Next steps – the first pound

Who can make the next step?

1.  Measure and improve, come on a leash at the dogpark with both dogs.

2.  Health/cardio : weigh myself, start new workout, get pulse reader, and improve eating habits, record values.

Got a little cash, and got the more expensive pulse reader with a cheststrap.  I knew I have a weak pulse, so I wanted to make sure it could be read.  Also, I thought it could be used on the dogs or also on other people, as it turns out, I tried it on Petey and it doesn’t work on him.  I guess it requires skin contact.  Even though it was extravagently expensive ($50), however, I am pleased that it works on humans.  Following the workout above, I did:

3 min walk at pulse between 120-130  1/2 lap

4 min walk at pulse between 130-140   3/4 lap

3 min walk at pulse between 120-130 1/2 lap

3 min walk at pulse between 110-120 1/4 lap

3 min bike ride at pulse between 130-140 1 lap

4 min bike ride at pulse between 140-150 2 laps

3 min bike ride at pulse between 130-140 1 lap

The whole workout was 26 min. so there were a couple of min. added here or there to make the laps even, and an additional training lap with the dogs that was starting and stopping and didn’t count.  I repeat, as hard up as I am for cash, this was a good investment.  Since it monitors continuously, I can watch my resting pulse go from 100 down to 90 when I talk to someone on the phone.  It probably depends who I talk to.  I also got a blood sugar meter and strips ($18) and some fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, salt substitute, low cal mayo for tuna or cheese sandwiches.  This was altogether about $100 including the heart rate device.  About the price of a doctor’s visit.

Repeated for 4 more days.  So, after 5 days, I’ve lost 1 pound.  These pounds are hard to get off…A little more worrisome is my systolic blood pressure, it is measured at between 131 and 141 over 72 at the local pharmacy.

3.  Plan a short 3 day holiday hike or bike trip.  I had planned it preholiday, but because of the weather will schedule a 3 day trip for after the holidays.

4.  Find and upload files from book onto computer.  Computer problems are significant.  One computer recently infected with virus, the other computer has a hard drive that won’t spin up 95% of boot attempts.  It is on its way out.  Power cord is also not intact and wires require splicing every time they are used and should probably have a new connector.  Work on one chapter.

5.  Some dogs moved.  Yadka is out.   There is a 25% increase in available space.  Discussion with local AC regarding cleanliness of kennels (pretty clean, walk and socialization of dogs needs improvement, and need to know about security of dogs that move).  Dog formerly on tie-out is now an indoor dog well integrated into the same family and being trained. 

She is still run on a bike every other day by me.  Discussion regarding other dog on tie-out because of hole in fence.  Fence still requires welding job.  However, although I run the tied-out dog every other day on a bike, I think her situation could be improved by daily off tie-out supervised time in the yard.

6.  Find battery recycling place and recycle old batteries.  Get/make some bigger containers for plants.  Plant all vegetables.

7.  Hebrew and Spanish.  Learn how to conjugate verb in Hebrew. Practice reading letters of letter.

Practicing the alphabet was a really good exercise.  I went through the typed letter, and verbally articuluted every single letter that was in the letter.  Not only did I get pretty speedy at this, but in the end, it improved my writing of Hebrew, because I learned to better discern the nuances in the letters.

Verbs. This was interesting.  So Hebrew, apparently does not distinguish person in verbs in the present tense, although it does in other tenses.  Each verb has 4 different forms in the present tense:

singular                          plural

male      female             male       female

–                et(a)                   im              ot          are the general endings for each case,

but the stem (3 letters) develops slightly different depending on which category it falls in.

The problem is that there are 7 different kinds of verbs (like the candles of a menorah).  This is called the binyanim.  Each candle (verb) has a slightly different 4 forms, depending on the verb.

pa’al     pi’el    hif’il      hitpa’el     huf’al    pu’al   nif’al

So, the take-home message here is summarized pretty succintly in Wikipedia.  According to the article:

“The present tense doesn’t inflect by first, second, or third person because its use as a present tense is a relatively recent trend, as this form was originally used as the participle. The ancient language didn’t have strictly defined past, present, or future tenses, but merely perfective and imperfective aspects, with past, present, or future connotation depending on context. Later the perfective and imperfective aspects were explicitly refashioned as the past and future tenses respectively, with the participle standing in as the present tense. (This also happened to the Aramaic language around the same time.) The modern present tense verb is still used as the present participle; see further down.”

I took a look at a college syllabus to see a good order to learn things in.

Learn one category of flashcards in Spanish.

93%, 654 points on recognize (75 mammals)

93%, 671 points on listen (75 mammals)

25% 148 points on recall (75 mammals)  accents and spelling are hard!

Did a 2nd one the next day (las frutas y las verduras 14 words).

100% 140 points,  100%, 137 points, 92% 97 points

Did a 3rd one the following day (la comida 20 words).

