Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lion Brand Yarn present to Ellen

I've been watching Ellen clips while studying. This one caught my attention. I actually saw some of these tube thingies at the El Paso airport when I went to go visit Carlos. Ha!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

End of January Update

Starting Yardage (10.16.10): 82,379.5

Starting Yardage (01.07.11): 80,153.9
Current Yardage (02.01.11): 78,771.5
Yardage Found: 1,211

Yardage Used Since Beginning Cold-Sheep: 4,819
Yardage Used in January (according to my Ravelry stash): 1,828.4
For some reason, this is different than the number I had been calculating as I went on Ravelry. According to my summations, I used 2213.35 yards, 14 skeins. I guess not all of the yardage and skeinage have been recorded. This makes me worried about my true total yardage/skeinage.

Faceted Rib Socks: 166.45
Gail: 397.7 
Aran: 210 
Ringwood gloves: 75 
Cable Rib Socks: 337.3 
Dr. G’s Memory Vest: 223 
Sunny Spread: 198 
Baby Surprise Jacket: 110.7 
Cable Blanket: 137 
Woodruff: 178.2 
GAP-tastic Cowl: 180

Starting Number of Skeins (01.07.11): 388.99
Current Number of Skeins (02.01.11): 378.54
Percentage of Stash Knit: 4.38%

Back to studying!

P.S. I was in the shower, thinking about the incline on a treadmill. In class, our professor told us an anecdote about a patient walking at 4 miles/hr on a 6 degree incline. For an older person, this represents a pretty healthy heart. I started thinking about how exactly to know that the patient was walk/jogging at a 6 degree incline. Does that correspond to a "6" on the incline on a treadmill? [Yahoo! Answers says that the incline means you are gaining "6" feet of elevation for every 100 feet of horizontal distance. So the arctan(incline/100) = angle of elevation. So, this means the patient was going at a 4.0 at an incline of 10, for a couple of miles. Dang!!! I've been trying to get back into shape with interval training. I've been doing 5 minutes at 3.5 at an incline of 10 as one of my intervals, and I feel like I'm going to die. Heck- the 5 minutes at 3.7 at an incline of 7 kills me, too!]

Anyway, the incline thing got me thinking about trying to climb a hill. It's always much easier to keep making shallow spirals around the hill to get to the top instead of climbing straight to the top. It seems like more "work" is done. People always say it's more "work", but from high school physics, you know it's the same amount of "work" because the distance is the same. Well, actually, I guess not. The force you use is a lot less in the spiraling up the mountain (work = force * distance). I was going to be all smart and say the difference is power (power = work/time; it takes longer to get to the top, so power is less.) I think I'm going to shuttup now because this all falls apart because the acceleration of the two people is not the same, so force isn't the same, and my whole point is mute. I was going to say people should say it's more "power" to walk straight up the hill, but it's not necessarily the case.

Maybe I should focus on histology, physiology, and microbiology instead of basic physics. [I used to think I was good at basic physics. I've seem to gotten really really dumb about such things since starting med school.]

P.P.S. Wait! Force is a vector! The acceleration IS the same. Ha! I was right. People should say it takes more "power" to walk straight up a hill, but it is incorrect to say it takes more "work," compared to going up a hill in a spiral.

Stop looking at me funn(il)y.