Where's my 40?

Practical exams, I've decided, isn't about showing off what you've learned - it's strictly an endurance test.  Yeah you have to do stuff.  Hopefully it's stuff you've been doing for weeks now.  With MM and MAP out of the way, now only an NM practical and 4 final exams stand between me and my third clinical rotation which should (final grades pending) be in Hastings Nebraska at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital.  I also got word today that CE IV is going to put me in Irving Texas at the Centre for Neuro Skills - a dedicated neuro rehab facility.  It's another long commute, but definitely quality added.  CE III (out of order, sorry) is going to be in Grand Junction at Soar PT with Britt Smith.  I am psyched for that, too!

On a side note, I'm writing now because I managed to lock myself out of the house and haven't mustered the energy yet to jump the 6' fence yet.  I want to be a PT, not be IN PT.  Just sitting on my patio watching ants. They are back and massed up just below the first step of the porch.  I've kinda been playing tower defense against them.  They managed to take a caterpillar hostage - that's been kind of interesting to watch, I guess.

5 more evaluative activities and then released (mostly) from the shackles of academia to ACTUALLY DO GOOD.  Happy finals everyone. 


Everybody Whistle...

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Rec Femoris Causes an Extensor Moment at the Hip

Spent the weekend at the Rocky Mountain Chapter American Society of Biomechanics meeting (RMASB).  It was a cool conference showcasing research done by graduate students and researchers in the region. One of the presentations that blew my mind was by Darryl Thelen about biarticulate muscles.  Using a computer model, he showed that the over-activation of the rectus femoris muscle causes extension at the hip.  Then, he showed that it worked on a real human being.  Then he showed that it works on real human beings in normal walking, and not just theoretical models or controlled experiments.  Very cool.  Link to his abstract with the NIH:   The message I took from his presentation was that the mechanics of the human body are far more complicated than muscle origins and insertions. 

There was also an outstanding presentation by Alena Grabowski about her work with MIT in the development of a mechanical prosthetic ankle which simulated normal ankle responses.  The prosthetic ankle improved gait mechanics and reduced energy expenditures to within normal levels! 

After platforms and poster presentations (I did one!) the first night, several of us from different schools got together for Cranium professional socialization.  Lots of fun!  Met some cool people working on cool stuff from schools in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska.  

I also got to present a poster on FRR (flexion relaxation response) and low back pain.  The research I'm doing right now is related to the sequence of activation of the glute max, lumbar erector spinae, and thoracic erector spinae.  People in the study who developed back pain have a distinctly different sequence of activation of those muscle groups when returning to standing from a forward flexed position.  Very cool stuff.  Here is a picture of me explaining it.

This is going in my portfolio.

A few more pics I took wandering around at Estes Park YMCA: 

RegisDPT achieving great heights.  GO PT!

We're on a ROCK!

Thinking on a ROCK!

Sun setting over the rockies.  I don't know what mountain, specifically.  Erika is the one with the fancy phone app with mountain names.

Blue skies shining on me, nothing but blue skies...

Elk.  I took one step and he lifted his head and stared at me.  No Pics - I just left. No need to get mauled today.   Awesome sunrise!

A view from the back door of the conference.  Spec-freaking-tacular.


Should I be studying? Probably...

     So sometime around spring break this year I thought it would be good to buy a new toy tool.  I wanted a tablet for school mostly so I could read journal articles (more sustainable than printing them, right?).  That was the big excuse.  Since I bought it, I have managed to sell my cell phone and go off contract completely (no more cell bill) and no longer scan coffee shops and class rooms for seats close to an electrical outlet for my now cumbersome feeling netbook.  Not bad for under 300 bucks!  It isn't without hiccups here and there, but nothing I haven't found some kind of a workaround for.    

The Homescreen!  Circle Launcher used to set up sweet looking buttons stolen from the Wind7HD something or other theme for ADW Launcher.
This is a thought of possible clinical significance - I can resize the little white circles so that only a couple would fit on the screen.  This gtablet has to be cheaper than some of the "talky" buttons and systems set up to help children with disabilities communicate better - and Android lends itself to easy customization for anyone with patience.  Cheap(ish) easily customizable talky tool? Maybe...

All 3 home screens - I can swipe left to right for calendar/organizer/mail, or news/social networking/media.  Center for app launchers and a sweet clock! 

Even geekier if you've read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galexy. 

This is the boot screen.  It was a pain in the butt I can't even begin to explain to get this to boot as an image instead of the stupid viewsonic birds and ugly green and black G-tablet logo.  Don't Panic, in large friendly letters. Nice visual cue in the midst of my final full 16 wk semester of grad school. I still wouldn't recommend this modification to anyone that didn't want to learn to compile in linux.  Enjoy.  If you've got a gtablet and you're running Calkulin's 1.1 Rom, I can send you the boot image and you can have "Don't Panic" on yours, too, without the stress of linux. 

 Revned911's Apps on the ViewSonic G Tablet
Favorites are yellow, green is stuff I don't think I could survive without.  Otherwise enjoy a huge clumsy list of everything running on my Gtab.

View this Android app list on AppBrain

I'm not trying to sell this or anything, but THUMB keyboard is awesome. SlideIt is a crumby knock off of Swype (which I can't get to work) but gets the job done when I need it to. 

My keyboard.  If you zoom in it says "Genius"  Light weight and cheap, but corded.  All the kids at school make fun of me for my corded keyboard.
I made this from a pile of junk (see previous post).  2 binder clips, a door hinge, and some sugru to keep it from scratching

View from the rear.  Also showcases my sweet carbon-fiber stick on vinyl covering.  This is way better than the stupid G-tablet logo and a nice texture.  

Front Profile

Love my new deadguy hat!


Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland CO.  Sweet new hat courtesy of my checking account.  Got there too late to see the coffin-races, but got some beer, saw some live music, and was blown over by slightly less than hurricane level winds.  Success!

I was pretty much sold on Nederland when I heard they had a dead guy in a shed.  Alpaca store sealed the deal!


A sense of humor about having a dead guy frozen in a cabin in your town.


Gtablet in my future?

Enhance focus in class by taking notes on a tablet. Ideas for android tablet apps? File this under experiments, RegisDPT, and notangrybirds.

Update: Success!

I have managed to replace my phone, laptop, and attention span with a g-Tablet!