The Californian Garmo Lives Life

My Life as a gay Armenian-American living in California.

Future Stops – Education September 29, 2008

As my life is being tossed around like crazy with unemployment, I have sat down and thought about what I want to do with my future, education wise. 1 degree no longer cuts it in this world. This is why I am thinking about going back to school eventually and getting a few more degrees. I will (hopefully) work for at least 2 years before going back to school, but I may do it sooner if I can’t get a job. Here is what I want to go back to school for:

  1. B.S. in Computer Science
  2. B.S. in Physics
  3. Ph.D. in Mathematics
  4. Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics
  5. B.S. in Electrical Engineering
  6. B.S. in Chemistry
  7. Ph.D. in Molecular Chemistry
  8. B.A. in Philosophy
  9. Ph.D. in Computer Science
  10. B.A. in Dance

And probably in that order also. I know it will take me a while, but what is an Armenian to do in this world, but grow to the wisest state he possibly can? Who knows, maybe this list will eventually grow to extreme lengths, but I’ve decided I won’t stop, not now, not ever. After Dance, who knows what new things I will come up with that I am interested in. Maybe Queer Studies, or Armenian Studies. There is so much to learn and so little time. So I am off to continue my studies.

The Knowledge Seeker
-The Cali Garmo

 

Same math quandry, different mathematical question September 18, 2008

Filed under: Math — thecaligarmo @ 4:24 pm
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So I was listening to the Math Factor Podcast [link](my favorite podcast, and the best podcast in the world!) and they proposed a mathematical question that is almost exactly similar to my question that I had asked just a few days ago.

First math problem
In my previous post [link] my final math question was:
Two people are playing a game. The rules are simple. Each person takes turns saying a number (or a 1-variable formula). The goal of the game is to say a number (or more likely a formula) that is so hi, that the other person cannot top it.

Ex:
Person A: 1
Person B: 2
Person A: Whatever you say +1 (aka n+1)
Person B: Whatever you say squared (aka n^2)
Person A: Whatever you say factorial (aka n!)
Person B: Whatever you say to the power of itself (aka n^n)

So… how do you win? Does there exist a formula that will allow any person to win?

Same math problem, different question:
So they ended up asking the following:
2 people are playing a game. One person is trying to get the game to go on forever, and the other one is trying to get it to end. Also, very simple rules. Forever puts down any number of balls with a certain number on it (any number). Then End takes away just one of the balls with a certain number n on it. For each ball End takes away, Forever gets to put down as many balls as she likes with the number n-1 on it. If End takes a ball with a number 0 on it, Forever can’t put anything down, so End gets to go again. For Example (Note, Ordered pairs are structured as [number of balls, number on balls]):

Forever: Puts down [2,3] (aka 2, #3 balls)
End: Picks up a #3 ball
Forever: Puts down [3,2] balls (Now on board: [1,3], [3,2])
End: Picks up a #2 ball
Forever: Puts down [1,1] (Now on board: [1,3], [2,2], [1,1])
End: Picks up a #2 ball
Forever: Puts down [2,1] (Now on board: [1,3], [1,2], [3,1])
End: Picks up #1 ball
Forever: Puts down [2, 0] (Now on board: [1,3], [1,2], [2,1], [2,0])
End: Picks up #0 ball (End gets to go again)
End: Picks up # 3 ball

So, this goes on for a while, but the game will eventually end. So the question with this problem is, is there a way to get the game to go on forever?

Very similar concept with mine where you need a formula to outdo the other person. In this case, only one person is supplying the formula, which is perfectly acceptable.

My assumption: There must be something out there that will allow forever to win. Although it may seem like it will always end, I feel it deep in my bones that there must be a way for forever to win.

Deadline: They will probably give out a solution to the problem next week, so I have until then to solve this conundrum! Fun times. Gives me something to do at the gym I guess!

Mathematically,
-The Cali Garmo

 

Job Search August 27, 2008

Filed under: Work — thecaligarmo @ 10:00 pm
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So I have finally decided to quit the wonderful world of teaching due to many comlicated reasons that I may lay out for you one day, but todays topic is more about searching for jobs.

So many different people have so many different types of jobs, but how do you look for a job when you don’t know what you are looking for? They teach you in school how to learn and how to grow and how to pursue one profession that you love. What they don’t teach you is what you do when you decide to change your mind and switch career choices. They don’t explain what you are supposed to do when the jobs you are looking at are requiring experience that you just don’t have.

This seems to be the situation I’m in. I am looking for jobs in I.T. but have almost no background information in them. I know almost no programming languages, and have no research experience in the field of math. What is someone to do when they are not qualified for the jobs they want, but need a job to hold them over for a year.

Due to this crazyness I may just end up having a throw away job and apply for a PhD program for next year in math. It seems that over 90% of jobs require a PhD or a masters degree in Math. Since I have neither I am finding it very difficult to find a job. I’m hopping something will come up through internet search after internet search, but who knows what I will find.

So for now I keep searching.

Joblessly,
-The Cali Garmo

 

A change of heart August 25, 2008

Filed under: education — thecaligarmo @ 10:00 pm
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So I’ve wanted to be a teacher for a while. In fact, I knew I wanted to be a math teacher since the ripe old age of 8. This happened due to my falling in love with math and teachers in my second grade year at my first ever public school. Since then, I have worked hard to achieve my goal of becoming a teacher. There have always been the random flings here and there that never amount to anything such as drama or dance, but I am now getting into a fling that is much more than a fling. It not only has a full set of devotion behind it, but also the intellectual curiosity that seems to keep growing in me.

Now for me this is a new concept, changing paths. Once I lay down a path I usually go for it with all of my heart and don’t stop on the way, but this time it’s different. As I’ve started my credentialling program, I’ve been having a serious case of change of heart. It seems every second day I am finding more and more reasons why I no longer want to become a math teacher. Why maybe the goal I set out so long ago couldn’t foretell that I would grow up and want something more out of life. Todays thought is that teaching doesn’t feel like a real job. I know you are working over 12 hours a day, but you make so little money you can’t afford to do anything with it. So, y mind begins to wonder.

The hard part is mainly comes from my Armenian side. We are a very stubborn people and it’s difficult for me to let things go. My intellectual side helps me out with this as my brain can control my instinct so that I don’t do stupid things all the times, as tends to be the case with many Armenians. So my stubborness is telling me to just stay with the program. That I basically chose it and so I should stick with it to the end. Finish the credential year, then finish my masters year, then work as a teacher directly after without any break in my life at all. The intellectual side of me is pleading for more knowledge. My credentialling program is feeding me nothing. I have yet to feel like I am learning anything. I feel like I sit in boring class after boring class learning stuff the common human already knows. I want to go out there and learn stuff. The amount of math and physics and computer science that I can be learning instead of sitting on my butt ‘learning’ about education is astronomical. I could have written a whole book about mathematics in this amount of time. And I know that cause I’ve done it.

So what do I do? Do I let my intellectual curiosity take over and leave the program to enter the real world in order to quench my thirst for knowledge? Or do I stick with my plan from so long ago, and be the stubborn Armenian I am, and just live with it, and accept that this is life?

Questionably,
-The Cali Garmo