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Ultimate regret: I never did purchase a pantsuit or a briefcase. (Sorry Hillary!)
I'll see if I can swing a pitcure of the office staff on Monday.
In addition to working with an internal medic, I am also following a physical therapist. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, I work with Dr. Mir at the internal medicine clinic, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I follow physical therapist Jim at Westside Physical Therapy. By interning in both internal medicine and physical therapy, I am able to observe how different areas in health care collaborate. Dr. Mir refers many of his patients to Westside Physical Therapy, most commonly sending patients with cases of diabetes or back and knee pain.
However, unlike my time at Dr. Mir’s clinic, I do not commonly see diabetic patients trekking through a weight loss program at Westside Physical Therapy. The most common case I see at physical therapy is recovery from joint or muscle pain. Many of the patients I have been seeing these past several weeks were sent to PT because, for example, they were in a motorized vehicle accident, had torn a muscle while playing basketball, or had to do knee replacement surgery.
Although the patients are referred to PT for a diverse number of reasons, most everybody has a somewhat similar plan for recovery based exercises. Patients will do both cardio and strength training workouts at PT. A PT patient during a strength building session would first start off with biking for 5 to 10 minutes. They would then warm up a specific portion of the body in order to prepare for the specific muscle training that fits the patient’s case. Then, the patient would enter a muscle workout, where the PT will guide the patient through various exercises that will help strengthen specific muscles in need of recovery. During cardio, the PT will help a patient keep fit without damaging any of the tissues that are related to the patient’s case. They would start out with a bike session of about 5 to 10 minutes, and then enter into various cardio exercises.
That is the basic gist of what I have been observing at Westside Physical Therapy, and what I have been doing other than internal medicine these past several weeks.
My sole task for Sandy this week was the complete cataloguing of uniforms - an immense task, but one that will inevitably save everyone involved with athletics a few headaches. I began by photographing all of the uniforms I could find in the weight room closet, front and back, and after condensing them all into one document, began to organize them. I paired the home and away uniforms for each specific team with one another so that someone looking at the document could easily find what they're looking for. After pairing up the uniforms, I then set out discovering whose uniforms were whose - whether it be JV or Varsity, Boys or Girls, Middle School or Upper School, every uniform had to be labeled. I am still in the midst of this process as I am typing this. The reason for all of this is so in the future, I can create a large spreadsheet the holds all of the data regarding which uniforms have been turned in and which haven't. Sandy is still relatively new to Catlin, and thus isn't familiar enough with each uniform to know which is which. Hopefully I will be able to have pictures of the uniforms alongside the data, so that anyone can know when tracking down uniforms what they look like, and which ones are missing. That's really all I worked on this week - it was a shorter week and Sandy was also out on Thursday and Friday, which severely limited our interaction. Hopefully I'll have a juicier final blog post, but for now, that's where my senior project is!
So week 3 has come and gone, and now its time for another installation of rap pun titled blog posts about my experience working with GLIDER. Unfortunately, I was not able to work with GLIDER nearly as much as I would have liked to last week, because of several events that were out of my control. I worked a full day last Monday in the east side office on a new blog post about trends in employee tenure. Using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the blog post was supposed to demonstrate how workers are working more jobs over the course of their lifetime, and that lack of job security has interesting consequences for our modern economy. I have to draw my own conclusions on what this means for the "millenial/Gen Y" work force. It was a challenging blog post that realistically would've taken all week for me to do well, but several things prevented me from finishing this post last week. After the day off on Tuesday, when the seniors went to the zoo with the first graders, the GLIDER team went to San Francisco to go to a conference called "Under The Radar" to pitch to VCs and companies that might be interested in their service. They stayed there from Wednesday through Friday. I planned to work from home, if not for the AP fiasco (my entire Calculus II class had their BC scores cancelled, so I took my retake test Thursday morning and had to spend my entire day from home on Wednesday studying for it.) For that reason, I was really only able to work on this blog post on Monday and Friday last week, and wasn't able to finish by the end of the week. It might seem ridiculous, but that's life, and I have to roll with it (or GLIDE with it.) I'll be working on this blog post into next week, but I really want to have an awesome last week with GLIDER, so I plan on taking in as much as possible before my time is up and working really hard. At some point in the last week, we'll move out of the dark, gloomy east side office we share with Sprintly into the new, entirely our own office in the Pearl, which I am very excited about. According to Justin and Eli, the conference went really well; everyone loved what they were doing and they had a ton of engaging conversations from people who wanted to get involved. Not much else to report now, but I promise my blog post following the end of my last week will be spectacular.
