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Five questions [Nov. 26th, 2015|11:05 am]
These questions are from [personal profile] tylik.

1. I would love to hear excerpts (because I wouldn't expect more than excerpts) from a letter you could write to your fourteen year old self. (Assume both security and authentication is ensured.)

I have very little in my life that I would change. Not so much because I have never done anything regrettable, but because, current unemployment aside, I am pretty dang satisfied with where I am today, and it's my fuckups as much as my successes that have put me here. Maybe moreso my fuckups than my successes. So I'd have to avoid anything that might alter the life-path, and in the final analysis, I'd send the letter to my financial planner instead, with instructions to sell all our AMZN on or before New Year's Eve 1999, and then save the proceeds to buy it all back and then some in October of 2001 (and to keep this information secret from younger me until the date from which I sent the letter). Also with investment information about the company that was making possible written correspondence with the past.

That said, I don't really need time-traveling mail service, since thirteen-year-old me currently lives in my basement and consumes half my grocery budget.

2. Walking/hiking tour. Three weeks, any location worldwide. Where do you go?

Switzerland/Austria, through the network of Alpine huts. Hot dinner and a bed to sleep in every night, and with less food to carry, I could have more of my camera gear with me.

3. Pick a graduate career. No worries about entrance requirements, or supporting yourself in the meantime, or other pressing time commitments in your life, and assume reasonable enough faculty that you're unlikely to find yourself in need of burying any bodies.

Man, if I knew the answer to this, I'd be doing it right now. Too many interesting choices, not enough certainty of a career at the end of any of them. I mean, there's Econ, but I don't know what an economist actually does who isn't working in academia (and I'd find policy economics' active revulsion for data even more excruciating if I were deeper into the field), or Comp Sci, but I've the feeling that most of the interesting advances are actually happening outside of the schools (though if I did pick CS, I know who I'd want as my advisor; too bad he's at Syracuse), or I could go back and finish the math degree I abandoned in order to finish college earlier and get a job, but I *really* don't know how I'd make a living with a math degree. I've always been kind of interested in Poli Sci, but the constant rage would kill me.

That and I'm at a stage in my life where my tolerance for jumping through other people's hoops is very low.

4. Describe your superheropowered alter-ego.

(You've known me this long, and you still think I'd be a superhero?) Scion of Amber. The ability to manipulate probabilities would solve most of my existential issues, and think of the interesting (and literally magical) places I could visit.

5. What is your defining beverage?

Earl Grey tea, drunk from a half-liter stein. I am six kinds of beer snob (I like my beer the way I like my women--strong, full-bodied, and dark but not too bitter), but the thing I drink every day is tea.

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[User Picture]From: jinasphinx
2015-11-26 09:41 pm (UTC)

Re graduate careers

If you ever want to talk to a former professional economist, I can put you in touch with madduckdes who used to work for the State of WA and probably has a good sense of what the other job options are. And if you want to know what people do with graduate math degrees, maybe you'd be interested in meeting up with my brother when he's in town around New Year's Eve? He went the tenure-track route, but many of his grad-school friends went on to work for other places (I think the NSA, the Census Bureau, and startups). And for what it's worth, I'm sure either math or econ would be great for getting a data scientist job, which is apparently still growing like gangbusters. (I think about doing that myself now and then, but although I've had a few quarters of statistics, I didn't love it; at best, stats and I learned to tolerate each other.)
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[User Picture]From: georgmi
2015-11-28 12:27 am (UTC)

Re: Re graduate careers

I'm pretty sure if I did go back for an Econ degree, I'd take a math-heavy track to completion, because yeah, what you really need in Econ is stats and calculus. (And for most of my time working on the Econ BA, it was half of a double degree with a BS in math as the complement.)
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