Carb Counting courses around the world

I recently did a course on flexible insulin management using carb counting, called FlexIT. It is run by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute here in Melbourne. It is an enlightening experience, to say the least, for this 27-year diabetes patient.

So here’s a question I’d like to throw out there on the interwebs: Do you know of similar courses that are run in other parts of the world?

My dad has just asked me whether I know of such a course in Norway (since an acquaintance of his asked about it), but after looking around on google and wikipedia I could only find mention of DAFNE, which seems to be UK (and also Australia) based, and some mentions about such courses in the USA, but not really anywhere else.

So are there any Norwegians out there who know differently? Or for that matter, anyone elsewhere in the world?

peace out


We held many meetings

Couldn’t resist it; this is another quickie (ahem) from the treasure trove that is Harper’s Weekly review:

“We were also surprised at how often it occurred… It was difficult to provide some hypotheses for the function of the fellatio behavior,” said short-nosed-fruit-bat researcher Libiao Zhang. “We held many meetings to discuss the functions.”


peace out

License to Compute?

Ok, so here is the slashdot story: Crime Expert Backs Call For “License To Compute”.
As always, read the friggin’ original article first. Done? Please proceed.

When I saw this, my initial reaction was “the Australian government and their cyberidiocy, at it again”. But then I double checked, thought about it, and changed my mind. The keyword in the article is EDUCATION.

Sure, requiring that people earn a Computer License is absurd. But what if we actually push for regulation that forces more people to undertake some kind of educational program? Giving people a secure browser, and sending them out into the wild does not make it safer for them without telling them how to use it properly, first.

Questions: How much harder can we make it for the crims to get hold of credit card numbers when people are more informed. Depends on the degree of informed, I guess? Also, criminals adapt; make it harder for them to get what they want and they will only try harder in return. But it is a start.

Also, what kind of regulation would actually be beneficial? Requiring that everyone take some kind of course at school? The most vulnerable people are not in school anymore! How about this: pass regulation that if a person is caught up in a cybercrime fraud, that they take full responsibility (ie. the bank does not have to cover for them) unless they take such a course.

What do you think?

peace out.

District 9

I went to see District 9 with my girlfriend and some friends earlier this week. They thought it was ok-ish. I, on the other hand, thought it was a masterpiece!

Right from the start, the film played to the little kid in me. The obvious references are all there: the hovering saucer from V, the alien refugees from Alien Nation, the absurdly powerful weaponry imported from your local first person shooter. But the film takes these influences and creates something more human than just the lopsided sum; there is something utterly cool about it, the way it engages you, makes you laugh (even at the dark bits) and leaves you sad at the end.

Some critics say they don’t like the broken semi-documentary style of the film. I couldn’t care less. The documentary style told one part of the story, the “in-scene” footage the other part. When last did you object to a novel where the author switched viewpoints to tell a more interesting story? Oh you don’t read? Oops, my bad.

What’s that? Oh, you mean the political aspects of the film? How could Blomkamp include themes of apartheid, oppression, discrimination and involuntary resettlement so lightheartedly? As if he did not mean anything with it!!! Sacrilege!

Well, of course he did. These themes are not there to make a point, they are there because we can almost believe in this global company’s conspiracy with its armed force and hidden agenda. Yes, these themes are taken directly from the recent history and current events in South Africa, because we know these are real, and we can almost believe that it can happen!

Was he trying to apologize for apartheid? Definitely not. Was he trying to use familiar themes from a familiar city to shape his story? Yes!
That was his goal: to make an awesomely kick-ass, darkly humored sci-fi movie. And he succeeded brilliantly!

Also, did anybody else get the Alien + Cat + Food Alf reference, or is it just me?

peace out.

The cool thing…

… about working at a company where the previous programmers were, let’s say, inexperienced, is that the new programmer (referring to your’s truly of course) gets to pull magic white rabbits out of hats every day. And people do not cease to be amazed by it.

“When can you have the data for me?”
“I don’t know exactly, but it’ll take some time, because I have to rerun all these other things. It might take a long time, sorry.”
“So I take it next week sometime…?”
“No, no, this afternoon, or at least tonight”
“Oh wow you rock!”

The downside (and there is always a downside) is that the new programmer gets to inherit all the shitty code that his predecessors wrote.
I would put down a succinct example of said code, but frankly there is so much of it my mind is fragged.

peace out

What’s new?

*Sigh* I haven’t had much to say during the last couple of weeks, so I’ll just mention a couple of cool things that happened recently.

First off, snowboarding! Yeah, we went to Falls Creek a couple of weeks ago, right after a cold snap here in Victoria. The snow was good enough (around 40cm), the lift tickets were half-price, the slopes were empty (!), and our accommodation had a jacuzzi and a sauna – both of which were utilized fully.

Second, I have had my first visit to the Baker International Diabetic Institute. A bit of background: about two months ago I had an ear-nose-throat infection that took a month and 4 courses of antibiotics to clear up. After which I decided that enough was enough. So I got myself Think like a Pancreas from Amazon, and made an appointment at the Baker IDI and started doing regular (around 8 times a day!) blood glucose checks. The end-result: I managed to bring my HBA1c down from 9 to 7.6 – not too shabby! No more infections, and I can feel the difference when training karate!

Think like a Pancreas is an amazing book, it really changed my approach to handling my diabetes. Maybe I’ll do another post about all the stuff that I’ve learned…

peace out

Your phrase of the day follows

This morning Mela and I went for a jog, during which she recounted to me how she and a girl friend of hers used to go for runs in the early morning hours when they were still in primary school.

“Because this was in the age before cellphones” she said, “we used to agree to go jog the during the previous evening, so come rain or high water we were committed the next morning. No cop-out!”

There we go, see what she did there? If you even remember a time without cellphones you are a relic, from an long-forgotten age, man.

peace out

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