Fun time –

Mt. LeconteIt has been a while since I’ve been able to spend time with missionary friends and this past week enjoy spending time with them.  We did some tubing, hiking and then after the left I was able to ride Cades Cove.  Learned a bunch about Zambia and life across the pond.  Hearing about medical problems overseas really gives life to what we learn in school.  Hearing from individuals who have had malaria multiple times and the descriptions makes me really understand why it is such an important global health issue.  Below are some pictures from the hike.

Its been a while –

Wow, studying for Step 2 (both CK and CS) has really kept me busy for the last few weeks (interspersed was a week of being sick).  I didn’t realize it has been almost a month since I posted.  I’ve been working on the WIFI and think I’ve actually figured out how to enable it.  I’m still trying to figure out if the SD8686 kernel module has the necessary android commands enabled to use it.  The main resource I’ve found to do this is this howto for Android wireless.  More later . . .

Last week & IGEPv2 (updated)

In the caseSo, I’ve continued to work on Android and believe I’ve figured out how to enable the wireless in it.  I’ve built a case for it (hat-tip to borglabs).  Once I get time to test the instructions I’ve found for the WiFi under android it will be much more useful and then I’ll post instructions on the build process and everything I compiled to make the process a piece of cake.  Currently I’m running donut but would like to get eclair running once I figure out WiFi.  I’d like to post some pictures Really cool view in my car on the way upbut right now my PivotX install isn’t working for uploading the pictures from last weeks trip to PA and the case later.

Update ————-

Well, got PivotX working again by updating to the latest dev branch.  Image insertion works again.  Wierd things is I never upgrade and it stopped working by it self.  Hum . . .  Enjoy the pics

IGEPv2 – It boots Android

Well, it took rebuilding my HTPC, countless forum post readings and finally just trying something to figure out installing Android on the board was quite easy.  I don’t have any pictures or anything, just search Google for a video of the IGEPv2 booting.  Mine doesn’t look much different.  I’ll have to say it isn’t worth much right now since the current kernel doesn’t have wifi enabled – my next project after Step 2 CS next Monday. 

The process of installing it was quite simple.  I just used Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit by following the instructions on the Andoid dev page for compiling on a 64-bit machine.  Once that was all setup, I went to Project Rowboat, downloaded donut and compiled it.  Used the same tool-chain from the Rowboat project to compile the kernel for it and prepared the card as suggested on the Ubuntu Wiki page at  Inserted the MicroSD card and waited for about 5-10 seconds before the Android logo appeared it booted.  Very simple, yet very obtuse finding the instructions.

Along those lines, I also built and installed Ubuntu 9.10 on it.  The performance was a bit sluggish compared to android which just flew.  I’ll have to play around to figure out what OS I’ll end up with but given I want it in the car and I’m ultra familiar with Java, I’m leaning to Android.  When I get a chance I’ll post pictures.

Another unexpected week/a tribute

So, it has been quite the week.  Nothing has gone according to plan or expectations.  One week ago today, my best friend’s mom died after an extended illness.  It was one of the most surreal experiences, knowing for so long the day was coming but finally experiencing it.  Facing the finality of life and being reminded of it’s briefness.  Remembering all of the fun times we had together, trips taken and the many lessons learned through shared life-experiences.  It has been a blessing to be included in their family for so many years and was a blessing to be able to share such a precious time at the grave-side service with them.

Thank you, Mrs. Brown, for the part you played in making me the man I am and I look forward to seeing again . . .

Back from the wild

ouchieSo, it has been a couple of weeks since I’ve really posted anything to my blog.  Apparently it was harder coming down to earth (i.e. realworld) then i thought.  I’ve been trying to distract myself with various projects.  I’ve purchased a IGEPv2 board as a carputer for my truck which I’m rebuilding.  It has been a long process trying to do it from Memphis and while in Medical school but this summer looks promising for getting it running for the first time in about 10 years.  Wow, it’s been a long time.

Anyway, I’m currently working on building Android for it.  I’m using the HTPC I built over Christmas (runs a Core i7 860) so the builds are very fast.IGEPv2 with case

My second toe still has a bruise from the hike.  It looks quite lovely.  Doesn’t hurt or anything but it will be a while until it heals.  


Now that I’m getting back into the hospital setting and studying along those lines, I’ve been able to enjoy some really beautiful sun rises.

Well, I’ll post some more pictures of my projects later, but for now, enjoy the picture of the IGEPv@ and what will become it’s case 🙂

WMS Elective Day 19 & 20

Cave beforeDay 19 —

Everyone split-up today and went different directions enjoying the beautiful weather.  Some went bordering, others hung-out at camp and enjoyed the sunshine while others went for a hike on Rainbow Trail almost getting to Mt. LeConte.  The snow became knee deep and thus they had to turn around but they really enjoyed the beautiful views.

I on the other-hand went home to do laundry and rested for most of the day.