This week was a wild one. I fulfilled a lifelong dream, grew a few gray hairs, became a fence-posting master, and suffered temporary deafness due to my proximity to gunfire. Are you on the edge of your seat, chomping at the bit for the next details (especially about those fences)? Read on.
The most intriguing part of this past week, by far, was assisting in the district track meet. It gave me the best glimpse at what an athletic director's job really is, and how he/she interacts with coaches. Essentially, Sandy is like the coach of the coaches. She has to make sure everyone is doing alright and they're happy, but also that they're staying within the rules and treating their players correctly (as well as fulfilling their coaching duties). An AD has to know most things about most sports, not being an expert in any particular discipline but having enough knowledge of the sport's workings to make unbiased and intelligent decisions. This is also important because she's readily accessible on-campus, and is therefore often sought out when there are questions or issues regarding sports. She has to be prepared to deal with these, because coaches aren't always on campus. I have really garnered a lot of respect for Sandy and her line of work. It's not always a thankful job, but it's an absolutely essential one. Even though I'm most likely not pursuing a line of work in her field, I want to apply Sandy's work ethic wherever I end up; keeping everyone happy, but not over-extending oneself and having to retract on your previously overzealous statements (i.e., don't promise what you can't deliver). This is also particularly relevant to someone such as myself who hopes to become involved in international diplomacy one day.
Now, back to the track meet. On Thursday, the day before the meet, I loaded all of the necessary gear into the Gator and drove it down to the announcers booth, where I helped Catherine (Sandy's assistant) to set up the tech hub. In doing so I got to pilot the glorious Gator, if only for a short while. Those scant few minutes were a blur of joy (because really, once you've seen Facilities whirring around in them, their allure is truely ineffable). I was very impressed when the tiny wooden frame with a scoreboard on it was turned into the meet's center for organization, time management, and number crunching. It was obvious everyone involved knew what they were doing. Next, I had to set up the camera at the finish line, making sure that everything was plugged in properly and that nothing was blocking the camera's view.
My task on Friday was to follow and aid Sandy wherever she needed the assistance while also learning her roles in the operation of the meet. I began by setting up the blue and white fences that separate the field events from the crowd. This was a fairly straightforward task that simply needed doing. Afterwards, things started getting dicey, as we soon realized that the starter (i.e., the person who shoots the gun to start the race) was misinformed about what time he needed to be here and had to be rushed to the starting line of the first event. To make matters worse, the system which tracks the start of the race and sends said info to the announcers booth was having serious issues. This was really frustrating to all of us, as it was the most up-to-date system available and it still wasn't functioning. Fortunately we managed to get everything running again before the runners had to wait too long.
That's all for this week!
This week was very exciting! I knew my way around the bakery and understood the process, so the bakers trusted me to work with the pastry dough a little more. Although my alarm was still set for 4:45, I decided to start waking up to something brighter! I hooked my ipod up to my alarm clock and woke up to Britney Spears’ lovely voice singing her 2000 hit: “Lucky”. With a catchy tune in my head, I was ready to start another day at the bakery.
This is the spray gun we use to egg wash the pastries. It makes an awfully loud noise that wakes me up pretty quickly in the mornings.
This is a display of cookies that I cleaned. There are chocolate chip, coconut chocolate chip, and oatmeal cookies in it!
This is the tray of cooked pastries we keep in the middle of the bakery, so that the cashier can easily acess fresh pastries and give them to the customer.
This is a pinwheel. This is the pastry we get from the Division location (minus the apricot, I put that on before taking the picture).
We then have to create little wells to hold the different fillings. You can see the filled pinwheel on the right. It has raspberry, apple, and blackberry jam, as well as a cheese custard.
These are strawberry flowers. You have to make little wells and fill them with strawberry jam. They're topped off with a piece of strawberry in the middle.
Then we bake them and put them on display! Here are some cheese, raspberry, and raspberry/cheese croissants.
Despite all the rumors, I don't actually just sit around in my office all day taking naps on the thoughtfully provided couch (can you tell I'm still excited about the office?). No no, I type furiously fast and keep open more tabs than Peter Shulman (didn't think it was humanly possibly - but computers are pretty darn impressive - and not human, so I guess that makes sense). I've spent the last week continuing my research, and delving deeper into the realm of property development. Taking the outline of topics that I created last week, I tried to flesh out topics and to further expand my knowledge.
