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Category: Projects

Extending Marketable Skills!

Baby steps.  I’ve already identified 3 or 4 resources now for coding my goal project.  A thanks to Paul Burton for showing off his code for using the android BT to connect to a L2CAP connection (wii hardware – think balance board).  The purpose, or goal of all of this, for me, is to learn to code and build OPEN SOURCE tools clinicians an use, and involve more CLINICIANS in the building process.   I’m learning.  And will blog about my learning, and share resources as much as I can.  Would love to find more, or involve more people.

This is going to be awesome.

3 weeks ago: Javascript (for posterity).  Then PAXScript (to modify EMR at the clinic where I work), and now I’m playing in Android!  By far the best learning resources I have found for all of these have been and  Both supply learning tutorials for different programming tricks and have helped me learn exactly what an API is!  Very cool stuff.  Without further adieu, I present to you my bean counter! 

You can install this to your very own android phone by tapping here in your mobile browser. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but you can if you’re curious.  I isn’t harmful.  Will put an APK on your devices, run and install from there.
About my app:  I made a logo from some wrinkled paper, and old school project, and GIMP editor. I’m coding everything from the ground up using an application called Eclipse.  Immediately below is a short example of one of the manifest for my application called Bean Counter.   
At start up, there is a 5 second splash screen and a Hal9000 clip “Everything is going very well here.”  So awesome.  After that it goes into a main app menu where you can select lots of options.  Right now there is only MainActivity (I’m working on thinking of a better name).  Selection takes you into a counter. counter++, counter–.  Simple right?  Sure it is.  

Marketable Skill Sets…

What I have managed to do: Take a page that has 350+ check boxes to quantify mobility assessment and rebuild it from the ground up in PAXscript into 5 functional-punch-in-the-numbers outcomes measures, AND 2 smart grids that step you through documenting the transfer if you were writing it out by hand (and faster, to boot). I’ve managed to build this on an iPad friendly screen. And for good measure, I’m programming a box to display a “narrative” of the documented findings so you don’t have to do it yourself after you enter your data. BOOM. Marketable skill set.

My next project is gait analysis.

PT Complaint:   Unusable software.

Objective Findings:


More scripts.  Databases, Fields, and Subtables created.  Scripts written around those tables.
Behold: I call it Mobility Redux!  The auto-narrative isn’t finished yet, but it will be.  Happy to give anyone using PTAdvantage.  I don’t THINK that it is proprietary.  Would love ideas for the layout – as I am aesthetically-impaired.

Plan:  Finish narrative code, build gait analysis form.  

97 Cadillac Deville Alternator Removal

What goes in, must come out…

I took the alternator out of my cadillac deville myself. I don’t hate myself and I wasn’t looking for a challenge. I was just broke. The instructions are as follows:

Negative battery cable
Serpentine belt.
Upper front bolt. 
Raise vehicle.
Front engine splash shield.
graphicRadiator support access panel.
Loosen rear generator bracket from engine.
Remove top bolt.
Front lower bolt.
Lower rear bolt.
Upper rear bolt.
Duct from back of generator.
Electrical connections.
Battery output,
Heated windshield (if equipped).
Front generator/ A/C bracket.
Rotate generator and remove.

Rotate the generator and remove.  

Rotate the generator and remove.  

Okay.  Sure.  Rotate and… rotate and… wtf?!  So I toyed with it, and decided to make a video for posterity.  This is the alternator of a 1997 Cadillac Deville coming out of the bottom of the car.  No radiator removal required.  I apologize in advance for the swearing.
A few days later, my AC compressor clutch seized up.  Luckily, I had purchased the wrong length serpentine belt (when replacing the radiator) – which was just long enough to go through the engine without including the AC compressor.   Who’s got 2 thumbs and not getting stuck in Midland, Tx?  This guy.