acme_v2/live/loganwu.co.nz/private.pem" SSLCertificateChainFile "/etc/letsencrypt/acme_v2/live/loganwu.co.nz/cabundle.pem"

Arup has been treating us with the food delivery credit this month! On one Friday, we simultaneously had a group VIC/SA Infrastructure meeting ($20 each) and our final graduate programme meeting ($45 each – don’t ask me how). Some people bought alcohol but instead I went to the Hawker Chan page, went down the list, and indulged myself with Singaporean takeaways for the next three days. For the Oves awards evening (delightfully named after Ove Arup…) they’ve also given us $25.


Good stuff going on at DHHS. I took this screenshot for someone else to put my work into perspective. The red arrow is roughly when I began my work.

This data visualisation was provided to the press. Aaron Smith does not realise how on-the-money yet simultaneously off-the-money he is, as I am simultaneously a Visio monkey and a member of the developer community who would like to be automating this stuff.

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8 thoughts on “October 2020

  1. Hi Logan,
    Just wondering if you can shed some light on the Surveillance Officer role in DHHS? Applied but am waiting to hear back and am nervous!

    Cheers,
    Anon 🙂

    1. I’m glad you’re interested! I assume you’ve read the job card/description on the DHHS website – it’s pretty accurate. Regarding the perks of the job, you get to work with super motivated epidemiologists and be right on the frontline (well, in a virtual way). It’s great if you don’t already have an epi/public health degree. Something I think they probably won’t say online is that you can expect the job to constantly evolve as the pandemic plays out and the DHHS also iterate on their internal processes. My current team all started doing data cleaning of the backlog in August and have only been doing the SO role for about a month, and things have already changed heaps although the position description has started to settle as we’ve figured out what’s needed.

      I can’t speak to timelines but it seems like things are moving quite quickly!

  2. Hey Logan,
    Thanks for your insights! Sounds like an exciting, dynamic role, this is coming from someone with a public health background. Are there constant vacancies within the SO team? (i understand this would also be dependent on the COVID-19 situation too because it changes so quickly)
    Take care! 🙂

    1. At minimum they need one person on per shift which sets the lower bound, but they’re trying to get full-timers on contracts so that there’s not as much shift turnover (for lack of a better term – no current SO has left, but because we average 3 shifts a week instead of 5 it causes handover challenges. e.g., I have to catch up on four days of situation developments).

      Barring a third wave, my guess is the contract positions will avoid us having constant vacancies.

  3. Oh Logan. You are such a geek. I didn’t understand any of that except the nice bit about free food. I love you anyway. Mom

  4. No speaker da techelical stuff. “But for my own part it was Greek to me” Julius Caesar/Hing Hi aka Goong2.

  5. I just got it. Your explanation about failure to connect to data base.You were talking about breeding sheepbeith RAMS aren’t you?

  6. Nice work Visio Monkey. A university education to draw coloured boxes. Could be worse – you could be a Powerpoint Monkey. Just wondering why gender is broken out. Is that an important factor?

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