more good hostels

Rosebery Hall Residence
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.537
90 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TY
83%
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 51.30/night
Twin Private Ensuite * 61.56/night

Globetrotter Inn
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.8530
Ashlar Court, Ravenscourt Gardens, Hammersmith
82%
Twin Private Ensuite * 57.46/night

YHA London’s Earl Court
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.6981
38 Bolton Gardens, SW5 0AQ
80%
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 54.38/night
Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom 58.48/night
note: 88% reviewed good location, close to tube

Astor Museum Inn
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.520
27 Montague Street, Bloomsbury
80%
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 71.82/night
note: I read the reviews and the reviewers highly recommend it… the location is great and the heater is fixed. 1224 people reviewed it within the last 6 months so there are bond to be some who don’t like it as much. It IS more expensive, but maybe it’s a good idea to pay for the location and the Inn comfort.

O’Callagahan’s
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.20800
205 Earls Court Road
70%
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 41.04/night
note: 3 min from tube, west of downtown, zone 2, apparently shower area isn’t that great (though they may be fixed now)

Antigallican Hotel
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.18780
428 Woolwich Road
80%
Twin Private Ensuite * 46.17 51.30
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 41.04 46.17
note: everything’s ‘good’ except that it’s far away from City of London… it’s much closer to the London Airport though. The plus is that it is cheaper than most hostels.

Ace Hotel (Kensington)
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.10044
16-22 Gunterstone Road, West Kensington
85%
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 53.35 Thursday only

YHA London St. Pancras
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.7010
79-81 Euston Road, NW1 2QS
80%
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 61.56 Thursday only

Palmers Lodge
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.14348
40 College Crescent, Swiss Cottage
84%
Twin Private Ensuite * 55.40 Friday only

St. Christopher’s Village
http://www.hostellondon.com/availability.php/HostelNumber.502
165 Borough High Street
81%
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 55.40 Friday only

good hostels

http://www.hostellondon.com/hosteldetails.php/HostelNumber.537
51.28 per night (shared bathrooms)
61.54 per night (shower/toilet in room)
83%
note: in zoom 1 of Tube… central area

http://www.hostellondon.com/hosteldetails.php/HostelNumber.8530
57.43 per night
82%
note: west part, in zoom 2

http://www.hostellondon.com/hosteldetails.php/HostelNumber.502
49.23 (thurs) 55.38 (fri)
81%
note: next to the london bridge, in zoom 1, ‘awesome’ place to be, though noisy at night because of the bar below

AHHHH dang it!!!!!!!! The St. Christopher’s Village is out.. 🙁 WAHH

50 Best Asian American In Business

My mom’s one of the 50 best asian american in business!!!!!! How awesome is that. 🙂

https://www.aabdc.com/outstanding50/home.php?choice=home

http://outstanding50award.com/pdfs/2007_nytad.pdf

raptor

Looping or Suspended Roller Coasters – Raptor
By Jessica Chang

Built in 1994 by Bolliger and Mabillard (B & M), Monthey, Switzerland, the Raptor is known for its suspension from the tracks that allow the feet the dangle. Before I went to Cedar Point on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, I remembered that I loved the Raptor. Or at least I did not have a bad memory of the first roller coaster that you see at Cedar Point. It was not until Tuesday when I changed my mind.

The point of the Raptor mostly is the change in acceleration by moving in a circular path. This causes the excitement of the Gs affecting your body. The most exciting part is also the fact that you are doing it upside down in reverse which causes you to NOT know what is coming next. The fact that you change from feeling heavier to lighter and heavier again creates the thrill. By being unpredictable and changing the weight that the person feels is what makes this ride unique. Also, the fact that your feet dangle also increases the fun since your feet will sometimes feel heavier and thus you might feel like you are being pulled out by your feet and sometimes they feel so light!

