Try the Regex Coach — this looks like a way cool way to figure out the comic-book cusswords that Perl, Awk and their friends use for regular expression matching (finding strings in longer strings).
I particularly like the tool’s ability to translate what a regular expression means into human-readable language:
Check it out!
Good news, everyone. I’m going to Mars!
I will be the Crew and Computer Engineer for Crew 35, which will serve from February 19th to March 6th. More news in a bit as soon as the final crew complement has stabilized …
Yea verily, she be frozen in the ice. Arr.
No-one in Atlanta was going much of anywhere
on Saturday … it was locked down from pretty
much morning to evening under a drizzle of
So why was it much easier to get work done on
my class outlines on Sunday, when I was free to
indulge in distractions such as going out to
dinner with friends? I’d say I easily got
twice as much done on Sunday than I did on
Saturday, when it was just me, a stack of AI
textbooks, and my word processor.
Perhaps my brain needed more incubating. Or
maybe I work better under pressure. Or maybe,
just maybe, I need a fricking studio instead
of my kitchen table.
I had my doctor’s appointment and the results were good though discouraging.
My bone is healing perfectly, but slowly. Clinically my arm is healing perfectly
— scar closed, swelling gone, good range of motion and promising strength —
but on the x-ray you can clearly see that the bone isn’t healed at the site of the
original break. My doc told me that while I could “return to the activities of
daily living”, it could be up to two to three months before the bone is healed
to take the weight of handstand or a nengi (taido’s spinning floor kick).
The super good news, thank God, is that my arm looks like it will completely
heal, so I don’t want to screw that up! I’ve done some research on my own,
and the doc’s projections are right on the money for what other physicians
project for a forearm break. According to my initial surveys if I was on
schedule for a break then around 10 weeks I’d be starting range of motion
therapy and at 12 weeks back to limited strengh training. I’m past 8 weeks,
so if anything I’m progressing ahead of schedule.
While I may talk to my doc about doing an early followup appointment,
realistically I’m not going to be able to go full out for at least a
couple of months. SO … while I’m having a lot of fun at taido with
nengi and handstands and such, especially with the new ideas for the
upcoming tournament, it looks like I’m going to either have to miss
the tournament entirely or have my slot switched to do a less
intensive technique than throwing my head at the floor, missing,
and catching myself on my hands.
This sucks, but my arm looks like it’s going to heal almost
perfectly — and I plan to Do The Right Thing and keep it that way!
For all the students in my Introdution to Artificial Intelligence
course … never fear, the coursenotes are coming. Check out the
classes link to see where the notes will be…
right now this is a placeholder, but I’ve got more content built up
now and will get it up, hopefully, by the end of the day Monday.
Since some have asked … “excellent anatomic reduction” just means “your bone is set well.” 😉
Actually, what it *really* means is that the doctor was able to match the bone ends together and return the bone to its original anatomical shape:
Now, anatomic reduction is what the doctor achieved while I was on the operating table, even before the plate was screwed in. What the doctor hoped (and got) to see was that the good reduction they achieved in surgery (where all the pieces fit together the way they were originally anatomically aligned) remained in place over the intervening two weeks thanks to the plate-and-screw fixation.
And it did. Yay! No news on when my ACME springloaded metal spike attachment will arrive, though.
At two weeks, I went back for my follow-up visit. The cast came off, the staples came out, and after an X-Ray, the doctor pronounced that the bone had achieved “excellent anatomic reduction”:
Even before I went in, my friends were all commenting that my fingers seemed to be moving better in the cast/sling thing they had me in, as did the physician’s assistant when I arrived; however, once the cast came off the doctor positively cooed over the flex in my fingers and the range of rotation. “Look at that rotation right out of the box. Are your nerves OK? Flex your fingers. Ok. That’s great. You’ll get full function back in that arm.” A promising range of motion indeed.
I’ll be carrying this charming little comb of metal around in my arm for a while — and likely carrying a card to get myself through airport security for a while — but darn, modern medicine is grand.
Among the many things made difficult by having one’s right arm in a sling are a few surprises — like the inability to apply torque.
I’ve injured my right wrist before, so I expected it would be difficult to type one handed (especially for a programmer who extensively uses shortcut keys — try Ctrl-Alt-Shift-O one handed!), or to write one handed (especially bills and checks; they move when you can’t hold them down), or to drive one handed (fumble for your right pocket keys, then the ignition, then the seat belt, then the gear shift — thank God for automatics!) I’ve had to reduce the number of books I carry to lunch (to my benefit) and obviously heavy lifting is right out.
But it wasn’t obvious at all — perhaps because my previous injury was not so severe — that I wouldn’t be able to *twist* things. When the arm was still
unset for the first three days, even the slightest applied torque was intensely painful. And so I counted it a great victory when, after the bone plate was installed, I was finally able to rip open a pack of Sweet’NLow using something other than my teeth.
However, the problem persists. Opening jars one might expect to be a problem. But being unable to squeeze ice out of ice trays? Unable to fold pants? The problem is worse because I recruit my less deft left hand for everything else … and thus more frequently drop things, causing my right hand to jerk after whatever I’ve dropped in an attempt to catch it … resulting in another painful twinge.
But, it is feeling better — itchy rather than twingy — so I’m going to
hope and pray for the best at my doctor’s appointment tomorrow!
Thanks to the charming folks over at Resurgens Othopaedics and Saint Joseph’s Hospital, who graciously squeezed me into the schedule way early Saturday morning, I now have a prototype bionic arm. Well, an adamantium skeleton, anyway. Ok, so it’s just a bone plate. But it is still cool:
At this juncture they think I have a stong chance to regain more or less full function. w00+! But it is my typing hand, and typing with the other hand is getting tiring, so I’m going to go ice it, elevate it and get back to the full story in a couple of days.