Sunday, May 20, 2007

What I did at work today

On Sundays I'm in the library student computer lab from 1:00 to 8:30. I like the regular student computer lab better - mostly because I'm sitting at a desk with space to spread out my stuff. The library is somewhat less "user friendly." But the librarian got my laptop connected to the college Internet, so that was pretty cool. I spent a couple of hours scanning journal articles about genetics and evolution of the brain. Obviously there weren't a lot of students needing assistance. LOL

What I really started looking at (but got a tad side tracked) was information on the calculations used to determine when in the past a mutation occurred in a particular gene. I did read some interesting stuff in relation to that.

You can expect to see more about this since this is the only forum I have.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Math and Genes

If you start reading about genetics, you start running into a lot of mathematics. Well, you don't usually know you have, but the math is there. Articles will appear that talk about the evolution of genes (or species) and refer to work that was done to try and determine when a gene mutated. The articles seldom (never?) actually show you the math, but here's one that does from MathTrek - A Grove of Evolutionary Trees.

What are you doing on your summer vacation?

I'm moving, looking for a permanent job, and working!!!!!!!!!!!! I start a summer stint (30 hours/week for 12 weeks) in the college's student computer lab. Because of the nature of the job, there's a lot of down time so I will be making a concerted effort to read and understand H. M. Edwards' book Riemann's Zeta Function. I'm really looking forward to this.

I'm not, however, looking forward to getting everything sorted out and moved. I hope that getting my internet connection moved goes easily.

So what marvelous plans do you all have?

Monday, May 07, 2007

Still looking for a job

Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't just give it up and apply for well fare.

I was contacted by a company and went through two telephone interviews - one with HR, one with the relevant manager. Then they brought me in for four face-to-face interviews - HR again and three managers. But did I get the job? Nooooooooooooo. According to the email I received (almost a week later than they told me I would hear and after contacting them), I was an excellent candidate, but they hired some one with some unique skills (translation - younger than me).

The supervisor for the college computer lab contacted me to see if I wanted to work there for the summer (no students available for the work). So that's what I'll be doing for 12 weeks. Not a lot of money, but the basic bills starting in June will be covered.

The worst part of all this is that my lack of income means I'm losing my house. I'm trying to see if I can stave it off long enough to try and sell the house myself, but it's not looking good. See my first sentence.