100% 199 points,100% 197 points, 95% 158 points

Did a 4th one the following day (los pasatiempos 23 words)

100% 225, 100% 228, 86% 173

The 5th day (los terminos medicos 19 word rated medium but it took me a few tries)  100% 180 100% 181 94% 151

8.  Identify available components for hearing aid design.

probably need to find a good small battery to anticipate available power, and minimize the number of chips in the design.  The design should have several narrow bandwidths for selective amplification of frequencies, but absolutely needs to minimize active chips for practical reasons (space and power consumption).  So, looking for one chip with 4 op-amps on it that is common and cheap, the LM741 shows up.  Still, reading the profile, there are probably some better chips, the LM324 is noted for low power compensation, and a few chips for built-in external frequency compensation.  It really comes down to what is available at the electronics parts store, short of desoldering electronic chips from broken devices.  Pretty tricky because they might overheat.  Also, need to know the specifications of the microphone and speaker that will be used.

Hearing tests require recording spectrum of one ear.  Need ear plug.

Get safety goggles.  Finish cutting parts (legs) for bed (although this is not a cabin, it could technically go in one, with the hammock that I have).

9.  Have a civil conversation of at least 45 minutes with every single member of my immediate family.

10.  Learn about the brain.  read and practice quizzes until I can pass level 1 and 2 of college level, and more difficult quizzes on this site.

I’ve done all of the quizzes (23/23) to level 2, but it is hard for me to stay motivated to just memorize stuff.

Sagittal section of brain, medial view: level 2

The protective coverings of the brain: level 2

Location of ventricles with a “transparent” brain, Right lateral view of brain level 2

Pathways of circulating cerebrospinal fluid, Sagittal section of brain and spinal cord level 2

Pathways of circulating cerebrospinal fluid, Frontal section of brain and spinal cord level 2

Medulla oblongata in relation to the rest of the brain stem, Interior aspect of brain level 2

Internal anatomy of the medulla oblongata, Transverse section and anterior surface of medulla oblongata level 2

Midbrain, Posterior view of midbrain in relation to brain stem (Part 1) level 2

Midbrain, Posterior view of midbrain in relation to brain stem (Part 2) level 2

Cerebellum, Superior view level 2

Cerebellum, Interior view level 2

Cerebellum, Midsagittal section of cerebellum and brain stem level 2

Thalamus, Right lateral view showing thalamic nuclei level 2

Hypothalamus, Sagittal section of brain showing hypothalamic nuclei level 2

Cerebrum, Superior view level 2

Cerebrum, Right lateral view level 2

Basal ganglia, Lateral view of right side of brain  level 2

Basal ganglia, Anterior view of frontal section level 2

Components of the limbic system and surrounding structures, Sagittal section level 2

Functional areas of the cerebrum, Lateral view of right cerebral hemisphere  level 2

Development of the brain and spinal cord, 3-4 week embryo showing primary brain vesicles level 2

Development of the brain and spinal cord, 5 week embryo showing secondary brain vesicles, Lateral view of right side. level 2

Summary of Cranial Nerves  level 2

Spinal nerves

Gross anatomy of the spinal cord level 2

Internal anatomy of the spinal cord and the spinal nerves level 2

Posterior view of entire spinal cord and portions of spinal nerves level 2

Internal anatomy of the spinal cord: the organization of gray matter and white matter level 2

The locations of selected sensory and motor tracts, shown in a transverse section of the spinal cord level 0

Organization and connective tissue coverings of a spinal nerve level 2

Branches of a typical spinal nerve, shown in transverse section through the thoracic portion of the spinal cord level 2

Brachial plexus in anterior view, Distribution of nerves from brachial plexus (Part 1) level 0

Brachial plexus in anterior view, Distribution of nerves from brachial plexus (Part 2) level 2

Lumbar plexus in anterior view, Origin of lumbar plexus level 2

Lumbar plexus in anterior view, Distribution of nerves from the lumbar and sacral plexuses level 2

Sacral plexus in anterior view level 2

Cervical plexus in anterior view level 0

Some of the quizzes on basic nerve tissue

Structure of a typical neuron, Parts of a motor neuron  level 2

Structure of a typical neuron, Sections through a myelinated axon  level 2

Structural classification of neurons  level 2

Since I am generally wary of hospitals, the real question is how can this information be used by me in a beneficial way to the world.  There are some obvious areas of intervention where education might make a difference.  In the end, probably what most people want to know is, how can their brain performance be enhanced.  Obviously, protecting the nerve cells so that they aren’t destroyed by chemicals and finding out what dietary interventions might improve memory or attention, or help with reason is useful information.  Also, interventions that might help to restore movement and ability in paralyzed or stroke victims.

a) fetal alcohol syndrome

b) stroke or aneurism

c) brain tumors

d) aging, alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, huntington’s, dementia

e) brain development and malnutrition  (WARNING:  this paper contains nonfactual opinions regarding the importance of animal experimentation to the author’s field of research.  I  would argue that there is little that cannot be learned from humans that already suffer from malnutrition without forcing animals to starve.  One does not need to produce an earthquake in order to analyze causality in ground vibrations.  Of course, one might actually have to look at a starving child…  Good theory goes even further here than comparative experimental analysis.)

f) brain injury , concussion or coma

g) infectious diseases of the brain

h) noninfectious brain diseases such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, or Lou Gehrig’s

i) the evolution of the central nervous system (comparative anatomy)

99% of this stuff is hard for me to read because of the experiments and lack of respect for animals and their ability to feel pain.  I would really appreciate an internet filter that avoided those articles altogether.

Probably, my forte is either asking/answering questions, or also designing computer programs to help with on-line diagnostics.  I found this site that has some interesting information.

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