Below I've attached a PDF of my last presentation for Brad.
I am now trying to install a gallery wall in my room. See picture gallery for an example. This specific project isn’t going so well seeing that I am an art snob and will only buy original pieces that cost a fortune (if anybody has any abstract artwork or block prints they’d like to sell me, please let me know! Warning: do not be offended if I’m too snobby for them/if I am impossible to please). I gave up trying to buy an original abstract piece today and decided to painted my own piece instead. Think the documentary "My Kid Could Paint That!" but with a 17/almost 18 year old. Less cute and more starving artist. This is not really a solution to my problem of finding art because I'm already insanely critical of art overall, which makes me even more critical of my own (victory number this is not a victory somebody please help me) (I have been researching gallery walls all week) (I still don’t have one) (help) (how am I going to be able to live in a dorm after this internship) (I am going to stop typing right now and find more artwork that I will probably not buy because it will be too expensive) (See you on the flipside… hopefully)
I had a very busy second week working with GLIDER. Between juggling the two projects I've had to work on that I described in my last blog post, Eli was in and out meeting with investors, on the phone with potential business clients, etc. (he even added over two more hours to his work day.) Meanwhile, Justin and Cameron are as busy as I've ever seen them. So I'm glad to be of any sort of help, and I'm learning a lot observing Eli managing this company.
The first project I worked on was helping Eli research and compile a list of businesses with over 100 employees that have been seeded by venture firms that Eli is connected with. I had to find out the names of their CEO, COO, VP of Sales, VP of BD, and their sales operations managers are (which wasn't easy, the information on linkedin often differed with the information on databases like crunchbase and on the company websites.) I think that next week either Eli or I will be reaching out to some of these people to try to pitch GLIDER to them so they can use it in their actual businesses, as an alternative to having to manage their contracts and sign deals the way they currently do.
The second project I've been working on has been helping Justin with content for his blog, The Future Of Work (http://futureofwork.glider.com/). The blog is meant to be a stand-alone project that discusses how "smart enterprise" tools are disrupting enterprise as usual. The premise is that, today, because of how seamless and successful consumer tools like Facebook and Twitter are, workers expect the same quality of performance from the tools they have to use at work. Often times, the IT departments of their work give workers tools that they'd prefer to substitute for technology they are more familiar with, so when workers bring in their own technology to be more efficient to work (BYOD = bring your own device), the IT departments and CIOs can be the last to know. Services like GLIDER that are making work much easier and far more efficient are disrupting entire industries. I spent the majority of last week working on a blog post that discussed this (it'll get published next week), with links to various articles and a big shout out to one of my all time favorite comedies, Office Space. I also helped on a running series called "The Business Setup" that showcases the different technologies that modern businesses use to be more efficient, like Github or Hipchat. I've learned a lot of interesting things by managing this blog, like the "Flesch-Kinkaid Readability Test," which uses a formula that involves ratios between words in a sentence and syllables in a word throughout the text to indicate how comprehensive and difficult the reading is. For example, on a 1-100 scale, a blog post should score above a 50 (fairly easy to read or skim). The text in blog posts can't be like text from Dickens or in Heart of Darkness, which would probably score close to 0, if not in the negatives.
Next week should be a little less busy. Besides the senior/first grade trip to the zoo, the GLIDER team is going down to San Francisco for another tech conference that would introduce them to more VCs and angel investors called "Under the Radar," so I'll be working from home those days. We also move into the new office in the Pearl next week, which I'm excited about (more food options for lunch), so I suppose I'm helping Eli move furniture on Monday.
A quick anecdote about the week: on the second floor of my building, there's a modeling agency and I always see the two women who scout potential models walking out of the building at the same time as me whenever I'm on my lunch break. So they invite me into their office one day after work to have my picture taken and meet their boss, and when I come in to see the open casting call, I literally see some of the cutest girls ever, who aren't even that much older than me. So I come in, everyone's all smiles, I'm making nice conversation with this blond girl on the couch waiting to have my picture taken, when they tell me that I'm too short. (Really hurt my pride with that one.) It's not like I've ever felt any desire to model, but I feel like it would be funny to have girls see my face going into an Abercrombie. Knowing me, the whole thing would be very ironic. Anyway, this story has made for some funny jokes in the GLIDER office, and hopefully I get into more funny encounters in the new building in the Pearl.