carousel

Circular Motion – Carousel
By Jessica Chang

The Midway Carousel is the oldest operating ride at Cedar Point. It was built in 1912 made by Daniel Muller and his brother Alfred. There are sixty horses and four chariots on a large turntable. The horses all use to be jumpers but then the exterior row were later made stationary.
The Pioneer Physics students arrived at Cedar Point early. In fact, the students arrived before most of the park even opened! Thus, some students decided to go on the only ride open, the Midway Carousel. I ran in with a couple of friends and sat on a jumping horse, and waited for the ride to begin. During the wait, my friends and I took pictures of each other. Soon, the carousel began to move so we all grinned and faced forward. I was on the inner horse. I thought that the person sitting the furthest from the center was going faster (though he couldn’t possibly be because we were along the same radius. Also during the duration of the ride, I thought about my sweetheart back in Ann Arbor. I thought, “How romantic this would be if couples actually went on this ride.”
Carousels in general are much slower, but provide a place to see things spinning and a safe area to be around. Since this ride is very mild, in terms of the thrill scale, people may quietly chat about their problems or just hold each other in his/her arms.
The Midway Carousel moves according to circular motion. You have the horses keeping you in the circular path with circular acceleration pointing inwards toward. The outside horses seem to move faster than the inside horses because the translation velocity is much further away from the center of the radius and the distance from center multiplied by the rotational velocity while omega, or rotational velocity is the same along the entire ride. The reason why the faster horses on the outside make the same number of rotations as the horses on the inside because of the fact that the rotational velocity is the same. This is using a very simple Physics property to create a ride of varying speeds for people to chose to ride on so the further out you ride the faster you feel like you are going! Thus if you get dizzy easily then ride on the inside!
The reason why the ride does not go extremely fast like, for example, the Top Thrill Dragster is because of the fact that people need to be strong enough to hold onto the horses. If Cedar Point were to install seats with seat belts into a carousel, they could speed it up like crazy and create a NEW amazing ride. for people to experience the “carousel” for BIG people. But, since it is a family ride they keep it at a relatively slow pace in order for the younger audience to enjoy the thrills of Cedar Point!

magnum

Traditional – Magnum
By Jessica Chang

The Magnum is 205 feet tall at its highest point and the cart moves at a top speed of 72 miles per hour. The massive hills on the extreme ride are and the element of the Magnum that creates something they call “airtime!” The feeling of floating on the ride makes the ride unique, yet still has a traditional feel to it. The Magnum has 5,106 feet of track. It opened in 1989, and still, in 2006 was voted Number 3 in the “Best Steel Coaster in the World” category in a poll conducted by Amusement Today.
While at Cedar Point, I decided to ride the Magnum three times. What made the Magnum so great is the floating feeling you get when the cart goes down the hills and the fact that the lines are virtually non-existent! The first time I went on the Magnum, I sat in the center of the ride. I could see people go down the 60-degree descent at 205 feet above the ground. I did not get the float feeling as much as I did for the time I sat behind the first row. The ride fell 195 vertical feet and went into a back and out model where the tracks tilted slightly. It then dove into several bunny hops through tunnels. It was a bit more humid inside the tunnel. The best tunnel experience is under the third one where there’s a surprise change in acceleration (or dip) since you cannot see where the tracks are leading you.
What makes the Magnum a traditional ride is the fact that the riders are lifted to a high point so there’s a high potential energy. And because of the conversation of energy, the ‘point mass’ should technically continue to move because of the energy and gravity. However, due to friction, the cart can only go over smaller hills as time passes.
There is good reason behind the “airtime” feel you get on the Magnum. By Newton’s third law, he tells us that for every action there is an opposite reaction. So, in a ride you have 2 forces on you at all time: the force of gravity, which is always pulling you down and the normal force, or the force pushing you upwards. On the way down from the top of the largest hill, you feel weightless because the acceleration of the system is a centripetal acceleration since you are going from the top of one hill to the bottom of another hill The acceleration of the person is pointed downwards toward the center of the “circular path” and when you feel weightless, the normal force on your body is zero and thus you feel nothing is pushing you down The “relative weight” of a person is determined by the normal force felt by the person and since the normal force is zero on the way down the massive hill, one would feel temporary weightlessness. On the other hand, when you reach the bottom of a hill, you have normal force pointing in the exact opposite direction of gravity and it is also when the Normal force is the highest. At that point in time, you feel much heavier than you would normally.
The Magnum is also a great traditional roller coaster because the camera is placed an obvious spot so you can make a funny pose. You will also have many chances to get the best shot since the lines are so short. While you may experience a short headache, it is worth experiencing the different feel of the ride.

