SMACC Workshop

SMACC_Flipped_Classroom_MarqueeOn Tuesday, 8 am in Chicago, Stella Yiu, Rob Cooney, Andrew Petrosoniak, Doug Schiller, Jen Leppard and I will be presenting a Flipped Classroom workshop. The goal is to take you from idea to completed product in the span of four hours (with a much needed coffee break in the middle).

Here’s our worksheet.

SMACC FC Worksheet

Look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

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π day & RPN Calculator.app

March 14th, or π-day, this year takes on additional numerical significance. Only once in a hundred years we are able to celebrate π to its billionth decimal place.

3.141592653

3/14/15 9:26:53

I wonder if Galileo Galilei geeked out on 3/14/1592 6:53:59.

In other mathematically geeky news, while doing several calculations on my Mac I was longing for my old HP scientific calculator with reverse polish notation. Looking through the Mac app store at all the emulators, I decided to see if the built-in calculator app had this feature. And guess what it does.

calculator_app

In the View menu, you can select “RPN mode” and now you get a calculator with a stack visible 2 deep. I don’t know if this was possible in previous versions of OS X, but I love the geeks at Apple that made this happen.

Happy π-day. Now we wait for May the Fourth.

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Left Ventricular Assist Devices

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Left Ventricular Assist Devices confused the heck out of me, so I thought I’d go through some of the anatomy and physiology of these things. Then everything seemed to make a bit more sense.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart… with an LVAD

I misspoke in this video. Dick Cheney did not have ‘destination therapy’ but ‘bridge-to-treatment’ therapy. He eventually got a heart transplant.

Pathophysiology of the Heart… with an LVAD

Please let me know if things don’t make sense, if they’re flat out wrong, or whatever you’d like.

Left Ventricular Assist Devices