Here's a video featuring GLIDER from the Wall Street Journal: http://live.wsj.com/video/what-does-it-take-to-be-the-next-hot-start-up/B800F8EB-BBAC-4262-A09C-8B9F7316F78F.html#!B800F8EB-BBAC-4262-A09C-8B9F7316F78F
Here's an article about GLIDER from Tech Crunch about GLIDER's launch at Disrupt in NY: http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/29/glider-launches-at-disrupt-ny-with-saas-that-automates-approving-and-signing-contracts-adds-intelligence-to-deal-flow/
In the picture below, Eli is writing something up on the whiteboard and Cameron looks super engaged.
At the internal medicine clinic managed by Dr. Mehdi (the doctor I am interning with), I heard a lot of: “You’re at high risk for diabetes”; “You must walk at least two miles a day”; “I’m sorry, but you’re stuck with diagnosing diabetes for the rest of your life”; “I recommend you fast a couple times a week”; “You’re blood pressure’s very high”; or “You’ve gained weight.” In other words, the majority of the bulk of patients I saw everyday for the past week were overweight. A typical checkup at the clinic would start out with figuring out the patients problems/symptoms, checking blood pressure and lungs, and finally drawing blood out into three different tubes (each relating to a specific lab test). It might sound monotonous, but each patient comes in with a different story on how they deal with their diabetes and weight problems. I saw one patient who told the doctor that he was fasting for ten days straight, once a year, and was also fasting at least three days per week. Dr. Mehdi told him he was being unhealthy. Some other patients seemed to be lying to their doctor, telling him that the bag of chips the patient ate the other day was the only unhealthy thing he ate since they last met. Overall, I have had a pretty interesting senior project so far. (I will offere visual content by the next blog post)
Hello there Catlin. I totally forgot about the whole blog thing, so here I am, typing away on the desktop computer at my house about my experiences last week.
Anyways, let’s get started.
So, in case you didn’t already know, I’m working with John-Henry Dale over at La Musica Studio. How do I reach this La Musica Studio, you may ask? Well, to find it, all you have to do is get on Belmont and drive all the way to SE 45th. There, you enter the Old Belmont Square (the front gate has been locked every single time I’ve gone so far, so I recommend you enter via the back door), and go down to the basement floor. There, you can easily find La Musica Studio since there’s a big sign that says “La Musica” (if memory serves me right) as well as a large Ableton poster (if memory serves me right again).
Now that I’ve gone over how to get to the studio, I’ll get to what I’m actually supposed to write about: what I did last week. Well, I spent the majority of my time there learning the basics of Ableton Live, and aspects of studio recording. For those who don’t know what Ableton Live is, Ableton Live is a music sequencer/workstation with a strong emphasis on live performance, as it contains several studio instruments as well as support for a large amount of Ableton-created instruments, including the brand-new Push (okay, not really brand-new since it came out in the past month or two). Since it’s a computer program that’s meant to be used as a live instrument, it’s primarily used by electronic musicians and DJs, with a lot of big-name artists using the product, ranging from industrial stalwarts Front 242 to post-rock outfit 65daysofstatic to dubstep poster boy Skrillex to everyone’s favorite robot helmet-wearing French house duo Daft Punk. I’ve always wanted to use it more, but I’ve never gotten used to its interface and have instead preferred Logic’s staff-based arrangement style, so I’ve found this project a good opportunity to learn how to use Live.
Personally, what I found most interesting was the composition style of electronic artists. A lot of electronic music doesn’t have the same melodic sensibilities as a lot of bands I listen to do, and I’ve always wondered how electronic artists come up with their interesting melodies and what kind of obscure music theory they employ, since whenever I write/make/compose/whateveryouwanttocallit a song, it always ends up sounding like Thursday, Sunny Day Real Estate or something from a Kingdom Hearts game. As it turns out, a lot of electronic musicians don’t really use any special kind of theory, as they instead go for a more rhythm-centric approach (as far as I know), employing grid-based instruments such as the aforementioned Push to come up with their melodies and harmonies with less emphasis on what note should go next. I’m thinking of trying out this method in the future, because perhaps my MIDI keyboard usage is shaping the way of how I write music.
Since the first meeting, I've been bringing my cello over to the studio because John-Henry is planning on making a cello/electronic EP or something along those lines. We already had a go at it by using a recording of me playing the main bassline to an American Football song and adding beats and synths to it, but I doubt it'll be used again in the future.
So yeah. That's my first week so far. Below is a picture of part of the workspace. That's Ableton Live on the computer, an analog synth (I believe) on the left, and the Push on the black table on the bottom. Woo.