Thursday, December 31, 2009

Folding@Home Information

To date I have completed 45 jobs on the PlayStation 3.

I understand that where a PS3 takes 6 hours to complete a job some PCs will take days. More power for gaming is good.

The model uses color to denote the elements in the protein.

  • Grey-carbon and hydrogen
  • Blue-nitrogen
  • Red-oxygen
  • Yellow-sulfer
The yellow lights on the globe (background animation) represent the sites where PS3 machines are being used in the Folding@home project. Again, please join my team (176303).

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Parts Inventory

At our initial interview Dr. Bergeson said he was planning on using the DePuy ASR total hip.

On the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson company) website they list the DePuy ASR™ XL System, I confirmed that this is the specific hip replacement Dr. Bergeson was referring to.

Tri-Lock® Bone Preservation Hip Stem is what Dr. Bergeson is going to put in my femur.

Warnings and Precautions

The following conditions, singularly or concurrently, tend to impose severe loading on the affected hip joint, thereby placing the patient at higher risk for failure of the hemi-hip replacement: Obesity or excessive patient weight, manual labor, active sports participation, high levels of patient activity, likelihood of falls, alcohol or drug addictions and other disabilities, as applicable.

The following conditions singularly or concurrently, tend to adversely affect the fixation of hemi-hip replacement implants: Marked osteoporosis or poor bone stock, metabolic disorders or systemic pharmacological treatments leading to progressive deterioration of solid bone support for the implant (e.g., diabetes mellitus, steroid therapies, immunosuppressive therapies), history of general or local infections, severe deformities leading to impaired fixation or improper positioning of the implant, tumors of the supporting bone structures, allergic reactions to implant materials (e.g., bone cement, metal), tissue reactions to implant corrosion or implant wear debris, disabilities of other joints (e.g., knees and ankles).

This implant should not be used with other manufacturers’ components. Use of components other than those recommended could lead to loosening, wear, fracture during assembly or use, and premature failure.

Adverse Events

Change in position of the prosthetic components, often related to the factors listed in WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS. Early or late loosening of the prosthetic components, often related to factors listed in WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS. Early or late infection. Peripheral neuropathies. Subclinical nerve damage may also occur as a result of surgical trauma. Tissue reactions, osteolysis, and/or implant loosening caused by metallic corrosion, allergic reactions, or metal wear debris or loose cement particles.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Poke Cake

Sarah made this for our family Christmas in Baltimore last week. Nice light sweet and colorful, just what you want after a large meal i.e., not heavy rich and filling.

She used strawberry or raspberry JELL-O but I am using red (cherry) and green (lime) for more of a Christmas flair. In order to get both colors in the same cake layer I used the turkey baster to inject the jello into the cake instead of using the fork piercing method. We learned that the baster leaves large holes that don't fill with jello as the jello soaks into the cake.

There are a lot of Jell-O Poke Cake recipes out on the net, have fun and experiment. You might also be interested in the history of Jell0.



1. Bake the cake as directed on the box.

2. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.

3. Stir 1 cup of the boiling water into a bowl with the red gelatin. Do the same with the green gelatin in separate bowl. Stir both for about 2 minutes until completely dissolved.

4. Carefully pour red gelatin over 1 cake layer and green gelatin over second cake layer. Refrigerate 3 hours.

5. Dip 1 cake pan in warm water 10 seconds; unmold onto serving plate. Spread with about 1 cup of the whipped topping. Frost sides of cake with more Cool-Whip. Optional: leave cake and pan and just dump the Cool-Whip onto the top, spread thickly.

6. Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 1 hour.

7. Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

TED Ideas worth spreading

My buddy Ted visited last night and turned me on to this site that features short talks by smart people about their passions. Can you say YouTube for Illuminati?

TED.comTechnology, Entertainment, Design

I've added TED to my podcast feed. The buccaneer scholar sails on.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Evolution in Nocturnal

Episode #25 of Scott Sigler's book Nocturnal has a nice dialog on evolution and behavior. I'm not sure what I think about it, only that I need to study more and think about it. It folds into a discussion in On The Origin of Species, another book I am reading his month.

The Buccaneer scholar sails on.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Buccaneer-Scholar

I recommend this new book, Secrets Of A buccaneer-Scholar by James Bach, to all my students and friends.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

South Carolina Low Country Chicken

I never heard the term South Carolina Low Country before. (Here is a page about the food.) The google map indicates this is the Charleston South Carolina region of the country. Anyway, we had South Carolina Low Country Chicken at lunch today in the National Gallery of Art Garden Café.

The recipes are available as PDF on the gallery's website. I decided to type in the chicken recipe here so I know it will be available when I want to make it. The PDF also includes the Georgia Sweet Potato Casserole that Marcia and Sharon enjoyed plus Maryland Crab Cakes with Remoulade and Mustard Sauces (we didn't try).

The chicken was good and spicy. They only served legs, no thighs or white meat. I include brining in this version of the recipe in hopes that it will not be as dry as what was served in the buffet.

The recipe was created in honor of the exhibition from the Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff by Executive Chef David Rogers, Restaurant Associates, at the National Gallery of Art.

South Carolina Low Country

Serves 6

  • 4 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • Low Country spice rub

Low Country spice rub

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 2 T salt
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 T lemon pepper
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  1. Brine the chicken for an hour.
  2. Rince and dry chicken.
  3. Place chicken in a large bowl.
  4. Combine sugar and spices in separate bowl and mix the rub.
  5. Add spice rub to chicken and mix until thoroughly coated.
  6. Cook the chicken at 350° until it reaches an internal temperature of 165° (about 20 minutes).

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Radio Station Chili

Marcia made a great chili for dinner tonight. She and Fred got the recipe from Cliff Pence, the radio station manager at WCWM way back in the 70's. Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lb Hamburger
  • 1 large Onion
  • 2 cans Kidney Beans
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatos
  • 8 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4 T Chili Powder
  • 2 T Red Wine
  • 1 T Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 dashes Red Pepper
  • dash Oregano
  • dash Paprika
  1. Brown the onion.
  2. Add hamburger, cook until brown.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stir occasionally.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Folding@Home, join my team

[Geek On]

Folding@Home distributed computing.

I'm running this protein folding simulation software on both the PS3 and Mac.

Create a username for yourself.

Download and install the software.

You are welcome to join my team: Danzan Ryu (176303)

[Geek Off]

More info about my PS3.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

You Only Live Twice

I am reading You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming this week. Good fun.

The password is: Freddy Uncle Charlie Katie

Every dog needs a few fleas otherwise it will forget it is a dog.

You only live twice, once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.—James Bond (a.k.a. Bondo-San and Agent 777 in the book)

Really enjoying the book. A lot about Japan and Japanese culture. It worries me that Ian Fleming did a good job of describing it because if he understood it as well as I think I do then I must not get it at all. Shimata(sp), I make a mistake.

Everything is new tomorrow.

The story deals with Bond's depression/mid-life_crises following the death of his wife and a couple of failed missions. With James ready to resign and run a chicken farm M sends him on a mission in the hope that Bond will discover his second chance at life.