Wicked Twister

Vertical – Wicked Twister
By Jessica Chang
When I first saw the Wicked Twister, I did not want to go on it. I thought, this coaster goes straight up and back down at a 90 degree angle! Now that is scary. Who would want to go on a ride that went up and down vertically? But after going on the Big Wheel, which is right next to the Wicked Twister close to the entrance of the Amusement Park, I began to get excited. I looked at the people scream as the cart goes up at a 90 degree angle, and could feel their thrill as they are zipped from one end to another. I thought to myself, “That actually looks like a lot of fun.” As I admired the Wicked Twister from the Big Wheel ferris wheel, I noticed the twist the yellow vertical tracks had. The riders’ legs swirled around the vertical tracks and their screams filled the air. Though the ride still looked like my ears would pop or that my eyes would close in the entire time, I finally gained the courage to go on the ride.
Intamin AG of Wollerau, Switzerland, the manufacturer who also built the Millennium Force and the Top Thrill Dragster built the Wicked Twister. Opened in 2002, the Wicked Twister is unique in that it propels forward and twists, and then jolts backwards and up into another twist, which provides a double twist from the forward direction and backward direction. It is considered the fastest and tallest double twist sensation.
After some self convincing, I decided to go on the ride that I did and did not want to go on. Walking a ways to get to the end of the line, I found the line to be relatively short. I think the placement of the ride is not as dominating or prominent as the other sixteen rides. It also seems as if the ride is shoved off to the side in a little area behind the Big Wheel. While I stood in line, I heard the Cedar Point employee say to the riders, “Are you ready?” The riders screamed, “Yeah!” He then counted down, “Now in three… two… one.” At that very moment, the ride took off at 50 miles per hour. The speed went from zero to 50mph in about half a second. That means that the acceleration reached about a=100 mph/s (based of a uniform acceleration motion equation). The cart can reach this speed due to a linear inductor motor propulsion system instead of producing a torque that would produce a linear force. The linear inductor motor propulsion needs to take an incredible amount of energy in order to quickly accelerate. It may need a generator to help achieve its fast acceleration.
The first time that I rode the Wicked Twister, I sat in the middle of the 8 car 4 passenger carts. When the ride started, my feet wanted to stay closer instead of flying out in front of me. I went up the first vertical forward and slightly twisted and paused. Shortly after, I was jolted back down the tower and backwards into the loading station and continued backwards up into the second tower at the top speed of 63 mph! I went up the tower about the same height. The third launch forward accelerated much faster as it reached 69 mph. This brought me to a slightly higher height. The fourth launch reached the maximum speed for this particular ride at 72 mph backwards! I felt my body float for a moment before it settled at the pause. Lastly, the gravity first grabs the cart and pulls it down. The linear inductor motor kicks in and reaches for its final and fifth thrust to help slow down, but gives you one last thrill (or scream) at 62 mph.
The difference between the first and second time I went on this ride is where I sat. The second time I sat closer to the back. This means the fourth launch backwards helped me reach close to the 215 feet height of the Wicked Twister, and helped me twist around 450 degree twist that excited. I would have to say that this ride is my second favorite one next to the Millennium, but it’s definitely my favorite for vertical rides, since I had never been on a vertical ride before the Wicked Twister.