Day 20 – 

On the way inToday we went to The Lost Sea and did the wild cave tour.  It was great fun.  Our guide, Shane, was really enjoyable and really tailored the tour for our group.  It was funny to hear him really enjoy having a tour of adults rather then children.  The lake in the cave is huge.  In the 70’s they went diving with sonar and couldn’t identify any walls or floor.  Thus the floor is deeper then 3500 ft and the back wall is farther then 3500 ft.  That is a huge cavern.

Small holeAfter finishing we went to a place call Joe’s for the best burgers in Sweatwater, TN.  The burgers were really good.  They were really good.

Well that’s all for now, enjoy the pics.

WMS Day 18 – Finale

Where we had all our lecturesAll good things must come to an end and certainly the lectures went out with a bang.  We had 3 lectures spanning from 8am to 4:30 pm with 3 breaks (one for lunch).  It was a marathon session but very interesting.  The lectures were over Space Medicine, Toxicology (i.e. venomous and poisonous animals) and making a Wilderness Medical Kit.  It became one of our first beautifully sunny days and during our few breaks we made sure to enjoy it.  All the pictures of us today were on the front porch of Tipton Lodge where we had all our lectures and was the headquarters of all our scenarios.

Enjoying the sunAll in all it was an interesting day.  All we have left for the remainder of the elective is the 4-day hike.  Unfortunately, one mentor had to drop out.  Because of this one group had to disband and join the other groups.  Fortunately everyone found a hike they were interested in hiking so everything worked out.  Now to rest and relax until Monday.  Here’s hoping for more good weather.  

As to the weekend, tomorrow some of us are going to the Lost Sea for a Wild Cave Tour.  It should be fun.

Here are some interesting facts from yesterday –

  • Politics in NASA really hinders science
  • Medicine in space requires a completely different thought process.  
  • CPR in space is worthless due to taking to long to initiate
  • The most dangerous venomous animal is the Bee
  • Most use the term poisonous and venomous interchangeably but that is incorrect.  A Bee or a Rattlesnake is venomous but not poisonous (i.e. they will make you sick if they inject the venom but will not make you sick if you eat them).  Poisonous animals are like the Puffer fish.
  • Superglue, duck-tape, trash bags and safety pins are essential in a wilderness medical kit

WMS Day 16 & 17 – Random facts and the final scenarios

Long dayDay 16 was a day full of lectures as will be day 18.  Day 17 was our final day of scenarios.  The posts are a day late and a bit short in content because as a camp we exceeded the daily bandwidth allotment and I didn’t take time yesterday to write.  Yep, no internet yesterday so I couldn’t post anything about Day 16 or 17.  It made me lazy :).

On day 16 we had lectures for a bunch of different topics.  We learned about Dive Medicine, a recent medical trip to Haiti, preparing to lead a wilderness expedition, making a medical kit and lots of random facts.  Some of the most intriguing were from the dive medicine lectures.  Did you know:

Lots of lectures

  • 1 clo – the amount of insulation created by a Summer business suit in England during the 50s and 60s.
  • You can increase your total lung capacity via Lung Packing.
  • Record for a man holding his breath is 17:19 on pure Oxygen.  On room air it is 11:35.
  • Record depth for free diving (diving while holding breath without breathing apparatus)  is 702 ft for men and 525 ft for women (
  • When adjusting to a new timezone allow 1 day for the first 3 time-zones and 1 additional day for every additional time-zone.
  • FAST – Fatigue Avoidance Scheduling Tool.  It was used to determine the hours limits of medical residents and show the equivalent blood alcohol level to the fatigue level.  So someone with only 2 hours of sleep one night and works 18 hours the next day would have an equivalent  blood alcohol level of ~1.8.  Yep, basically drunk.
  • The abbreviation SHAG, Social Hand Grenade, is someone who has trouble making all social interactions cease when they appear.  

Waterfall rescueDay 17 was all about our final two scenarios.  The first one was all about two very difficult extractions.  The victims situated beneath a 50 ft waterfall (i.e in it) and since it was below freezing there was lots of ice.  I was on the medic team and was stationed at base camp.  Everything I hear was how great the teams did in their extractions.  I didn’t see anything until the victims were brought back when we re-evaluated them and repackaged them for transport to the hospital (i.e. once we were done let our classmates free to get changed).

The second scenario was two male four-wheelers accident victims.  They were both on a really steep slope demonstrated by the photos (rotate your laptop until the people are upright to see the angle of the slope).  The packaging and transport went really fast and we were off the slope and ready for dinner in about 1.5 hours.

Plunger used to stop a nasal bleedBetween the two scenarios we had a wilderness improvisation demonstration.  Each of us was required to demonstrate two improvisations using supplies we would have while in the wilderness.  These ranged from making air splints from bedding pads to snow goggles made of aluminum foil.  It was a great experience and many great ideas were shown.

The day ended at the Heritage Planetarium learning navigation through the night sky.  It was an incredible experience and one I would like repeating.  

Well, today we have a day of lectures starting with space medicine.

Gonna be a good day.