Thursday, April 19, 2007

This is for Rave!

Back in October Rave asked me in the comments to this post what an equation was. I had no idea. But tonight an answer was provided. So Rave, go read the comments and you will have your answer. *grin*

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Happy Birthday Leonard!

Leonard Euler was born on this day in 1707. He produced mathematics in virtually every area of math.
Here are some of my favorites.
Typing Euler into the search box at Mathworld produces 671 results.
Typing Euler into Google produces 12,300,000 results.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A different DNA

VW Bug had this on her blog. I just couldn't resist and I have to say, this is so me. *grin*

Wouldn't this be a GREAT job?

Still on the job hunt and still checking the various job boards. This morning's search hasn't been particularly productive, but HotJobs has the following listing. This is a job that I would absolutely love to have, but there is no way in the world I can even pretend to be qualified. Although it's pretty scary that I know what the ad is talking about. LOL

So here's the ad. Doesn't this sound like way too much fun?

Computational Research Scientist (Biomedical)
Company Name: Delta Search Labs, Inc.
Job Category: Pharmaceutical/Biotech; Technology
Location: Cambridge, MA
Position Type: Full-Time, Employee
Salary: Unspecified
Experience: 2-5 Years Experience
Desired Education Level: PhD
Date Posted: April 10, 2007

Solutions Labs ( ) a Cambridge MA based R&D company, is recruiting one or two candidates with the following qualifications. Ph.D. or M.S. level researcher (M.S. absolutely must have several years relevant experience) with degree in Computer Science, Chemistry, Biophysics, Physics, Molecular Biology or Chemical Engineering wanted for bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, and chemometrics algorithm development. Will also consider exceptional candidates from Applied Mathematics, Statistics or related Engineering fields. Documented accomplishments in computational research and strong analytical, statistical, and numerical analysis skills required. Experience in spectroscopic data analysis (NMR is especially desirable) and mass spectrometry data analysis is prefered. We are seeking individuals whose primary background is computational and mathematical but who have experience analyzing experimental data and understand problems of preprocessing chemical data from various analytic methods. Desired background includes some of the following: pattern recognition, machine learning, multivariate statistics, numerical analysis, etc. Sufficient knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology to interpret results of data analysis within a systems biology context (e.g. metabolic pathway analysis) would be a big plus. Experience with analysis and interpretation of Affymetrix microarray studies is also a big plus. Initial projects will be for both small molecule spectroscopic data pattern recognition (metabolomics) and DNA microarray analysis but might eventually expand to include mass spec proteomics. Position will involve both algorithm development and extensive programming. Programming may be done in Matlab and other scripting languages (e.g. Python). Position could involve collaboration with leading academic research groups. Ideal candidate will be creative with the desire and ability to help identify and aggressively pursue new opportunities in emerging fields. Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must. Prefer either US citizens, US permanent residents, or NAFTA TN applicants (but not an absolute requirement for exceptional candidates). Please send a cover letter and resume (pdf or doc file) to . Please use Research Scientist as the email subject

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


I have heat and hot water.

The headache is gone. (Probably because the erstwhile housemate brought me cigarettes. I was out. Have I mentioned that I don't have a working car so if I run out of something, it's just too bad so sad.)

The snow is still on the way.

Some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed

I'm out of heating oil. No heat. No hot water.

Oh, and I have a headache.

And did I mention that there is a snow storm on the way?

Sunday, April 08, 2007

We did the Easter dinner

and I am STUFFED!

It actually was a lot of fun. Friday was the erstwhile housemate's birthday so we celebrated his birthday today. (There's a joke in there, but ... ) So besides the traditional Easter ham we had a fabulous birthday cake that my sister made with help from my youngest nephew (9 years old) on the marzipan decorations. Youngest nephew put the candles on the cake just before I took this picture.

There was also a funny birthday card with a hunky man on the front. *grin*

BTW - the cake was a carrot cake like you've never had. Sister added raisins, nuts, and pineapple. Yummy.

Thursday, April 05, 2007


This is a sweater for me. It took me forever to get around to weaving in the ends. LOL
Front and back.

Greenland is closed!

(At least that's what the ticker on the bottom of the TV said.)

I think the chickens want to escape and fly south. This is their world this morning. You can't really tell from the photo, but the top of the area looked like a 3-D image of a function. At least the way they look in a mathematics program. I'm such a nerd. LOL

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Monday's interview

If I haven't said so before, this was the second telephone interview with the company. It amuses me because I'm talking with people who are about 11 miles away. However, this is the way the company (corporate wide) does the process.

So I had the interview - lasted about 1/2 an hour. Since I had the phone on speaker, the erstwhile housemate heard the whole thing. I felt like I'd done badly, but he thought it went well. I guess it went good enough because a face-to-face interview will be scheduled this week. *crossing fingers*

Now if I could just figure out why the two people I've spoken with are both trying to point me away from the analyst position and towards a Six Sigma one.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Quote for the day

from blogless friend Sue.

I discovered that nature was constructed in a wonderful way, and our task is to find out the mathematical structure of the nature itself. It is a kind of faith that has helped me through my whole life. - Albert Einstein

Friday's interview

Went okay, but I felt a little like I'd been the object of a "bait and switch" ad campaign. In the first interview, HR decided to submit my resume for an analyst position. The interview was for a dead-end data entry position. I let them know that I have a second interview for an analyst position with another company and that I would get back to them after that.

So on to today's interview.