The Millennium Force

The Millennium Force

By Jessica Chang

After riding several rides, The Millennium Force was my favorite. I even thought about riding it again, though the line was just too long, for obvious reasons of course. But I’m not the only one who feels that way. In fact, it has been rated the #1 Steel Coaster since 2001.
The 36 seat coach begins by launching out of the station onto the cable lift. After clearing the fifth cart out of nine, the lift latches onto the middle cart and pulls the coach at the 45 degree angle at 15 miles per hour. Then it reaches a short-lived world record height of 310 ft. The cart then drops 300 feet at a near vertical drop at 80 degrees, which set the longest drop on a complete circuit roller coast record in 2000. When it reaches the bottom, the car reaches 93 miles per hour. What helps the car accelerate is the 80 degrees angle drop and gravity, which falls at 32 feet per second per second. The horizontal motion should not slow the vertical motion. This is what helps pull you down and reach the record breaking speed.
Reaching the first bottom, the coach immediately climbs another hill of 169 feet.

Diagnostic Labs

Monday, April 30th, 2007 On the first floor of Mott
Today I spent most of my time walking around the hospital with Mrs. M and some students. In the end, I was left with Cami, a senior from Huron. We saw a guy who was in First Days in a pediatric ICU area (at least it looked like it because there were about 30 machines on ONE child that had a lot of flashing and blinking lights.) Mrs. Malette wanted me to see if I could shadow him, but he seemed really busy on the phone, so we just left and went down to the first floor of Mott.
I exited the elevators and noticed that there was hardly any chaos. We opened a random door (it seemed like anyone could just open it… okay, the door wasn’t really random, but it felt random to me). There inside a lady sat in front of a computer (from what I could see from afar). After Mrs. Malette asked if we could sit there for half hour (we got there around 9:45am and had to leave around 10:15am). The lady said we could stay (yay, the day wasn’t wasted after all!).
I sat down and saw the stuff on the screen move. I saw a thin little line that wiggled around (especially near the tip). This is the deal.
Hearts don’t usually have deformities. But during the mother’s pregnancy, the heart wasn’t developed correctly. This left a huge hole in the heart in the 5 year girl on the table. Because of this hole, she had problems pumping blood to her entire body. Now, the doctors knew that this young girl had a heart problem ever since she was born. They felt that the kids can usually heal the problem on its own (by age 4, most kids can self-correct). However, since the girl still hadn’t healed, the doctors had to do something about it.
So how did they help get rid of that hole? This was the procedure. They first put the girl under anesthesia. She could still talk, but I think she fell asleep during this procedure. Anyway, they first had to put a catherder by finding the femoral vein and get the wire up to her heart via the vein (how cool is that?). On the screen, the wire had already gone up to her heart. Actually, there were two screens. One you’re looking at it shoulders forward, and the other is the sideview of the young girl. (this way you get more of a 3D view of what’s going on inside the body). Anyway, after they get it up in between the heart, they slip a wire (the other one is very thin tube that you could put something through) up inside the cath and then pull out the cath. They look at the screen to analysis if the end is in the correct spot (which seems a bit difficult because the picture isn’t exactly the most clear. I couldn’t really tell where the heart was but the lady could! I guess that’s why practice is a necessity). Next, they had to measure the size of the hole. They even had to pause for a moment, get out of the OR (I was just outside of the OR room watching in because I wasn’t ‘clean’ and have a potential of spreading bateria), took OUT a measurement tape and measured it right on the screen!! Wow… and I thought that technology would be more up to date. I know in the ultrasound area, you can just click one place to another and voila, you got a measurement. You would think that in a OR area that they would have similar ideas or things. But no… they have to actually measure it themselves!!! AND THEN type in the measurement that they just got (that was very shocking a weird for me). He even used a calculator to convert. So much for having modern technology… Well, anyway, the measurements are to make sure the size of the balloon is correct. The balloon is to block off the hole in the heart (the doctors assume that the heart’s hole will not grow any larger after this point and that the heart will just heal and scar around this balloon). After knowing the measurements, the doctors create the balloon that’s custom for her (kinda neat, eh?). After that, they put the balloon in. Oh man, I forgot one essential step…. they first put CONTRAST in (or in lay terms, dye) to see the area of the hole (that is how they measured it). THEN the doctors put the wire in, and then the balloon go through that. They have a release like thing and it looked like it just blew around. It finally settled and it looked like a space probe thing (interesting). After that, they put the cath back on, the wire out, and lastly the cath out. Of course, it wasn’t like boom boom boom! They had to spend enough time to make sure that the young girl doesn’t get hurt and other pokes occur.
Some would think that the young girl was weak and almost dying. But that apparently wasn’t the case. She loved to talk and was very outgoing. It amazes me how even the best of us can get hurt and end up on the OR table. So not everyone in the hospital is classified as this weak and almost gone human… it’s more like the hospital is full of great people who may have a little problem. With health care providers, it should help make people’s lives the best it can possibly be. This was a lot to learn to see in a half hour time slot, but it was a great opportunity to learn a lot. Oh, also after the doctor came out to make the measurements, the doctor to had to scrub himself clean again (with this yellow stuff).
Overall, though it was short, it was an eye opening experience.

