How the CI brands leap-frog each other…

It’s nice that there are three brands of cochlear implants. The competition keeps everyone moving forward. Cochlear just had a new implant and processor approved, the Cochlear 5.  Here’s an example comparison posted to one of the mailing lists I’m on that shows how one brand is catching up with another. With the advent of the Nucleus 5 from Cochlear, some have asked how slim and light the new processor really is and how does it compare with the other brands. To that end, a tally, from the manufacturer’s specifications, of the latest models of the 3 US FDA approved brands. With all shaped a bit differently, I only compared the maximum thickness, seemingly the most important consideration, along with weight. All compared with the...

More about work and motivation

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation | Video on TED.com I love the talks at TED.com.  Not only do they have subtitles in multiple languages on I think ALL videos, they are recorded in such a perfectly clear and high quality way that I can understand them without the subtitles.  Even on my tiny laptop speakers I understood a large part of this talk just now. I wish I had watched this when I first found the link to it a few weeks ago, but I’m glad I watched it now. The part that starts around 15 minutes talks about ROWE – a results only work environment.  It’s a very quick summary but very effective in the example he calls out.

The future culture of work

The future culture of work

This is a very long presentation about work policies at Netflix but you can skim through it pretty fast. I’d love it if I could get my company to adopt some of the freedoms seen here.  80% of my job is done on the computer (reports, CAD, reports, planning tests) and I can work on it anywhere.  But I’m not allowed to.  Once I even got yelled at for working from home for an afternoon.  The reasoning? “That isn’t allowed because then everyone would want to do it.” I tend to get “PMS” about my job, but overall I enjoy the work a lot.  I just know I’d be a lot more efficient if I didn’t feel trapped in a cubicle all day long (not to mention constant interruptions). Culture View more presentations from Reed...

Four months, research, music

Let’s see how I do with my last post’s list.  I’m going to take CI/hearing topics today. 1. 4 months with CI That’s right.  I was activated way back on May 4th.  I’ve been in for just 3 mappings since then at 2 weeks, 1 month and 3 months (though all were a bit late). My audiogram has remained hovering around 25-35 all the way across.  I think it is low because my maps are still getting a bit louder each time and they do the test Before I get a new map. I still prefer the Med-El FSP (Fine Structure Processing) versus the HD-CIS program.  My audiologists still insist that I keep trying both.  So one of my program slots is still HD.  They both sound good to me, so it’s just a matter of what I am used to.  Music sounds more...

Writing VBA macros for Excel or Word

Writing VBA macros for Excel or Word

This is a blog post to document and hopefully help people who find themselves with the problem I had today.  You’ll also get to hear a little about my job. Part of my job is to witness, photograph and take video of shock testing that we do for the Navy.  We have a medium weight shock test machine that can handle items up to a few thousand pounds.  Most of the items tested are furniture (desks, chairs, couches, lockers) but we also get computer racks, wall panel systems, insulation, and sometimes huge pipes and fittings. Here’s a video of something similar to what we do, but not the same…  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WStzQSLkrXs (I should see if my company objects to using social media such as YouTube for our videos. We have a couple of...

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