Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Apple Watch and Medicine

I just tried on the new Apple Watch and was immediately impressed.

I put the 42 mm space gray Apple Sport version with an aluminum case and black strap on first.  The display was crisp despite the bright sunlight that was streaming into Palo Alto store.  The Apple employee tapped the watch twice and it went into demo mode.  It scrolled through a bunch of its functions including various displays, messaging options and of course the heart rate monitor.  I was fascinated and ready to run out the store with my new toy.  I also tried on the Apple Watch version with the stainless steel case and the Milanese band.  (See video below).  That version was a little heavier than the sport version but the band was simply sublime.  It has a magnetic clasp and can be easily adjusted.  It felt like a high end watch you could wear out to a fancy event.

Both of these watches are expensive ($399 and $699).  Are they worth it?  I am not sure just yet.  I am in the process of trying to figure out if I will order one.  You can't buy in the store and it is now back ordered online until June or perhaps even July.  I do want to replace my chest strap heart rate monitor that is hooked to my iPhone.  Glacing down at my watch would be a much simpler way to figure out if I am at my target zone especially during a bike ride.  I can also see how it would be useful for patients who need to closely monitor their heart rates during exercise because of its simplicity.

Let me know what you think if you have tried it on and if the watch will have any specific medical or exercise applications that will be significantly useful.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Top 7 Life Lessons from Steve Martin

A few years back I was very lucky and blessed to play poker with Steve Martin in Las Vegas with my friend Phil Hellmuth.  The three of us also had a fantastic dinner discussion that has made an enduring impression on my life. 

Mr. Martin is a superb writer, musician, actor, and producer.  He also recently hosted the Saturday Night Live 40th reunion show and expertly managed the egos of dozens of elite stars from music, TV and the movies. We can all learn from his sublime approach to work and life. 

7 Life Lessons from American icon Steve Martin

1.  “Be so good, they can’t ignore you”

2.  “It’s pain that changes our lives” 
From Shopgirl

3.  “Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent”
From Born Standing Up, A Comic’s Life

4.  “I thought yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life but it turns out today is.”

5.  “I have found that-- just as in real life--imagination sometimes has to stand in for experience.”

 6.  “I just believe that the interesting time in a career is pre-success, what shaped things, how did you get to this point?”

7.  “Were they beautiful? We were all beautiful. We were in our twenties.”

Thank you Mr. Martin for sharing your immense talent with the world.  Please share his wisdom with your network.


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