Health Sci Journals

Monday, April 16, 2007 at the University of Michigan’s Otolaryngology Dept.
Today I was paired up with Dr. Bradford. She had just gone on a Spain trip where she apparently had a blast! She loved every minute of it, except the windy weather. She even brought back treats for the clinic (apparently the staff eat there all day!). Anyway, Dr. Bradford is a Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon. I saw a total of four patients; three of them have already received surgery and were just on his 6-month or annual check up.
An older man sat in the adjustable chair with his wife sitting in a nearby chair. Dr. Bradford gave him a thorough exam to make sure that the cancer hasn’t come back. What is even more exciting is that he has made it through 5 years without any complications! A nurse went and got the “5 Year Survivor” pin for him to wear (he was very enthusiastic and happy about that).
The second patient was a younger man who had cancer on the back of his tongue. The surgery left his back third tongue darkened AND the ability to make saliva. Who knew that saliva was such an important thing? During surgery, one of the surgeons couldn’t save his saliva gland. However, the couple said that was a small price to pay since the man was still alive and healthy. The only thing he has to do was to carry a bottle of water everywhere he goes (and of course, drink a sip every 70 seconds or so). This couple showed me that it can truly make a difference to find a way to make life to its fullest (instead of feeling like life isn’t worth it anymore and moping about it).
The next patient was another check up after her surgery. Dr. Bradford looked at her eyes, nose, mouth, and lastly, the ear. This older woman had cancer on the upper part of her ear so Dr. Bradford had to remove part of her ear. Dr. B tried to make the best of things by saying to this woman that her hair blended in and people couldn’t really see anything different (too bad that means she always has to have a hair down, but I guess you have to make the best of everything in order to save your life, right? Everyone believes that they will do great things, or at least have the potential to do wonderful and life changing things, especially parents of children). It surprised me to see that her upper ear removed.
I learned about Dr. Bradford’s work schedule. She has clinical time to check up on patients or diagnosis them on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday and Thursday, she has surgeries. On Friday, she researches cancer in the lab. This type of schedule is popular among the surgeons in this department, though some may not do the research part. Some may have Wednesday mornings as clinical time and Wednesday afternoons as surgery time (and alternate on other times). Dr. Bradford seems like a very intelligent individual who cares deeply about her patients who have Head or neck cancer. However, if there’s anything that is not within her specialty, she will push those patients away and care about them less.
For example, a patient came in and claimed that she got really dizzy when she stood up. Dr. Bradford asked a couple of questions and she automatically assumed that the patient just stood up too fast and told her to stand up slower. The patient explained that she had talked to her primary care physician who referred her to an ENT doctor. Now, I know that Dr. Bradford is a Head and Neck Cancer doctor, but I don’t agree that she should turn the patient away and say that ‘dizziness is not my specialty but I believe that you just need to stand up slower.” I assume that Dr. Bradford is really great at what she specialized in, but not too much more outside of that range. It was very pleasant watching Dr. Bradford work with patients.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at the University of Michigan’s Otolaryngology Dept.
Today I watched Dr. Hogikyan, who is not only a doctor, but also a voice professor at the UM, work with people’s voices. There were a total of two patients. However, they were two completely different patients (quite drastic).
