Monthly Archives: September 2013

New American Record for 100 miles set by Modesto’s Jon Olsen

Confucius says, “a journey of 100 miles begins with one step.”  Modesto Man shows how it’s done under 12 hours.

September 28, 2013

Teachers teach by imparting knowledge and they inspire by setting amazing examples.  There’s much to learn from Modesto’s Math teacher, Jon Olsen.

Did you know that some celebrated yesterday as Teacher’s day? Why? Because it was also a celebration of great teacher Confucius’ Birthday and now there’s another reason. It’s the day that a math teacher (Modesto’s Jon Olsen) set a new American 100 miler record averaging a 7:12 min/mile pace for 100 miles. I knew about this teacher’s day celebration because it was celebrated at Dr. Tammy Wu’s school yesterday (I went too).

Confucius says that a long journey (ie. 1000 miles or 100 miles, whatever) begins with one step.  Well, Mr. Olsen has run more than all of that.

Jon Olsen Modesto Runner in Canada

Jon Olsen’s photo on his FaceBook outside of the indoor track where he set the new American Record one day after the picture was taken.

Details of the 100 mile experience in Canada

11:59:28 was his time for 100 miles and he beat the previous American Record (12:12:19) by around 12 minutes.  He set a new American indoor track record.  The race was held in Ottawa, Canada, called the Self Transcendence Ultra Classic 6-12-24 Hour Races.  The previous record was set by Bernd Heinrich at 12:27:01 in 1984.

What’s next for Mr. Olsen?  Soochow Invitational 24 hour race in Taiwan

He says in 10 weeks he’ll be in TAIWAN running a 24 hour race. He’ll now have the challenge of running in TROPICAL weather. Congrats again.  Good luck at Taiwan’s Soochow Invitational Race.

My previous blog post about Jon Olsen winning the Gold Medal at the 24 h international race in Netherlands – he ran more than 167 miles in 24 hours.


Yelp Filtered Review Secret – Maybe?


Help for Yelp Filtered Reviews

I just got started looking at Yelp about 2 weeks ago.  It got my attention because all of a sudden it started appearing on Google searches for the term “Botox Modesto” or “Modesto Botox“.  Then I searched other cities such as San Francisco – “San Francisco Botox” and the Yelp search comes up pretty much first.  What is this about?  Yelp is taking over the world I suppose.  So, I decided to consider taking it seriously.  I saw that I already had about 2-3 reviews, and some filtered reviews.  So, I decided to try to read about some of the filtered reviews and get people to write reviews to see what got filtered.  I even tried to write my own Yelp review – at least I wrote it with my name (Calvin L.) – didn’t do one of those undercover things and change my name.  Apparently you get filtered if you write your own review – fine – I understand the reasoning.

What I’ve read online about avoiding Yelp filtered reviews

So I looked at the characteristics of what got “filtered” by Yelp.  I think what others were saying were true:

Red flags that might get you filtered on Yelp:

  • Very few reviews.  Or only one review.
  • No picture on profile
  • No Yelp friends
  • Very few things filled out on the profile
  • Very few people voting your reviews as Useful, Funny or Cool.

Okay so those things make some sense – yelp want to filter out fake people – or people who don’t exist.

I found a new secret! – 5 star ratings habit

I found another pattern.

It seems like Yelp likes people who are stingy with 5 star reviews.  If you blasted someone with a 1 star, 2 star or perhaps gave 3 or 4 stars instead of the full 5, yelp values your reviews somewhat more than someone who frequently gives out all 5 stars.  Thus stingy reviewers get filtered less.

So do what you will with this pattern that I think I found.  Maybe we should be stingy with 5 star reviews on yelp.  Thus when we do give out 5 star reviews – they stick and don’t get filtered by the all mighty Yelp.

Conclusion about Yelp

One more thing to help avoid getting your reviews filtered – write some mediocre reviews too.  I think if you’re all 5 starsy, Yelp thinks you’re fake and thus might get filtered.   But please don’t bash people unnecessarily.  I personally prefer to give people all 5 stars and those that don’t deserve 5 stars, I’m kinda quiet.  So for now, Yelp has filtered every single one of my 7 reviews.  That’s too bad.  I really don’t like discussing my gripes in public, but I don’t own Yelp and Yelp doesn’t live in my house.  I thought Facebook was confusing.  Yelp’s confusing too.

Meanwhile, I’ll continue to edit my filtered review posts to see what else I find out about the world of filtered reviews in Yelp.

For now – the secret?  Be stingy with your Yelp stars.

Facial Plastic Surgery – Head, Neck, Facial Cancer Notes


Triangles of the neck – anatomy

Most of this is probably of interest to folks that work with facial anatomy: such as ENT’s – Ear Nose Throat surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, and those who work around the face all the time such as dermatologists, and cosmetic injectors who perform Botox and dermal fillers.  These are notes that I took for myself while reviewing some head and neck cancer issues.  Keeping up to date and reviewing medical knowledge is important for my – Calvin Lee, MD – surgical practice in Modesto, CA.

Sistrunk Procedure for Thyroid Glossal Duct Cysts with papillary carcinoma

Surgical Review: Sistrunk Procedure (of which I’ve done a few in my career) and some with assistance from my expert Modesto surgeon friend Dr. Suntra (ENT/facial plastic surgeon) is used for the removal of thyroid glossal duct cysts and involves the cyst removal in continuity with the tract, central portion of the hyoid bone, and tissue above the hyoid bone to the base of the tongue. This procedure is usually considered adequate for a finding of a well differentiated papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.

Fine Needle Aspiration for diagnosing neck lymph nodes

Surgical Review: FNA (fine needle aspiration) is considered first line for tissue diagnosis for a solitary neck mass suspicious for metastatic squamous cell carcinoma.

Tonsils – the great sequester of cancer in the head and neck

Surgical Review: Consider tonsils when finding a non-obvious source of metastatic squamous cell carcinoma in the upper neck.

Metachronous and Synchronous – definition

Surgical Review head and neck cancers: Metachronous means occurring at different times, as opposed to synchronous (at the same time).

Lateral Aberrant Thyroid = papillary thyroid carcinoma

My personal Surgical Review: Lateral Aberrant Thyroid is a lymph node metastasis from papillary thyroid carcinoma. Consider the surgery of: total thyroidectomy with a neck dissection ie. central compartment.


Wartin’s Tumor – treat with parotidectomy superficial or total

My personal Surgery Review: Papillary Cystadenoma Lymphomatosum (Warthin’s Tumor) is a benign salivary tumor (like pleomorphic adenoma), which is usually in the Partoid gland. Treatment is excision with superficial (lateral) parotidectomy or total parotidectomy (which preserves the facial nerve) depending on location of the benign tumor. Enucleation is contraindicated due to recurrence.


Facial nerve, parotid gland



Just some personal notes for Calvin Lee, MD Modesto, CA.  No medical advice here.