The first patient is very interesting. A resident first attends to the patient (a medical assistant helped seat the patient in the rooms. The MA must also write down which room the patient is in on the pages posted on the board in the office. Each wing (there are four) has different kinds of patient. Each room even has different models of the ears, nose, and throat). But before the resident goes inside, he reviews the questionnaire and history of the patient available to him. Once he’s inside the room with the patient, he questions the patients history again, this time with the patient saying the answers because sometimes what the patient writes does not coincide with what the patient’s actual condition.
What I saw kind of stunned me (though I couldn’t act that way). An older woman had a tube with a circular thing around that padded the opening of her throat. This is what led up to this. This woman had a heart problem so she had to be put under general. After the heart surgery, the doctors wanted to take her breathing tube out. But there’s a catch! Her throat is too narrow. The doctors felt that she wouldn’t be able to breath without the tube because her throat wall would collapse. Thus, the doctors solved this life-threatening situation by putting a trac in. This saved her life. She was just happy to be off the OR table and be alive. But now, after a month or so, she wants more. Wants to be able to talk. This is the situation: there isn’t enough air in the voicebox to produce any air. The reason why there’s not enough air is because the tube in her throat is too large and doesn’t allow airflow on the outer area of her throat.
This woman came with her husband. She couldn’t talk. Of course, she could mouth things out. But in order to convey her concerns, her husband spoke for her (most of the time). Her husband obviously really cares about his wife (they can’t even sleep laying down). What made me frustrated was that the resident said that the patient didn’t have a problem, but her husband had all these complaints. I felt uneasy being in the room where it was a little hostile (since the patient wanted something more than the physician believes is good). However, after I stepped out of the room, Dr. Hogikyan told me about the situation (how it’s really great just to see her breathing and alive). Proceeding with another surgery is risky because her weakened, scarred, and thin tubes may collapse.
The next patient was very different. She’s actually a professor at the University of Michigan. She felt that her throat was scratchy. So this was what we did. We went into a special voice room (you even have to punch in a password). Inside, there’s a small keyboard, a computer, a TV that’s hooked up to the lighted tube (with a camera). Now, this camera is amazing! You can see the vibrations in her voice box as she sang different pitches. The vocal ‘folds’ (since they really aren’t chords) bloat up to allow the air pass through at different intervals.
It’s great to know that Dr. Hogikyan can use his talent in voice and doctor skills to really enjoy his job to the fullest.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 at the University of Michigan’s Otolaryngology Dept.
I spent most of my time today with a medical student, Dr. Jones. When I first saw him, he was examining x ray photos of a man’s head. He was making measurements and consulting a book. He then walked over and talked to another doctor. Lastly, he chatted with Dr. Marentette, his attending physician. They finally went together to see the patient. There was a mass on the left back side of his head. The mass was under his periosteum since I could still feel the skin move across the mass. The MRI also showed the mass had actually craved part of the skull away. If the mass were in the skin, the mass would be hard and skin would not be able to slide over it. An appointment was made. Also, Dr. Jones took some liquid out from the mass (by reverse injecting). This was a pretty neat process that I hope all health sciences students see.

Friday, April 20, 2007 at the University of Michigan’s Otolaryngology Dept.
Dr. Krishnan attended to an old lady. She had hearing problems! Dr. Krishnan did not want to diagnosis without a CT scan of head. Later I asked him why he didn’t want to make any judgments before seeing a CT scan. He replied that usually 9 out of 10 times, patients don’t have any problems, but that 1 out of 10 people do have problems inside their ear. Sometimes a tumor may start growing there. Overall this clinical was an eye opening one. I learned about the health system inside the ENT clinic, how the doctors, nurses, MA and PA act when they aren’t with the patients. I recommend this placement for those who may be interested in surgery or how the clinic works.